The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 83 ■ March 24, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
County plans own water agency
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
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SEVIERVILLE — It appears Sevier County may be within just months of starting its own water department, something officials have discussed for years and a move that may mean considerably lower bills for most of those served by the county lines. Despite insistence from officials in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville that the move would be a losing venture, members of the County Commission’s Water Committee were talking during a meeting Monday afternoon about having the system up and running within just the two or three months. “We’ve got to move forward on
“There is enough need out there to make this worth it. We’re now 13 years into this and we’ve done a lot of the hard stuff, in my opinion.” — County engineer Gary McGill
this now,” Commissioner Warren Hurst, who chairs the committee, said. “We basically called this meeting to discuss water rates and tap fees.” In the talks, it seemed a foregone conclusion that county officials will be starting their own water department within a short time. Engineer Gary McGill, who advises the county
on water issues, gave a presentation about what it will take to get such a system operational and, as it turns out, the answer is not much and a whole lot at the same time. Before the move is made, the county will have to hire a second person for the department — Roger Simms was hired last year to manage it — to handle administrative duties and contract with a company or companies to do maintenance. Additionally, county leaders will have to decide on fee structures and other rules to govern the department. The biggest part of the switch will be connecting all the county’s water lines so that they can operate as a system, McGill said. Right now the pipes flow at random points form
municipal water lines, reaching out like tentacles to cover some of the most populous unincorporated areas. Even with all that to do, McGill believes making the switch would be worth it. “We have more than 1,000 customers now and Newport has asked us to take over about 200 or 250 more down in Jones Cove and on Bogard Road,” he said. “There is enough need out there to make this worth it. We’re now 13 years into this and we’ve done a lot of the hard stuff, in my opinion.” McGill’s projections suggest there could be as many as 2,210 people on the county’s system in just five See agency, Page A4
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Students react to hearing about stinking, secreting bugs during a presentation by children’s author Mike Artell at Pigeon Forge Primary School. Artell was in town as part of the countywide Young Author’s Conference.
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Obituaries Katherine Mahar, 63 Rose Strickland, 77 Tammy Shultz, 49 Wanda Lewelling, 85 Yvonne Komick, 84 Fred Ogle, 66 Joe Sexton Neil Ramsey, 76
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Children’s author Mike Artell speaks at Pigeon Forge Primary.
Artell showed the young crowd pictures of insects he features in his book “Pee Yew!,” which introduces kids to the “stinkiest, smelliest animals, plants and insects PIGEON FORGE — Children’s author on Earth.” One bug in particular he disMike Artell has a knack for getting chilplayed squeezes out “gooby, sticky stuff.” dren excited about learning. “Awesome!” one boy yelled. Artell, who is also an award-winning He also read some of “Petite Rouge,” illustrator, musician and conference in which a cat saves the day with a bottle speaker, visited Pigeon Forge Primary School third- and fourth-graders Tuesday of hot sauce, and mentioned some of his other work, including a joke book called morning. He was in town for the county“Laugh Your Head Off.” wide Young Author’s Conference, held at “I have some books that haven’t been the primary school that evening. “We’re very fortunate to have him here,” published,” he told the group, “and they said Randy Kincaid, Sevier County Schools may never be published. But that’s OK, because authors have to write books all primary grades instructional supervisor. the time. You may not think of yourself as “He has a very busy schedule.” a writer, but there are all kinds of writing.” Artell has written around 40 books Artell, who also had a cartoon-drawing and illustrated around 30. His work show that aired in his hometown of New includes “Starry Skies,” “Weather Whys” Orleans, demonstrated how he created and “Backyard Bloodsuckers,” as well as “Jacques and the Beanstalk,” “Okey Dokey his illustrations and had students do their Ding-A-Ling” and “Petite Rouge,” a Cajun own drawings. “Cartooning is not about great art, but version of “Little Red Riding Hood.” you have to be able to think funny,” he “I speak at about 50 or 60 schools a said. “How you look at things makes all year,” he said. “So much of what I do — the difference.” writing and drawing — is solitary, so it’s See learning, Page A4 fun for me to get out.”
Abandoned trailer burns Sevier County Volunteer firefighters wait for the line to be charged as they arrive on a trailer fire at 835 Kellum Creek Road on Tuesday. The trailer sat behind a house and was abandoned and had no power running to it. Firefighters were most concerned with keeping a brush fire from starting due to winds and the area around the trailer being overgrown. Sevier County fire investigator J.J. Breeden was on scene.
