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The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 68 ■ March 9, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents

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Pastor regrets people were hurt

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Conner Heights leader vows no more offensive pamphlets to go out By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer

5A first for the Academy Awards Kathryn Bigelow initial woman to win Oscar as Best Director NATION, Page A14

PIGEON FORGE — The pastor of Conner Heights Baptist Church says he did not intend for a pamphlet that some folks say is antiCatholic to be distributed and he “really regrets” that people have been hurt by it. Pastor Jonathan Hatcher has vowed to ensure no more of the offending documents, or any others that attack another Christian denominations, go out into the

“As soon as I saw how edgy (the pamphlet) was and how upset it had made folks, I knew we weren’t going to be distributing it any more. I certainly don’t have any hate for anybody. I hope no one thinks from this incident that I do. I do regret that people were hurt.” — Conner Heights Baptist Church Pastor Jonathan Hatcher

community from his congrega- cerns. tion. He’s asking that the local “As soon as I saw how edgy Christian community come (the pamphlet) was and how together to address common con- upset it had made folks, I knew

we weren’t going to be distributing it any more,” )Hatcher said Monday. “I certainly don’t have any hate for anybody. I hope no one thinks from this incident that I do. I do regret that people were hurt.” Hatcher says he’s been attacked and called unspeakable names since news of the controversy first broke. He also feels people got a much more negative picture of him from a story done by WATESee PASTOR, Page A4

Police quiet on details of remains

Chapman Highway collision 5Obama shows his old fire President goes on the road to make spirited pitch for health care

Murder suspect may be in Russia

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By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer

Sports

Champions in Chattanooga Sevier Aquatic’s 8-and-under team keeps streak alive Page A8

Weather Today Mostly cloudy High: 63°

Tonight Showers likely Low: 43° DETAILS, Page A6

Obituaries Lawson Ogle, 94 Lon Sutton, 73

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Index Local & State . A1-A4,A6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A3 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . A8,A9 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A13 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A13 Classifieds . . . . . A10-A12 Nation . . . . . . . . . A5,A14 World . . . . . . . . . . . . A14

Corrections The Mountain Press is committed to accuracy. Please report factual errors by calling 428-0748 Ext. 214.

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Emergency personnel prepare the driver of a Chevy Blazer, which ended up on its side, at a wreck on Chapman Highway Monday evening about 5 p.m. The Blazer collided with a Chevy Malibu and both drivers and two juveniles in the Blazer were transported by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. Chapman Highway had to be closed down for a short time to check patients and clear the vehicles. The Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department, Sevier County Rescue Squad, Sevier County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

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See REMAINS, Page A4

Are you a character? Gatlinburg may have just the spot for you

Missing kids found safe; dad arrested A noncustodial parent accused of abducting his two children has been arrested in Montana, and his children have been rescued safely, Acting U . S . Marshal Skees R o n Gibbs said Monday. Jedidiah Skees, 7, and his sister Samantha, 4, are with child protective services in Missoula, Mont., after officials arrested their father, Clifford Skees, on charges of custodial interference and violation of a Protective Order. Skees failed to return Jedidiah and Samantha

GATLINBURG — Police here released few new details Monday on the weekend discovery of remains believed to be that of a Russian couple missing since July 2002. Vladimir Yemelyanov and Sufiya Arslanova disappeared from their efficiency s t u d i o apartment in 2002 and have not been seen since. Authorities Solovyev believe the two were operating an employment services for other Russians who came to this area. Over the weekend, Gatlinburg police announced the discovery of skeletal remains near Highway 321 inside the city, based on “new information.” Police said they

By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer

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Kenny Channels auditions for the annual “Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales,” which will be held June 7-Aug. 11.

GATLINBURG — Gatlinburg’s popular summer event “Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales” will be back June 7-Aug. 11 — and tourism officials are looking for the kind of characters who make it successful. Auditions for “Tunes and Tales” acts were held last weekend and will also be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the American Legion Building on Highway 321 in Gatlinburg, across from Food City. “We’ve had more than 20 acts auditioning from Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia — really, all over the Southeast,” said John Elder, special events coordinator. “This is our fifth year for ‘Tunes

Got what it takes? Auditions for “Tunes and Tales” will also be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the American Legion Building on Highway 321 in Gatlinburg across from Food City.

and Tales,’ and we’ve gotten a lot of good feedback on it. It’s positive interaction between the performers and people visiting, free entertainment right on the street — something they don’t expect. It makes their memories of Gatlinburg even brighter.” The event features musicians, dancers, storytellers and crafters who represent the past and present of Appalachian history. The characters stroll along the Parkway in downSee CHARACTER, Page A4


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Chuck Priddy, chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day dinner and auction, looks at some of the baskets that will be auctioned. Sevierville Sunrise Rotary’s annual fundraiser is March 13 at the Smoky Mountain’s Children Home.

Sunrise Rotary celebrating green Submitted Report Sevierville Sunrise Rotary Club will celebrate the wearing of the green on Saturday by hosting a dinner and auction at Smoky Mountain Children’s Home Dining Hall. The St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser will include dinner and a silent auction from 5:30-7 p.m., followed by a live auction. Dinner and auction tickets are $5 and may be purchased at SmartBank in Sevierville, 866-0860; Eye Designs at Middle Creek Center, 453-5068; UT Extension Office at the fairgrounds, 453-3695; or Seagle Landscaping on New Era Road, 4281888. Families are invited; children under 5 eat free. Naomi McCandless

in the home by two area chefs, jewelry, furniture, golf packages, hotel and entertainment packages, Tennessee Smokies skybox package, variety baskets, truckload of stone, auto care packages and more. S u nri s e Ro t ary pledges yearly support to Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, Sevier County Food Ministries, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic and Sevier County 4-H. Other projects include providing Christmas baskets for needy families, hosting exchange students, Submitted providing scholarships Rotarian Pat Stevens is modeling a hot pink for Sevier County High handcrafted boiled wool poncho that will be School seniors, leaderone of the many auction items available at ship programs for high Sevierville Sunrise Rotary’s St. Patrick’s Day school juniors and conDinner and Auction. tinuing work on new from Dollywood will be provide auctioneers. soccer fields at Smoky Children’s performing. Thompson, Live auction items will Mountain Carr and Associates include dinners catered Home.

Thomas Foundation Vegas Night set March 20 Submitted Report PIGEON FORGE — The Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation is hosting its 17th annual Las Vegas Night fundraiser at the Music Road Convention Center March 20 at 6 p.m. The event will celebrate the success of a community campaign to raise $10 million, and the recent opening of LeConte Medical Center. The Vegas-themed event includes an evening of play-money gambling,

a dinner buffet, drinks, karaoke, and dancing to the music of Rock-It. The event also features a silent and live auction. Live auction items for this year’s event include a meet-and-greet and photo with Dolly Parton at Dollywood during her annual homecoming on May 7; a graduation photo package from Gary Woods Photography; and a twonight stay in a one-bedroom condo, along with a 50-minute aromatherapy couple’s massage, at RiverStone Spa & Resort.

Parton also serves as the honorary chairwoman of the foundation. Proceeds will benefit the Dolly Parton Birthing Unit which she visited during a special media tour of the new medical center on Feb. 12. Funds will be used to purchase equipment needed to perform on-site fetal fibronectin screenings. This screening test is performed on pre-term labor patients who come into the medical center having contractions. The results of the screening test help physicians identi-

fy patients at risk for early delivery. Tests currently are sent to a Knoxville lab for interpretation, and the new equipment will allow tests to be evaluated at LeConte Medical Center. Tickets for Las Vegas Night are $50 each and available by calling 4469628. The Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization established in 1983 to help expand the range and quality of health care services available in Sevier County.

Charity antique appraisals, auction, March 19 in Dandridge Submitted Report DANDRIDGE — Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity will hold an antique appraisals and auction on March 19 at First Baptist Church, 951 S. Highway 92. The appraisals will be conducted by professionals Joe Rosson and his partner, Rick Crane. Rosson is a columnist and regularly appears on “Treasures In Your Attic,” which airs on East Tennessee Public

Television. He has over 25 years of experience appraising antiques and has evaluated the estates of President Andrew Johnson and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Haley. For the ticket price of $25, guests can bring two items to be appraised (for larger

items, bring a good from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. photo). There will be The live auction will heavy hor d’oeuvres, a start at 7:30. petite auction and a live Tickets will be availauction. Appraisals are able at the door.

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Dale A. Noland is a candidate for constable in the First District, Seat A. He is a resident of the Caton’s Chapel community and a member of Richardson’s Cove Baptist Church. Noland, 47, is a father of two sons, Andrew and Logan. He attended Caton’s C h a p e l Noland Elementary School and is a graduate of Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. Noland served six years in the Tennessee Army National Guard and received an honorable discharge. “My desire to serve my community is deeply rooted in my heritage,” he said. “My great-uncle, Ray C. Noland, served as a multi-term sheriff in Sevier County. My grandfather, Wiley Noland, served as constable in the Caton’s Chapel Community. Great-Uncle John P. Noland served as police chief in Gatlinburg

and great-uncle Wayne Noland served as deputy sheriff in Sevier County as well as police chief in Dunnellon, Fla. “As constable I will be joining Constable Ronnie Sutton in patroling the many neighborhoods that make up the First District in Sevier County. As constable I will be providing a marked constable cruiser to use in patroling the First District. We currently only have one constable cruiser in the First District and I think the voters deserve two. “As constable I will make my presence known in our area school zones by controlling traffic and providing better safety and security for our children. I will assist the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department when I am needed. I will serve the Sevier County court system with the service of legal documents to our county residents. As constable I will be fully committed to serve and protect the residents in the First District of Sevier County as a full-time elected peace officer,” Noland said.

LeConte, Covenant offer stroke screens March 24, March 31 Submited Report

SEVIERVILLE — LeConte Medical Center and Covenant Health are teaming up to offer a screening package to identify a person’s risk for having a stroke, so that steps can be taken to prevent it from occurring. The campaign is designed to save lives and increase public awareness of stroke. LeConte will offer the StrokeScore & More screening on March 24 and March 31. The sessions will last approximately one hour and an appointment is required. The complete package is $100 and will include the following screenings: n Stroke Self-Assessment n Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) to screen for peripheral vascular disease n Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) ultrasound to screen for weaknesses in the wall of the aorta n Carotid artery screening to detect plaque build-up in the neck n Lipid profile to measure total cholesterol, the good (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and glucose. A 12-hour fast is required. (Medications can be taken with water. If you have diabetes, check with your physician before fasting.) n EKG to analyze heart rhythm and measure electrical activity n Blood pressure to detect high blood pressure Other screenings will be held in May, July and October. For more information or to make an appointment, call 4539355. LeConte Medical Center is located at 742 Middle Creek Road. For more information, including directions to the new campus, visitwww.lecontemedicalcenter.org.

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The Douglas Cherokee Head Start program is recruiting 3- and 4-yearolds for centers in Sevier County. The program is designed for preschoolers who meet federal guidelines. For more information or to enroll a child, contact: n Harrisburg/ Ridgewood, 453-8959 n Boyds Creek, 9084423 n Underwood, 933-

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2222 Children must be 3 on or before Sept. 30 to be eligible. When applying bring proof of income, child’s birth certificate, medical card, current physical, and immunization record. Open house/registration will be held at Ridgewood Head Start from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25. For more information call 453-

8959. A countywide open house will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14 at Sevierville Community Center. Children born between October 2005 and Sept. 30, 2007 are eligible. Head Start began in 1969 as a program for preschoolers, It provides services such as: n Physicals and followup treatment n Dental services n Speech therapy n Social services and

referrals n Transportation to centers n Parent training n Developmental screenings n Nutritional program Head Start also provides services for parents or guardians who work or go to school. Head Start is also interested in recruiting children with disabilities or other health impairments that require special education and/or related services

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 9 S.I.T.

Seniors In Touch (S.I.T.) meets 5-6 p.m. at MountainBrook Village, 700 Markhill Drive, Sevierville. 428-2445.

Hot Meals

Hot Meals for Hungry Hearts served from 5:306:30 p,m. Second Baptist Church, Pigeon Street off Chapman Highway.

Al-Anon Family

Al-Anon Family Group meets 11 a.m. First United Methodist Church, Pigeon Forge. 428-7617 or 6806724.

Women’s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast, Garrett, Gatlnburg n 6:30 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC

Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers men’s Bible study: n 6:30 p.m., 1328 Old Newport Highway, Sevierville. 908-0591. n 6:30 p.m., 2445 Scenic Mt. Drive, Sevierville. (865) 310-7831.

