Smoky Mountain Children’s Home Dedicates Capital Projects

Sevierville, TN– A special service of dedication was held recently at the Moffett Dining Hall on the campus of the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home to celebrate several capital projects and the generosity of Ron and Betty Ogle of Sevierville.

According to Dr. Walt and Tammie Mauldin, Executive Directors of SMCH, the Ogles have graciously provided $3.2 million dollars to the SMCH over the last two years towards the following capital improvement projects: construction of the Residential Life office building; excavation and transformation of Connie Huston Drive into a major campus thoroughfare; an extension of the Sevierville Greenway Project; planting of a grove of trees; a 350-foot retaining wall accompanied by beautiful landscaping; building of “Legacy Gazebo;” paving of multiple parking areas; installation of 22 lantern-style lights; a centennial sign; and donation/renovation of a 5,000 square foot home that has been designated as staff housing.

During the ceremony, the audience read a special Litany of Dedication as they virtually dedicated the projects to the glory of God.

Mike and Beverly Ownby, along with Brian Patterson of Ownby Insurance Services, presented a check to SMCH to commemorate the event, and Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Brenda McCrosky provided recognition for the Ogles and their extensive work in the community. The Ogles responded with humble and heartfelt appreciation.

Those attending the dedication included the SMCH residents and staff, several members of the Board of Directors, as well as former SMCH directors Paul and Tannis Duncan. On hand was Tennessee House of Representatives member, Dale Carr. Notable church officials in attendance were First Assistant General Overseer Dr. Raymond Culpepper, Secretary General Gary and Lori Lewis, Business and Records Director Dr. Raymond Hodge, Care Board Chair Dr. Gerald McGinnis, State Administrative Bishop of South Georgia Dr. David and Lorna Gosnell, and State Administrative Bishop of Kentucky Tony and Kathy Cooper.

President of the Unity Foundation Carlos Labra also attended, along with Bishop Mitch and Sharon Maloney. Long-term friends of the Ogles, Dr. John and Pat Sims, were also at the dedication. Many other community leaders attended to show their support for the Ogles. Cindy Simpson, editor of the Sevierville Mountain Press, wrote a front-page article about the highlights of the day.

Walt Mauldin stated, “Ron and Betty Ogle are not only a blessing to the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, but the entire community. We celebrate all that God has done through Ron and Betty Ogle’s generosity.”

(Source: Smoky Mountain Children’s Home)

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