The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 34 ■ February 3, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Unemployment in double digits December shows a 1.2% increase
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to land at 10.7 according to preliminary data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That the number would move up By DEREK HODGES during the month, the first in which many companies are doing serious Staff Writer layoffs for the slow winter season, is Unemployment in Sevier County not unexpected. What is somewhat shot back into the double digits in unusual, though, is the county’s topDecember, moving up 1.2 percent ping the 10 percent mark so early in
the off season, with the December 2009 figure a full 2.4 percent higher than for the same month in 2008. The number is also nearly double the numbers the county has experienced for December going back more than a decade to about 1997. Since then, the figure has mostly hovered around the 5 percent mark. It’s also the first time December
brought double digits unemployment here since 1992, when, interestingly enough, the number was also 10.7 percent. While it might be more troubling taken on its own, in the context of the deepest recession since the Great Depression, the number doesn’t look as bad. That’s particuSee unemployment, Page A2
Alleged spree armed robber caught 1st incident at 9 a.m. in Pigeon Forge By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer
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Authorities arrested a Knoxville man Tuesday in connection with a series of alleged armed robberies in the parking lots of county stores. James Wesley Nuchols, 24, of Knoxville, is charged withaggrav a t e d robbery, resisting arrest and evading arrest. T h e incidents started Nuchols just after 9 a.m., when a woman reported being robbed in the parking lot of the Walgreens pharmacy at the intersection of Jake Thomas Road and the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The victim said a man approached her car and knocked on the window. When she rolled the window down, he displayed a gun and demanded money. When she complied, the man left in a green SUV, police said. A little more than an hour and a half later, a woman in the parking lot of the Kroger
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Above, Sevier County Sheriff’s Department K-9 deputy Brad Wilds prepares to track the suspect trail in search of any evidence behind the Food City in Seymour where the suspect fled. Below, deputies and detectives coordinate the search for the SUV. grocery store on Chapman Highway in Seymour said a man approached her at her car, shoved her into the vehicle and said he had a gun. She started yelling and pressing the horn on her car and the man fled. Officers had been given a vehicle description from the robbery in Pigeon Forge, and during that time Officer Todd Williams noticed a See spree, Page A5
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Who done it?
Audience tries to solve murder mystery during Porter Library fundraiser
Coy Green, 71 Leo Lubke Sr., 88 Ronald King, 73 Hannah Owen, 81 Kathy LeMasters, 51 Wilma Huff, 70 Tony Messer, 64 James Boatner, 75 DETAILS, Page A4
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Sevier County High School assistant principals Stephanie Huskey and Carolyn Whaley, left, and Debra Cline, director of curriculum and instruction, enjoy a lunch prepared by SCHS Culinary Arts students on Thursday in honor of School Board Appreciation Week.
Culinary Arts students treat school board, central staff By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — In honor of School Board Appreciation Week, Sevier County High School’s Culinary Arts students prepared a special lunch for Sevier County School Board members and Central Office staff on Thursday. Guests could choose from cheeseburgers, chicken salad sandwiches, an array of desserts and more as culi-
nary arts teacher Sissy Ivey and her class served the food in the Career and Technical Education Building. “This has turned into an annual event. It’s a good way to show appreciation, feeding people,” SCHS Principal Toby Ward said with a laugh. “It’s also a good way to show off our culinary arts program. They do a great job — they’re very professional.” See treat, Page A5
GATLINBURG — It started out as a leisure suitladen bash to celebrate the return of disco to the Smoky Mountains thanks to the opening of Dr. Disco’s new nightclub, but it ended with at least one person dead and a crowd of amateur detectives piecing together clues. That’s the premise for this year’s murder mystery dinner theater put on by the Anna Porter Public Library at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13 at Mills Auditorium. Tickets are $40, for which attendees get the chance to have a full dinner, enjoy the fun of the christening of a new discotheque, be part of the investigation into the death and support the library. “As we get closer to it we’re getting pretty excited,” says Bill Wright, director of this year’s show. “It’s going to be a good show. I’ll put it this way: People will miss a fun evening if they don’t come to see it.” Wright describes the production as “a little bit different” than ones in years past, from a fairly minimalist set to some surprises with the murder itself. Additionally, the script for “The Last Dance of Dr. Disco” calls for a bit of coordinated dancing, something that hasn’t been part of previous years’ shows. “There is a tiny bit of choreography. We went into it with cautious optimism,” Wright jokes. While there are some changes, the best parts of the tradition of the show will remain, including the audience participation and the fun of watching See mystery, Page A5
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BOMA OKs concessions agreement By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE â€” The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved an agreement allowing the cityâ€™s new youth baseball and softball organization Monday on use of its concession stand at City Park. The city agreed in 2008 to build and operate the concession building. However, the old youth baseball group, the Greater Sevierville Little
League, â€œis now a non-operational organization,â€? according to a memo issued to the board. Recreation department officials and City Attorney Ed Owens met with league officials and came up with a new agreement regulating use of the concession building, which is owned by the city. Parks and Recreation Director Bob Parker said the new agreement will be reviewed annually. â€œThis gets us out of a long-term agreement,â€? he
said. â€œThis one is year to year.â€? Also Monday, the board: n Approved second reading of amendments to the cityâ€™s off-street parking requirements n Approved application for a Community Development Block Grant n Approved a quit claim for a part of the old right-of-way for Middle Creek Road n email@example.com
While Knox County landed the No. 2 spot with an 8.1 percent rate, Sevier County fell somewhere in the middle of the pack, in neither the top 10 for lowest or highest figures. Lauderdale and Marshall counties topped that dubious latter list, both with 18.9 percent. Meanwhile, Blount County experienced a 0.4 percent increase to land at 9.6 percent and Cocke County jumped 1.2 percent to stop at 13.6. Jefferson Countyâ€™s figure went up 0.8 percent to 12.5. Across the country the numbers donâ€™t look much better, with the national, not seasonally adjusted rate increasing 0.3 percent to 9.7 percent, representing 14.7 million people without jobs across the country.
