It has been a long time since I've posted on the blog. Just as is the case with you, it has been a busy time here.
There are those of you to whom I have sent Christmas cards in past years who most likely didn't receive one from me this year. Perhaps a few words of explanation are in order.
On Wednesday, November 23 the Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff reported a 1.5-acre wildfire near the Chimney Tops Trail. Fire suppression efforts began, though extreme drought conditions hindered successful extinguishing of the fire.
On Monday, November 28, hurricane force winds entered the picture, setting off the unbelievable spreading of the fire! Where blown sparks didn't ignite, trees blown across power lines set off fires as well. Evacuation of the area was ordered.
Before the burning was controlled, a total of nearly 18,000 acres had burned, along with a reported 7,000 structures burned/damaged and 14 fatalities reported.
Rather than adding to my Christmas card list, I chose to donate to the Disaster Response Fund of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. Should you wish to donate, write your check to Holston Conference and mail to the Holston Conference Office, P.O. Box 850, Alcoa, TN 37701.
Tourism is vital for Sevier County's economy. Gatlinburg has re-opened, and tourists are welcome. If you wish to make plans for a vacation, there are many places that are open for lodging. It is a lovely area and The Husband and I have many memories of time spent there during our courtship, then with the girls as well.
The year is quickly passing! While I may get around to another post before year's end, I send good wishes to you for the year ahead at this time.