The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 21 ■ January 21, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Aldermen open to road debate Most say they’re undecided on funding Dumplin Creek road By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer
5Celebrities in the news Country legend Charlie Daniels suffers mild stroke Page A6
SEVIERVILLE — Business people who gathered at the Sevierville 407 Merchants Association were overwhelmingly in favor of seeing the city begin work on a road connecting Highway 66 to Bryan Road. But they don’t control the
Sevierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, which will make the decision. While two of the five aldermen say they’d vote against it now, those two and at least two of the others are taking a wait-and-see approach. BOMA hasn’t discussed the matter publicly since a November workshop, but members are expected to talk about it extensively at the
city’s annual retreat Feb. 8-10. The road has the potential to help convince state and federal officials to build a new interstate interchange in the 408-milemarker range of Interstate 40 — a mile east of Sevier County’s only interchange. Developer John Turley has made that a major part of his argument for the city to pay
$8.5 million toward the cost of the road that would serve his planned shopping complex, with additional money from a grant and his partners. The trouble is, the entire road runs through the property Turley and his partners own. Their Dumplin Creek project See debate, Page A4
Red Kettle campaign a ringing success By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
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This is an artist rendering of Adventure Mountain, set to be the largest challenge course in America, when construction is completed in the coming months.
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Corrections County Mayor Larry Waters’ son-in-law does not work for the law firm hired to defend the county against a suit filed by developer Ron Ogle. The law firm was hired by the insurance company which covers the county, not by county government officials. The Mountain Press was wrong, in a story about the county’s response to Ogle’s lawsuit, to connect the law firm retained by the insurance company to Waters’ daughter, who is an attorney on the firm. The Mountain Press regrets the error.
New attraction will be jewel for Dollywood’s 25th By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer PIGEON FORGE — Dollywood is moving a mountain this year to ensure its visitors have what park officials call “an experience you can only get at Dollywood.” After being put off for a year thanks to the sagging economy and rising steel prices, work on the new Adventure Mountain attraction is progressing quickly. Media representatives were given a sneak peek at the construction effort, which is set to be completed in time for the area to be open when the park opens for its 25th season on March 27, on Wednesday. Park spokesman Pete Owens and Attractions Manager Jeff Manning led the tour of what will be the largest challenge course in America, with 46 different elements, four separate courses, a children’s area, and more than two miles of ropes and cables. “It’s a staggering amount of equipment that has been brought in and work that has been done here,” Owens said. “It is unique and it is the biggest of its kind in the country. There are only a few other theme parks that have this kind
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Dollywood employee Tara Benger demonstrates how to navigate one of the challenges of Adventure Mountain. of thing, and they aren’t close to the size and scope of this one.” The highly themed attraction is being constructed in the style of the buildings government workers built in the national park seven decades ago. Rock facades will cover much of the steel skeleton, while support structures will resemble something akin to an old fire tower. “It’s going to be themed after Civilian Conservation Corps-era architecture in the park,” Owens explained. “Each of the elements will also
have its own unique features, so the Geyser Gulch area will have several water features and other areas will have rock ledges our guests will actually climb on.” Underneath and between all that thematic construction is what amounts to a safe version of some of the activities visitors to the national park enjoy. For instance, visitors may find themselves inching across logs, making their way over rope bridges or braving a rocky ledge while hanging over a portion of the park’s
Wilderness Pass. All that will be done at as much as 35 feet off the ground, Manning said. Of course, every precaution will be taken to ensure those who take part in Adventure Mountain, which comes with the price of admission to the park, do so at their own comfort level and in complete safety. “This is going to look and feel like it is part of the Smokies,” Owens said. “It will give people the opportunity to experience some of the things See adventure, Page A5
SEVIERVILLE — Amid the bad news about nonprofit organizations that have come up short in fundraising in recent years, local Salvation Army supporters have reason to celebrate. They’ve bucked the trend. The organization’s collections through its annual Red Kettle drive during the Christmas season topped not only the goal, but also the amount raised in each of the previous few years. “We were up about 29 percent,” Sevierville commanding officer Justin Caldwell says. “Our collections in 2007 were about $62,000; in 2008 they were $116,000, which was amazing at the time.” That was before the group hit a total of $151,329 through last year’s bell ringing. “When so many other organizations and Salvation Army corps aren’t making their goals, for us to do that well is really neat,” the somewhat reserved Caldwell says. “We didn’t really expect to even get $116,000 again. We set our goal at $109,000.” Indeed, in Knox County the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle operations fell far short of their goal, which Caldwell says will mean officials there will face some tough decisions about what programs they’ll have to cut. Sevier County far outstripped what was expected. “We’re very excited about it,” says Caldwell, who ran his second kettle campaign since becoming an officer with Salvation Army. “I think this area just has a giving spirit. It kind of boggles my mind. We’re just so thankful for this.” The importance of the collections can’t be overemphasized; money from the kettles funds the bulk of the Army’s operations. “This is what gets us through the whole year. It’s our biggest fundraiser,” Caldwell said. See campaign, Page A4
2010 ACS Relay For Life off to a running start Event is May 21-22 at Patriot Park in PF By GAIL CRUTCHFIELD Community Editor PIGEON FORGE — The year is looking good so far for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Sevier County. Event organizers provided
updates and fundraising information at the team rally held Tuesday at Tennessee State Bank, announcing that 47 teams are signed up to participate in the May 21-22 event at Patriot Park. Of those teams, eight are new. “That’s tremendous,” said team development co-chair Wayne Knight, of the eight new teams. Three of the new teams on hand at the meeting included
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. from Gatlinburg, Gerling Home Health Care of Sevierville and the Pigeon Forge Kroger. More teams are encouraged to participate, and Teri Newman, Knight’s co-chair in team development, said the ACS Midsouth Division has changed some requirements that may encourage others to join Relay. The requirement that teams have between eight and 15 members
has been discarded. Now there are no minimum or maximum requirements for teams. “If a team is one person, that’s great. If it’s a hundred people, that’s great, too,” Newman said. Every person on every team will be acknowledged as a member of that team. Event chair Robin Kurtz indicated the need for more teams See relay for life , Page A4
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Optimist Club asks students to prepare essays on evolution
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The Northview/Kodak Optimist Club is encouraging students from the community to prepare essays on the subject, â€œThe Internet: Todayâ€™s Evolution or Tomorrowâ€™s Menace.â€? Students will be able to get information on the essay contest from the senior class guidance counselor at their respective schools. The winner will receive an award on the local level. The winning essay will be sent to the district level, and top entries are entered at the international level where college scholarships are available. Optimist Club president Deborah Aderholdt encourages students to participate.
