The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 67 ■ March 8, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Skeletal remains uncovered
Gatlinburg PD believes bodies those of missing Russians Staff report
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GATLINBURG — No new details were expected until at least today after the the Gatlinburg Police Department announced it recovered the skeletal remains of two people near U.S. 321 on Saturday. Attempts to reach the chief or department detectives through
the police department were unsuccessful Sunday. A spokeswoman said no one would be in before this morning. According to a press release, the police department believes the remains are those of Vladimir Yemelyanov and Sufiya Arslanova, two Russian nationals who lived in Gatlinburg and were reported missing in July 2002.
Authorities are still testing the remains to confirm the identities of the deceased individuals. In May of 2004 a Sevier County Grand Jury indicted Yuriy Solovyev with the two counts of first- degree murder and two counts of felony murder. The three Russian immigrants were roommates at an apart-
ment complex in Gatlinburg at the time of their disappearance. They reportedly operated an employment service that provided foreign workers to seasonal employers in the tourist city. Blood was found splattered on the walls and furniture of the motel efficiency apartment where they lived.
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Ogle set to take fight to planners
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Wears Valley battle resumes on Tuesday
ABWA’s Rhonda Milliam wins coveted award
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Sugarlands1: Alexis White, 3, of Knoxville, is amazed to see a lone snowball outside of Sugarlands Visitor Center Saturday morning.
‘Hungry for spring ... ’ Locals, tourists enjoying sunnier, warmer weather
By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer
Tonight Partly cloudy Low: 37° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Doris Trentham, 88 “Jack” Sarten, 79 Kim Jenkins, 41 Jerry Hayes, 75 Mary Jo Forrester, 77 “Marty” Rogers Jr., 56 DETAILS, Page A4
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NATIONAL PARK — There were still a couple of snowballs on the ground Saturday at Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Sugarlands Visitor Center, but tourists were enjoying the warmer and sunnier weather. “The weather is perfect!” said Karen FordEickhoff, who was visiting from Ringgold, Ga., with her husband, Hank Eickhoff. “We come five or six times a year, mostly to hike,” Hank said. “We got in Thursday. Today, we’re going to hike Sugarland Trail, and we’ve packed a lunch.” Brad Free, volunteer coordinator for resource education at GSMNP, said he and other park
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Sugarlands2: Hank Eickhoff and Karen Ford-Eickhoff of Ringgold, Ga. enjoyed Saturday’s sunny weather at Sugarlands Visitor Center. employees were excited been having a lot of road come from the South who to see the early signs of closures, and there was don’t see a lot of snow, spring as well. still 51 inches of snow on and they want to see the “February was the Mount LeConte yestersnowiest month I’ve ever day morning. A lot of our See SPRING, Page A4 seen,” Free said. “We’ve visitors this time of year
SEVIERVILLE — Developer Ron Ogle’s effort to get property he owns in Wears Valley rezoned for commercial uses moves back to a familiar battleground this week as he returns to pitch his case to the Sevier County Planning Commission. The group, which meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the courthouse, has already twice shot down Ogle’s plans to build a retail development on the site at the corner of Valley View and Wears Valley roads, but a change to the request Ogle’s making has it back before the board. The previous vote to recommend the County Commission reject the petition was made on the understanding Ogle wanted the county’s secondhighest zoning, C-2 (general commercial), for the lot. That has since been amended to C-1 (rural commercial), the designation considered last month by the County Commission. Officials in that body were reluctant to vote on the changed request, given that the planning group had not yet weighed in on it. Those concerns prompted the county leaders to vote to send the matter back to the planners for consideration of the C-1 request. Ogle has sparred over the issue with County Planner Jeff Ownby, whom See OGLE, Page A5
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Arnold Whaley retiring after 37 years as an Sevierville Police reserve officer By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — While he’s never been a fulltime officer, the sight of Arnold Whaley in a police uniform has been a familiar thing to generations of Sevierville residents, especially people who frequent Sevier County High School football games. Whaley is stepping down as a reserve officer after 37 years on the force. The day has passed when part-time officers such as Whaley could come in and fill most of the duties that a full-time officer could but, more importantly, he’s reached the age where he just doesn’t like sitting in a car for such long See NEIGHBOR, Page A4
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Sevierivlle Police Chief Don Myers, left, talks with reserve officer Arnold Whaley about Whaley’s 37 years of service. Myers is retiring from the department.
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Two more physicians offices open at LeConte
Bigg Bear Media earns 2010 Silver Telly Award for band documentary Submitted Report
Submitted report Two more physician practices have relocated their offices into the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Professional Building on the LeConte Medical Center campus. Dr. Francisco Moreno, an ear, nose and throat specialist (otolaryngology), has relocated to 744 Middle Creek Road, Suite 200. The office phone number remains the same: 428-0960. The office of Drs. John T. Dawson and Grover C. Robinson IV, ophthalmologists, has also relocated to Suite 200. The office phone number remains the same: 908-7008. The professional building is located adjacent to the medical center. Patients seeing physicians in the professional building are invited to park in guest lot B in front of the professional building. For more information about physicians practicing at LeConte, or to request a copy of the physician directory, call 453-9355. All physicians are independent contractors and are not subject to the control and supervision of the medical center.
Crafts, hobby store opens in Seymour Submitted Report SEYMOUR â€” Country Crafts & Hobbies has opened at 12917 Chapman Highway, Suite C. The owners are Angel and Bryan Bathon. â€œRight in our hometown of Seymour we have opened a craft and hobby store, for the young and young at heart,â€? said Angel Bathon. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. The store sells car, truck and military models, train sets and accessories, leather kits, bead and jewelry needs, and hand-dipped wax scented bears. They also sell a vafiety of childrenâ€™s crafts and stock than 150 birdhouses â€” most handmade in the South. Country Crafts & Hobbies carries yarn marionette puppets and cross stitch, crochet thread (yarn and model rockets coming) and quilting squares. â€œWe are very avid Seymour supporters. We live in the area and try to support all local teams, especially Seymour High football. We have always wanted to bring this kind of activity to our area, get to meet and greet our neighbors and offer great items for everyone at a very affordable price,â€? Bathon said. For more information call 286-9799.
State tries to tax hotels for â€˜freeâ€™ breakfasts NASHVILLE (AP) â€” The so-called complimentary breakfasts at many hotels in Tennessee have stirred the appetite of state revenue officials. The state wants to tax the lodging businesses for the food they offer as part of free breakfasts that are included in their room rate. The budget-strapped state hopes to get an estimated $10 million for its coffers from the sweet rolls, coffee and such that hotel patrons enjoy at no charge from the Smoky Mountains to Graceland. The proposal is pending in committees in the General Assembly. The tax would be the prevailing sales tax rate in the county involved â€” up to 9 3/4 percent. The Tennessee Hospitality Association, representing hotels, believes the plan is unfair.
Rhonda Milliam, representing American Business Womenâ€™s Association, earned the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Friendship Award during the annual membership breakfast.