Blood Drive

Medic blood drive 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Kroger in Sevierville.

Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Kodak UMC, 2923 Bryan Road. 933-5996. Credit card and EBT orders may be submitted online at www.angelfoodministires.com.

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Women’s Care Center

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

Women’s Care Center 20-year anniversary banquet 6 p.m. March 18 at Wood Grill Buffet, Pigeon Forge. $25. Mail payment or call by today to 4284673.

Garden Club

Sevierville Garden Club meets at noon, Sevierville Senior Center. Speaker: Alan Bruhin of Extension on pruning trees and shrubs. Officers to be installed. Board meets at 11.

Sevierville Story Time

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

Middle Creek UMC

Worship services at 6:30 p.m., Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge. 216-2066.

Seymour Lent Services

Holy Communion celebrated 6:15 p.m. and on Thursdays at 7 a.m. and noon at Seymour UMC. 573-9711.

Young At Heart Seniors

A new social group for lunches, conversation, movies, light hikes, book exchanges meets for lunch, 1 p.m at IHOP, Sevierville.

Angel Food

Angel Food Orders taken 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Kodak UMC, 2923 Bryan Road. 933-5996. Credit card and EBT orders at www.angelfoodministires. com.

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Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Kodak UMC, 2923 Bryan Road. 933-5996. Credit card and EBT orders may be submitted online at www.angelfoodministires.com.

Women’s Conference

Sonshine’s Ministries women’s conference today-Saturday, 1393 Denton Road, Sevierville. Speakers: 7 p.m. today, Cathy Tarwater; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Pastor Barb Lay; 10 a.m. Saturday, Brenda Crumley; singers, Ray Morris and Tommi Lami. 705-9030.

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Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245.

Kodak Story Time

Preschool story time 11 a.m., Kodak Library, with The Puppet Lady. 9330078.

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Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30-6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Sevierville and Kodak United Methodist Church in Kodak.

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Rotary Fundraiser

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ARRESTS Editor’s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed within this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. u Kimberly Lane Bell, 35, of 1403 Tyrolea Court in Gatlinburg, was charged March 5 with domestic violence assault. She was released on $2,000 bond. u Brandie Clare Brandon, 25, of Maryville, was charged March 7 with especially aggravated robbery. She was being held. u Gabriel Dean Breeden, 33, of 1350 Estates Drive in Seymour, was charged March 7 with reckless endangerment. He was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u David Matthew Burnett, 44, of 101 County Line Drive in Seymour, was charged March 6 with violation of an order of protection. He was being held. u Dwight Eugene Chandler, 22, of 121 Norton Lane in Sevierville, was charged March 8 with driving while revoked and violation of probation. He was being held in lieu of $1,500 bond. u Michael Eugene Eddins, 41, of Chattanooga, was charged March 6 with violation of an order of protection. He was released on $2,500 bond. u Scott Lawrence Enerson, 47, of 426 Ski Mountain Road Apt. 39 in Gatlinburg, was charged March 8 with public intoxication. He was being held in lieu of $250 bond. u Christopher Henry Gerace, 30, of 160 Murrell Meadows Drive Apt. 25 in Sevierville, was charged March 7 with a second count of DUI, driving while revoked, financial responsibility law and leaving the scene of an accident. He was being held. u David Adam Hanlin, 27, of 2209 Ridge Road Apt. 5 in Sevierville, was charged March 7 with a second count of DUI, driving while revoked, financial responsibility law and leaving the scene of an accident. He was being held in lieu of $7,500 bond. u Steve Bryan Hannah, 31, of Walland, Tenn., was charged March 7 with especially aggravated burglary. He was being held. u Eric Christopher Hansen, 31, of 1745 Walnut Lane in Sevierville, was charged

March 6 with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, three counts of evading arrest, one count of resisting arrest, vandalism, driving while revoked, DUI, violation of probation and vandalism: $1,000 to $10,000. He was being held. u Jerry Allen Hurst, 19, of 312 Huskey Drive #25 in Sevierville, was charged March 6 with theft forgery (credit card). He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. u Rachel Lane, 31, of Knoxville, was charged March 7 with disorderly conduct and public intoxication. She was released on $1,500 bond. u Henry Michael Nelms, 51, of 856 Boyd Road in Gatlinburg, was charged March 6 with violation of probation. He was being ehld. u Zachary Ryan Parker, 18, of 207 S. Old Sevierville Pike in Seymour, was charged March 6 with theft forgery (credit card). He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. u Joshua Brandon Phipps, 25, of Strawberry Plains, was charged March 8 with violation of probation. He was released on $2,500 bond. u John Lee Redding, 46, of 222 Fawn Drive in Sevierville, was charged March 6 with criminal trespass. He was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u Joseph Roy, 42, of 1037 VonCannon Way in sevierville, was charged March 7 with reckless endangerment. He was released. u James Anthony Sexton, 38, of Mascot, Tenn., was charged march 8 with contempt of court. He was being held. u Michael Brian Spurling, 27, of 804 Wears Valley Road #14 in Pigeon Forge, was charged March 7 with theft of property. He was released on $5,000 bond. u Todd Andrew Stavroff, 30, of Hilliard, Ohio, was charged march 5 with theft and violation of probation. He was being held. u Brian Keith Wilson, 33, of 436 Coytoe Peak Way in Sevierville, was charged March 7 with two counts of vandalism. He was released on $2,500 bond. u Misty Denise Wilson, 29, of Maryville, was charged March 7 with especially aggravated robbery. She was being held.


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obituaries In Memoriam

By JULIE PACE Associated Press Writer

Lawson L. Ogle

Lawson L. Ogle, age 94 of Gatlinburg, passed away Monday, March 08, 2010. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and was preceded in death by his parents Lawson and Mary Trentham Ogle.c Survivors include wife of 38 years, Ellen S. Ogle; daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Johnny Bennett, Lynda and Randy Houser; grandson, Christopher Gay; great-grandchildren, Christopher McCoy, Courtney Gay, and Corey Garrett; brother, Ellis Ogle; and many nieces and nephews.c Funeral service 10 a.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. David Carver officiating. Interment will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Post 104. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com

Lon E. Sutton Lon E. Sutton, age 73 of Sevierville, passed away suddenly Sunday, March 7, 2010. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com

Hospitality Association fires CEO NASHVILLE (AP) — The political fallout is continuing for a man who, as CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association, sent out an e-mail comparing first lady Michelle Obama to a chimpanzee. On Monday, the association’s board voted unanimously to terminate its contract with Walt Baker. Baker did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Association board president Bill Mish says Baker’s e-mail does not reflect the group. “We all take great offense to it,” Mish said of the e-mail.

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are believed to be the remains of Yemelyanov and Arslanova, but did not elaborate on why they felt that way. “The investigator gave me the information and we went and sure enough they were there,” Police Chief Randy Brackins said Monday. “That’s all I can say about it at this point.” Authorities sent the bones to be tested for confirmation of their identity. After the couple disappeared, authorities say blood was discovered in their apartment. A second man, Yuriy Solovyev, was believed to have been living with the couple when they vanished. Authorities eventually said they

found video evidence that Solovyev used one of the couple’s credit cards after their disappearance. A grand jury issued a sealed indictment against Solovyev for the couple’s murder in May 2004; prosecutors opened that indictment in 2005 and announced they were searching for him. For a time, he was listed as one of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s 10 most wanted fugitives, but he has since been removed from that list. At one point, Brackins said, authorities were able to confirm Solovyev was in Russia, but were unable to extradite him to face the charges. “That’s the last we knew,” the chief said.

GLENSIDE, Pa. — Stirring memories of his campaign for the White House, President Barack Obama made a spirited, shirt-sleeved appeal for passage of long-stalled health care changes Monday as Democratic congressional leaders worked behind the scenes on legislation they hope can quickly gain passage. “Let’s seize reform. It’s within our grasp,” the president implored his audience at Arcadia University, the first outside-the-Beltway appearance since he vowed last week to do everything in his power to push his health care plan into law. The president’s pitch was part denunciation of insurance companies — “they continue to ration care on the basis of who’s sick and who’s healthy,” he said — and part criticism of his Republican critics. “You had 10 years. What happened? What were you doing?” he taunted members of a party that held the White House for eight years and control of Congress for a dozen. The outcome could affect almost every American, changing the ways they receive and pay for health care — and extending coverage to tens of millions more people — if the legislation gains final approval. “I’m kind of fired up,” Obama said at the beginning of his remarks, a variation on his oft-stated 2008 refrain,

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leading people to believe he intended to continue passing out the inflammatory pamphlet. “I knew from before I even talked to them we weren’t going to be distributing those,” he says. Hatcher seems noticeably weary these days, something he attributes to the stress and pain of knowing the hurt and strife the incident has created. He’s hopeful his apology will help bring healing and unite local Christians. “I just want to spread the Gospel and live peaceably in the community,” Hatcher says. “Certainly there are places where we have differences or we would all be in one church, but there is more that we have in common. I want us

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to their mother after being ordered by a Tennessee court to do so on Feb. 5. He and the children had last been seen in London, Ky., on that day. On March 4, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children requested assistance in locating the missing children. Working with the Sevierville Police Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Kentucky state police, officials began their investigation. Investigators received a telephone tip from a citi-

“Fired up. Ready to go.” And he included an appeal to his audience — many of whom were students — to help in the same ways they might in a campaign. “So I need you to knock on doors. Talk to your neighbors. Pick up the phone,” he urged them. Obama made his appeal as Democratic leaders in Congress worked on a rescue plan for legislation that once seemed on the cusp of passage, only to run into difficulty when Senate Republicans gained the seat they needed to block action on a final compromise. The two-step approach now being pursued calls for the

House to approve a Senatepassed bill from last year, despite House Democrats’ opposition to several of its provisions. Both houses then would follow by approving a companion measure to make changes in that first bill. In general, Obama wants legislation to expand health care to many millions who lack it, with subsidies to defray the costs for lower income families as well as small businesses. In addition, he has called on Congress to ban insurance industry practices such as denial of coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Last month, prior to a daylong meeting with key law-

makers in both parties, Obama outlined several provisions he wants included in the second bill, at least some of which appear likely to be incorporated in some form. Several officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a Senatepassed excise tax on high-cost insurance plans would be scaled back in deference to objections from labor unions. In another White House proposal, a Senate-passed provision to raise Medicare taxes on the wages of upper income earners would probably be extended — possibly at a higher rate — to investment income such as interest and dividends as well.

to put this behind us and move forward on things like this thing with the County Commission and the Lord’s Prayer.” Officials at the courthouse were recently notified a Washington-based group is considering filing a lawsuit to stop the County Commission’s practice of starting its sessions with the Lord’s Prayer and to have a depiction of the Ten Commandments removed from the meeting room. Any differences among Christians pale in comparison with the potential fight over that issue or efforts to spread the message of Jesus, Hatcher says. The church regularly orders tracts as part of its efforts to spread the Gospel. For the most part those are simply cartoon depictions of the life and teachings of Jesus, the preacher says. “For instance, one

of them tells about the death and Resurrection of Jesus — the Easter story,” Hatcher says. “We simply use them to spread the good news.” Unfortunately, out of a variety pack of 150 or so tracts in his office right now, there were one or two copies of the “Death Cookie,” the leaflet that caused a stir locally after it was passed among students at Pigeon Forge High School. While the church hasn’t been distributing the pamphlet, Hatcher concedes it did get out and was shared in a way that proved offensive, given that the document was given to a Catholic student by a young member of his church. “This tract was in my office and it was not my intention that it be distributed from the church to begin with. It was not out in our racks where

we distribute the pamphlets,” Hatcher says. “Unfortunately, that tract did get out unintentionally. It’s not like I was targeting anybody and I’m sorry for any offense it caused.” Hatcher says the congregation will continue to distribute tracts because it’s a good way to spread the Gospel, but promised he will search through the documents to ensure there aren’t attacks another Christian’s faith. “These folks who were upset by this are our friends and neighbors. We live in the same community, shop in the same stores and eat at the same places,” Hatcher says. “We certainly don’t have any reason to attack them and we don’t want to offend them. It’s not my intention to create a division among the community.”

people well.” Elder and fellow special events coordinator Darrell Manis videotape each audition and review it before making a decision. “Unfortunately, we only have so many spots,” Elder said. “This year’s number is still undecided, but it will probably be around 100 performers.” Those interested in auditioning should have three to four songs prepared, along with dialogue. They should also be dressed in costume representing turnof-the-century Appalachia,

not the “typical hillbilly look, which is barefoot and ripped up clothes,” Elder said. Musician Kenny Channels, a previous “Tunes and Tales” performer, was one of the many who auditioned Saturday. “You might say I’m a mountain crooner,” the guitar-performing Channels told the judges during his audition. “I write songs for special occasions. One time I wrote a song for a man whose woman left him at

the altar: ‘Always marry an ugly girl/That’s the only kind/She’ll never ever leave you/And if she does, you won’t mind.’” Channels also performed and sang “The Tennessee Waltz” and “You Are My Sunshine.” “We look for a summer commitment from people who audition,” Elder said. “They’ll be performing five nights a week.” For more information, contact Elder at 4360505.

zen, and law enforcement officers learned that Skees had recently attended a small church in Lolo, Mont. The U.S. Marshals office in Missoula, Mont., near Lolo, was notified. Montana deputies located Skees and the children at the Ponderosa Lodge in Missoula. The deputies were able to rescue Jedidiah and Samantha and arrest their father. Skees is in the Missoula County Jail awaiting extradition to Tennessee to face charges. He may also face additional charges in Kentucky as he is under investigation for failure to appear on an outstanding criminal charge in that state.

