The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 15 ■ January 15, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Man indicted on child rape charge By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
5Ranger Recollections Kelley shares stories from career with park service Mountain life, Page A12
SEVIERVILLE — The Sevier County Grand Jury has handed down six pages of indictments and presentments, including one charging Bobby Leon Cox with felony rape of a child. Cox, 53, of 2330 Maxwell Lane Lot 19 in Sevierville, allegedly had intercourse and perpetrated other sexual acts with a 6-year-old female relative. He has been held in the Sevier County Jail since late October
on felony rape of a child charge, but only this week was indicted. According to the warrant filed in the case, the girl told an official with the Department of Children’s Services that Cox forced her to commit sexual acts. The Mountain Press does not identify the victims of sexual crimes. When the investigator confronted Cox, the warrant says he admitted he had “on several occasions” engaged in sexual contact with the victim. He reportedly further said the most recent incident hap-
pened only a week before his Oct. 29 arrest. Since then, Cox has been held on $500,000 bond and has waived his right to a preliminary hearing as he awaits trial on the charge. The grand jury is a panel of 12 randomly selected county residents who meet in private to review criminal allegations to determine whether there is enough evidence to justify proceeding with a trial. They do not determine guilt or innocence. A new grand jury is selected every two months.
If a grand jury determines there is not enough evidence to merit a trial, it can return a finding on “no true bill.” If they find there is enough evidence to proceed, they can return an indictment or a presentment. Indictments are returned in cases where the charges against the accused party have already been announced in general sessions court, and a judge has sent the matter to the grand jury. Presentments See rape, Page A2
Sevierville ‘Idol’ Local policeman Bryan Walker sings his way to Hollywood
By STAN VOIT Editor
Sevier County, G-P host district hoops rivals for conference supremacy Sports, Page A8
Celebrities in the news R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass dead at 59
Weather Today Mostly Sunny High: 52°
Tonight Mostly Clear Low: 30° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Constance Mayberry, 56 Maxine Boatwright, 80 Ila Shepherd Stevan Bocik, 86 Robert Solari, 77 Betty Speers Theo Sims, 94 DETAILS, Page A4
Index Local & State . . . . . A1-6 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . A8-11 Classifieds . . . . . . A16-17 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A18 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A18 Calendar . . . . . . . . . A19
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Sevierville police officer Bryan Walker, shown during police camp last summer, made it to the next round of “American Idol.” His audition aired Wednesday night on the Fox show.
Sevierville police officer Bryan Walker will soon be on his way to Hollywood, advancing to the next round as an “American idol” contestant. Walker got three enthusiastic votes from judges during Thursday night’s airing of the Atlanta auditions. That secured passage to Hollywood when the next round of competition begins in February. Walker, 25, sang “Superstar/Until You Come Back to Me” to judges Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and guest Mary J. Blige. As with all contestants during auditions, he sang without music. “The thing I love most about you,” Jackson said after Walker finished, From ‘American Idol’ Web site “is, being a police officer, you look nothing Bryan Walker perlike you sound. I love forms on ‘American the fake-out. The singing Idol.’ police officer is hot. He can sing, man.” Walker auditioned some weeks ago and knew immediately he had made it to Hollywood, but at the request of the show he remained silent about it. Even on Thursday after his audition aired nationally, he was reluctant to talk to The Mountain Press without permission from the show. That permission, sought by police spokesman Bob Stahlke, apparently did not come by presstime. There are two pieces of videotape featuring Walker available on the “American Idol” Web site. In what’s called Golden Ticket interviews with contestants, he talks about his life in Sevierville and hopes for See idol, Page A4
Spur accident puzzles park officials Partially submerged car found abandoned By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer NATIONAL PARK — Rangers are looking for a person who apparently drove a car into the West Prong Little Pigeon River,
then fled the scene in a bizarre Wednesday night incident. According to park spokeswoman Nancy Gray, 911 dispatchers received a call from a driver on the Spur in the area of King Branch Road shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday reporting a car in the water. “Around 7:40 a.m., a visitor noticed a vehicle in the river off the Spur and called to report
that,” Gray told The Mountain Press Thursday afternoon. “Since the park service administers the Spur, the dispatchers called rangers to respond.” When those folks arrived on the scene, they found a red 1996 Ford Explorer three-quarters submerged in the icy water of the river, down an embankment from the roadway. They had to call for help from the
Pigeon Forge Police and Fire departments, Gatlinburg Police Department, and Sevier County Ambulance Service to move forward with rescue operations. “They could not determine from the riverbank if the vehicle was occupied,” Gray explained. “Fortunately, they were able to get help on that from the Pigeon See accident, Page A4
Aid starts to arrive for desperate Haitians By MIKE MELIA Associated Press Writer PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Desperately needed aid from around the world slowly made its way Thursday into Haiti, where supply bottlenecks and a leadership vacuum left rescuers scrambling on their own to save the trapped and injured and get relief supplies into the capital.
The international Red Cross estimated that 45,000 to 50,000 people were killed in Tuesday’s magnitude-7.0 earthquake. President Barack Obama announced that “one of the largest relief efforts in our recent history” is moving toward Haiti, with thousands of troops and a broad array of civilian rescue workers flying or See aid, Page A2
An injured earthquake survivor receives treatment at a medical clinic set up at MINUSTAH’s logistics base in Portau-Prince, Haiti.
