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The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 87 ■ March 28, 2010 ■ ■ $1.25


Is debate on uphill swing?


Work on hillside regulations continues By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer

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SEVIERVILLE — The effort to institute new regulations on development on local hillsides and ridges continues to plug forward, set for consideration by officials in the cities and the county’s Planning Commission next month before it’s discussed by the County Commission likely in May. It’s been almost two years since a task force appointed to consider recommendations for

regulating such construction started its work. Though the effort has seemed to languish in recent months, the group and some county planning officials Wednesday morning got a look at what’s caused the delay. In the time since the Hillsides Taskforce essentially wrapped up its recommendations last summer, little public action has been taken, to the frustration of some of the group’s members. However, County Planner Jeff Ownby has explained he’s been working on preparing the maps showing the overlay districts the new regulations would create. Those zones would cover properties that have an average slope

of 30 percent or greater with stricter rules on development. The intent of the proposed legislation, which still faces the daunting task of gaining approval from a County Commission that has proven itself to be reluctant of new land use rules, is to protect the area’s scenery from reckless development and ensure development is done safely. During the session Wednesday, Ownby gave a presentation showing the group, which included the task force members and representatives from the county Planning Commission’s Rules and Regulations Committee, the maps he’s come up with showing

properties that will be affected. He compiled them by overlaying topographical information on county tax maps. “There are somewhere in excess of 88,000 parcels in the county and about 60,000 of those are in the county,” Ownby said. “I didn’t look at all of them individually, but I did look at most of them and this is what I’ve come up with.” Though there is yet work to be done before the maps are completed, what Ownby presented showed local ridges and slopes, and the way they lay on properties across the county. See hillside, Page A4

History in the making

5Summitt simmering Lady Vols fall to Baylor in Sweet 16 Sports, Page A8


Community urged to participate 5K in May Rescue Run to benefit SMARM Page A3

Weather Today Mostly Storms High: 59°

Tonight Mostly Storms Low: 45° DETAILS, Page A6

Obituaries Ernest LeMay, 62 DETAILS, Page A4

Editor’s note: Several local students walked away winners in the East Tennessee History Day competitions. The following stories spotlight their accomplishments.

Clevenger spotlights Foxfire By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer Gatlinburg-Pittman High School student Hannah Clevenger had long been a fan of Foxfire books, the series originally written for Foxfire magazine, which was developed in an effort to document the lifestyle, culture and skills of people in Southern Appalachia — so much that she made it her History Day project. The choice proved to be a good one, since she took home first place in Senior Individual Documentary at the March 1 competition in Knoxville. “It was the first time that cultural journalism really took off,” said Hannah, who was also awarded last year for her documentary on Arrowmont pioneer

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New Center Elementary School students winning events at the East Tennessee History Day include from left, in front, Caroline Rader, McKynlea Cable, Olivia Spangler; in back, Matthew Rush, Hope Morris, Ben Dawson and Tyler Hounshell.

New Center Elementary boasts several winners By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer

Seven New Center Elementary School students dominated East Tennessee History Day, held March 1 in Knoxville, by winning first and second place in their division. Olivia Spangler, eighth grade, placed first in the Junior Individual See cleenger, Page A4 Exhibit with “A Mirror With a Memory: The Innovation of the Daguerreotype;” Tyler Hounshell, eighth n GPHS students put spotgrade, placed second in light on traffic light the Junior Individual n Sevierville student inves- Exhibit with “Proving the Past: The Impact tigates judicial review Page A2 of Radiocarbon Dating on Archaeology;” Hope


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Morris, Ben Dawson and Matthew Rush, seventh grade, placed Byrd first in the Junior Group Exhibit with “From Fiction to Fact: The Innovation of Germ Theory;” and McKynlea Cable and Caroline Rader, seventh grade, placed second in the Junior Group Exhibit with “Fight for the Right: The Impact of the 19th Amendment.” “They all did a super job — I’m very proud of them,” said history

teacher Rebecca Byrd. “I think their experience helped; it was Olivia’s third year at the competition and everyone else’s second year. Last year, I was able to go to the national competition (with former student Hannah Clevenger), so I felt like I was able to be a better advisor. They were also very dedicated.” Olivia’s project on daguerreotype, one of the earliest photographic processes, was chosen because of her interest in photography. It was developed in 1837 by Louis Daguerre, in which the image is formed by combining mercury and silver.

“I thought it was interesting that he was a painter before he came up with daguerreotype,” she said. “It was a challenge because there wasn’t a lot of information on it since it was developed so early.” Hope and Matthew had been partners last year for the competition, when they researched Col. Harland Sanders. This year, they teamed with Ben, who did his project on baseball player Jackie Robinson last year. All three had placed in the top 10. “This year we started out with Louis Pasteur, but the subject was too See new center, Page A4

Pi Phi students enjoy learning through projects By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer Pi Beta Phi Elementary School students made a strong impression on East Tennessee History Day’s judges. Eighth-graders Robert Marshall and Bennett Lapides won first place in Junior Group Interpretive Web Site for “Bounty Land Warrants: The Making of America,” and fellow eighth-graders Claire Ballentine, Micki Werner and Kenzie Thomas won second place in Junior Group Performance for “Smallpox Vaccine.” Robert and Bennett got the idea for their project from teacher Suzanne Terrell, who had been researching her family’s genealogy. “We started with the papers she found on (her grandfather) Mr. Sullivan,” Robert said. “We found his actual bounty pension from National Archives.” Ellen Brown/The Mountain Press Although the snowy and icy weather threatened to Robert Marshall and Bennett Lapides show off their Web site for delay their project, along with a different software “Bounty Land Warrants: The Making of America,” which won first place See Pi Beta Phi, Page A4 in Junior Group Interpretive Web Site on East Tennessees History Day.

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Sevierville Middle student examines judicial review By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer

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GPHS juniors Courtney Rolen, Megan Ortiz and Christina Lulich won second place in Senior Group Documentary for “The Road to Regulation” at East Tennessee History Day.

GPHS students highlight origin of traffic signal By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer

Megan said. They recorded the narrative for the documentary at Christina’s A history project on house. The introduction the traffic light? and conclusion were Gatlinburg-Pittman filmed at a crosswalk in High School stuGatlinburg. dents Courtney Rolen, “One major challenge Christina Lulich and was that we couldn’t find Megan Ortiz, who many pictures,” Christina took home second said. “There was also a place in Senior Group lot of background noise Documentary for “The with cars going by, so it Road to Regulation” at was a challenge to get the East Tennessee History sound even.” Day, can explain. The high school juniors “We wanted to do our got a late start on the project on something that everybody uses daily project as well, beginning in early February with but maybe didn’t really the competition just a know about,” Christina few weeks away. said. “Also, organizing a “It was kind of last documentary was more fun than doing a research minute, and it was tricky with all of the snow paper.” days,” Christina said. The group recorded their video in Sevierville, “And I live on a mountain!” Pigeon Forge and The girls enjoyed the Gatlinburg, “whenever process, however, along we were out and about,”

with the things they learned. “It was actually in London where the traffic light originated,” Courtney said. “It was interesting how it changed over the years,” added Christina. “It started out as a gas lantern.” There turned out to be just eight documentaries in their division. First was a brief interview with the judges, then a more intense round of questions. The students may have access to more advanced technology before the state’s April 17 competition and plan to tweak their work. “We got papers back with comments, so we’ll just improve on what we have,” Christina said. n

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It wasn’t hard for Sevierville Middle School student Scarlett Fox to find an inspiring topic for her History Day project — the aspiring lawyer chose to research the origins of judicial review. “I look around every day, and I see wrong things and right things,” said Scarlett, who won third place in Junior Individual Interpretive Web site at East Tennessee History Day, held March 1. “I want everything to be fair. My mother used to work at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate Association), and I would think, ‘What’s going to happen to those children and families?’ Maybe I can do something about that.” The 1803 case of Marbury v. Madison was the origin of judicial review. “Back then, they were just starting off — they didn’t think before that the Constitution could strike down a law. The case gave them the ability to show that laws of the land could be unconstitutional. I learned more about the individual people in the case (financier William Marbury and Secretary of State James Madison), too. It was complicated because judicial review wasn’t something where you could see an immediate impact; you had to read between the lines.” It was also Scarlett’s first time designing a Web site, which she chose to do because it was “different, modern and outside of the box.” “I learned how to size and crop pictures, and I used

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Sevierville Middle student Scarlett Fox and teacher Janet McCullough display Scarlett’s Web site that won third place in Junior Individual Interpretive Web site at East Tennessee History Day. Bing and Google images. I also used The Oyez Project (at, a database of major constitutional U.S. cases). When I found it, I thought, ‘This is perfect!’ The annotated bibliography was the most difficult part of the project.” She credits CSA (Children with Special Abilities) teacher Janet McCullough and history teacher Dennis Chambers as her two biggest inspirations during the process. “She was always finding books and printing out information for me,” she said of McCullough. Sevierville Middle had a total of 10 students competing in the regional competition.

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“This was our big project,” McCullough said. “They had to have primary and secondary sources, and they had to point out what was innovative. It was big for a middle school student.” Scarlett’s advice for future History Day participants is to pick a topic that they would enjoy researching. “Just have fun with it, and tell what you feel is important,” she said. McCullough wasn’t at all surprised that Scarlett will be headed to the state competition in Nashville on April 17. “Scarlett has a spirit that drives her — she’s persistent.”

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Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries’ second annual 5K In May Rescue Run takes place May 1. Volunteers are shown helping with last year’s registration.

