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Smile Power Week: A Celebration of Healthy Smiles at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic

Smile Power Week: A Celebration of Healthy Smiles at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic


At Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, we are delighted to celebrate Smile Power Week, an initiative that highlights the importance of oral health and the transformative power of a smile. As a proud member of the Tennessee Charitable Care Network (TCCN), we are dedicated to providing dental health services to the medically uninsured residents of Sevier County. In light of Governor Bill Lee’s proclamation, we want to share why Smile Power Week is so significant and how our services can help you achieve a healthier, brighter smile.

The Impact of Oral Health

Governor Bill Lee’s proclamation underscores a vital truth: oral health impacts overall health. Good oral health is not only about maintaining a beautiful smile but also about ensuring a healthy life. Practicing good oral hygiene habits—such as brushing your teeth in the morning, after meals, and before bed—can significantly improve your overall well-being.

The Challenges of Oral Health

The statistics shared by the Governor highlight some alarming trends:

– Tooth decay is the most common chronic condition in childhood.

– Poor oral health can negatively impact children’s quality of life, school performance, and future success.

– Nearly half of adults aged 30 or older show signs of gum disease.

These issues emphasize the critical need for accessible dental care, particularly for low-income and uninsured populations. Without proper oral health services, many individuals suffer from preventable conditions that affect their quality of life.

Our Mission at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic

As part of TCCN, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic is committed to addressing these challenges. Our mission is to provide compassionate, high-quality dental care to those who might otherwise go without it. TCCN’s extensive network ensures that underserved Tennesseans have access to the oral health services they need. In 2023 alone, Tennessee’s charitable and safety net dental clinics delivered 48,555 oral health services to 31,631 unique patients, transforming lives one smile at a time.


Services We Offer

At Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, in addition to primary medical services, we offer a range of dental services designed to improve oral health and overall well-being. Our services include:

– Routine dental check-ups and cleanings

– Fillings and extractions

– Preventive care and education on maintaining oral health

We understand that restoring a healthy smile can have a profound impact on an individual’s life, enhancing both self-esteem and overall health. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring you receive the care you deserve.

Join Us in Celebrating Smile Power Week

During Smile Power Week, we encourage everyone in our community to prioritize their oral health. Whether it’s making an appointment for a dental check-up, improving your daily oral hygiene routine, or simply sharing a smile with someone, every action counts. Remember, a healthy smile is a powerful tool—it can brighten your day and the day of those around you.

At Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, we are honored to be part of your journey toward better oral health. Together, we can make Sevier County a place where everyone has the opportunity to share their brightest smile.

For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today at 865-774-7684. Let’s work together to spread the power of smiles throughout our community!




William Lawrence

Celebrating Tennessee: A Legacy of Courage, Care, and Compassion 

At Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, we’re not just about providing healthcare; we’re about celebrating the rich tapestry of our beloved state, Tennessee. As we delve into the history and legacy of our state, we stumble upon a gem that embodies the spirit of resilience, love for home, and unwavering pride—Admiral William Lawrence’s iconic poem, “Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee.”

Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee
What Love and Pride I Feel for Thee. 
You Proud Ole State, the Volunteer, 
Your Proud Traditions I Hold Dear. 
I Revere Your Many Heroes 
Who Bravely Fought our Country’s Foes. 
Renowned Statesmen, so Wise and Strong, 
Who Served our Country Well and Long. 
I Thrill at Thought of Mountains Grand; 
Rolling Green Hills and Fertile Farm Land; 
Earth Rich with Stone, Mineral and Ore; 
Forests Dense and Wild Flowers Galore;
Powerful Rivers that Bring us Light; 
Deep Lakes with Fish and Fowl in Flight; 
Thriving Cities and Industries; 
Fine Schools and Universities; 
Strong Folks of Pioneer Descent, 
Simple, Honest, and Reverent. 
Beauty and Hospitality 
Are the Hallmarks of Tennessee. 
And O’er the World as I May Roam, 
No Place Exceeds my Boyhood Home. 
And Oh How Much I Long to See 
My Native Land, My Tennessee.


The Heart Behind the Poem

The story behind this poem is as inspiring as the verses themselves. Admiral William Porter Lawrence, born in Nashville in 1930, was a man of extraordinary accomplishments and unwavering patriotism. His journey from a young student excelling in academics and sports to becoming a distinguished naval officer is a testament to the spirit of determination and service.

During his military career, Admiral Lawrence faced the harsh realities of war, including being shot down over North Vietnam during a combat mission. Enduring captivity in a prisoner of war camp, he found solace and strength in crafting the verses of “Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee.” These words became a beacon of hope, reminding him of the beauty, resilience, and indomitable spirit of his home state.

A Tribute to Tennessee’s Beauty and Strength

Admiral Lawrence’s poem beautifully captures the essence of Tennessee—the majestic mountains, verdant hills, bountiful lands, and the warmth of its people. It speaks of a place where tradition meets innovation, where natural wonders abound, and where hospitality is woven into the very fabric of life.

In every line of “Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee,” we find echoes of care and compassion—values that resonate deeply with our mission at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. Just as Admiral Lawrence found strength in his roots, we believe that a strong sense of community, love for our land, and a commitment to serving others are integral to fostering the spirit.

Honoring a Hero’s Legacy

Admiral William Porter Lawrence’s legacy extends far beyond his military achievements. His resilience, courage, and love for Tennessee continue to inspire generations. As we reflect on his remarkable life and contributions, we are reminded of the power of words, the strength of the human spirit, and the enduring bond of community.

At Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, we stand proud as Tennesseans, honoring our state’s heritage, and embodying the spirit of care and compassion in all that we do. Join us in celebrating Tennessee—a land of beauty, strength, and endless possibilities.