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are returned when the grand jury issues charges that had not been announced previously. Sealed presentments are kept secret until the defendants are arrested. Names that are listed more than once represent people who faced multiple indictments. Also in the grand jury list: NO TRUE BILLS n Justin Daniel Stoffels â€“ two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor n Isaac M. Allen â€“ robbery, theft under $500 n Jerry Lynn Hickman â€“ domestic assault (reasonable fear) n Elijah James Ogle â€“ violation of a restraining order n Kenneth Perez â€“ aggravated assault n James Michael Purdy â€“ harassment n Alfredo Santiago III â€“ possession of Schedule II drugs with intent to sell or deliver
PRESENTMENTS n Donnie Joshua Anderson â€“ DUI (standard), DUI (.08 percent) first offense n David Dwayne Bell â€“ DUI (standard), DUI (.08 percent) first offense n Monica J. Blackburn â€“ DUI, DUI (.08 percen) n James Pat Campbell â€“ possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of Schedule II hydrocodone n Mitchell Todd Carlton â€“ DUI (standard), DUI (per se), leaving the scene of an accident, violation of the financial responsibility law n Larry Thomas Cochran â€“ two counts attempted aggravated robbery n Mitchell L. Davis â€“ burglary, theft under $500 n Christopher Kelyn Dearing â€“ theft over $500, seven counts of theft under $500 n Andres Tolentino De La Cruz â€“ three counts sale and delivery of Schedule II cocaine n Harold Clellan Dunn â€“ burglary, theft under $500 n Jay T. Hampton â€“ possession of Schedule II, IV and VI drugs, theft over $500 n Leslie Dawn Hurst â€“ simple possession of Schedule II drugs, theft under $500 n Shannon Durain Ivey â€“ aggravated burglary, theft over $500, two counts of theft over $1,000 n Walter A. Johnson â€“ vandalism over $500, possession of burglary tools, unlawful possession of a weapon n Steven Allen Katka â€“ two counts of domestic assault â€“ bodily injury n Frederick Scott Keith â€“ DUI (standard), DUI (per se), driving on a suspended/cancelled/
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sailing in to aid the stricken country â€” backed by more than $100 million in relief funds. To the Haitians, Obama promised: â€œYou will not be forsaken.â€? The nascent flow of rescue workers showed some results: A newly arrived search team pulled U.N. security worker Tarmo Joveer alive from the organizationâ€™s collapsed headquarters, where about 100 people are still trapped. He stood, held up a fist in celebration, and was helped to a hospital. There are easily hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of people trapped, living or dead, in collapsed buildings. No one knows for certain. Friends and relatives have had to claw at the wreckage, often with bare hands, to try to free them. Many dead bodies that were recovered still lay in the street, often covered by a white cloth,
revoked license n Barbara Ann Kerley â€“ DUI (regular) second offense, driving on a suspended/cancelled/revoked license because of DUI, violation of the implied consent law with past conviction n Richard T. Mansfield â€“ DUI, possession of Schedules II and III drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of an accident, four counts of vehicular assault, four counts of reckless aggravated assault, reckless endangerment n Michael Paul McGill â€“ theft over $10,000, theft over $500, vandalism over $500, theft over $1,000 n Michael D. Morrow â€“ aggravated burglary, theft over $500 n Elijah James Ogle â€“ three counts aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon n Maribel Avelino Olarte â€“ criminal simulation, no drivers license, following too close n Juan Oliveros â€“ sale of a Schedule I controlled substance n Carl Brandon Perault â€“ aggravated assault (domestic), violation of an order of protection n Carl Brandon Perault â€“ assault (domestic), kidnapping n James Carson Peschl â€“ DUI (regular) second offense, DUI (per se) second offense, two counts of vehicular assault, four counts of reckless aggravated assault, driving on a suspended/ cancelled/revoked license, reckless endangerment â€“ deadly weapon involved n Timothy Petit â€“ aggravated burglary, theft over $500 n Jack Price â€“ attempted murder, two counts attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated assault n Kenneth M. Rhoton â€“ DUI, DUI (.08 percent) n James H. Russell â€“ theft over $500 n Jessica L. Scott â€“ theft over $500, vandalism n Jessica L. Scott â€“ vandalism over $500, theft over $500, criminal simulation n Adam Lee Spurgeon â€“ attempted aggravated burglary, burglary of a building, theft under $500 n Bryan Chadwick Stout â€“ two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, two counts of theft under $500, vandalism n Cory Switzer â€“ aggravated burglary, theft over $10,000 n Casey Treat â€“ DUI, DUI (.08 percent) n Alton Ray Vercher â€“ DUI (standard), DUI (.08 percent) first offense, violation of the open container law n David Louis Way â€“ burglary, theft under $500 n David Mark White â€“ DUI, violation of the implied consent law, possession of a handgun under the influence, possession of a weapon n Randy Zlobec â€“ DUI, four counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, four
counts of vehicular assault, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, seatbelt violation, criminal impersonation
in 81-degree heat. Some people dragged the dust-covered dead along the roads toward the morgue, where people came to hunt for relatives in a macabre sea of hundreds of bodies just a few feet from where badly injured victims awaited a doctor from the neighboring hospital. Planes from China, France,
Spain and the United States landed at Port-au-Princeâ€™s airport, carrying searchers and tons of water, food, medicine and other supplies â€” with more promised the Western Hemisphereâ€™s poorest nation. The Red Cross has estimated 3 million people â€” a third of the population â€” may need emergency relief.
