Local students assisting Tennessee fire victims


Jeff Phillips

Harlan County High School Beta Club officials include, from left: Autumn Dunaway – vice president; Terrance Stephens – treasurer; Miranda Cook – secretary; Daesha Carr – president; and Tina Lawson, sponsor.

The Harlan County High School Chapter of the National Beta Club has donated $1,000 to the fire relief effort in Sevier County, Tenn.
The local Beta chapter is working with officials from the Sevier County School District, according to Tina Lawson, HCHS Beta sponsor. Community service is a mission of the Beta Club.
“This devastating fire and its victims have been on the minds of our members,” said Lawson. “We believe this is an excellent opportunity to step up and help others in need at this very difficult time. Our members are concerned and want to help make sure the students and their families have what they need, especially with Christmas only a couple weeks away.”
The funds will be utilized through Beta chapters in Sevier County to reach students and families in need.
The Sevier County School District had a large number of employees and students displaced by the ravaging fire which claimed the lives of at least 14 people.