The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 82 ■ March 23, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
What’s this? Springtime with snow?
5It’s Flynn again Sevier County slugger goes deep again as Smoky Bears roll
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
Sports, Page A8
5And now comes the sell Obama to sign health care bill, hit road to convince America NATION, Page A5
Targeting Tyson PETA wants probe into ex-boxing champ’s pigeon racing show Page A6
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Snow streaks the sky along River Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Monday as Mother Nature reminds everyone that winter will not go along quietly.
The old saying holds that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but offers little perspective on what we should expect the middle of the month to hold. For Sevier County this year, though, it’s trending more toward the lion. It may have “officially” been the third day of spring, but Monday brought flurries and even accumulating snow showers throughout East Tennessee and, while it may not be the latest the area has seen winter precipitation, it certainly caught some folks off guard. “There are a lot of cars up in the park right now because we have a lot of spring-breakers who have come out to enjoy the weather we were having over the weekend,” Great Smoky Mountains National Park spokesman Bob Miller said Monday morning. “Certainly we are concerned that some of those folks might be illprepared to move from the weather we had over the weekend to this.” Those people may also have had a hard time getting off the mountain once their trips into the backcountry were over. While the snow melted as it hit the ground in most parts of Sevier County, there was some accumulation in the higher elevations, particularly in parts of the park. That prompted officials to close Newfound Gap Road at lunchtime. “We did get enough snow and icy material on the road by noon that we decided we needed to go ahead and close the road,” Miller said. “When it comes to that decision, it’s not so much about how much accumulation there is as how slick the road is getting.” Park crews started early Monday running snow plows and other equipment in an effort to keep the road clear. While that sufficed for most of the morning, with only an inch of snow at Newfound Gap by 7 a.m., it became See snow, Page A4
Group prepares to file prayer suit vs. county Officials say they won’t stop opening meetings with traditional invocation
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Obituaries Tammy Shultz, 49 Wanda Lewelling, 85 “Rick” Sexton Emmett Tabor, 52 DETAILS, Page A4
Index Local & State . A1-A4,A6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . A8,A9 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A13 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A13 Classifieds . . . . . . A9-A12 Nation . . . . . . . . . A5,A14 World . . . . . . . . . . . . A14
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By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
“Instead of taking these simple steps to comply with the law, Sevier County appears to have choSEVIERVILLE — The Washington-based group sen to deliberately flout the U.S. Constitution.”
“This is something we’ve done for as long as I’ve been mayor and we’re going to continue doing it.”
— AU Senior Litigation Counsel Alex Luchenitser
— County Mayor Larry Waters, in office for 32 years
that fielded a citizen’s complaint about the County Commission’s practice of reciting the Lord’s Prayer says it’s gearing up for a possible legal battle as local leaders continue to dismiss the organization’s demands. Meanwhile, it became apparent Monday it may be easier for the group to file that suit than previously thought.
An attorney with Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) says the group is “taking all steps necessary to prepare the case for litigation.” Meanwhile, county officials say they’re not budging on AU’s insistence that they stop opening their sessions
with the invocation and remove a poster depicting the prayer, the Ten Commandments and a depiction of Jesus from the meeting room. “While we had hoped to be able to resolve this matter without going to court, the odds of that happening appear to
be quite slim now,” AU Senior Litigation Counsel Alex Luchenitser said in an e-mail to The Mountain Press on Monday. “Instead of taking these simple steps to comply with the law, Sevier County appears to have chosen to deliberately flout the U.S. Constitution.