INDICTMENTS n Christopher Andrews â€“ statutory rape n Jonathan Michael Atha â€“ theft over $10,000, theft under $500, possession of drug paraphernalia n Ronald Bennett â€“ domestic assault â€“ bodily injury n David Ben Branam â€“ DUI (regular) second offense, violation of the implied consent law with a prior DUI n William Dale Branam â€“ simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication n Rebecca S. Callahan â€“ DUI (standard), possession of Schedule II and IV drugs, seatbelt violation, following too closely, violation of the child restraint law, violation of registration law, light law violation, violation of the implied consent law n Darren M. Campbell â€“ resisting arrest n Darren M. Campbell â€“ three counts of reckless endangerment â€“ deadly weapon involved, reckless driving, evading arrest by a motor vehicle, driving on a suspended/cancelled/revoked license n Misty D. Carr â€“ seven counts of forgery less than $500 n Linda Cate â€“ theft over $1,000 n Larry Thomas Cochran â€“ resist, stop, frisk, halt arrest, search, criminal impersonation n Tim Contessa â€“ domestic assault â€“ bodily injury n Bobby Leon Cox â€“ rape of a child n Dora J. Doty â€“ DUI (standard), driving on a suspended/cancelled/revoked license, violation of the financial responsibility law n Harold Clellan Dunn â€“ reckless endangerment n Roger Lynn Evans â€“ DUI (standard), violation of the implied consent law, driving on a suspended/cancelled/revoked license, violation of the financial responsibility law n Lisa Ann Fox â€“ prescription fraud n Lisa Ann Fox â€“ failure to appear n David Allen Franklin â€“ domestic assault n Scott R. Goble â€“ theft over $1,000 n Joseph Green â€“ domestic assault n Jay T. Hampton â€“ possession of Schedule II drugs for resale n Jay T. Hampton â€“ possession of marijuana for resale, possession of Schedule II drugs for resale n Robert Shane Hardin â€“ DUI (standard), violation of the implied consent law n Roy Haynes â€“ possession of a Schedule III controlled substance n Jason F. Heth â€“ domestic
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Carroll McMahan of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce reads to children at the Pigeon Forge Public Library from â€œBack of the Busâ€? by Aaron Reynolds, a story of a black child riding on the bus on which Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Ala. Others are reading similar books at other libraries as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and observance in Sevier County. Jamesena Miller, Judge Dwight Stokes, Robin Cogdill and Sandra Donohoo were among the other readers.
ABWA announces grant opportunities From Submitted Reports SEVIERVILLE â€” The Sevier chapter of the American Business Womenâ€™s Association announces grant and scholarship opportunities coming in spring.Â An education grant of $1,500 is available through the local chapter and the Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Foundation. Only chapters that participate and qualify with ABWA national guidelines may submit applicants for the grant. To be eligible, the applicant must be female, a U.S. citizen and have completed 60 credit hours toward a bachelorâ€™s degree or higher.Â Anyone interested in receiving additional information should send an e-mail requesting â€œSBMEF Grantâ€? information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-5986 by Jan. 30. The Sevier chapter of ABWA will be awarding local scholarships to Sevier County residents to students graduating from high school in spring and those currently enrolled or who are enrolling in the fall to continue their college education.Â Local scholarship information will be published for applicants in early spring. Interested applicants may also send an e-mail requesting â€œLocal Scholarshipâ€? information to email@example.com or by calling 908-5986. â€œWe look forward each year to assisting our local students and are excited to hear from anyone who would like to participate,â€? said Michelle Wallace, president of the Sevier chapter.
SEVIERVILLE â€” The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce will present the first Rose Glen Literary Festival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 27 at Walters State Community College. The day-long event will feature lectures, book signings and a luncheon with local authors and those who have written books about Sevier County. There is an $18 charge for attending the luncheon. Tickets will be sold on a first-comefirst-served basis. There is no fee to attend the other workshops during the day. To reserve tickets, call Carroll McMahan, Chamber of Commerce special projects facilitator and event organizer, at 453-6411. The highlighted book topics range from CSIstyle murder mysteries to historic texts and cookbooks to childrenâ€™s books. Confirmed writers for the inaugural event: Bruce Wheeler, a retired UT professor and local history writer; Arthur McDade; Robert Allen, retired FBI agent and author of â€œPerry Camp Murdersâ€?; Steve Watson; Greg Johnson, author of â€œSanctuaryâ€?; Jack Hodge, a local poet; Lin Stepp, â€œThe Foster Girlâ€?; Beulah Carr, â€œCivil War History of Sevier Countyâ€?; Lyn Bales, a naturalist at Ijams Nature Center and author of â€œThe Natural History of the Tennessee Valleyâ€?; Eric Ball, â€œRecipes
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As they do every Gatlinburg-Pittman home basketball game, the Highlanders dance squad entertains the fans. This performance is from halftime of the recent game against county rival The Kingâ€™s Academy.
Free evangelism course set for March From Submitted Reports GATLINBURG â€” A free evangelism course is coming to Gatlinburg March 4-6. Each day of the workshop. contains two sessions. One will be from from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will break for lunch on their own. Session 2 will go from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Garlands of Grace Ministries is sponsoring this event for anyone who wants to learn more about service to Jesus Christ, how to live their lives more effectively, be a better equipped witness, and gather information on the care of â€œnewâ€? Christians. Early registration will assure a seat. A Billy Graham Evangelism Association
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obituaries In Memoriam
Betty R. Speers Betty R. Speers of Sevierville, passed away January 12, 2010. She is preceded in death by her husband James M. Speers. Survived by her children; daughter, Hazel French; son, James V. Speers and wife Debby; daughter, Robin D Huskey and husband Steven; son, Jeffrey M. Speers and wife Sheila; son Patrick Speers; grandchildren, Ryan Speers, Ashley and Amber Speers, Cody Speers, Courtney Speers; great-grandchildren, Logan and Cameron Speers. The family would like to express a special thank you to Pigeon Forge Care & Rehab and also to Caris Hospice. Graveside services will be Saturday, January 16, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Beech Springs Cemetery in Kodak, TN, the Rev. Jack Anderson officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to God’s Storehouse Food Pantry, 601 W. Broadway, Newport, TN 37821. Guestbook may be signed at www.highlandmemorialparks.com. Highland South Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations is providing arrangements.
