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The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 4 ■ January 4, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents

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State budget pictures bleak

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5’Just getting started ...’

By SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer

Vols’ Kiffin excited about future after going 7-5 in debut season

architecture and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, said early designs for the Burj had it edging out the world’s previous recordholder, the Taipei 101, by

ATLANTA — If you thought state budgets were in bad shape last year, just wait: 2010 promises to be brutal for lawmakers — many facing re-election — as they scramble to find enough money to keep their states running without raising taxes. Tax collections continue to sputter. Federal stimulus dollars are about to dry up. Rainy day funds have been tapped. And demand for services — like Medicaid, food stamps and unemployment benefits — is soaring. As lawmakers head back to state capitols this month, budget woes range “from bad to ridiculously bad,” said David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poors in New York. “There are some states, those hit particularly hard by the recession, that I don’t think can cut spending enough. They’re running out of things to cut.” Typically, the worst budget years for states are the two years after a recession ends. Across the nation, budgets are already lean after several rounds on the chopping block. And unless lawmakers increase taxes or fees — unpopular moves in an election year — most will need to cut even more as they grapple with the steepest decline of tax receipts on record. Services ranging from higher education to programs for the elderly could be in jeopardy. The crunch could also mean new tolls to fund road projects, more prisoners being released early to trim corrections budgets, and the end of welfare programs that don’t bring federal matching dollars. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities offers a bleak forecast: State budget shortfalls are likely to reach a whopping $180 billion for the coming fiscal year, double the size of Texas’ annual budget. “It’s going to be the toughest year yet,” said Raymond Scheppach, director of the National Governors Association, who predicts funding could evaporate for higher education, the arts and economic development. “The states haven’t hit bottom.” Mary Ann Neureiter,

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Nina Manning looks through some of the clothes at the Cove Clothes Closet. The program, an outreach of the women’s Sunday school class at Richardson Cove Baptist Church, collects donated clothes and gives them to people in need.

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Richardson Cove’s covenant Baptist church’s women’s Sunday school reaches out to needy By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer RICHARDSON COVE — A new ministry through Richardson Cove Baptist Church is offering free clothes for people who need them. Cove Clothes Closet is an outreach of the women’s Sunday school class for the church. They’ve got clothes for men, women and children, along with bedding and other items. “We just take whatever people donate to us,” said Nina Manning, who was supervising it Saturday.

The closet is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Saturday at the old Richardson Cove Baptist Church location at 3238 Pittman Center Road. The church has relocated a few miles away, allowing them to use the old building for the weekly events. They started in August, taking donations from church members and others in the community and giving them to people who came by and had a need. The response has been strong. “It’s exceeded our expectations,” Manning said. People who want to bring by more clothes can come by on

Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., or they can call Manning at 4534526 to make an appointment to drop them off. For the most part, they give out clothes at the appointed hours, but Manning said she has opened on other days to help out in an emergency. There’s no applications to fill out, although they ask people to sign in, given an address and write down how many people they’re trying to find clothes for. Anyone can come in to look for clothes, she said. “That’s why we’re doing it, is to help people out.” n jfarrell@themountainpress.com

Dubai building tells tallest tale At a reported 2,684 feet, it is now the biggest By ADAM SCHRECK Associated Press Writer

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Obituaries Bobby Smith, 65 Maxine Lazzara, 77

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dubai is set to open the world’s tallest building amid tight security today, celebrating the tower as a bold feat on the world stage despite the city state’s shaky financial footing. But the final height of the Burj Dubai — Arabic for Dubai Tower — remained a closely guarded secret on the eve of its opening. At a reported height of 2,684 feet, it long ago vanquished its nearest rival, the Taipei 101 in Taiwan. The Burj’s record-seeking developers didn’t stop there. The building boasts the

Burj Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, opens today. most stories and highest occupied floor of any building in the world, and ranks as the world’s tallest structure, beating out a television mast in North Dakota. Its observation deck — on floor 124 — also sets a record.

“We weren’t sure how high we could go,” said Bill Baker, the building’s structural engineer, who is in Dubai for the inauguration. “It was kind of an exploration. ... A learning experience” Baker, of Chicago-based

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Banker with brains of a heart surgeon

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CNB’s Laseena Patterson once planned to be a heart surgeon.

the University of Tennessee. It’s a long road that brought her to the banker’s desk. “When I was a kid I wanted SEVIERVILLE — Certainly to be a veterinarian,” Patterson plenty of people’s hearts have skipped a beat as they signed on says. “By the time I got to college, I wanted to be a cardiolothe dotted line at a loan closing gist like my dad.” after reading the full amount That led to the major that they’ll pay back with interest. brought her into courses like Fortunately, Citizens National Bank keeps an executive on staff biochemistry, pharmacology and organic chemistry, and those who trained to be a cardiologist in turn led her to rethink some if that skip should expand to things. cover a few beats. “A few classes were really Laseena Patterson, who serves as an assistant vice president and horrible,” Patterson says with a laugh. “When I graduated, I executive banking officer, actually holds a pre-med degree from couldn’t decide if I wanted to go on to med school or do some-

thing else. I was supposed to apply to grad school within a year but I just couldn’t decide. I think I had just gotten tired of school.” As she was working to make up her mind, providence stepped in, taking the form of a temporary job with Citizens National Bank (CNB). “I got a job offer from CNB to work here while I made up my mind,” Patterson explains. “That was five years ago. I guess I didn’t really make up my mind, but I did decide I want to stay at the bank. I love it.” See NEIGHBOR, Page A4


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Lessons of a weekend of free health care Dozens flock to Union County HS to get some help By ADAM GELLER AP National Writer MAYNARDVILLE — The two-hour drive is done, but Hannah and Jack Hurst leave the Honda’s engine running. Hannah’s prayers have brought them here. Now there’s little to do but turn up the car’s heat, get some sleep and wait for morning — and a set of glass and metal doors to open. Still, Hannah doesn’t complain. The 26-yearold mother of three has waited “pretty much as long as I can remember� to escape the pain throbbing through her jaws. Jack lost his road construction job a year ago and health insurance is out of the question. If the answer to Hannah’s misery lays behind those doors, what’s 10 hours more? Out in the dark, the Hursts have plenty of company. Even before 10 p.m. on this Friday in late fall, nearly 50 cars ring the lot. By 6 a.m. Saturday, more than 400 men and women stand tightlipped and bleary-eyed under the Big Dipper. By day’s end, as long as they keep tempers in check and sleep from their eyes, they will win the privilege of care from a dentist or a doctor. In a country convulsed over health care, the scene is alarming. But it is always the same, Stan Brock says. For 17 years, Brock has piloted a nonprofit called Remote Area Medical, offering free health care to the uninsured, the underinsured and the desperate. Brock has seen so many crowds like the one outside Union County High School he chides himself for losing track of whether this is RAM’s 578th expedition or its 587th. Yet in every crowd, there are hundreds of Hannah Hursts, each a unique testament to the nation’s ragged pursuit of health care answers. Over the next two days, RAM’s volunteers will examine, extract and prescribe hundreds of solutions for individual aches and afflictions. They will, in the few moments left, attempt to convince patients they’ll probably never see again of the virtues of healthier living and continuous care. They

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People wait in the hall for eye exams during a Remote Area Medical clinic held at Union County High School in Maynardville in November. Remote Area Medical is a nonprofit organization, whose volunteers offer free health care to the uninsured, the underinsured and the desperate. will try to answer Hannah Hurst’s prayers. Lawmakers debating reform could almost certainly learn something here in the trenches. But the most striking lesson might also be the most daunting: To fix health care inequities, expanding insurance alone may not be enough. ——— “Good morning folks,� Brock booms in an accent crisp with authority. “We’re going to get started on time.� It is precisely 6 a.m. and Brock has just pushed open the high school’s doors, questions ready. “Who’s here to see a dentist?� More than half raise their hands. Who needs an eye doctor? Almost as many. Who needs a medical doctor? Scattered hands go up, but Brock expects that, too. “Really, they all need to see a doctor,� he says. “They just don’t want to lose their place on line.� Ronnie and Debbie Erwin have driven 2 1/2 hours from Johnson City. Insurance from her job covers his care for spinal stenosis. But the prescriptions caused his teeth to disintegrate and infection followed. Insurance doesn’t cover that. “My doctor said you’ve got to do something or it’s going to kill you,� Ronnie says. Melissa Hayes, a home health aide from nearby Luttrell, has waited since 11:30 p.m. with her daughters, aged 5, 7 and 10. Her

oldest, Brittney Prince, can’t see the board at school, but the family can’t afford glasses. Joe Mason is anxious about a broken molar, but if there’s time, he’s thinking about seeing a doctor, too. The idea, though, leaves him uncertain. “How do you go in there and talk to a doctor? I probably haven’t been to one in 20 years,� says Mason, 31. “I mean, what are you supposed to say to one?� ——— “Who’s got No. 1?� The day’s first patients are waved in to “triage� — the school cafeteria. Decide which need is today’s priority, volunteers urge. There won’t be enough time or doctors to deal with them all. “Dental?� Go to the gym. “General medical?� In the classrooms down the hall. It’s just 45 minutes from RAM’s base in Knoxville to Maynardville, the center of a county of 19,000 set amid corduroy ridges. But the volunteers’ arrival is the product of a long and

convoluted journey. It began in the Amazon. Brock, a British boarding school dropout, landed there more than 50 years ago and turned himself into a South American cowboy. He left in the 1960s to wrestle anacondas and rope giraffes on a popular U.S. television show, “Wild Kingdom.� But in 1985, settled in Knoxville, he began organizing medical relief flights back to the region. Seven years later, he got a call. The only hospital in Hancock County, Tenn., had closed and the sole dentist had moved away. “We literally loaded a couple of 400-pound dental chairs that we borrowed into the back of a pickup truck and we went up there with a couple of dentists,� Brock says. “It wasn’t long before another county called and on and on and on and on.� Hundreds of expeditions later, Americans have become the group’s main mission. For all their planning, RAM’s people never know entirely what to expect. Neither do their patients.