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Pugsly is a 6-year-old Pug mix. Gilligan and Archie are 8-week-old domestic short hair mixes. Adoption fee is $100 and covers the first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip. The Gnatty Branch Animal Shelter is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For a complete list of adoptable pets go to www.petfinder.com.
Parking changes get preliminary OK By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE â€” The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved first reading Tuesday of amendments that would change the required number of parking spaces for new homes and hotels.
The changes, which were already approved by the planning commission, call for two off-street parking spaces for each permanent dwelling instead of just one, and one parking space for each room at a hotel, instead of one for every two rooms. Buildings classified as motels already were
required to have one space for each room, Planning Director Jim Bryant said. The board must approve the amendments two more times before they are enacted. In other action, the board: n Approved on final reading an ordinance
amending the 2009 budget n Tabled the purchase of an automated side-loading garbage truck n Voted to take part in evaluation for the stateâ€™sâ€? Walk With Me, Tennesseeâ€? program n email@example.com
Annual March for Babies set for April 17 in PF By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer The Metro Knox Division of the March of Dimes will host its annual March for Babies on April 17 at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge. Since 1970, March of Dimes has held the fundraising walk, raising $1.8 billion to improve the health of babies. â€œWeâ€™re trying to make it really big this year,â€? community director Laurel Roberts said of the Sevier County walk. â€œWeâ€™re welcoming family teams, corporate teams â€” everyone.â€? March of Dimes aims to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Roberts, who has worked with the organization for three years, participated in her first March for Babies in Sevier County. â€œIâ€™ve learned a lot since Iâ€™ve been working with them,â€? she said. â€œTennessee
grams that help newborns. February. Details will be Developments have includ- announced. ed newborn screenings; The chapter is also formn What: Fundraiser for the better heart treatments; ing a committee for March March of Dimes work to develop treatments for Babies. Those interestn When: April 17 to cure vision defects; iden- ed in volunteering should n Where: Patriot Park in tification of a gene respon- call Roberts at 694-6003. Pigeon Forge Registration for the sible for oral cleft and work n Information: 694-6003 for preventions; and folic Pigeon Forge walk will begin at 8 a.m., and the 1.5acid education. Roberts said the Metro mile walk will start at 9. is one of the worst states Knox Division will hold as far as premature babies a kickoff for the walk in n firstname.lastname@example.org â€” itâ€™s ranked 46. One in seven babies in our state is born premature. A lot of people think that those mothers are drug addicts, and a lot of them are â€” but around half are mothers who did everything right during their pregnancy.â€? Expires February 3, 2010 Roberts said the March of Dimes spends 76 cents Smoky Crossing of every dollar raised from s www.SmokyCrossing.com 865-573-4801 March for Babies to support research and pro-
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community calendar Editor’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.
thursday, jan. 21 Relay Dinner/Dance
Relay For Life dinner/ dance 6-10:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Sevierville Civic Center. $50 per person. Semiformal attire. RSVP by Jan. 21 to 428-0846. Table sponsorships available. 6549280; 397-5556; 603-1223.
Women’s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge n 2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road, Sevierville n 6:30 p.m. Sevierville UMC, Conference Room, Sevierville
Anna Porter Public Library Thursday Theater showing “Julie and Julia,” 6:30 p.m. 436-5588.
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30-6:30 p.m., 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.
American Business Women’s Association meets at Holiday Inn, Pigeon Forge. Networking 6 p.m., $13 dinner meeting to follow. RSVP to 933-4048. www.abwasevier.org.
Smoky Mountain submarine vets meet at 6 p.m., Islamorada Restauran. www.SmokyMountainBase. com or 429-0465 or 6923368.
friday, jan. 22 Kodak Story Time
Preschool story time 11 a.m. Kodak Library, 319 W. Dumplin Valley Road. 9330078.
saturday, jan. 23 Angel Food
Angel Food pickup: n 8 to 11 a.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 8 to 10 a.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n 10-noon, River Of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road, Seymour. 679-6796. n 9:30 to 11 a.m. Basic Life Ministries, formerly The Father’s House, 139 Bruce Street. 286-9784 or 230-1526.
Sevier County Emergency Radio Service amateur license and emergency communications course testing, 10 a.m. at Rescue Squad. 429-2422 or e-mail to email@example.com.
sunday, jan. 24 Walnut Grove Revival
Walnut Grove Church revival 7 p.m. today through Jan. 30. The Rev. Melvin Carr evangelist. 453-4302.
monday, jan. 25 GateKeepers
GateKeepers men’s community Bible study, 6:30 p.m., 2445 Scenic Mt. Drive, Sevierville. (865) 310-7831.
Women’s Bible Study
Golden Agers meets at 11 a.m. at Seymour UMC for travel to Gondolier for lunch. 573-9711.
Human Resource Assn.
Smoky Mountain Human Resource Association meets at 8 a.m. 286-1438.
APPL Theater Program Anna Porter Public Library, Gatlinburg, will show “Julie and Julia” at
From Submitted Reports NATIONAL PARK — It could be a Great Horned Owl, a Barred Owl, a Northern Saw-whet Owl, or an Eastern Screech Owl — or none of the above. An owl prowl sponsored by Great Smoky Mountains Association and led by former park ranger Butch McDade will take place on Saturday. The public is invited to
take part in this nighttime adventure into the elusive world of these birds. Persons should meet at Sugarlands Visitor Center at 7 p.m. dressed for the prevailing weather. Persons are encouraged to wear hiking boots or athletic shoes with tread, and bring flashlights or headlights. Register in advance by calling 436-7318, ext. 222 or 254. There is a $5 fee.
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KODAK — Friends Of Kodak Library will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 319 W. Dumplin Valley Road. Guest speaker will be John Waters, a Sevierville native and longtime attorney. In addition to his private practice, he has been involved in public service as well. He served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, including a term as president. In his autobiography, “Downbound,” he details his life from birth in Sevierville and his time as chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission that affects the lives of millions of Americans. He will be discussing that
Preschool story time 11 a.m. Seymour Library, 137 Macon Lane. 573-0728.
AARP Driver Ssfety classes noon to 4 p.m. today and Tuesday, Senior Center, 1220 W. Main Street, Sevierville. Registration/ information, call Barbara Manis 922-5648.
GSMA sponsoring owl prowl Saturday
Attorney John Waters to speak at Kodak Libary
Chapter 94, Disabled American Veterans and DAV auxiliary meet at Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center. Potluck dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7.
An owl prowl sponsored by Great Smoky Mountains Association and led by former park ranger Butch McDade will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday from Sugarlands Visitor Center.
Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church (last door on right), Chapman Highway n 1 p.m., Gatlinburg Inn, Gatlinburg
Editor’s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed within this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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Smoky Mountain Aero Club meets at 7 p.m., Sevierville Community Center. 604-5211 or 4283663. Sevier County Emergency Radio Service meets at 7:30 p.m., EOC office on Bruce Street. 429-2422 or www.freewebs.com/aresradio.
Medic blood drive 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Walmart.
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tuesday, jan. 26 Hot Meals
Hot Meals for Hungry Hearts served from 5:30 to 6:30 p,m. Tuesdays at Second Baptist Church, Pigeon Street just off Chapman Highway.
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GateKeepers men’s Bible study, 6:30 p.m. 1328 Old Newport Highway, Sevierville. 908-0591.
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u John Wesley Acee, 51, of 1614 Riceland Drive in Sevierville, was charged Jan. 19 with violation of a valid court order and domestic violence assault. He was being held in lieu of $6,500 bond. u Nakesh L. Auguste, 27, of Bronx, N.Y., was charged Jan. 19 with criminal impersonation and resisting arrest. She was being held. u Terry Timothy Bell, 43, of Washburn, Tenn., was charged Jan. 19 with a child support warrant from circuit court. He was being held in lieu of $7,500 bond. u Christopher Charles Black, 25, of Parrottsville, Tenn., was charged Jan. 19 with violation of probation. He was released on $1,000 bond. u Breanna Rochelle Bowen, 28, of 2661 Herb Ownby Way in Sevierville, was charged Jan. 20 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. She was being held. u Kerri D. Brown, 31, of Knoxville, was charged Jan. 19 with a felony warrant from general sessions court. She was being held. u Kenny Byrd Hatfield, 50, of 1109 Upper Middle Creek Road in Sevierville, was charged Jan. 19 with violation of probation. He was released on $1,000 bond. u Charles Eugene Howell, 31, of Lutrell, Tenn., was charged Jan. 19 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u Ralph Edward Ihli, 24, of 267 Smokey Crossing Way in Seymour, was charged Jan. 19 with domestic violence assault. He was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u Amanda Christine Mills, 26, of 2632 Mayner Lane in Kodak, was charged Jan.. 19 with violation of probation and theft. She was being held in lieu of $1,000 bond. u Lorenzo Mateos Ortiz, 34, of 714 Deer Berry Way in Kodak, was charged Jan. 19 with domestic violence assault. He was released on $2,500 bond. u Johnny Lee Reed, 27, of 3535 Chapman Highway in Sevierville, was charged Jan. 20 with a second count of violation of probation. He was being held. u Sheryl Ann Simpson, 32, of 1042 Ella Drive in Pigeon Forge, was charged Jan. 20 with theft of property. She was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u Austin Connel Sorpito, 18, of 917 Parkway in Gatlinburg, was charged Jan. 19 with two counts of contempt of court. He was being held. u Joseph Drew Stalcup, 49, of 320 Amolee Lane in Sevierville, was charged Jan. 19 with public intoxication. He was released on $500 bond. u Lucie Pauline Stalcup, 51, of 320 Amolee Lane in Sevierville, was charged Jan. 20 with public intoxication. She was being held on $500 bond. u Edward Thomas Walsh, 30, of 1240 Triple Crown Way in Seviervll,e was charged Jan. 19 with possession of a schedule IV substance, DUI, possession of a schedule VI substance and violation of implied consent law. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.
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Family: Drugs didnâ€™t kill actress LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” A month after Brittany Murphyâ€™s mysterious death, her mother and husband say they are convinced the actress died of natural causes, not drugs or an eating disorder. In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sharon Murphy and Simon Monjack said that Murphy did not use drugs or alcohol and that they are awaiting a determination from coronerâ€™s officials that will end speculation prescription medicine caused Murphyâ€™s death on Dec. 20 at age 32. Monjack said some of
the prescription medications found in the coupleâ€™s Hollywood Hills home belonged to him. Murphy had mitral valve prolapse, a common condition where a heart valve does not properly close, but doctors said the actress â€œwould live a long and healthy life,â€? Monjack said. â€œShe had a fear of dying,â€? Sharon Murphy said. â€œShe would not take too much caffeine. She wouldnâ€™t even have a glass of champagne on New Yearâ€™s. She was just high on life, and people see that as something else I guess.â€?
Murphy, the star of varied films such as â€œClueless,â€? â€œ8 Mile,â€? â€œSin Cityâ€? and the television series â€œKing of the Hill,â€? was buried in a private funeral on Christmas Eve. At the service, Monjack told mourners that the actress was his best friend and soul mate, sentiments he repeated during the Tuesday interview. Monjack, who married Murphy in 2007, said police and coronerâ€™s officials have not contacted the family to say his wifeâ€™s death was from anything other than natural causes.
million.â€? Alderman Barry Gibbs has been mentioned as a supporter of the road money, but he said Wednesday his position was â€œto be determined.â€? His concern, he said, is finding a solution to the cityâ€™s traffic woes. â€œOur biggest issue in the growth of our community is dealing with our traffic,â€? Gibbs said. â€œNotwithstanding anything to do with a developer, our (issue) is dealing with the traffic ingress and egress, etc.â€? Officials with the state Department of Transportation, he noted, have said itâ€™s time to consider a new interchange; upgrading the Exit 407 interchange, TDOT says, isnâ€™t practical. â€œWeâ€™ve got to seek an alternative and an alternative would be an additional exit, be it 406 or 408,â€? Gibbs said. Alderman Jerry Loveday said he would like to hear more before making up his mind. â€œWe really donâ€™t know enough about exactly how they plan on us doing it,â€? he said. â€œHe (Turley) just asked us to fund it, but he hasnâ€™t said how youâ€™d get your funds â€” if it would be general funds, or CBID money or how exactly weâ€™d do it.â€? Aldermen have discussed the proposed funding previously, and have seemed more inclined to pay for the road only through funds from the bonds the
city has already obtained as part of the Central Business Improvement District. A large portion of the Dumplin Creek project sits inside the CBID, which runs along Highway 66 from the interstate to downtown Sevierville. The city can collect additional sales tax revenues within the district, taking money that would ordinarily go to the county and to the state. That additional tax money is used to pay down about $200 million in bonds the city is using for infrastructure improvements, construction of the Events Center, improvements to the municipal golf course and other projects. Using CBID money to pay for the road, however, would mean taking money from projects already approved and, officials said, would apparently require state approval. â€œMy understanding is thatâ€™s one of the main things weâ€™ll look at at the retreat,â€? Loveday said. Alderman Claude Ownby said heâ€™s â€œgoing to wait until we have a retreat and see what all I find out. I canâ€™t say Iâ€™m going to vote for anything. We didnâ€™t do anything for Wilderness, we didnâ€™t do anything for Bridgemont, we didnâ€™t do anything for Ogle or nobody else,â€? he said. â€œRight now Iâ€™d say no,â€? Ownby said, â€œbut I want to hear whatâ€™s said before I vote.â€?