Robert “BJ” Solari Robert “BJ” Solari, age 77, passed away Monday, January 11, 2010. He was born in Arlington, MA, in 1932 and served in the U.S. Navy. He retired to the Pigeon Forge area and worked at Dollywood for Kodak Co. for the past seven years. He is survived by brother, Joseph Solari, Centerville, MA; sister, Sister Joanne Solari, of Cambridge, MA; and long-time companion Charles “Chuck” Law of Pigeon Forge. Robert is also survived by many nieces and nephews. McCarty Funeral Directors and Cremation Services, 607 Wall Street, 774-2950, in charge of arrangements.
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Constance “Connie” Redding Mayberry Constance “Connie” Redding Mayberry, 56, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010. She was born Jan. 9, 1954 in Goodlettsville, Tenn., and lived in Sevier County for 27 years. Survivors: husband, Daryll Lynn Mayberry; daughter, Lindy Mayberry Sellers and husband Christopher from Stanfield, N.C.; son, Cameron Mayberry and Tarella Huskey of Cherokee, N.C.; three grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Tim and Debbie Redding, Dwight Redding, Kaye Redding, Larry Cunningham, and Ronnie Boshers of Goodlettsville; mother-in-law, Clara Mayberry, Pigeon Forge; nieces and nephews. Connie was employed for many years by SignMasters.
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Theo Hazel Sims
Theo Hazel Sims, L.P.N., age 94 of Sevierville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, January 14, 2010, at Fort Sanders Sevier Nursing Home. Mrs. Sims was a faithful member of Parkway Church of God in Sevierville and ministered to many families through her profession as a private duty L.P.N. Her goal in life was to bring her family, friends and those she met to a saving knowledge and eternal relationship with the Lord. Her work here is done but her influence will go on forever. Theo’s favorite quote was “our life on earth soon will pass, only what is done for God will last.” She was preceded in death by her husband, William Charles “Bub” Sims; parents, Bates Smith and Mama Belle Walker; daughter, Freda Maples; brothers, Carl Smith and wife Ollie, and Stewart Smith; great-grandson Christopher Mark Sims. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Rev. John A. and Pat Sims; daughter and son-in-law, Anna R. and Bill Huskey; grandchildren, Rick Maples, Bridgette Morton, Melody Blum, Shawn Maples, John Patrick, Matthew, and Mark Sims, Maria Cutshaw, Brent Huskey; great-grandchildren, Megan, Mary, David and Noah Sims, Jason Maples, Jessica Livesay, Hans, Seth, and Joseph Ballew, Oliver Morton, Ryan Cutshaw, Alex Maples; greatgreat-grandchildren, Elijah and Madeline Belle Ballew, Chloe and Elijah Livesay, Bryson Maples; sister, Joyce Catlett; special niece, Betty M. Ogle and husband Ron. Special thanks to the staff of Fort Sanders Sevier Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Parkway Church of God, 661 Parkway, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862. Funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with her son Rev. John Sims, Rev. Melvin Lonas and Pastor Philip Morris officiating. Interment will follow in Alder Branch Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Stevan Bocik, age 86, of Seymour, Tennessee, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family and pastor on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Stevan was born in Senecaville, Ohio, to the late Frank A. and Pauline Bocik. He was the loving husband of 62 years to Marilyn Fisher Bocik, whom he married on July 26, 1947, in Findlay, Ohio. Stevan was a WWII Veteran and served in the Army Air Corps in England. He retired from North American Phillips after 30 years. Stevan was a member of Seymour United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph and John; sisters, Mary St. John, Alice Stears, Helen Houck, Annie Uhlrich; and daughter Annette Bocik Hein. Survived by sister, Kathryn Bohlender; daughter and son-in-law Cynthia and Dudley Lightle; son and daughter-in-law Todd and Donna Bocik; son-in-law Andrew Hein; grandchildren Jason Hooks, Kristen Starr, Courtney Smith, Andrea Hein, Kaitlyn and Brenna Bocik; great-grandchildren Olivia and Jacob Starr and Maya and Maxwell Smith; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Nancy and Ray Franks and sister-in-law Shirley Fisher and many special nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 16th from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Seymour UMC, the funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be at the Highland South Cemetery directly after the Church service. Highland South Funeral Home & Cemetery. (865) 573-7300.
Forge Fire Department.” Firefighters pulled on dry suits and braved the icy water to check the car out. When they did, they found it surprisingly unoccupied. Afer it was hooked up by cable to a wrecker, the vehicle was pulled out of the water. As of Thursday afternoon, the investigation into the incident was still ongoing and seemed to have officials puzzled. A search continued downstream from the accident scene for a body, as calls were put in to trace the owner of the car and deter-
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the show. The other is the tape of the show that was broadcast Wednesday and includes Walker’s audition. “I got a lot of encouragement to chase my dreams and to really push for an opportunity to share my music with people whose influence meant so much to me,” he said in the “Golden Ticket” tape that explains why a contestant tried out. “This was the reason I finally decided to chase that dream and take the opportunity to go out and give back to people.” Walker notes he had grown up in Sevierville around the local music industry, mostly associating with gospel music. He said his experience with different things in life and “different styles of people” sets him apart from others. There is another thing, too. “I’m a very deep thinker,” he said on the tape. “There is hardly ever a time of day that it’s hard to turn my mind off. Even when I’m ready to sleep, I’m thinking so much, thinking constantly and consistently about certain things.” Walker said he can beatbox, which is a kind of music language, and also play the drums.