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Toyota disputes critic who blames electronics WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota gave detailed evidence Monday that it says disproves claims that electronics may cause the unwanted acceleration that led to the recall of more than 8 million cars and trucks. Toyota was attempting to counter tests by an Illinois engineering professor who said Toyota engines could rev without a driver pressing on the gas. The automaker says mechanical problems, not electronics, are to blame. Chris Gerdes, director of Stanford University’s Center for Automotive Research, and a consulting firm, Exponent Inc., said the professor had tampered with wiring to create electronic glitches that could never occur on the road. The professor’s work “could result in misguided policy and unwarranted fear,” Gerdes said.

The work of David W. Gilbert, an automotive technology professor at Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale, has been the basis of many doubts that Toyota’s mechanical fixes for unwanted acceleration will truly solve the problem. Gilbert told a congressional hearing Feb. 23 that he recreated sudden acceleration in a Toyota Tundra by short-circuiting the electronics behind the gas pedal — without triggering any trouble codes in the truck’s computer. “We do not believe that electronics are at the root of this issue,” Mike Michels, a Toyota spokesman, said during a demonstration at the automaker’s North American headquarters in Torrance, Calif. Toyota says faulty gas pedals and floor mats, not electronics, are the cause. It is fixing millions of vehi-

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BOULDER, Colo. — The students in Michael Dubson’s physics class at the University of Colorado fell silent as a multiple choice question flashed on a screen, sending them scrambling for small white devices on their desks. Within seconds, a monitor on Dubson’s desk told him that 92 percent of the class had correctly answered the question on kinetic energy, a sign that they grasped the concept. Clickers — not unlike gadgets used on television game shows — first appeared in college classrooms over a decade ago and have since spread to just about every college and university in the country thanks to cheaper and better technology. But as clickers have become commonplace, a divide has emerged over just how sophisticated they should be. Some professors like Dubson endorse simple, straightforward devices that stick to multiple choice questions. Others embrace fancier models or newer applications for smart phones and laptops that allow students to query the professor by text or e-mail during the lecture or conduct discussion with classmates — without the cost of purchasing a clicker. Those preferring simplicity say pared-down remotes reduce distractions in a multitasking world, while others say fighting the march to smart phones and digital tablets is a losing battle. Clickers first gained popularity in large science lecture halls as a way of gauging whether students understood the material. They have since migrated into smaller classrooms and can be found in nurs-

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WESTMORELAND, N.H. (AP) — Mary Josephine Ray, the New Hampshire woman who was certified as the oldest person living in the United States, has died at age 114 years, 294 days. She died Sunday at a nursing home in Westmoreland but was active until about two weeks before her death, her granddaughter Katherine Ray said. “She just enjoyed life. She never thought of dying at all,” Katherine Ray said. “She was planning for her birthday party.” Even with her recent decline, Ray managed an interview with a reporter last week, her granddaughter said. Ray was the oldest person in the United States and the second-oldest in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group. She was also recorded as the oldest person ever to live in New Hampshire. The oldest living American is now Neva Morris, of Ames, Iowa, at age 114 years, 216 days. The oldest person in the world is Japan’s Kama Chinen at age 114 years, 301 days. Ray was born May 17, 1895, in Bloomfield, Prince Edward Island, Canada. She moved to the United States at age 3. She lived for 60 years in Anson, Maine. She lived in Florida, Massachusetts and elsewhere in New Hampshire before she moved to Westmoreland in 2002 to be near her children. Ray’s husband, Walter, died in 1967. Survivors include two sons, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Morris, the Iowa woman now believed to be the oldest U.S. resident, lives at a care center. Only one of her four children, a son in Sioux City, is still alive. “She has some hearing deficiencies and a visual deficiency, but mentally she is quite alert and will respond when she feels like it and isn’t too tired,” said her 90-year-old sonin-law Tom Wickersham, who lives the same care center. Wickersham said he visits his mother-in-law — who plays bingo and enjoys singing “You Are My Sunshine” — nearly every day. “You can put aside any of those typical mother-in-law jokes,” Wickersham said. “When I visit her, I spend probably at least a half an hour with her on a daily basis that involves as much conversation as you’d share, the usual things, the weather.”

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Heritage book entries sought

Sevier County Heritage book committee is accepting entries for volume 2 of its heritage book. The final date for submission will be on Monday. Submit in person at Sevier County Public Library System History & Genealogy Center, 315 Court Avenue, or e-mail to tfisher@sevierlibrary.org. Copies of the limited edition books can be preordered for $55 until Monday. For more information contact Tim Fisher at 908-7988. n

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Roe staffers to be in town

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe will send staff to hold office hours in Sevier County from 9-11 a.m. March 16 at the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department in downtown Sevierville. Roe’s staff will be available to assist 1st District constituents. No appointment is necessary. n

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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.

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The Tennessee Department of Correction says its executions will now be carried out three hours earlier. Corrections Commissioner Gayle Ray said Monday that after June 1 state executions will take place at 10 p.m. instead of 1 a.m. She says the decision was made in consideration of crime victim’s families, prison staff and the general public. Ray says a survey of 16 states with the death penalty show that most of them have set their executions earlier than midnight. The last execution in Tennessee was in December when 53-yearold Cecil Johnson was put to death for killing three people while robbing a Nashville convenience store. He was officially declared dead at 1:34 a.m. n

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One of the rockslides that has affected travel in Tennessee has been cleared. Route 85 was reopened Saturday at the site of a slide in Fentress County.

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Tight budgets crimp prosecutor pay CHATTANOOGA (AP) — For years, Tennessee prosecutors have relied on the promise of pay raises to recruit new assistants, but tight state budgets in recent times endanger that lure. “It’s hard to attract prosecutors because of pay,” said Bill Cox, Hamilton County District Attorney General. He said that is increasingly true, even among young lawyers with a strong sense of public duty. Cox said the starting pay of $42,900 per year is less than half of what young attorneys could earn in pri-

vate practice. In the past, Cox said, he could promise annual service credits of about $2,600 to help him bring assistant prosecutors on board. Faced with a down economy, however, the legislature is preparing to remove service credits from the state budget for the third time in seven years, Cox told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Wally Kirby, executive director of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, said prosecutors are once again seeing

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an old hiring pattern from before the service credits were adopted about 30 years ago. He said lawyers would gain experience in the district attorney’s office for a couple of years, then leave for more money at private law firms. “These pay increases were put into law so that wouldn’t happen. Abandoning (pay increases) now is counterproductive,” Kirby said. It would cost an additional $800,000 to fund pay increases for every state prosecutor, Kirby said.

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“I’ll be still rapping in there, have a gang of raps ready when I come back home.” — Rapper Lil Wayne, who sentenced Monday to a year in jail in New York City for having a loaded gun on his tour bus in 2007, then was taken away in handcuffs to begin his term immediately.

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John McCain suspended his presidential campaign, conceding the Republican nomination to George W. Bush. Bill Bradley ended his presidential bid, conceding the Democratic nomination to Vice President Al Gore. n

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“Alice in Wonderland”

NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s trip down the rabbit hole drew huge crowds, as “Alice in Wonderland” earned a whopping $116.3 million in its opening weekend — a record for a 3-D film. The surprisingly huge total easily surpassed all other films in release and gave Walt Disney Studios an even bigger opening than that of the hugely popular 3-D film “Avatar.” It also marked the biggest opening weekend for a non-sequel. In its 12th week of release, “Avatar” earned $7.7 million over the weekend, bringing its cumulative domestic total to $720.2 million.


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“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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Traditional Christianity under attack New legislation now being proposed in the Massachusetts state legislature to ban circumcision of any male children, including Jewish children, comes very close to saying, “Yes, it should be a crime.” Circumcision of infant males has been a requirement of Jewish faith and identity since the time of Abraham. Meanwhile, just a year ago this week, two very powerful state legislators in Connecticut proposed a bill that would have had the government take over the finances of the Catholic Church. (It took a rally drawing thousands of folks to the state capitol to persuade them to withdraw the measure.) How did we reach the point where powerful people seriously consider such outrageous intrusions on religious liberty? These “shots across the bow” are skirmishes in a larger war between a newly triumphant liberalism and older American values, including pluralism, conscience protection and respect for religious liberty. If the right to religious liberty — a right clearly and explicitly established in our U.S. Constitution — were being supported and enforced equally with other First Amendment rights, traditional faith communities would not be as worried as they are about the coming attempts to misuse government power. Secular liberals are showing a powerful desire to use the power of government to repress faith communities that disagree with their views. They have been enabled by a Supreme Court (led, ironically, by Justice Antonin Scalia) that has thrown up its hands at the difficulties of enforcing religious liberty and ruled that government intrusions imposed on all people are acceptable, even if they substantially interfere with religious practice. How else can we explain what just happened in the District of Columbia, the nation’s capital? The Washington, D.C., city council chose to pass a gay marriage bill, and then chose to try to block the right of ordinary D.C. citizens to exercise their charter-given right to put actions of the city council to a vote. But that’s not the worst of self-righteous zealotry among entrenched local politicians. The Catholic Church is an outsize provider of social services in D.C., with a well-deserved reputation as a valuable partner in providing a vast array of caring services to the most vulnerable citizens of the district. When the D.C. politicians passed gay marriage without serious conscience protections, the Catholic Church became aware that it would seriously interfere with the church’s ability to help the government care for poor people in D.C. Catholic organizations, especially those that accepted government money, would now be required by the government to recognize gay marriages, regardless of their faith commitments. As a result of this senseless government pressure, Catholic Charities was forced to close its adoption and foster care services, needlessly reducing the number of caring and competent services available to poor and abandoned children. And the diocese just announced it would, henceforth, cease offering spousal benefits at all, in order to protect Catholic organizations from being forced by the government to recognize gay marriages. What was the point of these kinds of government impositions on Christian institutions? The Catholic Church’s position on gay sex and gay marriage are well-known, or should be. Surely it should come as no shock to a potential employee to discover that a Catholic organization is not the right place to pursue their career if they want gay marital benefits? What gay person in D.C. is practically better off as a result of this mean-spirited and successful attempt to drive the Catholic Church out of the public square in key ways? If this were left up to ordinary gay people, I’m betting it would all turn out very different. Live and let live is the American impulse across ideological and moral disagreements. But in today’s world, Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., is both a brave and a kind man. He went to the city council and asked for permission to continue helping poor and vulnerable people in partnership with the city. The city council spurned his request. Its members were not interested in helping mute the conflicts between gay marriage and religious liberty. They want the right to use government to brand traditional Christianity as bigoted and discriminatory. Shame on them. Shame on them. They will only fuel Americans’ legitimate fears about what the real motivations behind gay marriage are. And Americans of good will clearly have to come together over the heads of politicians to find a better solution. — Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, is known for her conservative social policy analysis of social trends and conditions. (C)2009 Maggie Gallagher. Distributed by Universal Press Syndicate.