ABWAâ€™s Rhonda Milliam wins Chamber Friend of Year Award Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE â€” The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Chamber Friend of the Year Award to Rhonda Milliam, who represents American Business Womenâ€™s Association. She was honored for her support and promotion of the Chamber. The award was presented during the annual membership breakfast held Feb. 23. Milliam earned the award by accumulating more Friendship Award points than any other member. These points were earned by attending networking functions, ribbon cuttings, volunteering at special events and recruiting new members. â€œThis morning I asked God to give me a great day and he did,â€? MIlliam said in accepting the award. Milliam received a trophy from Sign
Master and a stay at Wilderness Resort at the Smokies. Membership coordinator Jim McGill said, â€œRhonda is very proactive and sees the benefit of being a Chamber member. She is constantly encouraging someone to join, which is why she won this award.â€? Friendship awards are based on points accumulated monthly from attending Chamber functions and volunteering as well as bringing inactive members and potential new members to Chamber events. Monthly points will go towards determining the Friend of the Year Award recipient. The next Friendship Award will be presented during Coffee Talk on March 16, sponsored by Dollywood. Doors open at 8 a.m. and Coffee Talk begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Civic Center. Guests may attend. For more information, contact McGill at 453-6411.
Citizens National plays host bank seminar Submitted report SEVIERVILLE â€” Citizens National Bank recently hosted a free lunch and seminar on â€œBuilding Wealth, Not Debt,â€? in recognition of Tennessee Saves Week. Joel Brannon, branch manager at CNB, spoke to a group of more than 30 people about the importance of saving money,
ways to save money, and visit www.cnbtn.com or how to reduce debt. This www.tennesseesaves.org. event was held next door to CNBâ€™s main office at the Courthouse Plaza. Citizens National Bank is a supporter of Tennessee Saves, part of America Saves, an initiative to provide consumers with more opportunities to save and to raise awareness about the importance of saving. For more information,
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KODAK â€” Bigg Bear Media received a 2010 Silver Telly Award for the documentary â€œFrom the Basement to Bonnaroo,â€? about East Tennessee band The Dirty Guvâ€™nahs. The project, directed and produced by Greg Rains, documents the band through its rise on the local music scene. â€œThis is the first Telly award for Bigg Bear Media and this was really the first major project that we completed as a company so itâ€™s pretty exciting,â€? said Rains. The idea for the documentary came after Rains met the band at Sundown in the City in 2008. â€œI had never really heard of them before, but their performance grabbed the crowd and really sparked my interest,â€? said Rains. â€œI had a conversation with Justin Hoskins and James Trimble from the Guvâ€™nahs about doing a short video piece that they could use for publicity and that eventually evolved into â€˜From the Basement to Bonnaroo.â€™â€? Rains shot footage of performances and rehearsals in 2008 and 2009, culminating in the bandâ€™s show at the Bijou Theater in Knoxville to debut its first album. Rains shot it with six cameras to produce a live concert DVD and the documentary included on
that disc. The Telly Awards honor cable TV commercials and programs, video and film productions, and online film and video. Bigg Bear Media was founded in 2008 and has produced documentaries, commercials and other projects. Visit www.biggbearmedia.com. â€œFrom the Basement to Bonnarooâ€? is a selection of the Gatlinburg Screenfest Film Festival at the River Terrace Resort. Tickets are available at www.gatlinburgscreenfest.com.
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Duan Hua of Zhengzhou, China, speaks to the Seymour Breakfast Rotary Club about her roles at Johnson Bible College and as a teacher at The Kingâ€™s Academy.
Teacher brings her Chinese culture to Kingâ€™s Academy Submitted Report
SEYMOUR â€” Duan Hua would normally be teaching middle school students halfway around the world from Sevier County in Zhengzhou No. 47 Middle and High School. Instead of being along the Yellow River in Henan Province, Peopleâ€™s Republic of China, she can be found these days teaching students at The Kingâ€™s Academy. Hua is the central component of a partnership among Johnson Bible College, No. 47 and The Kingâ€™s Academy. The relationship is fostered under the umbrella of the Confucius Institute based in Hanban, China. The institute fosters understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture through educational programs in centers presently located in Italy, Australia and the United States. Hua teaches TKA upper school students Chinese language and culture, and middle school students are learning Chinese culture, customs and crafts. An upcoming series of evening classes on Chinese cooking, culture and language will be offered to the public. Hua discussed her current experiences for the Seymour Breakfast Rotary Club. The program was presented in Clark Library on the campus of The Kingâ€™s Academy where the Rotary club conducts its weekly meetings. Hua contrasted family relationships in China with her impressions of American family systems. â€œIn China, families take care of their children without government help,â€? she said. â€œThe poor in China do not have welfare, medical insurance and no retirement.â€?
She said that a person must be completely self-sustaining or work for the government. â€œAging parents are the responsibility of the adult children, particularly the sons.â€? Regarding economics, â€œChinese people like saving a lot,â€? Hua said. Chinese people save money for many reasons, she said. First, they are saving for their childrenâ€™s education. The cost of a nine-year compulsory education in China is quite inexpensive, but higher education is very expensive. College expenses are the burden of the parents. Second, parents save for the marriage of their children. In China, the groomâ€™s family pays the bill. Third, Chinese save money for old age. Eighty percent live in the countryside, and only those who have government jobs have a retirement system. All others must save for themselves. Fourth, medical expenses come out of the pockets of the Chinese people. Unless they work for the government, they have no health insurance. Hua also discussed differences in the Chinese and American education systems. In China, she said, all students are expected to meet high standards. â€œThere may be 50 students in a class,â€? she said, so discipline is essential. â€œThere is less pressure on students in the U.S.,â€? Hua told the Rotarians. â€œIn China, middle school students have the most pressure.â€? â€œDuan Hua has been a wonderful addition to our faculty this year,â€? said Academy President Walter Grubb. â€œShe is a focused and determined teacher whose loving, sweet spirit endears her to students and her peers alike.â€?
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 Juan Carlos Mendez, 31, of 509 Reagan Dr., Apt. 204, was charged March 5 with public intoxication. He was released on $250 bond. u Joshua Todd Ogle, 34, of 4425 Chester Mtn. Rd., Sevierville, was charged March 5 with driving on suspended license. He was released on $2,500 bond.
Craig Ryan Reynolds, 49, of 126 Connley St., Apt. 2, Sevierville, was charged March 6 with domestic violence assault. He was being held on $2,500 bond. u Robert Travis Shular, 32, of 604 Briar Way, Pigeon Forge, was charged March 6 with DUI, speeding and traffic violations. He was released on $500 bond. u William Edward Stafford, 37, of Sweetwater, was charged March 5 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u
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GATLINBURG â€” The next meeting of the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association will be on March 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at Flapjacks Restaurant just off the Spur in Gatlinburg. The cost is $10 per person. The Smoky Mountain Classical Trio, with Kent Voisin on the violin, Christine Voisin on the cello, and John Celestin on the clarinet, will perform. Collier Restaurant Group is preparing the food. The topic for the evening: â€œSelecting the best entertainment for your wedding.â€? There will have a panel dis-
cussion with representatives from live and recorded musical entertainment, including Brian Graham, president of the National DJ Associationâ€™s Knoxville chapter; Kent and Christine Voisin, part of the Smoky Mountain Classical Trio; and Rex Gibson with Bearfoot Entertainment. Graham will show a video that will go into detail on how to find a professional DJ, the difference between a DJ and an MC, and how to make sure that wedding guests enjoy the celebration and leave happy. To attend e-mail to email@example.com or call 800-627-5813. RSVP by March 12.