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SEVIERVILLE — It doesn’t matter if you walk it, jog it or run it — participating in Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries’ second annual 5K In May Rescue Run will help the poor and needy of Sevier County. SMARM is inviting the community to participate. Anyone who is interested can start training now with Dr. John Hood each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Sevierville Primary School. For more information, contact Hood at 908-2699 or e-mail to The event, on May 1,

takes participants out Veterans Boulevard and back with a challenging hill and fast downhill finish. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. near the main entrance to Splash Country and the race begins at 8 a.m. In last year’s inaugural race, participation was twice as much as planners expected with about 200 involved. Money raised from sponsors and registration fees helps SMARM provide aid to hundreds of families each year by assisting with shelter, clothing, and medications; subsidizing utility bills and rent; and furnishing hot meals, minor car repairs and

much more. Registrations postmarked by April 23 are $25 and will include a race T-shirt. Later registrations will be $30 and will also include a T-shirt while supplies last. Church or school youth groups (consisting of 10 or more people) can pre-register for $15 per person. Mail registration to SMARM 5K Run, P.O. Box 5968, Sevierville, TN 37864. Checks should be written to SMARM. For more information call 908-3153 or visit, www.5Kinmayrescuerun. com or the Facebook site under “5K in May Rescue Run.�


Runners gather before last year’s first SMARM 5K in May. The run takes place along Veterans Boulevard starting near the main entrance to Splash Country and is set for May 1.

By JANE FORAKER What an unbelievable turnout for our second annual talent show/dinner fundraiser. Packed out with over 150 folks, this year’s show was a hit. Talents ranged from young magicians, to singing and dancing seniors, to flute, piano, fiddle and guitar players, to an angry piggy act. A special thanks to all of our sponsors, supporters, volunteers and talent show performers. Join us at 10 a.m. Wednesday for Simply Sewing class. Instructors Susan Thacker and Nancy Younce will teach the art of appliquĂŠ. Scrap fabrics and patterns will be provided; however, if you’d like to make a small quilt or pillow, bring extra cotton fabric along with your sewing machine and other sewing tools. This class is for folks wanting to learn how to sew and for those that would like to brush up on their sewing skills. This class is free and open to the community. Judy Bond of Regency Retirement Village will be here Thursday to host their monthly Bingo with Regency at 1 p.m. Regency Retirement provides prizes and an afternoon playing bingo for participants. All are welcome to this free event. The center will be closed April 2 for Good Friday. Tickets can be purchased for our upcoming Murder Mystery Dinner Show scheduled for 6 p.m. April 16. “It Was Murder, Your Honor,â€? written and directed by Darren Howes, will include dinner. Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance. Be the one to figure out the killer

with clues provided in the program and possibly win a prize. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 453-8080, ext. 107. Senior Center menu for the week: Monday, baked spaghetti, house salad, garlic cheese biscuit, cheesecake; Tuesday, salmon patties, fried potatoes, pinto beans, corn muffin, chocolate cake; Wednesday, grilled chicken breast, baked potatoes, green beans, roll, apple crisp; Thursday, taco salad with tortilla chips, strawberry shortcake; Friday, center closed for Good Friday. Note that beverage is included with each meal. Meal costs $4 per person. Friendly Bridge scores: Ruth Smith 5,560; Janie Murphy 4,750; Beatrice Scholz 3,940; Laverne Bernard 3,890. Mondays: Piecemakers Quilt Guild, 9 a.m.; painting with LaViolet Bird, 9 a.m.; 50+ Fitness, 10 a.m.; blood pressure checks, 11 a.m.; Sit B Fit (gentle exercise) 11

a.m.; Bible study, noon; bingo, 1 p.m. Tuesdays: woodshop and painting, 10 a.m; pottery class, 10 a.m.; Friendly Bridge Group and cards/games, 1 p.m. Wednesdays: 50+ Fitness and Stitch and Chatter Club, 10 a.m.; Rummy, Pinochle, poker and movie party, 2:30 p.m.; games/cards, 2:30 p.m. Thursdays: Woodshop opens at 9 a.m.; Sit B Fit, 11 a.m.; duplicate bridge, 12:30 p.m.; ballroom dance class, 1 p.m. Fridays: ceramics, 9 a.m.; 50+ Fitness, 10 a.m.; Yoga-Pilates class, 11 a.m.; pottery class, 12:30 p.m. The Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center and Sevier County Office on Aging is located at 1220 W. Main Street in Sevierville. To make reservations for upcoming events or for more information, call (865) 453-8080 x 108. — Jane Foraker is program coordinator for Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center. She may be reached at 453-8080, ext. 108.

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Surprisingly little of the county actually falls into the category of properties that would trigger the new rules. As would be expected, the southern end of Sevier County closer to the Smoky Mountains includes a majority of the potentially impacted properties, while the northern portion only has sparingly affected parcels. Most of those are near Interstate 40 or on Douglas Lake, where whole subdivisions that already exist would have faced tougher construction rules if they were built under the proposed ordinance. The session contained relatively little new information as the two groups have been meeting together


Gatlinburg-Pittman High School student Hannah Clevenger works on her documentary on Foxfire, which won first place in Senior Individual Documentary at East Tennessee History Day.


with Foxfire. His teaching method consists of 11 core principles similar to those developed by Dewey. Clevenger began working on the project in October, finishing near the day of the regional competition. “I read the first couple of Foxfire books, and I got a lot of my primary sources from the Foxfire Museum. They even put me up in their guest house.� Challenges included narrowing down the photo images for her documentary. “There were so many. Last year, with the Evelyn Bishop project, I had the opposite problem because they didn’t take as many photos.� Having competed in the regional and national History Day before, Clevenger wasn’t anxious — until she arrived at the University of Tennessee campus, where it was held. “During the opening ceremony, you could just feel that everyone was very nervous. But the judges were very friendly and accommodating.� Before she travels to Nashville for the April 17 state competition, she plans to add just a bit more to the documentary (it was under the 10-minute time limit) and re-do some of her narration. “It’s a really good opportunity to learn about history,� she said. “You also learn to prioritize. As much as you’d like to put everything in your project, you can’t.�

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Evelyn Bishop. “Foxfire is also a teaching approach — that learning comes from experience — from the philosophies of John Dewey. It was an innovation of two parts. I learned that not only the books and magazines were known internationally, but the teaching method was also known around the world.� According to Wikipedia, the Foxfire concept originated with a class project initiated by Eliot Wigginton and his students in an English class at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in 1966. The class decided to attempt to publish a magazine over the course of the semester, interviewing their relatives and local citizens about how lifestyles had changed over the course of their lives. The magazine has continuously been published since 1966. The magazine and books became extremely popular and the students decided to establish the Foxfire Fund with the profits. Proceeds have been used to create the Foxfire Museum in Mountain City, Ga., near Black Rock Mountain. By the early 1970s it was decided to republish some of the magazine’s articles along with additional content in book format. Wigginton was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1989 for his work

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narrow,� Hope said. “We found out he was a leader in germ theory and went with that. We divided the board into three sections and worked on it up to the day of competition.� McKynlea and Caroline had also been partners for previous History Day competitions. “We had wanted to do

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Ernest J. LeMay, 62 of Revere, Mass., died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at LeConte Medical Center. He was an Army Veteran. Survivors: mother, Eileen LeMay; sons, Alan Francis and Scot Jason LeMay; sisters, Nancy Howard, Barbara LeMay, Joyce Ewing, and Eileen Cogliano; brothers, James LeMay, William Lemay, and Francis LeMay; four grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Cremation services provided by McCarty Funeral Directors and Cremation Services, 607 Wall Street, Sevierville, 774-2950.

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said. “I also learned a lot about atomic energy, and I got to interview three University of Tennessee archaeology professors.� Byrd said she had several other students who competed in the district competition and put forth “excellent� projects. “Although not everyone placed, they all worked very hard. I’m hoping they will continue to compete next year.� Byrd also credited

Micki Werner, Kenzie Thomas and Claire Ballentine model the costumes they wore for their “Smallpox Vaccine� History Day project, for which they won second place in Junior Group Performance.

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something on fashion, like Coco Chanel, but everything we researched was in French,� Caroline said. “We wanted to do something we felt strongly about,� McKynlea added. “Women had a big part in history.� Tyler had always been interested in archaeology, so his topic was easy to choose. “People had theorized that there was an Ice Age, but this (radiocarbon dating) actually proved it,� he

ALCOA (AP) — The United States trails Brazil, Germany, Russia and some other countries in its rate of recycling aluminum beverage cans and Alcoa Inc.’s chief executive said Friday that needs to change. The Pittsburgh-based company dedicated an expansion of its aluminum can recycling operation in east Tennessee, a $24 million investment that a spokesman said makes it the largest such operation under one roof. Alcoa President and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said the expansion will help support a goal of boosting the current 54 percent rate of recycling beverage cans in the United States to 75 percent by 2015. The rate of recycled beverage cans in Russia is currently 75 percent, 91 percent in Germany and 95 percent in Brazil, according to Alcoa. A company statement said the 75 percent recycling rate can be achieve in the United States if each person recycles one more can each week. Christy Valentine, her cosponsor of the school’s history club, for assisting the students with their projects. “It’s wonderful to see them take ownership and get motivated,� Valentine said. “They’re able to shine with their creativity.� The students will advance to Tennessee History Day, held on April 17 in Nashville. n

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frequently since late last year as they pushed toward the effort’s completion. Still, the officials did get their first look at how the proposed rules would actually affect area property owners. The rules proposed by the task force — tweaked by county staffers and the Rules and Regulations Committee — call for properties at a slope of 30 percent or greater to fall under new development rules. They dictate, among other things, that the construction not disturb more than 25 percent of the lot, that all utilities be installed underground and that structures be at least 75 percent screened by their natural surroundings during the summer months.

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program that took some time to learn, the pair managed to submit their Web site two weeks before the competition. Claire, Micki and Kenzie started their project at the beginning of the school year and visited the Oak Ridge Playhouse to pick out costumes for their skit. “There were not as many people doing performances,� Micki explained. “We thought we’d have a better chance moving on if we did one.� The group learned that cowpox was actually used to treat smallpox. Both groups of students had participated in the History Day competition before; Pi Beta Phi makes the projects a requirement for each sixth-, seventh- and eight-grader in the school. n

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Another Goldrush Road resident asks for city’s help By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer

Dr. Charles Bozeman, third from right, traveled to Haiti with other health care professionals from the area.