Editorial

Toss sweep Local officials right to launch an offensive against littering When you invite someone into your home, you want your home to look good for them. Each year we invited more than 12 million people into our home of Sevier County. We don’t always do a good job of making our place look good for them. Discarded trash litters too many of our roadways. Thoughtless, inconsiderate people think nothing of tossing from their vehicles anything they don’t want. Cigarette butts are everywhere except where they should be. And our visitors see this and wonder just what we locals think of this beautiful country we treasure and which draws tourists every year. Now we are seeing local officials fight back. Law enforcement has declared war on littering, and those who

litter could face as much as a year in prison and a fine up to $2,500. New legislation aimed at allowing local communities to be tougher on those who litter is about to be enforced here. Common sense and pride in community haven’t worked. It’s time to let the law be a deterrent. The biggest offenses, officials say, are litter and trash dumps, junk cars in yards and cigarette butts along area roads, A county that thrives on tourism includes a lot of people who aren’t very thoughtful when it comes to keeping the area as clean as they try to keep their homes. Yes, some of the worst offenders are our visitors. Not helping matters is that law enforcement officers sometimes just don’t want to spend much time on litter

law violations, when there are so many other offenses to be investigated. Some judges with crowded dockets often don’t want to enforce laws against littering because the fines are so stiff. Larry Potter, the environmental judge of Shelby County who wrote the new state litter laws, admits that there are worse crimes than littering, but adds, “If you don’t clean up your nest, bigger problems can develop. It’s about much more than trash. It’s about cleaning up our communities. This is the same way (Mayor Rudolph) Giuliani cleaned up New York.” Law enforcement agencies and judges recognize the problem littering and roadside trash have become. A crackdown using the strength of the new state law is the right thing to do.

Public forum Church should redirect energy to preserving meeting prayer

Editor: Shame, shame, Jonathan Hatcher, Conner Heights Baptist Church pastor. Faith is so very important to all of us to lead us on our journey. During this Lenten season it is a wonderful time to reflect on how well we work for peace and justice by our love of God and love of others. We are called to prepare for Easter by engaging more deliberately in prayer, almsgiving, to right the wrongs we selfishly take part in and heal the unbelief we often harbor. A wise suggestion to you: Channel your actions in more meaningful ways. An example: circulate pamphlets asking how you and your followers can help the County Commission and County Mayor Larry Waters. A Washingtonbased legal group might be suing them to stop opening its meetings with the Lord’s Prayer and to take down the picture depicting the Ten Commandments. A citizen complaint was received about these issues. Christ calls us to live the Commandments. Inquire how you can help and dig in against this demand. There is power in numbers. I urge you to visit your neighboring churches and witness for yourself the many, close similarities and the wonderful, new people you’d meet with their same, shared denominations — the belief in God. I did just the same thing and was completely overwhelmed. The lesson learned, we are all God’s children. In clarification, the Greek letters found on vestments used in Catholic Churches do not stand for Egyptian gods. In addition, the Holy Father, the Pope, is a pious man not directed by the devil. The truest measure of a life is not its length but the spirituality in which it is lived. Junie Bordelon Sevierville

It’s time for Christians to unite, stop pointing fingers

Editor: On the issue of the Eucharist: By my notions, religion is the study of your faith. Given this concept, Christians are Christians. In other words, we believe in God is the almighty, with Jesus as our savior, and the Holy Spirit guides us to our state of grace. We are to follow one rule: The Golden Rule. There are 10 laws — The Ten Commandments — for us to follow. If one is to compare Christian religions (which can include Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, etc.), not faiths (which could include Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, etc.) which do not believe Jesus is our savior, one will find several variations of different beliefs within given churches (or religions. We do this head butting on a daily routine in the political arena, which is to the detriment of us all. I think it’s time we unite as Christians, instead

of pointing fingers.

was a check for just over $100. I don’t underFloyd “Gene” Broseus stand. Sevierville Just know this. If the same bank could treat us locals good when it’s good, and bad when it’s bad, then I would rather not see one of No religious organization their reps at my family member’s funeral ever again. My husband and I waited for 17 years has all of the answers to have our own home and had little choice Editor: about leaving it. While not a full-time resident of Sevier Milisa Cole Huskey County, I have been wintering there for the last Sevierville couple of months, making a few trips home as needed. Right now, my intent is to probably be here for a few more months before I return home again for the warmer months. Literary festival in Sevierville While residing here, reading The Mountain delightfully interesting and fun Press on occasion has been something that I look forward to. But as I read the front page on Editor: March 3, I saw an article that I felt was very disCongratulations to everyone who made turbing about divisions among Christian institu- the Rose Glen Literary Festival a first-class tions that have differences of opinions on what event. It was delightfully interesting and fun. or who is correct in their view in serving God. The workshops, speakers, exhibits, lunIt is my opinion that no one particular mancheon, signed pottery bowl and handwritten made institution can see the total picture. Each recipe for the succulent pineapple cake were sees a particular piece of the total package. No all great. Getting to meet Reece Ripatti and one organization has all of the answers. spend a whole day with the authors and their These organizations all have some good points books was a candy factory. And thank you to as well as some bad points. It is not through The Mountain Press for the communication any of these organizations that we are saved, or essential to identifying community needs because of any of these organizations that we are and opportunities. lost. It is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, May technology enhance, not replace, the sacrifice He made for us, our acceptance books and local newspapers. of that fact and our personal relationship with Carolyn M. Henderson Him, that dictates our final destination after this Sevierville life. So if, in the interim period here on this earth, Be careful: New gun law we feel more comfortable fellowshipping with, worshipping, or praising God in a Catholic, sure to unleash shootings Baptist, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, Editor: Pentecostal or other denomination, then so be it. Careful folks. Effective Feb. 22, people who Dave Merrill have permits to carry loaded handguns for By His Hand Ministries self-protection will be carrying their dreadClarksburg, W.V. ed guns into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I heard that the park service has hired an Hometown bank turned on ambulance service to transport the wounded them when times got tough and extra rangers to cut down on the people Editor: who will be shooting the wildlife with their Five years ago, my husband and I had pistols. three different accounts with our homeThese are the same people who have been town bank. While we had these accounts carrying handguns for self-protection for we were treated like decent, hard working many years, the ones who took the carry local people, and so we opened a savings course, became qualified and paid the state account also. fee for their permit. The same people, who, We built a home and encouraged our chil- unknown to you since they carry concealed, dren to open accounts there too, although we carry their guns nearly everywhere else in didn’t like the way our mortgage was handled. Tennessee, around town, in the mall and so Since the economy took a downturn, we had on. to open a home equity line of credit with Well, look out now because they are going them. Times got so rough, neither my hus- to be transformed into a bunch of madmen. band nor I could find a job. Now that they can carry in the national park Last year we lost our home and were paid a they will no longer be “law abiding citizens,” check to leave by a certain date. We stopped they will be shooting the robins, the squirrels at the bank and those same people treated us and probably the small children in the camplike beggars. grounds. My oldest two children still have accounts What will they think of next? Of course, the there and I recently found a job. My son let criminals who always carried their guns will me use his accounts to cash my checks, until continue to do so; they never did care about the last check I got. This friendly bank turned the law. me away again. Charles Thoms Does this sound like a caring bank? This Seymour

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LOCAL YOUTH SWIMMING

SAC continues 8-and-under dominance SEVIERVILLE — Sevier Aquatic Club recently traveled to Chattanooga and continued their five-year streak of claiming the USA Swimming East District 8-and-under Boys Championship Title. Brady Cusick, Thomas Horne Jr. and Bailey Rollins came together and outscored the competition to claim the trophy. The boys managed to win the overall without the help of relay points, and relied on the individual swims to take first place. The top eight in each individual event score points that go towards the team’s overall score. The boys also took home medals for each top eight finish. Thomas Horne Jr. was the District East High Point winner for the 8-and-under boys division. Brady Cusick, 8, earned his first Southeastern Cut in the 50 Butterfly and had four second place finishes in the 50 fly, 25 and 50 breast and the 50 free. Brady also had two third place finishes in the 25 fly and 100 IM, and also placed fourth in the 100 free and sixth in the 25 free.

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Coaches Stephen Fortney and Rebecca Nowack are pictured with SAC swimmers Thomas Horne Jr., Brady Casick and Bailey Rollins. Bailey Rollins, 8, had several personal best times in this meet and had some great swims as well, with an impressive four top eight finishes, most notably dropping six seconds in the 100 IM to finish seventh overall. Bailey placed fifth in the 25 back and sixth in the 50 free.

Thomas Horne Jr., 8, had seven first place finishes and one third place finish with personal best times in the 100 IM and 50 Back. Thomas was High Point winner in the 8-and-under division. This meet is also a chance for nine-and-older swimmers

to qualify for the Southeastern Championships in Nashville. Grace McCarter Emily, 10, finished out a most impressive first season of USA swimming and had five top 20 swims, dropping time to place 10th in the 100 back, 11th in the 100 breast and 13th in the 100 free. Cannon Claiborne, 11, earned another 11-12 Southeastern Cut this season in the 100 Butterfly. Cannon also had seven top 10 finishes, earning third in the 50 breast and second in the 200 free. Grant Rollins, 11, who has already qualified for Southeasterns, had six top 10 finishes, earning third in the 500 free and second in the 200 IM, fifth in the 50 back, sixth in the 100 IM, seventh in the 200 free and ninth in the 50 breast. Rachel Watts, 11, had some great swims and finished in the top 15 in four events and dropped almost five seconds in the 200 IM earning fifth place. Leah Rollins, 11, had four top 15 finishes dropping almost nine seconds in the 500 free to finish sixth overall and placed seventh in the 50 breast and 10th in the 100 breast.

Morgan Hatcher, 12, had seven top 20 finishes dropping time in four events and placing 11th in the 200 free and third in the 50 back. In the 11-12 Girls Medley Relay Morgan led off with her most impressive swim of the season in the 50 back which resulted in the girls having their best finish yet, placing third overall in a very competitive group. Chandler Horne, 12, who has qualified for Southeasterns had seven top 10 finishes, earning second in the 200 IM, fourth in the 50 back and 100 breast and sixth in the 100 back. The team was led by coaches Stephen Fortney and Rebecca Nowack. SAC’s next competition will take place in Nashville at the Southeastern Championship Meet. Swimmers interested in joining our program should stop by the Sevierville Community Center Indoor Pool Monday through Fridays from 3:30-7 p.m. SAC is currently enrolling swimmers into the Summer Swim Team Tune-Up to give our swimmers a jump on the Summer. From submitted reports

MLB SPRING TRAINING

PREP BASKETBALL

Rookie homers to lead Braves to 12-4 rout of Tigers

Prestigious tournament invites G-P for next year

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Jayson Heyward made his first spring training homer a memorable one. The Atlanta Braves’ 20-yearold right fielder almost cleared the batting cage behind the right-field wall Monday with a two-run homer off Max Scherzer in the first inning of a 12-4 exhibition victory over the Detroit Tigers. “That’s one of the longer ones I’ve seen hit in this ballpark,” said Braves manager Bobby Cox, who was much more impressed than Heyward. “Home runs, I know they’re going to come,” Heyward said. “I know that’s part of my game; I’m not worried about that. But I was just happy about having a good at-bat because he made some good pitches. It was a good at-bat, a good swing.” Scherzer failed to get out of the first inning in his second spring start. The Braves scored five runs in the inning, then made it 8-1 in the second on David Ross’ three-run double off Fu-Te Ni. Tim Hudson pitched three innings for Atlanta, giving up an RBI single to Jeff Larish while striking out three. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Heyward, rated the top prospect in baseball in some circles, provided the highlight with a blast estimated at 450 feet. “I’ve never been one to get excited about the distance. Anything hit over the fence counts a point,” said Tiger manager Jim Leyland. “But obviously a young man with his size, with the strength he has, he looks like a really good looking young player. I was very impressed with his patience at the plate more than anything. He didn’t chase any bad balls. (Albert) Pujols was the other guy who was like that.” Heyward came back from an

By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor

Rob Carr/AP

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward takes batting practice during spring training baseball practice, Friday, Feb. 26, in Kissimmee, Fla. Heyward hit a 450-foot homer for the Braves Monday in their 12-4 win over Detroit. He was named Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect last week. 0-2 count to draw Scherzer’s 3-2 fastball. “I saw what he was trying to do. That’s what he was trying to do with the 2-2 pitch and he came back and tried to make the pitch again,” said Heyward. “I don’t want to walk anybody in spring training,” Scherzer said. “That’s my goal, and he hit it, so I can turn that page. But anytime I’m taking the mound trying to get hitters out and I don’t, it’s frustrating.” Eric Hinske went 3 for 4 for the Braves, and Troy Glaus singled and scored in each of his two at-bats. Mitch Jones added

an eighth-inning home run off Enrique Gonzalez. It was the second straight game in which a Tiger starting pitcher failed to make it out of the first inning. “In my career, I don’t think I’ve ever taken pitchers out of spring training games two days in a row in the first inning. That’s a first,” said Leyland, who also removed Casey Cosby before the rookie got an out in the ninth inning. NOTES: Dontrelle Willis pitched two shutout innings for Detroit, but drew some concern on a pick-off attempt. Leyland

said he “kind of hyperextended his elbow,” but Willis said he was fine. ... The Tigers will be the opponents Tuesday in the exhibition debut of Stephen Strasburg, the 21-year-old right-hander chosen by the Washington Nationals with the No. 1 pick in the June draft. ... Jacob Turner, the Tigers’ first-round choice in the same draft, will pitch in relief against the New York Yankees on Wednesday. ... New National Leaguer Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies is scheduled to face the Braves at Disney World on Tuesday night.

