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Peyton Manning’s TV Spot. 2 The Band Perry’s New Album. 4 Laughlin Walking Trail. 7 The Year In Sports. 6 New Allens Bridge Open. 8 Babb Log Home Rises. 7

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Greeneville Was Peyton’s Place For Buick TV Commercial BY O.J. EARLY

tion crew rapidly disassembled their set-up in the church parking lot and headed to the market. More work was performed there, as the crew had another Verano waiting on a trailer which was equipped with in-car cameras. Later in the morning, Manning was placed inside the car that had been on the trailer, and more filming was done as the car was towed down 11E, and later down Highway 70 (Rogersville Road).

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When future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning arrived in Greeneville last summer, it was hush-hush. So when local drivers on Sunday morning, June 24, spotted a section of West Andrew Johnson Highway blocked off with police cars, etc., many of the drivers likely thought a terrible accident had occurred, or that road crews were about to start a major project. Actually, the former University of Tennessee quarterback was in town as the star attraction in a 70-plus-member television production team. Their assignment: to shoot a TV commercial for Buick, featuring Peyton and aimed at boosting the company’s newest mid-size luxury automobile, the Verano. Manning, now the quarterback of the Denver Broncos, had signed a new advertising deal with Buick just two weeks earlier. “The timing was right, and Peyton likes to be in Tennessee,� said Tim O’Neill, advertising manager for Buick, that summer morning while at the shoot. The filming was big for Greeneville, as Manning joined an entourage of production workers, dozens of law enforcement personnel and several local extras that had been recruited for the event. The shoot was conducted along the West Andrew Johnson Highway near the Summer Street intersection. Crews spent

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Peyton Manning exits a Buick Verano early on Sunday morning, June 24, after shooting a Buick commercial on the U.S. 11E Bypass. much of the morning working from the parking lot of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church. Commercial crews simulated, with the help of local extras, a major traffic jam, using barriers, road cones, signs signaling road work, and Summers-Taylor trucks parked on the U.S. 11E overpass that crosses Summer Street. ULTIMATE SIGNAL-CALLER Here’s how the commercial goes: Manning is cruising along on the 11E Bypass in his new Verano, when

he suddenly comes upon a huge traffic jam. Using the car’s Intellilink GPS system, Manning is able to talk with his car by barking commands in football-signalstyle into the GPS, and the system responds by quickly telling him how to escape the upcoming traffic snarl. An in-car camera was installed to get close-up footage of Manning talking into the GPS.

the shoot. Manning arrived at the church lot just after 8 a.m. After he had a brief talk with the production team, as well as with O’Neill and others around the set, the shooting began. Manning was seated inside the Verano, and made several trips in which he began at the median cross-over in front of the church, traveled west on 11E, then turned around and headHOW IT ALL HAPPENED ed back east toward the Production workers “traffic jam.� arrived before dawn to The circuit was haltget things in place for ed a couple of times as

makeup artists rushed to the vehicle to make sure his appearance was the way they wanted it. By 9 a.m., that part of the shoot was over. Manning left the vehicle and went to the tent where a replay of the video was set up to view the work from the in-car camera. He then left the church parking lot for “base camp,� which had been established at the Quik Stop Market at the corner of the 11E Bypass and the Rogersville Road. A motor home was parked there for Manning, while the produc-

WHY GREENEVILLE? According to O’Neill, timing was the key reason that the commercial was filmed in Greeneville. The former University of Tennessee star had actually planned to be in East Tennessee around the time the commercial was filmed, playing in the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic at Blackthorn Golf Club at The Ridges. Timing, of course, wasn’t the only reason the commercial shoot worked when it did— Manning just likes to be in the Volunteer State. The Greene County Partnership’s Vickie Andrew played a major role in coordinating with Buick, as well as in recruiting the local extras for the shoot. “Vickie was just wonderful to work with,� said Michael Bigham, location scout for Buick. Bigham began working in Greeneville more than PLEASE SEE MANNING | 15

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A BANNER YEAR IN SPORTS WITH MANY WINNERS, CHAMPIONS

Greeneville Mayor W.T. Daniels, at left, presents Allen Johnson, at far right, a plaque from the Town of Greeneville, recognizing Johnson as the 2012 NHRA Quarterback Peyton Manning has been Tennessee’s best-known signal-caller for Drag Racing Series Pro Stock World Champion. His father and engine-builder, Roy years. A Buick TV commercial took his skills to new levels last June during a film- Johnson, at center, also attended the award presentation. Sun photo by Lauren ing in Greeneville that included the participation of many local residents and had Henry. Manning barking signals to an onboard GPS system. Sun photo by O.J. Early. GREENEVILLE WAS PEYTON’S PLACE FOR BUICK TV COMMERCIAL

NEW ALLENS BRIDGE IS OPENED FOLLOWING A 2-YEAR PROJECT

A new bridge serving motorists on West Allens Bridge Road in southern Greene Greeneville residents, from left, Neil, Kimberly, and Reid Perry, the sibling trio County opened in March 2013. Work has continued since early 2011 on a new, known as The Band Perry, announced plans earlier this year for the release of their wider, safer bridge at the location, which spans the Nolichuckey River. Sun photo second album, “Pioneer,� on April 2. Sun photo by O.J. Early. by O.J. Early. THE BAND PERRY READIES NEW ALBUM, ‘PIONEER’

LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OPENS WALKING TRAIL

BABB LOG HOME RISES AGAIN — IN DOWNTOWN SETTING

A paved, one-mile walking trail at Laughlin Memorial Hospital opened not only to About 50 people turned out last April at the Babb Log Home, in Fox Park, near the hospital staff but to the public in June 2012, and quickly became very popular the intersection of College and McKee streets in downtown Greeneville. The volunand much used. The trail circles the hospital campus. Sun photo by O.J. Early. teers assisted with re-assembly of the historic cabin. Volunteers, along with family members, worked to seal the homestead’s log walls. Sun Photo by O.J. Early.

