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SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - The United Way of Sevier County will close its doors after completing obligations to its 19 agencies this year, the board of directors announced Thursday.
Although former Executive Director Tom Newman led United Way to a "significant reduction" in its operating budget, the board said "...we were not able to accomplish our goal of mobilizing the desired level of community financial support and community involvement."
Officials said United Way "has faced difficult challenges for the past several years."
They also noted that despite the economic climate, many people worked very hard to mobilize the community to raise the needed funds.
Following Newman's resignation, the board decided to meet their obligations, close operations and "allocate the remaining funds to community agencies" so they have time to find alternative funding.
"The agencies we support will face significant funding cuts," the board said. "Our last hope is that members of our community will decide to step forward and help save the United Way."
Officials said they regret the decision, and they're thankful they can fund their community agencies through the transition.