Dr. Bozeman takes first trip to Haiti on medical mission By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer As soon as Dr. Charles Bozeman had heard about Haiti’s earthquake in January, he was ready to make the trip to lend a hand. “It was just chaotic,” he said of the planning. “I was going to go with Partners in Health (a Boston-based nonprofit health organization) but ended up going with Dr. Dean Mire (primary care physician) and some other doctors from Knoxville. We were two groups that merged together. It was worthwhile — there were a lot of things that needed to be done.” Regents Bank provided a jet for the physicians, and they stayed at a home provided by Provision Ministry Group. “They had a relatively modern hospital and operating room, but the earthquake had made it unstable, so no one could spend the night there,” Bozeman said. “We had tents that we used as make-shift outpatient clinics. People could see either English-speaking or French-speaking doctors.” Bozeman saw many patients, especially children, with worms and skin infections (from lack of available hygiene), as

well as with dehydration, hypertension, diabetes, bronchitis and post-traumatic stress. “The whole country was just in shock. One thing you couldn’t show on TV was the smell of the decaying bodies.” Each day there was always “a huge line of people waiting to see us,” he added. “My group would see around 200 every day. We’d work from as soon as we could get to the site in the morning until 5 p.m. They were doing more than 20 operations a day at the hospital. We didn’t operate on anyone without proper anesthesia.” The Haiti children were stoic and didn’t cry often. “There was just one little boy who had managed to get out the door without a toy (at the church where they were distributed), but once he got one, he was OK. Most of

the Haitians were very appreciative. They’re tough people.” He recalled an anonymous donor who sent a semi tractor trailer full of food — around 50 to 100 pound bags of rice, sugar, powdered milk, sardines and other items. “When there was food, there were riots. We unloaded that food at night, and it could have been significantly dangerous, but we felt the presence of the Lord.” Bozeman had participated in other missions, but this was his first trip to Haiti — and he plans to return. Those wishing to also help can donate to Provision Ministry Group (, Partners in Health (pih. org) or the Luther and Stella Ogle Foundation (436-4711 or P.O. Box 648, Gatlinburg, TN 37738). n


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PIGEON FORGE — Traffic on Goldrush Road was again the topic of discussion for the City Commission as yet another resident came forward to ask that something be done on widening the narrow thoroughfare. During the group’s last two sessions, a group of neighbors asked officials if they could do anything to stop folks from using their road and a new driveway as a shortcut between Veterans Boulevard and Ridge Road. With the objection of the owner of that private access, city leaders had to turn down requests to put up signs or a gate to keep motorists out. That didn’t satisfy the neighbors and they asked that the city consider widening the road to at least help alleviate safety concerns. Last week, Goldrush property owner Michael Mullins came to the meeting to say he’s glad the city won’t be doing anything on private property, but still hopes officials will find a way to improve the narrow street. “I’m glad you stood up for the property owner,” he told the group. “I would like to see if the city would consider widening that road or something.” Part of Mullins’ property includes a small pond that sits just off the edge of the pavement for Goldrush Road. The group of neighbors asked that a guardrail be put up in the area to keep cars from going into the water, particularly as they try to pass wider vehicles like school buses on the little strip of asphalt. Mullins is hopeful the city might again try to

widen the road. In their last meeting, commissioners committed to keep the issue in mind and suggested the road might be added to the city’s next street maintenance plan. They referred Mullins to Public Works Director Mark Miller to get an update on any progress on that possibility. In other business, the group voted to approve: n A request from Kevin Blalock for a waterline extension on Little Laurel Road n A request from Thunder Mountain subdivision to connect Phase 4 to the city’s water system n A final change order for the Red Roof Interceptor Phase II project with a savings of $36,080 n Purchase of radio equipment for the Police Department on a statewide contract at a total cost of $350,982 with all but $244 paid for with grant monies n Purchase of three mobile data terminals for the Police Department on a statewide contract at a total cost of $20,144 n Purchase of computers

for the Police Department per the U.S. Communities contract at $6,555 for six units n Purchase of a 2010 Chevrolet Impala for the Trolley Department for a staff car per a state contract at $18,125 from a Lebanon dealership using remaining grant funds n Bid to purchase striping for city streets from Volunteer Highway Supply at a cost of $410 per mile for yellow and $.95 per foot for white n Bid to purchase asphalt for paving city streets at a cost of $63.50 per ton from Charles Blalock & Sons Construction n Bid to purchase Winterfest LED replacement bulbs from Universal Concepts at a total cost of $22,387 n Rejecting a bid from T.R.A.M. Roofing Company for the wastewater building roof and rebidding n An agreement from S&ME for limited geotechnical exploration at the proposed trolley center site. n

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Old Douglas Dam Road to be closed

The contractor working on Highway 66 expansion will be closing Old Douglas Dam Road at Highway 66 this week (Monday-Friday) to cut it down to grade, place base stone, and pave. Traffic will be directed to use Allensville Road. They will also continue to stop traffic in five-minute increments weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Highway 448 to Gist Creek. This is necessary to pull electric lines across 66. Officers will be used each day to flag traffic. For questions call 4294509.



Child safety seat inspections set

The Sevierville Police Department has scheduled a child car safety seat checkpoint from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at David Ownby Insurance, 501 Parkway. Officers will be available to answer questions regarding the child restraint law. In addition to the above event, parents may also come to the police station at 300 Gary Wade Blvd. for a seat inspection, when a technician is available. Call in advance (453-5507) to ensure that a technician is on duty.

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Wildlife officials say Asian carp that can weigh up to 50 pounds and jump into the air when disturbed have shown up in the Cumberland River as far upstream as Cheatham Dam in Ashland City. The Tennessean reports the spread of the fish, commonly called silver carp, has fisherman concerned because they can breed quickly and threaten to eat food that bass, crappie, paddlefish and the state’s other native species depend on. Bill Reeves, chief of TWRA’s fisheries division, said they don’t know if the fish will start spawning and filling up Kentucky Lake, which runs from Kentucky to Pickwick Dam south of Savannah, Tenn., and is part of the Tennessee River.



Rendezvous founder dies

MEMPHIS (AP) — Charlie Vergos, the founder of Memphis’ best known barbecue restaurant Rendezvous, has died. He was 84. Patrick Donohue, manager of the restaurant, told The Commercial Appeal he died Saturday morning with his family nearby. Vergos founded the restaurant originally as a sandwich shop in 1948 and then 20 years later moved it to its present location, an alley behind 2nd Street in downtown Memphis. It has become nationally renowned for barbecue.



Guardsmen back from Afghanistan

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two units of the Tennessee Army National Guard are scheduled to arrive home this weekend after a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. The units were select soldiers from throughout Tennessee who served as military advisers and mentors to the Afghan National Army. The 40 soldiers are scheduled to arrive at Nashville International Airport on Saturday evening.

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Democratic leader laments racial tension By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II dent has opened more Associated Press Writer dialogue about race. But the Memphis Democrat NASHVILLE — said criticism of President Legislative disagree- Barack Obama’s agenda ments over policy have — such as his historic taken on racial overtones health care reform legin Nashville, just as they islation — has prompted people to use race in a have in Washington. The chairman of the “negative fashion.” “We have got to get Tennessee Black Caucus says racial incidents at ourselves back on some the state Capitol and in solid ground because Washington erode the this is a slippery slope,” progress the nation has he said. “Once you get made in trying to combat on it, it’s kind of hard to turn it around. And racism. John Deberry acknowl- I think in this nation edges the election of the we’ve worked too hard nation’s first black presi- ... on how we’re going to

work together as different races.” Before the vote on the president’s bill last weekend, protesters shouted racist slurs at black congressmen outside the U.S. Capitol, and one lawmaker was reportedly spat on. Last week in Tennessee, comments by a House Democrat had House Republican leaders demanded an apology on the grounds he had accused them of racism. State House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville

compared a move by Tennessee to opt out of the health care plan to Appomattox, the site of the Confederate surrender at the end of the Civil War. “I think all of a sudden we have a black man elected president, and everyone wants to start acting like something’s wrong with our country,” Turner said. “I didn’t agree with a lot of things George Bush did, but I wasn’t ready to secede from the Union.” Republican leaders said Turner’s comment also was racism.

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Belle Island Village Retail, LLC, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, meaning the company behind the development will sell its assets to repay its creditors. Developer Glen Bilbo said he still believes the project can be completed and he is looking forward to moving ahead with a new ownership group.

■ Monday Cloudy

High: 52° Low: 40° ■ Tuesday Partly Cloudy

High: 59° Low: 34°

■ Lake Stages: Douglas: 967.4 U0.3

Today’s Highlight in History:


■ Ski Report:

On March 28, 1979, America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa.

Ober Gatlinburg

Base: 20-45 inches Primary surface: Machine groomed Secondary surface: Loose granular Trails open: Ober Chute, Bear Run, Castle Run, Cub Way, Ski School, Mogul Ridge (not groomed)


National quote roundup “Someone needs to tell him, this is not a crapshoot.” — Sarah Palin to thousands of tea party activists assembled in the Nevada desert Saturday of how Sen. Harry Reid is “gambling away our future” with vote on health care reform

“What we’re still looking for in this coming year is a global deal that encourages all countries to lower their emissions.” — Andy Ridley, a World Wildlife Fund worker in Sydney who came up with the idea of Earth Hour, which was held on Saturday by having participants turn off their lights and appliances for one hour

“These folks are working for a year or two or three in a row on an hour or two of sleep a night. They’re zombies. If people had some money in their pockets or a good night’s sleep, they probably wouldn’t stick around.” — Barry Van Sickle, attorney for couple seeking back pay and overtime from Sea Organization, which reproduces the works of Scientology founder Ron L. Hubbard

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Thought for today

“Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare.” — Pierre Corneille (kawr-NAY’), French dramatist and poet (1606-1684).

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Apolo Ohno

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apolo Anton Ohno is going for the green at the Kids’ Choice Awards. The Olympic-winning speed skater will attempt to set a new world record for being catapulted into slime at SatOhno urday’s 2 3 n d annual shenaniganpacked Nickelodeon spectacle held inside UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. Ohno will perform the messy feat with the help of the Kids’ Choice Awards Slime Slingshot and ripped World Wrestling Entertainment champion John Cena. Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga are up for favorite female singer while brothers Dylan and Cole Sprouse and Nick and Joe Jonas will individually vie for favorite male TV actor.