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NASHVILLE (AP) â€” Some would be much of a concern Tennessee lawmakers say because it would be spread theyâ€™re concerned about how over eight years. their constituents will react to a state revenue proposal that includes taxing cable TV and hiking driverâ€™s license fees for the first time in more than 20 years. The measure is expected to generate more than $70 million, as part of Gov. Phil Bredesenâ€™s $28.41 billion budget proposal unveiled in his State of the State address this week. Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz fielded questions Tuesday from lawmakers about the revenue component and the governorâ€™s overall budget plan. The revenue proposal includes equalizing the sales tax on cable and satellite use and taxing cable boxes. The driverâ€™s license fee increase â€” from $19.50 for five years to $46 for eight years â€” would be the first hike since 1988. Democratic Sen. Roy Herron of Dresden said people are hurting so badly from the recession that â€œany fee increase seems like a lot.â€? â€œIâ€™m going to go home and listen and see what people are feeling,â€? he said. The fee hike is expected to raise about $22 million, mainly for a new driverâ€™s license issuance system, the purchase of better communication equipment for state troopers and to preserve the jobs of about 85 troopers and 56 driverâ€™s license station positions. House Minority Leader Gary Odom said he doesnâ€™t believe the fee increase
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a number about two percent above December 2008.
the increase. â€œThis month weâ€™ve seen a cumulative effect of statistical information which resulted in our high rate of unemployment,â€? Labor Commissioner James Neeley said. â€œThese figures are consistent with a weak holiday period that outweighed seasonal adjustments to the unemployment rate this time of year.â€? The numbers have been so bad across the state that even the good news isnâ€™t all that good. Folks in Lincoln County might celebrate landing at the top of the list for the lowest rate in the state. Still, when they consider the fact that was with a 7.1 percent unemployment figure,
larly true when considering that the worst of the economic slump has just brought the county back near the unemployment levels it regularly experienced before it became so popular as a tourist destination. The number for December represents 5,030 local people out of work. If years past hold any insight, it appears likely the number will continue to grow as layoff figures from places like Dollywood, which stayed open into January for only the second time, start to be added in. Though each month for the last couple years has come with unemployment numbers higher than the same one in the previous year, that seems to be the trend across the state. Likewise, the news was pretty uniformly bad throughout Tennessee for December. During the month, only one county out of the 95 had an unemployment rate lower than in November, while the number increased in 91 counties and three stayed the same. Consequently, the statewide, not seasonally adjusted figure jumped 0.6 percent to land at 10.6 percent, a number state officials bemoaned since it was announced a couple weeks ago and before the county figures. They fault low sales during the Christmas season with
arrests Editorâ€™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. u Benjamin Gregory Berry, 33, of 606 S. Arch Rock Road in Sevierville, was charged Feb. 1 with contempt of court. He was being held in lieu of $5,000 bond. u Charles Flynn Cagle, 28, of 1029 Sharp Road in Sevierville, was charged Feb. 1 with contempt of court. He was being held in lieu of $1,750 bond. u Robert Kenneth Greer, 38, of Rogersville, was charged Feb. 1 with aggravated burglary and possession of burglary tools. He was released on $15,000 bond. u Leslie Denise
Grindstaff, 38, of Johnson City, was charged Feb. 1 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. She was being held. u James Braxton King, 23, of 416 Mount Drive in Sevierville, was charged Feb. 2 with domestic violence assault. He was being held in lieu of $2,000 bond. u Steven Carl Loveday, 49, of 210 Maggy Mack Lane Apt. 25 in Sevierville, was charged Jan. 30 with theft of property worth $1,000 to $10,000. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. u Daniel Jake Owens, 27, of 3820 Byrds Crossroad in Sevierville, was charged Feb. 1 with violation of probation. He was being held. u Crystal Gail Rogers, 34, of Morristown, was charged Feb. 1 with possession of burglary tools. She was being held in lieu of $1,500 bond.
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wednesday, feb. 3 Middle Creek UMC
Worship services at 6:30 p.m. at Middle Creek United Methodist Church. 216-2066.
H1N1 shots will be given at Roaring Fork Baptist Church Family Life Center from 4:30 -6:30 p.m. today. $15. For information call 436-9403.
Angel Food Orders
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kodak United Methodist Church, 2923 Bryan Road. 9335996.
Breakfast with Bears
Breakfast with the Bears, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 9-10 a.m., Blue Mountain Mist B&B, 1811 Pullen Road. $5. Bring teddy bear to be given to new hospital and sheriff’s office. 680-4228.
Celebrate Recovery meets Wednesday evening at Seymour United Methodist. 573-9711.
Northview Athletic Association electing football and cheerleading coaches, 6:30 p.m. in elementary cafeteria. 6407680.
Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 4292508.
Kodak Story Time
Preschool story time 11 a.m., Kodak Library. 9330078.
Sevier County Retired Teachers meet 11:30 a.m., at Damon’s. 4535427.
Benefit Yard Sale
Benefit multi-family yard sale 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday, Caton’s Chapel/Richardson Cove Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds help Allen Green in recovery from chainsaw accident. Donations/info 654-6529.
saturday, feb. 6 Radio Class
Sevier County Emergency Radio Service technician class 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at EOC Office in Sevierville. Testing will follow. 4292422 or e-mail to n4jtq@ live.com.
Benefit Yard Sale
Benefit multi-family yard sale 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Caton’s Chapel/Richardson Cove Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds help Allen Green in recovery from chainsaw accident. Donations/info 654-6529.
Singing at 7 p.m. at Bradleys Chapel Baptist Church on Rocky Flats Road with Parton Family and Travis Weeks Group.
‘Road to Nowhere’ dispute settled Government will pay Swain County $52M After three years of efforts by U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, the federal government has agreed to pay $52 million to Swain County, N.C., to settle the decades-long dispute over the North Shore Road, often called the Road to Nowhere. The government’s offer meets the amount requested by Swain County leaders and suggested in the Department of Interior. “This settlement will bring much-needed resources to Swain County for decades to come,” Shuler, the former Tennessee and professional football quarterback, said. “It has been evident for years that the North Shore Road would never be constructed,” Shuler said. “This
Dear Policyholders, Due to Inclement weather The ANNUAL MEETING of the Farmers’ Mutual Fire Insurance Company will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, February 6th, 2010 in the courthouse at Sevierville, Tennessee. Trusting you can attend Virginia Newman, Secretary Sevierville, Tennessee
Sevierville Story Time
Preschool story time 10:30 a.m., Sevier County Main Library. 453-3532.
thursday, feb. 4 Democrats
Sevier County Democrats meet 7 p.m., third floor of courthouse. Visit sevierdemocrats.com or call 617-2145.
Anna Porter Public Library will show the movie “Angels and Demons” at 6:30 p.m. 436-5588.
American Legion Post 202, next to post office in Gatlinburg, meets at 6:30 p.m. 599-1187.
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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
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sevierville.
Angel Food Orders
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kodak United Methodist Church, 2923 Bryan Road. 9335996.
TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.
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Right To Life
Sevier County Right to Life meets 5:30 p.m. at Pigeon Forge Library. The DVD “Maafa 21” will be shown. 908-2689 or 9081968.