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Although the Hursts got to Maynardville early, they lost their place in line when police cleared the parking lot because of shots from nearby woods. It turned out to be just some teenagers hunting. By the time the couple reaches the gym, dentists clustered around 38 portable dental chairs fill the Union County Patriot’s home court. Patients pack the bleachers. Finally, Hannah Hurst is called to a chair and explains why she’s come. In pregnancy, her mother suffered from a calcium deficiency. Hannah’s baby teeth decayed fast. It was even worse with her permanent teeth and disease filled her gums, swollen with abscesses. Insurance either wasn’t enough or dental wasn’t covered. Four years ago, Hannah saved enough to reach a dentist’s chair, when her phone rang. Her aunt, hospitalized with cancer, had taken a turn for the worse. She rushed out, even though a spring breeze can

trigger pain that knocks her to her knees. Back home in Campbell County, worshippers at Sled Creek Holiness Community Church have prayed, even fasted, to help Hannah heal. Today Hannah is ready to embrace the answer. Please, she asks, pull them all out. ——— It’s calmer in the classrooms reserved for medical doctors, but the patients’ stories are at least as telling. “I went to college. I’m a graduate. I just never thought I’d ever be here,� Earleen Black says. Until losing her job eight months ago, Black was a radiology technologist. She’s embarrassed to ask for help. But bursitis has attacked her hip like a baseball bat. She’s relieved when a doctor administers a shot without charge, but mystified there was almost no wait. The truth is, many are here only because their blood pressure registered too high to undergo the dentist’s drill. Daniel Drake’s blood pressure came in at an eye-popping 200/120. He chalks it up to an energy drink and leaves happy when a pill brings it down enough to get his tooth See HEALTH CARE, Page A3

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fixed. But Dr. Alan Weder, a Michigan researcher volunteering for the weekend, shakes his head. “If that’s the way he’s walking around, his risk of having a heart attack or a stroke in the next five years is probably 20 to 30 percent,� Weder says. “And that’s for want of 30 cents in medicine.� Comprehensive insurance could resolve the patient cost dilemma, Weder says. But the problems go beyond that. Weder notices many patients who say they can’t afford basic prescriptions — now carried by discounters for as little as $4 a month — have cigarettes in their shirt pockets that cost more than the pills. When Kevin D’Angelo, a dentist from upstate New York who’s volunteered at more than 20 RAM expeditions, asks patients what they drink, the most common answer is Mountain Dew, often five or six cans a day. The only way to get teeth as bad as some he sees, D’Angelo says, is almost never to have brushed at all. While some of those waiting speak glowingly of their regular physicians, others recount the difficulty of getting in to see a doctor or a dentist in rural areas where providers and openings for people without insurance are in short supply. There’s only so much a weekend’s barrage of free care can solve. RAM, says Bruce Behringer, an expert on Appalachia’s public health needs at East Tennessee State University, “is a symptom of the problems in the health care system, not a solution.� ——— Hannah Hurst is back for Day 2. Yesterday, RAM’s dentists pulled 16 of her teeth. In the gym, Trey Parker, a University of Louisville dental student, welcomes her return. But before reaching for his tools, Parker honors Hannah’s request, linking hands with Jack and two other volunteers. “Lord,� Parker says, “let Hannah have the strength

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Dr. Bill Collins, right, working on patient Mendy Johnson as University of Louisville student volunteers Emily Harding, center and Farzan Pouranfar watch during a clinic held by Remote Area Medical at Union County High School in Maynardville, to bear through getting all her teeth pulled; that she can hold up; that her jaw will be made whole and that she can live a happier life being a mother. In the name of Jesus Christ.� “Amen.� Today is a bit of a gift. By 9 a.m., just 260 patients have come through the door. RAM’s volunteers may get to everybody. But patients still fill the bleachers and line a hallway, a case study in needs health care reform may not answer. Take Hannah Hurst’s teeth. Proposals by Congressional Democrats, while they would greatly expand traditional medical coverage, won’t cover dental care, except for children. It’s no better for vision care, not covered for adults under either the House or Senate bills. Changing the economics, though, is just the start. “There’s a culture that sort of surrounds the problem,� Brock says. All the high blood pressure readings aren’t a coincidence. Heart disease, hypertension and diabetes are serious problems throughout Appalachia. That is the result of smoking, lack of exercise, unhealthy diets and obe-

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Its dentists have extracted 852 teeth and filled 234 others; 345 pairs of eyes have been tested; 87 people have been examined by a medical doctor. If RAM was going to send out a bill, it would total $138,370. Does that make it a solution to a crisis or a symptom? The answer may lie beyond the bottom line. When Brittney Prince goes back to school Monday, she’ll be wearing her first pair of eyeglasses. “Momma,� she says, gazing outside, “the grass is not fuzzy any more.� And when Hannah Hurst — her toothless mouth stuffed with gauze — is helped from the chair, she hugs her caregivers. At church, raising money for dentures may have to wait until spring. But, at last, her prayers have been heard. “There is no other answer for it but God and it just makes me so much more thankful,� she says. “It truly is my testimony now. You keep praying, you keep asking, and your answer will be there sooner or later.�

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Technology access center open for donations in Knox From Submitted Reports KNOXVILLE — Persons who recently upgraded their computer system and want to know where to drop off their old computer have a place that will take it and can use it. The East Tennessee Technology Access Center will accept Pentium IV computers or newer. All computers must be in good working condition. Hard drives will be wiped clean before distribution. ETTAC is a regional nonprofit agency that helps people with disabilities. The staff adapts computers with specialized software and hardware that are then given or loaned to clients with disabilities to enable them to lead more productive lives. All donations are tax-deductible. Computers can be dropped off at ETTAC’s Knoxville office, 4918 N. Broadway, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 219-0130 for more information or visit www.discoveret.org/ettac.

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OBITUARIES

In Memoriam

Bobby Gene Smith

Bobby Gene Smith, 65, of Oakvale, W.Va., passed away January 1, 2010 at Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a short bout with cancer. Born December 5, 1944, in Hinton, he was the son of the late Della Faye and Oliver Carl Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Noah and Carl Lee Smith. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Rachel Smith of Oakvale; five daughters, Regina (Allen) Weeks of Oakvale, Karen (Rodney) Bixler of Sevierville, TN, Melissa Riddle of Winston-Salem, NC, Crystal (Robert) Benson of White Plains, TN, and Debbie Smith of Princeton; two sons, Teddy (Rita) Smith of Kodak, TN, and Freddie (Trish) Smith of Shawsville, VA; three brothers, Arthur (Betty) Smith of Princeton, George (Lou) Smith and Lewis Smith, brother of Sevierville, TN; one sister, Annabelle Liilly Kirby of Union; 14 grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and his extended family at Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. In keeping with his wishes, his body will be cremated. A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2010, at the G.E. Davis Chapel of Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale with Pastor Tony Miller officiating. The Smith family is being served by Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale. Online condolences may be sent to the family at fredekingfs@frontiernet.net

Maxine A. Lazzara, 77 of Sevierville, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. She is survived by her children, Jonnie & Gary D’Andrea of Knoxville, Toni Lee Lazzara of Phenix City, Al. Dr. Frank Russell & Myongyo Lazzara Jr. of Augusta, Ga. and Cathy Ann Elder of Sevierville; brother, Bill & Judy Woodruff of Sanford, Fla.; sister, Ora Lea Humburg of Sevierville; nine grandchildren; two great granddaughters; sister-in-law, Nancy Lazzara of Easton, Pa. and brotherin-law, Sal Lazzara of Easton, Pa.; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and great nieces and nephews and many friends. Funeral and Rosary services were Sunday at Rawlings Funeral Home. Rev. W.W. Cope and Deacon Larry West conducted the services. Graveside services will be Monday at noon at the Pigeon Forge Cemetery. n www.rawlingsfuneralhome.com

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who runs an adult day care center in suburban Atlanta, saw her state aid cut in half in 2009. The Cambridge House Enrichment Center once offered state-subsidized care to 10 low-income clients with disabilities such as Alzheimer’s. It’s now down to three, and Neureiter fears the funding could dry up altogether this year. “It’s heartbreaking because I foresee, in the coming year, it’s going to get even worse for services for the elderly,� she said. States had already closed a $146 billion gap when they put together their budgets for the current fiscal year. They were short by about 20 percent, with 36 states now reporting an additional shortfall of $28.2 billion for the fiscal year that ends in June, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. That’s because state tax collections lagged behind even projections revised downward to be more pessimistic. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia have already slashed spending on popular services, including education, health care and services to the elderly and disabled. With cuts reaching into classrooms and hitting the neediest residents, elected officials will be under increasing pressure to find more revenue. But in a number of fiscally conservative states, leaders have pledged not to raise taxes, leaving them few options. In Oregon, voters go to the polls Jan. 26 to decide whether to uphold tax increases the Legislature imposed on corporations and higher-income residents. Scott Moore, of the protax group Vote Yes for Oregon, said the $727 million tax increase package will protect schools and critical services while keeping the burden off middle-class families. But Pat McCormick of Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes argues the tax increases will cost the state private sector jobs and keep it in recession. Lawmakers in other states will be watching to see what happens, said Corina Eckl, fiscal policy director for the National Conference of

By JENNIFER KAY Associated Press Writer MIAMI — A secretive motel guest in the Florida Keys checked in under a fake name, paid in cash, stockpiled canned food and insisted on cleaning his own room. He even covered his car — all an attempt, authorities said, to elude police after he was accused of gunning down four relatives at Thanksgiving dinner. But Paul Merhige’s cover was blown when the motel owners recognized him in a preview for the television show “America’s Most Wanted� on Saturday night. Melinda Pfaff told The Associated Press on Sunday that she and her husband, Paul, rarely saw Merhige during his four-week stay at their Edgewater Lodge on Long Key. He had checked in

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State Legislatures. “It really could be a bellwether for public tolerance,� she said. One possible rescue could come in the form of more stimulus money from Washington, but the prospects are uncertain. States last year were able to tap President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package to soften the blow of budget cuts, mainly in education and health care, and some of that money is still left. Politics are also at play. Twenty-two governorships are open in 2010, meaning incumbents on their way out the door could try to hand off the budget misery to their successors. Some are already signaling the pain ahead. In Washington state, Gov. Christine Gregoire has said she will propose a tax increase package to help close a $2.6 billion state budget deficit. In California, the new House speaker has said a mix of taxes and spending cuts will be needed fill another massive $21 billion budget deficit. In New Jersey, incoming Gov. Chris Christie has promised not to raise taxes his first year in office despite a $9 billion shortfall. He’s looking at budget cuts of up to 25 percent in state agencies. And in Idaho, Republicans are pushing to cut individual and corporate taxes by more than one-third over the next decade, saying it would breathe life into the state’s sputtering economy.

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about 33 feet (10 meters). The Taiwan tower rises 1,667 feet (508 meters). The Burj’s developer, Emaar Properties, kept pushing the design higher even after construction began, eventually putting it about 984 feet (300 meters) taller than its nearest competitor, Baker said. He is keeping quiet about the exact height. Dubai’s ruler will open the tapering metal-and-glass spire with a fireworks display Monday evening. Security is expected to be tight. Local newspapers quoted Maj. Gen. Mohammed Eid al-Mansouri, head of the protective security and emergency unit for Dubai Police, saying more than 1,000 security personnel, including plainclothes police and sharpshooters, will be deployed to secure the site for the opening. Work on the Burj Dubai began in 2004 and continued rapidly. At times, new floors were being added almost every three days, reflecting Dubai’s raging push to reshape itself over a few years from a smalltime desert outpost into a cos-

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But her husband became worried when he realized Friday that he hadn’t seen the guest for several days. “He opened the door and my husband said, ’Are you OK? I haven’t seen you,�’ Melinda Pfaff said. “The room looked neat, not disarrayed or anything. He said he was fine and he was enjoying his rest.� Paul Pfaff was watching television Saturday night when he saw the “America’s Most Wanted� preview and realized Merhige was his guest. Melinda Pfaff then double checked the show’s Web site, which also had surveillance video. “I had seen the way he walked, the way he shifted his eyes, the smile. It wasn’t just a picture recognition — it was, yes, I see that it is him,� she said. The couple called the tip line, and U.S. Marshals and local deputies soon busted the sliding door glass to his motel room, authorities said.

mopolitan urban giant packed with skyscrapers. By January 2007, thousands of laborers, many of them brought in on temporary contracts from India, had completed 100 stories. The finished product contains more than 160 floors. That is over 50 stories more than Chicago’s Willis Tower, the tallest record-holder in the U.S. formerly known as the Sears Tower. At their peak, some apartments in the Burj were selling for more than $1,900 per square foot, though they now can go for less than half that, said Heather Wipperman Amiji, chief executive of Dubai real estate consultancy Investment Boutique. Besides luxury apartments and offices, the Burj will be home to a hotel designed by Giorgio Armani. It’s also the centerpiece of a 500-acre development that officials hope will become a new central residential and commercial district in this sprawling and often disconnected city. It is flanked by dozens of smaller but brandnew skyscrapers and the Middle East’s largest shopping mall. That layout — as the core

of a lower-rise skyline — lets the Burj stand out prominently against the horizon. It is visible across dozens of miles of rolling sand dunes outside Dubai. From the air, the spire appears as an almost solitary, slender needle reaching high into the sky. The Burj’s opening comes at a tough time for Dubai’s economy. Property prices in newer parts of the sheikdom have collapsed by nearly half over the past year. The city-state turned to its richer neighbor Abu Dhabi for a series of bailouts totaling

$25 billion in 2009 to help cover debts amassed by a network of state-linked companies. Burj developer Emaar is itself partly owned by the government, but is not among the companies known to have received emergency cash. Emaar has said the entire Downtown Burj Dubai development, which includes the tower, will cost $20 billion to build. Sales of properties around the Burj are meant to help pay for the tower itself, which analysts say is unlikely to be profitable on its own.