Business 2 Business Speed Networking session is set by Sevierville Chamber Civic Center to host event on March 31 Submitted report SEVIERVILLE â€” Following a successful first Business 2 Business Speed Networking session in January, the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce is hosting another of the events. The next Business 2 Business Speed Networking Event will be held March 31 at 1 p.m. at the Civic Center. This event is open only to Sevierville Chamber
members. There are 30 spaces available, so members must reserve spots by calling 453-6411. â€œOur first speed networking event went very well,â€? said membership coordinator Jim McGill. â€œThis type of event gives our members another chance to connect with one another, make valuable contacts and generate leads for their businesses.â€? The event, which is akin to speed dating, gives members a few minutes to meet one another face to face and
tell who they are, what they do and what constitutes a good lead for their business. Then a bell rings and they meet someone new, repeating the process. The Sevierville Chamber plans to hold these events regularly throughout the year.
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OBITUARIES Doris Blackwell Trentham Doris Blackwell Trentham, 88, of Sevier County died Friday, March 5, 2010. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Sevierville. Survivors: daughter, Carolyn Fine and husband Darius; son, Bruce M. Trentham, Jr., and wife Nancy; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five stepgreat grandchildren; brothers, David Blackwell and wife Betty, Ron Blackwell and wife Ruth; sister, Aileen Ogle; many nieces and nephews; her beloved dog, Lucy. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Sevierville TV Ministry, 317 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862. The family received friends Sunday at Atchley Funeral Home before proceeding to Shiloh Cemetery for graveside service and interment with Rev. Randy Davis officiating. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
James Perl (Jack) Sarten James Perl (Jack) Sarten, 79, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at his home in Sevier County surrounded by his family after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. James was born June 16, 1930 in the Parrotts Chapel community of Jefferson County, TN. He moved to Sevier County with his parents after the construction of Douglas Dam forced their relocation in 1942. He graduated from Sevier County High School and became a lifelong farmer residing in the Mt. Zion Community of Sevier County. He was a member of Middle Creek United Methodist Church, where he had served as Sunday School Superintendant, Council Chairperson, Trustee, and served on other various committees. He also was a member and served as a director of the Farm Bureau and Sevier Farmers Co-Op, a member of the Sevier County Livestock Association, and served on the Farm Service Agency as an elected committee member to oversee FSA operations and services in the Sevier County area. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Geneva Cardwell Sarten; his sons and daughtersin-law, David J. and Susan Sarten, Eric D. and Candice Sarten, Joe R. and Tammie Sarten; and grandson, Jairus C. Sarten; brothers-in-law and wives, Jim and Belva Cardwell, Rex and Anna Lee Cardwell,
Jack and Connie Cardwell, Bill and Nancy Cardwell, and Ernest Jackson; sisters-in-law and husbands, Wanda and LeRoy Rogers, Mary Lou and Wayne Blalock; and many nieces and nephews. Services were Sunday March 7, 2010, at at Rawlings Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Page and Rev. Steve Pross officiating. Burial will be at Middle Creek Cemetery Monday March 8, 2010 at 11 a.m., followed by a time for celebration of his life at Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge, TN. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Middle Creek United Methodist Church building repair fund, C/O Tom Ricker, 439 Ledo Dr., Sevierville, TN 37862. Rawlings Funeral Home of Sevierville is in charge of arrangements. n www.rawlingsfuneralhome.com
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in The Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Curtis Wells officiating. Interment 1 p.m. Tuesday in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Dandridge. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Monday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Mary Jo Forrester Mary Jo Forrester, 77, of Seymour, died Friday, March 5, 2010 at the family home after a long illness. Mary took pride in her grandkids and loved cooking, planting & gardening, and even fishing. She was a member of First Apostolic Church of Maryville. Survivors include her husband, Alse Forrester; daughter, Brenda Queen; daughters and sons-in-law, Marci and Jim Goodman, Juanita and Phil Webb, Cissy and Mark Garner; daughter, Patty King; son, David Hannah; sons and daughters-inlaw, Gary and Marilou Hannah, Bobby and Diane Forrester, Billy and Sandra Forrester, Terry and Angie Bledsoe; 28 grandchildren, many great-great grandchildren, cousins, Joe and Fred Spurling; 1 niece, 4 nephews, and a host of family and friends. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7, 2010 at First Apostolic Church, 1723 William Blount Drive, Maryville, with the Rev. Kenneth Carpenter officiating. Interment will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 8, 2010 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Sevierville. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. Arrangements by Dotson Funeral Home, Maryville/ Seymour.
Kimberly â€œKimâ€? Holbrook Jenkins, 41. of Scottsville, Ky., formerly of Sevier County, died Thursday, March 4, 2010, at Vanderbilt Hospital. Survivors: husband, Dennis Jenkins; daughters and sons-inlaw, Aaron Nakole and husband Joey Scott; Felicia Marie Fine and boyfriend, Zach Higdon; son, Jacob Edgar Fine; one grandchild and two on the way; mother, Deana Holbrook Fleming; sisters and brothersin-law, Kelly Ogle and husband, Bruce; Krystal Knight and husband, Steve; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; three special friends. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to benefit the family. William â€œMartyâ€? Funeral service was Sunday Martin Rogers Jr. in the Chapel of Atchley Funeral William â€œMartyâ€? Martin Rogers Home with Pastor Billy Gower and Rev. Danny Sizemore offi- Jr., age 56, of Knoxville, died ciating, with interment following March 6, 2010. Survivors: Wife: Karen in Green cemetery. Rogers; son and daughter-inlaw: Christopher and Jennifer n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com Rogers; Grandson: Logan Rogers; Parents: William Sr. and Edith Rogers; Brother: Gary Jerry L. Hayes Jerry L. Hayes, 75, of Rogers; Special Uncle: David Sevierville, died Friday, March Brewer; Special Cousin: Michael 5, 2010. He was a veteran of Cook. In lieu of flowers. memorial the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean War. donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Survived by, sons Memorial visitation 6-8 PM & daughters-in-law, Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Jerry L. & Melissa Home, Seymour. Cremation Hayes, Jr., and Jeffrey L. & Mary Hayes; daughter arrangements by Atchley Funeral & son-in-law, Joyce & Doug Home, Seymour, 122 Peacock Hughes; three grandchildren; Court, Seymour, TN 37865. brothers, Bill, Tom, Richard and (865) 577-2807. Charlie Hayes. Funeral service 7 p.m. Monday n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Hospitality industry CEO apologizes for e-mail NASHVILLE (AP) â€” The CEO of the stateâ€™s hospitality industry is apologizing for sending a joke e-mail to a group of public figures that compares first lady Michelle Obama to a chimpanzee. The Tennessean reports Tennessee Hospitality Association CEO Walt Bakerâ€™s e-mail compares the first lady to Tarzan sidekick Cheeta. At the bottom of the e-mail is a photo of Michelle Obama, caught in an awkward moment with her lips pursed, and one of a chimpanzee wearing a similar expression. The e-mail opens with the words, â€œI donâ€™t care who you are, this is funny.â€? But not everyone who received the message on Thursday found it humorous, and news of the e-mail, which many found to be racist, soon began to circulate. On Saturday, Baker apologized in an e-mail to
Nashville Metro Council members, saying the message was not intended to be malicious. â€œThursday night I spontaneously forwarded â€” to a small group of people â€” an e-mail that had been sent to me as political humor,â€? he wrote. ... â€œI am saddened that anyone misinterpreted the sentiments behind the e-mail. I deeply apologize to anyone who is offended by this action.â€? Despite the apology, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, which receives most of its funding from Metro, said it would drop its contract with Bakerâ€™s marketing firm, Mercatus Communications. Bureau President Butch Spyridon, who is one of the
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Sugarlands3: Gayle Davison of Birmingham, Ala. was joined by her granddaughter, Isabella, 3, for a trip to the Smoky Mountains on Saturday.
people who received Bakerâ€™s e-mail, called it an â€œembarrassmentâ€? and â€œappalling.â€? â€œNashvilleâ€™s hospitality industry has worked tirelessly to create a welcoming environment for our visitors and this behavior discredits the work done by so many,â€? Spyridon said in a statement.