Gatlinburg Garden Club meets 1 p.m., Community Center. Program: “Beautification of Gatlinburg” by Marty Nicely, recreation director. Canceled if weather closes schools.
friday, feb. 5 JOY Club
Just Older Youth Club meets at Pigeon Forge Community Center. Bring covered side dishes. Bingo 10:30 a.m., lunch 11:30. 429-7373.
Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
settlement, once finalized, will allow all the citizens of Swain County, regardless of their position on the road’s construction, to join together for Swain County’s future.” Of the $52 million settlement, $4 million has already been authorized for transfer to Swain County, with an additional $8.8 million to be transferred after the signing of the agreement on Saturday in Bryson City. The president’s 2011 budget outlines the first of 10 annual disbursements to Swain County that will pay the $39.2 million balance. The agreement also stipulates that money provided to Swain County will be deposited in a trust account with the North Carolina state treasurer, who will disperse annual interest payments.
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The Swain County Board of Commissioners will vote Friday on whether to accept the settlement offer. A signing ceremony is being planned for 11:30 a.m. Saturday to finalize the agreement. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will attend. Dale Ditmanson, superintendent of Great Smokey
Mountain National Park, has said the Park Service will continue to provide transportation to annual cemetery “decoration days” and tell their stories through exhibits and programs. This agreement would end a 1943 agreement that required the Department of the Interior to build the North Shore Road.
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Coy Green Coy Green, age 71 of Sevierville, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2010. He was a member of Laurel Branch Baptist Church and was retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation with 41 years of service. Coy enjoyed University of Tennessee and Gatlinburg-Pittman sports, raising cattle, farming and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Jackson and Dixie Green, mother-in-law and father-in-law Paul and Beulah Maples, brotherin-law James A. Thomas. Survivors: wife, Joyce Marie Green; son and daughter-in-law, JC Adam and Ashley Green; daughters and sons-in-law: Lisa and Greg Morrison, Lana and Corey Foster; grandchildren, Riley and Lily Morrison, Avery Foster, Preston Green and arriving soon, Olivia Brothers; sistersin-law, AJ and Irene Green, Ray and Marie Green, Winfred and Wilma Green; sisters and brothers-inlaw, Doris Thomas, Joyce and Jim Ballard, Mary and Jerry Norris; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Aileen and Bill Cardwell; brother-in-law and sisterin-law: Pete and Jennifer Maples. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Laurel Branch Baptist Church, c/o Edd Bohanan, 1249 Sunrise Drive, Sevierville, TN, 37862. Funeral service 7 p.m. Wednesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Ben Whitted, Rev. Melvin Carr and Rev. David Ayers officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Green Cemetery. Pallbearers will be AJ Green, Winfred Green, Doyle Ogle, Ray Ogle, Pete Maples, Bill Maples, Frank Moore, and Roy Campbell. The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Kathy Jo LeMasters Kathy Jo LeMasters, 51, of Seymour, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at Pigeon Forge Rehabilitation Center after a short illness. Survivors: sisters, Nadine Shonk (Jerry) of Seymour and Judy Moore of Jonesville, Va.; brothers, James LeMasters (Della) of Guilford, Ind., and Okey LeMasters Jr. of Vincennes, Ind.; eleven nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to South Knoxville Church of Christ, 4604 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Graveside services will be at Kingston Cemetery in Greensburg, Ind. Local arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Wilma Eva Cable Huff Wilma Eva Cable Huff, 70, of Sevierville died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. She was born in Proctor, N.C., She grew up in Sevierville, attended Wearwood School and was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church. She married Billy Gene Huff Sept. 20, 1957. When Billy joined the Navy, Wilma became a Navy wife and spent 21 years moving coast to coast while her husband served our country. Wilmaâ€™s main job was a homemaker, but she occasionally worked outside the home. Survivors: son, Bobby Huff and wife, Sue of Sevierville; brother O.C. Cable Jr. of North Carolina; sisters, Cleo Oats, Nora Hylaman and Lettie Lay, all of North Carolina, and Alma Sharp of Maryville; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Wanda Lee and husband, Eugene; brotherin-law, Kenneth Huff and wife, Barbara. Services 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at Mountain View Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Hitch officiating. Interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at Rawlings Funeral Home in Sevierville. Share your thoughts and memories with the family on Rawlingsâ€™
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Leo H. Lubke Sr., 88, of Tavares, Fla., formerly of Great Valley, N.Y., passed away suddenly, Jan. 30, 2010. Survived by Shirley (nee Tingue) wife of 68 years; sons, Leo H, Lubke Jr. (Linda) of Kodak, and Terry G. Lubke (Dawn Finch) of Great Valley, N.Y.; son-in-law John Ebert of Little Valley, N.Y.; sister, Frances Franze of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Brian Lubke of Dawsonville, Ga., Troy (Tiffany) Lubke, Ellicottville, N.Y., Christopher (Holly) Lubke, American Fork, Utah, Patrick (Rosaliz) Ebert, Buffalo, N.Y., Michelle (Luis) Martinez, Killbuck, N.Y. He was the proud great-grandfather of five. He was pre-deceased by daughters Donna Lee Lubke and Cheryl Ebert, sister Ruth Redding and parents Walter and Helen Bridenbaker Lubke. Leo was a disabled veteran of World War II and served in the 8th and 9th Army Air Corps in the European Theater. He retired in 1977 after serving 40 years as Superintendent of Highways in the Town of Great Valley. He was a member of the American Legion, AmVets, and VFW. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice,
Steve Edward Sams Steve Edward Sams, 57 of Sevierville, died Thursday, Jan. 28. He was a longtime sales representative in gifts, souvenirs and the music industries and had lived in Sevierville for many years. Survivors: wife of 36 years, Charlotte Johnson Sams of Sevierville; mother and stepfather, Helen and Ernest Salyer of Jacksonville, Fla.; mother-in-law, Elin Johnson of Sweetwater. The family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. at Sweetwater Memory Chapel. Graveside services Sunday 2 p.m. in Sweetwater Memorial Park. Sweetwater Memory Chapel in charge of the arrangements.
