New board forms to keep Sevier Co. United Way active

12:20 AM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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There's a new effort underway to keep a Sevier County charity open.

The United Way of Sevier County supports more than 20 separate non-profits in East Tennessee. It had threatened to shut down in the fall after fundraising concerns and its executive director, Tom Newman, resigned.

Now, six Sevier County leaders will form a new board of directors for the chapter. The new members include:

  • Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters
  • Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Ogle
  • Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster
  • Sevierville City Manager Russell Treadway
  • Pittman Center City Manager Sherry Spicer-Dudley
  • Sevier County Economic Development Council Executive Director Allen Newton

Newton told 10News the organization is still searching for an executive director and a few more board members. He said it hopes to have its first board meeting Thursday, Dec. 13.

"We're going to plan on meeting with our agencies and getting their input for a plan that makes sense, to really get it reorganized and get it successful again," Newton said.

The Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic is a medical clinic that serves over 17,000 uninsured patients in Sevierville. It also receives funds from the United Way of Sevier County.

Mary Vance, executive director of the Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, said she was excited about the new effort to keep the United Way's Sevier County chapter open.

"I'm extremely happy about that," she said. "Again, that's another indication of how local folks step up to the plate."

According to Newton, the United Way of Sevier County still has the money it needs to pay its partner agencies through December as promised earlier this year. He said the new board will assess new fundraising techniques soon.

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