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Wearing a pair of cargo shorts, Sven Staffors shovels his sidewalk near Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., on Sunday. The National Weather Service issued a lake-effect snow warning for the Syracuse area with 5 to 9 inches of snow predicted over the course of the day.

Get ready for a very frigid week The Associated Press As children prepared to go back to school and those who had been on vacation for the holidays to return to work, forecasters Sunday predicted a week-long stretch of frigid weather and a snowstorm for both Kentucky and Tennessee. “Everybody’s going to be shivering from this one, all the way down to Florida,” said Nashville, Tenn., meteorolgist Sam Herron with the National Weather Service. “This is a widespread pattern across the whole eastern United States. It’s the whole

eastern half of the country (that) is in the icebox.” The weather service also said a snowstorm is likely to arrive Wednesday night into Thursday, affecting most of Kentucky and Tennessee, with anywhere from 1 to 4 inches accumulation expected. Forecasters said the plummeting temperatures were caused by an Arctic high pressure system keeping temperatures 15 to 20 degrees below normal. Highs each day this week were expected to stay in the 20s to near 30, with zero, single-digit or teen

wind-chill temperatures. Nightime wind-chills could drop even lower, especially later in the week. The latest forecasts for both states show subfreezing temperatures are expected to last through the week and into next weekend. In Kentucky, 2007 marked the last time there was a stretch of at least six days when highs were below freezing, the weather service said in its Web site. In Tennessee, Herron said the last time the state experienced a string of subfreezing temperatures was in 2000 with five days.

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Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters are forecasting on average that 23,000 jobs were lost. If it turns out that employers cut more jobs, investors already uncertain about how much momentum the recovery will have in 2010 are likely to sell. But a surprisingly strong report could have an equally chilling effect on stocks. The concern in the market is that a healthier economy will lead the Federal Reserve to pull back its stimulus measures, and investors aren’t sure of the economy’s ability to flourish on its own. The January effect could also be threatened by fourth-quarter earnings. Investors have already been pricing in strong earnings reports, especially since the results are being compared against companies’ terrible results from the final three months of 2008. But if the reports aren’t strong enough, if companies are still showing weak revenue growth

or if their outlooks for the future fall short of expectations, January could be a troubling month in the market. “Earnings are critical. That’s the ultimate grounding that the financial markets have,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank in Chicago. “If something is off, the market may have a small pullback.” Still, if the January effect holds, there will be plenty of gains to be had, especially if small cap stocks, as expected, outperform big and midcap stocks. Typically, mutual fund managers and other institutional investors, who sell off the shares of riskier small companies to make their end-of-year balance sheets look better, then buy them back early in the new year. “It’s competitive among money market managers,” Harrison said. “They want to outpace their peers, and they will invest early and more in the market.”

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The stock market faces a big test as 2010 trading gets under way: whether its performance will be lifted by the phenomenon known as the January effect, or squelched by uncertainty about the economy. The January effect is the buying blip that often occurs with the start of a new tax year. Investors who sold stock before the end of the old year to claim a tax loss reinvest that money when trading begins again. Market historians and many investors are fascinated by the January effect because it often sets the tone for the rest of the year. In 2009, stocks were up at the start of January; although they were at 12-year lows two months later, they ended the year having had their best performance since 2003. “If the first five trading days of January are up, the end of January will usually be up and the correlated end of the year is usually up,” says Ray Harrison, Principal of Harrison Financial Group in Citrus Heights, Calif. “I say, usually, but I believe we’re headed that way.” The economy, however, could trip up a January effect. The coming week brings some critical economic reports including the Labor Department’s employment report for December. The government’s news last month that employers cut just 11,000 jobs in November, far fewer than the market anticipated, has lifted expectations for the report due out Friday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence agencies did not miss a “smoking gun” that could have prevented an alleged attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser said Sunday. White House aide John Brennan cited “lapses” and errors in the sharing of intelligence and clues about the Nigerian man accused in the foiled attempt. “There is no smoking gun,” Brennan said. “There was no single piece of intelligence that said, ’this guy is going to get on a plane.”’ Brennan is leading a White House review of the incident. Obama has said there was a systemic failure to prevent the attack, which he said was instigated by an affiliate in Yemen of the al-Qaida terrorist network. Obama ordered a thorough look at the shortcomings that permitted the plot, which failed not because of U.S. actions but because the would-be attacker failed to set off a deadly detonation. The president has summoned homeland security officials to meet with him in the White House Situation Room on Tuesday. Brennan cited “a number of streams of information” — the 23-year-old suspect’s name was known to intelligence officials, his father had passed along his concern about the son’s increasing radicalization — and “little snippets” from intelligence channels. “But there was nothing that brought it all together.” “In this one instance, the system didn’t work. There were some human errors. There were some lapses. We need to strengthen it. But day in and day out, the successes are there.” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab apparently assembled an explosive device, including 80 grams of Pentrite, or PETN, in the aircraft toilet of a Detroit-bound Northwest flight, then planned to detonate it with a syringe of chemicals. Passengers and crew subdued the suspect when he tried to set off the explosion. He succeeded only in starting a fire on himself. “What we need to do as an intelligence community, as a government, is be able to bring those disparate bits and pieces of information together so we prevent Mr. Abdulmutallab from getting on the plane.” Brennan didn’t say whether anyone is in line to be fired because of the oversights. He stood by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, although he acknowledged she has “taken some hits” for saying that the airline security system had worked. It didn’t, and she clarified her remarks to show she meant that the system worked only after the attack was foiled, Brennan said. Chapter 7 •

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Sevier County Right to Life will gather in its annual memoriam for a march to remember the 60 million unborn babies who have been killed in abortion on Sunday. This will be a solemn march beginning at the Pigeon Forge Community Center at 1:45 p.m. Participants will walk silently to the Parkway and up the Parkway to the Country Tonite Theater, approximately one mile. At the theater the group will go inside and begin a very special program in celebration of the sanctity of life. The program will begin at 2:45 p.m. with a prayer afterward. The program will end at approximately 4:15 p.m. For more details, call chairpersons Terry Aparicio (654-7685) and Louis Kahl (384-5441).

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On Jan. 21, Sevier County Extension will be offering an Arthritis Foundation tai chi program. The seven-session program is designed for people with arthritis. Classes will be held every Thursday, Jan. 21 through Feb. 25, with one additional class on Feb. 23. Each class will be from 6-7 p.m. at the Extension Office near the fairgrounds. The cost of the seven sessions is $40. For more information or to sign up, contact Linda Hyder at 453-3695 or e-mail to lhyder@utk. edu. Registration is needed by Jan. 15.

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An Austin Peay State University student will attempt to break the record for the longest continuous time playing a video game. David Scherer, a 19-yearold student, started playing Grand Theft Auto on Sunday and plans to continue playing for 72 hours. WSMV-TV reports that the current Guinness record for longest continuous play of the game belongs to a man in India who played for 40 hours and 21 minutes. Scherer is raising donations for his swim team, the Fort Campbell Swimming Eagles, to build an indoor pool facility.

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Land swap proposed for Rocky Fork GREENEVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is considering an exchange of Cherokee National Forest land in Unicoi County to acquire more of the property known as Rocky Fork. Forest Service officials say an environmental analysis of the federal land is planned for this year, according to The Greeneville Sun. In December 2008, the Forest Service acquired about 2,200 acres of the original 10,000-acre Rocky Fork tract — now in private hands — with The

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“I know there’s a ton of excitement about what we’re doing, and we’re just getting started.” — Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin evaluating his first season

“There is no smoking gun. There was no single piece of intelligence that said, ’this guy is going to get on a plane.”’ — White House aide John Brennan on an alleged attempt to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day.

“I’m elated that the monster is in the cage.“... It doesn’t bring my daughter back, but at least this chapter is over.” — Jim Sitton, the father of the 6-year-old victim Makayla Sitton, after the alleged killer of his daughter was arrested after someone called in a tip after seeing “America’s Most Wanted” on Saturday night.

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Is someone really trying to invade U.S.?

There have always been forces out there that have vied to bring down the United States of America. We have been told about most of them through the years, even continuing until today. As I was growing up it was the Russians. I remember participating in air-raid drills by hiding under our school desks with our arms over our heads — that’ll stop the bomb from hurting you. Most public buildings including schools, had supplies in the far deep basements like food stuffs, blankets and shortwave radios. I suppose, as a kid, I was somewhat afraid, but to tell you the truth, I looked at it like a campout. Getting to sleep away from home and eating different foods was somehow appealing — kind of an indoor-outdoor adventure. We never got to experience the real thing though — the Russians never did attack. When I got older and was able to decipher things for myself, I concluded that the Russians never were planning to attack. It was all a lie; a made up story to frighten us and make us dependent on the government so we would look to them for our salvation. When I got old enough to have to register for the draft, right out of high school, I was told that the Communists would conquer the world in a domino effect that would eventually reach the U.S. They never had planes or bombs so I didn’t have to hide under any desk. Apparently though, the Vietnamese were crafty characters in their sandals and pajamas. Of course many people also believed this story and enlisted to go stop Communism; dying in a South Vietnam jungle for this cause — some 56,000 or so — good men and women. Today, of course, Vietnam is a tourist paradise with trade going on between the U.S. and our former “enemy.” Someone get me a scorecard. Today, of course, we fight “terrorism.” I’ve discussed this before in previous articles. At least that is the new name of the latest “cause” that is trying to take over America. Last week, they planted some poor guy on an airplane from Nigeria as a fall guy to be the latest “terrorist” to show the public that they are all out there to get us. It seems that each generation must have it’s own boggie-man to scare us so we can wage another war for greedy bankers to reap huge profits. After awhile this nonsense gets old, and expensive — expensive not only in lost revenue, but more importantly, in lost lives to another scheme by the powers that be. They act as if the lives of Americans are nothing more than fodder to be used to further their money-making and power grabbing plots. Today we have people in power who owe no real allegiance to America. I’m talking about the big names who you would know if I started naming them. They belong to both political parties, as if that mattered. There have always been men who were in a position to make private fortunes out of cooperating with both sides in a war. This current war on terrorism is no different. These people, (bankers, politicians and private contractors) are not concerned about right or wrong, but profit and loss. They may hold citizenship in this country or another, but patriotism is beyond their comprehension. They dominate the political and financial world of today. Governments control the legalized use of force and use it, not for protecting the country, but to intimidate and seize from others who cannot properly defend themselves. True patriotism is for the common man. We understand what it is and how to exhibit it. Unfortunately, we have been fed the lie of perpetual war that we never seem to quite get a victory from. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. In case you haven’t noticed, there is no country on the earth that is invading us, but still we fight on as if there were. Someone is doing a fantastic job of convincing us to the contrary. — Dan M. Smith is a Cincinnati native and Gatlinburg resident. He is the author of the forthcoming book “So Far from Forfar.” His son is serving in the Air Force. E-mail to dan0729@yahoo.com