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Repeat offender

Bright future threatened by dogged cancer 13 DUIs by one person draws attention to flaws in the law You’re 19 years old, newly married to coworker Crystal, in management training at Kroger and moving into your first home. A.J. Seaton was on top of the world in the summer of 2008. But something wasn’t quite right. The night of the wedding reception in August 2008, he became sick. Vomiting, indigestion. It went on for days. But hey, he was a kid, so he’d get over it. Probably a touch of the flu, a stomach bug at worst. He didn’t improve, and at long last he went to see about it. His first doctor thought it nothing more than the flu. But after not getting well, he sought a second opinion, and that’s when a blood test revealed a white cell count dangerously low. He was sent to UT Medical Center, where further testing revealed an enlarged lymph node. A biopsy was taken. The diagnosis: Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He had never been sick a day. If you’re gonna get a cancer, doctors told him, this was the one to get. Hodgkin’s lymphoma has a survival rate of around 90 percent — if caught in time. A.J. Seaton, a graduate of Sevier County High, a bright future at the Sevierville Kroger, is fighting for his life. He has endured rigorous, debilitating rounds of chemotherapy, plus a painful stem-cell implant. Now he faces what may be his last chance. A persistent family member has convinced M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to see him next week. It’s one of the world’s top cancer hospitals, a specialist in cancer of the lymph nodes. He and Crystal are flying out April 6 for the visit and testing, to see if he is a candidate for treatment. “The hardest thing,” he admits, “has been to keep my spirits up. Constant pain has been an issue.” He has been unable to work much since the diagnosis. Life for him has been an endurance test, with pain, nausea and discouragement thrown in. Consider: n The diagnosis came after 12 days in the hospital, during which he couldn’t keep any food down. n The first round of chemo was administered every other week for three months. It seemed to be going well, and doctors were optimistic. “They practically told me I was done,” Seaton said. While Crystal worked, his grandmother stayed with him. He and Crystal gave up their apartment so they could move back to his parents’ home and save money. n Just as the chemo was ending, a scan showed the tumor was growing. That led to ICE chemo, named for the three powerful drugs used in the treatment. It made him sicker than he’d ever been, affecting his blood pressure, kidneys and blood sugar. It lasted three months. His father, a contractor, finished remodeling a small home next to the family home so he and Crystal could live there during treatments. He was denied disability. n The ICE treatments didn’t work, so doctors recommended a stem cell transplant using his own cells, plus more chemo. That caused horrible pain, mouth sores, a messed up digestive tract, nausea and a foul body odor. The treatment ended around August of 2009, and he was able to return to work. But the cancer grew. n Vanderbilt considered doing a stem cell transplant from someone else, and a match was found, but doctors there found he was too sick to have the treatment. n Another round of chemo ensued, leaving him with a sinus infection and pneumonia. And that brings us to now, when M.D,. Anderson looms as his last best hope. Through it all Kroger has been wonderful, from manager Jason Campbell down to every employee; they’ve encircled him like a family. His own family has done all it can. Seaton has health insurance through Kroger, but deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses have wiped put his and Crystal’s savings, his parents’ spare money and the resources of his extended family. The store employees have opened an account in the name of Crystal Lynn Seaton for the benefit of Alex James Seaton. Deposits are welcomed and appreciated at any Citizens National Bank. “I hate asking for anything. I feel all I’ve done is take from everybody, especially Crystal. I feel like I’ve reached the end,” he said. Maybe not. In the meantime, help this young man and his family if you can. And a prayer wouldn’t hurt. — Stan Voit is editor of The Mountain Press. His column appears each Sunday. He can be reached at 428-0748, ext. 217, or e-mail to svoit@

Hobart William Reagan is the kind of menace to society who needs to be put away for a long time. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been, and that’s why he is facing what would be his 13th conviction for driving under the influence. That’s not a misprint. Thirteen. The New Market resident was arrested yet again March 18, this time by Sevierville police officer Stephanie Quigly who spotted an apparently drunk Reagan at a service station near Interstate 40. Turns out he has a rap sheet as long as you’ll find on anyone in these parts. He has 12 prior convictions for DUI, all in Knox, Sevier and Jefferson counties, stretching back 18 years. He also has been charged with bribery of a public official in Jefferson County and possession of cocaine in that same county. It’s the DUI cases that should alarm everyone. A drunken driver is dastardly, irresponsible and selfish, because his actions threaten not just himself, but everyone who shares the road with him.

Reagan clearly has little regard for anyone but himself. It’s easy to blame state law, but no matter his sentence over the years and his time behind bars — some 33 months, records show — he continues to drive drunk, with or without a license. District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn will go after this guy with the full extent of the law, but he is limited by what the law provides and by overcrowded jails that pressure officials to release nonviolent offenders early to free up bed space. In most cases over the years, Reagan got a much longer sentence than he actually served. For example he was sentenced to six years on the bribery charge, but served about a month. He got a three-year sentence in 2004 for yet another DUI in Sevier County. He served three months. Of course, once he is paroled, he is free to repeat his offenses, with or without a driver’s license. That’s what this sorry

excuse for a man has done every time. The law is only as good as the punishment, and if a habitual DUI offender is determined to drive, he’ll do it, as Reagan has done. Of course, when Reagan actually hurts someone else because of his drinking and driving — and the odds increase that he will do just that one day — the courts can send him away for a longer time. It’s sad that it takes injuring or killing an innocent person to take a criminal like Reagan off the street and behind bars for a longer period, but that’s the way it is. In the meantime, the attention this case has gotten from The Mountain Press and DA Dunn should ensure that Reagan won’t be a free man anytime soon. His bond of $35,000 and his history of offenses should guarantee he’ll be living in the gray bar hotel for a long time. Justice may finally come to Hobart Reagan — fortunately, not too late to save the rest of us.

Political view

Public forum Middle class must fight to maintain its survival

Editor: Much is being said about the Titanic as the new Titanic amusement gets set to open in Pigeon Forge. To view the sinking as just a tragedy misses the bigger picture. After the Titanic sank, White Star Lines was investigated for many wrongdoings, including why so many third-class passengers perished. White Star lied about reports that third-class passengers were trapped when access gates were purposely locked. The expedition to view the Titanic confirmed the gates were locked. The Titanic represented the class system. First-class passengers were of great wealth while third class had little. Those running the ship determined third class was not worth saving. The were trapped to perish. The middle class in this country is an aberration of the industrial revolution. It didn’t exist before the 1860s, and probably won’t in the near future. With irreversible

actions condoned by big business and the U.S. government, the middle class is fighting to survive. Millions of home foreclosures and mortgages in default, millions of illegal immigrants undermining wages, exportation of our job base, and the loss of half this country’s pension funds have secured a return to the two-class system. If you doubt this, your college-educated children are jobless, living at home, and many collecting food stamps. The 2000s are now referred to as the “lost decade.” It won’t be the only one. Former President Bush, who represented unregulated big business interests, wanted social security “invested” in the stock market. We know what they would be worth today had he gotten his way. Of course, there’s still time to “invest” these funds after the Republicans return to office. But the stock market crash in 2008 may not be over. There still remains a lot of money invested in the current market which is overvalued, and due for another massive correction. The nearly $2 trillion lost in the 2008 market was collected by the super rich. And now

their children are in control. You need not apply. The mindset of the people to get us out of this economic catastrophe is the same as those who locked the gates of the Titanic. You posed a threat to their status and were dealt with accordingly. Aren’t all recessions really concocted and planned by these people? Did you think it was a coincidence that the first few years of each decade were recessionary followed by about five years of growth? Check automobile sales the past 80 years. Fewer autos sell during recessions. Some of you have figured this out, but most have not given it much thought. Many will think I’m attacking capitalism. But if we continue on the current path, the middle class will fade away, and you and your children will live with little hope for the future. Socialism may not be the answer, but some hybrid of the two systems may be. Regardless, the middle class needs to pool their resources and reinvent the American way lest we perish in the planned manner that those third-class souls perished on the Titanic. Michael Wood Sevierville

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Griner blocks Lady Vols’ path to Elite 8 By BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer

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Baylor’s Brittney Griner, center, blocks a shot by Tennessee forward Alyssia Brewer (33) in the first half of an NCAA Memphis Regional semifinal college basketball game Saturday, March 27, in Memphis, Tenn. At left is Baylor guard Kelli Griffin (21).

MEMPHIS — Freshman sensation Brittney Griner has grown up a lot this season — just ask Tennessee. Griner scored 27 points and blocked 10 shots, leading fourth-seeded Baylor to a 77-62 win over the top-seeded Lady Vols on Saturday to advance to the NCAA tournament regional finals. “She was the X factor,” said Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, whose team was taken out in the first round last season. Baylor’s only other appearance in the round of eight was in 2005, the same year it won the national championship. The Lady Bears (26-9) will face No. 2 seed Duke on Monday night. The Lady Vols’ loss spoiled the highly anticipated matchup between Tennessee and Connecticut, which could have happened in this year’s national semifinals. The Lady Vols, who lost in the first round last season, haven’t missed out on back-to-back Final Fours since 1993-94. Tennessee (32-3) successfully limited the 6-foot-8 Griner in its 74-65 win over Baylor in the first game of the season but couldn’t do it again even with as many as four players on her at a time. Griner hit several shots while double-teamed or passed to an open Lady Bears teammate for an easy layup. “You’re watching a phenom out here play above the rim,” Mulkey said. “That’s what needs to be written in every article from this day forward, because she’s such a sweet

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Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt yells to her players in the second half of an NCAA Memphis Regional semifinal college basketball game against Baylor Saturday, March 27, in Memphis, Tenn. Baylor upset Tennessee 77-62. child as you can see.” Griner had been somewhat tentative on offense since she was suspended for two games after throwing a punch against a Texas Tech player in early March. She was back to her dominant self on both ends of the court. “I just knew I had to come out and play my game and go back to the old Brittney,” Griner said. Griner’s 26 blocks in the NCAA tournament ranks her second in his-

tory. Duke’s Alison Bales holds the NCAA tournament record with 30 in 2006, and Connecticut’s Rebecca Lobo’s 22 now ranks third. The teams went back and forth throughout the first half and early in the second, trading the lead 10 times and tying four times. With both 6-foot-6 Kelley Cain and 6-foot-3 Alyssia Brewer on the floor to guard Griner, Tennessee See LADY VOLS, Page A10