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At least one local doctor, along with Covenant Health President and CEO Anthony Spezia, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, expressed concerns over the health care reform bill after it was signed by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. “My concern is this will limit choice, reduce options and create a cascade of paperwork,” said Dr. Eric Littleton, a family practice physician in Sevierville. “This is a paper industry and red tape stimulus plan.” Spezia, whose group includes the new LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, had more elaborate concerns. “The promise of healthcare reform was affordable health coverage for all Americans. The hospital industry and Covenant Health are very supportive of that concept,” Spezia said. “We are concerned that the current bill does not provide affordable coverage until 2013 and that even then, millions will remain without coverage. “Hospitals were willing to absorb the substantial reduction in reimbursement which will occur, but are disappointed in the delays in coverage and the ultimate coverage level. I’m also concerned about the negative impact on those who rely on Medicare Advantage programs and traditional Medicare for their health care.” Roe said that he came to Congress to help enact health care reform, but said this bill wasn’t the answer he was looking for. “I’ve spent the last 30 plus years, not as a politician, but as a physician treating patients and delivering babies in East Tennessee,” Roe said. “As a physician, I’ve seen first-hand the problems insurance companies created for patients. I’ve seen first-hand how government programs have made beneficiaries worse consumers of health care. “I’ve seen how the cost of health care has exploded, so much so that many can’t afford insurance. I’ve seen all these problems and I want to fix them. “However, this bill does nothing to lower the costs of health care – it does the See reform, Page A5
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Mike Oakley seeks re-election Mark Strange announces to seat on Sevier school board bid for seat on school board Submitted report Incumbent Mike Oakley, lifelong Sevier Countian and 1st District resident, has announced his bid for 1st District school board representative. The district includes Catons Chapel, GatlinburgPittman High School, Jones Cove, Pi Beta Phi, Wearwood, and Pittman Center schools. Oakley has served as a school board member for 11 years and most recently as chairman. As a board member, Oakley also serves on the Sick Leave and Wall of Fame committees. Oakley, his wife Edwina, and their three children have all attended Sevier County schools. His daughters Beth and April, like their father, graduated from Gatlinburg-Pittman, and his son Michael will graduate this spring. Beth’s husband,
Jared Ownby, attends Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., and April’s husband, Ben Mills, is an engineer with the Empire Group in Knoxville. Both inOakley laws are S e v i e r County alumni as well. Oakley said he has always been and remains involved in numerous aspects of his children’s education. Through the years, he has coached several different sports and volunteered where needed. Oakley said he sees this tradition continuing as his grandchildren, Ella Claire and Rush, come of school age. “This hands-on experience continues to give me insight to the needs and concerns of parents,
teachers, and students. I am seeking re-election to this position because I care deeply for the children of this county. My ultimate objective remains the same: to continue to fight for what is best for all the children of this county.” Oakley is employed full-time by the City of Gatlinburg as a building inspector and is a Gatlinburg volunteer firefighter EMT lieutenant. He also serves as chairman of the city’s Employment Recognition Board. Oakley continues to work with his parents, H.L. and Betty Oakley, in the family plumbing business. Oakley is a member of OIdhams Creek Baptist Church, where he serves as deacon and assistant Sunday school superintendent. Oakley says he enjoys working with the youth of the church and that he finds this extremely rewarding.
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 Mauro Bolivar, 48, of 3461 Forest St. in Pigeon Forge, was charged March 22 with domestic violence assault. He was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u Uriah Lee Ferguson, 33, of 803 East Parkway 25 in Gatlinburg, was charged March 23 with violation of probation. He was being held. u Bobby Carl Floyd, 50, of 927 River Road in Kodak, was charged March 23 with violation of probation. He was being held. u Robert Mikel Gibson, 23, of Knoxville, was charged March 23 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u John Eric Helton, 38, of 2322 Jetta View Lane in Sevierville, was charged March 22 with two counts of theft. He was released on $7,000 bond. u David Odwel Housmer, 32, of Athens, Tenn., was charge March 23 with vandalism: $1,000 to $10,000 and theft of services $500 to $1,000. He was being held in lieu of
$7,500 bond. u Christopher Lee Long, 27, of Knoxville, was charged March 23 with a juvenile court warrant He was being held in lieu of $4,986.28 bond. u Melissa Ann Luton, 33, of 3840 Katy Hollar Road in Sevierville, was charged March 23 with possession of a schedule II substance and a circuit court warrant. She was being held in lieu of $145,000 bond. u Glenda Michelle Maples, 42, of 4050 Douglas Dam road in Kodak, was charged March 22 with accessory after the fact. She was released on $3,000 bond. u Michelle Lea Orne, 22, of 1020 Nelson Family Way in Kodak, was charged March 22 with theft of services $500 to $1,000 an vandalism $1,000 to $10,000. She was being held in lieu of $20,500 bond. u Jonathan Eugene Rolen, 36, of Knoxville, was charged March 23 with violation of probation. He was being held. u Charles Caniel Shular,
26, of 1436 Baker Road in Sevierville, was charged March 23 with bond revocation. He was released on $750 bond. u Sherry Renee Sinclair, 45, of 459 Asbury Drive in Pigeon Forge, was charged March 22 with two counts of theft of property. She was released on $750 bond. u William Isaac Smith, 20, of 3738 Farmland Way in Sevierville, was charged March 23 with domestic violence assault. He was being held. u Austin Edward Taylor, 23 ,of Blaine, Tenn., was charged March 22 with violation of probation. He was released on $15,000 bond. u Daniel Lee Underwood, 27, of 675 Hawk Hollow Road in Sevierville, was charged March 22 with violation of probation. He was being held. u Lisa Michelle Webb, 35, of 3810 B Was Way in Cosby, was charged March 23 with driving while revoked. She was being held.
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Submitted report Mark Strange has announced his candidacy for the Sevier County Board of Education, 3rd District. “Education is important and I will work hard to get the right tools for the 3rd District, to give our kids the best opportunity Sevier County can offer,” he said. “I respect our community and will make decisions through analysis, the balancing
of needs and concerns, and the ability to see the l o n g t e r m implications of the action. “At the Strange heart of it all, I believe unequivocally in the value of public education. I am dedicated to serving our community and children,” he said.
He has been married to Kellie Franklin Strange for 19 years. They have two children, Jordan, 13, and Kaitlyn, 11. Strange coaches Little League basketball, softball and baseball. He is a member of French Broad Valley Baptist Church. Strange has lived in Kodak his entire life and graduated from Sevier County High School. He has owned and operated his own landscaping business for 19 years.
