Sevier County daycare needs a building to stay open

Sevier County daycare needs a building to stay open

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One of the largest daycares in Sevier County may be shutting its doors for good if something does not happen soon. One of the largest daycares in Sevier County may be shutting its doors for good if something does not happen soon.
"We've been in business forever," said teacher Lisi Hays. "A lot of the people come from Newport, Gatlinburg. Actually drive all the way from Gatlinburg to bring their kids here." "We've been in business forever," said teacher Lisi Hays. "A lot of the people come from Newport, Gatlinburg. Actually drive all the way from Gatlinburg to bring their kids here."
The daycare director knew they would have to make some changes, so a year ago they started plans to construct a new building.  When the current building was sold, it left them without enough time to finish those plans. The daycare director knew they would have to make some changes, so a year ago they started plans to construct a new building. When the current building was sold, it left them without enough time to finish those plans.
"We would love a temporary lease," said Preschool First director Michelle Finney. "That would enable us to go on to build the building we have plans for." "We would love a temporary lease," said Preschool First director Michelle Finney. "That would enable us to go on to build the building we have plans for."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - One of the largest daycares in Sevier County may be shutting its doors for good if something does not happen soon. 

A 6 News viewer called us to tell us about a problem there.     

The building in which the childcare center was housed was recently sold, and now they only have a few months to find a new place.

Currently over 200 children attend Preschool First. There are also 43 people who work at the daycare.

Preschool First, 1103 Dolly Parton Parkway, was formally known as Evergreen Child Care and was started more than two decades ago.

Many of the children who attend have done so since they were only a few weeks old.

"We've been in business forever," said teacher Lisi Hays. "A lot of the people come from Newport, Gatlinburg. Actually drive all the way from Gatlinburg to bring their kids here."    

The daycare was formerly partnered with Evergreen Presbyterian Church, but when the church had some financial problems and had to foreclose on the building, they decided to separate.

The daycare director knew they would have to make some changes, so a year ago they started plans to construct a new building.

When the current building was sold, it left them without enough time to finish those plans.

"We would love a temporary lease," said Preschool First director Michelle Finney. "That would enable us to go on to build the building we have plans for."    

Unfortunately, many lessors are reluctant to do temporary leases, so now officials are looking at any opportunity to keep this daycare open.     

The clock is ticking. The new owners have given them until April 20 to get out.

"We need probably around a 10,000 to 15,000 square foot building that has a sprinkler system in it," said Finney, "That would be great for us."    

They are hoping someone in the community will see their need and help keep their business going.

"You will make 200 kids happy," said Hays, "All of us happy. If you have something out there please give us a call."

Finney says they would like to stay in the Sevierville area.      

Many of their families drive from all over the county, so that area is a great central location.      

If you have a building they could use, call Michelle Finney at (865) 621-5502.

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