“It is unfortunate that the county has invited a lawsuit that will waste county funds and detract from the proper tasks of county government.” Though AU officials previously told The Mountain Press they would have See PRAYER, Page A5
Loud and proud Fundraiser for 10th Smoky Mountain Thunder draws enthusiastic crowd for day-long festivities By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — There’s a very obvious reason why they call the annual motorcycle rally honoring America’s military Smoky Mountain Thunder. “It’s loud,” a young boy shrieked as he cupped his hands over his ears at the fairgrounds Saturday next to a herd of revving hogs. The thunder came early to Sevier County this year as organizers prepare for the 10th anniversary ride, which will be held on the Sunday preceding Memorial Day. A fundraiser was held this weekend to help raise some of the more than $5,000 it takes to put the event on annually. The festivities ran nearly all day, featuring live music, vendor displays and competitions, including, as that little fellow learned, a loud pipe contest that challenged participants to make the
most-deafening noises they could with their two- and three-wheeled rides. “We’re having a lot of fun here today as a fundraiser for the Smoky Mountain Thunder ride on May 30 this year,” event organizer Ron Giddis said. “It should be a good day and we’re expecting a great turn-out. I’ve been getting calls for weeks from all over from folks wanting to know about this. We’re hoping we’re going to just load it up.” The American Eagle Foundation set up a booth at the event that included the national symbol standing above a mounted flag, while the Sevierville Police Department offered child safety programs and displays of the skills of its K-9 officers. Meanwhile, paying vendors offered their wares to ticketed visitors, with all the money from the Derek Hodges/The Mountain Press event directed to funding the special Keith Click of Knoxville shines his machine anniversary ride. prior to a bike show during a fundraiser for the See LOUD, Page A4 Smoky Mountain Thunder ride Saturday.
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Byrd running for County Commission seat
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 428-0748, ext. 214, or e-mail to editor@ themountainpress.com. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.
tuesday, march 23 Seymour Story Time
Preschool story time 11 a.m., Seymour Library. 5730728.
Hot Meals for Hungry Hearts served 5:30-6:30 p,m. Second Baptist Church, Pigeon Street off Chapman Highway.
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.
New Center Football
New Center Football Little League sign-ups 12:30-4 p.m., Sevierville Community Center, for ages 5-11. Registration fee for football and cheerleading $55; discount for more than one child. 640-5344.
Smoky Mountain Jam Basketball
Smoky Mountain Jam Basketball fundraiser game for Catlettsburg Elementary School, 6 p.m. Donations also acceptedl. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for children and $1 for any student basketball player. Concessions available. (865) 680-7369. Tickets available at the door.
sunday, march 28 Sunday Night Alive
Gatlinburg First UMC, 6 p.m., fellowship of contemporary music and worship followed by a hot meal. 4364691.
Boyds Creek Baptist
Boyds Creek Baptist Church service in song, 7 p.m. Guest singers, Heavenly Sunshine.
Gists Creek Baptist
Gists Creek Baptist Church service and singing 6 p.m. with Matt Cordell, local tribute artist; Andy Stringfield, pianist from The Kingdom Heirs. 428-1703.
WEDNEsday, march 25 Maples Branch Baptist
Traditional Lent services 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through March 24, First Presbyterian Sevierville. Offering collected will go to help Haiti. 453-2971.
Middle Creek UMC
Worship services at 6:30 p.m. at Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge. 216-2066. Preschool story time 10:30 a.m., Sevier County Main Library. 453-3532.
thursday, march 25 Hot Meals
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries hot meals 5:30-6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Sevierville and Kodak United Methodist Church in Kodak.
TOPS weight loss chapter meets 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.
Women’s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge n 2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road n 6:30 p.m. Sevierville UMC, Conference Room
Cougar football and cheerleading sign-ups 6-8 p.m., Northview Middle School football field. 388-1618.
Midway Family Community and Education Club meets 1 p.m., Mountain National Bank, Kodak. Master Gardener will speak.
Monday, March 29 Women’s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace Women’s Bible study: n Noon, Seymour Heights Christian Church, Chapman and Boyds Creek Highway n 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn
tuesday, march 30 Hot Meals for Hungry Hearts served from 5:306:30 p,m. Second Baptist Church, Pigeon Street just off Chapman Highway. Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast, Garrett, Gatlinburg 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.
WEDNESday, march 31 Middle Creek UMC
Worship services 6:30 p.m., Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge. 216-2066.
Submitted report John French has announced his candidacy for county commissioner in the 3rd District, Seat B. The 47-year-old has been married to Debbie Caylor French for 28 years and they have two sons, Justin and Cameron. A member of Red Bank Baptist Church and a graduate of the Sevier County School System, French said his platform is “A Voice for You.” French, a full-time firefighter for the city of Sevierville, has volunteered thousands of hours with Sevier County fire and rescue services over the past 24 years. “Now I want to volunteer my time and service to the people of the 3rd
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8th District,” he said. “I will work with School Board members to try to locate land in the Kodak area for a new high school and will also support enhancing the Northview Fire department’s facilities to better serve the homes and businesses in the community. I will partner with the Road Superintendent and the State on safety issues. “If elected,” Byrd said, “I will do my best to serve the constituents of the 8th District and vote how the majority of the citizens want me to vote.”