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It’s a tough situation, but Vols basketball coach will show integrity One thing you can count on: Tennessee men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl will do the right thing. Unless you’ve just awakened from a long winter’s nap, you probably know four members of the Vols basketball team were arrested on weapons, drugs and alcohol charges following a traffic stop last week. One, senior forward Tyler Smith, is one of the best players on the team. The other three, sophomore guard Cameron Tatum, junior center Brian Williams and junior point guard Melvin Goins, were the top players off the bench. For some coaches, a decision about the futures of the four, especially when one has NBA talent such as Smith, might be to let them play until the matter is resolved in court, sacrificing integrity for the sake of the team’s record. We do not believe that will be the case with Pearl who, in his first four seasons at the Tennessee helm, has led the team to four NCAA tournament berths, a 31-win season and three 20-plus-win seasons. Going into Wednesday night’s game with Charlotte, followed by a Sunday home game against top-ranked Kansas,

the 14th-ranked Vols were 10-2 and seemingly poised for another great season. Two wins may have propelled the Vols into the Top Ten heading into the Southeastern Conference schedule. Pearl has already indefinitely suspended the players indefinitely and has hinted that dismissal is a possibility — we’d say probability — once he gets all the facts from the police, presumably this week. The 50-yearold coach says he does not know with all certainty to whom the marijuana and guns belonged. This fact remains: These arrests were not based on circumstantial evidence. The players were pulled over for speeding and, when the cops smelled a strong odor of recently smoked pot, searched the car. In basketball parlance, this is a slam dunk. Smith returned for his senior season to hone his game after it was determined he probably not be a firstround pick. Even if he did sharpen his skills to that degree, his NBA dreams have taken a serious blow with Commissioner David Stern being vigilant about the league cleaning up a thug image (read: the two Washington Wizards players who allegedly drew

guns on each other last week over a gambling debt). Unfortunately, this is not the first incident of this school year to sully the university’s image. Three football players — one of whom was eventually cleared — were arrested after attempting an armed robbery in the middle of the season. Once coach Lance Kiffin ascertained the facts, two were vanquished. Now Pearl waits. He has already apologized to the school, the fans, even women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, for the embarrassment. Barring some unfathomable piece of evidence turning up, it is likely the coach’s decision will come quickly and decisively. “I’ve got very little tolerance for that in our program,” Pearl was quoted as saying. “I have a history with a number of starters who are no longer here.” This does mean all is lost for the season. Four starters remain and it appeared the Vols had a long bench this winter. Others will have to step up. Regardless of wins and losses, however, the integrity of the program will remain intact.

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What’s the best thing to call this calendar year? Editor’s note: The Mountain Press’ staff is occasionally offering an eclectic mix of newsy tidbits, anecdotes and one-liners: It seems the question on everyone’s minds these days is, “What do we call this year?” It’s not oh-ten like it was oh-nine, but just saying, “10,” doesn’t seem enough. ... Dollywood closed for the season on Saturday. It will not reopen until Saturday, March 27. ... Don’t be surprised if the 2009 Tennessee Smokies manager is the man calling the shots for the Chicago Cubs in 2011. It certainly appears Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg is on

the fast track to manage in the big leagues, very possibly the Cubs. Sandberg, 50, has managed for four seasons in the minors for the Cubs, leading the Smokies to the Southern League finals this year, and was promoted at the end of the season to Triple A in Iowa. Current Cubs skipper Lou Piniella has one year left on his contract and has been tightlipped about whether he plans to come back after that. ... A bumper sticker spotted on a car bearing an Indiana tag on Veterans Boulevard in Sevierville: “Eve Got Framed.” ... The Muse notes that two and most spectacular panoramic views visitors get of the

Smokies coming off I-40 onto Highway 66 — the first one at roughly Christmas Collectibles and the second at Huffaker Road. ... Perhaps the Grinch was behind it – Pigeon Forge Public Works Director Mark Miller reports a few staffers in his department had to come in for four hours on Christmas day to fix a water line break. Leaders expressed their gratitude for the sacrifice during the City Commission’s meeting Dec. 28. ... Great Smoky Mountains National Park spokesman Bob Miller mentioned that thousands of trees were down in the park Christmas Eve/Christmas morning due to strong winds. ...

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Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin speaks during the Chick-fil-A Bowl coaches luncheon Dec. 17 in Atlanta.

‘Just getting started ...’ Vols’ Kiffin excited about future after 7-5 debut By BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE — Lane Kiffin’s first season as Tennessee coach didn’t quite end the way he’d like. Still he feels that the Volunteers are on their way to bigger things. Look at the turnaround the Vols offense has made, he says. Or the way players improved dramatically. Or how Tennessee came closer to beating No. 1 Alabama than any other team. “I know there’s a ton of excitement about what we’re doing, and we’re just getting started,” Kiffin said. The 34-year-old coach stirred up plenty of that excitement this season with his own brash comments but proved he could prepare his team to compete in one of the toughest

“I know there’s a ton of excitement about what we’re doing, and we’re just getting started.” — Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin

conferences in the country. Now Kiffin has to show he can take it a step further by making a run for a Southeastern Conference championship. But first he’s got to replace a coach and a few top players. The Vols finished their season 7-5 with a 37-14 loss to No. 12 Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Thursday. They struggled to run the ball, protect quarterback Jonathan Crompton or stop Hokies running back Ryan Williams.

Lewis mulls another year CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis hasn’t ruled out returning to football, even though he is still suffering from headaches and blurred vision as a result of a concussion from earlier this season. The former University of Tennessee

Tennessee played that game without a coach in charge of running backs or special teams after assistant coach Eddie Gran left earlier in December to become an assistant at Florida State. Rumors swirled in the week before the bowl game that Kiffin, who already replaced one assistant who left, had hired Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant Rich Bisaccia to fill the special teams position. But Kiffin said he wanted to wait until after the season was finished to make any more

standout says he must first receive clearance from doctors before contemplating a return. There is no timeline for when he could — or even would — be cleared. Lewis’ season ended Dec. 2 when he was placed on injured reserve with post-concussion symptoms, but Lewis revealed Sunday that he actually sus-

coaching moves. The Vols are losing a number of top notch players, including All-American safety Eric Berry, who has said he will enter the NFL draft as a junior. Berry, the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back, is projected as an early first-round pick. “I really just wanted to make sure there was no stone unturned,” Berry said of the decision. “I sat down with coach Kiffin and talked about it and talked about it with my family and talked with some of my close teammates and friends about the whole situation.” Tennessee is also losing some seniors who could find themselves being drafted come April. Players like tailback Montario See KIFFIN, Page A9

tained the concussion in the season opener against Minnesota and tried to play through it. He said halfway through the season this would be his last, but he doesn’t want an injury to end his career. He has rushed for 10,067 yards and has one year left on his contract with the Browns.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys had their way with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Their reward: the NFC East title and the challenge of trying to do it again. Romo threw a pair of early touchdown passes and the defense took over from there, sending Dallas to a 24-0 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday and setting up a rematch at their new palace next weekend. The Cowboys (11-5) have quickly become a team nobody wants to face this postseason. This was their third straight impressive win and their most complete performance of the entire season. The shutout also made for a major milestone in the club’s storied history: First-ever back-to-back blankings. Only twice in the previous 49 seasons had they even had two shutouts the entire season. The amazing part about this one is that Philadelphia (11-5) came in having won six straight, averaging 31.2 points in that span. The Eagles had two of their three lowest-scoring games of the season against Dallas while getting swept for the first time since 2005. Coach Andy Reid better get to work soon because his club is headed back to Cowboys Stadium for a first-round playoff game Saturday or Sunday. Donovan McNabb was 20 of 36 for 223 yards, and Philadelphia finished with 228 total yards.The Cowboys had 291 yards at halftime on their way to gaining 474. Romo was 24 of 34 for 311 yards, with the two touchdowns and an interception. He also capped the most productive season of his career and in franchise history, setting club records for attempts, completions and yards passing. The Cowboys also set a record for single-season yards. A crowd of 100,621 packed Cowboys Stadium hoping the home team would pay back Philadelphia for a 44-6 loss in last season’s finale that kept Dallas out of the playoffs and led to all sorts of offseason changes. The past few weeks have proved they truly are a different bunch. That couldn’t be said a few weeks ago, when Dallas opened December with its first back-to-back losses of the season. But this surge since then is a reputationchanger as the Cowboys erased a nine-game losing streak in finales and secured their first winning record after Thanksgiving since 1996, which also was the last time they won a playoff game. Texans 34, Patriots 27 HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Arian Foster scored two touchdowns, Bernard Pollard recovered a fumble for a touchdown and had a key interception as the Texans rallied to beat the New England Patriots 34-27 on Sunday. The victory gives Houston (9-7) its first winning record and keeps its slim playoff hopes alive. The Texans are primarily competing with Denver, Baltimore and the New York Jets for a wild-card spot. They needed two of those teams to lose to make the first postseason appearance in the eight-year history of the franchise. The Texans trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter before ending the game with three unanswered touchdowns. Foster scored the go-ahead TD on a 3-yard run with about 2 minutes remaining. That score was set up by Pollard’s interception and 15-yard return four plays earlier. Tom Brady was hit by Mario Williams as he released the ball. Brady played most of the game despite New England (10-6) having already clinched its playoff spot. League receptions leader Wes Welker started with Brady, but was carted off the field with a left knee injury in the first quarter. Steelers 30, Dolphins 24 MIAMI (AP) — A swarming Steelers defense sent two Miami quarterbacks to the sideline, including Pat See ROUNDUP, Page A9

Mount Cody wants to take Alabama to the summit By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Terrence Cody’s unyielding presence works best on the football field. The 6-foot-5, 354-pound All-American nose guard specializes in clogging up the middle, drawing double teams and generally being a disruptive force on the interior of Alabama’s defensive line. Away from the game, his girth is a mixed blessing. He uses it to help diminutive folks like coach Nick Saban. “You do a lot more things that short people can’t do. I help coach on and off the bus,” a smiling Cody said. “You intimidate a lot of people. I get a lot of attention when I go out.” Big isn’t always best, though. His weight scared off teams recruiting him out of junior college in Mississippi. At Alabama, strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran roused Cody for 6 a.m. cardio sessions in an effort to slim him down. And using the airplane restroom on the way to California for the BCS championship game against No. 2 Texas was a hassle. “I got in there, but it took a while

because it’s not that big of a door,” Cody said. “When I got in there, I was like, ’This is it?”’ That’s been about the only letdown for Cody since deciding to skip the NFL draft and return for his senior season to help Alabama move into contention for its first national title since 1992. “I wake up every morning and pinch myself to see if this is real,” he said. “Most of us are still in shock we’re playing for the national championship.” Thursday’s game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena will cap Cody’s college career, something that didn’t seem probable growing up in Fort Myers, Fla. He played just two years of high school football because of poor grades. At the same time, he was helping his mother care for his seven younger siblings while running with the wrong crowd. He returned for his senior season and dominated, with Miami and South Florida offering scholarships. But Cody’s grades weren’t good enough to qualify, so he went off to junior college in Mississippi for two years. Associated Press That’s where his weight, which topped Alabama defensive lineman Terrence Cody, left, and defensive back 400 pounds and earned him the nick- Javier Arenas listen to a question during a news conference Sunday in Newport Beach, Calif., ahead of their BCS Championship college football See CODY, Page A9 game against Texas on Thursday.


