We were pleased to report in this edition that plans for an all-access playground in Lenoir City, which have been in the works for at least three years now, finally seem within reach. The Parks and Recreation Department anticipates a spring or summer completion.

To their credit, government officials in Loudon County and our two main cities in general seem to have placed a premium on providing plenty of open spaces, walking areas and recreational facilities of which parents and children can take advantage. Coupled with continuous efforts inside the school systems to focus on healthy eating and living, this can’t be anything but a positive for the long-term well-being of the community.

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