Sevier County Library System sets book club schedule for April Submitted Report Each month the Sevier County Public Library System hosts a variety of book clubs. The Fireside Book Club features contemporary, eclectic books. The Inspirational Reading Club focuses on an author and his or her works instead of a specific book. The Literary Classics Book Club discusses previous and more recent classics. April meeting dates, authors and books: n Fireside Book Club: April 9 at 10 a.m. to discuss Nancy Horan’s “Loving Frank.” The club meets at Fort Sanders Sevier County Senior Center at 1220 W. Main St. in Sevierville. Call Virginia Borelli at 774-6033 for more information.
n Inspirational Reading Club: April 14 at 1 p.m. featuring Melody Carlson and her books. The club meets at the Seymour Library. Call Janet Persichetti at 573-0728 for information about the club.
n Literary Classics Book Club: April 23 at 6 p.m. featuring Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.” The club meets at the Kodak Library at 319 W. Dumplin Valley Road. Call Danielle Smothers at 933-0078 for information.
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Katherine Juanita Mahar, age 63 of Seymour, went to be with Jesus March 19, 2010. Survivors include her children: son, Paul L. Booth; daughters, Vivian and son-inlaw Rick Hoenshell, Kathy and son-in-law Jim Mathias, Cheryl Booth; grandson, Danny; granddaughters, Faith and Unity. Memorial service will be held Thursday, March 25, 2010, at First Baptist Church of Seymour, Chapman Highway. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. with service at 7 p.m., the Rev. Bruce Yates officiating.
Tammy Diane Houser Shultz Tammy Diane Houser Shultz, 49 of Pigeon Forge, formerly of Knoxville, died March 20, 2010, at Leconte Medical Center in Sevierville. She was of the Baptist Faith. Sur vivors: daughters, Suzanne Starkey, Jennifer Shultz and Sonya Brown; five grandchildren; mother, Flora Houser; brothers, Carl and Gary Houser; sisters, Carla Miller and Mary Richmond. Memorial service was held 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. Share thoughts and memories with the family on Rawlings Web site. n www.rawlingsfuneralhome.com
daughter-in-law, Richard Lewis Sexton, Angela Sexton and one granddaughter; 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. 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. A memorial honoring his life was held Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at First United Methodist Church, Sevierville.
Wanda Lewelling, 85 of Sevierville, died Sunday March 21, 2010. She was a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, Knoxville. 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 n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com 2 p.m. Wednesday at Eden Cemetery for graveside service and interment with the Nell Ramsey Rev. Hudson Chesteen officiatNell Ramsey, age 76 of ing. Arrangements by Atchley Seymour, died Monday, Funeral Home, Sevierville. March 22, 2010, at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral arrangen www.atchleyfuneralhome.com ments are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Atchley Funeral Home, Joe Richard (Rick) Sevierville.
Joe Richard (Rick) Sexton, Attorney, born Nov.14, 1946, died March 11, 2010, at U. T. Hospital in Knoxville. Survivors: son, Allen Morrow Sexton; daughter and son-in-law, Christa Sexton Hedtke, Brad Hedtke and and one grandson; son and
Cassie M. (Rose) Strickland
Cassie M. (Rose) Strickland, age 77 of Sevierville, Tennessee, passed away Monday, March 22, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church, Pigeon Forge. She retired from Dollywood in 1996. Mrs. Strickland was preceded in death by her husband Frederic E. Strickland. Survivors: Significant mate, Joseph Boulian; sons, Matthew (Linda) Strickland of Sevierville, TN, Samuel (Tina) Strickland of Orange Park, FL, Joseph Strickland of Sevierville, TN; daughters, Judith (Charles) Williams of Sevierville, TN, Chandra (Larry) Coleman of South Carolina, Addrinna Crigger of Maryville, TN; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Addrinna Howell of Lucedale, MS; several nieces and nephews; loving and wonderful church family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Diabetes Association, Tennessee Affiliate, 211 Center Park Dr., Knoxville, TN 37922. Funeral service 12 noon Friday, March 26, 2010, at Atchley’s Smoky Mountain Chapel with Rev. Bobby Barton officiating. Interment will follow in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 10 a.m.-12 noon Friday at Atchley’s Smoky Mountain Chapel, 220 Emert St., Pigeon Forge, TN. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Fred Albert Ogle Fred Albert Ogle, age 66 of Sevierville, passed away Monday, March 22, 2010. Survivors: brothers, George and Betty Ogle, Dwight and Violet Ogle, Ernest Ogle, and Ralph Ogle; sisters, Jane and David Beason, Pauline and Harold Spicer, Ruth and Carl Loveday and Kate Stinnett; several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews; his special friends of the New Era and White’s School communities. Funeral service 7 p.m. Friday in Atchley’s Smoky Mountain Chapel with Rev. David Beason officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Saturday in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday at Atchley’s Smoky Mountain Chapel 220 Emert Street, Pigeon Forge, Tn. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