French running for County Commission District, with a commitment to keeping our taxes low, our communities safe, and making sure our French children have skills they need to compete in today’s global economy,” he says. “When elected I would like to form a committee to raise money for a boys and girls club in the New Center area. Land has already been given for the project, and I feel a safe place for our children to play is very important. I also want to improve our schools as our area continues to grow. “With this growth
Overbey appointed to state Child Fatality Review Team
Directors; charter member of Northview Optimist Club, twice serving as president and treasurer, with several years on the Board of Directors; oversaw the construction of new Optimist Club building; member of Sevier County Ruritan Club; and a member of Eagles1 Riders. “My primary focus is on the education of the children, safety of all people, and dedication to preserving the integrity and beauty of the community. I’ll strive to keep taxes low and will only vote for a tax increase if it benefits the
NASHVILLE — State Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, has been appointed to the Tennessee Child Fatality Review Team. The appointment was made by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who named Overbey as one of two Senate members on the team. The Child Fatality Review Team includes individuals from various occupations that affect child health and safety. The team collects information in every case of child death, so that a greater understanding can be reached as to the reason for such tragidies, and to learn of any possible preventive measures. Overbey has served
on the House Health and Human Resources Committee for eight years and on the Senate General Welfare, Health and Human Services Committee for two years. “I am very pleased to be appointed to the Tennessee Child Fatality Review Team,” said Overbey. “We have many challenges before us and I look forward to being a part of finding solutions to give every Tennessee child a healthy start in life.” Among the Team’s top child health concerns is the state’s high infant mortality rate.
comes the added responsibility to be a good steward towards what attracts so many visitors to our area. I want to work with the Hillside Task Force and the Planning Commission to preserve the natural beauty of our county, which is loved by so many. “It is through this same planning that we must recruit industry to our county. Geographically, Sevier County sits in a prime location to bring small industry into our area. We must work harder to bring good-paying
jobs to Sevier County and position it as a place that small industry wants to be, especially in these trying times. “Politicians love to make promises. This is my promise to you: I will make sure your voice is heard, because I will and can work the hours it takes to be an effective voice for you.”
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Gene Byrd has announced his candidacy for county commissioner in the 8th District, Seat A. He is a lifelong resident of Kodak and a member of Holston Memorial Baptist Church. He is the son of the late Frank and Joanna Byrd. He is married to Kay France Moore Byrd and has two daughters, Regina Johnson and Kym Meade; a stepson, Anthony Moore; and four grandchildren, Tyler and Kyle Johnson, Piper Meade and Nicholas Moore. Byrd was self-employed
with Byrd & Sons Construction and Byrd & Brothers Pump Sales & Services for 44 years. Byrd He is a member of several community organizations: Master Mason, past Master of French Broad Lodge No. 588, and Kerbela Shrine; charter member of the Northview/ Kodak Volunteer Fire Department, now serving as chairman of Board of
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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 Michael Paul Bingham, 29, of Powell, Tenn., was charged March 20 with a child support warrant from circuit court. He was released on $250 bond. u Austin Fredrick Busha, 25, of 215 Mayes Road in Pigeon Forge, was charged March 21 with theft forgery (credit card). He was being held. u Joe Childress, 47, of Knoxville, was charged March 20 with cruelty to animals. He was released. u Caroline Conner, 18, of 153 Proffitt Road in Gatlinburg, was charged March 21 with violation of a valid court order. She was being held. u Sherrie Lee Dugger, 48, of 3732 Oldham Creek in Sevierville, was charged March 21 with two warrants for violation of probation. She was being held in lieu of $30,000 bond. u Michelle Mae Gunter, 31, of 519 Butler Branch Road in Gatlinburg, was charged March 22 with theft and violation of probation. She was being held. u Eric Shane Jenkins, 37, of Dandridge, was charged March 21 with DUI. He was released on $2,500 bond. u Danny Allen Julian, 49, of 204 Winding Ridge Trail in Sevierville, was charged March 21 with public intoxication. He was released. u Jason Darrell Lawrence, 27, of Powell, was charged March 21 with three counts of burglary. He was being held in lieu of $30,000 bond. u Robert Earl Loveday Jr.,
