FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2017
Media Contact: Shelli King
615-532-8025
Shelli.King@tn.gov


Tennessee Treasury Employees donate more than
$3000 to help Sevier County Fire relief efforts

NASHVILLE- After the wildfires that devastated much of Gatlinburg and Sevier County, the Tennessee Treasury Department wanted to do its part to help those affected in their recovery. The Treasury Department reached out to public officials in the devastated areas to offer assistance in quickly restoring needed government operations. Treasury employees wanted to provide additional assistance those impacted by the wildfires. During the last two weeks in December, employees of the Tennessee Treasury Department gave generously, donating over $3000 to help the people of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Sevier County as they begin to rebuild what has been lost.

The donations raised by Treasury employees will go to the following organizations:  

* East TN Fires GoFundMe Campaign offered by the TML Risk Management Pool
* The Gatlinburg Relief Fund, created by the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce
* East Tennessee Foundation: Sevier County Community Fund
* Sevier County Fire Relief Fund
* Dollywood Foundation: My People Fund

These organizations were selected because of their commitment to dedicate donated funds to help the citizens and public employees in the Smoky Mountain communities.

Under the direction of State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr., the Tennessee Treasury Department provides various financial operations of state government that have an impact on all of Sevier County. Treasury manages the state retirement program, which pays $24.4 million annually in benefits to retirees in Sevier County. Our employees will work closely with officials in these areas for as long as needed to assist the public employees and the citizens in the severely affected area.

To learn more about the Tennessee Treasury Department, visit treasury.tn.gov.