Local emergency service groups to aid rescuers

By Greg Miller

   A fund-raiser will be held Oct. 27 at Hampton High School to benefit the rescue workers involved in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on America. The event will begin at 7 p.m.
   "We feel they are part of us," said Ed Clawson, chief of the Elk Mills Volunteer Fire Department and coordinator of the event. "We're all one big organization, really. Anybody who volunteers their time deserves something. We just want to help them out a little bit. We can't do much. We just want them to know we care."
   Participating organizations include Elizabethton Fire Department, West Carter, Central, Watauga, Stoney Creek, Hampton, Roan Mountain, Elk Mills, and Dry Run Volunteer Fire Departments, Carter County Emergency Management Association, Carter County Emergency and Rescue Squad, and Carter County Sheriff's Department
   Fort Worth Band (country music), Birch Springs, and E.C. Miller Band (bluegrass music), will provide the entertainment. "We would also like to invite any of the area churches to participate with music from their choir," Clawson said.
   "We're hoping area businesses will donate soft drinks to sell at the event," said Clawson.
   Tickets are a suggested minimum donation of $10 each and will include a meal. Tickets with the meal not included are $5 each. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Children may eat for $3. All proceeds will go toward the rescue workers who were involved in the rescue attempts after the terrorist attack.
   Rustler's Restaurant and Uniglobe Travel are providing the food. Cost of the meal is $6 each.
   "Anyone who is interested in helping or being involved, it would be greatly appreciated," Clawson said.
   Tickets will be available from any of the participating organizations. For more information, or to schedule your choir to sing, call 768-3290.