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UPDATE: Changes to the weekend, planned for April 29 and 30, mean more people can take part at less cost. The event is now open to all ages. Ticket prices have been reduced. The tribute to veterans has been rescheduled to late Friday afternoon to allow more veterans to take part. Veterans can attend all the Friday activities and the concert at no charge. One-day tickets as well as weekend tickets are now available.

The Saturday morning race will include a traditional race for runners 39 and younger. The “Run at the Front” format is for those aged 40 and older.


Retro Run could net Clinic big bucks

PIGEON FORGE — A weekend for the 40-and-over crowd could net as much as $8,000 for Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

If 8,000 people register for the RetroRunning weekend scheduled for April 29 through May 1, 2016, Mountain Hope will receive $10,000. Fewer registrants will bring in less money. The weekend includes fun, music, workshops on a wide variety of topics and a unique road race for people aged 40 or older. Racers will start at or near the starting line in groups made up of people their own age. Groups will run a few minutes apart. The distance is approximately 5.59 miles.

Other activities include dance lessons, workshops on topics as varied as health and fitness and legal planning for the elderly, a seminar by running coach and author Jeff Galloway, and Veterans’ Appreciation Breakfast. All are set for LeConte Auditorium.

You can register on line at Use the coupon code of MHGSC and $25 of your fee will go to Mountain Hope.

Free Physicals Event at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic

More than 150 People Attend Free Physical Exams

SEVIERVILLE — A total of 158 patients received physical examinations at the Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic health fair on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

Every six months or so, Mountain Hope, in conjunction with the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, offers two days of free physicals to Sevier County residents and employees with no health insurance.  The 78 people seen on Thursday set a one-day record.

Patients received basic lab screening as well as thorough physical exams and discussions of their health history. Students of the College of Medicine, supervised by faculty, conducted the exams. Sevier County Health Department personnel also handed out and discussed information on health subjects with patients. Medical and other volunteers helped in various ways, from taking basic lab tests to handling paperwork.

“These are always busy days for Clinic staff,” said Ashley Burnette Justice, director of fund development. “We couldn’t do it without help from a wide variety of resources.”

For example, two local businesses provided lunches for the volunteers. Citizens National Bank and Great Smoky Mountain Catering Company went out of their way to provide food that volunteers  called more delicious than usual. In addition, SmartBank supplied bottled water for volunteers and for waiting patients.

Why do businesses contribute? Christina Ricci of Great Smoky Mountain Catering said that because of the services to the community that the Clinic offers, “It’s an honor to be a part of it.”

Volunteers who took part included Christina Adams, Natthew Arunthamakun, Jackie Burk, Kitty Coykendall, Jim Kayon,  Emma Kepka, Trudy Lodge, Grace Mikels, Sandy Moersdorf,  Hardik Patel, Carol Pierce-Barr, Shanae Rayfield, Patricia Richardson, Jerry Sandifur, Mackenzie Thomas and Corlis Williams.

The advantages of taking part in the clinic are numerous. For Clinic patients, it’s a free health check. For prospective patients, it’s an easy way to get on the Clinic’s rolls.  Usually, because of time constraints, the Clinic can take in only two new patients every day. Because the health fair participants have now had an exam and have filled out paperwork, they are automatically on the roll and can make an appointment whenever it’s needed. The benefit for ETSU students is that working at the Clinic gives them hands-on experience with real patients.

The non-profit Clinic offers quality medical and dental care to the county’s uninsured for a modest fee. The Clinic supplements these fees with several fund-raising strategies to ensure that the whole cost to the Clinic of each appointment is covered. There are now more than 20,000 patients of record. However, the demand for the Clinic’s medical and dental services still outstrips the number of appointments available.


Use Your Kroger Card to Benefit Mountain Hope Clinic

Use your Kroger Plus Card to benefit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic
Use your Kroger Plus Card to benefit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic

Now you can raise money for Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic simply by buying groceries.

If you use your Kroger Plus card at a Kroger store, .5 percent of your purchase can automatically go to Mountain Hope. It’s simple. All you need to do is register on-line and then shop as usual. If you don’t already have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the service desk of any Kroger store.

To join the rewards program, go to on your computer and have your Kroger Plus card handy.

Click on “Sign In/Register.”  If you are a new online customer, click “Sign up Today” in the “New Customer?” box. Enter your zip code, click on your favorite store, give your e-mail address and create a password. You need to agree to the terms and conditions.

Then you’ll get a message to check your e-mail in box and click on the link given in the e-mail. Click on My Account and use your e-mail address and password. Click on “Edit Kroger Community Rewards” and fill in your Kroger Plus card number. Confirm your information.

Start to type Mountain Hope’s name and a list of organizations will appear. Select us and confirm. When you’ve done this, you’ll see our name on the right side of your information page.

Maybe you use your phone number at the register. In that case, to get your Kroger Plus card number, call 800-576-4377 and selection Option 4. For each purchase to count, members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the related phone number.

If you don’t have access to a computer, you can go into a Kroger store and ask them to register you for Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic on the community rewards program.

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Ober Gatlinburg donates $7,550 to Clinic

Ober Gatlinburg Donates to Mountain Hope ClinicLocal folks who enjoyed Ober Gatlinburg’s recent Sevier County Days were also benefiting Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

Ober Gatlinburg has generously donated $7,550, the proceeds of its Sevier County Days, to the Clinic. That funding will help us cover the gap between what our patients can afford and the cost to the Clinic of each patient visit.

This year, Ober increased its generosity by opening Sevier County Days to residents of Cocke and Jefferson Counties also. This resulted in more than double the visitors to Ober Gatlinburg and more than doubled the contribution to the Clinic. Because the Clinic caters to employees of Sevier County businesses, many of whom live in Cocke and Jefferson counties, this was particularly fitting.

This contribution comes at a time when our services are more in demand than ever. We would like to thank Ober Gatlinburg not only for its donation, but also for its community spirit.