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LIVING: Brown-Baggers To Discuss Willa Cather. A-4 GOLF: District 2-A/AA Golf Tournament Results. B-1 The Greeneville Sun An independent newspaper celebrating its 134th year of service to Greeneville and Greene County TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 VOL. 134, NO. 225| GREENEVILLE, TENNESSEE 2 SECTIONS | FIFTY CENTS Magnavox Building: New Site Of A Jail? BY KRISTEN BUCKLES STAFF WRITER Greene County Commissioners found that the vast expanse of the onetime Magnavox Plant #3 building proved a sharp contrast to the confined spaces in the Greene County Detention Center in its largely boxed-in location downtown. However, owner Charles White’s proposed 20-year, $16.65 million lease followed by a purchase option of $8.75 million was more than the commissioners of the Courthouse/ Workhouse Committee were ready to tackle. The committee met on Monday morning with commissioners from the commission’s Budget & Finance Committee and Law Enforcement Committee at the former Magnavox building, at the intersection of Industrial Road and Kiser Boulevard. The joint meeting was held in response to the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control’s recent decision to decertify the Greene County Detention Center due largely to overcrowding. Decertification does not prevent the jail from operating but potentially threatens substantial revenues that the county currently earns from the boarding of state and federal prisoners. In addition, decertification increases the county’s vulnerability in the event of lawsuits filed PLEASE SEE JAIL|A-11 SUN PHOTO BY KRISTEN BUCKLES County Commissioner Fred Malone, at left, chairs a joint meeting of three county committees — Courthouse/Workhouse, Law Enforcement, and Budget & Finance — on Monday to address the county jail’s recent decertification, mainly because of acute overcrowding. Commissioner Rennie Hopson, at right, a staff member of the Sheriff’s Department, cautioned others at the meeting that a federal judge may force the County Commission to build a new jail if corrective measures are not taken locally to address the jail overcrowding. Fire Took Away Couple’s Home, And That Of Katrina Victim, Too BY KEN LITTLE STAFF WRITER Theresa and Ed Henry are just beginning the process of recovering from a devastating house fire. So is their friend, John Powell. The Henrys lost their house, two pet dogs and a lifetime of possessions in a fire last Friday afternoon. Powell, a New Orleans-area native whom the Henrys took in after his home in St. Bernard Parish, La., was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, finds himself in a familiar position. While the Henrys live temporarily in a camper, Powell, 61, is staying in a nearby workshop building constructed by the PLEASE SEE FIRE | A-12 Fire Results In $41,000 Damage To Mobile Home BY KEN LITTLE STAFF WRITER SUN PHOTO BY KEN LITTLE Theresa Henry stands at the front door of her family’s house in the 7200 block of the Newport Highway on Monday. A fire on Friday destroyed the house, leaving Henry, her husband Ed Henry, and longtime family friend John Powell temporarily homeless. ‘Last Ounce’ Star Remembers Roots As Newport Native STAFF WRITER The star of the new movie, “Last Ounce of Courage,” isn’t so different from his character in the film — nor is the small town in which the film is set so different from his hometown of Newport. Marshall Teague, who has been in the acting profession for more than 35 years, calls East Tennessee his hometown. He has played in numerous movies and TV shows, including appearing opposite Patrick Swayze in the 1989 film “Road House” and taking reoccurring roles in “Walker, Texas Ranger,” the popular TV series that starred martial arts expert Chuck Norris. Teague calls Norris a close personal friend, and “Last Ounce of Courage” carries the Chuck Norris stamp of approval. According to Norris, this is the only movie he has endorsed in which he does not actually have a role. “Last Ounce of Courage” opened in theaters Sept. 14, grossing $1.6 million and making it to the top 15 grossing movies for that weekend. In this area, it is playing at Carmike 14, at 1805 North Roan St., Johnson City; Capitol Cinema I & II, at 105 North Main Ave., Erwin; and Carmike College Square 12, at 2550 East Morris Blvd., Morristown. PHOTO SPECIAL TO THE SUN; VERITAS ENTERTAINMENT, 2012 NASHVILLE – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, RTenn., a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Monday he will co-sponsor and work to make law legislation to cut off pay to Congress if it doesn’t pass a budget and appropriations bills by the beginning of the fiscal year, Oct. 1, as required by law. “How can you balance a budget if you don’t have a budget?” Alexander was quoted in a news release from his office. “You wouldn’t get paid at the Grand Ole Opry if you showed up late and refused to sing. The same should apply to members of Congress who don’t do their jobs.” Senator Dean Heller, R-Nev., introduced the “No Budget, No Pay” Act in the Senate last December. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, a Nashville Democrat, has introduced the legislation with 87 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives. The co-sponsors for Rep. Cooper’s bill include U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, of Johnson City. The legislation provides that members of Congress may not receive pay after Oct. 1 of any fiscal year in which Congress has not approved a concurrent resolution on the budget and passed the regular appropriations bills. This is the movie poster for “Last Ounce of Courage,” the new film starring Marshall Teague, a native of Newport. PLEASE SEE ALEXANDER | A-10 OBITUARIES MARY PANSY WHITE HEARON RITA REES LILLIAN V. RICHMAN JIM ROBINSON Sen. Alexander To Back ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Bill Rep. Cooper Sponsors Bill In House; Rep. Roe Is A Co-Sponsor There BY LAUREN HENRY PLEASE SEE ROOTS | A-11 A fire Monday morning in a mobile home at 1275 Pates Hill Road originated in the kitchen, sheriff ’s Deputy Aaron Rogers said in a report. Damage to the mobile home and contents is estimated at $41,000. Owner Eunice Shehan told deputies she was in the kitchen when she saw smoke. Shehan called 911. “All occupants were able to get out safely,” the report said. The fire apparently started on a cooking stove and spread into the kitchen area, the report said. The Orebank and Caney Branch volunteer fire departments responded and extinguished the fire. There was smoke and water damage throughout the mobile home, the report said. OUTSIDE LYNN ROLLINS JOSEPH B. THOMASON Obituaries on A-10 Tonight — Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid-50s. Wednesday — Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower-80s. Thursday— Partly sunny. Highs in the lower-80s. Friday — Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper-70s. Saturday — Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid-70s. INSIDE OPINION ..............A-2 LOCAL ..................A-3 LIVING .................A-4 MATURITY .............A-8 COURT REPORTS ..A-9 SPORTS .............. B-1 COMICS .............. B-4 CLASSIFIED B-6 P

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