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South who donâ€™t see a lot of snow, and they want to see the snow. With I-40 closed and other detours, though, it kind of messes with folks from coming up.â€? Free added that GSMNP staff is cautious of visitors hiking some of the higher elevationsâ€™ back trails because of the remaining snow. In the meantime, theyâ€™ve been busy working on alternative hikes and ranger programs. â€œOur public relations department has been doing an awesome job getting the word out on road closures,â€? he said. â€œPeople are disappointed about
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hours. â€œIâ€™m just getting too old,â€? he said. Some other officers might dispute that. Whaley might not be able to chase down miscreants, or feel like sitting in a cruiser for long hours, but the wisdom he gained over long experience has been invaluable to many of the full-time and part-time officers that have come after him. Chief Don Myers said when he joined the police department, the training requirements werenâ€™t nearly as high as they are today. They also didnâ€™t have enough full-time officers to pair rookies with veterans for long. He depended on veterans like Whaley to help him learn the ins and outs of the job and the neighborhoods they patrolled. â€œI depended on the reserves,â€? he said. â€œThat was the only option.â€? Public Information Officer Bob Stahlke has also served as a reserve officer, and he had similar things to say about the Whaley. The reserves choose their supervisors, and Whaley has served as a sergeant and captain with the unit, Stahlke
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the Cades Cove loop being closed, but the Cades Cove campground and horse stables are still open.â€? Three-year-old Alexis White of Knoxville, who was joined by mother Nikki White and grandfather Jim White, seemed fascinated by a remaining snowball outside of Sugarlands Visitor Center. â€œWe get up here quite often since we live in Knoxville,â€? Nikki said. â€œItâ€™s nice to just get away. Weâ€™re going to Alum Cave today.â€? Paul and Sandy Flinker of Florence, Ky., have been visiting the Smoky Mountains for 40 years. â€œWe come for everything,â€? Paul said. â€œThe shopping, the people and
getting away into the park. We donâ€™t hike as much as we used to, but we like to drive around and sightsee.â€? â€œWeâ€™re taking a break for the weekend,â€? said Gayle Davison, who traveled from Birmingham, Ala., with her husband and 3-year-old granddaughter, Isabella. â€œShe (Isabella) loves to see and do everything.â€? Free understands the attraction of the area, which he discovered as a senior in high school in 1980. The Alabama native has been with GSMNP for 10 years. â€œEverybodyâ€™s hungry for spring here,â€? he said.
said. â€œThe wisdom Arnold had gained over the years was invaluable,â€? he said. Capt. Terry Bryan also said Whaley had a big influence. â€œHeâ€™s probably the first police officer I remember from Sevierville,â€? he said. â€œI was â€™bout 7 years old.â€? But Whaley said things have changed from the days when he would patrol the city. Back then, he said, officers didnâ€™t have to worry nearly so much about the people they apprehended being armed. Fist fights, though, were common. He could remember one man who was a regular target of arrest warrants. The man would watch as a group of officers approached, fold his arms and stare at them defiantly. â€œHeâ€™d say, â€˜You ainâ€™t taking me unless you whip me,â€™â€? Whaley recalled, â€œAnd he meant it. Heâ€™d fight us.â€? Whaley can tell stories like that with a chuckle and a grin, but he also knows the days of dealing with a man that way have passed. Officers today
would never approach a suspect â€” even a familiar one in a small town like Sevierville â€” the way they did then. Thatâ€™s not generally an issue anymore, anyway. The days of reserve officers fulfilling the duties of regular officers have also passed. Now, reserve officers such as Whaley help during events when officers need more manpower, like parades â€” and high school football games. Whaley likes being around kids, and he really likes Sevier County High School football games. â€œI donâ€™t know if Iâ€™ve missed over five football games the whole time,â€? he said. â€œI love to be there for football games.â€? He retired from his full-time job years ago, but now heâ€™s ready to retire from the job and the work heâ€™s enjoyed for almost 40 years. â€œItâ€™s been enjoyable,â€? he said. â€œI wouldnâ€™t trade nothing for it.â€?
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Researchers: AIDS virus can hide in bone marrow
Mourners gather around the coffin of Ali Yahya, 20, who was killed in one of the blasts in northeastern Baghdad earlier in the day, at his funeral in Najaf, Iraq, on Sunday. Insurgents bombed a polling station and lobbed grenades at voters Sunday, killing 36 people.
Iraqi voters undaunted by deadly attacks BAGHDAD (AP) â€” Iraqis defied insurgents who lobbed hand grenades at voters and bombed a polling station Sunday in an attempt to intimidate those taking part in elections that will determine whether their country can overcome deep sectarian divides as U.S. forces prepare to leave. The conclusion of the vote, however, did not spell an immediate end to political uncertainty. It could be days until results come in and with the fractured nature of Iraqi politics, it could take months to form a government. Sunnis and Shiites seemed united in one way Sunday â€” defiance in the face of violence. Many came out of polling booths waving fingers dipped in purple
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he accused several times in the County Commission meeting of lying to him while Ownby denied the charge, and Commissioner Ben Clabo, who has been the main critic of the request. Clabo, who serves on both the planning and county boards, has said heâ€™s worried the property isnâ€™t suited for a higher use than its current A-1 (agricultural) distinction because it is frequently flooded by Cove Creek, which forms one of the propertyâ€™s boundaries. Ownby said C-1 would be the â€œhighestâ€? suitable zoning for the lot, stopping short of recommending county officials adopt the move because of his own reservations about Ogleâ€™s plan. Ogle, meanwhile, insists heâ€™s done everything he needs to in order to meet state and county regulations to develop the lot. He has presented county officials with a site plan,
ink in a now-iconic image synonymous with Iraqâ€™s democracy. In one Baghdad neighborhood, relatives who had just lost a family member in a bombing walked down to the polling booth to vote. The violence was a direct challenge to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who has gained popularity as violence across the country has plummeted. â€œI voted for Nouri al-Maliki because I trust him as a man who succeeded in getting rid of militias and building a strong state,â€? said Saadi Mahdi, a 43-year old engineer in the southern oil city of Basra. It was there that al-Maliki first established himself as a leader willing to go against his fellow Shiites when he routed militias aligned with anti-
a step not required for a rezoning request, showing his proposed use of the lot, maintaining it reflects he will â€œhave no encroachmentâ€? on anyone elseâ€™s property. Also on the agenda for Tuesdayâ€™s meeting is: Rezoning Requests n Marty Marine for property at 126 and 128 Marine Way in Seymour from C-2 to R-1 (rural residential) to assist with a refinance n Paul Maples, property in the 4100 block of Wears Valley Road and on
American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. It was an election day that demonstrated starkly how far the country, a rare democracy in the Middle East, has come since the last nationwide parliamentary vote in December 2005 and how much still holds it back. Instead of unified sectarian parties playing strictly to their Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish voters, the political blocs contesting the election were much more fractured and made at least some effort to cross over into other sects. Whereas only party names were known in the 2005 ballot â€” in order to protect candidates from assassination â€” this time cities were plastered with candidatesâ€™ faces on posters as Iraqis voted for individual people.
