I have no doubt that most of you are aware that wildfires raged across eastern Tennessee earlier this week decimating Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas along the way. These fires are not the only ones that have been burning across the southeast in recent weeks, but the they are the first to directly impact large and heavily populated cities. The mountains of eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and northern Georgia are an outdoor lover’s playground throughout the year. If you live in the region, you have probably visited Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, enjoyed the natural beauty of the area and the warm hospitality of their people. We grew up just a few hours away and visited often, never minding the ride to get there, but rather enjoying the magnificence of the view throughout the trip and we always felt right at home once we arrived. It is for this reason and many others that this disaster is personal for us and we wanted to do whatever we can to help.
There aren’t many holidays or parades for our every day champions of the common citizen. I believe that each and every person that is out there doing the hard work of building a better future for themselves and the rest of us deserves to be recognized for their efforts. In an upcoming blog post I will be making an announcement that will lay out a way that you can do exactly that. A way that each of us can recognize those in our personal lives, as well as in our communities that are going above and beyond in the pursuit of a better America. Please keep an eye on this space for that announcement.