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Seymour pitcher Logan Sawyer had a nice game for the Eagles, pitching three scoreless in relief. PREP BASEBALL

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Surrouned by his Smoky Bears teammates, Sevier County center Jordan Henrickson signed with Milligan College on Friday, his 18th birthday. PREP BASKETBALL

Bears’ big man inks with Milligan Henrickson will take 6-9 frame to next level By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor SEVIERVILLE — Coming into the 20092010 basketball season, opponents of Sevier County High School probably had little knowledge

of Jordan Henrickson. The towering senior center had played sparingly in his first three seasons with SCHS. Now, 27 wins and an IMAC Conference championship later, it’s safe to say the secret is out. A shot-blocking machine in the post, Henrickson helped the Smoky Bears to one of their most successful seasons in school history. As a result he’s now earned a spot to con-

tinue his basketball career at the next level with Milligan College. The Buffaloes, an NAIA team located just outside of Elizabethton, came calling on the senior this past Friday — on his 18th birthday — and he was more than happy to sign a national letter of intent. “I liked (the visit at Milligan) a lot, the coaches are great. It’s a nice place,” Henrickson said, with family and friends packed

in the Sevier County High School Library, where the signing took place. Milligan coach Bill Robinson seemed most pleased with the signing. Asked how his team discovered the diamond in the rough, Robinson credited his assistants. “One of my assistants just found out about Jordan,” Robinson said with a smile. “I think his See HENRICKSON, Page A11

Maryville rallies in last inning to upend Seymour 6-4 By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor SEYMOUR — The Seymour Eagles baseball team rode a roller coaster of emotions Saturday in their 6-4 loss to the visiting Maryville Rebels. The Eagles (5-4) trailed early, then rallied to tie and eventually take the lead before losing to the neighboring Rebels in the last inning of play. Down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Seymour bats came alive behind back-

to-back doubles from Brandon Timmerman and Keegan Newport. Timmerman’s wallbanging two-bagger drove in the Blue and Gold’s first run of the game, scoring Cody Fox, who started the inning getting to first by way of a defensive error. Newport’s double moved Timmerman to third, and a Corbin Weaver walk next filled the bases with Eagles with no outs. But Seymour would manage only one more run See SEYMOUR, Page A9

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Seymour lost to Maryville 6-4 on Saturday. (Clockwise from top) Oakley Fox takes a cut; catcher Cory Clark looks to the dugout for the signs; coach Scott Norman has a word with starting pitcher Keegan Newport; Corbin Weaver knocks an RBI single into right field.

out of the opportunity, as catcher Cory Clark hit a sac fly to right. In the bottom of the fifth the Eagles moved ahead of Maryville 4-2, as Weaver drove in second baseman Logan Jenkins with an RBI single, and Cody Fox scored on a wild pitch. But again the Eagles stranded the bases loaded, as a Clark warning track fly made Seymour’s third out with the bases full. Heading into the final frame coach Scott Norman pulled reliever Logan Sawyer, who’d tossed three solid scoreless innings behind Newport, who started the game. “Sawyer threw excellent. He’s working his way up the ladder,� Norman said. “He’s throwing really well right now. I would have kept him in if it would have been a normal situation. I was trying to see where Timmerman was in terms of the closing role.� The coach inserted ace Brandon Timmerman to try to close out the Rebels. Timmerman’s closing experiment didn’t go as planned. The normally good starter, who’s already signed with Carson-Newman, gave up a quick five-pitch walk to start off, and then Maryville connected for back-to-back doubles to pull within one run with two men in scoring position. The Rebel’s next hitter, D.J. Pugh, singled to rightcenter, knotting the score at 4-4 with the first out still to be recorded. Timmerman did get that first out, striking out the next Rebel batter. But with the infield playing in to try and prevent a run, Maryville’s Landon Talley delivered a heartbreaker — a bloop single over short

that gave the Rebels the go-ahead run. Moments later, after Eagles’ catcher Clark through out Talley at second on a steal attempt, the Rebs added some insurance as Pugh scored on a wild pitch, making the score 6-4. Finally the Eagles got out of the jam, as Timmerman chalked up another K to retire the side. “We’re trying things differently from a pitching standpoint,� Norman said. “We don’t have the type of starting pitchers that can go the distance. We’re trying to figure out who can close, who can be a middle guy, who can come off three days rest. “Timmerman was coming off three days rest, and I was seeing if he could close. I don’t think he had good stuff,� the coach said. “(But) they didn’t hit him hard. Three little hits and a base on balls killed him. Maryville’s a good team. We had a lead going into the seventh, we just couldn’t quite close it out.� Now trailing by two, the Eagles offense was poised for a great opportunity with the top of the order coming to the plate. And, like clockwork, the first two hitters, Cody Fox and Timmerman reached base. Unfortunately for Seymour, the meat of the order couldn’t deliver. Newport and Weaver went down on strikes and Oakley Fox hit a dribbler to second base, which resulted in a runner’s interference, for the third out. “We left nine runners on base (in the game),� Norman said. “(And) the middle of the order hitters coming up with runners on base and both of them punching out, we’re not going to win like that.�

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Beating Summitt doesn’t excite Baylor’s Kim Mulkey By BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer

MEMPHIS — Baylor coach Kim Mulkey takes plenty of pride in her team’s regional semifinals win. That doesn’t mean she takes pleasure in seeing Tennessee’s Pat Summitt lose. “You have to take satisfaction from winning for these kids up here. I don’t take any satisfaction in beating Pat Summitt today,� Mulkey said. “Pat is our John Wooden.� Baylor advanced to its second NCAA regional final in four tries with a 77-62 win over Tennessee on Saturday. One of those losses in the round of 16 came in a 71-69 loss to Tennessee in 2004. The teams were tied at 69 when Lady Vols Shyra Ely and Tasha Butts missed two shots on the goal in the final seconds. In the scramble for the rebound, Baylor’s Jessika Stratton collided with Butts and was called for a foul. The foul withstood a review by the officials to see if it came after time expired, and Butts hit two free throws to grab the win. The Lady Bears went on to win the national title in 2005, and Mulkey is the only women’s coach to win national championships as both a player and a coach. She also won the 1981 AIAW title and the 1984 NCAA title playing for Louisiana Tech and the 1988 crown as a Lady Techsters assistant coach. Summitt still has more having won the national championship eight times, but the success hasn’t gone to the hall of fame coach’s head. “Pat is a legend in the game, and we want our program where Pat’s program has been and will continue to be,� she said. “She is just class. I go back a ways with Pat. I have watched her from a distance, and she is one of the classiest people in how she treats me or any other people she goes way back with.� ——— NO FAN OF CASUAL FANS: Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma has said that he’s uncertain if his team’s dominance of the women’s game — another perfect season, a 74-game winning streak — is good for the sport. But one thing he doesn’t care about is whether it draws in indifferent followers of the game. “Does the casual fan respect what we are doing? I don’t know,� Auriemma said on Saturday on the eve of his team’s regional semifinal game in Dayton against Iowa State. “The casual fan in this country at this point in time is really insignificant to me. I care about our fans back home and the fans who are going

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to be watching the game tomorrow, because they are interested to see how we do.� He said he’s got better things to do than worry about those who aren’t all that interested in his team. “I could care less about the casual fan, because I bet they could care less about me and my team. I don’t worry about people who don’t worry about me,� he said. “As far as women’s basketball in general, it’s like ice hockey. Does the casual fan enjoy ice hockey? Probably not. But ice hockey fans love ice hockey. We are who we are and we attract who we attract and we’ll go with that.� ——— RAIDING THE BUCKEYE STATE: Florida State coach Sue Semrau is on a mission to take some of the best players out of Ohio. Sure, she can use the weather as a recruiting tool. But with the success her third-seeded Seminoles (28-5) are having, she’s got a lot of talking points. Florida State takes on seventh-seeded Mississippi State (21-12) in a regional semifinal on Sunday at the University of Dayton Arena. It’ll be a homecoming of sorts for sophomore forward Cierra Bravard, a former player of the year in Ohio who is from Sandusky. Joining the Seminoles next year will be Ohio’s Ms. Basketball, 6-foot-3 Natasha Howard from Toledo Waite, and another first-team all-state player, Tay’ler Mingo of South Euclid Regina. “It is really fun knowing that two players in our upcoming freshman class are from right here,� Semrau said Saturday. “I love what the state of Ohio has done in developing high school fundamentals and developing knowledge of

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the game. We’ve had great success with those players in our program and blending them with the type of athleticism that we have in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama and that’s been critical to the success we’ve had.� ——— THE KID’S ALRIGHT: Notre Dame is one of the most experienced teams in the regional finals, with four senior starters and a number of key juniors that come off the bench. But their NCAA tournament fate might hinge on the play of freshman guard Skylar Diggins. Diggins poured in 31 points to lead the secondseeded Irish over Vermont, 84-66, in the second round. But she scored just seven points in an opening-round romp over Cleveland State. Diggins might be a kid compared to her teammates, but she’s fit right in with the veteran Irish. Diggins leads Notre Dame with 13.9 points per game, and she’s got 84 steals through 34 games. The Irish (29-5) face third-seeded Oklahoma (25-10) in the Kansas City Regional semifinals Sunday night. “It’s good for us. We need somebody to step up like that,� senior guard Ashley Barlow said. ——— DAZZLED BY JASMINE: Count San Diego State among those impressed with Duke guard Jasmine Thomas. Thomas matched her career-high with 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting. She added five steals and six assists to her stat line in the Blue Devils’ 66-58 victory over the Aztecs on Saturday. “After the game, I looked up and I went: ’She’s only a junior,�’ Aztec guard Jene Morris said. “She’s an amazing guard. She can do it all. She’s good off the screen. She can pull up. She’s a great defender. She’s really quick. She’s athletic. I could go on and on about her.� Coach Beth Burns echoed the praise of Thomas. She had seen the Blue Devils on film, but the look was different in person. “She’s big time because I would add all the things Jene said, but it’s her body,� Burns said. “The strength and quickness and power in her body.�

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Tennessee players watch the closing moments of the second half in their 77-62 loss to Baylor in an NCAA Memphis Regional semifinal college basketball game Saturday, March 27, in Memphis, Tenn. From left are Briana Bass (1), Alicia Manning (15), and Alyssia Brewer (33).