NBA BASKETBALL

Spurs G Parker won’t need surgery for broken hand CLEVELAND (AP) — Spurs guard Tony Parker won’t need surgery on his broken right hand, meaning he may be able to return for the playoffs. He is expected to miss about six weeks. “Everything is by degrees. That would be worse if he needed surgery, so I guess it makes me feel better,” Spurs coach Greg Popovich said. “They told us they thought it’d be six weeks before he could do anything, so it’s probably four to eight weeks.” Tests showed Parker fractured

the fourth metacarpal in his shooting hand Saturday during a victory at Memphis. He was averaging 16.5 points per game, but has been hobbled all season by a slew of injuries. Now the Spurs will be without their second-leading scorer until at least the playoffs. Parker was not with the Spurs for Monday’s game at Cleveland. George Hill was expected to start in his place. San Antonio entered the night 36-24, five games behind Dallas in the Southwest

Division. “We haven’t had a great season so far, but we’re hoping we can turn it around,” Manu Ginobili said. “Then seeing Tony go down, it hurts. But who cares, right? The rest of the teams aren’t going to give us wins just because he’s hurt. We have to go there and compete and try to win anyway.” Ginobili is in Monday’s starting lineup and is expected to play a little point guard behind Hill, but Popovich is more concerned with keeping his minutes

in check. Ginobili has averaged 27.5 minutes this season as the Spurs try to keep he and Tim Duncan fresh for the playoffs, but Popovich conceded those minutes might increase over the next few weeks. “No matter where we are at the end of the season, he and Timmy’s health are really important to us, as we’ve seen in the past,” Popovich said. “If one of those guys, including Tony, isn’t there, we’re not going anywhere.”

GATLINBURG — Coach Raul Placeres said Monday that his Highlanders squad has proudly accepted an invitation to play in next season’s Arby’s Classic in Bristol, Tenn. “It’s one of the best tournaments in the southeast,” the coach said. “And probably one of the top 10 tournaments in the country when it comes to exposure.” That exposure could be important for a few of Placeres’s players, which will be hoping for college scholarship offers. “Two of the kids on our team are going to be mid-major Division I kids, it’ll be a great thing for them to be at that tournament,” he said. “You’re talking about five to sixthousand people a game there in a four-day stretch. All the major universities go there to watch. This year Bruce (Pearl) was there, Rick Pitino was there. It’s a major event. It’s a great honor to be invited. “Ray Allen that plays for the Celtics, Udonis Haslem that plays for the Heat and Brandan Wright that plays for the Golden State Warriors have played in it —it’s a major, major event. Lots of kids that have played in it have gone on to play Division I basketball.” And Placeres intends to have his team ready for the challenge. “I expect a better team next year,” the coach said. “We’re not going to have any cupcakes next year. We’re going to try to schedule the Beardens and the Maryvilles and all the AAA schools we can get to try and get better.” “We won 21 games this year and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the state, and the sense around the community was that it was a disappointing year. That’s where we’re gotten at this point. If we’d have won 20-plus games my first year, we would have thrown a parade,” he joked. “I like that though, I like that pressure, and I’m looking forward to that pressure again next year, and hopefully we’ll do a little bit better.” The tournament will be played Dec. 27-30 at Viking Hall in Bristol. mpsports@themountainpress.com


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Tuesday, March 9, 2010 â—† The Mountain Press

SPORTS BRIEFS Fire Chiefs’ Golf Tournament

The Smoky Mountain Fire Chiefs’ 1st Annual Golf Tournament will be April 27, starting at 1 p.m. at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club in Sevierville. The event will benefit the Tennessee Fire Service Coalition and the Sevier County Fire Chiefs’ Association Training Center. The tournament is open to everyone and costs $65 per player or $260 for a four-person team. Proper dress attire is required. Lunch will be served before the tournament, beverages will be available during the action and prizes will be awarded afterward. For more information contact Matt Henderson (604-5309), Tony Watson (755-4838) or Charlie Cole (654-3782).

New Center Little League sign-ups

New Center Football Little League will have signups on Saturday, March 27, from 12:30-4 p.m. at the Sevierville Community Center. All children ages 5-11 are invited to come and participate in football and cheerleading. Please bring 2 copies of birth certificate. Registration Fee is $55.00 and we also offer a $5 discount per child if you have 2 or more signing up. For more information, please call Tammy at 6405344.

Hoops Classic reset

There is a date change for the Sevierville Hoops Classic II. The Sevierville Hoops Classic II will now be played on March 19-21. For more information contact Jim at 865-919-6771.

PF Little League booster neeting 3rd grade champs

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The Pigeon Forge Tigers are Sevier County Junior League 3rd Grade Boys Tournament Champions. Pictured are (bottm row from left) Andrew Baiamonte, Cooper Ward, Dawson Montgomery and Daniel Funt. (Middle row) Ryan Mapp, Caleb Hughes, Cooper Holbert and Caleb Allen, (Top row) asstistant coach John Holbert, coach Earl Ward and assistant coach Jason Baiamonte.

QB hires high-profile Atlanta lawyer By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — A high-profile Atlanta defense attorney said Monday that he’s been hired to represent Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as police investigate a Georgia woman’s claim he sexually assaulted her.

Roethlisberger has not been charged. Police said a 20-year-old college student reported the assault after an encounter with Roethlisberger early Friday at a nightclub in central Georgia. Police in Milledgeville planned a news conference Monday afternoon on the case. Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a state-

ment the team is closely monitoring the situation. “All of us in the Steelers family are concerned about the recent incident involving Ben Roethlisberger in Georgia,� the statement said. “We cannot comment on any of the specifics until law enforcement’s investigation is concluded.� Meanwhile, attorney Ed Garland’s assistant con-

firmed Monday that he is representing Roethlisberger. Garland previously represented rapper T.I. on a federal weapons charge and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis in a murder case. More serious charges against Lewis were dropped and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge.

The Booster Club meeting for the month of March has been postponed until Tuesday March 9, at the Pigeon Forge High School Cafeteria at 6 p.m. Important business is to be presented and discussed.

Sevier County Jaycees golf tourney

The Sevier County Jaycees will host the 7th Annual Tin Cup Golf Tournament at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club on Wednesday, April 7. The individual medal play begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start, and only 7-irons and putters will be used. Prizes will be awarded for place finish, longest drive and closest to the pin. Proceeds from event will sponsor local children to attend Camp Discovery, a summer camp for special needs children, supported by the Tennessee Jaycees. Entry fee for the tournament is $35. For more information, call Col. Bill Etherton at 6808843 daily after 4 p.m.

Northview Little League sign-ups

Northview Little League football and cheerleader sign-ups will be March 20 from 10 a.m.-noon and March 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the football field. Join the 2008-09 Super Bowl Champs for another winning season. For more information, call Chris at 388-1618.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 40 21 .656 — Toronto 32 29 .525 8 Philly 23 39 .371 17 1/2 New York 21 41 .339 19 1/2 New Jersey 7 55 .113 33 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Orlando 44 20 .688 — Atlanta 40 22 .645 3 Miami 32 31 .508 11 1/2 Charlotte 30 31 .492 12 1/2 Washington 21 39 .350 21 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 49 15 .766 — Milwaukee 33 29 .532 15 Chicago 31 31 .500 17 Detroit 22 41 .349 26 1/2 Indiana 20 43 .317 28 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 43 21 .672 — SAntonio 36 24 .600 5 Memphis 32 31 .508 10 1/2 Houston 31 31 .500 11 NOrleans 31 32 .492 11 1/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Denver 42 21 .667 — Utah 40 22 .645 1 1/2 OklaCity 38 24 .613 3 1/2 Portland 37 28 .569 6 Minnesota 14 49 .222 28 Pacific Division W L Pct GB Lakers 46 18 .719 — Phoenix 40 25 .615 6 1/2 Clippers 25 38 .397 20 1/2 Sacramento 21 42 .333 24 1/2 GState 17 45 .274 28

——— Sunday’s Games Philadelphia 114, Toronto 101 Orlando 96, L.A. Lakers 94 Detroit 110, Houston 107, OT Boston 86, Washington 83 Oklahoma City 108, Sacramento 102 Denver 118, Portland 106 Monday’s Games San Antonio at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Atlanta at New York, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Memphis, 8 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Golden State at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Miami at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at Indiana, 7 p.m. Houston at Washington, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Orlando, 7 p.m. Utah at Chicago, 8 p.m. Boston at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Portland, 10 p.m. Toronto at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Memphis at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Utah at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. New Jersey at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. New York at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Toronto at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

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NCAAW Hoops The Women’s Top Twenty Five By The Associated Press The top 25 teams in the The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 7, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. UConn (40) 31-0 1,000 1

2. Stanford 28-1 959 2 3. Nebraska 29-0 920 3 4. Tennessee 30-2 880 4 5. Xavier 26-3 821 5 6. Notre Dame 26-4 770 6 7. Duke 27-5 764 9 8. Ohio St. 30-4 734 10 9. West Virginia 27-4 669 7 10. Florida St. 25-5 616 8 11. Texas A&M 22-7 588 15 12. Oklahoma 21-9 553 11 13. Georgetown 25-6 457 12 14. Iowa St. 23-6 431 13 15. Texas 21-9 415 18 16. Baylor 22-8 382 14 17. St. John’s 24-5 373 16 18. Gonzaga 26-4 346 17 19. Kentucky 25-7 324 19 20. Okla St. 20-9 203 20 21. Hartford 27-3 187 23 22. LSU 20-9 113 21 23. UCLA 22-7 107 — 24. Georgia 23-8 86 22 25. Michigan St. 22-9 44 25 Others receiving votes: Fresno St. 42, Georgia Tech 35, Virginia 33, Wis.-Green Bay 31, Iowa 19, Ark.-Little Rock 18, Middle Tennessee 17, TCU 17, Vanderbilt 13, Princeton 11, North Carolina 4, Syracuse 4, Bowling Green 3, Illinois St. 3, Temple 3, BYU 2, DePaul 1, Rutgers 1, Wisconsin 1. Voter Ballots: http://tinyurl. com/ykagzmr

MLB Spring Training Glance AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct Cleveland 2 0 1.000 Tampa Bay 4 1 .800 Toronto 4 1 .800 Chicago 2 1 .667 Kansas City 2 1 .667 Oakland 2 1 .667 Boston 3 2 .600 Detroit 3 2 .600 Seattle 2 2 .500 Minnesota 2 3 .400 New York 2 4 .333 Texas 1 2 .333 Baltimore 1 4 .200 Los Angeles 0 2 .000 NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct SF 4 1 .800 Florida 3 1 .750 New York 5 2 .714 Atlanta 4 2 .667 Chicago 2 1 .667 Colorado 4 2 .667 Houston 2 2 .500 Los Angeles 1 1 .500 Pittsburgh 2 3 .400