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PUD, a retail store and bed and breakfast on property off Wears Valley Road and on Wilderness Mountain Road n Dollar General, a retail location on Boyds Creek Highway across from the intersection with Payne School Drive.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The virus that causes AIDS can hide in the bone marrow, avoiding drugs and later awakening to cause illness, according to new research that could point the way toward better treatments for the disease. Finding that hide-out is a first step, but years of research lie ahead. Dr. Kathleen Collins of the University of Michigan and her colleagues report in this weekâ€™s edition of the journal Nature Medicine that the HIV virus can infect long-lived bone marrow cells that eventually convert into blood cells. The virus is dormant in the bone marrow cells, she said, but when those progenitor cells develop into blood cells, it can be reactivated and cause renewed infection. The virus kills the new blood cells and then moves on to infect other cells, said. â€œIf weâ€™re ever going to be able to find a way to get rid of the cells, the first step is to understandâ€? where a latent infection can continue, Collins said. In recent years, drugs have reduced AIDS deaths sharply, but patients need to keep taking the medicines for life or the infection comes back, she said. Thatâ€™s an indication that while the drugs battle the active virus, some of the disease remains hidden away to flare up once the therapy is stopped. One hide-out was found earlier in blood cells called macrophages. Another pool was discovered in memory T-cells, and research began on attacking those. But those couldnâ€™t account for all the HIV virus still circulating, Collins said, showing there were more locations to check out and leading her to study the blood cell progenitors. Finding these sources of infection is important because eliminating them would allow AIDS patients to stop taking drugs after their infection was over. Thatâ€™s critical in countries where the treatment is hard to afford and deliver. â€œI donâ€™t know how many people realize that although the drugs have reduced mortality we still have a long way to go,â€? Collins said in a telephone interview. â€œThat is mainly because we canâ€™t stop the drugs, people have to take it for a lifetime.â€? The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, Burroughs Wellcome Foundation, University of Michigan, Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation and a Bernard Maas Fellowship.
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Quiltfest to be held at 2 sites
A Mountain Quiltfest celebrates its 16th year March 10-14. Quilters and crafters from across the U.S. gather for a show and more than 70 classes and seminars. A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge features vendor malls and shows displaying more than 300 quilted pieces, located at Smoky Mountain Convention Center and Music Road Convention Center. Quilted items at the show will be competing in 10 categories for $20,000 in cash and prizes. Detailed information regarding classes, seminars and the challenge is available at www.mountainquiltfest.com.
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Wamp ruffles bird lovers’ feathers NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp ruffled the normally docile birding community when he said in a recent candidate forum that coal mining is good for the state’s feathered flocks. “I sat around a campfire in Campbell County with all the experts — biologists, geologists, fishing and wildlife,” Wamp said at a Feb. 18 forum of Republican candidates running for governor hosted by the BrentwoodCool Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Coal mining is “actually good for the birds, and good for the environment. ... to actually mine coal in a responsible way.” Melinda Welton, a bird specialist, is among those who reacted to the statement with dismay. “I wish that were true, but it is not,” said Welton, of BirdWorks Consulting in Franklin. “There are no current surface coal mining practices that are beneficial to the birds that depend on the forested slopes of the Cumberland Mountains
Special education meetings scheduled
The Sevier County Department of Special Education invites persons associated with students with disabilities to attend monthly parent support and advisory group meetings. The meetings are held at 5 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the library of Sevierville Middle School. If school is not in session, meetings are not held. For questions, contact Linda Tilson at the Department of Special Education, 453-1037.
Sheriff’s canine nears retirement
Each day brings him closer to his last day on the job. His supervisor, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ricky McCoy, says the officer still does great work, but that he has lost a step. His partner, Detective Troy Simmons, prays for him each morning before their shift starts and is saddened at the thought of retirement later this year. Plus, Simmons will miss those wet kisses in the squad car. “Dodger, this is his last hurrah, so to speak,” the detective says. That Dodger is a dog only makes their bond stronger — man’s best friend having spent eight years as the partner that Simmons trusts with his life. Simmons has a remote-control button inside the squad car, and one on his belt, that he can push to open the right rear passenger door. When Dodger hears that “click,” he knows, Simmons says, “Daddy needs me; I’m coming.”
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quote roundup “The Senate has given us a lot of reason not to trust them. Certainly, that’s a key component of the dynamic of getting the votes ... there has to be some certainty that the Senate is going to follow through on their part.” — U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., who is considered a top prospect for changing his “no” vote on health care.
“We need good people, honest people, people who are greatly respected, people who are not out for themselves.” — New U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., campaigning for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in Phoenix.
“We have come here looking for change. We hope that Iraqis will elect qualified people who will salvage us from the miserable situation we are living in. We want better services, and we want construction and this is the reason we are voting.” — Jaman Khalf, the first person to cast his ballot in the Iraqi elections in the southern port city of Basra.
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Sevier County Bank has survived the Great Depression and two world wars, and is older than the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, of which it is a charter member. SCB celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. n
On March 8, 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) rammed and sank the USS Cumberland and heavily damaged the USS Congress, both frigates, off Newport News, Va. n
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and wildlife, has an ornithologist who was out of town and could not be reached Friday afternoon for comment. Wamp did send an e-mail statement earlier in the week about his comment. “Coal is a vital energy source that is available in only a few counties of our state, and today, 95 percent of all coal mining in Tennessee is taking place in old abandoned mines being reclaimed with new, modern and responsible mining techniques,” Wamp wrote.
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Goodwill store recycles computers
Residents can recycle their computers and computer equipment to Goodwill stores free of charge. The program allows allow consumers to drop off their computers and computer equipment at any Goodwill retail location or attended donation center for recycling. The Goodwill store in Sevier County is on the Parkway in Sevierville across from Smoky Mountain Children’s Home. It is each individual’s responsibility to delete all private and personal information.
of Tennessee.” The Tennessean made three separate requests for the names of the experts Wamp had spoken to, and after the third, aide Sam Edelen said the conversation took place a while ago. Wamp recalled that they were with people from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, and a University of Tennessee biologist. TWRA, which oversees oversee hunting, fishing
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In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon were the victors of the New Hampshire presidential primary. In 1965, the United States landed its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines were brought in to defend the U.S. air base at Da Nang. n
Ten years ago:
President Bill Clinton submitted to Congress legislation to establish permanent normal trade relations with China. (The U.S. and China signed a trade pact in Nov. 2000.) n
Five years ago:
President George W. Bush said authoritarian rule in the Middle East had begun to ease, and he insisted anew that Syria had to end its nearly three-decade occupation of Lebanon. n
Thought for today:
“In every person, even in such as appear most reckless, there is an inherent desire to attain balance.” — Jakob Wassermann, German author (1873-1934).
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Brad Paisley is recovering after he tripped on stage and took a tumble during a concert in South Carolina. Spokesw o m a n Darlene Bieber said in a news release that the country star was singing Paisley his encore finale — “Alcohol” — when he fell Saturday night, but he got back up and finished his show. He was checked out at a Charleston hospital and released early Sunday morning. Paisley, 37, was left with only some bad bruises, but he wrote on his Twitter page that he “hit hard. And I mean freaking hard.”