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Redskins likely to fire Zorn today him of his play-calling duties in late October, and owner Dan Snyder has interviewed assistant coach Jerry Gray for the job, according to the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors minority hiring in the NFL. Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interview was an effort to comply with the Rooney Rule, which requires that teams consider a minority candidate for the head coaching position. With the Rooney Rule satisfied, the Redskins are free to act quickly to hire a replacement for Zorn. Former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is considered the favorite. Zornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s replacement will

ROUNDUP

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White with a scary head injury, and the reigning Super Bowl champions averted a late collapse. The Dolphins (7-9), who won the AFC East in 2008, were eliminated with 2 minutes left in the game when Houston beat New England. Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win hurt the Steelersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chances. To make the postseason, Pittsburgh (9-7) needed losses or ties by the Ravens, Broncos and Jets in late games Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes, but the stadium grew silent when White was carted off the field with a head injury following a helmet-to-helmet collision with cornerback Ike Taylor. White moved his arms and legs before leaving the field after an eight-minute delay. A team spokesman said White â&#x20AC;&#x153;seems to be OK in terms of movement,â&#x20AC;? but is being examined at the hospital. Vikings 44, Giants 7 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brett Favre passed for 316 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover in less than three quarters against the barely there Giants (8-8). Controlling the game from the very first drive against a Giants team sitting five players who started at least four games this season, the NFC North champion Vikings (12-4) cruised into the locker room to start watching the Philadelphia-Dallas game with an eye on their seed for the NFC playoffs. They needed an Eagles loss to finish second behind sputtering New Orleans and get a first-round bye, and throughout the second half the crowd broke into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go Cowboys!â&#x20AC;? chants. Favre and coach Brad Childress appeared determined to regain this teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confidence after a December slump, with the Vikings attempting 35 passes and running only 22 times during the first three quarters. Sidney Rice caught six passes for 112 yards and two scores, and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe had seven receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half. Adrian Peterson scored his 18th touchdown. Bills 30, Colts 7 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Despite near whiteout conditions in the first half, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes for Buffalo (6-10), including a 41-yarder to Terrell Owens. Fred Jackson had 212 yards rushing,

KIFFIN

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Hardesty, defensive tackle Dan Williams and offensive tackle Chris Scott impressed NFL scouts during the 2009 season. Several quarterbacks will compete in the offseason to replace Crompton, who after a difficult junior season and slow start to 2009, finished as one of the most productive quarterbacks in the SEC with 27 touchdowns.

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name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mount Cody,â&#x20AC;? turned off recruiters. He slimmed down, though, and got offers from Miami, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Soon Saban was contacting him, too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought he wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been bigger. He was like a midget,â&#x20AC;? Cody said, referring to his first impression of Saban. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He told me, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;We need a body like yours to play in the middle. We think you can stop the run.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; That really motivated me.â&#x20AC;? Cody anchors a defensive line that comes into the BCS game allowing just 77.9 rushing yards per game, second best in the nation. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recorded 25 tackles and six tackles for loss on the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total defense, also No. 2 in the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you watch film or you see statistically he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of tackles, but he does so much more for this defense,â&#x20AC;? All-American linebacker Rolando McClain said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He holds up offensive linemen so that I can run around and I can make all those or Cory (Reamer) can make all those plays.â&#x20AC;? Cody blocked two field

be Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh coach since Snyder bought the team in 1999. Playing a substantial part in the decision will be Bruce Allen, who was hired as the general manager last month. Zorn started 6-2 as a rookie head coach last season, but the team struggled over the second half and finished 8-8. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team has been hurt by numerous injuries, a lack of depth and tons of off-the-field distractions, but also by an inability of Zornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West Coast offense to consistently find the end zone. The Redskins failed to score more than 17 points

in their first eight games, prompting the front office to bring longtime NFL assistant coach Sherm Lewis out of retirement as an offensive consultant and play-caller. Zorn wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even on Snyderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of candidates when Joe Gibbs retired at the end of the 2007 season. Zorn become a lastminute option when other contenders either showed no interest, dropped out or were deemed unsatisfactory. Snyder initially hired Zorn to be the offensive coordinator, then promoted him to head coach two weeks later after an extensive interview.

the seventh-highest rushing total in team history, to reach 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, and also scored on an 11-yard catch. And give Mother Nature credit for providing a snowglobe effect to create a picturesque backdrop to what was a meaningless game for both teams. The Colts (14-2) rested numerous starters, then benched many more, including Manning, in the second quarter. They have a two-week break before opening the playoffs as the AFCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top-seeded team. Starting defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis were among numerous regulars who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play. Panthers 23, Saints 10 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Saints backups gave with an ugly performance that sends the No. 1 seed in the NFC to the postseason on a three-game losing streak. Jonathan Stewart rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and the Panthers finished their disappointing season 8-8, winning their final three. This one came over the lifeless Saints (13-3), who rested many starters, including quarterback Drew Brees, who broke the NFL record for completion percentage in a season. Browns 23, Jaguars 17 CLEVELAND (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jerome Harrison rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown and Josh Cribbs ran for a TD, giving Cleveland its first four-game winning streak since 1994. That pushed coach Eric Mangini into an uncertain offseason with momentum to fight for his job. Mangini soon after his arrival. Falcons 20, Buccaneers 10 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Matt Ryan threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Falcons finish with consecutive winning records for the first time in franchise history. 49ers 28, Rams 6 ST. LOUIS (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vernon Davis tied the NFL record for touchdown receptions for a tight end with his 13th of the season, helping the 49ers finish strong and the lowly Rams clinch the No. 1 overall draft pick. Frank Gore added 107 yards rushing on 23 carries and two late TDs for the 49ers (8-8), who pulled away after a desultory first half in which they mustered only 52 yards and trailed 3-0. San Francisco ended a string of six consecutive losing seasons and ended a six-game road losing streak while the Rams (1-15) wrapped up their first winless home schedule since going 0-6 in 1959 and only the third in franchise history.

Crompton and company helped to put together strong wins over teams like Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Kentucky and nearly pulled off major upsets at Florida and Alabama. Still, the Vols lost at home to UCLA, were blown out by Mississippi and had a few off-the-field embarrassments too. Freshmen Nuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keese Richardson and Mike Edwards were dismissed after they and freshman Janzen Jackson were

arrested in an alleged armed robbery at a Knoxville convenience store. Jackson was allowed to return to the team after charges against him were dropped. Tennessee also confirmed in December that the NCAA is looking into the activities of members of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orange Pride student ambassador program as possible recruiting violations. The university reported six minor NCAA violations in Kiffinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first year

for his efforts in recruiting. Violations involved staging a mock news conference for prospects and mentioning recruits by name both on the radio and on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. Kiffin has joked that his biggest challenge in his first season as a college coach was following all the rules. Still, he knows all the attention helped pay off in recruiting, where he signed a top 10 class for 2009 just weeks after being hired

goals to preserve a 12-10 win over Tennessee in the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closest game of the season, keeping Alabama undefeated en route to a 13-0 season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the second one, I got a good jump on the snap, stuck my arm up and closed my eyes,â&#x20AC;? he said, pointing to the spot on his left arm where the ball briefly left a red mark. Weight may be the

only flaw affecting Codyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future in the NFL, where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regarded as a top prospect. He dropped 10 pounds during Cochranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preseason conditioning program that involved starting the day with 30 minutes of cardio before classes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was hard,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any other big guy with me probably wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve quit. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t certain things I was

eating. I was eating at the wrong times. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eating in the morning. I was eating a lot at night.â&#x20AC;? Temptation at the table awaited Sunday night when the Tide was set to chow down at Lawryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Beverl

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SEATTLE (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chris Johnson became the sixth player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, then scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run with 4:33 remaining to send the Tennessee Titans to a 17-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the season finale Sunday. Johnson ran 36 times â&#x20AC;&#x201D; three short of Earl Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s franchise record set in 1981 against Seattle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for 134 yards and both of the touchdowns for the Titans (8-8). Justin Forsett ran 10 times for 74 yards for the Seahawks (5-11). Matt Hasselbeck was 15 for 30 with a touchdown, but he threw an interception at the Titans 27 on fourth down with 1:19 remaining. It was his 10th turnover in his last three games. Johnson, the second-year dynamo, ran right, cut back inside and jumped over a teammate for a 4-yard gain early in the fourth quarter. Game officials tossed the ball to the Titansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sideline as Johnson joined Eric Dickerson, Jamal Lewis, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis and O.J. Simpson in the 2,000-yard club. Otherwise, there was little acknowledgment of Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second major milestone of the day, which came on his 32nd carry and while Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Colin Cole was helped off with an injury. Moments earlier, a holding penalty negated what would have been a far flashier way for Johnson to reach the milestone: a 62-yard touchdown romp that would have given him a chance at the all-time rushing record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were going for the big record,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said on the field immediately after the game â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and before he posed for pictures with his linemen at midfield. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They called the long one back, and that kind of hurt.â&#x20AC;? Tennesseeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s linemen raised their arms skyward behind the play and Johnson was set to break into a celebration dance in the back of the end zone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; before they all realized referee Ed Hochuli had thrown a penalty flag near the line of scrimmage. Had Hochuli not called holding on fullback Ahmard Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead block, Johnson would have had 182 of the 234 yards he needed to break Dickersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record of 2,105 yards rushing set in 1984. Johnson simply put his hands on his hips and jogged to the sideline for a two-play breather, resigned to settling for the 2,000-yard plateau â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the NFL record for yards from scrimmage in a season. He set that in the first half.

and is building a 2010 signing class that ranks in the top 20. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said it before, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t regret anything that I did,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought that it was important to get us out

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428-0748 LEGALS ADVERTISEMENT FOR BID Sealed bids for Labor or Material ONLY to replace HVAC Units at Developments TN063-002 & TN063005 will be received by the Sevierville Housing Authority, 500 Leo Sharp Road, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862 on January 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. and then at said office of the Executive Director publicly opened and read aloud. Prior to the opening of the envelope, the names of all contractors listed shall be read aloud and incorporated into the bid. The contract Documents may be examined at the following locations: Barge Cauthen & Associates, Inc. 9047 Executive Park Drive, Suite 221 Knoxville, Tennessee 37923 Sevierville Housing Authority 500 Leo Sharp Road Sevierville, Tennessee 3862 Prospective bidders may obtain copies of the Contract Documents at the office of Sevierville Housing

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Authority, 500 Leo Sharp Road, Sevierville, TN 37862. A deposit of $200.00 is required for one set of Contract Documents for contractors bidding Labor Only. Material suppliers shall not be required to provide a bid deposit. All bid deposit checks or drafts shall be made payable to Sevierville Housing Authority. Requirements for bid deposit refunds can be found in the expanded Advertisement for Bids bound within the Project Manual.

of the opening thereof.

LER deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County, Tennessee.

All bidders must be licensed Contractors as required by the Contractors /licensing Act of 1994 (TCA 62-6119) with all bid submittals conforming to the State of Tennessee requirements. All bidders shall provide evidence of a license in the appropriate classification before a bid can be considered. Reference is made to the Instructions to Bidders for Contracts contained in the Project Manual for further bidding information. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids or to waive any informalities in the bidding. No bidders may withdraw his bid within 60 days after the actual date of the actual date

At a non-mandatory prebid conference will be held at the administrative office of the Sevierville Housing Authority, 500 Leo Sharp Road, Sevierville, Tennessee, for the purpose of answering questions bidders may have and to consider any suggestions they may wish to make concerning the project. A walk-through of the projet(s) will be held by the Owner following the prebid conference on January 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. SEVIERVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY Mr. Ronald Franklin, Executive Director

All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once.