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There also is footage of Walker in his uniform around Sevierville, including giving seat belt advice to Mayor Bryan Atchley in an obviously staged act. During his audition Walker sang without the most famous judge, Simon Cowell, in the room. Cowell apparently got frustrated with earlier contestants and left the room. Walker did earn raves from the three judges who heard him. “You have the type voice,” Blige said, “that you don’t have to try to prove anything.” “This is what I love about this job,” DioGuardi said. “A guy comes in and you think, here we go, and you know what, that was great. This guy can sing.” Walker will going to Hollywood with well over 100 contestants for the next round. Eventually the Hollywood talent will be narrowed to 36. There is no guarantee Walker’s next performances will be aired on the show. “American Idol” is shown on Channel 43 in Knoxville. n email@example.com
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Conley Trentham, left, Scottish Rites; Maggie Fox, Eastern Star; Paul Parrott, Masonic Lodge; Kim Grosser, assistant principal; and staff members of Boyds Creek School with shoes donated to the clothes closet that the school maintains.
Boyds Creek School receives donated shoes From Submitted Reports Boyds Creek School was the recipient of shoes donated through the efforts of Mountain Star Lodge 197, Sevierville Chapter 138 Order of Eastern Star, and Sevier County chapter of Scottish Rites.
This is an ongoing project of the Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star of Sevierville. They have adopted Boyds Creek School and assisted with donating items needed to the clothes closet that the school maintains. Worthy Matron Maggie Fox,
Eastern Star Chapter 138, said, â€œThe coordination of the Masons, Eastern Star members and Scottish Rites has made the opportunity to participate in this worthy project a huge success. Each group seeks ways to give back to and assist the communities in our county.â€?
Tasty contest: 4-H holding cornbread cook-off Fourth-grade 4-H club members are invited to celebrate cooking and cornbread by entering a recipe in the National 4-H Cornbread Cook-off Contest. Recipes should be creative and easy to prepare and must contain at least one cup of Martha White Corn Meal or one package of Martha White Corn Meal Mix and be cooked in Lodge cast iron cookware. Novice cooks should submit their entries by March 2 to Vicki Lofty, Marion County UT Extension, 302 Betsy Pack Drive, Jasper, TN 37347. Recipes will be reviewed and 10 lucky 4-Hâ€™ers will be invited to participate in the youth cook-off at the National Cornbread Festival on April 24 in South Pittsburg, Tenn. Finalists will have one hour from start to finish to prepare their cornbread dish. Judging of the finished recipe will be based on creativity; texture, appearance, ease of preparation, appropriate use of products and
of course â€” flavor. The 4-H slogan is â€œLearn by Doingâ€? so fourth-grade 4-Hâ€™ers get in the kitchen and learn to cook. Prepare a yummy cornbread dish that will make mouths water. Prizes: first place, $400; second place, $200; third place, $100; and the other seven finalists will each receive $50. All 10 finalists also receive special gifts from Lodge Cast Iron and Martha White. The 4-H agent or program assistant and the teacher of the winning contestant will each receive $50. Youth traveling more than 100 miles to the competition will receive $100 travel money. Vicki Lofty invites youth from all regions of the coun-
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try to enter. â€œEvery year I am amazed at the amazing tasty and creative recipes that are submitted,â€? said Lofty. To celebrate 100 years of UT Extension and 4-H in Tennessee, Marion County clubs have compiled a cookbook containing a collection of recipes from the past finalists in the National Cornbread Festival Cookoff. Funds from the sale
of the $6 cookbooks will be used to fund 4-H youth projects and activities. For more information about purchasing a cookbook or the cook-off call (423) 942-2656. Contest guidelines are also available at www.nationalcornbread. com. â€” Glenn Turner is a Sevier County agricultural extension service agent. Call him at 4533695.
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Christian youth to attend event
Resurrection, an event for Christian youth, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Over the next two weekends, beginning today, more than 13,000 teens will be in Gatlinburg for the youth conference. Resurrection is an evangelistic experience for youths ages 13 to 19 and their adult mentors. It is held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Back by popular demand, Justin Lookadoo will deliver the message at each session. Kristian Stanfill will lead the worship for the first time.
Road closed temporarily
The city of Sevierville Department of Public Works is installing drainage tiles on Reed Schoolhouse Road. Weather and other conditions permitting, the estimated project completion date is today. The work requires the closure of the road to through traffic between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists can expect delays while work is ongoing.
Youth baseball fundraiser set
Smoky Mountain Youth Baseball Association will hold a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and player sign-up from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Church, 1103 Dolly Parton Parkway. The meal, incluidng a beverage, is $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under and free for ages 3 and under. Player sign-up fee is $30. Parents should bring a copy of the child’s bring birth certificate. For more information call Larry Emond at 5488555.
MLK activities planned Monday
The annual Sevier County observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday/ holiday will be Monday in downtown Sevierville. A walk from the courthouse to First Baptist Church will begin at 10:30 a.m. The program in the church will start at 11:15. Guest speaker will be Marjorie Stewart of Selma, Ala., who participated in civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s. The program also will include music, dance and other activities.
H1N1 vaccine to be available
A public H1N1 flu vaccine clinic is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Sevier County Health Department. To make an appointment, call 453-1032. H1N1 flu vaccine shots will be provided at no charge. There are also a limited number of appointments available weekdays. For more information visit http://health.state.tn.us/ fluclinic/default.aspx.
Relay For Life dinner planned
The deadline to RSVP for the Relay For Life dinner and dance “Puttin’ on the Ritz” has been extended to Jan. 21. The event will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Sevierville Civic Center. Tickets are $50 and include dinner, entertainment and photo.