Ronald Wade King Ronald Wade King, age 73 of Sevierville, TN, passed away on February 1, 2010, at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Wade and Verla Reagan King; daughters, Julia Ann King and Beth Graham. Survivors include his daughters, Cherie King Stokley of Morristown and Karen McMahan of Sevierville; grandchildren Jonathan â€œMoeâ€? McMahan and Joey Graham; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, February 4, 2010, at Smoky Mountains Memory Gardens with Rev. Ricky Hewitt officiating. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at Rawlings Funeral Home in Sevierville. You may share your thoughts and memories with the family on our website. n www.rawlingsfuneralhome.com
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Hannah Kear Owen, age 81 of Farmville, Virginia, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2010, in Farmville. She was born October 15, 1928 to the late Hallick and Sarah Loveday Kear. She worked for over 30 years at Craddock Terry Shoe Factory and was the widow of Arthur Ray Owen. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her sisters and their spouses, Reba Maples and husband Hobert, Bertie Grayson and husband Earl, Connie Rolen and husband John; her son Jack C. Owen; and one granddaughter. Survivors include daughters Agnes Loveday, Jolly Ray Owen, Louise Rousch and husband Freddy, JoAnn Giles and husband Jerry, Mary Dawson and husband Kenneth, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-greatgrandchildren. Funeral service 7 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home. Interment 1 p.m. Saturday in Kear-Loveday Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
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Punxsutawney Phil, right, is held by Ben Hughes after emerging from his burrow on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., to see his shadow and forecast six more weeks of winter weather Tuesday.
Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) â€” The groundhog has spoken. And itâ€™s bad news. Punxsutawney Phil has emerged to see his shadow before chilly revelers in Pennsylvania, meaning winter will last another six weeks. German tradition holds that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on Feb. 2 â€” the Christian holiday of Candlemas â€” winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early. The Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club annually announces Philâ€™s forecast at dawn on Gobblerâ€™s Knob, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Philâ€™s announcement came before hundreds of onlookers who huddled as temperatures hovered in the teens. The Groundhog Club says since 1887 Phil has predicted more winter weather by seeing his shadow nearly 100 times, but there are no records for nine years.
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green Mercury Mountaineer SUV in the parking lot of a nearby parking lot at Food City. As he approached, a man allegedly exited the driverâ€™s seat and ran from the parking lot. Deputies caught him a short time later in a field near North Knob Creek Road, and identified him as Nuchols. In the meantime, authorities say, a woman who had been sit-
local folks try out their acting chops. Instituted by Library Director Kenton Temple several years ago as an effort to reach the community, the show has become an annual tradition for many and an unexpected fundraiser for the library as it has grown. â€œI just thoroughly enjoy the murder mystery genre. I did my masterâ€™s thesis on murder mystery movies,â€? Temple says. â€œI just thought this would be a great program for the library to offer.â€? Apparently, the community has agreed. The show has grown from just one night staged at the American Legion post to two nights in the muchlarger Mills Auditorium. That has meant its progression from just an outreach to an important line item in the libraryâ€™s budget. â€œThe money we make from the show does help provide some additional programs and it will help
us pay off the new building,â€? Temple explains. â€œWhat weâ€™re trying to do first of all, though, is to get the community interested in reading, be that murder mysteries or some other genre.â€? And, of course, making it fun. â€œI think itâ€™s going to be good,â€? perennial cast member Bob Miller says. â€œTheyâ€™re always a lot of fun. We enjoy doing them and the audience really enjoys solving the murder. You see the kids all huddled up together trying to figure it out and the older people running around gathering clues.â€? Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from cast members and at the library itself at its new location next to the Community Center at 158 Proffitt Road. For more information, call 436-5588. n firstname.lastname@example.org
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The culinary arts classroom walls have been painted in vibrant colors, â€œto make it look more like a restaurant,â€? Ward said. It also boasts new floor tiles and a walk-in cooler. â€œSissy Ivey has brought the program a long way,â€? said John Dean, instructional supervisor for vocational education. â€œWe try to help her in any way we can.â€? Most of the SCHS senior culinary students have already secured culinary scholarships, Ward said. One graduate of the program has gone on to work as an assistant chef at the Kentucky Derby.
â€œWeâ€™ll be doing the ProStart program, an advanced managerâ€™s course that pertains to culinary arts, beginning in August,â€? Ivey said. â€œ(The students) will be certified when they leave here and have college credit. Theyâ€™ll be able to go to almost any culinary school they want.â€? â€œWeâ€™re very proud of culinary arts; itâ€™s a dynamic program that provides real-life work skills for children,â€? said Debra Cline, director of curriculum and instruction. â€œThe food (during the lunch) was delicious, but even better was seeing the delight in the studentsâ€™ eyes. They were so excited to do this for us.â€? n email@example.com
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Commodity food to be distributed
USDA commodity food will be distributed by Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m (closed noon to 1 p.m.) Feb. 23 at the fairgrounds. Proof of household income for past 13 weeks must be presented, or a statement of support obtained from the Neighborhood Center. Food stamp cards may be used to verify income. If food is being picked up for someone else, a permission slip must be obtained at the Neighborhood Center. For more information call 453-7131. n
Hazards in home topic of program
The February meeting of the Seymour Library community forum focuses on hidden health hazards in the home. Amanda Jerviss will present information about recognizing pollutants and toxins in the house. The event will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 13. It is free and open to the public. Call the library at 573-0728 to register so information packets may be prepared. n
Band boosters fundraiser set
Sevier County High School Band Boosters will have its fourth annual dinner and auction Saturday at the school. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students. To order tickets, e-mail to Kent.firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate items for the auction contact a booster club or band member or call 654-2408 for the item to be picked up. n
Runion to be honored at event
Gateway Christian Church will honor T.C. Runion, former city manager of Pigeon Forge at 11 a.m. Sunday, in recognition of his 90th birthday. A reception will be held at the church, 2119 Upper Middle Creek Road. Cards and greetings are invited. Friends and family are encouraged to attend.
‘Twinkies’ arrest a piece of cake
A theft that included Twinkies, Zingers and other snack cakes in Sullivan County has been solved. The sheriff’s office in reporting 34-year-old James M. Denoon and 18-year-old Anthony Stout were found hiding under a truck at the bakery late Friday night.
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Anti-gang law largely unused COLUMBIA (AP) — A state law enacted 13 years ago to give gang members harsher prison sentences has likely never been successfully used by prosecutors in Tennessee. The Tennessee General Assembly approved legislation in 1997 authorizing district attorneys to seek stronger sentences for defendants convicted of gang offenses. At the time, supporters touted the law as evidence Tennessee was tackling a growing crime problem by lengthening
prison sentences for gang members. But 13 years later, there are numerous signs that prosecutors use the law sparingly, if at all, to combat gang activity, according to an investigation by The Daily Herald. State Rep. Ty Cobb, D-Columbia, says researchers on Capitol Hill have discovered the law has not lengthened a single sentence since it was implemented. The standard sentence for a first-time offender convicted of
armed robbery is eight to 12 years in prison, with eligibility for parole after 30 percent of the sentence is served. But, under the anti-gang law, if prosecutors prove the act was committed by a gang member, that sentence would be lengthened to 15- to 25-years with the same parole guidelines. Detective Korey Cooper of the Columbia Police Department’s gang-intelligence unit said authorities have discussed using
the statute, but it’s hard to prove someone belongs to a gang. “I can tell you Little Johnny is a gang member, and Little Johnny may tell you he is a gang member,” Cooper said. “But when it comes court time, it is a whole different story.” District Attorney General Mike Bottoms said it’s difficult to find people willing to identify somebody as a gang member, and often the enhancement penalty isn’t enough to warrant the extra work.