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Congregations At 5 Churches Celebrate Major Milestones BY LISA WARREN STAFF WRITER

Two historic Greene County churches — Mt. Tabor United Methodist and Meadow Creek Presbyterian — celebrated 200th anniversary milestones during 2012. Another Greene County church, Mt. Pleasant United Methodist, marked its 175th anniversary. Two others, Cedar Creek Church of God, and Asbury United Methodist, celebrated centennials. MT. TABOR UM On May 20, 2012, a little more than a year after tornadoes damaged Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church and claimed the lives of three members of its congregation, the church came together to mark the 200th anniversary of its founding. Dr. Joe Miller is the pastor of the church, which is located in the Camp Creek/ Greystone area and is part of the UMC’s Greystone Circuit. Keynote speaker for the anniversary celebration was Holston Conference Bishop James E. Swanson. The first Mt. Tabor Church was organized in 1812 in a log structure. The land on which the first church was built was donated by Archibald McAfee, who settled in Greene County from Pennsylviana. The church became known as the McAfee Log Church, and was affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church. McAfee had purchased the land from John Sevier, the first governor of Tennessee. The current church building, which dates to 1927, was damaged last year by the tornadoes that struck on April 27, 2011. Three members of Mt. Tabor Church — Gene Harrison, Marty Myers and Brenda Myers — suffered fatal injuries when tornadoes struck their homes. Mt. Tabor’s church steeple was destroyed by the storm — with the exception of the bell, which was salvaged and reset within a newlyconstructed steeple which now sits atop of the church.

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A standing-room-only crowd was on-hand in May 2012 to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church.

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Meadow Creek Presbyterian Church marked its 200th anniversary in 2012 with a series of special services and events.

Church’s 175th anniversary celebration. The Rev. Roger Crim, pastor at Mt. Pleasant for the past 10 years, welcomed a large crowd. The Mt. Pleasant community was settled in the late 1700s by persons who were mainly of English and Scots-Irish descent. Many of these settlers had been brought up in the Methodist faith, and, thus, wanted to continue that tradition for their families in their new home, Crim said. In the 1820s, “a few hardy, brave Methodist men known as circuit-riding preachers” began to make their way into this area, he said. One of those circuitpreachers who eventually MEADOW CREEK came to the Mt. Pleasant PRESBYTERIAN community was the Rev. Meadow Creek Presbyte- Joseph Milburn. rian Church, at 4850 West It was Rev. Milburn who Allens Bridge Road, com- founded the first Mt. Pleasmemorated its 200-year anniversary in May. Members of Meadow Creek celebrated with a combination of special services. The Rev. Jeff Neikirk has served as Meadow Creek’s pastor since 2008. To commemorate the anniversary, the church held three days of events, beginning on a Friday and ending on the following Sunday. On Friday evening, a video was shown, titled “Find Us Faithful,” chronicling the birth of the church up to the present, with pictures, music and text that explained important aspects of the church’s long history. On Saturday, a small museum, filled with photos and artifacts of the church’s past, was on display on the first floor of the church. A dinner, along with a dramatic presentation entitled “Precious Memories,” concluded Saturday’s events. On Sunday, a worship service, a tree dedication in the churchyard, and dinner on the ground wound up the weekend’s events.

ant congregration, in a barn owned by community member Adam Bible. The congregration also later met in an upstairs room at Bible’s home. As the membership increased, it was eventually decided that a church building would be constructed on donated land, located adjacent to the Bible farm. “The site was 150 yards north of the present church and included the land we now refer to as the old cemetery,” Crim said. In 1882, a second church building was completed. The church was “a lovely frame building measuring 36x40 feet, nicely weatherboarded and painted white inside and out, plastered and wainscoted,” Crim said. The third and current Mt. Pleasant Church structure was dedicated on July 17, 1927.

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The stately brick building for these 100 years.” has served the Mt. Pleasant Rev. Woody said the congregation for the past 85 church was built in 1911-12 years. for the then-princely sum of $23,500, the result of “a ASBURY UMC vision that had deep roots.” In April 2012, Asbury The Rev. James A. MitchUnited Methodist Church, ell was the pastor when the at 201 N. Main St., in down- cornerstone on the current town Greeneville, celebrat- church building was laid on ed the 100th anniversary of Oct. 2, 1911. the church building’s dediThe church was named cation. after Bishop Francis One church member who Asbury, the first Methodist was recognized for long-time bishop ordained in Amermembership during the spe- ica. cial service was Elizabeth Tullock, who joined Asbury CEDAR CREEK United Methodist Church In July, Cedar Creek in 1932. Church of God, at 2800 The theme of the Rev. Cedar Creek Road, in David S. Woody’s Sunday- southern Greene County, morning sermon was “You’re marked its 100th anniFamily.” versary with a three-day Those attending the ser- weekend celebration that vice participated in a “Prayer included worship, food, fun, of Dedication” thanking God “for giving us a beautiful house of prayer and worship