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NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE Default having been made in the terms, conditions, and payments provided for in that certain Deed of Trust to Fifth Third Mortgage Company, dated December 02, 2005 and recorded on January 03, 2006 in Book 2431, Page 412-431, Instrument No. 06000215 Registerís Office for Sevier County, Tennessee from Michael Lewis and Dereth D. Lewis, (ìBorrowerî) to Accurate Title and Escrow, Inc., Trustee, securing the indebtedness therein described, which indebtedness is now due and unpaid, and has been declared in default by the lawful owner and holder thereof; and The undersigned, Trustee Management Company, Successor Trustee, having been appointed Successor Trustee in instrument dated December 28, 2009 of record in Instrument No. 10000371, Book 3474, Page 313, said Registerís Office, to serve in the place and stead of Accurate Title and Escrow, Inc., Trustee; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Trustee Management Company, Successor Trustee, pursuant to said Deed of Trust, having been requested by Fifth Third Mortgage Company, the owner and holder of said indebtedness so to do, and by virtue of the authority and power vested in me by said Deed of Trust will, on March 16, 2010 at 12:00 PM, at the 125 Court Avenue, Sevierville, TN 37862, in Sevier County, Tennessee, sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash (or credit upon the indebtedness secured if the lawful owner and holder thereof is the successful purchaser), free from the equity of redemption, the statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower, elective share, and all other exemptions of Borrower of every kind, all of which have been expressly waived by Borrower, the following-described property in Sevier County, Tennessee: SITUATE in the Thirteenth (13th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee and being Lot 2 Wild Briar Subdivision as the same appears on a plat of record in Large Map Book 6, Page 113 in the Registerís Office for Sevier County, Tennessee to which reference is here made for a more particular description. SUBJECT to restrictions, reservations and easements of record in Misc. Book 33, page 52, and Map Book 16, Page 21, all in said Registerís Office. SUBJECT to Charter of Wild Briar Homeownerís Association, Inc. of record in Book 2426, Page 695, Sevier County Register of Deeds Office. SUBJECT to Bylaws of Wild Briar Homeowners Association, Inc. of Record in Book 2426, Page 702, Sevier County Register of Deeds Office. SUBJECT to Declaration of Protective Covenants and Restrictions for Wild Briar Subdivision of record in Book 2426, Page 709. Sevier County Register of Deeds Office. TOGETHER WITH AND SUBJECT TO a driveway easement twenty feet in width, as described in said Declaration of Protective Covenants and Restrictions for Wild Briar Subdivision. ALSO Subject to any and all applicable restrictions, easements and building setback lines as are shown in the records of the said Registerís Office. Being the same property conveyed to Michael Lewis and wife, Dereth D. Lewis by Warranty Deed from Wild Briar Development, LLC, a Tennessee Limited Company, dated 12/02/08, filed of record in Book 2431, Page 410, said Registerís Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. Parcel No.: 096-A-B002 More commonly known as: Lot 2 Wild Briar Trail, Pigeon Forge, TN 37862 The property is encumbered by no liens or claims of lien filed by the United States Internal Revenue Service in the Registerís Office of Sevier County, Tennessee, as provided for in 26 U.S.C. ß 7425(b). This property is encumbered by no liens or claims of lien filed by the State of Tennessee, Tax Enforcement Division, in the Registerís Office of Sevier County, Tennessee in accordance with T.C.A. ß 67-1-1433(c)(1). Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the terms of the bid at the public sale, then the Successor Trustee shall have the option of accepting the second highest bid, or the next highest bid with which the buyer is able to comply. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time set forth above. This sale is subject to liens, easements, encumbrances, property taxes, rights of redemption of taxing entities and other matters, which are prior in right to the lien of the aforesaid Deed of Trust. KNOWN INTERESTED PARTIES: Sevier County Trustee

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Classifieds 428-0746 SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE Sale at public auction will be on M arch 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, at the front door, Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by Mario A. Menendez, Unmarried, to Charles E. Tonkin, II, Trustee, on January 31, 2008 at Book 3010, Page 690 conducted by Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee, all of record in the Sevier County Registers Office. Owner of Debt: CitiMortgage, Inc. The following real estate located in Sevier County, Tennessee, will be sold to the highest call bidder subject to all unpaid taxes, prior liens and encumbrances of record: Described property located in the Fourth (4th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, to wit: Lot 70 of Rock Gardens Subdivision, Unit 4, Phase 2, as the same is shown by plat of record in Large Map Book 7, Page 161, in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, for a more particular description of said property. Street Address: 2203 Sand Court (Per Trust Deed) 2343 Scenic Mountain Drive (Per Tax Assessor) Sevierville, TN 37876 Current Owner(s) of Property: Mario A. Menendez, single The street address of the above described property is believed to be 2203 Sand Court (Per Trust Deed), 2343 Scenic Mountain Drive (Per Tax Assessor), Sevierville, TN 37876, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description herein shall control. SALE IS SUBJECT TO TENANT(S) RIGHTS IN POSSESSION. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within twenty-four (24) hours of the sale, the next highest bidder, at their highest bid, will be deemed the successful bidder. This property is being sold with the express reservation that the sale is subject to confirmation by the lender or trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee Law Office of Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP 6055 Primacy Parkway, Suite 410 Memphis, TN 38119 Phone 901-767-5566 Fax 901-767-8890

PROPERTY ADDRESS: 169 White Oak Resort Way Gatlinburg, TN 37738 CURRENT OWNER(S): William A. Long The sale of the abovedescribed property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. In addition, this sale shall be subject to the right of redemption by the TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, TAX ENFORCEMENT DIVISION, pursuant to T.C.A. 67-1-1433(c)(1) by reason of the following tax lien(s) of record in: Book 1513, Page 101. Notice of the sale has been given to the State of Tennessee in accordance with T.C.A. 67-1-1433(b)(1). SUBORDINATE LIENHOLDERS: Midland Funding, LLC OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: N/A All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc Substitute Trustee c/o PLG Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S 1587 Northeast ExpresswaySALE Atlanta, GA 30329 Sale at public auction willNo.: be on432.1001115TN M arch 30, 2010 at 2:00PM Eastern File Standard Time, at the front door, Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by Cecil J. February 23, aka March 2 & 9, 2010 Ellard and Wife Kathy Ellard Cathy Ellard, to West Knox Title Agency, Trustee, on February 24, 2006 at Book Volume 2474, Page 58conducted by Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee, all of record in the Sevier County Register’s Office. Owner of Debt: U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee, on behalf of the holders of the Asset Backed Securities Corporation Home Equity Loan Trust, Series NC 2006-HE4 Asset Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series NC 2006-HE4 The following real estate located in Sevier County, Tennessee, will be sold to the highest call bidder subject to all unpaid taxes, prior liens and encumbrances of record: Described property located in District Number Nine (9) of Sevier County, Tennessee, to wit: Lot 135, Crispwood Subdivision, Unit 2, as shown by map of record in Map Book 21, Page 8 (Cabinet 6, Slide 8) in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, to which map specific reference is hereby made for a more particular description. Street Address: 552 Man-O-War Drive Seymour, TN 37865 Current Owner(s) of Property: Cecil J. Ellard, Married Other interested parties: Jose Padilla & Laura Padilla c/o Howard & Howard, P.C. The street address of the above described property is believed to be 552 Man-O-War Drive, Seymour, TN 37865, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description herein shall control. SALE IS SUBJECT TO TENANT(S) RIGHTS IN POSSESSION. Terms of Sale will be public auction, for cash, free and clear of rights of homestead, redemption and dower, and the rights of Cecil J. Ellard and Wife Kathy Ellard aka Cathy Ellard, and those claiming through them, and subject to the right of redemption by the DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE by reason of tax lien of record in Volume 2506, Page 339; Book 3177, Page 628; Book 3259, Page 219, Registerís Office, Sevier County, Tennessee, subject to any accrued taxes and restrictions. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within twenty-four (24) hours of the sale, the next highest bidder, at their highest bid, will be deemed the successful bidder. This property is being sold with the express reservation that the sale is subject to confirmation by the lender or trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee www.kirschattorneys.com Law Office of Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP 6055 Primacy Parkway, Suite 410 Memphis, TN 38119 Phone 901-767-5566 Fax 901-767-8890

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File No. 09-022760 March 2, 9 & 16, 2010

February 23, March 2 and 9, 2010

WHEREAS, default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured to be paid by that certain Deed of Trust executed on May 22, 2007, by William A. Long to Robert M Wilson, Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register s Office of Sevier County, Tennessee, under Book 2842, Page 442, (“Deed of Trust”); and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP; and WHEREAS, BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP, the current owner and holder of said Deed of Trust, (the “Owner and Holder”), appointed the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed for record in the Register s Office of Sevier County, Tennessee, with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed of Trust; and NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed of Trust by the Owner and Holder, and that the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., Substitute Trustee, or his duly appointed attorneys or agents, by virtue of the power and authority vested in him, will on Thursday, March 25, 2010, commencing at 2:00 PM at the steps of the Main entrance of the Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Sevier County, Tennessee, to wit: Lying and being in the Seventeenth Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, described as follows: Being Lot No. 1 of White Oak Lodge and Resort, a plat of which appears of record at Plat Book LM8, Page 35, Register s Office, Sevier County, Tennessee. Being the same property acquired by William A. Long, by virtue of a deed dated May 22, 2007, from White Oak Lodge and Resort, LLC, of record at Book 2842, Page 439, Register s Office, Sevier County, Tennessee. This conveyance is made expressly subject to the restrictive covenants, limitations, and conditions for White Oak Lodge and Resort contained in the declaration of covenants, conditions, restrictions and easements for White Oak Lodge and Resort dated April 16, 2007, of record at Book 2797, Page 351, et seq., Register s Office, Sevier County, Tennessee; affidavit of record at Book 2818, Page 524, said register s office; and, to building set-back line, utility easements, and other matters as appear on the plat of record at Plat Book LM8, Page 35, said register s office; and to all restrictions and matters of record in the following instruments of record in said register s office, to wit: Deed Book 643, Page 87; Deed Book 647, Page 30; Deed Book 658, Page 334; LM Book 2, Page 50; Plat Book 28, Page 30; and to all easements of record.

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236 GENERAL Activities Assistant Large resort looking for person who is active, friendly, and enjoys working with people to help with Activities program. Must be able to work flexible hours and weekends. Tree Tops Resort of Gatlinburg 865-436-6559 Assistant Manager needed. Drop off resume to Global Liquidation located at The Shops of Pigeon Forge East Wears Valley Rd

236 GENERAL

JOHNSON PEST CONTROL is hiring! Do you have a pleasant phone voice/outgoing personality, love oldfashioned customer service, thrive in settings that keep you busy? Are you strong in Excel, Word & Outlook? Are you ready for F/T duties filing, data entry, scheduling of technicians & providing "WOW" service to customers? Office staff receive hrly wage + benefits. We do skills/personality assessments. WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR SALES INSPECTORS. Sales staff receive draw + commission + company car + benefits. Send resume to: hrmanager@johnsonpestcontrol.co m. Check us out @ www.johnsonpestcontrol.com <http://www.johnsonpestcontrol.co m> .

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

236 GENERAL

Looking for experienced Reservationist for fast paced rental office. Aunt Bugâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cabin Rentals 908-4948.



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Lic & Insured 254-3844 Senior Discounts

Sunglass Super Store is now accepting applications for all 5 locations. Must be available nights & weekends. Apply in person at Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing location. We are seeking friendly, honest and dedicated Associates. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hiring full & part time Associates. We offer a fun & respectful work environment and an excellent compensation plan including: Great starting hourly wages; Flexible scheduling; 401K, Health insurance and Direct deposit plans available; Generous Christmas bonus; Advancement opportunities; Ongoing training; Free family admission to all company attractions. Please apply in person at The Big Castle, Monday-Friday 10am6pm. MagiQuest, 2491 Parkway, Pigeon Forge. Must be 16 to apply. EOE 238 HOTEL/MOTEL Four Seasons Motor Lodge in Gatlinburg hiring 2nd Shift Desk Clerk. Apply in person. Now hiring Housekeeping. Apply in person Park Tower Inn, 201 Sharon Dr, Pigeon Forge. 242 RESTAURANT Log Cabin Pancake House Gatlinburg accepting applications for Servers & Hostess. Apply in person Mon-Fri 7am-2pm. 327 Historic Nature Trail.

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Taylor Flooring All your ďŹ&#x201A;ooring needs. 25 yrs exp. 5 yr. warranty.

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Quality and Professional Service Additions, Remodeling, New Construction For Free Estimates Call:

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581 PETS

Convenient Location! 411 South, left on Robert Henderson Rd., 1/4 mil on right at Riverwalk Apts.

429-2962

Beautiful Lab Pups, Champion Petigree AKC black & chocolate. Males $450; Females $550. 865-388-6153.

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Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Find It in the Classifieds! Motel Maintenance Man needed part time. A/C knowledge preferred. 654-8247.

428-0748 500 MERCHANDISE

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

453-0727

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

453-0727

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106 HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Handyman Kitchens, Bath, Decks, Windows, Doors, Trim, Sheetrock, Painting, Plumbing & Electrical, Vinyl & Laminate Flooring

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256-0215

Ready for spring? Any small engine repair Very reliable FREE Pickup & Drop off Service

(631) 813-5802

Weekly, Bi Weekly or Onetime Spring Cleaning Cindy Parton

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BIG CITY CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING Custom Homes, Remodeling, Renovations & Log Home Restoration. 27 years experience, quality workmanship We do it all from footers to ďŹ nish. Tennessee Licensed General Contractor With all applicable insurances All work is guaranteed Free Estimates Call today

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Skilled full time maintenance person. Fast paced environment, evening & weekends, satellite TV experience. Drug testing required. 865-4285551.

356 STORAGE BUILDINGS

Foreclosure Sale. All appliances, furniture, antiques must be sold. 1208 East Parkway behind Gatlinburg Post Office. Fri-Wed 11am-7pm.

Papa Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Gat. now hiring team members. Exp. a plus. Apply in person, no phone calls please.