28, of 318 Myers Hollow Road in Seymour, was charged March 20 with a second count of DUI, violation of implied consent law and reckless endangerment. He was released. u Amanda Mae Maples, 29, of 613 Ridge Road in Sevierville, was charged March 22 with violation of parole. She was being held. u Timothy Edward Mathis, 30, of 745 Southview Circle in Kodak, was charged March 19 with domestic violence assault. He was released on $2,500 bond. u Charles Richard Maxwell, 42, of 2020 Ridge Road Apt. 10 in Pigeon Forge, was charged March 21 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court He was being held. u Jonathan Samuel Oakley, 34, of 1416 S. Circle Drive in Sevierville, was charged March 21 with violation of probation. He was being held. u Justin Lenard Ownby, 18, of 905 Maryville Highway #14 in Seymour, was charged March 19 with driving on a suspended license. He was released. u Heather Nicole Ramsey, 21, of 997 Old Newport Highway in Sevierville, was charged March 21 with two misdemeanor warrants from general sessions court. She was being held. u Seth Aaron Smith, 20, of 307 Cate Byrd Road Lot 24 in Sevierville, was charged March 21 with aggravated burglary. He was released on $15,000 bond. u Dominick Robert Stazzone, 40, of 199 Murrell Meadows Drive in Sevierville, was charged March 21 with violation of probation. He was released. u Amy Sue Tague, 42, of 313 Circle Drive in Gatlinburg, was charged March 21 with being a fugitive from justice. She was being held.
state b r i e f s Clarksville man fatally stabbed
CLARKSVILLE (AP) — Police in Clarksville say the suspect who stabbed a man to death fled the scene and has not been found. Police responded to a call about the stabbing around 6:14 a.m. Sunday. A statement from Clarksville police says they believe there was a confrontation and 28-yearold Hashim Moorman of Clarksville was stabbed multiple times.
that copyright ownership of Miller’s 1964 songs goes to Mary Miller and Roger Miller Music Inc. The songs include “Dang Me,” “Chug-A-Lug” and “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd.” Miller, who also acted in and wrote the lyrics and music for the Tony award-winning Broadway musical “Big River,” died from cancer in 1992 at 56.
Singers’s widow copyright winner
NASHVILLE (AP) — The widow of country music singer Roger Miller has won a protracted legal battle over the copyrights to “King of the Road” and other of the late artist’s best known songs. U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes ruled
Troy Sellars is announcing his candidacy for the Sevier County Commission, 8th District, Seat A. Sellars, a resident of Kodak, is a smallbusiness owner who served over nine years with the Sevierville Police Department as a patrol and K-9 officer and two years as a Judicial Commissioner/ Magistrate for Sevier County General Sessions Court. His wife of 13 years, Christy, is a school resource officer at Seymour Primary. They
have a 5-year-old son, Christopher, who will be attending Northview Primary School next Sellars year. Sellars, who calls himself a conservative Republican, says he is running on a platform “to provide strong representation that provides a new voice to all 8th District citizens. “I am 100 percent behind the volunteer fire department and our sheriff’s department,” said Sellars. “I have
worked closely with both departments as a resident and as a K-9 officer. I know first-hand how much they benefit our community. “My wife works in the schools and our son will be attending kindergarten at Northview next year. There is an immediate need for more school funding in the 8th District. “All of our kids need an environment where they can make the most of themselves. “I also believe that the 8th District needs to make the most of its own economic growth,”
he said. “Our district doesn’t have the national park and we don’t have other major tourist attractions. “We have to do all we can to bring good jobs like that to the 8th District. These things have prompted me to seek election to the 8th District County Commission seat. “I have one thing to say that sums it all up,” Sellars said. “I have nothing to gain and plenty to give. “I have no interest in politics beyond representing my neighbors and making sure their voice is heard on County Commission.”
Moore seeks re-election to school board Submitted report Stanley Moore has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Sevier County Board of Education in the 3rd Educational District. Moore is currently the Sevier County Board of Education member representing Northview Primary School, Northview Middle School, Sevier County High School and the newly opened Catlettsburg Elementary School. Moore is a lifelong resident of the Northview community and a graduate of Sevier County High School. He has been married to his wife, Sherry, for 32 years. Sherry Moore teaches at Northview Primary. The Moores have one
daughter, Samantha, who attended Northview Primary and Northview Middle schools. She graduated from Sevier County High School and is currently a sophomore at Walters State Community College. The Moores are members of Kodak United Methodist Church. While serving on the Board of Education, Moore said he has worked to provide new schools in several areas of Sevier County to alleviate overcrowding. “In fact, I am committed to building a new high school to serve the children of the 3rd Educational District. The new high school will relieve overcrowding at Sevier County High School,” he said.