music and history lessons. Cedar Creek Church of God got its start between the years of 1900 and 1912, thanks to the efforts of various individuals in the Cove Creek, Houston Valley and Cedar Creek communities, according to church historian Carolyn Renner Bowers, who compiled a written and pictorial history of the church. The church was initially founded as the “Church of God,” and met at the homes of David and Frances Waddell, Joseph and Laura Cornwell, William and Flora O’Dell, Anderson and Minnie Collins, and Anderson and Emma Holt. The Holt cabin still stands today at 185 Parman Road, serving as a reminder of the church’s primitive beginnings, Bowers said in her book. In 1921, land was purchased for a church building. “This land had been owned by William G. Broyles, and was located on what is now Garrett Hill Road, about one-half mile from the heart of Cedar Creek,” Bowers writes. The church structure was completed on May 2, 1922. “The church was then named Broyles Chapel Church of God, in keeping with a custom of the day by which churches were commonly named after the seller or donor of property for a church,” Bowers said. By the late 1960s, the Broyles Chapel congregation had grown to the point that church leaders decided to look to a new location. Five acres were purchased for the new church building from Ellis Freshour for $8,000 in 1969. In 1974, plans began for the new church facility, with groundbreaking on April 7, 1974. “By January 1975, the building was nearing completion, and the date of Feb. 2, 1975, was set as ‘Becoming Day’ for the church,” Bowers wrote in the church history. “This was to be the day on which Broyles Chapel Church of God was to ‘become’ Cedar Creek Church of God.” Since 2009, Cedar Creek Church of God has been led by Pastor Darryl and Susan Allen, along with youth minister E.J. Swatsell.

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The Band Perry Readies Second Album — With Local Help BY LISA WARREN STAFF WRITER

Greeneville’s own The Band Perry continued their string of country music successes during the past year with more No. 1 hits, national and international tours, and a soon-to-be released new album. Despite their fame, however, the musical siblings — Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry — did not forget their friends, family and fans back home in Greeneville, especially when it came time to make plans for their second album, titled “Pioneer.” The band announced that it would be giving a free concert in downtown Greeneville on March 30 to celebrate the release of the new album, which is due out April 2. Presented by the Greene County Partnership and sponsored by General Mills, the concert will also help to raise awareness for “Outnumber Hunger”: an initiative of General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America that is designed to help fight hunger in local communities by making sure food banks have plenty of meals for the needy. The outdoor show will be staged, beginning at 6 p.m., in the 200-block of North Main Street. In the case of inclement weather, the event will take place at the Hal Henard Elementary School gymnasium. This will be the second time that the Perrys have performed a free concert for their hometown

release of their debut, self-titled brothers wanted to come home album. to Greeneville to do part of the photography. BAND’S STAR KEEPS RISING As part of the photo shoot, the The Band Perry catapulted into band invited two local high school country music stardom with the marching bands to lend some success of their quadruple-plati- “color” to the look of their new num hit, “If I Die Young,” from album package. that first album, which also proMembers of the South Greene duced the hits “All Your Life,” and Chuckey-Doak high school “Hip to My Heart,” “Post Card marching bands — dressed in From Paris” and “You Lie.” their full band uniforms — were Nearly three years later, the invited to join the Perrys in a speband has millions of dedicated cial photo shoot at two Greeneville fans and plenty of shiny hardware locations in January, including after winning multiple Coun- one on West Depot Street in the try Music Awards and receiving downtown area. GRAMMY and Billboard Music The South Greene and ChuckAward nominations). ey-Doak bands were selected to The new album — scheduled participate in the photo shoot by for April 2 release — has already the group’s photographer based produced a No. 1 single, “Better upon photographs of the five local Dig Two,” which topped the Bill- high school marching band uniboard Country Chart in Febru- forms. ary, marking the band’s third No. In addition to having photos 1 single. taken with the local bands, the The album’s second single, siblings also were photographed “Done,” is also making its way up at various other sites in downthe charts. town Greeneville as part of the The Perrys will be attending the project. 48th annual Academy of Country Several photos from the shoot Music Awards, which will air on are included in the packaging CBS Television on April 7, begin- and design for the new album. ning at 8 p.m. The band is vying for “Vocal ‘MARCHING BAND’ IMAGE Group of the Year” at the ACM In thinking about inspiration awards show, along with the Eli for their new album, Kimberly Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Perry said that “One of the most Little Big Town and the Zac inspiring images that we had in Brown Band. our minds while we were writing for this album was a marching BANDS GET TO PARTICIPATE band.” When it came time to think “I have no idea why,” she fans to celebrate the release of an formed a mini-concert on Acad- about the packaging and design added. “I guess it was kind of album. emy Street, next to the Greene for their new album, Kimberly about the forward motion and In October 2010, the trio per- County Partnership, to mark the Perry said that she and her the unity of that picture.

Honors, Recognition Received By Wide Spectrum Of People BY SARAH GREGORY

He is continuing to write for the Sun on a parttime basis. He had served as Sports Editor since September 1990, following the August 1990 death of Claude “Tiny” Day.

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Last year brought many special honors, awards, recognitions, and achievements for numerous Greeneville and Greene County residents. KEN EARL Ken Earl, well-known Greeneville resident and retired Greeneville Water Superintendent, in June 2012 accepted an Air Medal earned 42 years ago while he was serving with U.S. Army forces as a combat helicopter pilot in South Vietnam. U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R1st, of Johnson City, presented Earl the medallion. For years, Earl said he took no action toward receiving the medal but contacted Roe in 2012 to see if it would be possible to receive the honor. Shortly after receiving the medal, Earl said the desire to pass it on to his children prompted him to contact Roe about receiving it. CLIFF KAYHART In May 2012, Greeneville centenarian Cliff Kayhart became the oldest known veteran to take an Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial and other Washington, D.C., landmarks. Born in 1911, he was 33 years old when he was involved in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II — Iwo Jima. Kayhart, who walked unassisted throughout the Honor Flight trip, said

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the trip was “wonderful” and that other veterans should take advantage of the opportunity.

District — better known as 911 — in 1989, and continues to serve as its board treasurer. He has served as president of the Appalachian Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and trustee of the Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett estate. He is also secretarytreasurer of the BartlettPatterson Corporation, which works to carry on the memory of President Andrew Johnson.