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years, while the number could near 14,000 by 2035. Based on average usage figures from Pigeon Forge of 4,500 gallons per customer per month, McGill did some figuring to determine what the county would need to charge for water. It turns out it’s less than what county customers would pay now in each city except Gatlinburg, which doesn’t service any county lines. According to McGill’s numbers, the county would need to charge the average customer $25.82 per month for the service. Meanwhile, Gatlinburg would charge the same resident $17.16, Pigeon Forge would get $28.53 and Sevierville takes $36.96 a month from the average county customer. Those potential savings added urgency to an already short calendar for county officials. “We’ve only got two years; after that we don’t have a prayer,” Hurst said. “We’ve got to be able to turn the valve on and start serving our customers in two years. We’re down to the 11th hour here.” The time frame Hurst referenced is based on the period that remains in the county’s contracts with the three cities — Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville — that have agreed to cooperate with it in its efforts to bring water to residents outside the municipalities. County officials say leaders in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville haven’t been complying with the terms of the agreement. Additionally, Hurst told the group a meeting with Sevierville officials gave him the impression the city may not want to continue the contract. “They’re not interested in selling water to us,” Hurst said of the arrangement that would have to be brokered if the county continues to work with the city as it starts a water department. It appears that means starting the department and working with another entity or entities to secure water. Under the existing deal, the county installs water lines to serve areas outside the cities’ incorporated limits. That means extending service to some of the 71 percent of the county’s population that lives outside the
municipalities. Once the pipes are set, the cities agree to maintain them and collect fees for them, all the while keeping a record of expenses and income to determine the profit, if any, which they agreed to split with the county. County leaders in the past couple years approached the cities to complain they have not been getting those financial documents and demand any proceeds the county coffers are owed. They say the cities have balked at providing either. City officials in both Pigeon Forge and Sevierville insist they haven’t been stalling, they just need time to get the information together. Further, they maintain there haven’t been any profits from their part in operating the county lines, despite the fact they’re charging the county for operating expenses and billing customers outside their corporate limits as much as two times the in-town rates. “There’s no way they’ve been operating that at a loss,” Commissioner Jim Keener said during Monday’s meeting. In the interest of having their own oversight over their lines and ensuring they get any profit from their operation, county leaders began seriously discussing forming their own water department. They took the first steps in that direction last year by hiring Simms. Though city officials feel county leaders don’t have a full understanding of what is involved in operating a water department, commissioners insist they’re fully aware of what they’re getting into and want to be able to keep the profit from it to continue expanding their system. “Right now we’re being held back by Pigeon Forge and Sevierville,” Commissioner Ben Clabo said, referencing the fact county projects often languish waiting for city approval. Still, despite the insistence the move will be a profitable one, Hurst and McGill each seemed to contradict that during the session. “What kind of trouble are we going to get into if we operate in the read for the first couple years?” Hurst asked. “We know we’ll run at a shortterm deficit at least until we get some new customers,” McGill responded. n firstname.lastname@example.org
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Yvonne Kornick, 84 of Sevierville, died Sunday March 21, 2010. Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Buddy Dufau, Bonnie and Norman Wolkart; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Joseph Guidroz and wife Ouida. Family and friends will meet 10 a.m. Wednesday at Middle Creek Cemetery with Pastor Gary Pittman officiating. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
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opposite. Democrats continue to ignore the problems weâ€™ve experienced in Tennessee with TennCare, and are repeating these same mistakes by ramming this bill through Congress. This bill will implement new taxes on businesses and families who are already struggling in East Tennessee and around the nation. It cuts Medicare, and further compromises access to physicians.â€? Alexander called the passage and signing of the bill â€œa historic mistake.â€? â€œUnlike Social Security, Medicare and civil rights legislation, the only thing bipartisan about it is the opposition to it,â€? Alexander said. â€œThe mistake is to expand a health care delivery system that is already too expensive instead of reducing its cost so more Americans can afford health insurance. â€œThis taxes job creators in the middle of a recession. It means Medicare cuts and premium increases for millions of Americans. When you include the cost of paying doctors who serve Medicare patients, it will increase the national debt. â€œIt will force governors to cut higher education funding, and raise taxes and tuition to pay for new Medicaid costs. In Tennessee, the governor says the cost will be $1.1 billion or more over five years.â€? Corker also expressed dismay at what it would cost the state, commenting that the passage was â€œvery disappointing.â€? â€œBeyond (the cost for Tennessee), I think what bothers me most about the bill are its disingenuous accounting mechanisms. Itâ€™s insulting to the American people,â€? he said. â€œFirst, the bill applies 10 years of new taxes to finance six years of spending, resulting in huge deficits over the next decades. â€œSecond, even President Obamaâ€™s own Medicare officials have determined that Medicare savings are counted TWICE in the bill, hiding the legislationâ€™s true cost. This comes down to elementary school logic; you canâ€™t spend the same dollar twice. And finally, almost as soon as the ink dries on this legislation, a new bill will come forth to deal with all or part of what is called the â€˜doc fixâ€™ to ensure that physicians who treat Medicare recipients do not receive a 21 percent cut. â€œThe cost of that over 10 years is more than $200 billion, proving that Americans have not been dealt with squarely on the true accounting associated with this bill.â€? Along with Littleton, several other local doctors were contacted by The Mountain Press about their views on the bill but did not return phone calls. Mary Vance, executive director of Seviervilleâ€™s Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, said Monday she wanted more time to examine the bill before she commented publicly on it. â€œThere are lots of details, lots of changes,â€? she said.