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found some success inside and was up 55-50 with just under eight minutes left. The Lady Vol orangeclad crowd fell silent as Griner hit back-to-back layups and had a threepoint play as part of a 21-1 run as Tennessee’s defense unraveled. Tennessee (32-3) turned to its shooters in desperation. Though Angie Bjorklund and Shekinna Stricklen managed to hit jumpers in traffic and knock down a few 3s in the first half, they missed left and right in the second half. The Lady Vols managed to hit only 32.9 percent, only slightly better than their season-worst 32.8











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Stricklen led Tennessee with 18 points, and Bjorklund added 12. “I think anytime you play against a 6-8 player, it’s is going to be tough to shoot over her,� Bjorklund said. “At the same time, I thought when our posts did have the ball they did a good job. Going against her, we just needed to give the posts more touches.� Tennessee fell to 23-5 in regional semifinal games.


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percent against Stanford, and finished with 22 paint points. The Lady Vols allowed the Lady Bears 49.1 percent shooting — a season high for a Tennessee opponent — and 36 paint points. “I can’t believe it. I’m just really excited that to get to the Elite Eight we had to go through the best, and the best in this region was Tennessee,� Baylor’s Morghan Medlock said.





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size is what attracts you first, but then you find out the type of person he is, and the type of student that he is, and that’s what attracted us. The whole package, just not the size. The potential that he has is just unlimited at this point.” Still, the coach said Henrickson does have room to improve. “I think he just needs to get stronger, and that strength will give him the ability to bang inside and compete with the guys at the college level. That’s the biggest thing he needs right now. He’s got tools, he’s got skills and he sees the floor well. He knows how to play the game, he’s just got to get stronger to compete,” Robinson said. Where Jordan isn’t lacking, however, is that size Jason Davis/The Mountain Press

Sevier County’s Jordan Henrickson was head and shoulders above much of his competition this season on the court.

Vols hope to get where Spartans have been By NANCY ARMOUR AP National Writer

ST. LOUIS — Michigan State has been deep in the NCAA tournament so many times the Spartans may as well have the regional finals on their schedule. This is the fifth-seeded Spartans’ seventh appearance in 12 years. All but once, they’ve moved on to the Final Four. It’s an impressive legacy, and one Tennessee would like to emulate. The sixth-seeded Volunteers had never advanced beyond the regional semifinals until Friday night, yet they’re not daunted by Michigan State’s experience. Sure, the Spartans played for the national title last year. But Kansas and Kentucky were considered the favorites to win it all this year, and the Vols managed to knock off both of them. Using the relentless defense he learned as a Big Ten assistant, Pearl has

turned the Volunteers into one of the Southeastern Conference’s elite. Tennessee’s 28 victories are the second-most in school history, and they include regular-season upsets of Kansas and Kentucky, the two teams that were favored to win the national title coming into the tournament. The Vols advanced to the second week of the tournament for the third time in four years and, by beating second-seeded Ohio State on Friday night, finally got to a regional final. Lasted longer than the Lady Vols, too, who lost to Baylor on Saturday in the regional semifinals of the NCAA women’s tournament. While Pearl acknowledged that his phone has been “blowing up,” he said the tight turnaround hasn’t left Tennessee any time to get caught up in its accomplishments or get sidetracked from its usual road-game routine.

the coach said initially drew his attention. Currently the Buffaloes’ biggest players are around 6-5 to 6-6. “He will actually be our tallest player. We actually measured him when he was up on campus last week, and he’s about 6-9 and a half,” Robinson said. “The family’s not sure he’s done growing yet. It’s just rare for somebody that big to be in our league.” That size could pay dividends defensively for Milligan, especially with Henrickson’s natural shotblocking ability. “Scoring is good,” the big man said, “It’s a lot of fun, but shutting down the other team’s post — I like that better.” With work in the summer, Robinson hopes Henrickson will start to fill out, and become more assertive on the court. “We think the aggressiveness will come when

he becomes comfortable, when he gets stronger and when he gets confident. That confidence will come with strength and that aggressiveness will follow,” Robinson said. While Henrickson will play the traditional center role for Milligan, he’ll still have to venture out to the perimeter, a place he can also excel. “We run a Carolina system, and he’ll have to catch on the perimeter and pass,” Robinson said. “He shot almost 40 percent from the 3-point line this year, and in that trail position, if catches it an he’s open and he’s earned that 3-point look, we’ll allow him to shoot it.” One advantage Henrickson will have joining the Buffs is though he’s a newcomer, so is much of the team. “We are really young right now. We’ll have just two seniors next year,” the

Milligan coach said. “The majority of our players were freshmen and sophomores. It’s going to be a very new team.” Like Sevier County, Milligan has seen some rough years in basketball, having fallen from a good run in the 90s to a decade without making the national tournament. That’s something the second-year coach hopes to change. “It’s time we get back,” Robinson said. With Henrickson joining the fray, chances just got better. In the top 20 of the senior class at SCHS with a 3.72 GPA, Henrickson hopes to go into a field similar to sports management after college. He is the son of Cathy Nave of Sevierville and Steve Henrickson of Jacksonville, Fla.

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SPORTS BRIEFS Sevier County Middle School football All Sevierville and New Center boys currently in 5th, 6th and 7th grades that want to play football should attend, with their parents, a meeting on March 29 at 6 p.m. in the commons area of Sevierville Middle. Important information about physicals will be discussed along with booster club information.

2010 TN Mountain Mania Basketball The 9th Annual TN Mountain Mania Basketball Events have been scheduled for the 2010 season. The dates are Play Day: April 9 - 11, Classic: April 30 – May 2, and Summer Slam: May 28 – 30 in Sevierville – Pigeon Forge, TN. It is open to both boys and girls teams of all affiliations grades 3 - 12 or ages 9U - 18U. The entry fee is $170 and each team guaranteed 3 games against other teams with comparable skills. Spaces are limited so register early to ensure spot. Deadline for entry is one week before each event. For more information, check out the website at or call 865-453-0707.

Tiny Tots Basketball Camp

Sevier County High basketball coach Ken Wright and staff will be hosting a Tiny Tots Basketball Camp April 16-17 for boys and girls K-2nd grade and April 23-24 for grades 3-6 at Sevier County High School. For more information call 908-9385.

Fire Chiefs’ Golf Tournament

The Smoky Mountain Fire Chiefs’ 1st Annual Golf Tournament will be April 27, starting at 1 p.m. at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club in Sevierville. The event will benefit the Tennessee Fire Service Coalition and the Sevier County Fire Chiefs’ Association Training Center. For more information contact Matt Henderson (604-5309), Tony Watson (755-4838) or Charlie Cole (654-3782).

Sevier County Jaycees golf tourney The Sevier County Jaycees will host the 7th Annual Tin Cup Golf Tournament at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club on Wednesday, April 7. The individual medal play begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start, and only 7-irons and putters will be used. 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.

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 640-5344.

Seymour Booster Club golf tourney

The Seymour Football Booster Club will have its 1st Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 15, at 2 p.m. at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club. The best-ball tournament will support Seymour Eagles Football. There will be cash prizes for the first three placing teams, and players have a chance to win $10,000 for a hole-in-one. There will also be door prizes for participants. Price to play is $75 or $300 per team. The tournament is currently seeking hole sponsors for $100 per hole, with sponsor signs provided. For more information, call Tony at 577-7040.


Butler did it, beats KSU 63-56 to make Final Four in Indianapolis By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It’s an easy five-mile drive from the Butler campus to the site of its next game, in downtown Indianapolis. Still, it’s hard to think of many programs that have taken a longer, more unlikely road to the Final Four. Yes, the boys from Butler did it — defeating Kansas State 63-56 in the West Regional final Saturday to make their trip back home something much bigger than that. The fifth-seeded Bulldogs, the team that plays in the fieldhouse where “Hoosiers� was filmed, are writing their own underdog story, even if they can’t really be called underdogs anymore. Gordon Hayward scored 22 points and Shelvin Mack had 16 to help Butler (32-4) win its 24th straight game and become the first school from a true, mid-major conference to make the Final Four since George Mason in 2006 — a trip that also ended in Indianapolis. Trailing almost the entire game, No. 2 Kansas State

(29-7) rallied to tie it at 54 with 3:09 remaining. But Butler didn’t fold, it only got better. The Bulldogs scored the next nine points to seal the game before K-State guard Jacob Pullen’s shot at the buzzer dropped — but offered no consolation. Enrollment at Butler is about 4,500, about 15 of whom have reminded everyone why college basketball captures America’s heart this time every year. They are weaving a story about the overlooked and under-appreciated getting their time in the limelight, the kind of tale every underdog, from Charlie Brown to Gene Hackman, has to love. But make no mistake — this is not some scrappy, overmatched team that needed a break, no Danny and the Miracles, or Villanova shooting 79 percent to knock off mighty Georgetown. This is a team that stood toe-to-toe with Syracuse on one night, then Kansas State the next, shutting down two power teams from power conferences with legitimate stars of their own. Pullen and teammate

PF, Pi Beta split middle school golf matches PIGEON FORGE — The Pigeon Forge Middle School Golf team and the Pi Beta Phi Golf team split a match in boys and girls’ links action at Gatlinburg Country Club on March 25. The Pigeon Forge boys defeated the Pi Beta Phi team 114 to 180. Leading rounds in the five-hole match for Pigeon Forge were Tyler Watts, 26; Tyler Bohanan, 27; Ryan Evans, 29; and Nathaniel Burke, 32. For the Pi Beta Phi boys, Curtis Green led scoring with 36; Chris Horne, 46; Isaac Blankenship, 48; and Bennett Lapides, 50. In girls’ rounds, Pi Beta Phi girls bested the Pigeon

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Butler's Ronald Nored, left, leaps in the air with teammate Shawn Vanzant after Butler beat Kansas State 63-54 to win the NCAA West Regional final college basketball game in Salt Lake City, Saturday, March 27. Denis Clemente didn’t score a point for Kansas State until 15 seconds were left in the first half, and it was no matter of luck. Rather, it was the tough, in-your-face defense of Ronald Nored and Willie Veasley that did it —

smothering a pair of players who had combined for 53 points two nights earlier in a double-overtime win against Xavier. Clemente finished with 18 and Pullen with 14, but they shot a combined 11 for 30.