Thompson Brother Construction Licensed & Insured 30 yrs in business Excavating, Tree Cutting, Septic Installation, etc. 865-908-7181 or 865-382-8171

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Now hiring full time and part time HOUSEKEEPERS. Tree Tops Resort of Gatlinburg. 865436-6559.

KELLYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOME Quality Work - Reasonable Prices

Seeking Wedding Sales/Coordinator with excellent customer service, computer and telemarketing skills. Call 430-8877 to schedule application appointment.

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The Mountain Press Â&#x2039;Tuesday, March 9, 2010 693 ROOMS FOR RENT

696 APARTMENTS FOR RENT

699 HOME RENTALS

DOWNTOWN SEVIERVILLE

GATLINBURG Trolley rt. 2BR, furn. or unfurn. No pets. 865-621-3015.

2BD / 1BA House Sevierville Area on Parkway for lease with Side Storage Building

Nice res. area off Hwy 66 2BR 2BA Furn/unfurn. with utilities & laundry. Pets welcome. 1 yr lease $875. 865774-3553

850-2487

428 Park Rd.

near trolley stop

Includes All Utilities. Free Wi-Fi, Cable, Laundry, Kitchens, Clean Rooms, NO PETS.

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Weekly rooms. Mountain View Inn $150 + tax 865-4535531 696 APARTMENTS FOR RENT 1BR Apt. near Gat. W/D, DW, $495 mth or $150 week + dep. 556-1929.

 



  

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Some pets ok. Call for pet policy. 865-908-6789

RIVERWALK 1BR/1BA TO 2BR/2BA $545.00 to $695.00 865-429-2962 Sevierville, off Chapman Hwy, 1BR, water & W/D inlcuded. Pets welcome $450 mth, 1st & last. 865774-3553 698 MOBILE HOME RENTALS

Different sizes for lease

850-2487

Businesses for lease: Restaurant 80+ seating + some outside seating. Turnkey ready to open. $1500/mo. Country Store for lease. Turnkey ready to open. $1500/mo. 2BR/2BA Upstairs Apartment for lease. $900/mo. 631 Ski Mtn. Rd. Gatlinburg. Lots of parking. Call 305992-0814. Info at mojitosinthemountains.com For rent or lease: Office/Store available. Utilities, parking, 600 sq ft. 865386-5929 Office 1 block off Parkway. $475 mo. S. Boulevard Way. 933-6544 Office space, retail showroom & warehouse. 1200-6400 SF, Sev. area. Call 865-388-5455. Shop & Booth space for rent/sale on the Pkwy. in downtown Gatlinburg. 865607-1623 610 DUPLEX FOR RENT

New 1BR 1BA w/ carport.

CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN SEVIERVILLE 2 bedroom 1.5 bath townhomes Call 428-5161       $495 mth.   Water/Sewer incl.   Great mtn views   from patio.    908-2062. 

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Spacious & Quiet! 2 BR / 2 BA Apts. for Rent in Wears Valley From $650/mo. 12 Mo. Lease Pets Allowed (865) 329-7807

Light 6, P/Forge Duplex, 2 Br / 1 Ba, All Appls, W/D, Lg. Family Room, Wood Floors

$550 mo. 1st/last/Dep/No Pets

865-898-7925

All appliances included. Off Hwy 416. 1 year lease. No pets.

680-4290 or 428-1297

3BR/2BA $525/mo. + $500 sec. dep. Douglas Dam area no pets. 850-3621. Nice 2BR mobile home 10 miles East of Gat. No pets! 865430-9671 or 865228-7533 699 HOME RENTALS $550 to $950+. Wanda Galli Realty Exec. 680-5119 or 7744307. 1100 Sq. Ft. House. 1BR + loft. Beautiful view near Pigeon Forge. $825/mo., $500 deposit. 865-6966900. 1BR log cabin for rent. $500 mth. 865599-6681

New Homes for Rent. 3BR/2BA starting at $700 - $850 & $1000 per month. No pets. 865-850-3874

NICE, CLEAN IN KODAK

4 BD / 2 BA + GARAGE 4 MILES FROM EXIT 407 $950/MONTH + DEPOSIT. NO PETS. 865-712-5238 3BR 2BA

693 ROOMS FOR RENT

Weekly Rentals

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Includes Phone, Color TV, Wkly Housekeeping Micr./Frig. Available $169.77+ Family Inns West

Overlooking PF. Fully furn. Jac, Fp, very clean, new Carpet, 2 car gar. 1st, last dam. 865-755-5325 o/a

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ROOMS FOR RENT Weekly Low Rates $110.00 + tax 436-5179 Greystone Rentals Red Carpet Inn 349 East Parkway Gatlinburg, TN

3BR 1BA fireplace Pigeon Forge 1400 sq ft. $750 mth. Credit check & references required. Call Bonnie 865908-6000.

2/2 Townhome Sevierville Area $

645/mo.

Some pets ok. Call for pet policy. 865-908-6789

Sevierville 3BR/2BA Garage/basement Swimming Pool

Call 428-5161

2BR 2BA house for rent. 5/10 mile from courthouse off Chapman Hwy. Deck around 3 sides. NO PETS. Call for appt. 865680-4615 3BR, 2BA house in Shaconage Sub. $1250/mo. + dep. Call Todd 865-7053017. 3BR/2BA w/FP, very near Sev. city limits, $750/mo., $750 dep. Credit check. 865-254-0678.

2BR 2BA triplex PF. 2BR apt Sev. No pets. Clean & convenient. 453-5079.

Apartments for rent. 2 BDRM, $425-$675. Locations in Sevierville & Pigeon Forge. House for rent. 3BDRM/2BA, $1000/month. 4293201. APT FOR RENT IN KODAK: Deposit Call Barbara 865368-5338 Beautiful Newly redecorated 2BR 1BA. Sevierville $550, $400 dep. 712-0254. CROSSCREEK 2BR/1.5BA $545 2BR/2BA Large Garden apartment $570.00 to $580.00 865-429-4470

BOB RENTS 1 & 2 BR UNITS in Sevierville Pet Friendly

EFFICIENCIES All Utilities Included

Wears Valley 1BD/1.5BA Pet Friendly

PIGEON FORGE luxury condo 2BR/2BA all extras

Home In Kodak 3BR/2BA with 2 car garage. Stove, fridge DW & W/D conn New carpet Approx 1250 sq ft $895.00 865-429-4470

FULLY FURNISHED 1440sf HOUSE 4 min from Walden's Landing off Wears Valley Rd convenient to all the back roads. Cedar cottage, picturesque views from covered deck with hot tub. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, vaulted ceilings, open floor plan. Fully furnished with cabin decor. Huge master suite with corner Jacuzzi, queen bed, and fireplace. Knotty pine walls and hardwood floors in main area. (Propane heat, central air, Comcast broadband available. Maid service available.) Sorry, no smokers, cats, or large dogs. $900 and worth it. 865-862-8769. Pics at cabin.hotslap.com

Large 3 level 3BR, 2.5 Bath near PF/Gat. $1050/mo. 865804-0590. HUD PUBLISHERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTICE All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitations or discrimination. State laws forbid discrimination in the sale, rental or advertising of real estate based on factors in addition to those protected under federal law. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination, call HUD Toll-free at 1-800-6699777, The Toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE WHEREAS, default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured to be paid by that certain Deed of Trust executed on December 7, 2007, by Carlos Ortiz and Natalia Ortiz to Larry A Weissman, Trustee, as same appears of record in the Registers Office of Sevier County, Tennessee, under Book No. 2979, Page 623-642, (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deed of Trustâ&#x20AC;?); and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to Suntrust Mortgage, Inc; and WHEREAS, Suntrust Mortgage, Inc, the current owner and holder of said Deed of Trust, (the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Owner and Holderâ&#x20AC;?), appointed the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed for record in the Registers Office of Sevier County, Tennessee, with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed of Trust; and NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed of Trust by the Owner and Holder, and that the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., Substitute Trustee, or his duly appointed attorneys or agents, by virtue of the power and authority vested in him, will on Thursday, April 1, 2010, commencing at 2:00 PM at the steps of the Main entrance of the Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Sevier County, Tennessee, to wit: SITUATE in the Eleventh (11th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, and being all of LOT 10 of Forest Springs Development, Section One, as the same appears on plat map of record in Map Book 14, page 37, in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, to which reference is hereby made for a more exact description. SUBJECT to the restrictions, conditions, easements, map notations and all other issues of record in Misc. Book 32, page 154, as amended in Misc. Book 360, page 723 and Misc. Book 361, page 300, and all other notations appearing on plat of record in Map Book 14, page 37, all in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. BEING the same property conveyed to Carlos Ortiz and wife, Natalia Ortiz, by Quit Claim Deed from Smoky Mountains Investments, LLC, a Louisiana Limited Liability Company, dated November 29, 2007, recorded December 03, 2007, in Book 2970, page 676, in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. FURTHER REFERENCE ALSO BEING the same property conveyed to Smoky Mountains Investments, LLC, a Louisiana Limited Liability Company, by General Warranty Deed from Earl F. Britland and wife, Linda L. Britland, dated March 26, 2004, recorded April 02, 2004, in Book 1944, page 131, in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. Natalia Ortiz being owner of 45% and Carlos L. Ortiz being owner of 55%. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 433 Forrest Springs Gatlinburg, TN 37738 CURRENT OWNER(S): Carlos Ortiz and Natalia Ortiz The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. SUBORDINATE LIENHOLDERS: N/A OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: N/A All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc. Substitute Trustee c/o NDS1 Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc. 1587 Northeast Expressway Atlanta, GA 30329 (770) 234-9181 File No.: 221.1005483TN March 9, 16 & 23, 2010

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4BR 3BA $1000 mth 2610 Surftide Dr in Dandridge off Exit 407. Near Dam, lake view. 865405-1478. A great location. 2 blocks off Parkway near Walmart. 2BR/2BA w/carport, w/d & water furn. Approx. 1400 SF, non-smoking environment. No pets please. $750 month. Year lease. Call 865-453-5396.

2400 sq. ft executive rental 3BR/3BA, 2car garage, new appliances, hardwood floors. Sev. Saddleback Ridge Sub. $1600 month 865-776-2104.

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1500 SF office space/ 1500 sf warehouse space. $1500/mo 2 miles from pkwy. 865-573-6859.

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2006 Honda 400, 4 wheel drive. Good condition. $3,500. 908-0584 or 8507464.

831 MOBILE HOME PARK LOTS 943 AUTOMOBILE SALES

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Indian Camp Creek Monthly or Yearly Rentals. Utilities & wiďŹ Bathhouse & Laundromat Furn Near the Park Off Hwy 321 850-2487

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;04 Lincoln LS Blk/tan, new tires, updated service log. Immac. inside/out, Alloy rims, factory tint. Less than 43k miles. Must see & drive to appreciate. $12,000. 865-4290820 before 6 pm.