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One-hour workouts are needed by older women to fend off flab By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer CHICAGO â€” Rev up the treadmill: Sobering new research spells out just how much exercise women need to keep the flab off as they age â€” and itâ€™s a lot. At least an hour of moderate activity a day is needed for older women at a healthy weight who arenâ€™t dieting. For those who are already overweight â€” and thatâ€™s most American women â€” even more exercise is called for to avoid gaining weight without eating less, the study results suggest. â€œWe all have to work at it. If it were easy to be skinny, we would all be skinny,â€? said John Foreyt, a behavioral medicine expert who reviewed the study but wasnâ€™t involved in the research. Brisk walking, leisurely bicycling and golfing are all examples of moderate exercise. But donâ€™t throw in the towel if you canâ€™t do those things for at least an hour a day. Even a little exercise is good for your health even if it wonâ€™t make you thin, the researchers said. Their findings are based on 34,079 middle-aged women followed for about 13 years. Most were not on calorie-cutting diets. The women gained an average of almost 6 pounds during the study. Those who started out at a healthy weight, with a body mass index less than 25, and who gained little or no weight during the study consistently got the equivalent of about an hour of
moderate activity daily. Few women â€” only 13 percent â€” were in this category. Few already overweight women got that amount of exercise, and the results suggest it wasnâ€™t enough to stop them from gaining weight. The results echo what gymfuls of middle-aged American women see every time they step off the treadmill and onto the scale. â€œTalk to any group of women and they all say the same thing,â€? said Janet Katzin, 61, a â€œslightly overweightâ€? marketing director from Long Island who exercises for an hour twice a week. Thin as a younger adult, Katzin said the pounds started creeping up after she had her two children in the 1980s, despite exercising and watching what she eats. â€œItâ€™s just extremely frustrating and discouraging.â€? The study appears in todayâ€™s Journal of the American Medical Association. Only women were studied, so the researchers from Harvardâ€™s Brigham and Women Hospital said itâ€™s uncertain whether the results would apply to men. The research â€œreinforces in a nice, clear way the idea of how difficult it is to maintain a healthy weight in our society,â€? said Foreyt, of the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. The results bolster a 2002 Institute of Medicine report that emphasized the importance of balancing diet and exercise and recommended at least 60 minutes daily of moder-
ate activity for adults and children. But the study also indicates that the 2008 U.S. guidelines urging about a half-hour of exercise five days a week wonâ€™t stop weight gain while getting older without cutting calories, said Dr. I-Min Lee, the studyâ€™s lead author. The study underscores some inevitabilities about aging. Men and women often put on weight, partly because their metabolism slows down. But that probably has less to do with it than peopleâ€™s natural tendency to become more sedentary, without changing their eating habits, Lee said. Hormonal changes in menopause also can make women prone to weight gain, especially around the belly. Women who donâ€™t want to take on so much physical activity will need to cut back on calories to prevent more pounds. But Lee said they should do so in ways they can live with permanently, not with drastic diets that are doomed to fail.
Park officials were expected to reopen Little River Road in Blount County on Tuesday evening after a rockslide last Thursday. Officials expected to finish scraping down the remaining loose rock Tuesday afternoon, then dismantle the crane used to that work and get it out of the park. Shown is the crane working during the snow squalls Monday morning. The final step was to repave the stretch of pavement that had been damaged by the equipment.
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407 Merchants group to meet
The 407 Merchants group will meet today at Flapjack’s, 3401 Winfield Dunn Parkway. An 11:30 a.m. breakfast buffet will be available for $10. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with a virtual photography look at the 407 Exit on the agenda. To be part of the meal e-mail to TennesseeBusiness@gmail. com. n
Election panel to meet April 1
The Sevier County Election Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m. April 1 at the Voting Machine Warehouse, 1145 Dolly Parton Parkway. The panel will certify the qualifying petitions for the Aug. 5 state primaries and select election officials for the May 4 primaries. For questions call 4536985. n
Foothills Parkway topic of meeting
East Tennessee Realty Group will host a community forum at 3:30 p.m. May 15 at Wearwood School to discuss Foothills Parkway construction in Wears Valley. Alan Sumeriski, chief of the Facility Management Division of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will update citizens on the progress of the construction taking place between Wears Valley and Walland. A question-and-answer session will follow his talk. For more information call Fran Troxler at 5489712 or e-mail to fran@ easttnexperts.com. n
Voting machine inspections set
The Sevier County Election Commission will conduct pre-inspection of the early-voting machines at 4:30 p.m. April 8 at the Voting Machine Warehouse, 1145 Dolly Parton Parkway. The inspection for all machines to be used in the May 4 primaries will be at 4:30 p.m. April 27. There will be zero tape available for inspection for every machine. For questions call 453-6985.
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Obama plan may aid TennCare NASHVILLE (AP) — More than 200,000 additional people would be covered by the state’s expanded Medicaid program if the House version of President Barack Obama’s health care plan is signed into law, TennCare officials said Tuesday. Spokeswoman Kelly Gunderson said they would be covered over the first five years of implementation of the health care bill. “Most of these people will come on to the pro-
gram as a result of an expansion in eligibility,” Gunderson said. “While some steps can be taken now to prepare for health care reform, it is important to note that it will take time once a final bill is signed into law to fully implement reform.” Gov. Phil Bredesen said earlier this week that analysts project the Medicaid expansion to cost the state $1.1 billion over seven years. The Democratic governor, who can’t run again this year because of term limits, said he will
do his best to prepare the state for the expansion that will mostly take place under his successor. TennCare’s announcement is the latest good new for enrollees. Last week, TennCare director Darin Gordon told lawmakers that the agency will be able to use a federal refund of $121 million to postpone some cuts for a year. Bredesen has said he needs to cut $201 million from TennCare, which has about 1.2 million enrollees, to balance the
state budget. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said last month that the state can keep some of the reimbursements it makes to the federal government to pay for prescription drug benefits. Gordon said limitations on non-emergency outpatient visits, physician procedures, and implementation of a $2 copay on non-emergency transportation are among items that will be postponed for a year.
