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September 28, 2020

Innkeeper Lee Vying for Alderman Seat in Pittman Center

Dear Neighbors,

I am writing to tell you a bit about myself and to ask for your vote for Pittman Center Alderman.  My late husband, John, and I lived in many different places.  But nowhere felt as much like “home” to us as Pittman Center http://www.pittmancentertn.gov.  Over the last 30 years of living in this area, I have been fortunate to call many of you friends.  The rest of you are friends that I have not met yet!  For the last 22 years John and I have owned and operated Buckhorn Inn.  As many of you know, the hallmark of our time at the Inn has been to embrace and maintain the Inn’s historic charm while providing modern conveniences.  This is the same sensibility I want to bring to leadership decisions in our town.

Innkeeper Lee vows to keep Pittman Center beautiful.

Balancing the preservation of natural beauty with economic security is Lee’s platform.

Locally, I have been involved in two projects that are very near and dear to my heart.  Both  were satisfying to me because of my love for heritage.  I assisted in fundraising for the new Pittman Center Elementary School and the Glenn Cardwell Heritage Museum, as well as making a donation.  I have served as treasurer on the Museum Board since its inception.  I view the Museum as a means of preserving and communicating our community’s heritage and as a way of promoting appropriate tourism.  I was also chairman of the Gatlinburg library for many years and was chairman of the fundraising campaign that raised $1,000,000 for constructing its new facility.

While a university student, I organized a campaign to save beautiful oak trees which were scheduled to be removed to make way for a new building.  It wasn’t a successful campaign, but I learned a lot about community action.   It has always been important to me to ensure my voice, and that of others, is heard. 

I grew up on a ranch in Texas and rode the bus to school 14 miles away every day and I rode my horse whenever I could.  Education has always been important to me.  I graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  For most of my long professional career, I was a senior administrator in higher education in this country and overseas.  I have had the opportunity to serve on many boards and committees.  I have three children, two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

My Vision of Pittman Center

As your alderman I would want to

  • balance environmental protection and economic well-being as contained in the FutureScape report of the 1990s which took place under the leadership of Mayor Judy Perryman and supported by Glenn Cardwell
  • ensure that enforceable zoning ordinances and building codes reflect the values of our community
  • protect our ridgetops
  • help the Glenn Cardwell Heritage Museum develop and expand
  • look into petitioning the postal service to enable our residents to use the town’s name, Pittman Center, as our official address
  • encourage more community participation in developing the town’s policies and strategic vision
  • work toward ensuring that all residents can access broadband internet without excessive access fees

I love Pittman Center. Thank you for your consideration.  I look forward to receiving your vote.

Sincerely,

Lee Mellor

 

June 6, 2017

Buckhorn Spotlighted in Best of the Smokies

We are thrilled that Knoxville’s Cityview magazine included the Buckhorn Inn in their May-June Best of the Smokies roundup.  The article references one of our many famous guests, Walt Disney.  Mr. Disney stayed in Cottage 2 at the Buckhorn while filming the television series Davy Crockett.  Some scenes from the five-part series were filmed in color at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Mountain Farm Museum.  Mr. Disney enjoyed his stays at the inn so much that every year until his death in 1966 he sent Christmas presents to the innkeepers’ children.  Watch this blog for future articles detailing other famous guests at the Buckhorn Inn!  We are especially pleased that “Hidden in Plain Sight:  Treasures of Sevier County” by Hannah Overton describes us as “keeping the art of slowing down and enjoying the beauty of the mountains alive since 1938”.   To read the entire article, please visit http://www.cityviewmag.com/hidden-in-plain-sight/.  

 

Other Sevier County Treasures in Addition to Buckhorn Inn

We are in good company, the article highlights many other “hidden-in-plain-sight” treasures in Sevier County, including Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, and the Great Smoky Mountains.  The author points out that in Sevier County “you are not limited to the boundaries of one theme park or resort destination–you are in the driver’s seat for a

Cottage Walt Disney preferred

Cottage 2 at Buckhorn Inn

day or weeks’ long vacation of endless possibility”.  Truly, this area has something for everyone.  Among the best:  The Track classic wooden go-kart track in Pigeon Forge; The Apple Barn for all things apple; The Outdoor Gravity Park adventure course where you get into your own giant transparent sphere; Sugarlands Distilling Company which has a connection to traditional moonshine distilling; and Chubby’s Deli inside the New Center Market & Grill.  

The Buckhorn Inn is the perfect calm, restful place with easy access to the wonders of nature and to the excitement that our towns have to offer.