C. RAY ADAMS C. Ray Adams, Greeneville resident and founding partner of accounting firm Adams and Plucker, was the Exchange Club of Greeneville’s 2012 Book of Golden Deeds award recipient. The award is the Exchange Club’s highest individual honor for an individual and recognizes community service. Adams was recognized for a lifetime of service in education, on hospital boards, and in professional organizations. He has served on the Greeneville City Board of Education, the Laughlin Memorial Hospital board and the Laughlin Health Care Foundation. Adams also played a key role in establishing the Greene County Emergency Communications

WAYNE PHILLIPS The Greeneville Sun’s former and longtime Sports Editor, Wayne Phillips, retired from full-time work in October after 22 years as Sports Editor and more than 30 years with the publication. Phillips, well-known in the community and statewide for a high level of journalistic integrity and ability, was named Sports Editor Emeritus.

Rescue Squads (TARS). Kevin “Bucky” Ayers was elected to a second term as state vice president. Dale Dodds was elected to a third term as state historian. Bobby Darnell was elected state chaplain. Elections took place during the 57th annual TARS convention business meeting held in October in Knoxville.

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Honors Starts on Page 4 serving as event chair, accounting chair, and team development chair. For the 2013 event she will serve as accounting chair. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. PAUL HONEA Paul Honea received the top honor at the 124th Moose International Convention held June 28 through July 3, 2012 in Tampa, Fla., becoming the first person to bring the honor to the state of Tennessee. Honea was selected as Moose of the Year from a total international membership of 657,490. Honea enrolled in the local Moose Lodge in 2006. In the years since, he has served in every elective office, on every committee, and as chairman of many of the committees. FREDDIE COMBS Greeneville resident Freddie Combs sang his way into the hearts of judges and fans of “The X-Factor” talent-search show in September 2012. Then 40 years old and weighing 540 pounds, he was wheelchair-bound and had to be wheeled onstage by his wife, Kay. Once on stage, he launched into a performance of the song, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” earning approval from all four of the show’s celebrity judges. “I find your voice shockingly amazing,” said Britney Spears, “XFactor” judge and one of the most commercially successful recording artists in the history of popular music. All four judges gave Combs “yes” votes to proceed to the next level of the competition. Combs had high hopes

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUB Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County staffers Jenna Rader and Bridget Jones and board of directors members Laura Pendleton and Jerry Fortner were all recognized with state awards during 2012. Rader, a key youth

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Greene County Sports Featured Many Winners, Champions BY DARREN REESE

BASKETBALL Postseason basketball awards for this past season have yet to be announced, but 201213 has already brought some memorable basketball moments for local schools. The Greeneville boys rolled to a 12-0 record during the District 2AA regular season. However, once the postseason arrived, Chuckey-Doak showed a hot hand and went on to win the school’s first district tournament title in 23 years. The Black Knights proceeded to win their first regional tournament game since 2002.

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The past 12 months again brought many highlights in the Greene County sports world. At the top of the list was the achievement of Greeneville native Allen Johnson and his father, Roy, teaming up with their associates to win the 2012 NHR A Drag Racing Series Pro Stock world championship. But local athletes of various sports brought home many other athletic honors as well. ALLEN JOHNSON Back in the early 1980s, Roy Johnson had to make a tough parenting decision. His son, Allen, was struggling in college, raising two children, and couldn’t keep his focus on either due to a drag racing hobby. Roy needed some extra cash so he decided to solve both problems and sell the race car. Allen was furious. Roy made a deal with his son. “I told him, when he got his degree and [got his] own money, then I’ll help you,” Roy remembered. “I was thinking he would never give it another thought. “But he came back [to the sport], and here we are.” Where they are is at the pinnacle of the national drag racing circuit. With Allen as the driver and Roy as the enginebuilder, Johnson & Johnson racing won the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock world championship.

BOWLING The Greeneville boys’ bowling team advanced SUN PHOTO BY DARREN REESE CROSS-COUNTRY to the state tournaThe Greene County Partnership held a special celebration at the General Morgan Inn Greene County was ment, and senior Caleb for local race car driver Allen Johnson and his crew, who captured the 2012 NHRA Drag certainly well-repre- Nunn placed sixth as Racing Series Pro Stock World Championship. Johnson is shown above with his wife, sented at the 2012 state an individual. Pam, greeting those who came out to offer congratulations. cross-country championships in November.

