The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 68 ■ March 9, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Pastor regrets people were hurt
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
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
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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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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
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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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Noland running for constable seat Submitted report
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-
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 for Hungry Hearts served from 5:306:30 p,m. Second Baptist Church, Pigeon Street off Chapman Highway.
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 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.
Medic blood drive 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Kroger in Sevierville.
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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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.
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 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.
ThursDAY, MARCH 11 Hot Meals
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.
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.
friDAY, MARCH 12 Angel Food
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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St. Patrick’s Day dinner and auction sponsored by Sevierville Sunrise Rotary, 5:30-7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Children’s Home dining hall. $5.
SUNDAY, MARCH 14 Sunday Night Alive
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monDAY, MARCH 15 Women’s Bible Study
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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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town Gatlinburg, dressed in costumes to entertain — and even educate — visitors of the Smoky Mountains. “‘Tunes and ‘Tales’ has a turn-of-the-century, mountain music kind of theme,” Elder said. “Our cloggers are steeped in mountain tradition, and so are our crafters. In addition to being a good crafter or performer, you need to be able to interact with
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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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City Commission to meet Thursday
The Pigeon Forge City Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday this week. The commission usually meets on Monday, but changed the schedule this week only. The commission meets at City Hall. Officials will consider use of the Teaster Lane parking lot for some upcoming events. n
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the limited edition books can be preordered for $55 until Monday. For more information contact Tim Fisher at 908-7988. n
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
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.
Execution time moved to 10 p.m.
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
Route 85 reopens after rockslide
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
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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This day in history Today is Tuesday, March 9, the 68th day of 2010. There are 297 days left in the year. n
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On March 9, 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimac) clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va.
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Ten years ago:
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
Five years ago:
Michael Jackson’s young accuser took the witness stand, saying he once considered the pop star being tried for allegedly molesting him “the coolest guy in the world.” (Jackson was later acquitted.) n
Thought for today:
Thought for Today: “Delay is the deadliest form of denial.” — C. Northcote Parkinson, British author (19091993).
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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.
“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.
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.
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
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
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.
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. email@example.com
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SPORTS BRIEFS Fire Chiefsâ€™ Golf Tournament
The Smoky Mountain Fire Chiefsâ€™ 1st Annual Golf Tournament will be April 27, starting at 1 p.m. at Eagleâ€™s Landing Golf Club in Sevierville. The event will benefit the Tennessee Fire Service Coalition and the Sevier County Fire Chiefsâ€™ 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
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) â€” A high-profile Atlanta defense attorney said Monday that heâ€™s been hired to represent Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as police investigate a Georgia womanâ€™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. â€œAll of us in the Steelers family are concerned about the recent incident involving Ben Roethlisberger in Georgia,â€? the statement said. â€œWe cannot comment on any of the specifics until law enforcementâ€™s investigation is concluded.â€? Meanwhile, attorney Ed Garlandâ€™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 Eagleâ€™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.