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Bredesen K-12 plan heads to full Senate NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Phil Bredesen’s proposal to require up to half of teacher evaluations and tenure decisions to be based on student achievement data is headed to the full Senate for a vote and is progressing in the House. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed the measure Thursday. The governor has said it’s key to Tennessee’s chances of landing up to $485 million in federal “Race to the Top” money. Tennessee currently
uses no testing data to evaluate teachers. The measure that passed the Senate panel included several amendments, including the establishment of a fund for professional development of teachers and a measure to make sure funds are used properly. E d u c a t i o n Commissioner Tim Webb addressed questions from members of the committee and said there’s been “a lot of good conversation.” “We’ve been working
very closely to come to an end product that works for everybody and helps us get this money,” Webb said. The House Education Committee passed it’s version of the proposal 21-1 Thursday afternoon and sent it to the House Finance Committee. Bredesen said he’s optimistic the Legislature will approve the bill before Tuesday’s deadline to submit applications for the federal money. “What I have done is talk with the speakers and the leadership of both
parities,” Bredesen told reporters after a ceremony to swear in Gayle Ray as the state’s corrections commissioner. “They’ve assured me this is going to move forward, and it’s going to get done.” Bredesen said he hoped both chambers could finish their work on the K-12 measures by Friday evening. “Pushing this stuff back to the very, very final minute is a little nail-biting for me,” he said. “If they could get it done (Friday), I would love them to do that.”
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Today is Friday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2010. There are 350 days left in the year.
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n Locally a year ago:
It seems the opening of Belle Island Village, now several years past its initial date, will come a little later than even the most recent predictions. Developer Glen Bilbo said the new opening date for the much-anticipated project is now set for the beginning of April with a grand opening happening sometime shortly thereafter.
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n Today’s highlight:
On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled both the plane’s engines; all 155 people aboard survived.
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n On this date:
In 1844, the University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana. In 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta.
Trails Open: Ober Chute, Bear Run, Castle Run, Cub Way, Ski School and Mogul Ridge
Nation/world quote roundup “It’s incredible. A lot of houses destroyed, hospitals, schools, personal homes. A lot of people in the street dead. ... I’m still looking to understand the magnitude of the event and how to manage.” — Haiti President Rene Preval in an television interview a day after a magnitude-7 quake flattened much of the Haitian capital of 2 million people.
“People are angry. Reports of “record profits and bonuses in the wake of receiving trillions of dollars in government assistance while so many families are struggling to stay afloat has only heightened the sense of confusion.” — Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Chairman Phil Angelides in a statement after top Wall Street bankers apologized for risky behavior that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
“I have a message for parents, grandparents and caregivers: Do not allow young children to be given or to play with cheap metal jewelry, especially when they are unsupervised.” — Inez Tenenbaum, the chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission in a written statement warning parents that cheap metal jewelry could contain hazardous levels of heavy metals such as lead and cadmium.
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n Ten years ago:
Masked gunmen opened fire in a hotel lobby in Belgrade, killing Serbian warlord Zeljko Raznatovic, better known as Arkan, who had been indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for alleged atrocities in Bosnia and Croatia.
n Thought for today:
“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” — Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968).
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NEW YORK (AP) — R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass, who was one of the most electric and successful figures in music until a car crash 28 years ago left him in a wheelchair, has died of colon Pendergrass cancer. He was 59. Pendergrass died Wednesday in suburban Philadelphia, where he had been hospitalized for months. The singer’s son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had “a difficult recovery.”
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You’re on your own in America All of your adult life it seems you are told that you are your own doctor. You don’t believe that, or perhaps, just don’t think about it, until there inevitably comes a time when you have to spend a good deal of time with physicians. It’s usually too late. Like most everybody else hit with serious and continuing family medical problems, I’ve learned the hard way that doctors have the same accuracy rate as everybody else, perhaps more than auto mechanics, quite a bit less than National Football League officials. Words like misdiagnosis, malpractice and plain old confusion, fatigue, laziness, arrogance and stupidity become larger parts of your vocabulary. And you realize that often it is your own fault; you deferred to “expertise” or did not understand what you were being told by impressively credentialed medical men and women who may not have understood themselves. So it goes: the seven ages of men — and women. In other words, doctors, like politicians, almost never answer a simple question by saying “yes” or “no.” They prefer to cite statistics, a technique which should always be met with suspicion. Actually, I am not picking on doctors. I might like to, but that is raging against the night, against the unknown. You have to be your own doctor because you learn that doctors are just like everybody else, except they have better (and much more expensive) toys — gleaming white machines as mysterious as flying saucers. I am commenting on life in the age of knowledge. There is too much of it, knowledge, around these explosive days. We are in a time warp in which no one knows enough to connect the dots. We are, with the help of Google, on our own. We are not only our own doctors, we are also our own health-care experts, plumbers, electricians, nutritionists, travel security agents and most anything else you must think about in these overcaffeinated times. Does anyone understand or believe the numbers on cereal boxes? On Christmas Day, did anyone believe the people in uniforms at airports from Africa to Europe to Detroit actually know what they were looking for or doing? The near catastrophe on Flight 253 was an important lesson. The best defense against air terrorists is not machinery; it is other passengers. Us, we on our own. David Brooks, the thoughtful New York Times columnist, blamed some of this on institutions in a New Year’s Day column titled “The God That Fails,” on a sort of American return to the faith of childhood, saying: “During the middle third of the 20th century, Americans had impressive faith in its own institutions. It was not because those institutions always worked well.” — he cites the Federal Reserve — “But there was a realistic sense that human institutions are necessarily flawed. ... That mature attitude seems to have largely vanished. Now we seem to expect perfection from government and then throw temper tantrums when it is not achieved.” I’m not so sure about that. I am not meeting many people these days who expect government perfection or even competence. Quite the opposite, I’m afraid. What got me thinking these discouraging things was not so much Brooks’ column, but a response sent to him by a veterinarian from McKenna, Wash., named David Jolly, who blames Ronald Reagan, “One of the most damaging figures in American history.” Is that fair? Quoting part of Dr. Jolly’s letter: “The Reagan Delusion is the simplistic formula that seeks to define America’s problems in a way that posits an entirely good ‘us’ and an entirely bad ‘them.’ It has led to a nearly bankrupt, ungovernable country with crumbling infrastructure and ever-widening gaps in income, wealth and general prosperity. The formula is: America’s enemies (are) government (other than military spending) and economic support of mega-business, plus taxes, plus regulation, plus general liberal wussiness.” You may not agree with Dr. Jolly or Brooks, or Reagan or me. But we all seem to end up in about the same place: Something has gone terribly wrong in America, and you’re on you own, buddy! You’re your own doctor. — Richard Reeves, a presidential scholar and expert on six presidents, is the author of several books, including profiles of Richard Nixon and John Kennedy. Column distributed by Universal Syndicate.