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Some of the other needs Moore cites as being addressed in the 3rd Educational District: n Purchase of land for the new high school so the first phase of construction can begin n Replacement of the gym floor and bleachers at Northview Middle School n Replacement of bleachers at Northview Primary School n Installation of air conditioning in the gyms at Northview Primary and Northview Middle schools n Resurfacing of entrance roads to Northview Primary and Northview Middle schools n Purchase and installa-
tion of playground equipment at Catlettsburg Elementary “When re-elected, I will continue to work closely with the schools and communities of the 3rd Educational District to make sure that our children receive an outstanding educational experience that develops lifelong learners,” he said.
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into the wild. â€œAt this time of year, a lot of the people out the in the backcountry are on the Appalachian Trail and, if theyâ€™re planning to stay in one of the shelters up there, they have to check in with someone at the park office first,â€? Miller explained. â€œThose folks will check to make sure theyâ€™ve got everything they need given the conditions that are expected. For the most part theyâ€™re prepared, but we do have some who just really are not ready to go out.â€? For those folks, the options are finding a way to secure the equipment theyâ€™ll need, like warm clothes, or canceling their plans. While that may seem harsh, it might save the personâ€™s life and valuable park resources expended in rescue operations if they should get into trouble, Miller said. At lower levels, it appeared
there was little impact on daily life as temperatures several degrees above the freezing mark kept local roads mostly clear. School children perhaps saw it as a bit of torture that they had to watch the snow all day from their desks. â€œWe are in school today as scheduled,â€? Curriculum Director Debra Cline said. While they may have dreamed of at least getting an early start on their afterschool plans, there seems to be reason for local children to be grateful they got a full dayâ€™s education Monday. Thatâ€™s because the schools have been closed 13 days already this year, the maximum number built in to the calendar. Having another cancellation could mean an extra hour tacked on to the school day or even class on Saturday, Cline said. â€œIf we miss another day, that will be when we have to consider our options,â€? she said.
It doesnâ€™t appear any accumulating snow â€” and there was some in the area, including 14 inches on the ground at Mt. LeConte on Monday morning â€” will last for long. According to information provided by the National Weather Serviceâ€™s Morristown office, the cold front that brought the March snow here and in the Great Plains will quickly yield to warmer weather. Though Mondayâ€™s temperatures got just over the 40-degree mark in much of the county, todayâ€™s forecast called for the mercury to near the 60-degree mark again. Through the rest of the week, the warmer trend is expected to continue, with forecast highs reaching 70 again by tomorrow then staying in mid- to upper60s through the weekend.
with the utmost respect and dignity,â€? Giddis said. 3From Page A1 â€œWeâ€™re not going to do something halfway.â€? In an effort to attract â€œThis is a special year folks to the event, the for us because of the 10 group brought in live years, but every year music, catered food and we do this is special,â€? offered trophies in conGiddis said. â€œI used to go tests that rewarded the to the Rolling Thunder owners of the best-lookMemorial Ride in Washington and one year ing, best-burning-out and loudest bikes, as well as I was riding back with a buddy of mine and I asked categories including best patriotic tattoo. him, â€˜Why isnâ€™t someJay Hobbs, a ride sponbody doing something at home like this?â€™ Well, one sor who operated a booth thing led to another and I at Saturdayâ€™s event, agreed with Giddis that the effort became somebody.â€? must be top-notch to As organizers like Giddis make plans for the capture the respect the participants have for those anniversary year, theyâ€™re well aware this event, like who gave their lives for their those before it, will cost a country. â€œI believe in what pretty penny. Thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re doing here,â€? Hobbs they decided to hold the said. â€œThis is all about fundraiser. â€œWhen you do a tribute honoring the heroes. They deserve our utmost to fallen military memrespect.â€? bers, it should be done Hobbs and just about
every man in his family served in the military, covering every branch except the Coast Guard. He said he understands the importance of remembering fallen soldiers, having fought under the red, white and blue himself. Thatâ€™s why he helped organize the Patriot Heart Riders of East Tennessee, which pays tribute at military funerals, send-offs for departing soldiers, and
even memorials for law enforcement and other emergency responders. Itâ€™s also why Hobbs has participated in Smoky Mountain Thunder for nine of its 10 years. â€œItâ€™s a great event and weâ€™re proud to be a part of it,â€? he said. â€œEvery year it just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and better and better.â€?