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 40 21 .656 â€” 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 â€” 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 â€” 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 â€” 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 â€” 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 â€” 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
â€”â€”â€” Sundayâ€™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 Mondayâ€™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. Tuesdayâ€™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. Wednesdayâ€™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.
RHP Clayton Mortensen, LHP Josh Outman, RHP Henry Rodriguez, RHP Justin Souza, RHP Brad Ziegler, 1B Daric Barton, OF Travis Buck, 1B Chris Carter, 3B Jake Fox, 2B Eric Patterson, SS Cliff Pennington, C Landon Powell, 3B Adam Rosales, C Kurt Suzuki, OF Ryan Sweeney and 2B Steve Tolleson on one-year contracts. National League NEW YORK METSâ€”Signed RHP Kyle Snyder to a minorleague contract. American Association EL PASO DIABLOSâ€”Sold the contract of RHP Rick Rivas to Los Angeles (NL). FORT WORTH CATSâ€” Signed RHP Grant Varnell. Can-Am League NEW JERSEY JACKALSâ€” Signed INF Abraham O. Nunez. SUSSEX SKYHAWKSâ€” Traded OF Maikel Jova to Chico (Golden) for cash. FOOTBALL National Football League T r a ns a ct ions PHILADELPHIA EAGLESâ€”Agreed to terms with WR Jason Avant on a five-year contract. Canadian Football League BASEBALL MONTREAL Major League Baseball ALOUETTESâ€”Re-signed MLBâ€”Named Sandy DE Gavin Walls and OT Skip Alderson to serve as a conSeagraves. Signed QB Cody sultant, focusing on the Pickett. implementation of reform HOCKEY to the sports operations in National Hockey League the Dominican Republic. OTTAWA SENATORSâ€” American League Signed D Brian Lee to a BOSTON RED SOXâ€” two-year contract. American Agreed to terms with Hockey League RHP Daniel Bard, RHP AHLâ€”Suspended San Michael Bowden, RHP Antonio RW Francis Lessard Clay Buchholz, LHP Felix for two games as a result Doubront, RHP Ramon of his actions in a March 7 A. Ramirez, LHP Dustin Richardson, C Dusty Brown, game against Rockford. HAMILTON BULLDOGSâ€” C Mark Wagner, 1B Aaron Recalled F Maxime Lacroix Bates, 2B Tug Hulett and from Cincinnati (ECHL). SS Jed Lowrie, OF Jacoby PROVIDENCE BRUINSâ€” Ellsbury and OF Josh Announced G Dany Sabourin Reddick on one-year conhas been assigned to the tracts. team by Boston (NHL). OAKLAND ATHLETICSâ€” Reassigned G Matt Dalton Agreed to terms with to Reading (ECHL). LHP Brett Anderson, RHP COLLEGE Andrew Bailey, LHP Jerry Blevins, LHP Dallas Braden, ALBANY, N.Y.â€”Announced the resignation of womenâ€™s LHP Craig Breslow, RHP basketball coach Trina Trevor Cahill, RHP Bobby Patterson. Cassevah, RHP Fautino MASSACHUSETTSâ€”Fired De Los Santos, RHP Pedro Figueroa, LHP Gio Gonzalez, womenâ€™s basketball coach Marnie Dacko. LHP Brad Kilby, RHP Vin Mazzaro, RHP John Meloan,
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N AS C AR NASCAR Sprint Cup Leaders By The Associated Press Through March 7 Points 1, Carl Edwards, 505. 2, Brad Keselowski, 464. 3, Brian Vickers, 457. 4, Justin Allgaier, 449. 5, Kyle Busch, 424. 6, Steve Wallace, 423. 7, Kevin Harvick, 414. 8, Greg Biffle, 408. 9, Paul Menard, 398. 10, Scott Riggs, 359. 11, James Buescher, 347. 12, Mike Wallace, 346. 13, Trevor Bayne, 320. 14, Jason Leffler, 312. 15, Joey Logano, 311. 15, Tony Raines, 311. 17, Brian Scott, 310. 18, Michael Annett, 303. 19, Scott Lagasse Jr., 297. 20, Brendan Gaughan, 293. Money 1, Kevin Harvick, $187,160. 2, Carl Edwards, $170,575. 3, Brad Keselowski, $152,689. 4, Kyle Busch, $139,825. 5, Justin Allgaier, $133,139. 6, Greg Biffle, $130,745. 7, Steve Wallace, $121,264. 8, James Buescher, $118,529. 9, Trevor Bayne, $118,439. 10, Tony Stewart, $117,295. 11, Brian Vickers, $116,210. 12, Scott Riggs, $111,349. 13, Mike Wallace, $110,789. 14, Eric McClure, $109,114. 15, Jason Leffler, $109,004. 16, John Wes Townley, $108,874. 17, Tony Raines, $108,804. 18, Michael Annett, $108,349. 19, Brian Keselowski, $108,089. 20, Scott Lagasse Jr., $108,054.
NCAAW Hoops The Womenâ€™s Top Twenty Five By The Associated Press The top 25 teams in the The Associated Pressâ€™ womenâ€™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. Johnâ€™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 â€” 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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NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. â€”â€”â€” Sundayâ€™s Games Toronto 8, Detroit 5 Atlanta 9, Houston 4 Pittsburgh 15, Minnesota (ss) 5 Tampa Bay 5, Philadelphia 3, 10 innings St. Louis 7, Florida 4 Boston 5, Baltimore 4 Minnesota (ss) 11, N.Y. Y 0 N.Y. Mets 6, Washington 5 Seattle , San Diego Arizona (ss) 9, Colorado (ss) 3, 6 innings L.A. Angels , Oakland Chicago Cubs (ss) , L.A. Dodgers Cleveland , Texas Kansas City , San Francisco Chicago White Sox , Chicago Cubs (ss) Milwaukee , Cincinnati Colorado (ss) 4, Arizona (ss) 1, 7 innings Tuesdayâ€™s Games Pittsburgh vs N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. St. Louis vs Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs Florida at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Detroit vs Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston vs N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. Texas vs Oakland (ss) at Phoenix, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Colorado vs L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Oakland (ss) vs Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Arizona vs Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. San Diego vs L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cleveland vs Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Philadelphia vs Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 7:05 p.m.
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