Food, for thought SMARM takes bite out of hunger by expanding Hot Meals program In Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries, Sevier County residents in need certainly have a friend indeed — and in deed. For all of the good work SMARM does in the county, it added another to its list of good deeds this week when it expanded its Hot Meals for Hungry Hearts program. This past Tuesday, SMARM, in partnership with Second Baptist Church in Sevierville, started offering its second free meal of each week from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the church. This dovetails with another free meal served on Thursdays at the same time at Sevierville’s First United Methodist Church. For the less fortunate in our community, these meals are a godsend. SMARM has been trying for sev-
eral years to expand the program to provide daily meals for the needy. That effort, unfortunately, took a step backward when a daily meal in Gatlinburg failed to take hold because of a seeming lack of interest from volunteers. Fortunately for the program, that doesn’t seem to be the case in Sevierville, where Second Baptist member Janice Honaker felt the call to mobilize the congregation to help. She approached SMARM Executive Director Dick Wellons and invited him to speak at the church. The congregation opened its arms to Wellons, embraced the idea, and the program took root. Second Baptist has agreed to prepare the food, which is donated by local restaurants or
supplied through area food banks that are in partnership with SMARM. Members also agree to serve the meals and do the other work involved in the project. We don’t know what is on the horizon or what SMARM’s capabilities are, but it would be nice to see the program in Gatlinburg rekindled and perhaps others in areas such as Pigeon Forge and Seymour started. There are, after all, hungry and less fortunate people throughout the county, not just in Sevierville. If there’s a way for it to happen, you can rest assured Dick Wellons will find a way to get it done. For more information about the program, call the SMARM office at 908-3153. You’ll be glad you did.
Public forum Robinson right to question city spending procedures on tourism
Editor: Commissioner Randal Robinson has been very concerned about the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism lately, and for good reason. First, he noticed that the city has been operating under a defunct advertising agreement with Bohan Agency Inc. for almost eight years, an agreement that has not been approved by the city board since 2002. This 2002 agreement, signed by former Mayor Ralph Chance, contained several monthly fees, one being a public relations fee of $11,083. For the same fee, in November of 2008, City Manager Earlene Teaster wrote a check in the amount of $17,233, and in November of 2009, $18,843. None of these increases have been approved by the board, as required by state law. City Attorney Jim Gass says by approving the annual budget, the board approved the increases. I fail to see how approving a line item in an appropriations bill for advertising (for $10,449,312)
amends the agreement with Bohan. If you follow Gass’s analysis through to conclusion, why have any meetings with the city board? They could meet once a year, approve the annual budget, go home and let Teaster enter into any agreement she wishes without a valid contract or board approval. Robinson also feels that the advertising contract should be publicly bid to ensure fairness and competition for prices. The bidding issue produced conflicting opinions from Dennis Dycus, director of State Municipal Audit, and Pat Hardy, a consultant with the Municipal Technical Advisory Service. Robinson asked the board if it should seek an opinion from the attorney general to ensure it was acting within the law by choosing not to publicly bid the agreement. The other board members seemed taken aback by the suggestion. One commissioner stated, “Do we really want to ask?”, a feeling echoed by the mayor who said, “I’m not sure if we want to open that can of worms.” With the exception of Robinson, it appears the rest of the board had no interest in clarifying whether or not their actions were legal. Why not?
At a workshop (held without adequate public notice) with city officials last week, Robinson inquired about the whereabouts of certain invoices from Bohan. According to the State Division of Municipal Audit, “municipal officials should ensure that [a] …statement from the vendor is compared to the individual invoices on file” and that the “testing of prices … should be required.” Since the agreement provides for a commission of 15 percent of Bohan’s annual multimillion dollar media purchases on behalf of the city, I would hope that someone over the past eight years has been inspecting and “testing” the invoices. Apparently not, because no one at City Hall had them. Let’s be clear. Robinson is not out to destroy tourism. He probably feels obligated to ensure that the city’s money is spent wisely. He seems to be alone in this, which is a shame. I wish more politicians would be as concerned as Robinson when it comes to big government spending. Keep up the good work, Randal. Tony Lee Rast Sevierville
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■ The Mountain Press ■ A8 ■ Friday, January 15, 2010
TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS FOOTBALL
A familiar face returns? Cutcliffe expected to take the reins of the Big Orange From Staff Reports
KNOXVILLE — As Internet rumors spread like wildfire speculating the University of Tennessee’s next head football coach, one familiar name stood out to many Volunteer fans — that of former offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe. As the day wore on and rumored coaches’ names fell to the wayside, Cutcliffe’s seemed to stick. By evening, several media outlets were citing ‘sources’ that barring a last minute complication Cutcliffe would be the Volunteers’ new coach. But, as of 10:45 p.m., there had been no official announcement and athletic director Mike Hamilton had not confirmed the Cutcliffe rumors. ESPN was still reporting that Cutcliffe, along with Louisiana Tech coach Derek Dooley appeared to be Tennessee’s remaining choices. Cutcliffe, who was born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., and attended the University
of Alabama, came to Tennessee in 1982 as a part-time assistant under Johnny Majors. A year later he was tight ends coach and assistant offensive line coach. By 1990 Cutcliffe had become quarterback coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1993, where he mentored a young Peyton Manning. In 1998 Cutcliffe helped the team to the first BCS National Championship. Prior to the championship game, however, he left for the head coaching job at Ole Miss, where he’d guide the Rebels to a 44-29 mark over six seasons. There, he coached Manning’s brother Eli to a Cotton Bowl victory in 2003. The next year, following a 4-7 season, he was without a head coaching job. From there Cutcliffe had a brief stint as assistant head coach with Notre Dame, before health issues forced him to resign. Following a successful triple-bypass, Cutcliffe rejoined Tennessee in 2006 following the ouster of offensive coordinator
Randy Sanders, who’d followed Cutcliffe in that position at UT. Since leaving Tennessee to become Duke University’s head coach in 2007, the Blue Devils have gone 9-15, a record that doesn’t sound impressive, except when it’s pointed out the team took six seasons to win that many games prior to Cutcliffe’s arrival.