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Tammy Diane Houser Shultz
Tammy Diane Houser Shultz age 49 of Pigeon Forge, TN. (formerly of Knoxville) passed away on March 20, 2010, at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville. She was of the Baptist Faith. Tammy is preceded in death by her father, Carl Franklin Houser. She is survived by her daughters, Suzanne Starkey, Jennifer Shultz and Sonya Brown; grandchildren, Aaron and Alijah Davidson, Gabriel Shultz, Taylan and Savannah Brown; mother, Flora Houser; brothers, Carl and Gary Houser; sisters, Carla Miller and Mary Richmond; special friends, Alex Martinez, Gay and Paul Arnieri. A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Rawlings Funeral Home in Sevierville. Donations may be made to the family for final expenses to Suzanne A. Starkey, 2300 Merchants Dr. Apt. 99, Knoxville, TN. 37912. You may share your thoughts and memories with the family on our Web site. n www.rawlingsfuneralhome.com
Wanda Lewelling, age 85 of Sevierville, passed away Sunday March 21, 2010. She was a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, Knoxville. She was preceded in death by her niece Robin Mattern Fitzgerald. Survivors: sister, Eleanor Mattern; nieces, Jackie Finchum, Pat Carr; nephew, Michael Mattern, and wife Karen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sevier County Humane Society, P.O. Box 976, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868. Family and friends will meet 2 p.m. Wednesday at Eden Cemetery for graveside service and interment with Rev. Hudson Chesteen officiating. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
clear as the snow continued to fall that the battle was being lost. The closure is far from the latest one forced by winter weather, even in the last two years, with snow shutting the gates on April 6, 2009. However, park officials have been prompted to stop access to the road 43 times this year, far more than last yearâ€™s 25. As for those folks out in the backcountry who might have been surprised by the flakes after a weekend of 70-degree sunshine, Miller said park officials will be keeping an eye out for anyone in trouble. Additionally, park workers try to spot those who might not be ready for everything Mother Nature might throw at them before they set out
Emmett Allen Tabor n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Joe Richard (Rick) Sexton
Joe Richard (Rick) Sexton, Attorney, born November 14, 1946, passed away suddenly on March 11, 2010, at U. T. Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is survived by: son, Allen Morrow Sexton; daughter and son-in-law, Christa Sexton Hedtke, Brad Hedtke and grandson, Vincent Danger Hedtke; son and daughter-in-law, Richard Lewis Sexton, Angela Sexton and granddaughter, Ava Grace; ex-wife, Cynthia Costner Sexton; mother, Sadie Morrow Sexton; several sisters and brothers and their families, as well as numerous cousins, greatnieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Malvin C. Sexton, brother, Allen C. Sexton, and many aunts and uncles. Rick graduated from the Nashville School of Law and was licensed to practice in 1992. He was admitted to practice in Federal Court, and was a former Public Defender for Scott County. He served in the Air Force as crew chief for the SR-71 Blackbird during Vietnam, and was honorably discharged. He also served in the Tennessee Air National Guard at McGhee Tyson Air Base. He formerly managed several local cable companies and Halls Telephone. There will be a memorial honoring his life on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on 214 Cedar Street, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862. At that time, his family hopes to see his friends and share memories of Rick in celebration of his life.
Emmett Allen Tabor, 52 of Sevierville, died Friday, March 19, 2010, after an extended battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was born in Charleston, W.Va., and grew up in Flagler Beach, Fla., and St. Augustine, Fla. Survivors: children: Emmett Allen Tabor Jr. and Tabatha Tabor of Walden, N.Y.; three grandchildren; lifelong partner, Starrleen Webb; brothers, John, Tom, Bobby, Ray and Lonnie Dale; sisters, Brenda, Betty Jo, Oleeta and LaQuita; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4219 Hillsboro Road, Suite 306, Nashville, TN 37215. Memorial service was held Tuesday at Smoky Mountain Baptist Church on Catonâ€™s Chapel Road. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home.
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