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Susan Latham, Sevier County School System supervisor for intermediate grades, organized the music festival. Approximately 350 students performed.

Foundation hosts music festival Submitted Report The Sevier County Education Foundation sponsored its annual Music Festival recently. The event showcases the seventh- and eighth-grade choirs in the Sevier County School System. This year’s participants included Catlettsburg Elementary, Northview Middle, New Center Elementary, Boyds Creek Elementary, Sevierville Middle, Wearwood Elementary, Seymour Middle, Pi Beta Phi Elementary and Pigeon Forge Middle. Susan Latham, Sevier County School System supervisor for intermediate grades and Education Foundation member, organized the music festival.



Ronda Johnson is the music teacher at New Center School who opened the program with a special musical selection.


Deanna Baxter, music teacher at Sevierville Intermediate, served as master of ceremonies.

Bill encourages establishment of trusts Submitted report Legislation was approved by the full Senate continuing efforts to make Tennessee a desirable state to establish a trust. Senate Bill 3529 allows married couples to create and transfer property to a community property trust. “This legislation continues our efforts to improve our trust laws to make Tennessee more competitive as a desirable location for trust investments,” said State Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville. “The more trusts we have in Tennessee, the more opportunities we have for investment. This is important as we

continue to make our state more competitive.” There are two types of benefits which a community property trust would provide couples who “elect in” to the system partially or completely, including a significant tax advantage. At the death of the first spouse to die, both spouse’s interests in the community property receive a full basis adjustment. As a result, there will be no capital gain payable if the property is sold for its value at the date of the first spouse’s death. Further, the increased basis will allow for increased depreciation deductions for business and investment

depreciable property. In a separate property state, if the property was jointly owned between husband and wife, only one-half of the property would receive such an adjustment in basis. Secondly, community property is a property ownership system which generally provides for equal ownership of property by husband and wife. This generally involves a sharing in the appreciation and income from the property. Likewise, there is often an equal sharing in the management of the property. This bill would provide an option for couples who find this equality and sharing arrangement the

preferred form of property ownership. Last month Overbey won passage of a new law to improveTennessee’sUniform Principal and Income Act, the Uniform Trust Code, and the Investment Services Act by adding a number of statues to upgrade to improve the state’s trust laws. It also creates a new type of trust in Tennessee called the unitrust. For Tickets


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Bill Oakes, who serves on the foundation, presented Susan Latham with a gift certificate for her efforts. The program culminated with two selections performed by all participating choirs. Pam Russell, music teacher at Pigeon Forge High School, conducted this combined choir.

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Easter first service at Church of the Way Submitted Report PIGEON FORGE — The Rev. Wayne Cook will head up the first non-denominational worship service at Church of the Way, located in The Miracle Theater. The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday. Cook will be the lead pastor at the new church. Guest speaker for the first service will be the Rev. Art Sanborn, author of “A Walking Miracle.� will give his testimony. Sanborn will tell how God healed him from injuries he received in an accident Dec. 13, 1998, that left him a quadriplegic. Today, Sanborn has recovered and no longer needs a wheelchair. He walks unassisted. He and his wife, Ellen, have started 12 churches and led more than 60 outreach

teams. Soloists at the Easter service will be actor Michael Frost, his wife Jen Gilbert Frost, and Rebecca Peak.  They will sing “The Easter Song.� Lydia Taylor will sing, “I Will Rise,� by Chris Tomlin. David M. Sanborn and his mother, Ellen Sanborn, will also provide music for the first service. David Sanborn is the son of Art Sanborn, and Ellen Sanborn is Art’s wife. They will sing “Man of Nazareth� from the play, “Judah Ben-Hur.�  “Our church is committed to be a place for families, faith and friends,� Cook said. “We will teach and preach the absolute truth of God’s word.� For more information on the Church of the Way call Cook at 428-7469 or visit

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Representing Jesus at the Tomb are, from left, David Sanborn who plays Jesus in The Miracle Theater; Rev. Wayne Cook; Michael Frost, who plays Judas; and Jen Gilbert-Frost, who plays Martha. All will be guests at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday for the inaugural service at the Church of the Way, located at The Miracle Theater.



Submitted Report Court Appointed Special Advocates of East Tennessee (CASA) is seeking community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children by monitoring their placements and representing their best interests in court. CASA provides trained citizen volunteers who are assigned to children who come under the protection of juvenile court. The goal is to shorten their stay in a foster home. CASA volunteers do not house and transport children. They visit the children each month and talk to family, friends, teachers, etc. A report is then provided to the judge. The 36-hour training session in Sevier County will begin on April 5. Classes will meet from 5-8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. To register for this class, call (865) 329-3399. “Community participation is more important than ever,� said CASA Executive Director Carolyn Doty. “Advocating for a foster child is a way to make a lasting contribution to the community.� CASA is also forming the Interfaith Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect in Sevier County. Activities are already under way in eight churches in Knox County with the support of a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. CASA has developed a special program and materials for use by local churches and faith organizations who want to help abused and neglected children in the community.



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Friend’s death teaches hard lesson in life Former There is irony about the day I learned of Hugh Owen’s death. I was sitting in the boss’s office and in the course of the conversation Owen’s name came up. “You know,” my boss said, “he died. I think it was about six months ago.” Turns out, it wasn’t. Turns out, after some Internet research, they laid Hughie to rest a year to the day before I heard the stunning news. Turns out, the reason I was getting a fast busy signal when I tried to call him in Montgomery, Ala., on a slow Sunday afternoon about two months before that, is because he wasn’t there to answer the phone. This isn’t so much about what an interesting, quirky, talented journalist he was — and he could be described as all those things — as it is about something many of us are probably guilty of. You move away from somewhere. You vow to stay in touch with those you are closest to. You make frequent calls at first, maybe set up dinner when you’re passing through town, exchange e-mails and Christmas cards. As the months turn into years, there aren’t as many phone calls. E-mails lag, Christmas cards stop. You keep meaning to call or send an e-mail, but you somehow never manage to get around to it. Maybe it’s partially out-of-sight, outof-mind. Maybe you’re busy adjusting to your new job, your new community, making new friends (or maybe even getting remarried). Maybe, maybe, maybe ... And then you find out they’re gone. And it’s too late. And there’s sadness, memories and bittersweet reflection. Why didn’t I call? Why didn’t I send an e-mail? Why didn’t I take the time to stay in touch? The last time I talked to Hughie was three years ago this month. I was living in Northeast Florida, about two hours north of Kissimmee, spring training home of his beloved Houston Astros. He and another friend planned to come down and The Three Amigos were going to a game. It didn’t happen. Something came up at the last minute. “We’ll do it next year,” he said. But we never did. In the nearly eight years I worked in Montgomery, Hugh Owen was my best friend. He had a dry sense of humor and he was one cynical son of a gun, but there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for you. First time I really got to know Hughie, we were at a basketball game in the tiny Huntingdon College gym. I’d seen him at work and we sat in the stands together at the game. A Huntingdon player had the ball swatted away driving the lane and Hughie screamed, “You’re a guard, what are you doing?” Next time down, the player shot from 25 feet — and it was a brick. And Hughie screamed, “What the (you know what) are you doing shooting from way out there?” We played basketball in a co-ed league and he wasn’t one of our best players, so I had him figured for an easy tennis mark. We played six sets the first time, and Hughie won: 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. Over the years we would play, by actual count, 144 sets. I came within 7-5 once, but kept coming back. Another time, we traveled to Jacksonville, Ala., for a football game. I bragged about a hot dog stand in Birmingham where I could wolf down half-dozen, replete with mustard, ketchup, onions, kraut and special chili sauce. Hughie ate two of them — and promptly spent the entire game in the restroom. My favorite memory, however, was of the time we decided to pool our baseball card collections and see what we could get. Most of my cards were from the 1960s, but Hughie, about seven years older, had many from the 1950s. He had Mickey Mantles, Willie Mayses, Hank Aarons, Stan Musials and Whitey Fords. Many were in very good condition and would have been worth a small fortune if it hadn’t been for one thing — being a 7- or 8-year-old kid and not knowing better, he autographed nearly all of them. A collection that might have been worth thousands of dollars fetched only a fraction of that. They laid him to rest on Feb. 10, 2009, in his hometown of Geneva, Ala. He was 61. Rest in peace, my friend. — Bob Mayes is the managing editor of The Mountain Press. He can be reached at 428-0748, ext. 260, or e-mail to