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peacably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” —United States Constitution, Amendment One
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This is time of rebirth, refreshment
It appears that spring is just around the corner and it feels good. Eleven-year-old Paul Trentham summed up the feelings of many of us on Facebook last week. His post was; “Dear snow: i don’t think its gonna work out between us. You were gr8 at first but now im over you. I’ve found some1 else, Her name is spring.” This is a time of rebirth and refreshment. The flowers come back, the temperature gets warmer and our guests come to enjoy the magnificent Smoky Mountains and our terrific brand of southern hospitality. Gas prices are on the rise, which means we cannot settle for customer satisfaction, we must provide “guest astonishment.” Remember, your team members, or employees, will only treat the guests as well as they are treated and never any better. It is really not difficult to astonish our guests; it takes some training and setting expectations. Also, you should hire for attitude and teach skills. Dollywood is expanding. There is more to see and do in our area than there is around any other national park in America. We have the only national park that does not charge admission, and our lodging prices are lower that almost anywhere in the country. We have great shopping, golf, a tremendous variety of restaurants, friendly people, one of the finest event centers in the world, more attractions than anyone could every experience in one place and some of the greatest craftsman in the world. One of the very best examples of a master craftsman is Robert Alewine at Alewine Pottery in the Glades. His work is in every state in America and almost every country in the world. On top of that, he is a showman, and every guest that visits his shop remembers him and tells others about their experience. (I am not hung up on being politically correct, so craftsmen includes women as well.) We have really gotten crazy about this politically correct stuff. There is a new Bible that refers to God with no gender. Our Lord sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to walk with us and talk with us so that we could come to know Him. He was a man! Facts are facts. All right, that is the end of my sermon for now. Any more and we will have to take a collection. Speaking of collections, I had an experience a few weeks back that needs to be shared. As I was going to my favorite supermarket, Food City, I decided to buy an extra Mountain Press and I put two quarters in the machine in front of the store. When I opened the door of the machine, a man grabbed for it to get another paper out. I slammed the door and explained to him that the machines were operated by individuals and he was stealing from someone. The words he used were not very nice and he put two more quarters in to get the paper. As I was paying for my groceries, the cashier almost charged me for the paper again. I explained what had happened and the customer service associate, who was providing “guest astonishment” while packing my groceries, looked at me and said, “Thank you, sir, that is my machine.” This gentleman works two jobs and mainatains a few machines so that he can provide for his family. When someone takes a newspaper, they are stealing from a hardworking, honest person. Although times are challenging for many people, money is tight, prices keep rising, etc., there is no reason to be dishonest. The fact is, there are jobs available if you are willing to work. We live in a magnificent place, we have no state income tax and we are blessed in many ways. If we will follow the golden rule, we will all succeed. Over the past several weeks, I have been telling you about the case of a 15-monthold child who is in danger and has become a victim of the system. The situation is being dealt with and I hope and pray to share good news with you next time. Share a smile with someone this week. Life is like an echo, you get back what you send out. — Dave Gorden of Sevierville is a member of the Speakers Hall of Fame, past president of the National Speakers Association and one of the Authors of “Chicken Soup For the Adopted Soul.” E-mail Dave@davegorden.com.
Better access Lincoln Memorial campus in Sevier would be a great addition Abraham Lincoln envisioned “a great university for the people of this area,” referring to the Cumberland Gap. Lincoln Memorial University’s thousand-acre campus at the Tennessee-Kentucky line is the result of that vision. But Lincoln didn’t expect education to be limited by county or state lines. Like so many great thinkers, he wanted it made accessible to as many people as possible. In the 21st century, it is. You don’t have to live near a college or even a high school in order to get an education. You can take classes online and earn degrees from accredited institutions online. But for some curricula and advanced degrees, spending time in the classroom and getting hands-on instruction just can’t be duplicated on the Internet or from a CD you put into your computer.
Lincoln Memorial already reached out to Walters State Community College by offering classes in Sevierville that could lead to a fouryear degree, Now LMU is planning a new venture in Sevier County: a satellite campus housing a permanent presence. The parties are in early talks, but it appears headed to fruition, if the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will allow master’s level education classes. The association is the accrediting agency for schools. It appears the parties are zeroing in on property next to the soonto-open county library behind the Sevierville Municipal Complex. Allen Newton of the Sevier County Economic Development Council thinks the library site is best, but other sites may come into play. No final decisions have been
made on how to pay for the building, but one option being discussed is to have the county finance it and let LMU pay back the county through lease payments. It all sounds good, giving a county of 80,000 even more options for higher education. And as with so much good that happens here, Gary Wade is a behind-the-scenes figure helping to make it happen. Wade, former Sevierville mayor and current Tennessee Supreme Court justice, spearheaded the effort that has brought the situation to its current stage. He can’t make it become a reality, but at least he has both sides talking seriously. A greater presence for LMU in Sevier County would be welcome. Now we have to do what needs to be done to ensure it occurs.
Public forum Bible itself contains some anti-Catholic material, too
Editor: A little touchy aren’t we, Pastor Flaherty? Being reared a Roman Catholic, if the FBI were called every time that I heard a fellow Catholic say something hateful about a Protestant or the other religions outside of “The Mother Church,” J. Edgar Hoover would have spent his entire life in my hometown. So now we should ban Chick Publications because you state that they are “well-known for being anti-Catholic.” With that reasoning, I suppose the next step will be to ban the Bible also. For you see, as a 26-year-old Catholic I purchased a Bible, read it, and found it to be pretty anti-Catholic also. We have a thing in this country known as freedom of speech, and when the dust settles on an issue, truth usually rises to the top. Those who want to stifle truth often do so by trying to create a smoke-screen to hide their error. This was masterfully performed in the O.J. Simpson trial. His attorneys also cried “hate crime” while O.J. got away with murder. Me thinks that you are traveling the same road. Let me give you a good recipe to get over this whole upsetting ordeal. Take two extra strength Excedrin, two stiff belts of your Crown Royal, and go to bed. By the way, if you find Jack Chicks publications too offensive for your taste, I wrote
a book years ago entitled “Why I left the Church of Rome.” You’ll find it factual, scriptural, truthful, and to the point. Your parishioners can feel free to send for one. So can the FBI. Pastor Bob Creel Sevierville
Little knowledge, ignorance of the truth is a dangerous thing
Editor: With sorrow and great disappointment I read the March 3 article, “Battle Over Religion.” In this day and age of so much evil surrounding us in this culture, you would think that all those striving to be good Christians would pull together in the fight against evil, not add more to it. The devil is laughing his wicked head off because it makes his day when these things happen. No more prayer in school, now, trying to stop the County Commission from saying the Lord’s Prayer before meetings, and so on and on and on ad nauseum. A little knowledge and a lot of ignorance of truth is very dangerous — to everyone. Faith without works and works without faith are equally foolish. Atheists may do all kinds of good deeds, which is well and good, but only on a natural level. If you have faith in God but do no good works — that does not compute. If we have grace we will do good works because that is
what grace compels us to do — even if it is just praying for others. I pray that Pastor Hatcher study a little more and obtain, through the grace of God, a lot more knowledge. Read the early church fathers found on your computer. Naomi R. Radka Pigeon Forge
Prayer foes have no idea it’s a foundation to nation
Editor: Regarding County Mayor Larry Waters’ confrontation with the do-gooders from up north: My hat is off to you, mayor. We stand with you in your practice of the Lord’s prayer before the commission meetings. Do these outsiders not know that we have a paid chaplain in our nation’s capitol who leads prayer before a session of Congress? (Not that it has done much good.) We have some connections with some legal forces that will take this on, if it comes to trial. These people have no idea as to the foundations of our nation, and what time in prayer (on their knees), our founding fathers spent in seeking God’s blessing and leadership in forming our founding documents: Constitution, Bill of Rights, and others. Hang in there, Mr. Waters, and call if you need someone to carry your briefcase. Walt Rice Sevierville
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■ The Mountain Press ■ A8 ■ Monday, March 8, 2010
Stricklen leads Lady Vols back to Rocky Top Summitt leads fans in song after UT wins SEC title By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer
DULUTH, Ga. — Shekinna Stricklen scored 20 points and No. 4 Tennessee beat No. 19 Kentucky 70-62 on Sunday to win the SEC tournament and possibly wrap up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Coach Pat Summitt was so please she brought down the house with a postgame song.
