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Rotary Clubs look to aid Sevier County fire victims
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Gatlinburg reopened to visitors Friday.
In response to the massive and urgent need for supplies and clothing by victims of the Sevier County wildfires, McMinnville’s two Rotary Clubs are calling on their Warren County neighbors for donations of materials and cash.David Lescarini and Dr. Mike Netherton, presidents of the McMinnville Breakfast and Noon Rotary Clubs respectively, said the civic groups will serve to collect and transport the contributed items to a distribution point established by Rotary International District 6780 in Pigeon Forge.“The need is massive,” Rotary District Gov. Fred Heitman said in an email to McMinnville Rotarians. “We are serving between 2,500 and 3,000 people per day,” he noted, underscoring the fact thousands of people have been displaced, are living in temporary quarters and are completely without basic necessities.