Cherokee Sentinel Cherokee County & Nantahala, NC VOLUME 7, NUMBER 44 PERIODICAL POSTMASTER Send address changes to Cherokee Sentinel, 1162 Andrews Road, Suite E Murphy, NC 28906 FOUR SECTIONS • November 10, 2004 50¢ Man runs and swims from law twice - caught By Dwight Otwell Editor James Edwin Chambers III led local law enforcement officers on two separate chases up mountains and across rivers in two different incidents in a span of about 36 hours. The 24-year-old man, who listed an Andrews address but who officers say is from Lutz, Fla., was again in custody at the Cherokee County jail Tuesday morning. The drama of the running Dwight Otwell & Trish Golden/Sentinel photos James Edwin Chambers III was escorted Monday out of a kudzu patch in Murphy where he hid from police. Chambers led police on a six hour chase Satuday night and Sunday morning. He was finally pulled out of the Hiwassee Rriver and jailed. Monday he escaped and led police on another round of hide and seek. See CHASE page 3A Murphy man charged Snow/Carpenter battle not over with attempted murder precinct. They may be said. By Dwight Otwell Editor A Murphy man is in jail charged with shooting a Turtletown man in the parking lot of a tavern just over the North Carolina line. Jamie Claude Hughes, 30, is charged with attempted second degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the Saturday shooting. Polk County Tennessee sheriff’s officials received a call at 2:23 p.m. that a shooting had just occurred at Roadside Tavern, which is just inside Tennessee, a short distance from Hwy. 294 in Cherokee County. Turtletown resident Kevin Kimsey was sitting in the passenger side of a vehicle at the tavern when Hughes allegedly pulled up beside him and shot him with some type of shotgun in the right forearm, Polk County sheriff’s officials said. Kimsey was flown out from Copper Basin Medical Center to U.T. in Knoxville. Hughes later turned himself in to Cherokee County authorities. He was being held in the Cherokee County jail Monday under no bond. He was charged in Cherokee County with second degree burglary and extradition/fugitive other state. Cherokee County deputies took Hughes before a magistrate, where a fugitive warrant was issued. Christmas tree lighting will be in Murphy Friday By Dwight Otwell Editor Santa Claus, choirs, Christmas trees and merchants arranging their most appealing merchandise - these images can only mean its nearly Christmas. The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place in Murphy Friday. The tree lighting will be at the Pocket Park on the square in Murphy. The Handbell Choir of Murphy United Methodist Church will perform at 5 p.m. The Learning Center Children’s Choir will perform at 6 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony will be after that. The lights on the Murphy Chirstmas tree will be turned on by Murphy Mayor Bill Hughes. Santa Claus will roam the streets Friday night, said Barbara Hughes, who is helping organize the event. Family Resource Center will serve coffee, hot chocolate, cider and apple turnovers. Downtown merchants will have a window decorating contest during the holidays. Moose Hollow Trading Company will be open Friday until 9 p.m. Murphy shops officially kick off the holiday shopping season Saturday by being open for business with Christmas gifts for everyone. Barbara Hughes said people are encouraged to shop downtown for Christmas. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, city streets will be alive with strolling musicians and Santa will again be on hand. The Christmas tree is being donated by Georgia Hughes of Hanging Dog. The tree will be cut and brought to town by Century 21 Foxfire Realty. The tree will be decorated by Cable TV of Murphy and Business Owners and Operators of Murphy. listed at another precinct. The state has to determine which provisionals are qualified votes. Provisional votes are usually processed a week after the election. Deputy Director John Snow Bob Carpenter of the State Board of By Dwight Otwell Elections Johnnie McLean said Editor that in non state-wide elections that involve multi counties, a The vote is still out on who candidate can request a recount will be the next senator for if the election is not won by North Carolina District 50. more than 1 percent of the vote. The official vote shows that Snow does not have more than Democrat challenger John 1 percent. Snow has 337 more votes than McLean said Carpenter has incumbent Republican Bob until Friday to request a Carpenter. Carpenter got recount. Provisional ballots 34,999 votes to 35,336 for were to be made known no later Snow in the eight county dis- than yesterday (Tuesday), trict. McLean said. However, state figures last Carpenter Friday spoke of week showed that there are the large number of provisional 1,267 provisional votes out. votes still out. He said he will Provisional voters are usually contest the election. persons who go to a polling “Several elections across place and discover that they the state are very close,” he aren’t on the roster at that Carpenter said that it is unusually high for over 70,000 votes to be cast for the state senatorial race. He said he has seen several different sets of numbers concerning the District 50 Senate race. Carpenter spent a lot of time on election night in Robbinsville, because they still have paper ballots, he said. Carpenter, 80, has been in office for eight terms or 16 years. Snow, formerly district judge in Cherokee County, said Friday that provisional ballots would probably be known by yesterday (Tuesday). “Then he (Carpenter) can call for a recount,” he said. “I feel good about being ahead. We feel we are ahead by 337 votes. We are worried about the provisionals but it is part of the process. This extends the stress surrounding it. We are tired. We worked especially hard. If the provisional count goes anySee SNOW/CARPENTER Page 3A Lowe’s holds grand opening Dwight Otwell/Sentinel photo Lowe’s opened Friday to the general public. A board cutting ceremony was held at the grand opening. By Dwight Otwell Editor “I believe Lowe’s hit the nail on the head when it selected Murphy,” said Store Manager Mike Hatala Friday at the 94,000 square foot store’s grand opening. Red and blue wheel barrows greeted customers as the store opened to the general public for business Friday. Balloons streamed up from lawn mowers and lawn tractors. Instead of the traditional ribbon cutting, a board cutting was held. Murphy Mayor Bill Hughes and Murphy City Manager Ann Payne cut boards with hand saws to officially open the store. “Any day Lowe’s opens up and moves into your town is a good day,” Hughes said. George Yates, pastor of Murphy United Methodist Church, gave the opening prayer. Lowe’s employee Rebecca Molina sang the National Anthem. Hatala said extensive research is done around the community before Lowe’s decides to locate into a commuSee LOWES page 3A Flu shots cause long lines By Dwight Otwell Editor Just say “flu shot here” and you can draw a crowd. The Cherokee County Health Department Friday administered about 379 shots in less than two hours. Lines snaked out of the North Carolina License Agency building in Valley Village Shopping Center in Murphy at 8 a.m. when staff from the health department set up to begin giving shots only to those considered atrisk. A Murphy policeman said one man spent the night in the parking lot in his pickup truck so that he could get the shot Friday morning. Health department personnel said very few children were among those who got shots. The first person was inoculated about 8 a.m. and by about 9:40 a.m. all shots had been administered. At the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control, the shots were provided only to individuals who are at-risk, which includes adults 65 years of age or older. The number of available flu vaccines in the United States was cut in half when one of the two companies that produce the vaccine to the U.S. declared that it would not have the vaccines. Health officials hoped that more flu vaccines would be made available for Cherokee County by the state, but they didn’t know when or if that will happen.