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could bring the county a new Walmart and a number of accompanying retail stores. The city does not typically finance construction of roads or infrastructure that serve private developments, and aldermen arenâ€™t anxious to break that precedent. They note that the city has attracted a number of major retail developments, including Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Mall and Governorâ€™s Crossing, without issuing a bond for the developer or putting the cityâ€™s credit on the line. Mayor Bryan Atchley doesnâ€™t have a direct vote on the matter. Vice Mayor Travis McCroskey could not be reached for comment Wednesday. In interviews with The Mountain Press, Aldermen Dale Carr and Claude Ownby indicate theyâ€™d vote against involvement if the vote were held today. Carr was among the most outspoken, but even he said he was willing to listen to proposals for how to pay for the road. â€œThe way it stands right now, my mind is open; I will listen to anything they have to offer,â€? Carr said. â€œIâ€™m willing to help anybody thatâ€™s in development as much as I possibly can, but the way it stands right now, to be fair to other developers that weâ€™ve never done anything for, I canâ€™t see giving (Turley) $8.5
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and corporate sponsorship. One source for more teams, she said, may be with church youth groups who may be looking for ways to participate in community projects. Corporate sponsorships, Kurtz said, are available for as little as $250 for Relay Walkway Signs, which gives the sponsor a sign on the walking trail the night of the
event, to $1,000 Circle of Friends sponsorship. Teams can sell the sponsorships and have the amount credited to their teamâ€™s fundraising goal. Volunteers are also needed to serve on the Relayâ€™s committee, with openings for publicity, torch of hope growth and production and stars and moon challenge chairs. To date, Relay For Life of Sevier County has raised more than $47,000, with about $29,000 raised online. The Wrapping for a Cure
fundraiser at Tanger Five Oaks raised $7,758. The event Web site (www. relayforlife.or/seviertn) is available for teams to register online, individuals to join an existing team, learn about upcoming fundraisers or make donations. The next team rally is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the main branch of Tennessee State Bank in Pigeon Forge. The committee meeting will be held at 5:30. n firstname.lastname@example.org
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With the good news of the surplus, it seems the Army may now be able to help some other folks get through the year. Though no official decision has been made yet, Caldwell says leaders with the organization may expand their offerings for those in need in Sevier County. â€œWeâ€™ve got some ideas,â€? Caldwell says. â€œI havenâ€™t talked to my council about it yet, so nothingâ€™s been decided yet.â€? On the list to be considered are expanding financial assistance the group provides to those in crisis situations and introducing a new program that would fill in the gaps for mothers trying to help their children. â€œThere is a two-week waiting period after an application for WIC (Women, Infants and Children, which helps mothers get food) is filed before you know anything,â€? Caldwell says. â€œFor some time, weâ€™ve discussed the possibility of starting a program to sort of get them what they need while they wait, maybe a food pantry for babies and children. I think thereâ€™s a lot of interest in that.â€? n email@example.com
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obituaries Tex Autry Cogdill Tex Autry Cogdill, 71 of Sevierville, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. He was an employee of Southern Casting for 50 years. Survivors: wife, Mary Cogdill; son and daughter-inlaw, John and Becki Cogdill; daughter, Lorie Cogdill; five grandchildren; two greatgranddaughters; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wade and Faye Cogdill, Don and Faye Cogdill, and Xan and Betty Cogdill; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dell and David Townsend and Margie and Ben King. Funeral service was held Wednesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Parton officiating. Interment 10 a.m. Thursday in Mattox Cemetery. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Wilma Everett Drinnen Wilma Everett Drinnen, 86 of Maryville, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. Survivors: husband, Reece Drinnen of Maryville; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Greg Brakebill of Maryville; two grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; brother, Earl Everett and wife Betty of Maryville. Funeral services 6:30 p.m. Thursday in McCammonAmmons-Click Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. David Webster and Keith Johnson officiating. Family and friends will meet 11 a.m. Friday at Grandview Cemetery for the interment service. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at McCammonAmmons-Click Funeral Home, Maryville. Memorials may be made to Blount Memorial Hospice, 1095
ReVel Eugenia Bell Seaton
ReVel Eugenia Bell Seaton, age 66, of Dandridge, passed away, Wednesday, January 20, 2010. She was a woman of strong Christian faith and a member of Glades Lebanon Baptist Church and Roaring Fork Baptist Church. She was a retired nurse from Cocke County Baptist Hospital. She was preceded in death by her father, Chester Eugene Bell. She is survived by her mother, ReVel Dorsey Bell; sons and daughters-in-law, Eugene â€œTankâ€? and Vicky Seaton, Chad and Chasity Seaton; daughter, Angela Douglas; brother and sister-inlaw, Tommy and Joyce Bell; sisters and brothersin-law, Betty Jo and Dan Ford, Jan and Jerry Caughron; and sister, Ginger Cantrell; grandchildren, Bobby Douglas, A. J. Seaton and wife Crystal; Sky Seaton and Candence Seaton; also several nieces, nephews and a host of other special family and friends. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2010, at Liberty Church of Cosby, TN, with Pastor John Rush officiating, burial will follow in Ogle Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may sign the guest register on line at: www.manesfuneralhome.com. E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804 or to the Alzheimerâ€™s Association, Eastern TN Chapter, 2270 Sutherland Avenue, Suite 202, Knoxville, TN 37919. McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home, Maryville (865) 982-6812.