12-30, 01-04 This 15 day of December, 2009. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of RUBY AILEEN BEELER Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 15 day of DEC 2009 Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of RUBY AILEEN BEE-

(Signed) Donna Hicks Administratrix Estate of RUBY AILEEN BEELER By:none Attorney By: Joe Keener County Clerk

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of FRANCES RUTH CHILDRESS Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 16 day of DEC 2009 Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of FRANCES RUTH CHILDRESS deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 16 day of De-

(Signed) James R. Childress Administrator Estate of FRANCES RUTH CHILDRESS By:none Attorney By: Joe Keener County Clerk

12/29/09 01/04/10

LEGALS RICK deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 14 day of December, 2009.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of IVAN HUGH HAMRICK Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 14 day of DEC 2009 Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of IVAN HUGH HAM-

(Signed) Brenda Hamrick Administrator Estate of IVAN HUGH HAMRICK By:Brian K. Roberts Attorney By: Joe Keener County Clerk

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LEGALS NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of BARBARA JEAN KELLEY Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 18 day of DEC 2009 Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of BARBARA JEAN KELLEY deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 18 day of December, 2009.

LEGALS (Signed) Troy Kelley Executor Estate of BARBARA JEAN KELLEY By:Charles S. Sexton Attorney By: Joe Keener County Clerk

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of JOHNNY SCOTT LARGE Late of Sevier County, Tennessee

Notice is Hereby Given that on the 21 day of DEC 2009 Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of JOHNNY SCOTT


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LARGE deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 21 day of December, 2009. (Signed) Penny Alexander Exec utrix Estate of JOHNNY SCOTT LARGE By:Richard T. Wallace Attorney

cember, 2009.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of DANIEL JACK REAGAN Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 10 day of DEC 2009 Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of DANIEL JACK REAGAN deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 10 day of De-

Attorney

(Signed) Melissa Ballew Administrator

By: Joe Keener County Clerk

Estate of DANIEL JACK REAGAN

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107 LOST & FOUND Found Huskey dog in Kodak area. 9334850

Pursuant to Default Provision Chapter 717 Public Act of Tennessee the contents of leased space unit(s) # 21, 36 and 52 will be disposed of to satisfy the owner’s lien. Dynamite Mini Storage. 01/01/10 01/04/10

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Estate of MOLLY LILLIAN SHULAR Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 17 day of DEC 2009 Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of MOLLY LILLIAN SHULAR deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 17 day of December, 2009. (Signed) Monica J. Franklin Administrator Estate of MOLLY LILLIAN SHULAR By:Monica J. Franklin

236 GENERAL Web Programmer – Sevierville company seeking motivated individual to work in team environment. Must have experience in C#.net , SQL, JS, HTML, CSS and excellent communication skills. Ideal candidate will also have experience in SEO, database administration, Classic ASP, Microsoft Reporting Services. Bachelors in Computer Science or related field preferred. Salary based on experience, excellent benefits, EOE. Fax resume to 865-365-0426 or e-mail to IT@smpminc.com

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Townhouse close to hospital. New carpet. $600 month. Small Pets ok. 865-384-4054 or 865-384-1054

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429-2962

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Are you ready to join an EXCITING TEAM in 2010 that is going to REVOLUTIONIZE long term care? If so, S i g n a t u r e HealthCARE is the place for you!! We are currently recruiting for passionate and experienced LPNs/RNs and RN Leadership positions. We also have openings as an Activity Assistant, as well as in Medical Records (LPN ideally with RHIT experience) at our skilled nursing facility we own and operate in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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236 GENERAL Grand Crowne Resorts is celebrating their 25th anniversary by opening a new resort in Pigeon Forge. We are hiring Sales Reps Average pay 50k to 75k per year Paid training. Full benefit package No experience required. Limited number of positions available. Call 865-804-5672 or 865-428-9055 ext. 225

Local cabin company taking applications for Reservationist, Assistant Manager, and Cleaners. Apply in person at: 333 Ski Mtn. Rd. Gatlinburg.

556 FIREWOOD Firewood for sale. All hardwood. $45 rick. 865-977-8903 589 FURNITURE

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453-0727

1BR in private quiet neighborhood. $350 mth Call 865850-9935

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A-1 pre-owned dryers, washers, ranges & refrigerators All with warranty. Cagles Furniture and Appliances

453-0727

2BR 1.5BA Townhouse

Central H/A. All appliances + W/D. Very nice. Great location. PF City Limits. $650/mth + damage dep. No pets. 428-1951 Ask for Ron

1 BR / 1 BA IN SEVIERVILLE $380.00 + DEPOSIT NO PETS 865-712-5238

610 DUPLEX FOR RENT Spacious 1BR/1BA, Exc. Cond. Ch/A. W/D Conn., D/W Vaulted Ceiling, Front porch, Rear patio, Lawn, Trash and City Water Inc. $495 a mon. 7050387

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Private Motel Room Great for 1 person! 1 bed, full size frig. microwave, cable TV $120 weekly $50 deposit 436-7745 Gatlinburg

Rooms for rent, weekly rates, furn., cable TV, same rent all year.

436-4471 or 621-2941 LEGALS

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE Sale at public auction will be on January 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, at the front door, Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by Juan C. Pupo and wife, Elisa G. Pupo to Douglas S. Yates, Trustee, on September 4, 2003 at Book Volume 1785, Page 128conducted by Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee, all of record in the Sevier County Register s Office. Owner of Debt: CitiMortgage, Inc. The following real estate located in Sevier County, Tennessee, will be sold to the highest call bidder subject to all unpaid taxes, prior liens and encumbrances of record: Described property located in the Eleventh (11th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, within the corporate limits of the City of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to wit:Lot 3, Section 2 of the Ski Road Properties, as the same appears on a plat of record in Map Book 7, Page 30, in the said Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, to which a specific reference is hereby made for a more particular description.SUBJECT TO right-of-way easement described in Miscellaneous Book 10, Page 161, in the said Register s Office. Street Address: 919 Ski Mountain Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738 Current Owner(s) of Property: Juan Carlos Pupo The street address of the above described property is believed to be 919 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description herein shall control. SALE IS SUBJECT TO TENANT(S) RIGHTS IN POSSESSION. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within twenty-four (24) hours of the sale, the next highest bidder, at their highest bid, will be deemed the successful bidder. This property is being sold with the express reservation that the sale is subject to confirmation by the lender or trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

CROSSCREEK 2BR/1.5BA $545 2BR/2BA Large Garden apartment $570.00 to $580.00 865-429-4470

Gatlinburg 2BR/1.5BA Wd. Fireplace. Quiet & safe neighborhood. Kit appliances , w/d connections. No Pets $600 Mo. $400 deposit. 1 yr lease 865-654-3615.

RIVERWALK 1BR/1BA TO 2BR/2BA $545.00 to $695.00 865-429-2962 697 CONDO RENTALS

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BIG BROKER BOB’s REALTY 865-774-5919

1 & 2 BR Apt. From $395. Water/Sewer Inc. Patio Mtn Views. 908-2062

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Laurel Crest, A Bluegreen Resort, Seeking Full-Time Front Desk Supervisor. Weekends a must. Please apply in person at: Laurel Crest Resort, 2628 Laurel Crest Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN.

Cable, Laundry, Kitchens, Clean Rooms, NO PETS.

2 new recliners $398 Cagles Furniture & Appliances 2364B Pittman Center Rd.

Interested candidates can apply in-person at our Pigeon Forge Care and Rehab skilled nursing facility, which is located at 415 Cole Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN or you can contact Cara Solitario at 888364-8013 or please submit your resume and salary history/requirements to csolitario@signaturehealthcarellc.com or via fax to 561364-8016. Thank you for your interest in positions with Signature HealthCARE!!

428 Park Rd. near trolley stop CHEAP$100 weekly Includes All Utilities.

800-359-8913

696 APARTMENTS FOR RENT

Mountain View Townhome apartment for rent 2BR 1.5BA. Newly remodeled with hardwood flooring & new carpet. Located in Gatlinburg. 1st mth rent & security deposit required. For more information call 865-868-0449 Mon-Fri 8:30am5:30pm or 865356-3015 after hours & weekends

$169.77+ Family Inns West

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693 ROOMS FOR RENT

Pigeon Forge 865-453-4905

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356 STORAGE BUILDINGS

1BD/1.5BA Pet Friendly

Sevierville Efficiency All utilities included

Kellum Creek Townhomes 2 BR $645.00

Gatlinburg Beautiful 2BR 2BA Furnished Condo with Fireplace, Overlooks stocked trout stream and has heated pool. Walk to downtown Gatlinburg, includes water, cable, Flat screen TV. Immediate occupancy, Minimum 1 Year lease $875 mth. 865-771-9600

Pigeon Forge behind Ruby Tuesday 2br 2ba Immaculate. No pets. $700 mth. 1st. last & sec. Call 865-712-8333.

Studio condo on Pkwy, furn, util inc, wifi, cbl, indr pool $200/ wk 540-397- 4977

incl. water & sewer.

865-908-6789

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1100 sq. ft. 2BR/2BA $600 mth + $500 dep. 1 yr lease. No Pets. 428-0713 or 389-5780

CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN SEVIERVILLE 2 bedroom 1.5 bath townhomes Call 428-5161

Apartment for rent 2 Bedroom Large Utility Room Satellite & cable TV, Washer & Dryer, Stove, Refrigerator, Dishwasher. Pigeon Forge. One block off Teaster Lane. 865-8092525

Clean, Quiet 1BR Eff. W/D. All utilities. $620 a mth. Located on English Mtn. 865-654-1486

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LEGALS SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that by authority of a Credit Line Deed of Trust (Deed of Trust) executed by Eric R. Kelch and wife, Leslie J. Kelch, to Dwight B. Grizzell, Trustee, dated May 12, 2006, and recorded in Book 2534, Page 312 in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, to secure the indebtedness due from Eric P. Kelch and Leslie J. Kelch to Mountain National Bank, which has become due and payable by virtue of default in the Deed of Trust on the property hereinafter described; and Mountain National Bank, the true and lawful owner and holder of said indebtedness, having exercised its option to declare the indebtedness due and payable and having made demand for foreclosure pursuant to the Deed of Trust; I, the undersigned, acting under the authority of the Deed of Trust, by virtue of appointment as substitute trustee, in Book 3460 Page 55 in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, will be at the front door of the Sevier County Courthouse, 125 Court Avenue, Sevierville, Tennessee on the 19th day of January, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. to sell to the highest bidder for cash in bar of all rights waived by said Deed of Trust, the following described property to-wit Which is believed to have a street address of 990 Autumn Ridge Way Sevierville, TN 37876 SITUATED in the First (1st) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee and being L ot 8 of Autumn Ridge Estates as the same is shown by plat of record in Map Book 34, Page 147, in the Sevier County, Tennessee, Register s Office to which reference is hereby made for particular description. BEING a part of the same property conveyed to Eric R. Kelch, et ux, by deeds of record in Book 1462, Page 642; Book 1462, Page 644; and Book 1615, Page 442, in the Register s Office to which reference is hereby made for further title. LESS AND EXCEPT any portion of the above-described property previously conveyed to Mountain National Bank by Trustee s Deed from Sykes & Wynn, PLLC, Trustee, dated August 13, 2009, and of record in Book 3403, Page 305, Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day and time certain, without further publication and in accordance with law, upon announcement of such adjournment on the day and at the time and place of sale as set forth above. A-1 Block & Brick, LLC and Aggregates USA, LLC f/d/b/a Rinker Materials South Central, Inc. may assert an interest in the abovedescribed property by virtue of recorded judgment liens and said entities have been notified of this sale. The above-described property will be sold subject to unpaid taxes, prior deeds of trust, all easements and restrictions, the rights of tenants in possession of said premises, if any, prior claims, or matters of record. The proceeds of the sale will be applied first to discharge the costs and charges of executing this trust, including attorney s fees; next, to all indebtedness remaining unpaid and secured thereby, including all indebtedness owing to Mountain National Bank, by the grantors; and next, the balance, if any, shall be paid to those legally entitled thereto. This 22nd day of December, 2009.

Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee Law Office of Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP 6055 Primacy Parkway, Suite 410 Memphis, TN 38119 Phone 901-767-5566 Fax 901-767-8890 File No. 09-022817

THOMAS H. DICKENSON Substitute Trustee Hodges, Doughty & Carson P. O. Box 869 Knoxville, Tennessee 37901 (865) 292-2307

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2BR near Walmart. $400 a mth & $200 dep. No Pets. 6541117 or 453-7252

3BR Trailer on private lot $495 + $495 damage deposit. No pets. 765-8038.

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3BR/2BA rent to own. Seymour. $595/mo No pets. 865-7657929.

Log Cabins on Hwy 321 S. for lease Business and or business living quarters. Call Cheryl 865-3688640.

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SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that by authority of a Deed of Trust executed by Lazara P. Fuentes and Gerald J. Fuentes, Husband and Wife, to Dwight B. Grizzell, Trustee, dated July 9, 2007, and recorded in Book 2864, Page 603 in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, to secure the indebtedness due from Lazara P. Fuentes and Gerald J. Fuentes to Mountain National Bank, which has become due and payable by virtue of default in the Deed of Trust on the property hereinafter described; and Mountain National Bank, the true and lawful owner and holder of said indebtedness, having exercised its option to declare the indebtedness due and payable and having made demand for foreclosure pursuant to the Deed of Trust; I, the undersigned, acting under the authority of the Deed of Trust, by virtue of appointment as substitute trustee, recorded in Book 3412 Page 777 in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, will be at the front door of the Sevier County Courthouse, 125 Court Avenue, Sevierville, Tennessee on the 12th day of January, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. to sell to the highest bidder for cash in bar of all rights waived by said Deed of Trust, the following described property to-wit (which is believed to have a street address of 2845 Whisper Creek Lane, Sevierville, TN 37862): SITUATE in the Sixteenth (16th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee and being all of LOT 14 of FOX CROSSING SUBDIVISION, PHASE II, as the same appears in plat map of record in Map Book 36, Page 228 in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, to which reference is hereby made for a more particular description. SUBJECT to restrictions, conditions, easements, map notations, and all other issues of record in Book 2181, Page 219 and as amended in Book 2446, Page 48, both in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. SUBJECT to restrictions, conditions, easements, map notations, and all other issues as shown on the map of record in Map Book 36, Page 228, in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. BEING the same property conveyed to Gerald Fuentes and wife, Lazara Fuentes, by deed from Porter Fox and wife, Billie Fox, dated April 13, 2006 of record in Book 2508, Page 546 in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. Lazara P. Fuentes and Lazara Fuentes are one and the same person. Gerald J. Fuentes and Gerald Fuentes are one and the same person.

Which has the address of: 2845 Whisper Creek Lane Sevierville, TN 37862

LEGALS

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE Sale at public auction will be on January 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, at the front door, Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by Herbert V. Eland and Charlene L. Eland, His Wife to Knox Title, Trustee, on August 30, 2001 at Book 1295, Page 108conducted by Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee, all of record in the Sevier County Register s Office. Owner of Debt: Financial Freedom Acquisitions LLC. The following real estate located in Sevier County, Tennessee, will be sold to the highest call bidder subject to all unpaid taxes, prior liens and encumbrances of record: Described property located in the Thirteenth (13th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, to wit: Lot 26, of Whispering Pines Subdivision, as shown by map of record in Map Cabinet 9, Slide 53 (Map Book 24, Page 105), in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, to which map specific reference is hereby made for a more particular description of said property.

Mobile in Wears Valley, single or couple, $125 week plus $400 deposit (865) 679-4270 699 HOME RENTALS

3BR 2BA in Red Bud Subdivision. Appliances included. $750 & up + deposit. 428-5212 New Homes for Rent. 3BR/2BA starting at $700 - $850 & $1000 per month. No pets. 865-850-3874

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710 HOMES FOR SALE

Great Pigeon Forge location. 3bd, 1ba home w/FP. $850 monthly + deposit. 1 yr lease. 3859530

4 office rentals + large garage. S. Blvd Way $249,000. 933-6544

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NICE, CLEAN IN KODAK Street Address: 1617 Aaron Way 1617 Aaron Way (per Deed of Trust) Sevierville, TN 37876 Current Owner(s) of Property: Heirs of Herbert Eland Other interested parties: The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development The street address of the above described property is believed to be 1617 Aaron Way, 1617 Aaron Way (per Deed of Trust), Sevierville, TN 37876, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description herein shall control. SALE IS SUBJECT TO TENANT(S) RIGHTS IN POSSESSION. SALE IS SUBJECT TO ONE YEAR RIGHT OF REDEMPTION OF HOUSING & URBAN HELD BY SECRETARY DEVELOPMENT BY REASON OF THE DEED OF TRUST OF RECORD AT BOOK 1295, PAGE 117 IN THE REGISTER S OFFICE OF DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within twenty-four (24) hours of the sale, the next highest bidder, at their highest bid, will be deemed the successful bidder. This property is being sold with the express reservation that the sale is subject to confirmation by the lender or trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee Law Office of Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP 6055 Primacy Parkway, Suite 410 Memphis, TN 38119 Phone 901-767-5566 Fax 901-767-8890 File No. 09-022575

December 21, 28, 2009 and January 4, 2010

3 BD / 2 BA 4 MILES FROM EXIT 407 $700/MONTH & DEPOSIT. NO PETS. 865-712-5238, 865-705-9096

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The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day and time certain, without further publication and in accordance with law, upon announcement of such adjournment on the day and at the time and place of sale as set forth above. The above-described property will be sold subject to unpaid taxes, prior deeds of trust, all easements and restrictions, the rights of tenants in possession of said premises, if any, prior claims, or matters of record. The proceeds of the sale will be applied first to discharge the costs and charges of executing this trust, including attorney s fees; next, to all indebtedness remaining unpaid and secured thereby, including all indebtedness owing to Mountain National Bank, by the grantors; and next, the balance, if any, shall be paid to those legally entitled thereto. This 15th day of December, 2009.

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Beautiful 3BR log home, private wooded mountain type setting, firplace, jaccuzi, central H/A, water furnished. $850 + dep. 933-5894 or 382-7781 CABIN ON CREEK. 2br1.5ba.$650/mo. 1st, last, dam. 6608828 or 428-6802

December 21, 28, 2009 and January 4, 2010

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE Sale at public auction will be on January 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, at the front door, Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by Richard David Hubbs, a single man to First American Title Insurance Co. of NY, Trustee, on January 26, 2007 at Book Volume 2727, Page 312conducted by Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee, all of record in the Sevier County Register s Office. Owner of Debt: Southstar III, LLC The following real estate located in Sevier County, Tennessee, will be sold to the highest call bidder subject to all unpaid taxes, prior liens and encumbrances of record: Described property located in the Eleventh (11th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, in the City of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to wit:Lot 31, Block M, Section 4, Tyrolea Subdivision, as shown on plat of record in Map Book 13, Page 38, in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, to which plat specific reference is hereby made for a more particularly description, and being more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at an existing iron rod at the common corner of the subject property and Lot 8, said rod being along the Western edge of a cul-desac in the 50 foot right-of-way for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heiden Courtâ&#x20AC;?; thence from the point of beginning, and leaving the line of said cul-de-sac, and with the line of the said Lot 8, South 66 degrees 14 minutes 00 seconds East, passing through the common corner of the subject property and the said Lot 8 and Lot 23, 168.39 feet to a new iron rod at the common corner of the subject property and Lot 23 and Lot 3; thence leaving the line of the said Lot 23, and with the line of said Lot 30, South 70 degrees 25 minutes 35 seconds West, 132.04 feet to an existing iron rod at the common corner of the subject property and the said Lot 30 and Lot 34, South 62 degrees 06 minutes 33 seconds West 108.29 feet to an existing iron rod at the common corner of the subject property and the said Lot 34 and the subject Lot 32; thence North 08 degrees 25 minutes 21 seconds East 141.35 feet to a new iron rod at the common corner of the subject property and the subject Lot 32, said rod being along the of the southern edge of said cul-de-sac; thence leaving the line of said Lot 32, and with the line of the said cul-de-sac, and curving in a concave posture, with an arc of 55.01 feet and a radius of 40.0 feet, North 63 degrees 09 minutes 19 seconds East, 50.78 feet to the point of beginning.LESS AND EXCEPT the following property being conveyed to the City of Gatlinburg: BEGINNING on an iron pin in the margin of a 40 foot cul-de-sac in Zurich Court, a corner to Lots 30 and 34, Block M, Section 4 of Tyrolea Subdivision; thence with the arc of the cul-de-sac and Lot 30 and a curve to the right having a radius of 40 feet, a distance of 66.14 feet to an iron pin, a corner to Lots 29 and 30; thence with a curve to the left having a radius of 68.55 feet, a distance of 44.68 feet to a point; thence North 25 degrees 53 minutes West 24.93 feet to the point of beginning. Street Address: 904 Heiden Court Gatlinburg, TN 37738 Current Owner(s) of Property: Richard David Hubbs, a single man The street address of the above described property is believed to be 904 Heiden Court, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description herein shall control. SALE IS SUBJECT TO TENANT(S) RIGHTS IN POSSESSION. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within twenty-four (24) hours of the sale, the next highest bidder, at their highest bid, will be deemed the successful bidder. This property is being sold with the express reservation that the sale is subject to confirmation by the lender or trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee Law Office of Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP 6055 Primacy Parkway, Suite 410 Memphis, TN 38119 Phone 901-767-5566 Fax 901-767-8890 File No. 08-001138