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On Feb. 3, 1943, during World War II, the U.S. transport ship Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after being hit by a German torpedo; of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 survived. Four Army chaplains gave their life belts to four other men, and went down with the ship.
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In 1959, rock-androll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. An American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York’s East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board. In 1969, Yasser Arafat was elected chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee during a council meeting in Cairo, Egypt.
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national quote roundup “It’s a budget that reflects the serious challenges facing the country. We’re at war. Our economy has lost 7 million jobs over the last two years. And our government is deeply in debt.” — President Barack Obama on the record $3.8 trillion budget he unveiled Monday in Washington.
“This one, the enthusiasm, I’ve never seen anything like it.” — Lionel Richie, who wrote the original “We Are the World” charity anthem with Michael Jackson and oversaw the new version to benefit earthquake-ravaged Haiti with music mogul Quincy Jones.
“There will be a lot of gnashing of teeth, and people are going to be upset about any cuts. Some are going to want more cuts and others are going to say there’s not enough.” — State Sen. Tim Burchett, R-Knoxville, in reaction to Gov. Phil Bredesen’s State of the State address on Monday night.
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Success in Oregon may spread wide In politics, the winners get to write the history. When Republican Scott Brown, in an authentic upset on Jan. 19, won the special election to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat held for 47 years by the late Ted Kennedy, the victors told us that the Brown victory unmistakably proclaimed the electorate’s anger with one, or more, of the following: President Obama, his health care plan, the recession, Washington and its condescending indifference to ordinary citizens, Big Government, Big Deficits, Big Taxes, bailouts, Democrats and liberalism. Barely one week later — before the ink was even dry on the new, global meaning of Massachusetts — the voters of Oregon did what they had not done in 80 years: With their state suffering under an unemployment rate of 11 percent and facing an estimated budget gap of $727 million, the state’s voters, with an impressive 60 percent of them turning out — by a thumping 54 percent majority — endorsed an increase in the statewide income tax and raised the Oregon corporate tax rate. Oregon voters are seriously tax-adverse. In the first state to make political decisions through direct democracy by ballot questions, Oregon voters have on nine separate occasions voted against imposing any state sales tax. Oregon is one of only five states without a sales tax. The last tax increase to win support was in 2002, when, to help pay for the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s voters upped the tax on cigarettes. Since then, two statewide income tax hikes have been rejected at the polls. So what does this entirely unorthodox “Tax Revolt “ in Oregon mean? According to one of the winners, Steve Novick, 2008 Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and advocate-strategist for the winning “Vote Yes for Oregon” campaign, “Massachusetts was about (voters’) anger” over how “messed up things were.” Voters there demanded “to hold the people in charge responsible.” In Oregon, he says, “voters agreed things are messed up and we are going to do something about it.” What they did was to raise the state income tax rate on the fewer than 3 percent of Oregon households that earn over $250,000 a year or individuals who earn over $125,000 annually. The state’s corporate tax, where two-thirds of the state’s firms pay the minimum tax of $10 (yes, 10 dollars!), was also boosted. Arguing that without the new taxes, the cuts to the 93 percent of the state budget devoted to public education, public safety and public safety net for children and seniors would be painful and unfair, the proponents — wellfunded by teachers and public employee unions, and backed by a wide array of religious and civic groups — demanded that “big banks, credit card companies and the rich pay their fair share.” One TV spot consisted of separate indictments: Wall Street took billions in bonuses; bankers jacked up our credit card-rate; a lot of state corporations only pay the $10 corporate tax. Images of CEOs in private jets and luxury drove the message. Veteran Oregon political strategist Pat McCormick, who opposed the tax hikes in the business-backed “Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes,” conceded the winners “effectively tapped into populist anger.” Will success in Oregon — just for starters — embolden the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress to regulate, let alone tax, Wall Street and to make sure the Bush tax cuts for highearners expire? Kevin Looper, who managed the winning campaign, believes that others will take courage from what Oregonians did. “We registered 30,000 young voters, knocked on 300,000 doors, and we embraced people where they live. ... To make ours a better place, we all need to be less selfish.” Now that’s a really different idea! — Mark Shields is a veteran political campaign manager and frequent television talk show commentator. Column distributed by Creators Syndicate. (C)2009 Mark Shields.
Hang in there Highway 66 torn up now, but finished product will be a delight It was inevitable that the widening project on Highway 66 (Winfield Dunn Parkway) in Sevierville was going to create some difficulties for businesses along the route. You can’t widen a road from two lanes to three on both sides without creating some disruption for businesses that depend upon motorists driving that busy highway to stop and eat, shop and refuel. It’s hard to find consensus, but any consensus among merchants about what the road project has meant to them is hard to get at. Some say it hasn’t been a problem at all. Others say it has. For sure, access to some stores close to downtown Sevierville in the shopping center that houses Staples, Lowe’s and Kroger has been limited. There used to be several ways to get to those businesses. Now some of the access roads have been cut off because of construction barriers. Still, if driv-
ers want to get to the stores, they can. They just can’t get to them in as many ways. Highway construction is always going to cause disruption. It can’t be helped, especially when the project is as extensive as this one. Highway 66 is being widened to three lanes from near downtown to Boyds Creek Highway. Not long after that’s finished, widening of the stretch from the interstate south to Sevierville will begin. Most big cities always have roads torn up and improvements being done. If you’ve ever driven to and through Atlanta or even Nashville, you know what that means. The end result is usually satisfying because making roads wider produces smoother traffic flow. Is there anyone who doesn’t think the Interstate 40 project through downtown Knoxville didn’t improve things? It’s as if the closure of that road for 14 months is
a distant memory, now that the finished project is available and almost universally praised. So too will the reaction to a wider Highway 66 be received. Getting tourists to their destination has never been easy in Sevier County. The bottlenecks along Highway 66 and the Parkway are a regular weekend occurrence, yet the visitors keep coming because once they arrive, there is so much for them to do. Squeezing more than 12 million tourists each year into a county this small is always going to be a challenge. Meanwhile, be patient, merchants, as the Highway 66 project unfolds. It may be tough for some of you now, but when the road is six lanes and the traffic truly flows, motorists will be in a better mood and more likely to want to stop and see you. Then the headaches you’re experiencing now will be as distant a memory as the ones in downtown Knoxville.