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This day in history Today is Wednesday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2010. There are 282 days left in the year. n Locally a year ago:
Nate Hatfield, at age 38, he’ has bowled three perfect games. The Cosby resident bowled 300 at Sevierville Bowling Center. His new goal, to bowl an 800 in a series of three games. Manager of Sevierville Lanes, Tim Parton, said it’s the first 300 game bowled there in seven and a half years.
In 1958, rock-and-roll singer Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in Memphis. n Ten years ago:
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national quote roundup “We are not a nation that scales back its aspirations. We are not a nation that falls prey to doubt or mistrust. We don’t fall prey to fear. We are not a nation that does what’s easy. That’s not who we are. That’s not how we got here.” — President Barack Obama after signing the national health care reform bill on Tuesday
“By signing this bill, President Obama is abandoning our founding principle that government governs best when it governs closest to the people. Never before has such a monumental change to our government been carried out without the support of both parties. This debate has fostered unprecedented division at a time when this nation needs to come together and address the serious challenges we face.” — House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio
“We’re not going to stop. Obviously, the whole tea party movement started because we’re about smaller government and less spending and less taxes. There is absolutely no way we can pay for this.”
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On March 24, 1980, one of El Salvador’s most respected Roman Catholic Churchleaders,Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, was shot to death by a sniper as he celebrated Mass in San Salvador. (Romero was assassinated after urging the Salvadoran military to halt death squads that had killed thousands of suspected guerrillas and leftist opponents of the government.)
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A federal judge awarded former hostage Terry Anderson $341 million from Iran, holding Iranian agents responsible for Anderson’s nearly seven years of captivity in Lebanon. n Five years ago:
The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal from the parents of Terri Schiavo to have a feeding tube reinserted into the severely brain-damaged woman. n Thought for today:
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LOS ANGELES — No one seems quite as anxious about the new season of “Dancing With the Stars” as Shannen Doherty. T h e former Doherty “90120” a n d “Charmed” star is “nervous and freaking out” ahead of Monday’s premiere of season 10, she told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show Tuesday morning. And her physical symptoms are brutal: “I break out in hives,” she said. “My stomach is a mess. I’m like, ‘I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.’” “Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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Health care may awaken Dem voters When Arizona was admitted to statehood in 1912, Henry Fountain Ashurst became the new state’s first U.S. senator, a position he held until he lost the 1940 Democratic primary. Ashurst’s thoughts following his defeat remain timeless: “The welfare of the United States, and the happiness of our people, does not hang on the presence of Henry Fountain Ashurst in the Senate. When that realization first came to me, I was overwhelmed by the horror of it, but now it is a source of infinite comfort.” Given the anger of the nation’s voters captured in the most recent NBC NewsWall Street Journal poll, a lot of incumbent office-holders facing the unhappy electorate next November -- especially Democrats -- would be wise to reflect on the words of Sen. Ashurst. Voters, in the judgment of Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducts the NBCJournal survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff, are “disgusted and unhappy.” True, not all the numbers are bad for the Democrats. When voters were asked: “What is your preference for the outcome of this year’s congressional elections -- a Congress controlled by Republicans or a Congress controlled by Democrats,” a Democratic-controlled Congress was preferred by 45 percent to 42 percent. But a real problem looms for the Democrats a little over seven months before Election Day: When voters were asked to rate how interested they were in November’s elections on a scale from one (not at all interested) to 10 (very interested), just over half — 53 percent of respondents — expressed great interest in the elections by answering either nine or 10. Here’s the important political news: 67 percent of Republicans expressed great interest in the upcoming congressional elections, while just 46 percent of Democrats said they were equally excited about November. Those numbers represent an almost total reversal of the interest factor from 2006 and 2008, when all the excitement was on the Democrats’ side. High interest in an election is a strong predictor of probability of voting in that election. So based upon voters now expressing high interest in the 2010 elections, the Democrats’ 45-42 preference among all those polled turns instead, among those most likely to vote, into a 52 percent-39 percent Republican landslide. The Democrats’ acutely controversial and generally unpopular health care reform legislation could surprisingly offer the best possible instrument for increasing Democratic voters’ interest and enthusiasm in the 2010 elections. While a plurality of voters think that “President Obama’s health care plan” is a “bad idea,” when voters were asked, “Do you think it would be better to pass Barack Obama’s health care plan and make its changes to the health care system or to not pass this plan and keep the current health care system,” they split down the middle. Forty-six percent believes it’s better to pass the Obama plan with its changes, and 45 percent opposes passing the plan and prefers maintaining the status quo. But as Peter Hart points out, Democratic voters — by an overwhelming 64 percent to 16 percent margin — endorse the Obama health care plan. Thus, to energize and engage a basically demoralized Democratic base, congressional Democrats would be wise to vote for the Obama plan. If health care passes, then critics could still accuse the Democratic Congress of being too liberal, but nobody could legitimately charge that this has been a “Do-Nothing” Congress. So, for Democrats on Capitol Hill facing a difficult re-election next fall, voting for President Obama’s health plan, while certainly controversial and not without risks, could be their best chance of awakening a lethargic Democratic electorate and turning them on and turning them out at the polls on Election Day. — Mark Shields is a veteran political campaign manager and frequent television talk show commentator. Column distributed by Creators Syndicate. ©2007 Mark Shields.
