Businesses lend support after wildfires

A couple of local businesses have teamed up to support victims of the recent wildfires in eastern Tennessee.

Nearly 1,700 structures have been damaged or destroyed by the fires, and 14 people have died.

Since many local people have vacationed in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas of Tennessee, Wischmeier Trucking and Bob Poynter’s Seymour automobile dealerships decided it was time to give back.

The following items are being collected: Toiletries (toilet paper, soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, etc.), water, Gatorade, baby diapers (all sizes), new baby bottles, new sippy cups, adult incontinence pads or briefs, Ensure, new linens, towels and blankets and nonperishable food items.

These items will be accepted until Dec. 15 at Wischmeier Trucking, 5563 S. State Road 39, Brownstown, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and at all Bob Poynter locations in Seymour (526 S. Jackson Park Drive, 1209 E. Tipton St. and 1873 E. Tipton St.) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

All donations will be given to the Sevier County Rescue Squad for distribution. Rose Acre Farms is donating shipping containers.