Survivors: daughter, Amber Kenner; parents, Kenneth â€œBillâ€? and Dorothy Kenner; brothers, Dennis and Johnny Kenner; sister, Lisa Kenner Pendley; two nephews; one niece; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral service 2 p.m. Thursday in the East Chapel n www.mccammonammonsclick.com of Atchley Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Sutton officiating. Interment will Charles Edward follow in Atchleyâ€™s Seymour Memory Gardens. The family Kenner will receive friends noon to Charles Edward Kenner, 45 of 2 p.m. Thursday at Atchley Sevierville, died Tuesday, Jan. Funeral Home, Sevierville. 19, 2010. He was a 1982 graduate of Sevier County High School and a carpenter by trade. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
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they might want to do if they were in the park, like rock climbing, but with the advantage that you know you’re completely safe. Even if you make a misstep, you’re not going anywhere.” Participants will be strapped into safety harnesses that will be hooked into a system of overhead security rails through what park officials have taken to calling a puck. That small piece of plastic and metal will ensure that even a fall won’t become serious, while park staffers will be stationed throughout the attraction to offer assistance and further safety. “If you should lose your footing on the attraction, the most you’re going to drop is 6 to 8 inches,” Manning assured. “We’ll have hosts at each level to help people if they should fall or have trouble making it across an element.” As they wait in line, participants will see a video outlining each of the four courses of varying difficulty, giving them a chance to pick their route. The tracks range from an easy one that includes steps and lightly-pitched ramps, to the hardest which includes those log and rope bridges,
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Emergency panel to meet Jan. 28
The Sevier County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at the E911 Building on Bruce Street. The committee is comprised of representatives from area emergency service agencies and associated groups, who meet on a monthly basis to discuss disaster preparedness and responses to large scale emergencies. n
Library to host movie showing
The Kodak Library System will host a special book-intomovie program at 2 p.m. Saturday. The movie “Disney’s Ruby Bridges,” based on Robert Cole’s “The Story of Ruby Bridges,” tells the true story of a black girl who, in 1960 at age 6, helped to integrate the allwhite schools of New Orleans. Admission is free. The library is located at 319 W. Dumplin Valley Road. For more information contact Kelly Hamilton at 9330078.
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Vote near on higher ed funding NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers said Wednesday they hope to vote this week on Gov. Phil Bredesen’s proposal to change the higher education funding formula. The measure is part of a special session called by the Democratic governor, who wants to set the way the state pays for public colleges and universities on graduation rates instead of on enrollment. The legislation will go before the full Senate on Thursday, and may also be taken up by the full
House. “The goal of the governor and my personal goal has been to try to improve all the college campuses,” Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis said Wednesday after an unanimous vote by the Senate Education Committee. The Senate Finance and House Education committees also unanimously approved the legislation, even though there was some concern among lawmakers,
particularly about the change to graduation rates as a measurement for funding. Republican Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster said she worries that putting the funding emphasis on graduation rates could lead to a “watering down” of degree requirements. “My concern is that we’re putting such an emphasis on graduation ... just to get them through, we could make our system a little less than it should be,” she said. But Kyle said schools
need to be held “accountable for the achievement of their students.” “Schools where students are achieving more are going to get more money, and the schools where students aren’t achieving as well aren’t going to get as much money,” he said. The bill also includes measures to spur more dual enrollment, delegate remedial coursework to two-year schools and create a statewide transfer program between community colleges and fouryear schools.
The Seymour Library will host 5th Saturday Fiction & Film Festival throughout the year, designed to highlight a series of movies based on books. The films “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” will be shown starting at 11 a.m. Jan. 30. Admission is free. The library is located at 137 W. Macon Lane. For more information contact Tony Krug at 577-7511. n SEVIER
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 today. 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. Call 428-0846 to reserve a seat or table. Call 6549280, 397-5556, 603-1223 for more information. n NATIONAL
Prowl for owls planned Saturday
An owl prowl sponsored by Great Smoky Mountains Association and led by former park ranger Butch McDade will be Saturday. Persons should meet at Sugarlands Visitor Center at 7 p.m. dressed for the prevailing weather. Persons are encouraged to wear hiking boots or athletic shoes with tread, and bring flashlights or headlights. Register in advance by calling 436-7318, ext. 222 or 254. There is a $5 fee. n PITTMAN
BOMA plans to meet today
The Pittman Center Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet at 7 p.m. today at Town Hall. An amendment to the zoning ordinance is on the agenda.
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This day in history Today is Thursday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2010. There are 344 days left in the year. n
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Season ticket holders and members of the media got their first look at new Tennessee Smokies manager Ryne Sandberg as he was announced at a luncheon by team president Doug Kirchhofer and general manager Brian Cox. Sandberg is the first Baseball Hall-ofFamer to manage in the Southern League.
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In 1915, the first Kiwanis Club was founded, in Detroit. In 1924, Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died at age 53.
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nation/world quote roundup “The people of Massachusetts have spoken. We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate and will move to seat him as soon as the proper paperwork has been received.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. in a statement after Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to win the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy for nearly half a century.
“We need so much. Food, clothes. We need everything. I don’t know whose responsibility it is, but they need to give us something soon.” — Sophia Eltime, a 29-year-old mother of two in remarks about Haitians needing aid a week after one of the worst earthquakes in history shattered Haiti’s capital, leaving an estimated 200,000 dead, 250,000 injured and 1.5 million homeless.
“We’re just being cautious, keeping our doors locked, not going outside. Our church service is supposed to be tonight, but we talked with our pastor and told him we’re not coming out. We’re not going out in the dark not knowing what’s out there. But we trust in the Lord to take care of us.” — Appomattox resident Bethel Hawkins in remarks as police were looking for a lone shooter who they said killed eight people in central Virginia, then fled in the woods.
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DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Fiddler-guitarist Charlie Daniels is recovering after suffering a mild stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado, his spokeswoman said Wednesday. Daniels, 73, suffered the stroke Friday and was treated at a hospital in Durango, Daniels 230 miles southwest of Denver, spokeswoman Paula Szeigis said. He then was airlifted to a Denver hospital and released on Sunday. “It was a scary moment there but he’s doing great,” Szeigis said. Daniels lives in Mount Juliet, Tenn., but has a home in the Durango area where he takes an extended vacation every year around Christmas. He was snowmobiling with his wife and friends when he suffered the stroke. He’s now back at his Durango-area home, Szeigis said. A statement on Daniels’ Web site says he doesn’t plan to cancel any concerts.