UT’s basketball teams showing nation the quality of play in East Tennessee It’s become a rite of spring, like flowers blooming and hikes in the Smokies. The University of Tennessee has its men’s and women’s basketball teams in the Sweet 16. That’s not as easy as it appears. Last year the Lady Vols lost in the first round for the first time in their history. In fact, until 2009 the women’s team had never failed to reach the Round of 16. The guys made it this far and have most years since Bruce Pearl arrived, but never, never, has the men’s team made it to the Round of 8. Coach Pat Summitt’s team, a No. 1 seed, breezed by two opponents at Thompson-Boling Arena and now faces No. 4 seed Baylor on Saturday in Memphis. It’s fair to say the period
of blowout wins is over. Every game becomes a struggle now, with the best having survived the first two rounds. Same for the men’s team. The Volunteers play Ohio State Friday night in St. Louis. The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the region. Tennessee is No. 6. A win would be an upset as well as historic. Not many universities can claim to have two basketball teams still playing in the NCAA tournament. The men’s team has had the tougher road to the Sweet 16. The arrests in January of four players, leading to their suspensions and the dismissal of star player Tyler Smith, led to a unity that formed among the players as a result. What followed were wins over No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Kentucky.
Coach Pearl has made a huge difference both in the quality of play and the response of fans. And he’s done it in the shadows of arguably the best basketball coach ever: Pat Summitt. After last year’s disappointment, Summitt worked her girls hard, and the result has been a two-loss season, a No. 1 seed and the Round of 16. The evil empire that is UConn lurks. But for now Tennessee just wants to keep the wins coming. The collision course with the Huskies will have to wait. It’s for sure the TV ratings for Friday’s and Saturday’s games will be sky high in East Tennessee. Let’s hope the teams can feel that support all the way west.
Public forum Bill helps people making living on the backs of their neighbors
Editor: Once again, the politicians have decided to punish the hard-working citizens of this nation in favor of those who seek to make their livings on the backs of their neighbors. Does it really make sense to punish the 85 percent of people in this nation who have health insurance in order to give it to people who have not sought that insurance on their own? Does it make sense for the government to use its monopoly of force to take a percentage of the money that we earn in order to give it to someone who has done nothing to earn it? On that historic day our government has not only failed to listen to the American people, but it has placed us on a path toward financial destruction, ever increasing taxes, inflation and demands on the working people of America. I ask you, what incentive is left for those of
us who are not a net tax burden on our neighbors to continue to provide for our neighbors? While the working people of this nation continue to see our prices rise for everything from food to medical care, we also see both the rich and the poor bailed out and relieved of their responsibilities. Our earnings, lands, time and savings are raided by government in order to bail out billion dollar corporations and welfare recipients. We who strive every day to provide for ourselves, for our families and for our friends are slowly being bled dry by those in our community who lack this drive or have succeeded in achieving a level of wealth that protects them from the force of government. All the while we are told we’ve not done enough, that more is needed by our neighbors. I propose to you that it is not we who are failing our neighbors, it is those who have discovered that they need only refuse to provide for their own needs and those who have enough capital to provide for themselves but choose not to, who fail the society. Maybe it’s
time some of us decided to take our government up on its offer of cradle to grave entitlements. Perhaps it’s time for us to abandon the teachings of Thomas Jefferson and John Locke and embrace the teachings of John Galt. After all, if you can spend all day doing what you want to do, spend all day with your family and friends and have all your needs provided by someone else, what reason do you have to provide for yourself? We should always help those in need and offer a helping hand to someone in down times, but it’s not our job to provide all of life’s necessities for those who choose not to do so. It is not our job to provide a safety net for millionaires, billionaires and welfare recipients. Get your own job. Bail yourselves out. Those of us working hard only to see our earnings squandered grow restless with your games. Scott Kozlowski Kodak
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■ The Mountain Press ■ A8 ■ Wednesday, March 24, 2010 PREP TENNIS
Pigeon Forge and Seymour split rivalry tennis match By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor PIGEON FORGE — The Tigers and Eagles clashed at Pigeon Forge Tuesday afternoon, and both sides came out with a win. The Tiger boys team bested Seymour 6-3, while the Lady Eagles came out on top of the Pigeon Forge girls. In boys’ action top seeded senior Ben Cave secured the No.1 win over Seymour’s Ashton Hazel 8-3. Seymour’s two and three-seeds had the upperhand in their matches, though, as Wes Burkhart and Jake Gann won over Tyler Helton and Brandon Rutledge, 8-4 and 8-1. Pigeon Forge rallied in seeds four, five and six, however. Gabe Camacho topped Ian Norwood 8-3, Evan Huskey won over Jason Davis/The Mountain Press Joey Snyder 8-2 and Alex Jason Davis/The Mountain Press Pigeon Forge’s Ben Cave makes a play in his matchup with Seymour one- Delozier beat Mark Danby Seymour’s Karla Carrodegras returns a shot seed Ashton Hazel Tuesday afternoon. Cave won the match 8-3 as the during her 8-0 win during the Lady Eagles’ vicSee Tennis, Page A10 Tigers went on to win 6-3 over Seymour. tory over Pigeon Forge. PREP BASEBALL
Bears complete sweep of CCHS with 11-0 win By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer NEWPORT — The Sevier County High School Smoky Bears baseball team traveled to Newport on Tuesday, picking up their seventh win of the season 11-0 in a run-ruled five-inning affair. “This was just another step in the process,” said SCHS coach Lance Traywick. “We preach a process here ... that asks ‘what are you going to do to get better, each and every day.’ “Our goal at Sevier County is a championship, and anything less than that will be a disappointment.” The Smoky Bears surely played like champions against the recently hot Fighting Cocks. Three pitchers combined for a one-hitter against Newport. Freshman Dylan Cate picked up the win with a strong three-innings of work, allowing no hits and no walks while striking out three. Senior Austin Solomon entered for an inning and struck out one, allowing no hits. Sophomore Austin Sisk
closed it out in the bottom of the fifth, allowing just one hit while striking out two and walking none. The Sevier County bats were hot early, and the Bears jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, extending that to 7-0 in the top of the second. SCHS added two runs in each of the third and fourth innings to make it the eventual final. Senior Zach Flynn is still on fire with a 3-for-3 night with a double, two triples and seven RBIs. Senior Michael Farragut set the plate all night with a 3-for-3 performance, scoring three runs. Sophomore Kyle Pope had two RBIs. Seniors Charlie Fields and Brandon Houser, juniors Kelby Carr and Zach Cate and sophomore Kyle Pope added an RBI apiece in the win. “I was very proud of the effort giving by all the players today,” said Traywick. “Cocke County has been playing really well. “We had a balanced offensive attack today, we played great defense, the pitching was solid again Cobey Hitchcock/The Mountain Press and I’m very proud of my SCHS sophomore Austin Sisk drives a base hit in the top of the fifth inning Tuesday at Cocke guys.” County. The Smoky Bears improved to 6-1 on the season with a 11-0 win over the Fighting Cocks email@example.com at Newport.