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State teacher shortage must be addressed A statewide report showing Tennessee will lack 31,000 teachers by 2014 should be a wakeup call to state and local officials that more should be done to encourage people to enter this honorable profession. The report determined that the biggest shortages will be in English as a second language, music and arts, eighth grade and vocational teachers, with kindergarten having the smallest demand. On the local level, Rutherford County Schools is projected to be 186 teachers short in 2010 and 1,742 by 2014, with the greatest needs in vocational, eighth grade, special education, seventh grade and kindergarten. The study found Murfreesboro City Schools will need 84 teachers in 2010 and 395 teachers in 2014. With some 40 schools, that means Rutherford County could be short more than four teachers in each school, on average, while Murfreesboro, which has 10 elementary schools, would need
more than eight more teachers per school. Rutherford County and Murfreesboro schools officials, however, say they have plenty of applications to fill job openings, which may mean the study is off the mark or local systems simply don’t have the dollars to fund the number of teachers really needed. The truth probably lies somewhere in between, and the people who conducted the study found that the shortage is coming not because of student enrollment growth but because the teacher population is dropping. The state loses about 10 percent of its teachers annually, but universities are putting only a third of the teachers needed into the field each year, according to its authors. The first thing local and state officials must do is acknowledge the looming problem, then address it. That could be done in a number of ways, the most obvious of which would be better pay.
A starting teacher with a bachelor’s degree makes $28,365, while a teacher with a master’s degree and 15 years of experience makes an average of $40,555 annually in Tennessee. A teacher with a doctorate makes an average of $48,655 with 15 years on the job. In recent years, though, teacher pay increases have not kept pace with the cost of living, especially with budgets across the state tighter in the midst of recession. Murfreesboro City Schools teachers, for instance, are still trying to negotiate a pay increase for the current year. The state is trying to lure people out of private industry to teach science and math. But more must be done overall to make it easier for people with years of experience in the field to transfer into the classroom. Flexibility is a must, because under the current system Tennessee is losing too many teachers and not gaining enough, according to the study.
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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Injured Freeney still hopes to play in Super Bowl MIAMI (AP) — Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney still hopes to play in the Super Bowl despite a torn ligament in his right ankle. “Hopefully, towards the end of the week it starts to get better,” Freeney said at Tuesday’s media day. “The decision will come later on in the week. It’s kind of
early now.” An All-Pro player, Freeney wore a pair of flipflops to the morning session. His injured ankle was unwrapped. “Very discouraging” was how he described his inability to practice for Sunday’s NFL title game against the New Orleans Saints.
“The competitor in me says they’ll never stop me from being on the field,” he said with a laugh before adding: “There’s some pain there definitely, with throwing everything at it, all types of techniques, to find the best thing to get this thing as good as possible. You name it, I’ve probably done it.”
Freeney injured the ankle in the AFC championship game against the New York Jets and said the chances of working out later this week weren’t good. He’s the only starter on either team who might miss the game because of injury. Freeney said he’s enlisted the help of chiroprac-
Lady Highlanders fall to visiting Gibbs By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer
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G-P junior Lacee Tinker draws a shooting foul during the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game against visiting Gibbs. standout Karsen Sims was limited due to illness and G-P senior Caroline Conner was not with the team for the second straight game. Someone had to step up for the Lady Blue and Gold, and that player was junior guard Beka Owens, who sniped a trey with 6 seconds left in the first quarter to cut the Gibbs edge to 14-13 heading into the second. Owens put the Lady Highlanders on top for the first time in the game with a steal and a nice assist to junior teammate Stephanie Taylor for an easy layup and a 15-14 G-P lead with
7:44 in the half. But then Owens went out with 7:17 in the second quarter due to a scary looking leg injury. That’s when Dodgen, juniors Lacee Tinker and Makenna Lewis and freshman Destiny Balzer - playing varsity minutes for the first time this season - stepped up their games and helped G-P maintain a 33-29 lead heading into the locker rooms at intermission. Also, Owens returned for the second half of the second quarter and seemed fine, hitting a trey with 1:55 in the half to give the
Lady Blue a 29-24 lead at the time. The teams battled backand-forth throughout the third quarter. G-P junior Macy Shults and sophomore Sami John hit treys from opposite corners on consecutive possessions to give the Lady Highlanders a 53-51 lead inside a minute in the third. But Gibbs’ A.J. Whited sniped a trey just before the horn to give the Lady Eagles a slim 54-53 edge heading into the fourth period of play. email@example.com
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY
Tide, Tigers both set to land Top-5 classes MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers have a long way to go to catch up with national champion Alabama on the playing field, but they’re clearly making inroads on the recruiting trail. The Tigers and Crimson Tide both are poised to sign Top 5-rated recruiting classes on Wednesday. That seems practically a foregone conclusion these days for coach Nick Saban
replace Freeney in the lineup, took it a step further. “I think he’ll be back and playing third downs. And I think he’ll be effective, until I see something different,” Brock said. Freeney, the former league sacks champ, led the Colts with 13 sacks and is considered the team’s defensive leader.