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE WHEREAS, default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured to be paid by that certain Deed of Trust executed on April 3, 2006, by Christopher P Bruney and Barbara D. Bruney to Advantage Equity Sevices Inc, Trustee, as same appears of record in the Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Sevier County, Tennessee, under Book No. 2511, Page 159, (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deed of Trustâ&#x20AC;?); and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Indenture Trustee, on behalf of the holders of the Accredited Mortgage Loan Trust 2006-2 Asset Backed Notes; and WHEREAS, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Indenture Trustee, on behalf of the holders of the Accredited Mortgage Loan Trust 2006-2 Asset Backed Notes, the current owner and holder of said Deed of Trust, (the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Owner and Holderâ&#x20AC;?), appointed the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed for record in the Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Sevier County, Tennessee, with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed of Trust; and NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed of Trust by the Owner and Holder, and that the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., Substitute Trustee, or his duly appointed attorneys or agents, by virtue of the power and authority vested in him, will on Thursday, March 25, 2010 (having been postponed from the previous sale date of January 14, 2010), commencing at 2:00 PM at the steps of the Main entrance of the Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Sevier County, Tennessee, to wit: The following described premises, to-wit: Situate in the First Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, and being a 0.5711 acre parcel of land as shown on a survey by Ronnie L. Sims, RLS, 683, 1020 Topside Drive, Sevierville, TN 37862, dated September 11, 1995, entitled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;survey for Christopher P. Bruney et ux Barbara D. Bruneyâ&#x20AC;? and more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a point in the centerline of Old Wilhite Road, 525 feet, more or less, East of its intersection with Wilhite road, a common corner with a 20 foot easment; thence with the line of the 20 foot easement, North 13 degrees 10 minutes 38 seconds East 7.43 feet to an iron pin; thence continuing North 13 degrees 10 minutes 38 seconds East 132.79 feet to an iron pin in the line of Fliessner; thence with the line of Fliessner, South 81 degrees 42 minutes 54 seconds East 128.82 feet to an iron pin; thence S 32 desgrees 23 minutes 49 seconds East 51.24 feet to an iron pin; thence South 81 degrees 59 minutes 24 seconds East 49.77 feet to an iron pin; thence South 29 degrees 04 minutes 43 seconds East 30.35 feet to an iron pin; thence South 29 degrees 04 minutes 43 seconds East 10.00 feet to an existing nail and cap in the center of the Old Wilhite Road; thence with the centerline of the Old Wilhite Road, South 74 degrees 15 minutes 53 seconds West 183.44 feet to a point; thence North 77 degrees 43 minutes 19 seconds West 81.08 feet to the point of beginning. Being the same property conveyed to Christopher R. Bruney and wife, Barbara D. Bruney by deed from Ronald J. Driesslein and wife, Marta L. Driesslein recorded September 12, 1995 in Deed Book 554, Page 137 in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. Tax Parcel IDS: 066-011.02 Address 4025 Old Wilhite Road, Seveirville, TN 37876 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 4025 Old Wilhite Road Sevierville, TN 37876 CURRENT OWNER(S): Christopher P Bruney aka Christopher R. Bruney and Barbara D. Bruney The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. SUBORDINATE LIENHOLDERS: June Roper; Eastman Credit Union; Capital One Bank OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: N/A All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., Substitute Trustee c/o IMR Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc. 1587 Northeast Expressway Atlanta, GA 30329 (770) 234-9181 (ext. ) File No.: 5018.0937234TN Web Site: www.foreclosurehotline.net <http://www.foreclosurehotline.net> March 2, 9, & 16, 2010


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Tuesday, March 9, 2010 ◆ The Mountain Press Family Circus

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Advice

There is hope for 17-year-old boy who is chronically shy on dates

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Blondie

Baby Blues

Beetle Bailey

Dear Annie: I am 17, a senior in high school and have never had a girlfriend. It seems like no matter what I do, I never can find a girl to go out with. Any girl I’ve managed to date will only go out with me once, and after that, we are just friends. I freeze up on dates and have no clue why. I’ve known one girl since I was 3, but for some reason couldn’t find a single thing to say to her when we were out. Mind you, I can talk to a girl all day at school, but alone with her, my mind goes blank and she loses interest. I am tired of this happening every time and don’t want to go through the rest of the year like this. I am often told that I am good-looking and kind, but I always manage to mess things up. How can I overcome this? Any input would be greatly appreciated. -Never Kissed a Girl Dear Never Kissed: Your shyness may be severe enough to qualify as a social anxiety disorder. Still, sometimes all it takes is practice. Because you can carry on a conversation at school, some of these girls may mistake your shyness for boredom or disdain. Prepare a couple of things to say. Ask what she thinks about one of your classes. Tell her she looks nice or that you like her earrings. Smile. Consider going out in a group. Also, you’d be surprised to learn that some women think shy guys are adorable, and if you confess that you are nervous, they will do their best to put you at ease. Dear Annie: Recently, some friends

lost a family member. In the obituary, it states that in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to a selected charity. We honored that wish and made a donation. Is it acceptable to let our friends know of the donation, either verbally or in a sympathy card? We have made such donations in the past and aren’t sure whether the family was notified by the organization. We aren’t looking for gratitude. We simply want the family to know we are thinking of them. What is proper? -- Unsure Dear Unsure: The organization will notify the family of your donation (without stating the amount). The family should then send some type of acknowledgement. If you want to be sure your donation was received, it is best to call the organization. Dear Annie: I have a suggestion for “Life’s a Beach,” who was tired of entertaining her husband’s freeloading relatives every summer, and he refused to tell them not to come. We recently called friends who live out of state and asked whether it would be OK to visit them for the day. We offered to take them out for lunch, but they refused. After a simple and delicious meal, the lady of the house simply announced, “We will clear the table, and then the kitchen is closed.”

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Barney Google and Snuffy Smith

For Better Or Worse

Tina’s Groove

My husband and I went sightseeing that afternoon and then treated our friends to dinner. “Life’s a Beach” has to pull up her socks and stop letting them take advantage of her, even if she has to pack a sack lunch and take Hubby and the kids to the park, leaving the refrigerator nearly bare for the uninvited “guests.” If Hubby doesn’t want to join her, let him figure out what to feed his relatives. The old saying is true: “Guests and fish go bad after three days.” People can be selfish and thoughtless unless educated by events. “Life” might invest in a sign that says “Kitchen Closed Until Further Notice,” although I’d just handwrite a note and tape it to the bathroom mirror. -A Grandmother who Loves Company but not Freeloaders in Nebraska Dear Grandmother: It’s unfortunate that some people can be clueless or inconsiderate when it comes to good manners. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.


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Kathryn Bigelow beats ex, makes history at Oscars By DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer LOS ANGELES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kathryn Bigelow played field commander to bring her raw, relentless Iraq War thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hurt Lockerâ&#x20AC;? to the screen. After her film triumphed at the Academy Awards with six prizes and made her the first woman ever to win the directing Oscar, she graduated to diplomat with her deft handling of some uncomfortable personal questions from reporters after the show. Bigelowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rivals included a man from her past â&#x20AC;&#x201D; exhusband James Cameron, whose science-fiction epic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avatarâ&#x20AC;? also was nominated for the best picture and director that she won. Backstage, Bigelow judiciously handled reportersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; queries about Cameron, who was seated right behind her at the Oscars and joined the standing ovation she received, clapping heartily and saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, yesâ&#x20AC;? after she won best director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jim is very inspiring. I think he inspires filmmakers around the world, and for that, I think I can speak for all of them. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re quite grateful,â&#x20AC;? Bigelow said. Asked what she might

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Oscar winners

The Associated Press List of winners at the 82nd annual Academy Awards: â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Motion Picture: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hurt Locker.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Actor: Jeff Bridges, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crazy Heart.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Actress: Sandra Bullock, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blind Side.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inglourious Basterds.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Supporting Actress: Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Nique, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Precious: Based on the Novel â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Pushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Sapphire.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Director: Kathryn Bigelow, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hurt Locker.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Foreign Film: â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Secreto de Sus Ojos,â&#x20AC;? Argentina. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Adapted Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Precious: Based on the Novel â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Sapphire.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hurt Locker.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Animated Feature Film: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cinematography: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avatar.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sound Mixing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hurt Locker.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sound Editing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hurt Locker.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Original Score: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up,â&#x20AC;? Michael Giacchino. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Original Song: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)â&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crazy Heart,â&#x20AC;? Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Costume: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Young Victoria.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Documentary Feature: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cove.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Documentary (short subject): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music by Prudence.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Film Editing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hurt Locker.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Makeup: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Trek.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Animated Short Film: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Logorama.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Live Action Short Film: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Tenants.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Visual Effects: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avatar.â&#x20AC;?

as best actress for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blind Sideâ&#x20AC;?; Jeff Bridges as best actor for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crazy Heartâ&#x20AC;?; Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Nique as supporting actress for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Precious: Based on the Novel â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Sapphireâ&#x20AC;?; and Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inglourious Basterds.â&#x20AC;? Bigelow downplayed descriptions of herself as a female filmmaker throughout awards sea-

say to Cameron about winning over him, Bigelow gave a big laugh and shrugged off the question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You left me speechless,â&#x20AC;? Bigelow said. She and Cameron were married from 1989-91, and Cameron won best director and picture for his 1997 blockbuster â&#x20AC;&#x153;Titanic.â&#x20AC;? First-time winners took all four acting prizes: Sandra Bullock

Associated Press

Kathryn Bigelow with the Oscar for Best Director at the Governors Ball following the the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday. Bigelow beat ex-husband James Cameron, who directed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avatar,â&#x20AC;? and became the first female to win an Oscar for best director. son. After the Oscars, she reiterated that sentiment but made it clear she was eager for other women to follow her lead in winning Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top filmmaking honor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the first of many, and of course, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to just think of myself as a filmmaker.

And I long for the day when that modifier can be a moot point,â&#x20AC;? Bigelow said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very grateful if I can inspire some young, intrepid, tenacious male or female filmmaker and have them feel that the impossible is possible, and never give up on your dream.â&#x20AC;?

Prime Ministerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coalition seen leading Iraqi vote BAGHDAD (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Early estimates from a range of Iraqi parties on Monday predicted a coalition led by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki would take the lead in the parliamentary election, though official results were not expected for a few days. A win by al-Maliki could signal Iraqisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rejection of the religious parties that have dominated the country since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The prime

minister has been trying to distance himself from his partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s religious roots and portray himself as more of a nationalist. Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voting was the latest test of Iraqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fragile democracy and will determine whether the country can overcome the deep sectarian divides that have plagued it for the past seven years. Turnout for Iraqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second election for a full parliamentary term was 62 percent of

about 19 million eligible voters, the election commission said. That is lower than the last full parliamentary election in December 2005, in which roughly 76 percent of eligible voters turned out. Officials attributed the drop to a combination of voter intimidation, more stringent ID requirements at the polls and a drop in voter excitement. A spate of attacks on election day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some directly on voters and polling stations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; killed 36

Scientists: Quakes are coincidence; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;World definitely not coming to endâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By RAPHAEL G. SATTER Associated Press Writer LONDON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Experts say there is nothing unusual about the latest spate of earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and now Turkey, but their devastation illustrates how growing construction along the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fault lines can lead to massive casualties. Seismologists say that although one powerful quake can conceivably raise the risk for others elsewhere, the recent string of quakes is probably just coincidence. Bob Holdsworth, an expert in tectonics at Durham University, said Monday that â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can definitely tell you that the world is not coming to an end.â&#x20AC;? Bernard Doft, the seismologist for the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, says there is no direct connection between the lethal quakes that have struck Haiti, Chile and Turkey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These events are too far apart to be of direct influence to each other,â&#x20AC;? he said. Although the Haitian quake occurred along a fault that had seen no major event for 250 years, both Chile and Turkey are

prone to devastating quakes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was by accident that it happened at approximately the same time,â&#x20AC;? he said. More than half the cities with at least 1 million people are on active plate boundaries, which are where quakes tend to happen, said University of Colorado geologist Roger Bilham. Unfortunately, despite past quakes, people continue to put up poorly constructed new buildings, said Bilham, who just returned from Haiti and observed these bad practices. Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quake in Turkey had a 6.0 magnitude. On average, there are 134 earthquakes a year that have a magnitude between a 6.0 and 6.9, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This year is off to a fast start with 40 so far â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than in most years for that period of time. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because the 8.8 quake in Chile generated a large number of strong aftershocks, and so many occurring this early in the year skews the picture, said Earle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Years that have large quakes are likely to be higher in overall seismicity,â&#x20AC;? Earle said. The Chilean quake was the sixth strongest since 1900.

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people. The election commission said at a news conference that initial results for some provinces as well Baghdad â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an area key to determining any winner â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be announced Tuesday. But full results are not expected for a few more days. But officials of the various parties were present during regional vote counts after the polls closed Sunday, giv-

ing them a sense of where the race is heading. Abbas al-Bayati from alMalikiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State of Law coalition said early information from the coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representatives showed the list did well in Baghdad and in the Shiite south. Baghdad accounts for 70 seats in the parliament. But one seat is mandated as Christian and another for minorities, meaning 68 are up for grabs.

NEW YORK (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; After saying goodbye on concert stages and online video streams, Lil Wayne had nothing to add as he was sentenced Monday to a year in jail for having a loaded gun on his tour bus. The Grammy Awardwinning rapper delivered only a brief bow to fans and supporters as he was led out of a courtroom in handcuffs to start serving his sentence. With that, Lil Wayne headed off to face his punishment in a case that had shadowed him as he became one of musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prolific and profitable figures in recent years. Arrested in July 2007, he pleaded guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted he had the loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun on his bus. His lawyer, Stacey Richman, said the rapper was resolute as he was taken away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He knew what he had to do, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing it,â&#x20AC;? she said. Lil Wayne will serve his sentence in the Rikers Island jail complex. Richman said she expected he would be held in protective custody, but the city Correction Department said it was still deciding on that. Protective custody is given to inmates who, for a variety of reasons including notoriety, require separation from the general prison population. The 27-year-old rap star could be released in about eight months with good behavior. Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Carter, is going behind bars with his career in full throttle. His â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tha Carter IIIâ&#x20AC;? was the best-selling album of 2008 and won a Grammy for best rap album. His latest album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebirth,â&#x20AC;? was released last month.

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