SCHS hoops sweep Morristown East teams Bearettes bomb away against ’Canes
Bears rebound to blow away Hurricanes
By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor
By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor
SEVIERVILLE — Who are these girls in Purple and White? The Sevier County Bearettes (5-10, 4-3 in District 2-AAA) won their second game in a row against stiff competition Thursday night, beating the Morristown East Lady Hurricanes (8-6, 4-4) 63-55. The Bearettes used the combination of senior Jaisa Moritz’s outside shooting touch and sophomore Carly Pippin’s allaround game to blow past the Hurricanes in the game’s third quarter and never looked back. After a back-and-forth first half, a 3-point barrage from Moritz, Pippin and Hailey Tackett pushed the Bearettes out to a nine-point lead late in the third quarter 48-39. East tried to surge back into the game with five straight points, but another Moritz 3-ball ended the quarter at 51-44. The Bearettes slowed the game down in the final quarter after taking a double-digit lead on a Tackett 3-point play. Kendra King and Sam Hale combined to get East back in the game at 57-53 with just minutes to go, but Madison Pickel and Joslyn Connatser sealed the win for SCHS with some clutch free
SEVIERVILLE — Two nights after a disappointing loss against Jefferson County, the Sevier County Bears showed why AP voters had them in their top 10 this week. Behind balanced scoring and good defense the Bears (13-2, 6-1 in District 2-AAA) blew past the visiting Morristown East Hurricanes Thursday night 69-47. “The kids were upset on how we shot on Tuesday,” coach Ken Wright said. “We didn’t handle the snow days really well. “We knew we had to play extremely well to hang with (East). They kept making runs on us, but we held them off. Every time they made a run we came right back at them.” The Bears made the game’s first run, jumping out to a 17-5 first quarter lead behind the 3-point shooting of senior Zach Carlson. Other Bears got into the act, too, as Austin Nave and Josh Johnson both hit big jumpers in the run. Johnson did get into some early foul trouble, and the Bears missed his defense in the second quarter as he sat the bench. East outscored the Bears
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Sevier County’s Hailey Tackett goes up strong for a tough offensive rebound.
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Sports â—† A9
Friday, January 15, 2010 â—† The Mountain Press RACING WITH RICH
NASCAR Attendance and TV ratings may rise Yes, you read the headline of this column correctly. I, an outspoken critic of the direction NASCAR has taken in recent years, am predicting that attendance and television ratings will rise in 2010. I have a two-fold reason for making such predictions. First, NASCAR has taken what is for them the unprecedented step of listening to complaints. This has been evidenced in the implementation of double file restarts, the apparent replacement of the CoTâ€™s rear wing with a spoiler and possibly even the elimination of no-bump zones and yellow line rules at Daytona and Talladega. But in
Over the past few seasons I have had many people tell me they no longer go to races because the later start times make it too difficult to get home in time for a decent rest before going to work the next morning. regard to causing improved When faced with a four attendance and ratings, the hour drive to get home after a race that ends at 6 p.m. best move they have made or later, the average person is the change in starting may opt to stay at home times for most races. and save money rather than Many races this season will start at 1:00pm eastern do all that tiresome traveltime. The earlier and more ing to watch what may turn out to be a less-than-enterconsistent start times will taining race. At least fans help people know when to know they will be home at a tune in to actually watch decent hour this season. the race rather than hours Starting races as late of fluff filled pre-race shows. Also, the earlier start as 3 p.m. leaves a limited times will benefit those fans window to work with in the event of bad weather, in attendance.
very frustrating for someone who paid for a ticket and sat for hours in the grandstand watching what amounted to a circus only to have it start raining at the time for the command to start engines. For television, early start times will cause viewers to get into a race before they find something else to do. Since many NASCAR Sprint Cup races take place on warm Sunday afternoons, it is easy for the casual fan to drift away from the TV and find other ways to occupy their time. So, earlier start times will play a role in boosting both attendance and television ratings in 2010. However, all of this col-
Tigers wrestling takes 3 in Kentucky
WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. â€” The Pigeon Forge Tigers wrestling team traveled to Whitley County in Kentucky on Tuesday and swept the meet with three teams wins. The Tigers concurred McCreary County 60-24, Whitley County 31-24 and Wayne County 32-27. Individual Pigeon Forge results against McCreary County were as follows: n Caleb Poole won by decision 12-7 in the 103pound class n Joseph Dodgen won by pin in the 112-pound class n Spencer Davis won by pin in the 119-pound class n Nate Croley won by pin in the 130-pound class n Nathaniel Parton won by pin in the 140-pound class n Edward Holland won by pin in the 145-pound class n Cody Davis won by pin in the 171-pound class n Hayden Whaley won by pin in the 189-pound class n David Kieta won by pin in the 215-pound class Individual Pigeon Forge results against Whitley County were are follows:
Pigeon Forge freshman Spencer Davis earns a victory by pin over a wrestler from McCreary Central of Kentucky on Tuesday.
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