Scoring from Tennessee senior Prince key for Vols to win By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer KNOXVILLE — J.P. Prince takes charges, steals balls, gets his fellow Volunteers involved in the offense and plays defense. In short, the senior guard does everything for Tennessee. To gauge Tennessee’s chances of winning a particular game just check the stat monitor and see how many points Prince has. The Vols head into their Midwest Regional semifinal Friday night against Ohio State in St. Louis having won the last nine games when Prince scores in double
figures — they’re 0-3 guys, J.P. can look at when he doesn’t. me and say, ’Coach, I Tennessee coach got this. I got this.’ And Bruce Pearl said most of the time, he Prince’s value to the does,” Pearl said. Vols is obvious and This was expected called him a real key when Prince came out to their season. But he of White Station High also thinks the senior School in Memphis has become more having led that team assertive. to three straight state “He’s just a good alltitles. He had been the J.P. Prince around player. He cre2005 Class AAA Mr. ates possessions for you Basketball and was the defensively with taking Gatorade Tennessee charges and getting deflections Player of the Year. and getting steals. J.P. makes a Basketball runs in his famlot happen, and he’s one of the ily. His father, John, played
at Southern Mississippi and coached in the college ranks, including a job as Jackson State’s head coach. His cousin is Tayshaun Prince of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. He started college at Arizona and transferred back to Tennessee three games into the 2006-07 season after a difficult year that included him being placed in a medically induced coma because of problems after having his wisdom teeth removed. He had reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder last April. Prince started the season as
a starter but struggled enough that Pearl put him on the bench for six straight games. Prince started feeling better and got back into the starting lineup Dec. 31 at Memphis and hasn’t been out since. He scored at least 10 points 18 times for Tennessee this season and has had at least six rebounds in 12 games. During the NCAA tournament, he has led them in points with 16.5 points per game and minutes with 28 per game. He’s averaging 66.7 percent shooting from the floor See PRINCE, Page A10
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 â—† The Mountain Press RACING WITH RICH
Local barber Johnny Sims once ruled the drag way Life moves along at a relaxed pace at Johnny Simsâ€™ downtown Sevierville barber shop. The proprietorâ€™s easy smile and friendly conversation allows customers to leave their worries behind and feel at ease in the time spent there. However, there was a time in Simsâ€™ life when things were not so relaxed. From 1961- 1970 the charming barber was one of the top drag racers in this area. Sims raced a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 1961 Chevrolet Impala for a while but his real successes came in a 1962 Chevy Biscayne. â€œIt had a 409 cubic inch engine that made 409 horsepower,â€? he recalled. â€œMy fastest run was about 115mph in the low twelve second range.â€? There was an obvious gleam in his eyes when
among local participants, racing didnâ€™t just provide an opportunity to beat the competition. It was also a time for family bonding. â€œMy dad didnâ€™t usually like to go out much, but he liked to go watch me race,â€? Sims remembered fondly. Sims worked alongside he spoke of those exciting his father in their barber days of roaring down the quarter-mile in his favorite shop for 33 years. He car. â€œIt wasnâ€™t much differ- himself has been cutting hair for 50 years. â€œWhen I ent from a street car,â€? he first started a hair cut was stated. â€œWe would change the points and plugs, adjust .75 cents,â€? he said with a laugh. the valves and make a few The prices may have other little tweaks.â€? Sims wasnâ€™t just a racer, been adjusted a bit since then but the atmosphere at he was a winner. â€œI probSims Barber Shop is much ably won 50 or 60 races,â€? the same as it always has he proudly declared. His been. And not only can a crew chief in those days person get a hair cut, but was Kent McCroskey. He did most of his racing there just might be a little bench racing going on at the Maryville Dragway. there as well. â€œThey use it as an airstrip â€” Please contact me by for small planes now, I going to my website at believe,â€? Sims said. RacingWithRich.com. As is so often the case
Sevierville barber Johnny Sims gives Benny Gann a recent trim. Sims used to cut up the race track back in the day.
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