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Free market way to go on energy issues When you gas up your car, do you think that you’re doing something evil? After all, I’m told that burning gasoline helps “murder the Earth,” not to mention fills the coffers of terrorists and despots. So we must move away from oil. Al Gore says, “The future of human civilization is at stake.” But I need the gas. I need to drive. I need electricity to light my home. What can I do? Is there an alternative? There is, I’m told. “What if we could use fuels that are not expensive, don’t cause pollution and are abundantly available right here at home? We have such fuels,” Gore says. “In fact, we can start right now using solar power, wind power and geothermal power to make electricity for our homes and businesses.” In 10 years, he says, we can get all our electricity from these carbon-free sources. Global warming hysteria is just one reason Gore and others push for alternative fuels. We’re also told that America’s goal should be energy independence. Today, we do buy oil from some very nasty people: dictators in Venezuela and the Middle East. What if they cut us off? That fear is one reason almost every president and presidential candidate — from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama — promised to end our “intolerable” reliance on oil imports. When Nixon was president, we imported 25 percent of our oil. Since then, our “leaders” have wasted billions on subsidies for alternative energy. The result? Today we import nearly 70 percent of our oil. Terrible as that sounds, I say, “So what?” Interdependence is just fine! And journalist Robert Bryce, author of “Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusion of Energy Independence,” agrees. Bryce points out that while Saudi Arabia and Iran are oil exporters, they are gasoline importers. “If even Saudi Arabia and Iran are energy interdependent, why wouldn’t we be?” he says (http://tinyurl.com/ydypdur). “Energy interdependence” is just a way of saying “division of labor” and “comparative advantage.” Our biggest foreign oil suppliers are Canada and Mexico (http://tinyurl. com/7ldt). Do they threaten us? Venezuela or Iran might, but they need the oil money. They would hurt themselves if they tried to cut us off. Even if they did try, we’d still get their oil. All the world’s oil ends up in the same bathtub. The dictator sells to someone who sells to someone who will then sell to us. Chasing energy “independence” is pointless. Free trade is better. It makes us richer and more secure. Yet among those pushing for subsidies, along with Gore, is someone smart: oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens. You’ve probably seen Pickens in his television ads, saying: “I have a plan! We can unleash wind power to free up America’s natural gas to power our big trucks and bus fleets. And save billions of American dollars.” But if we can save billions by using wind and natural gas, why do he, Vice President Gore and today’s Congress need our tax dollars? If there is a good alternative to oil, it won’t need subsidies. The free market will simply make it appear. Let the entrepreneurs compete. Pickens’ commercials say: “Over $700 billion are leaving this country for foreign nations every year. That’s four times the cost of the Iraqi war. We need action.” But that’s misleading. The $700 billion leave America for a reason. We get useful oil for the money. Trade is a win-win situation. There’s no comparison with destructive war spending. Pickens’ website carries videos about how good government-subsidized windmills are for towns like Sweetwater, Texas (http://tinyurl.com/y9rx72g). Windmills may be great for Sweetwater, but that only looks at what’s seen. What’s unseen are all the people who are hurt because they are taxed to pay for Sweetwater’s windmills. That money could have gone elsewhere. It’s the brokenwindow fallacy identified by 19th-century French free-market economist Frederic Bastiat (http://tinyurl.com/a94gd4). Pickens is wrong. We don’t need government to choose which fuels to subsidize. The free market is the way to go. — John Stossel hosts a show on the Fox Business Channel and is the author of “Myth, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel — Why Everything You Know is Wrong.” (C)2009 JFS Productions Inc.
Doing their part Wyatts feel led to travel to Haiti to assist in relief efforts Many people in Sevier County have made donations to help the Haitian people and those trying to assist the relief efforts. This is a generous, giving community that cares about the plight of others, even if those in need do not live here. The earthquake in Haiti is a world crisis, and the world seems to be taking it on. Some people have made the personal decision of traveling to Haiti to personally aid in the efforts. While military personnel and government workers are paid for their time, volunteers such as Mike and Karen Wyatt are not. The Wyatts are Sevier County residents who, at their own expense, have traveled to Haiti to work with a medical team treating earthquake victims. Mike Wyatt is a retired Army Medical Service Corps officer who oversaw a mobile medical unit during the Gulf war. He’s doing similar duties now in
Port-au-Prince, assisting a team from Mercy Ships, a global traveling medical organization. His wife Karen is serving as a caregiver and chaplain. The Wyatts are members of the board of Impact Ministries, a 13-yearold organization that moved to Pigeon Forge five years ago. Headed by former Army chaplain Harvey Brown Jr., it has a world focus, helping the disadvantaged find material and spiritual support. The Wyatts felt moved to make the trip to Haiti, and that was no easy task. They flew into Santo Domingo, the capital of neighboring Dominican Republic, and then drove overland for hours to reach Port-au-Prince. They arrived Tuesday afternoon to begin their work amid rubble, abandoned bodies and scarce resources. Watching the images on television doesn’t give a complete picture. You
don’t get the smell, the despair, the panorama of destruction and sadness. You can only sense the situation through TV. Go there and, like the Wyatts, you feel it viscerally. Impact Ministries is accepting donations to assist the Wyatts in their efforts. Send checks, with the word Haiti in the check memo line, to P.O. Box 39, Pigeon Forge 37868. You can follow the Wyatts’ work in Haiti through Mike’s Facebook page. Search for it by Michael L. Wyatt. He posts messages as he can, knowing that conserving batteries is a critical element to life in Haiti. Mike and Karen Wyatt are among thousands of people who have traveled to Haiti to help out, and millions around the world who have made cash donations. Do what you can, and keep the Wyatts in your thoughts and prayers. They need it.
Public forum Drop-off recycling containers stayed full for far too long
Editor: I have a question about the recycling drop-off at the Sevierville Community Center. First of all I am so glad that we have one in our county. But after Christmas I went to take all the cardboard to drop it off and all the Dumpsters were full. People had made a pile next to it. I waited three weeks and they are still full. And the pile next to it had gotten much bigger. I would think that this would discourage people from leaving anything and just take it to the dump instead. And of all the things that can be recycled, I would think that glass and plastic bags
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Youth baseball changing for better in 2010 By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — When the first pitch is thrown out April 12, local youth ball players won’t just be kicking off a new season, they’ll be ushering in a new day on Sevier County’s diamonds. After a 2009 season that officials call “hectic,” those who run the local baseball and softball programs voted to end their relationship with the national Little League organization. It’s not that they necessarily blame the Little League folks, it’s just that they think the participants will get a better experience with the new partnership with the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA). “There were a lot of people unhappy with how things went last year,” board member Steve Derosia explains. “We think this will be better for the kids. The USSSA rules are closer to what the kids will see when they get to high school and those higher levels.” The new partnership with the group commonly called UTrip for the U and the triple S in USSSA - has prompted a name change for the local league, as well, with Greater Sevierville Little League becoming the Smoky Mountain Youth Baseball Association (SMYBA). Far from cosmetic, the switch will mean some pretty noticeable changes for both players and parents. For instance, Little League rules don’t allow the athletes to lead-off, a term that simply means taking a few steps past the bag
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Smoky Mountain Youth Baseball Association players hone their culinary skills during a Saturday evening spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the new league. toward the next base, or stealing bases. UTrip permits those and other standards of upper-level ball, Derosia says. Unfortunately, not all the changes are necessarily improvements. Board member Monica Walker says she’s heard from a number of parents pleased with the change, but concedes some don’t like the fact there is no ultimate tournament with UTrip, nothing like the Little League World Series. “They don’t really have a championship at this point, but they are hoping to add that in the future,” Walker says. “They’re still growing toward that.”