Tennessee completed its first sweep of the Southeastern Conference’s regular-season and tournament championships in 10 years. In each case, the decisive win came against Kentucky, which improved from a .500 finish a year ago to play in its first tournament final in 28 years. Tennessee (30-2) earned its 14th straight win to give Summitt her 19th 30-win season. Kentucky (25-7) played tough in its first championship game appearance since winning its only title in 1982. The Wildcats, led by Victoria Dunlap’s 21 points, played even with the Lady Vols until midway through the second half. Tennessee players celebrated
at midcourt before starting to cut down the nets. Summitt then stole the microphone — and the show — when she started singing “Rocky Top.” “You are the best fans! We love you!” Summitt said after her song. Tennessee fans dominated the Gwinnett Arena crowd of 5,854. The orange-clad fans were especially loud when the Lady Vols took control with an 11-3 run for a 61-53 lead following a 50-50 tie. Tennessee set a school record with 15 blocks when it clinched the SEC regular-season title with its 81-65 win over Kentucky on Feb. 25. The Wildcats showed no sign of intimidation in the rematch, even after Tennessee took an early 19-9
lead. Kentucky answered to take its first lead with 5 minutes remaining in the half. A layup by A’dia Mathies cut the Tennessee lead to 23-22. Amber Smith then stole the ball, drove toward the basket and made a behind-the-back pass to Dunlap, who was fouled as she scored. Dunlap’s free throw gave Kentucky a 25-23 lead. Freshman Kamiko Williams, who didn’t score in Tennessee’s first two tournament games, answered Dunlap’s three-point play with four straight baskets, helping the Lady Vols lead 35-29 at halftime. Tennessee center Kelley Cain picked up two quick fouls and
played only three minutes in the first half. The Lady Vols’ depth showed as they held a 31-14 advantage in rebounds even playing most of the half without the 6-foot-6 Cain. Cain had 11 points, all in the second half. Kentucky opened the second half with an 13-3 run for a 42-38 lead. Stricklen’s three-point play and 3-point shot helped Tennessee pull even at 46-46. Following the last tie at 50-all, Tennessee took the lead for good with an 11-3 run, which included another 3-pointer from Stricklen. Tennessee’s Alyssia Brewer, who had eight points, was named tournament MVP.
Mark Martin (5), Greg Biffle (16), David Gilliland (38) and Jamie McMurray (1) crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Kobalt Tools 500 auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Kurt Busch wins on 2nd restart in very hot-’Lanta By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer
HAMPTON, Ga. — Kurt Busch won again at Atlanta Motor Speedway, pulling away on a second restart Sunday after a couple of wild wrecks to capture the Kobalt Tools 500. Busch won the spring race at the 1.54mile trioval for the second year in a row, beating Matt Kenseth to the line by nearly half a second. Juan Pablo Montoya was third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Paul Menard. The race went 16 laps past its scheduled 325 because of two big crashes. The first came when Carl Edwards, running 156 laps behind, clipped Brad Keselowski and sent him flying toward the grandstands upside down. Keselowski was OK, but NASCAR ordered Edwards to park his car and summoned him to its trailer for a tongue-lashing. On the first attempt at a green-whitecheckered finish, another crash took out seven cars coming through turns three and four. Finally, they got in two clean laps, and it was Busch all the way for his third career win in Atlanta. “Even with all the restarts, I thought we had the strongest car,” said Busch, who claimed his 21st career win and snapped Jimmie Johnson’s two-race winning streak. Keselowski clipped Edwards early in the race, which sent him smashing into Joey Logano. Edwards spent much of the day in the garage, but returned to take out his frustration in what appeared to be an intentional tap on Keselowski coming across the start-finish line.
Kurt Busch does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Kobalt Tools 500. Keselowski’s car spun and flipped upside down, striking the barrier in front of the grandstand with a hard smash to the roof. After Edwards was ordered off the track, he drove defiantly around the quarter-mile track in front of the stands and went backward down the pit lane. “To come back and just intentionally wreck someone, that’s not cool,” Keselowski said. “He could have killed someone in the grandstands.” Edwards hardly issued a denial afterward. “Brad knows the deal between him and I,” Edwards said. “The scary part was his
car went airborne, which was not what I expected at all. At the end of the day, we’re out here to race and people have to have respect for one another and I have a lot of respect for people’s safety.” Johnson, the four-time defending Sprint Cup champion, was coming off wins at California and Las Vegas. He climbed into contention again, getting as high as third, but a bad pit stop and a scrape with Ryan Newman cost Johnson a chance to become the first driver since 2007 to make it three in a row. He finished 12th. Denny Hamlin cut a tire with 36 laps to go — one of about a dozen drivers taken
out by tire problems — and Busch emerged from the pits out front. As the race headed into its final laps, Montoya was cutting some big chunks out of Busch’s lead. Then things really got interesting. The Edwards-Keselowski scrap with three laps to go forced the first attempt at an overtime finish. Busch came to the restart trailing a couple of drivers who took only two tires in the pits, but a brilliant move shot him right back to the front. Busch hugged the rear bumper of Clint Bowyer’s car, then dipped to the inside and split both him and Menard heading through the first turn. Busch appeared to be pulling away, but Jamie McMurray got into Bowyer before the field could take the white flag, leading to a seven-car pileup and another try for a clean finish. “We’ve got to win this race three times, maybe even four times,” a frustrated Busch said on his radio. There wasn’t much drama on the next restart. Busch got away cleanly, zipped around the track two more times at more than 190 mph and took the checkered flag. He then returned to the flagstand, grabbed the symbol of his win and headed off on a victory lap in reverse. Pole winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost the lead on the very first lap but was running near the front when a mysterious tire problem sent him to the pits on lap 114 under a green flag. He radioed that a tire felt loose, but the crew found it fully inflated after making the change. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the problem, though the No. 88 team was able to rule out another problem with the axle, the issue that ruined Earnhardt’s day at California two weeks ago.
No. 3 Kentucky tops Gators to cap 18-0 home season LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — On a day freshman-dominated Kentucky was honoring its seniors, sophomore Darius Miller was most responsible for making sure the Wildcats finished their season with a perfect home record. The No. 3 Wildcats saw a big early lead slip away against Florida, but Miller got most of his 14 points in the clutch to help pull out a 74-66 victory and possibly cement a top seed in the NCAA tournament. Afterward, Miller warned that
these close calls have got to stop with the postseason about to begin. “That’s happened to us a few times this year,” Miller said. “We really need to take care of that. It might not work against some other team.” The Wildcats (29-2, 14-2) had already clinched their 44th Southeastern Conference title outright with Vanderbilt’s loss to South Carolina on Saturday night. Florida (20-11, 9-7) may need to win a few games in this week’s SEC tournament in
Nashville, Tenn., to reach the NCAAs. Kentucky coach John Calipari said he thinks the Gators belong there. “I’m rooting for them,” Calipari said. “They played hard, never quit. They went right at us.” Kentucky’s 18-0 home record ties the 1985-86 team for the best in program history. The last time the Wildcats reached 14 league wins was 2005. Although there were plenty of standouts in this one for the Wildcats, who had five double-
digit scorers, Miller made some of the most meaningful baskets, going 5 for 7 from the field, including three 3-pointers. He matched Eric Bledsoe as the game’s top scorers. Miller’s third 3 early in the second half stopped a 9-1 run by Florida that had helped cut into a large early deficit. He credits his more highly touted teammates, who sometimes will draw double-teams and give him better looks. “Everybody’s focusing on them, so that gives me a little
space to roam and be aggressive,” Miller said. Kentucky led by as many as 18 late in the first half, but Florida got a slew of uncontested baskets and cut it to 57-54 midway through the second after a 3-pointer by Alex Tyus, who led Florida with 12 points. The Gators pulled within two when a layup by Vernon Macklin made it 60-58 with seven minutes left. Patrick Patterson answered with a dunk and John Wall followed with a 3 to give the Wildcats some breathing room.
