Financial contributions are needed for Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center furnishings in the next few weeks so that the furnishings can be ordered. The Furnishings Committee, consisting of Faye Hochnedel-Greenwood and “Moe” Greenwood of Seymour; Jan Lapides of Gatlinburg; Betty and Don Lundstrum, Geneva Myers, and Marian Oates of Sevierville, have selected the furnishings that successful bidder, commercial Environments of Knoxville, will provide. Also, funds are needed for a separate woodworking shop facility. The equipment to go into the shop is already available. Of the total amount needed $150,000, just over $25,000 has been received. The Lions Club of Seymour contributed part of this.
Donors of various amounts will be recognized; all gifts are appreciated. Those providing $10,000 or more will be recognized as providing one of the rooms in the Center. Other donors of significant amounts will have their name, or the name of someone they wish to honor or memorialize, as part of an artwork display on a corridor wall, if they choose. Organizations, such as churches or civic groups, may wish to remember special members in this way. Campaign Committee members are Glenn Cardwell of Pittman Center; Eunice Eldge, Jin Galbraith, Betty Ogle and Martin Oates of Sevierville; Linda Ogle of Pigeon Forge; and Theresa Tyler of Gatlinburg.
The Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center is due to be completes in July. The $2 million dollar structure is funded by a $1 million dollar allocation from Sevier County, a $500,000 allocation from the City of Sevierville, a $340,000 grant from Convenant Health Care, $100,000 from the Fort Sanders Medical Center volunteers, $30,000 from Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center, and $30,000 from Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation. The facility, being constructed by CW General Contractors, LLC, will have 14,450 square feet including a commercial kitchen, a large multi-purpose room, a computer room with computers supplied by Convenant Health, an art room, a crafts room, a conference room and rooms and areas for card playing, quilting, exercising, medical screening, and other activities. The offices of the Sevier County Office in Aging and the E-Z Access transportation system will be located in the Center. The Center is located on Chapman Highway 11 miles south of US 441 and 411 intersection in Seymour on a 17- acre tract donated by the city of Sevierville Alderwoman Mary Ruth Cutshaw. It is anticipated that the west side of the tract will be leased with the income being used being used to partially fund the operations of the center.
Recently organized is the Sevier County Board of Aging Services, which will manage the new facility. Bob Gonia of Boyd’s Creek is serving as chair. Other members are County Commissioner Bill Oakes of Seymour; County Commissioner Tommy McGaha, City of Sevierville Alderwoman Mary Ruth Cutshaw, and Don Lundstrum of Sevierville; B.J. Byars of Gatlinburg; and Don Denney of Pigeon Forge.
If you wish to help out, please make your check payable to the City of Sevierville, Dept. C, P.O. Box 5500, Sevierville, TN 37864. On the notation line of the check, please indicate “FSSSC.” Contributions are tax deductible. Questions or suggestions may be made to Marian Oates at 865-453-5770 or any other committee member.

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