For now, the players will have the opportunity to be part of something akin to traveling teams. While Little League required the clubs to play only the others in their local league, they’ll now be allowed to go outside the county to play, for instance, UTrip teams in Northeast Tennessee or Western North Carolina. So far, the response seems to be mostly positive, league officials say. “Our sign-ups have gone pretty well and we have two more left on February 6 and March 6,” Derosia says. “We’re hoping to have a really good season, to just have some
fun for the kids. That’s what it’s all about.” The first of the dates to register youngsters for the league was snowed out, while the second, combined with a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Evergreen PCA church Saturday evening, drew a considerable crowd. That may have been because interest in the league is growing or because folks heard Flo Harris would be serving what had every appearance during the event of being worldfamous recipe spaghetti. Harris demured as people constantly lauded her culinary creation, pointing out she had been
supplied the wrong ingredients in only the way a woman from a French family raised with real Italian cooking can. “It’s my recipe, just something I’ve come up with,” explained Harris, who serves as treasurer for the SMYBA. “I had to improvise because they were supposed to give me Hunt’s tomato sauce, but they brought me some premade sauce. I had to spice it up some.” Whatever Harris did, it seemed to work - tickets for the dinner sold well and an accompanying silent auction netted more cash for the nascient league. The fundraising efforts are important not just to help get the effort off the ground, but also to help fund all the programs for the children this year. That likely explains why Harris called local Modern Woodmen representative Larry Shessler to help out with the effort. Shessler committed the fraternal benefits company to matching every dollar the event raised up to $2,500. “We’re a non-profit group, so we’re not worried about bringing in a bunch of money. When we have money, we like to send it back out into the community,” Shessler said. “We do as much as we can and we do a lot of things for kids. I got involved with this because they called me, but it doesn’t hurt that I’m a baseball fan myself.” For more information on the SMYBA, call 388-7672, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eteamz.com/smyba1. n email@example.com
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Orange and Black look to rebound Friday at G-P
The King’s Academy Lions (6-11) basketball team posted its thirdstraight win Tuesday night with a 61-35 domination of Temple Baptist. TKA senior David Kirkpatrick was the game’s co-leading scorer with 18 points. TKA’s Sam Witt and Kelechi Ibe scored 11 points apiece, Dane Hoffmeister had six and Matt Ward added five. Kirkpatrick also dominated the glass with 14 rebounds on the night.
Lady Tigers disappoint By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer
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TKA senior David Kirkpatrick, left, draws a shooting foul in a recent contest at G-P. Kirkpatrick helped lead the Lions to their third-straight win with a team-leading 18 points Tuesday night against Temple Baptist.
PF wrestling makes history MARYVILLE — The Pigeon Forge Tigers wrestling team made history at Maryville High School on Tuesday. They won. For the first time in Pigeon Forge High School history, the Orange-and-Black grapplers hung a ‘W’ on the Maryville Rebels by a narrow 33-27 margin. “There were a lot of matches that came
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down to a couple of points, so it was an exciting match to watch and to be a part of,” said Pigeon Forge wrestling coach Greg Foreman. “I’m very proud of our squad for their victory. “But we still have a lot of work to do to perform at that next level as an entire team. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks to see how this young team steps up to face its tough challenges.” Foreman said he was pleased to see some of his wrestlers perform well in key match-ups against Maryville. In particular, he pointed out Coty Young’s pin in the 152pound class and Hayden Whaley’s point victory in the tough 189-pound class over a seasoned Rebel wrestler. Although it ended in a loss, Foreman also said David Kieta’s perfor-
mance in the 215-pound class was nice to see in a hard-fought yet narrow loss. Pigeon Forge individual winners on Tuesday were: n Joseph Dodgen with a win by pin in the 112pound class n Spencer Davis with a win by 3-0 decision in the 119-pound class n Nate Croley with a win by pin in the 135pound class n Edward Holland with a win by pin in the 145pound class n Coty Young with a win by pin in the 152pound class n Cody Davis with a win by 15-8 decision in the 171-pound class n Hayden Whaley with a win by 13-6 decision in the 189-pound class Pigeon Forge next travels to Seymour tonight for a county rivalry match at 6:30 p.m.
KNOXVILLE — The Pigeon Forge Lady Tigers had one of those nights when nothing ever seems quite right, dropping an uncharacteristically lopsided 73-45 decision at District 3-AA rival Austin-East Lady Roadrunners on Tuesday night. “We got walloped,” said a clearly shocked Pigeon Forge coach Paul Reagan, following the Lady Tigers first district defeat of the season. Pigeon Forge (12-2, 6-1) trailed by just two points, 22-20, at intermission, but a different Orange-and-Black team took the court in the third quarter. “We came out in the second half and we couldn’t box out, didn’t try to box out and we just didn’t play well,” said a frustrated Reagan. The Lady Tigers know they don’t have anyone but themselves to blame for Tuesday’s shellacking. “You’ve got to hand it to us,” said Reagan. Pigeon Forge senior Danielle Rauhuff was the lone Lady Tiger to reach double digits with 13 points in the loss. Orange-and-Black freshman Cassidy Martin added eight points, Mindy Brackins six, Kesha Hooker five, Kelsey Brooks four, Courtney Ball three, Ashlynn Trotter and Sunny McCalister two apiece and Emily Hurst a charity shot in the losing effort. Before Tuesday night, the Lady Tigers had district bragging rights over all the teams, going undefeated against District 3-AA opponents through the first round of district clashes this season, including a convincing 72-58 deci-
sion over a visiting A-E (5-5, 4-2) squad on Dec. 1. After Tuesday’s setback, the Lady Tigers will look to regroup and get back to their district dominance at county and 3-AA rival Gatlinburg-Pittman Lady Highlanders (8-8, 2-4). But getting back on track Friday night won’t be a slam dunk for the Lady Orange and Black, because G-P figures to give them a challenge. Despite being arch rivals with Pigeon Forge, the Lady Highlanders are also hungry for a win after dropping three straight close battles, including an overtime loss at district rival Carter on Tuesday night. Pigeon Forge defeated a visiting G-P squad 50-34 on Dec. 11, but the game was much closer than the final score indicates. The Blue-and-Gold also have an offensive weapon for Friday night that they didn’t have in December in senior Caroline Conner. Conner led the Lady Highlanders to a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback that forced OT at Carter on Tuesday night, scoring nine points in the closing moments including a buzzer-beating pull-up three-pointer at the end of regulation in just her third game back with the team this season. Reagan knows his team will have their hands full on Friday, especially if the Lady Tigers display the kind of effort they did in their most recent loss. “Hopefully we’ll put forth a little bit better effort at G-P,” said a clearly agitated Reagan. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tigers drop 2nd straight KNOXVILLE — The Pigeon Forge boys’ basketball team lost its third game of the past four Tuesday night at District 3-AA rival Austin-East Roadrunners, 72-67. The Tigers (7-8, 0-6) outpaced A-E (8-9, 4-5) 25-18 in a fourth-quarter Orange-and-Black comeback attempt, but it was
not enough to overcome the 54-42 end-of-third deficit. Pigeon Forge senior Ben Cave led all scorers with 30 points, including a trifecta of treys in the loss. Tigers senior Ryan Crowe added nine points, Justin Carter eight, Aaron Justus and Billy Hewitt
five apiece, Andy Barnett four, and Justin Kilgore and Kaleb Black had two each in the losing effort. Pigeon Forge will try to avoid its third-consecutive loss this Friday night when the Tigers travel to Gatlinburg-Pittman town to take on the No.4ranked Highlanders (16-2, 4-2).