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GATLINBURG - A trend has developed for the Gatlinburg-Pittman Lady Highlanders basketball team - compete for the better part of four quarters only to fade down the stretch in another disappointing loss. Including Tuesday night’s 64-55 loss to the visiting Gibbs Lady Eagles, G-P has now dropped six of its past seven hardfought contests. The Lady Highlanders entered the fourth quarter trailing by just a point, 54-53. The deficit remained the same with 6:17 remaining and G-P down 56-55. That’s when Gibbs decided to slow down the pace and had guard Taylor Mills - who led all scorers on the night with 29 points - stand in one spot and dribble the ball for nearly 90 seconds. The crowd started booing 45 seconds into the dribble, but the Lady Highlanders appeared to be content to allow the seconds to continue to tick off the board and refused to put pressure on Mills. Finally, Gibbs ran a play that resulted in a turnover with 4:50 remaining. But the Lady Highlanders offense had gone AWOL by then and didn’t score a point the rest of the night. G-P had its chances down the stretch, but they couldn’t even buy a layup as Gibbs slowly padded its lead with charity shots. It didn’t help that G-P senior Morgan Dodgen was called for her fifth and final foul on the ensuing possession, when the refs ruled a charge instead of a block on a boom-boom play. “That call on Morgan was huge,” said G-P coach Mike Rader. “If they call a block there, it’s a different game. Losing Morgan at that point of the game was huge. If she stays in the game, I think it’s a different outcome.” Things didn’t look promising for the Lady Highlanders even before the Lady Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the contest. G-P senior Leah Bryan was out nursing a right ankle sprain, freshman
tors, slept in an oxygen chamber, used ice, regular therapy and anything else team doctors prescribed, to try to get the ankle to heal. Despite everything, his teammates still believe Freeney will be on the field Sunday. Defensive lineman Raheem Brock, who would
and the Tide, but Auburn has also been loading up on blue-chip recruits in what could be a launching-pad class for Gene Chizik & Co. Chizik isn’t surprised by the recruiting success. “This time last year after recruiting had ended, we set down a goal and we set down a path of hard work and how we want to get a Top 5 class, not just this year but every year,” the Auburn coach said
Tuesday. “I think we still have a chance to do that. “We’ve gone after what we consider to be the best players in the country to get them to visit our school.” It’s the first full recruiting class for Chizik and his assistant coaches. Last year, he mainly tried to keep the previous staff’s recruits in the fold while adding a few more after his hiring in December. The ambitions were high-
er for this one following an 8-5 season. Scout.com, Rivals. com and ESPN have both Auburn and Alabama’s classes rated among the nation’s five best going into signing day, picking each as high as third behind Florida and Texas. Chizik regards this as a key class for building the program, but figures it will take a few years to really solidify things.
National Signing Day
How will Dooley do? If you’re a hardcore college football fan, like I am, today is a red-letter day. It’s national signing day. The day 17-and-18-year-old kids decide where they’re going to play college football and most fans swear their team is either headed for the promised land or the land of the lost. I, personally, don’t put that much stock into it. For me it’s the college equivalent of the NFL draft — a chance for fans to get really excited about their teams based solely on the reputation of unproven players. It makes something for ESPN and sportstalk radio to talk about, and, admittedly, something for sportswriters to write about. Still, this signing day is huge for new Tennessee Volunteers coach Derek Dooley. Dooley, who appeared to be Volunteer Athletic Director Mike Hamilton’s fourth or fifth choice for head coach, had a lot of ground to cover to win over Vol fans from day one. To begin with, he wasn’t a big name in the coaching search. Heck, he was a relative unknown in Big Orange Country until the night before his hiring. Dooley won over some of the fanbase with his nononsense approach at his introductory press conference — with his good manners, his acknowledgement of Tennessee traditions and he ‘aww shucks’ southern accent. Hardened Vol fans, burned by the tenure of the previous coach, were a little more skeptical, pointing out Dooley’s Louisiana Tech coaching record and questioning his recruiting prowess. Dooley can go a long way today to silence at least one of those critical concerns. If Dooley saves the recruiting class feared wrecked by the coach not to be named, he’ll make a believer — at least in recruiting — out of some of the critics. The recruiting news coming out of Knoxville over the weeks since the coaching change has been mixed. For every recruit feared lost, another one has been seemingly secured or plucked from the grasp of another team. Sure, some of the players aren’t as highly-decorated as those lured by the previous staff, but hey, ask former UT coach Phil Fulmer, stars aren’t everything. Looking back over some of the recruiting classes he forged with the Vols, it’s easy to see the recruiting services themselves sometimes fumble the ball. Just looks at some of the big misses over the past seven classes the Vols have signed: Rivals’ five-stars — Brandon Jeffries, James
Banks, Mondre Dickerson, Albert Toeaina, Demetrice Morley, Kenny O’Neal, Chris Donald and Brent Vinson. On the other hand, several two and three-stars have made a huge impact on the Volunteer program. Dan Williams, Tennessee’s best defensive tackle the past two years, was a three star. Arian Foster, love him or hate him, is Tennessee’s secondleading career rusher —a three star. Chris Brown, a nice tight end for the Vols, was a mere two-star. Marvin Mitchell was a three star — he’s playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Brad Cottam and Luke Stocker, both three stars, have been great tight ends for Tennessee and Cottam’s playing on Sundays for the Chiefs. Add to that several guys with five-star talent that only warranted four stars (Jason Allen, Aaron Sears and Jerod Mayo) and it’s easy to see how really inaccurate the star ratings can prove to be. Still, as is often pointed out, it’s easier to win with 20 four and five-stars than with 20 two and three-stars. In most cases, the recruiting services are fairly close. In a perfect world, Tennessee would get a few high profile players and a bunch of blue-collar guys that blossom into big-time contributors at Neyland Stadium. Here are a few guys/scenarios to watch out for as things heat up today: • Will Da’Rick Rogers follow high school teammate Nash Nance to the Vols? Rogers supposedly has blistering speed and a prototype wide receiver build. Getting him would be a huge. • Will Markeith Ambles follow through on his earlier commitment to the Vols, or will he bolt for USC or North Carolina? Should UT get Ambles, Rogers and a their other WR commitments, the Orange and White could once again be Wide Receiver U. • Along with Juwaun James, can Tennessee snare more offensive line help for next season — specifically James Stone, Damien Robinson or maybe even Chaz Green? • And finally, how many one-time Tennessee commitments will head west of the Mississippi to become a Trojan? It looks likely for juco linebacker Glen Stanley, though I hope not. UTsports.com will post updates throughout the day.
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Sign-ups for Little League Baseball and Softball for the spring will be Wednesday, February 3, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Gatlinburg Community Center. The signups are for any boys and girls age 4-15 to play in leagues in Pigeon Forge. Boys will play in t-ball and baseball leagues, while girls will play t-ball and softball. For more information, call the Gatlinburg Community Center at 4366-4990.