ner-up in the 100-meter hurdles. She wasn’t the only Lady Buffalo who brought home high finishes, though. Mary Ann Murphy placed second in the 300meter hurdles, and Charlotte Murphy was fifth in the high jump. All three earned AllState status, and West Greene placed seventh in the state as a team. For the boys, Greeneville’s Simeon Roberts won the state championship in the 800 meters, while Roberts, Wesley King, Lawson Borrow and Wesley Pectol claimed the 4x800 relay title. Pectol earned All-State honors by placing fourth in both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs. Greeneville’s Quae Howard was All-State in the high jump with a STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS fourth-place finish. Greenev ille H igh Greeneville finished School won its fair share fifth in the state as a of TSSAA state champi- team. onships in 2012. Back in the spring of TENNIS 2012, the 4x800-meter In tennis, Chuckeyrelay team — consist- Doak’s Jordan Murphy ing of Wesley Pectol, and Makaela Bowman Lawson Burrow, Wesley teamed up to win their King and Simeon Rob- third straight district erts — placed first at the doubles’ championship, Class A/AA state track and advanced to the state and field championships. doubles’ quarterfinals. Roberts also claimed Greeneville freshman an individual state title Jaspal Mahal reached in the 800 meters. the state singles’ semiIn October, the finals. Greeneville boys’ crosscountry team won its GOLF second consecutive state The Chuckey-Doak boys championship. claimed the District 2-A/ And just last month, AA golf championship. the GHS wrestling team Greeneville had two won its first-ever state golfers advance to state duals’ title in dramatic — junior Blake Kinser fashion. and sophomore Grace At West Greene last Gass. spring, track senior Jenna Shaw raced to a state title in the 300-meter hurdles. BASEBALL North Greene had the best season of all the area baseball teams last spring, advancing to the TSSAA Class A State Tournament for the first time in school history. At the end of the year, pitcher Tyler Bailey was named second-team AllState by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association. Bailey, Brett Bolton and Zane Britton were recognized by the Tennessee Baseball Report by being selected for the Super F resh ma n- S ophomore Team. BOYS SOCCER The Greeneville boys’ soccer team advanced to the Class A/AA state tournament for the second year in a row. The Devils won their third straight region championship and finished with a 15-6-1 record. Junior Drew Fezell and sophomore Hays Culbreth were named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Class A/AA All-State team. Fezell scored 18 goals and 16 assists, while Culbreth led the team with 28 goals. TRACK Many local track standouts had a memorable trip to the 2012 TSSAA Spring Fling. The girls’ effort was highlighted by West Greene’s Jenna Shaw’s winning the state championship in the 300-meter hurdles and finishing run-

Not only did the Greeneville boys win a state championship, but the Lady Devils, as well as the South Greene girls, also made it to the state championships as a team. It was the first team appearance in the cross-country championships in South Greene history. Many local individuals also competed at the state level. Sierra McIntosh made it from West Greene, as well as Maddison Melch ion na a nd Simeon R ober ts f rom Chuckey-Doak.

VOLLEYBALL The South Greene volleyball team advanced to the state tournament for the fourth consecutive year. Seniors Maelyn Cutshaw and Javan Wilhoit, and junior Alora Ricker were named to the Class AA All-State team. North Greene saw its season come to an end only after reaching the substate round. GIRLS’ SOCCER Chuckey-Doak senior Hannah Riddle was named to the Class A/ AA All-State soccer team after scoring a schoolrecord 34 goals in 2012. FOOTBALL Greeneville High School’s run of two straight state championships came to an end as the Devils lost to Fulton in the second round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, West Greene won the first postseason game in school history with a vict ory over Cumberland Gap in the first round of the playoffs. Chuckey-Doak also advanced to the postseason. Three local players were named to the AllState team at season’s end: Greeneville’s Tyrus Rollins, West Greene’s Jaylynn Kesterson, and Chuckey-Doak’s Bryce Malone. Kesterson was named The Greeneville Sun’s Defensive Player of the Year, Malone was Offensive Player of the Year and West Greene’s Joe Case was the Coach of the Year.

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The two-story Babb Log Home, originally erected in 1787, was formally dedicated in June, preserving for the future the home of Revolutionary War veteran Seth Babb Sr. More than 50 Babb family members from several states attended the dedication at Fox Park, located near the intersection of College and McKee streets, in downtown Greeneville. “It is a little overwhelming,” said Daniel Babb, a Dallas resident and the family’s genealogist, during the event. “ We’ve worked for eight years, and it is almost hard to believe that it’s f inally here.” T he 22 -foot -by-2 4 foot structure is now on permanent loan to the Nathanael Greene Museum, and is being put to good use. In December, a garden was planted in Fox Park near the Babb Homestead. The garden will function as an educational sidelight. In addition, the public became involved in helping restore the more than 200-year-old home. CHINKING PARTY A “chinking party” was held last April, as local volunteers joined members of the Babb family in helping put daub in the spaces between the logs in the homestead’s walls. Chinking is a way of sealing the walls of log homes. During the day-long event, the largest crowd present at one time was between 20 and 30, according to Mitzi Busick, whose greatgreat-grandfather was

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Fletcher had. The garden will also serve another purpose: food will be grown for those in need. “It provides something for the community,” said Fletcher. “It’s educational. There are a lot of win-wins.” Harvesting of certain vegetables is scheduled to begin this spring, according to Heather Youngblood, with the Big Spring Master Gardener Association. Once the garden is harvesting on a regular basis, families that would be interested in getting vegetables must contact Christ United Methodist Church. One regulation is that those who partake in the garden’s products will also have to work in the garden, doing things like weeding and picking crops, said the Rev. Ginger Isom, pastor of the church.

ABOUT THE BABB HOME The Babb log home has a long history, and a useful and interesting one. After being built in 1787 along the presentday K ingsport Highway, it was in use for more than 100 years, until a larger house was built next door by Seth Babb’s descendants. The original structure continued to be used for other purposes, including as a barn. D u r i ng a 2004 Babb family reunion in Greeneville, family members toured the 18th-century structure, which was still standing, and made plans to dismantle and preserve it. In 2006, the homestead was disassembled. It was in storage until November 2011, when the walls were put in place at the current location in Fox Park.