LEGALS

NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE TENNESSEE, SEVIER COUNTY DEFAULT having been made in the terms, conditions and payments provided in certain Deed of Trust executed by Daniel Houston Howell and Wendi Kay Parker and Mary E. Howell to Robert M. Wilson, Trustee dated June 9, 2006 in the amount of $168,000.00, and recorded in the Register s Office of Sevier County, Tennessee in Deed Book 2555, Page 607, (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deed of Trustâ&#x20AC;?); and, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust having been last transferred to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company as trustee of MASTR 2007-01 by assignment; and, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company as trustee of MASTR 2007-01, as the current owner and holder of said Deed of Trust (the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Owner and Holderâ&#x20AC;?), has appointed as Substitute Trustee the undersigned, Patrick A. Taggart, Laura A. Grifka, Sidney A. Gelernter, or J. Michael Dugan, any of whom may act, by instrument filed for record in the Register s Office of Sevier County, Tennessee with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed of Trust; therefore, NOTICE is hereby given that the entire amount of said indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed of Trust by the Owner and Holder, and the undersigned as Substitute Trustee, or a duly appointed attorneys or agents, by virtue of the power and authority vested by the Appointment of Substitute Trustee, will on Thursday, January 21, 2010 commencing at 12:00 PM at the front steps of the Sevier County Courthouse in Sevierville, Tennessee; sell to the highest bidder for cash, immediately at the close of sale, the following property to-wit: Land in Sevier County, Tennessee, being all of Lot No. 63, on the Plan of River Vista, Phase II, as shown on plat of record in Large Map Book 5, Page 157, in the Registers Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, to which plat reference is hereby made for a more particular description. Being the same property conveyed to Daniel Houston Howell and Wendi Kay Parker and Mary E. Howell, as joint tenants by Deed of record in Book 2170, Page 728 recorded 2/8/2005, Registers Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. Map & Parcel No.: 16IA63 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1975 River Vista Circle Sevierville, Tennessee 37876 CURRENT OWNER(S): Daniel Houston Howell and Wendi Kay Parker and Mary E. Howell SUBORDINATE LIENHOLDERS: America`s Servicing Company OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: N/A All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, however, the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The sale will be held subject to any unpaid taxes, assessments, rightsof-way, easements, protective covenants or restrictions, liens, and other superior matters of record which may affect said property; as well as any prior liens or encumbrances as well as priority created by a fixture filing; and/or any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. If the U.S. Department of Treasury/IRS, the State of Tennessee Department of Revenue, or the State of Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development are listed as Interested Parties in the advertisement, then the Notice of this foreclosure is being given to them and the sale will be subject to the applicable governmental entities` right to redeem the property, as required by 26 U.S.C Ă&#x; 7425 and T.C.A. Ă&#x; 67-1-1433. The sale will be conducted subject (1) to confirmation that the sale is not prohibited under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and (2) to final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan with the holder of the Deed of Trust. Substitute Trustee reserves the right to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. THIS LAW FIRM IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Patrick A. Taggart, Laura A. Grifka, Sidney A. Gelernter, or J. Michael Dugan McCurdy & Candler, L.L.C. (404) 373-1612 www.mccurdycandler.com File No. 09-17145 /CONV December 2 8, 2009 and January 4 and 11, 2010

January 4, 11 and 18, 2010

Sevierville Doublewide 2BR $500 mth + deposit. No pets. Ref. 933-6544 HUD PUBLISHERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTICE All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitations or discrimination. State laws forbid discrimination in the sale, rental or advertising of real estate based on factors in addition to those protected under federal law. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination, call HUD Toll-free at 1-800-6699777, The Toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME by Mike Argirion and Jeff Knurek

Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.

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LEGALS

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Comics ◆ A15

Monday, January 4, 2010 ◆ The Mountain Press Family Circus

Close to Home

Advice

Young teenage female traveling to Japan should take safety precautions

Zits

Blondie

Baby Blues

Beetle Bailey

Dear Annie: My wife decided to offer our young teenage daughter a trip to Japan because a friend of ours moved there last summer. Our daughter would stay for a week with this friend. My wife agrees with me that the decision was impulsive, but we both know it offers an opportunity for our daughter to enjoy a great experience. This friend is only in her 20s, but both she and my daughter are very responsible individuals. My concern is with the potential dangers of a young girl traveling alone internationally. I have done some research and understand we can have an airline representative escort her through customs to meet our friend. But this is where my trust begins to waver. There’s too much of the unknown to make me comfortable. How would the airlines handle the trip when there are plane changes? If something were to happen, whom could my daughter turn to who is trustworthy? I realize I may be a little overprotective, but in this case there are good reasons. Maybe I’ve read too much about human trafficking, but it worries me that someone may spot my daughter as a vulnerable target. What is the real risk? How can we best ensure her safety? -- Protective Father Dear Dad: Call the airline about their policy regarding unaccompanied minors who must change planes. Find out whether they provide an escort, and if not, she should ask a flight attendant before leaving the aircraft which gate she is headed for and how to get there. Tell her to

watch her luggage when she gets on and off the plane, and to be alert when using airport bathrooms. If she has to wait at the airport, she should stand near other women, preferably those with young families. Make sure she has a cell phone that will work in Japan and is programmed with your friend’s number and local emergency numbers. Most importantly, she should carry herself with confidence and pay close attention to her surroundings. Chances are your daughter will be fine, but it never hurts to take precautions. Dear Annie: Three years ago, my husband and I met “Elaine.” She is now 78 years old and is starting to irritate me by making racist remarks against foreigners. For some reason she hates these people, although I’m sure she doesn’t know any of them personally. She also doesn’t seem to care who is listening. At times Elaine is great to be with and quite funny when she’s not insulting people. I’d like to keep her as a friend, but I want her to stop making bigoted remarks. Any suggestions? -Canada Dear Canada: Has Elaine always expressed these opinions aloud, or is this a recent development? Lack of inhibition can be a sign of early dementia, and sudden changes in mental capacity can be symptomatic of a small stroke. If she’s

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Garfield

Barney Google and Snuffy Smith

For Better Or Worse

Tina’s Groove

simply a bigot, you need to let her know you don’t want to hear these comments. Bigots and racists think they can get away with spreading their vile opinions because so few people will stand up to them. Don’t be one of them. Dear Annie: Please tell “J.D. in Connecticut” she is fortunate to have received condolences after her sister’s death, even via e-mail. My 37-year-old son died suddenly six months ago, and some of my family members have not sent condolences in any form. These are people who were brought up with monogrammed stationery specifically for these purposes. I did, however, receive a touching handwritten note from my husband’s new chiropractor, who had never met me. That’s class. People claim they don’t know what to say. I tell them the worst thing is to say nothing. That gives the message that your loss doesn’t matter. For relatives to do that is inexcusable. -- Patty in North Carolina Dear Patty: Our deepest condolences. Please know your letter will educate others. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, P.O. Box 118190, Chicago, IL 60611. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.


A16 â&#x2014;&#x2020; Local

The Mountain Press â&#x2014;&#x2020; Monday, January 4, 2010

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: The community calendar is printed as space permits. Only noncommercial, public events held in Sevier County will be considered. They are listed by date. To place an item phone 4280748, ext. 214, or e-mail to editor@themountainpress. com. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.

Monday, Jan. 4 Prayer In Action

Prayer In Action meets 6 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC for a time of prayer for the United States and its government. Nondenominational.

GateKeepers

GateKeepers menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community Bible study, 6:30 p.m., 2445 Scenic Mt. Drive, Sevierville. (865) 310-7831.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church (enter last door on right), Chapman and Boyds Highway n 1 p.m., Gatlinburg Inn

Photographic Society

LeConte Photographic Society club competition 6:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Sevierville. Judy Cravy to present program on architectural photography in area. lecontephotographic.com.

Seymour Story Time

Preschool story time 11 a.m. at Seymour Library. 573-0728.

Medic Blood Drive

Medic blood drive, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Food City Gatlinburg.

Retired Citizens

Retired Citizens of the Smokies meets at 1 p.m. at Gatlinburg Community Center. Program on Porters Creek and spring wildflowers by Kenny Jones. 4363010.

Tuesday, Jan. 5 NARFE

National Association Retired Federal Employees meets at 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge. 453-

4174.

Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study, 6:30 p.m. 1328 Old Newport Highway, Sevierville. 908-0591.

Video Contest

Sevier County Right To Life video contest open to high school students in Sevier County. Entries due today. 654-7685 or e-mail to sevcrtl@bellsouth.net.

Kindness Counts

Kindness Counts meets 7 p.m. at Sevierville IHOP. 654-2684.

Pokemon League

Sevierville Pokemon Trading Card Game League meets noon to 2 p.m. in community room at Sevier County Library on Court Avenue. 310-5140.

Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245.

Wednesday, Jan. 6 Sevierville Story Time

Preschool story time 10:30 a.m., Sevier County Main Library. 453-3532.

Blood Drive

Medic blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Evergreen Presbyterian Church, 1103 Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville.

Middle Creek UMC

Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge, beginning Wednesday worship services, 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Rev. Steve Pross, 216-2066.

Thursday, Jan. 7 Democrats

Sevier County Democrats meet 7 p.m., third floor of courthouse. Visit sevierdemocrats.com or call 617-2145.

Gatlinburg Gardeners

Gatlinburg Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. at Community Center. Club will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tea Time Tidbitsâ&#x20AC;? by Kappy Lapides,

Black Bear Tea Co. Meeting canceled if weather closes schools.

Hot Meals

Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sevierville.

TOPS

TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge n 2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road n 6:30 p.m. Seymour UMC, Chapman Highway, back entrance n 6:30 p.m. Sevierville UMC, conference room

Blood Drives

n Gatlinburg First Baptist Church, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. n Sevier Farmers Co-op, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245.

Friday, Jan. 8 Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n 3 to 6 p.m. River Of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road, Seymour. 679-6796.

Kodak Story Time

Preschool story time 11 a.m. at Kodak Library. 9330078.

Blood Drive

Medic blood drive at Sevierville Post Office, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Make this Holiday Season a Healthy One

Boyds Creek Church of God winter revival 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Bishop G.R. Hill from Cleveland to speak.

Lions Club Rummage

Sevierville Lions Club indoor charity rummage sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Saturday, 122 Bruce Street, downtown Sevierville. 453-2025.

Saturday, Jan. 9 Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n 10 a.m to 2 p.m. River Of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road, Seymour. 679-6796.

Cove Clothes Closet

Cove Clothes Closet, 3238 Pittman Center Road at Old Richardson Cove Church, open 9-3 Saturdays only. Free clothing. 453-4526.

Sunday, Jan. 10 Boyds Creek Revival

Boyds Creek Church of God winter revival 11:30 a.m. Bishop G.R. Hill from Cleveland to speak.

Commemorative March

Sevier County Right to Life invites residents and visitors to their memorial march leaving the Pigeon Forge Community Center at 1:45 p.m. and walk silently to Country Tonite Theater. Celebration of the Sanctity of Life program begins 2:45 p.m. in the theater.

Monday, Jan. 11 GateKeepers

GateKeepers menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community Bible study, 6:30 p.m., 2445 Scenic Mt. Drive, Sevierville. (865) 310-7831.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Seymour

Boyds Creek Revival

    

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Heights Christian Church (enter last door on right), Chapman and Boyds Highway n 1 p.m., Gatlinburg Inn

Cancer Support Group

Smoky Mountain Cancer Support Group meets at Senior Center. Supper 6 p.m. program 6:45 by Barbara Edwards on stress. 428-5834 or 654-9280.

DAR

DAR Spencer Clack Chapter meets 7 p.m., Sevier County Library. Program on history of silver by Carrie Murphy.

Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n 2 to 5 p.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., River Of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road, Seymour. 679-6796.

Gymnasium Closing

Sevierville Community Center gym closing Jan. 11-13th for maintenance. To reopen for regularly scheduled activities at 6 a.m. Jan. 14. 453-5441.

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 908-1245.

Wednesday, Jan. 13 Garden Club

Sevierville Garden Club will meet at noon at Sevier Senior Center. Lunch served. Tom Leonard, manager of Sevier Solid Waste Inc., to speak on recycling. Board meeting at 11.

Angel Food

Angel Food Orders n 5 to 6:30 p.m., River Of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road, Seymour. 679-6796.

Middle Creek UMC

Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge, worship services 6:30 p.m. Rev. Steve Pross, 2162066.

Thursday, Jan. 14 Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study: n 9 a.m., Pigeon Forge UMC n 2 p.m., Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road, Sevierville n 6:30 p.m., Seymour UMC, Chapman Highway, back entrance n 6:30 p.m., Sevierville UMC, Conference Room

S.I.T.

Hot Meals

Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support

TOPS

Seniors In Touch (S.I.T.) meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. at MountainBrook Village, 700 Markhill Drive, Sevierville. 428-2445. Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support group at MountainBrook Village meets from 5-6 p.m. Program by Bobby Fields of Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association. 4282445, ext. 107.

Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study, 6:30 p.m. 1328 Old Newport Highway, Sevierville. 908-0591.

Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031

Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sevierville. TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.

Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245.

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