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Vols ADâ€™s future might rest with Dooleyâ€™s success By BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE â€” Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton was determined to hold Derek Dooleyâ€™s introductory press conference the same day he hired the coach. Hamilton wanted the Volunteers fans to form their opinions of the new coach based on Dooleyâ€™s own words and not his 17-20 record in three seasons at Louisiana Tech. â€œThe reality is that after Derek got up and did his press conference Friday night I received really good feedback. Now that heâ€™s starting to put his staff together that type of positive feedback has continued,â€? Hamilton told The Associated Press. Hamilton took a chance when he hired Lane Kiffin in late 2008 only to find himself in the middle of another coaching search 14 months later and cleaning up the mess the 34-year-old coach left behind en route to Southern California. If Dooleyâ€™s tenure ends in any way similar to that of predecessorâ€™s, Hamilton might be rolling the dice on his own career with Tennessee.
Hamilton has the support of his own boss, though. â€œThere was kind of a frenzy going,â€? Tennessee interim president Jan Simek said. â€œItâ€™s fairly typical, but Mike wasnâ€™t responsible for that. Mike had a very clear mission, a set of people that he was going to talk to that included coach Dooley and thatâ€™s what he did.â€? One of Tennesseeâ€™s most influential boosters, Jim Haslam, seemed pleased with Dooleyâ€™s hire. Haslam, the founder of Pilot Travel Centers and a member of the Volunteersâ€™ 1951 national championship football team, said Dooley â€œis going to do good thingsâ€? and is â€œvery impressive.â€? Hamilton and Simek attributed the fan frenzy to misinformation spread through the internet and by the media. â€œThe fact that someone says they might have had interest in the job or might have been offered the job is not necessarily true,â€? Hamilton said. â€œThis is a great job, and thereâ€™s great interest, and they need to let us carry it through to the end.â€? He hired Kiffin based on his experience as an assistant at USC and in the NFL, the staff assistants he pledged to hire and his enthusiasm.
In Kiffinâ€™s lone year with the Vols, he improved the teamâ€™s record from 5-7 to 7-6 and got commitments from highly touted recruits. His staff left the Vols with six minor NCAA infractions and an NCAA inquiry into recruiting practices by student hostesses. Hamilton is looking into reports that assistant Ed Orgeron, who followed Kiffin to USC, phoned recruits to encourage them not to attend class at Tennessee. â€œIt was sudden. It took us all by surprise,â€? Simek said of Kiffinâ€™s departure. â€œIt wasnâ€™t Mikeâ€™s fault either.â€? While Kiffinâ€™s departure caught Hamilton off guard, he says he keeps a list of potential candidates and Dooley has been on his list ever since Louisiana Tech won the 2008 Independence Bowl. Dooleyâ€™s Southern accent charmed Vols fans as he pledged during his introduction to run the Tennessee program with integrity and referenced beloved Tennessee coach Robert Neyland. Hamilton said he appreciates that Dooley worked for the past two years not only as coach but as Louisiana Techâ€™s athletic director and understands how to both coach and manage a pro-
Athletic director Mike Hamilton, right, introduces Derek Dooley as the new head football coach at the University of Tennessee during a news conference on Friday, Jan. 15, in Knoxville. Dooley, who was the head coach at Louisiana Tech, replaces Lane Kiffin, who left Tennessee to become head coach at Southern California. gram. Dooley ventured out on his own to Louisiana Tech after six seasons of working as an assistant to coach Nick Saban at LSU and the NFLâ€™s
Tebow heads to Senior Bowl for NFL audition By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer GAINESVILLE, Fla. â€” Tim Tebowâ€™s NFL potential has been debated for years. His throwing motion, arm strength and pocket presence have been dissected, examined and critiqued. His determination, leadership skills and work ethic have been commended, lauded and revered. Some have little doubt he will be a star quarterback in the pros. Others believe he would be better suited at tight end or H-back. The former Gators standout has made his intentions clear. Next week, at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., he gets a chance to prove to NFL scouts, coaches and general managers that he can play the gameâ€™s most prominent position at its highest level. â€œIâ€™ve heard it once or
twice,â€? Tebow said recently, when asked about people questioning his NFL prospects. â€œIâ€™m excited about it. Iâ€™ve heard a lot of it. Kind of heard that since high school, though. People didnâ€™t think I could throw at Florida, and we did OK at that. â€œAnd going to the next level, just try to prove people wrong. Thatâ€™s my goal. Itâ€™s fun. Itâ€™ll be exciting. I just want an opportunity to be a quarterback at the next level and to get that chance.â€? Tebow may have silenced some critics with his performance in the Sugar Bowl earlier this month. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner completed 31 of 35 passes for a school-record 482 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-24 victory that was considerably more lopsided than the final score. He also ran for 51 yards and a score, and finished with more yards (533) than anyone in the history of the
Bowl Championship Series. After the game, Tebow declined to speculate on what the best passing game of his career might do for his NFL draft stock. But before Tebow completed his thoughts, Florida coach Urban Meyer chimed in. â€œIâ€™ll help you answer that question,â€? Meyer said. â€œThirty-one of 35, 482 yards, three touchdowns, one of the most efficient quarterbacks ever to play the game, a part of two national championships. Heâ€™s a winner, and unless the job description
changes at some other level of football, heâ€™s a winner and heâ€™ll win at the next level, too. Thatâ€™s the way I feel about it.â€? Tebow left Florida with several NCAA passing records, even more Southeastern Conference marks and his name all over the school record book. DISC PADS OR BRAKE SHOES
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