Walkers in the community have helped to break-in a new walking trail during the past year. Laughlin Memorial Hospital celebrated the completion of its new Wellness Trail in June with a special ribboncutting ceremony. The one-mile paved trail, which circles the Laughlin campus on Tusculum Boulevard, is open free-of-charge to anyone who would like to use it. Hospital officials say that the trail has seen a great deal of use since its completion. “The number of people who have taken advantage of our

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Local Charitable Campaigns Drew Generous Donor Support BY LISA WARREN STAFF WRITER

RELAY FOR LIFE Several local charitable walks and fundraising drives also continued successful efforts during the past year — especially the Greene County Relay for Life, an annual community fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The Relay for Life was so successful in the past year that it was honored regionally by the Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division. For 2012, Greene County received special recognition for ranking third in the State of Tennessee and also for ranking ninth in the Mid-South division in fundraising, after local Relay for Life volunteers raised more SUN FILE PHOTO BY O.J. EARLY than $260,000. The annual American Cancer Society’s Greene County Relay for Life is one of the premiere fundraising events The Mid-South Diviheld in Greene County each year. sion includes Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky and Arkansas. Members of the Greene Relay committee and top team members learned of the recognition at the Division’s annual Summit banquet. The 2013 Relay For Life committee and teams are already in the planning process for this year’s event, which is planned for Friday, June 14, at the Greeneville Middle School track. For more information on how to be involved in Greene County’s fight against cancer, go online to www.relayforlife.org/ greenetn or call 926-2921.

The generosity of Greene Countians was again very apparent in 2012 when there was an opportunity, and a need, to support worthy causes. One of the premiere community fundraising drives held each year locally is the annual Greene County United Way Campaign. As of March 1, the current United Way campaign had raised $606,869 toward its goal of $650,000. This major campaign provides significant financial support to more than 20 local community organizations and programs, including: the American Red Cross of Greene County; the Girl Scouts; the Boy Scouts; the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County; CASA of Northeast Tennessee; CHIPS Family Violence Shelter; the Child Advocacy Center of the 3rd Judicial District; The Children’s Center; CONTACT Ministries; Family Resource Center of Greene County Schools; Family Support Center of Greeneville City Schools; Foster Grandparents Program; Frontier Health-Nolachuckey-Holston Area Mental Health Center; Greene County Cancer Program; GreenevilleGreene County Community Ministries/Food Bank; Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad; Literacy Council; Mountain Region Speech & Hearing Center; Opportunity House; Personal Support Services; RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program); Tennessee Poison Center; Tennessee Rehabilitation Center; and YMCA Scholarships. For more information about the United Way of SUN FILE PHOTO Greene County, call 639The Greeneville MS Walk raises thousands of dollars each year in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis 9361.

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Enjoying an afternoon of hot sun and summer fun in late June at the Hardin Park pool were, from left, Hunter A Capital Bank sign displays a scorching 105-degree Vrady, Autumn Moore, Jalen Cringler and Asia Manuel. Record-breaking heat peaked from June 29 through temperature on Saturday, June 30. July 1.

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And on Sunday, July 1, a 104-degree high broke the The USDA Tennessee Crop Weather report issued July 1 record high of 98 degrees set in 1954. on the Monday following the record-breaking weekend noted “70 percent short to very short” moisture levels HOTTEST EVER RECORDED for East Tennessee. The 104-degree readings recorded on Saturday, “The effect[s]t of the extended dry spell on crops have June 30, and Sunday, July 1, also marked the high- begun to show,” the report read, but added that “most est all-time temperatures on record for any date at crops continue to be rated in fair-to-good condition.” the UT Center. The dry spell in June was characterized by only The center began keeping records in 1932. 1.64 inches of local precipitation in Greeneville Prior to 2012’s blast of extreme heat, the all-time — well below the long-term average of 4.22 inches record high for any date had been 102 degrees record- for the month, according to the UT AgResearch & ed between July 28-29, 1952 at the UT Center. Education Center.

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Triple-digit temperatures that shattered longstanding heat records characterized the summer of 2012. The University of Tennessee’s AgResearch and Education Center, located on East Allens Bridge Road, reported record-breaking temperatures for three consecutive days: Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1, 2012. On that Friday, the high of 101 degrees broke the long-established 99-degree June 29 record set in 1936. TOLL ON CROPS (Please see related article on Page 5 in BenchThe next day, a scorching 104-degree reading The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National marks Section C: Agriculture, as well as other logged at the AgResearch Center shattered the June Agricultural Statistic Service reported that a shortage of articles in that section.) 30, 1954 record of 99 degrees. moisture in soil was taking a toll on some crops.

Support Starts on Page 9 Last year’s March for Babies resulted in about $44,000 being raised to benefit the organization that works to prevent birth defects and premature births. This year’s Greeneville March for Babies is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, on the campus of Greene Valley Developmental Center. For more information about participating, call the March of Dimes office in Johnson City at 461-8840.

GREENEVILLE MS WALK The annual Greeneville MS Walk held in April resulted in nearly $19,000 being collected to aid multiple sclerosis research and patient services. Contributions raised through this annual walk benefit the National MS Society. This year’s Greeneville MS Walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, on the campus of Tusculum College. For more information about MS or to register for the walk, go online to walktns.nationalmssociety.org or call local walk organizer Jan Pass at 639-1904.

KIDNEY WALK Last year, the citizens of Greeneville and Greene County helped to raise just over $10,000 in support of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation. This year’s Greeneville Kidney Walk is set for May 19 on the Tusculum College campus. “We are very excited about this year. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for kidney patients in Greeneville and Greene County,” said TKF spokesperson Jamie Gray. For more details, call 943-6358. SCOUTING FOR FOOD In November, local

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nearly 1,900 pounds of food delivered to the North Greene Community Ministries, in Baileyton. COAL FUND This year’s Coal Fund campaign, sponsored annually by The Greeneville Sun, brought in well over $100,000 to help heat the homes of Greene County families or individuals who might otherwise not have warmth in their houses during the winter months. This year’s final total, as of Jan. 2, was $109,072.14. “Because of the economy, I was amazed we

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Shipley said. “There’s a possibility other actions they had taken trying to stay warm could have started the fire, but we don’t have anything concrete.”