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Monday, March 8, 2010 â—† The Mountain Press
U.S. bounced from Davis Cup in the first round
Revved-up Villegas runs away to win the Honda Classic PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) â€” Camilo Villegasâ€™ week started with one celebration, then ended with another. Villegas shot a finalround 68 to win the Honda Classic by five shots Sunday over Anthony Kim, giving the Colombian his third PGA Tour victory. He finished at 13-under 267, the lowest 72-hole score since the Honda moved to PGA National in 2007, four shots better than Y.E. Yangâ€™s winning total a year ago. And Villegas made it look easy most of the way, too, capping his day with a 20-footer for birdie, then raising both hands skyward. â€œItâ€™s been a long week, man,â€? Villegas said. â€œBut man, itâ€™s been a good one. I just loved every second of it.â€? Midway through his round, it seemed like Villegas could waltz to the win. He led by only two after Vijay Singh made a 45-foot birdie putt at the par-3 fifth, but three straight birdies â€” starting with a 25-footer on No. 8 â€” sent Villegas to 15 under and six shots clear of the field. Good thing he had that cushion, because the putter stopped working after that. Fortunately for Villegas, no one made much of a run.
He missed short par putts on 11 and 12, threeputted from 50 feet on the par-3 15th for another bogey, but never lost control of the lead and ended up pocketing the $1.008 million winnerâ€™s share. The outcome, if any doubt actually existed, was sealed when Villegasâ€™ approach from 184 yards on the par-4 16th stopped 15 feet from the pin, setting up a routine par. Steely eyed for most of the day, Villegas finally acknowledged the crowd as he walked up 18, waving and secure in the knowledge that he was getting his first victory since the Tour Championship in 2008. â€œFair play to him,â€? Justin Rose said. â€œIt was nice to even be in a position to kind of think that way, no doubt.â€? Kim shot 67 and Rose had by far the best round of the day, a 64 that was three shots better than anyone else. Paul Casey (67) and Vijay Singh (72) tied for fourth, seven shots back. â€œI hung in there,â€? said Kim, who got his best finish since tying for second at the season-opening MercedesBenz Championship in 2009. â€œI still havenâ€™t put four good ones together but Iâ€™m trying as hard as I can to get there. Iâ€™m working on the right things and Iâ€™m sure it will come.â€?
Camilo Villegas tees off at the first hole during the final round at the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on Sunday. Villegas beat Anthony Kim by five shots.
for second, another 66 on Friday earned him a share of the lead, and he left the course Saturday night up by three after shooting 67. Villegas is now the fourth player whoâ€™s still under 30 with at least three PGA Tour wins, joining Adam Scott (three) and Dustin Johnson and Sean Oâ€™Hair (three each). â€œTournaments are four rounds and I played three pretty good ones,â€? Villegas said. â€œI was lucky in one. Itâ€™s never as easy as you think. I played great the front nine, then I made a couple hiccups and missed some putts, but I stayed patient.â€? Rose is still looking for win No. 1 in the U.S., though he feels like heâ€™s getting closer.
Villegas didnâ€™t even play a practice round at PGA National this week, after a travel schedule that he somehow found exhilarating. After finishing tied for eighth at the Phoenix Open, Villegas headed back to his native Colombia on Monday for a slew of events â€” sponsor dinner, youth clinic, pre-tournament party, all within about a 36-hour window â€” to help open the Nationwide Tourâ€™s Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open, the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event in South America. He showed up in South Florida on Wednesday, rolled out of his own bed to start the tournament on Thursday, and just kept rolling. An openinground 66 had him tied
Spartans top Michigan for Big 10 title EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) â€” Raymar Morgan scored 13 of his 22 points in the first half, helping No. 11 Michigan State build a big lead it used to beat Michigan 64-48 on Sunday and win a piece of the Big Ten title. The Spartans (24-7, 14-4 Big Ten) shared the conference championship with Ohio State and Purdue, winning their second straight title and sixth under coach Tom Izzo. The Wolverines (14-16, 7-11) have to make a stunning appearance in the Big Ten tournament to avoid a losing record and would have to win the championship game to earn a consecutive bid to the NCAA tournament. Michiganâ€™s Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims made only one shot each in the first half â€” as their team matched a Big Tenlow with 14 points â€” and finished with a combined 13 points. The Wolverines, who were No. 15 in The Associated Press preseason poll, failed to live up to high expectations. Michigan was .500 after six games and, after a promising win over then-No. 15 Connecticut two months ago, closed the regular season 4-9. Michigan State, meanwhile, was the preseason pick to win the Big Ten. Izzo became the first coach to win six conference titles in his first 15 seasons since Bob Knight did it at Indiana. The Spartans looked like they were going to run away with the championship after a school-record 9-0 start in the conference, but lost four of the next six to allow the Buckeyes and Boilermakers to get into the race. Michigan State will be the third-seeded team at this weekâ€™s Big Ten tournament behind top-seeded Ohio State and Purdue. The Wolverines will be seeded eighth. If Morgan plays like he has lately, the Spartans will be tough to beat in Indianapolis and perhaps beyond. Michigan State has advanced to the Final Four a nation-best five times in the previous 11 NCAA tournaments.
Morgan was averaging 13.7 points and 11 rebounds in the three games leading up to the regular-season finale. Then, he almost matched that scoring output in the decisive first half and finished with 10 rebounds. The senior forward scored eight of 10 points for the Spartans midway through the half, turning a five-point lead into a 17-point cushion. Morgan made six shots in the first half â€” one more than Michiganâ€™s team had on 23 attempts. The Spartans led 32-14 at the half, holding them to a meager scoring total that only one Big Ten team had this season. Illinois scored 14 in the first half against Minnesota last month. Delvon Roe scored all of his 10 points in the first half as he and Morgan made up for Kalin Lucas making only one shot and scoring just four points. Lucas finished with 10 points. Harris was 1 of 7 in the
first half and Sims was 1 of 4, and none of their teammates picked up the slack, scoring no more than three points at the half. Michigan State quickly ended any comeback hopes Michigan mightâ€™ve had in the second half. Morgan ended a wellexecuted play with a shot on the opening possession and the Spartans scored
10 points â€” including an alley-oop dunk from seldom-used senior Isaiah Dahlman â€” before the Wolverines had scored. Michigan coach John Beilein benched Sims and Harris 2 1/2 minutes into the second half, with the score 40-14, then put them back in a game that had only the final score in doubt. 2nd location in the Gatlinburg Space Needle!
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