A CELEBRATION OF WILMA DYKEMAN
In conjunction with the late Wilma Dykeman receiving Tennessee Clean Network's River 2007 Hero Award, Sevier County libraries are displaying books by Wilma Dykeman, along with informational flyers about the ceremony on October 26.
During her lifetime, Wilma Dykeman lived near the French Broad River in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee and published more than sixteen books. In the introduction to her book The French Broad, Wilma Dykeman writes, "…this is the chronicle of a river and a watershed, and a way of life where yesterday and tomorrow meet in odd and fascinating harmony… Dwellers of the French Broad country are learning an ancient lesson in all their natural resources; it is easy to destroy overnight treasures that cannot be replaced in a generation, easy to destroy in a generation that which cannot be restored in centuries." The work, her first, won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Trophy in 1955.
Wilma Dykeman passed away at the age of 86 on December 22, 2006. Sevier Countians may join in honoring Ms. Dykeman's memory and works at the Tennessee Clean Water Network 2007 Bill Russell River Hero Award ceremony on October 26 at The Foundry at World's Fair Park in Knoxville from 6:30-8:30 P.M. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is presenting the award and Gene Patterson, WATE 6 Anchor, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Ticket cost is $30. To receive more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tcwn.org/riverhero or call (865)522-7007.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.