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Flames shooting into the sky and smoke billowing overhead on the morning of Oct. 19, 2012, alerted many people in downtown Greeneville to the fact that a major fire was burning. The blaze gutted a vacant two-story building at 306-308 W. Depot St. that most recently housed an exterminating business and a tattoo parlor. An investigation continues. Meanwhile, fire investigators continue looking into an arson fire on Oct. 21 that heavily damaged an adjacent building at 310 W. Depot St. That investigation was still under way in mid-March. There is no apparent connection between the two fires, Greeneville Fire Marshal Alan Shipley said in January.

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Greeneville firefighters direct a stream of water into the back of a building at 306-308 W. Depot St. on Oct. ARREST IN FIRST FIRE 19, 2012. The vacant building was gutted by fire several hours earlier, and hot spots popped up after the blaze Shipley and Mark Foulks, was extinguished. The property was razed soon afterward for public safety. The fire, and an unrelated fire two Greeneville fire chief, said days later in the building next door at 310 W. Depot St., both remain under investigation. in January it’s possible that people staying illegally in the two-story building at 306308 W. Depot St. may have started a fire in a sink to keep warm. In late December, 52-yearold Daniel Reid McAffry, who authorities said was homeless, entered a guilty plea to criminal trespassing in Greene County General Sessions Court and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with the sentence suspended, except for two days. McAffry was interviewed shortly after the fire was reported on the morning of Oct. 19, and he admitted to staying in the building, Greeneville police Detective Lt. Ray Allen Jr. said in January. McAffry’s father, George McAffry, operated an exterminating business in the building until his death in 2008. Investigators said the sink fire may have spread out of control, although an

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Workers from Malone Bros. Excavating Inc. demolish what was left of a two-story building at 306-308 W. Depot St. that was destroyed by fire on Oct. 19. 2012. Fire investigators continue an investigation into that fire, and into an unrelated blaze on Oct. 21 that heavily damaged an adjacent building at 310 W. Depot St., at right in the photo. exact cause of the destructive blaze had not been confirmed by March. McAffry denied having

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SECOND FIRE Arson appears to be the cause of the Oct. 21, 2012 fire in the building next door to the one that burned Oct. 19. “The second fire was definitely an intentionally set fire,” Shipley said in January. Damage to the building was so extensive it could not be entered by investigators. Evidence was collected using a city bucket truck positioned overhead. Interviews were still being conducted earlier this year in connection with the Oct. 21 fire. The two-story building at 310 W. Depot St. housed the former Depot Star Grill on the first floor. “We’re still looking at a few things,” Shipley said. “We’re still trying to run down any leads we have.” An unsecured area of the second floor contained an old bed. The building did have electricity hooked up. “There was a possibility [people] had been in that room,” Shipley said. “No one saw anyone.” J.T. Long, owner of the building at 310 W. Depot St., said last year after the fire that the building dates to the early 1900s. He said the second floor had once been a hotel. It was still standing in March. Long said he was in the process of renovating a first-floor kitchen when the Oct. 21 fire occurred. The state Bomb and Arson Investigation Section of the state Division of Fire Prevention is assisting in the investigation into the 310 W. Depot St. fire. “There’s nothing new at this time,” Shipley said in March.

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After assisting hundreds of families and individuals following the deadly series of tornadoes that ripped through the region on April 2728, 2011, AIDNET of Greene County formally “closed the books” on the volunteer organization’s response on July 31, 2012. AIDNET started 2012 holding weekly meetings of its board of directors, which began in June 2011 in response to the tornadoes a few weeks earlier. The severe storm killed seven people in Greene County, injured more than 100 others and caused in excess of $12 million in damages to houses, mobile homes, barns and other property. The communities of Camp Creek, Horse Creek, Ducktown and the South Central area bordering Washington County were especially hard-hit. Many residents benefited from AIDNETcoordinated projects that provided new housing, renovated homes and carried out other repairs and cleanup work. AIDNET stands for Assistance In Disaster Northeast Tennessee. The all-volunteer group was first organized in 2001 in response to serious flooding that damaged property in sections of Greene County and nearby areas. The volunteer organization re-formed following the tornadoes. In May 2012, AIDNET began the process of winding down its efforts and began bi-weekly meetings. By the time the organization transitioned to quarterly meetings on July 31, 2012, and

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AIDNET of Greene County officers and directors for 2012-13 were announced in October 2012 at a public meeting of the organization, held at First Baptist Church in Greeneville. Shown, from left, are: Wayne Bettis, director; Phil Gentry, director; Jan Leffers, treasurer; Jeff Idell, vice president; Valera Doherty, director; Wendy Peay, secretary; and Dr. James Kilgore, director. President Jim Ramey is not pictured.

IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS The accomplishments made possible by AIDNET volunteers, caseworkers and donors speak loud and clear through statistics compiled by Wendy Peay, secretary of the board of directors and executive director of United Way of Greene County. AIDNET of Greene County received 112 applications for assistance. Of that total: • 41 cases received materials and/or volunteer labor through AIDNET; • 29 cases were resolved without AIDNET help (other agencies and churches assisted); • 19 cases received volunteer help involving cleanup only; • 19 cases were ineligible for AIDNET assistance, including renters, people living in travel trailers or those who wanted help with medical bills and other bills that were not eligible for AIDNET assistance. • Four cases needed barn or shed repair only. Early on, AIDNET directors determined resources would be best used by focusing on housing. Taking volunteer hours and donated goods into account, AIDNET Treasurer Jan Leffers estimated the value of the work coordinated by AIDNET in Greene County at between $750,000 and $1 million.