Thatâ€™s right sports fans. This weekend promises one New Center Little League football of the biggest events of the year in all of sports. Yes, I Mew Cemter Football Little League will be having a am talking about the debut board meeting to elect 2010 officers. Anyone interesting of Danica Patrick driving a in attending and joining the NCFLLA should come to stock car. The Mountain Press at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, Well, you might have for the meeting. For more information, call Tammy at thought I was going to men640-5344. tion that other sporting event taking place just a little south of Daytona Beach, Florida. AYSO soccer sign-ups this Saturday To hear many in the racing AYSO soccer sign-ups will be held this Saturday, Feb. media tell it one might think the arrival of Ms. Patrick in 6, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sevierville Community Center. This is the final registration for the spring sason the world of stock car racing is as big as the Super Bowl. which starts in mid-March. Everyone must resign up Not since Kyle Petty ran even if you played in the fall. The returning fee for fall his first ever race in 1979 has players is $20. New players signing up is $50. Visit an ARCA event in Daytona the group website www.ayso440.org or call 429-AYSO been so heavily publicized. (2976). Television crews and print media members were dispatched earlier this winThird annual Ice Bowl upcoming ter to the â€˜World Center of Speedâ€™ to report on ARCA Gatlinburg Recreation Deparment will host their third preseason testing. Yes, thatâ€™s annual disc golf Ice Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 20. The right, ARCA preseason testevent will feature two rounds of disc golf to benefit the ing! Sevier County Food Ministries. Cost is $24 for pro/ Many newcomers to the advanced players, $20 for amateurs and $10 for 13-and- sport, or even longtime under. Bring five canned food items for half price disc patrons for that matter, may golf. Mulligans can be purchased for $2. Registration not even know what ARCA begins at 12:30, and contestants may tee off between 1-3 is. The acronym stands for p.m. For more information, contact Dave Anderson at Automobile Racing Club 436-4990. of America. It is a mostly Midwestern based sanctioning body that runs a Special Olympic golf tourney ahead few companion races with NASCAR shows throughout The Special Olympic Golf Tournament will be the year. Wednesday, March 31, at Eagles Landing. The contest The series rarely garners will be 2-man scramble and will cost $75 per person. very much attention, espeThe cost includes lunch by Collier Food Group and din- cially like that it has recently ner by Carinoâ€™s Italian Grill. Call Dan Deremer for more gotten or is about to get. JR information at 680-3668. Motorsports, the NASCAR Nationwide Series team owned as a joint venture 3-on-3 basketball league starting between Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Hendrick Motorsports, The Pigeon Forge Community Center welcomes memwill field cars for Danica to bers and non-members to sign up for 3-on-3 basketball leagues. League play will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 12. The coachesâ€™ meeting will be Monday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. Registration is $75/per team (includes a t-shirt) for adult players, 16-years-old or older. A limited number of teams will be accepted. For more information contact Eli Cockrum at 429-7373.
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IndyCar driver Danica Patrick unveils her GoDaddy.com No. 7 JR Motorsports stock car Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, in Phoenix. Patrick has signed with JR Motorsports team and will start in her first in an ARCA Series race on Feb. 6 at Daytona. race in NASCARâ€™s second series for twelve events in 2010. In order for new drivers in NASCAR to be permitted to race at the fast Daytona International Speedway they must first prove themselves in some other way. Thus, Ms. Patrick will attempt an ARCA run to gain approval for her proposed Nationwide start the following week. Over the course of her Indycar career Danica has won one race, a fuel mileage saving run in Japan back in 2008. Aside from her racing career, she is well known for her television commercials and magazine cover photos. She brings a short list of racing credentials and excessive marketability to stock car racing. With all that said, one has to wonder just what will happen if she actually wins something? With all the attention she is already commanding without having accomplished anything
other than signing a contract in NASCAR the publicity will be off the charts if she were to be posing for pictures in victory lane at some point this season. My guess is that should she actually win a race fans will be left wondering if there are any other drivers out there. However, my prediction is that all of this speculation is for nothing. Her best chance to win will come this week-
end in the ARCA race where her Hendrick car may simply overpower the rest of the field. I do not foresee her winning a Nationwide event. But one thing is for sure, Danica Patrick will be getting plenty of attention this weekend both in Daytona and in her Super Bowl television commercials. To contact me please visit my website at RacingWithRich.com.
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RT â€” 71 Ryan Diem; 75 Michael Toudouze TE â€” 44 Dallas Clark; 47 Gijon Robinson; 84 Jacob Tamme; 46 Colin Cloherty WR â€” 85 Pierre Garcon; 81 Hank Baskett; 14 Sam Giguere QB â€” 18 Peyton Manning; 7 Curtis Painter RB â€” 29 Joseph Addai; 31 Donald Brown; 35 Chad Simpson; 32 Mike Hart FB/HB â€” 47 Gijon Robinson; 84 Jacob Tamme Defense LE â€” 98 Robert Mathis; 96 Keyunta Dawson; 94 Ervin Baldwin LT â€” 99 Antonio Johnson; 68 Eric Foster; 69 John Gill RT â€” 90 Daniel Muir; 95 Fili Moala RE â€” 93 Dwight Freeney; 79 Raheem Brock LLB â€” 50 Philip Wheeler; 52 Cody Glenn MLB â€” 58 Gary Brackett; 54 Freddy Keiaho RLB â€” 55 Clint Session; 59 Ramon Humber LCB â€” 26 Kelvin Hayden; 27 Jacob Lacey; 20 T.J. Rushing RCB SS â€” 33 Melvin Bullitt; 40 Jamie Silva FS â€” 41 Antoine Bethea; 43 Aaron Francisco Special Teams K â€” 3 Matt Stover; 4 Adam Vinatieri P â€” 1 Pat McAfee LS â€” 48 Justin Snow; 84 Jacob Tamme H â€” 1 Pat McAfee KR â€” 35 Chad Simpson; 20 T.J. Rushing; Austin Collie PR â€” 20 T.J. Rushing; 85 Pierre Garcon; 25 Jerraud Powers â€”â€”â€” New Orleans Saints Offense WRL â€” 12 Marques Colston; 16 Lance Moore; 87 Adrian Arrington LT â€” 74 Jermon Bushrod; 64 Zach Strief LG â€” 77 Carl Nicks; 67 Jamar Nesbit C â€” 76 Jonathan Goodwin; 60 Nick Leckey RG â€” 73 Jahri Evans RT â€” 78 Jon Stinchcomb; 64 Zach Strief TE â€” 88 Jeremy Shockey; 85 David Thomas; 80 Darnell Dinkins; 84 Tory Humphrey WRR â€” 19 Devery Henderson; 17 Robert Meachem; 15 Courtney Roby QB â€” 9 Drew Brees; 11 Mark Brunell; 10 Chase Daniel RB â€” 25 Reggie Bush; 23 Pierre Thomas; 21 Mike Bell; 30 Lynell Hamilton FB â€” 36 Kyle Eckel Defense LDE â€” 93 Bobby McCray; 96 Paul Spicer NT â€” 92 Remi Ayodele; 90 DeMario Pressley DT â€” 98 Sedrick Ellis; 69 Anthony Hargrove RDE â€” 91 Will Smith; 97 Jeff Charleston SLB â€” 55 Scott Fujita; 54 Troy Evans; 59 Anthony Waters MLB â€” 51 Jonathan Vilma; 50 Marvin Mitchell WLB â€” 58 Scott Shanle; 54 Troy Evans; 52 Jonathan Casillas LCB â€” 32 Jabari Greer; 20 Randall Gay SS â€” 41 Roman Harper; 31
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