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The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 25, No. 359 ■ December 25, 2009 ■ ■ 50 Cents Friday ‘A child is born ...’ INSIDE Holiday openings, closings Restaurants open Christmas Day (partial list) 5All-County teams named Gatlinburg n Bear Creek Grill (4 p.m.) n Blaine’s (2 p.m.) n Eleanor’s Restaurant n Hard Rock Cafe n Howard’s n Legends by Max n Lineberger’s n McDonald’s on 321 (noon) n Papa John’s n Park Grill n Park Vista n Peddler n Ripley’s Aquarium restaurant n Smoky’s Sports Pub n The Lodge at Buckberry Creek Sevier County’s finest football players are honored Sports, Page A8 Pigeon Forge n Buddy’s Bar-B-Que n Calhoun’s n Corky’s n Denny’s n Flapjacks n Golden Corral n Happy Days Diner n Hardee’s n Kinkaku n La Carreta n Louie’s Grill, Holiday n No Way Jose’s n Papa John’s n Shoney’s (by Dixie 5Unhappy ending Hollywood’s Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins call it quits after 23 years. CELEBRITIES, Page A6 Inn Stampede) Mountain Pancake House n Star Buffet Chinese n TGI Friday’s n Thai Thani, Oishi n Wood Grill Buffet n Smoky Nation On to the president ... Sevierville n Applewood n Ball’s Supper Table n Longhorn Steak House n Moe’s Southwest Grill n Thai Palace Senate passes bill that could usher in near universal health care Page A4 Attractions n Ripley’s attractions n WonderWorks n Ober Gatlinburg n Gatlinburg Ziplines Weather Today Sources: Chambers of Commerce, Web sites Mostly cloudy High: 49° Tonight Mostly cloudy Low: 29° DETAILS, Page A6 Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press The nativity scene at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pigeon Forge sets a tranquil mood for this Christmas Day. Obituaries Estalee Moore, 97 Agnes Williams DETAILS, Page A4 Index Local & State . A1-A4,A6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . A8,A9 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . B10 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . B10 Classifieds . . . . . . . B8,B9 Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 World . . . . . . . . . . . . A11 Corrections The Mountain Press is committed to accuracy. Please report factual errors by calling 428-0748 Ext. 214. Seymour remains in hunt for $100,000 Submitted reports Meals spice up holiday tradition By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — For plenty of Christmas revelers, ensuring the makings for the traditional dinner are on hand is as important as buying the presents and decking the halls. Shoppers from both near and far filled local stores Thursday making their last-minute purchases, and for many it was turkey and ham, not Barbies and G.I. Joes, that filled their carts. The sound of the Christmas dinner necessities running across the scanners was like angelic carols to the ears of local grocery store staffers. “This is one of our busiest days of the year,” said Matt Jennings, manager at See TRADITION, Page A4 Derek Hodges/The Mountain Press Sevierville Kroger staffer Vanessa Cinnamon helps customers make their Christmas dinner purchases Thursday morning. Seymour High School fell to second place, but remains very much in the running for $100,000 in the U.S. Cellular Calling All Communities campaign. U.S. Cellular released the Top 100 leaderboard on Thursday. Seymour lost the No. 1 spot that it had held for the past four weeks. Tennessee still has two schools in the Top 10. Voting ends Jan. 15, and the 10 schools with the most votes will win $100,000. Tennessee schools currently in the Top 100: Seymour High at No. 2, Temple Baptist Academy in Powell at No. 8, Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville at No. 19, Roberts Elementary in Livingston at No. 21, Knoxville Jewish Day School at No. 26, West High School in Knoxville at No. 71 and Sunbright School at No. 100. More than 110,000 votes have been cast for 5,400plus schools. Those ranking in the Top 100 have earned at least 180 votes. About 450 votes mark the threshold for the Top 50, and approximately 2,000 votes are needed to make the Top 10. “In some instances, only a handful of votes separate schools,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in See SEYMOUR, Page A4

December 25, 2009

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