FRAMEWORK IN PLACE The framework of AIDSUN PHOTO BY KEN LITTLE NET remains in place to An AIDNET of Greene County yard sale held over four weekends in March and April 2012 at the former Ross respond to future disasFurniture & Bedding store raised $20,888 to help fund projects benefiting survivors of the April 2011 torna- ters that may strike does. Shirley Fillers organized the yard sale, which was representative of the efforts of hundreds of AIDNET Greene County.

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Historic Trees Receive Recognition The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) added venerable mainstays of the community to the state’s Landmark Tree Registry in 2012 — Greeneville’s Andrew Johnson Willows and the Old Oak on the Tusculum College campus. The Tusculum Old Oak, above, stands 100 feet tall, with a circumference of 23 feet and a spread of 110 feet. The tree is between 250 and 300 years old. The nationally-famous Johnson Willows, below, are located at the Andrew Johnson Homestead, on South Main Street in Greeneville. The original tree was grown from a slip of the willow tree at the grave of Napoleon on the Island of St. Helena. It was brought to thenCongressman Andrew Johnson as a gift from naval officer and explorer Captain William Francis Lynch.

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“ If someth ing ever happens again, it would be nice to hit the ground running.” AIDNET will continue as a standalone charitable organization chartered with the State of Tennessee, rather than as an aff iliate of the Greeneville-Greene County Ministerial Association. All money donated to assist tornado sur vivors went exclusively toward that purpose, Ramey said. A IDN ET ’s board of directors met in October 2012 and again in January. The January meeting focused on putting policies and best practices in place that will allow A IDNET to remain active and able to quickly respond to any disaster situation. “We’re doing all the things we learned we needed to know a nd didn’t know two years ago,” Peay said. “ We did close out that disaster, and now we’re just tr y ing to get ready for the next one.”

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USS Greeneville Completes 6-Month Tour Of Western Pacific BY SARAH GREGORY STAFF WRITER

The USS Greeneville (SSN 772) returned from a six-month tour of duty in the Western Pacific during 2012. The Los Angeles-class submarine, commissioned in 1996, left port on June 5 and returned to its base in Hawaii on Dec. 14, 2012. USS Greeneville combines stealth capability with Tomahawk cruise missiles, mines, and torpedoes. The fast-attack nuclear sub conducts numerous operations such as covert surveillance, intelligencegathering, and Special Forces missions. Its crew is also trained and equipped, if necessary, to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, support battle operations, and engage in mine warfare. CHANGE OF COMMAND Prior to its June deployment, Greeneville was reported to be in “outstanding condition from a material, personnel and training standpoint,” according to Cmdr. Martin Muckian. Muckian took leadership of the submarine in February 2012, relieving Cmdr. Anthony Carullo. During a change of command ceremony held onboard the vessel at submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Carullo attributed the majority of his success as commander to the Greeneville’s crew. “Being a Greeneville sailor takes special drive and determination,” he said. Muckian agreed, saying, “to the men of the Greeneville, you have impressed me with not only your performance but in the way you take care of each other as true shipmates.” He added, “I am honored to join this crew as your captain and look forward to sailing with you.”

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An unknown woman waits at the dock, watching as the USS Greeneville makes its way into port at Joint Base Pearl HarborHickam, Hawaii, on Dec. 14. The sail of the fast-attack nuclear submarine was draped with a Hawaiian lei as the sub and its crew returned from a sixmonth deployment to the Western Pacific.

ment was in March 2011. Between deployments, the vessel underwent maintenance. The sub also engaged in training exercises to prepare for the June 2012 deployment. “The crew is very excited for the deployment,” said Muckian prior to leaving port in June. “They have worked extremely hard to prepare the submarine, and they are ready to execute a wide range of missions.” Muckian noted that many crew members were being deployed for the first time. ENTHUSIASTIC RETURN After six months away from their families, crew members enthusiastically greeted family and friends gathered at the Hawaii pier to welcome them home. As the sub pulled toward the pier, families waiting on land observed an oversized lei draped over the USS Greeneville, per Hawaiian tradition.

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Production crews were on hand early Sunday morning setting up for the commercial.

Manning Starts on Page 2 a week before the shoot. “She immediately took me to meet Chief [Terry] Cannon, Sheriff [Steve] Burns, Brad [Peters, Greeneville’s Public Works Director], the people I needed,” he said. ‘IT WAS A BLAST!’ Andrew was also assigned the job of finding 20 volunteers to serve as extras in the commercial, portraying drivers of the cars lined up in the “traffic jam.” Several of the extras, interviewed after the shoot, agreed that it was fascinating that producers chose Greene County as the setting for the advertisement, and it was exhilarating to participate in the filming of a commercial, especially one involving Manning. “It was a blast!” said Steve Kinser, husband of Tammy Kinser, the Greene County Partnership’s tourism director. “It was a great time just knowing what you were a part of.”

Kinser drove a GMC Sierra Denali during the shoot. “The amazing part is that they picked this area,” he said. “I don’t know how they picked us, but that was pretty cool.” Brandon Payne, driving a Chevrolet Silverado, found the whole aspect of the commercial interesting. “Very fast-paced,” Payne said. “You had to really listen to be on cue with it.” Ashley Shelton, an employee at the Greene County Partnership, also got to see first-hand the high-intensity of shooting a commercial. “This doesn’t happen everyday,” said Shelton. She drove a Chevrolet Impala. “To be a part of something that may never happen in Greeneville again is a big deal,” she said. “It’s amazing.” ‘IMPRESSIVE TO WATCH’ Sheriff Steve Burns was on hand for much of the shoot. He left impressed with what he saw. “It’s quite a production, isn’t it?” Burns said.

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Local drivers and construction crew members were used as extras in the production of a television commercial Sunday morning on the 11E Bypass at the Summer Street bridge. The cars were backed up in a fake traffic jam as part of the plot of the commercial, which starred NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.

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