Just Desserts

White House chef to visit Walters State By GAIL CRUTCHFIELD Community Editor Students in Walters State Community College’s Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts as well as the general public will get the chance to meet a food legend and a witness to many of the nation’s historic events and figures. Chef Roland Mesnier, who served as the White House pastry chef for 26 years, will visit the college as part of the institute’s visiting guest chef series, a class offered this semester for culinary arts students. Mesnier will meet the class on the morning of April 9 and help them in preparing items to be served during a public event that evening. The public event will begin with light appetizers at 5:30 p.m. in the Conner-Short Center, with the main event beginning at 6. Tickets are $25. Mesnier will be available for questions and to sign copies of his cookbooks at the end of the evening. Call 7745816 for reservations. Instructor Chef Joe Cairns said there is a lot of buzz among the students and staff to have someone of Mesier’s stature visiting. Cairns said the idea started about five years ago when fellow instructor Chef Catherine Hallman heard Mesnier speak at an American Culinary Federation event. She was impressed by how entertaining he was. “She said her face hurt when she left because she smiled so much,” Cairns said. “She learned so much, but was entertained by it.” Cairns said he thought of Mesnier when the school put the visiting chef series on the agenda for spring semester. He didn’t think there was much chance in attracting Mesnier, but issued the invitation anyway. Within six weeks, the chef accepted. In a phone interview from his Virginia home, Mesnier said he looks forward to first trip to the Smoky Mountains. Born in France, Mesnier has been baking for more than 50 years. He got his start when he was 12, working with his brother in a pastry shop. “I was totally drawn to this profession,” he said. “I was so taken with the chemistry of the pastry, the total transformation of things and the wonderful smell and taste.” The artistry of baking, he added, was another draw after he saw other chefs creating elegant cakes. “I totally wanted to do that,” he said. “I could see in that profession that the sky was the limit. Your imagination every day would be teased. That propelled me into the pastry world.” At 14 he began an apprenticeship, working at least 14 hours a day to learn the craft. He worked for a small wage plus room and board. His education and training eventually brought him to the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. Then Rosalyn Carter started looking for a pastry chef for the White House. “I didn’t seek the job at the White House,” Mesnier said. “They sought me; they asked me to interview.” When he went for the interview at the White House, he wasn’t sure he wanted the job. “I had a wonderful job and loved where I worked,” he said. But the offer wasn’t something he could refuse. “After I got taste of what the White House was like, I thought maybe I’ll give it a run for a short while.” That short while lasted 26


Former White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier will visit Walters State Community College on April 9. Students will get to learn from the chef earlier in the day, with a paid public event later in the evening.

Pie Dough Chef Roland Mesnier said his favorite dessert is pie. Here is his recipe for pie dough from his book “Dessert University.” One of his tricks, he said, is to brush the dough with “lots of butter” and sugar before baking for a crunchy crust. 1 tsp. salt 1/2 c. water 3 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces 1 large egg 3 large egg yolks Combine the salt and 1 tablespoon of the water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Stir to dissolve the salt. Add the flour and butter, and mix on low speed until the mixture feels like sand. With the mixer still on low, add the egg and then the egg yolks, one at a time. Then add the remaining 7 tablespoons of water. Mix until the dough just comes together, about 2 minutes. Do not overmix. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it into 2 pieces. Press each ball out to form a 6-inch disk and wrap them in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour or for up to 3 days. Dough may be frozen, wrapped in plastic and then in aluminum foil, for up to 2 months; defrost it in the refrigerator overnight. Makes two 10-inch tart crusts.

years. He became the longest serving chef at the White House. The chef he replaced served nine months and the one after him just a year. Mesnier said he was intimidated when he started his job at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. “The first year I didn’t speak to anyone,” he said. “They probably thought I was a snob or something was wrong with me, but I was concentrating so much on my work.” Mesnier brought with him the artistry he was so taken with at the start of his career, presenting desserts with a lot of flair. Many times, the results would include applause. “There were people clapping when desserts were coming, which was never done before,” he said. “When you get almost a standing ovation for dessert, when you go home that day

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you feel like you’ve climbed Mount Everest.” The chef won’t say what a president or first family’s favorite desserts were because he never served the same dessert twice during his entire 26 years at the White House. His menu would change depending on several factors. “There was something new every day, following the season, following the mood of the country, the mood of the president, the mood of the

first lady,” he said. “If (the president) got some good news that day or bad.” When the Berlin Wall fell during President Reagan’s term, Mesnier served a crunchy cake with a meringue inside that provided the crunch and a hazelnut buttercream icing and chocolate glaze. The ovens were cold on Sept. 11, 2001, he said, as the facility was evacuated during the terrorist attacks. When he went to the kitchen several days later, he said he couldn’t recall exactly what he made. “It would have been something very homey, something easy to eat and very light,” he said. Mesnier’s favorite dessert, he said, is “the good old American pie. “There’s no better dessert than that if it’s done correctly,” he said.

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The Mountain Press â—† Sunday, March 28, 2010


Mike Hamilton, athletic director for the University of Tennessee, speaks at the opening of last year’s golf tournament.


Condredge Holloway visits with Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries’ board member Dot Egli and SMARM director Dick Wellons at last year’s golf tournament. Holloway is the assistant athletic director for the University of Tennessee.

AD Hamilton backs annual golfing event Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE — University of Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton is hitting the links again with Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries to raise money for the needy. The fourth annual Mike Hamilton “A Host of Volunteers� Golf Tournament will be held April 28 at Eagle’s Landing Golf Course. Hamilton will be on hand. SMARM works to prevent homelessness among needy people in the area in addition to meeting other needs like food and clothing. Tournament registration includes lunch from Damon’s and a chance for prizes for the winning team, prizes on every hole, and a new car for a hole-in-one on a specified hole. The cost is $100 per player or $400 per team with a formal four-player scramble format. Registration and lunch are at 11:30 with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Corporate sponsorships are also available for $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000. These sponsorships include four players per $1,000 and a large sign displayed at the clubhouse. Hole sponsorships are also available. Submitted For more information, call 908-3153 or visit www. or on Facebook under “Mike Hamilton’s Golfers gather to get instructions before a shotgun start at last year’s SMARM golf tournaHost of Volunteers� Golf Tournament. ment.

Kerbela Shrine car show to be held in April Submitted report PIGEON FORGE — The Kerbela Shriners’ Rod & Kustom Nationals car show will be held April 22-25. The event will be held at the Grand Resort Hotel following the spring rod run. Vehicles of all kinds, entertainment, a swap meet and exhibitor booths will be at the convention

center at Light No. 5. Admission price per adult is $10; children under 16 admitted free. Lane Smith, spokesman for the Kerbela Shriners’ Innovators Unit, said, “We have been planning this for quite some time now. The Innovators Unit thrives on putting a motor on almost

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Cassie Liann Branch and Eric Douglas Hill are now husband and wife.


Katti Carr and Phillip Johnson will be wed April 10.

Branch/Hill Cassie Liann Branch and Eric Douglas Hill were married Feb. 27, 2010, at Parkway Baptist Church in Sevierville, Tenn. Andy Miller officiated at the ceremony. Parents of the bride are Lisa and Loyie Branch of Sevierville.

The groom’s parents are Doug Hill and Charles and Malisa Henry of Sevierville. A reception was held at Sevierville Civic Center. The bride and groom are 2008 graduates of Sevier County High School. They are both employed by Dixie Stampede.


KNOXVILLE — Work to clear a rockslide that closed U.S. 129/SR 115 is expected to begin in early April. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will let an emergency contract Monday to clear the slide. TDOT qualified two specialty contractors, Pacific Blasting Demolition Ltd. and Phillips & Jordan Inc., to bid on the project. Both offer specialized experience in rockslide clearance and stabilization that is needed to repair the slide. The emergency contract is expected to be awarded to one of the two specialty contractors on Monday,

Baptist Church and is a cosmetologist at Hair Care Etc. in Gatlinburg. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Agee and Irene Bundren and the late Clifford and Beda Johnson. He is a 1998 graduate of Claiborne County High School. He is employed by Smoky Mountain HarleyDavidson and Ripley’s. The wedding will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Cartertown Baptist Church in Gatlinburg. All friends and relatives are invited.



Jennifer Mount and Bob Huskey will be wed April 9.

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with work expected to begin no later than April 5. This will allow contractors time to transport specialized equipment to the site of the slide in Blount County. TDOT’s contract has a completion date of July 31. Meanwhile, detours remain in place while the stretch of road known as the Dragon is closed from the slide area to the North Carolina state line. Motorists are advised to continue to monitor for updates and detour details. TDOT is also on Twitter.

Garry and Carol Crain of Louisville, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie Brooke Crain, to Travis Jack Williams. The groom’s parents are Timmy and Deborah Williams of Cosby, Tenn. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Paul and Margaret Akers; Ray Crain; and the late Bonnie Bartlett. She is a 2004 graduate of Maryville College and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is employed as a school counselor at Pi Beta Phi in Gatlinburg. The prospective groom is the grandson of Roger and Lillian Shults and the late Jack and Ruth Williams. He is a graduate of Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. He is

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Channing Orr’s parents were the late Wallace and Lotti Orr. Channing Orr is retired from LeHigh Company where he was a truck driver. Joan Orr is a homemaker and a retired realtor and builder. The couple’s children are Sandra L. Buck of Florida, Channing Jr. of Middlebury, Conn., Mrs. Joseph Williams (Susan) of Seymour, Tenn., Mrs. Paul Maddox (Janet) of Eustis, Fla., Donna M. Orr of Tampa, Fla,, and Mrs. Arnold L. Byrd Sr. (Diana) of Tampa. There are 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

The Mountain Press has mailed questionnaires to all candidates in contested races in the May 4 primaries. The same set of questions was mailed to candidates running for County Commission, constable and county mayor. Included with each mailing is a biography sheet to be used by the newspaper. Candidates who do not receive the questionnaire in the next few days should call us at 428-0746, ext. 217. A reminder that candidates who are unopposed in the primary were not mailed the forms.

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Channing and Joan Orr, formerly from Sevierville, Tenn., are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Their children are planning a surprise dinner with friends and relatives in Eustis, Fla., followed by a cruise to Hawaii. Irma Joan Majeau and Channing Orr were married March 29, 1950, in Atlanta, Ga., while Chan was on leave from the U.S. Army. After marriage the couple went to Fairbanks, Alaska, where Chan was serving in the Army. Joan Orr’s father was the late Raymond Majeau.

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Jeff Carr of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Micki and Pleas Proffitt, also of Gatlinburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Katti Carr, to Phillip Johnson. The groom’s parents are Thelma Bundren of Gatlinburg and Bob Johnson of Tazewell, Tenn. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jess and Henrietta Carr and Ed Monger, and Kay and Bobby Trentham. She is a 2004 graduate of Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. She is a member of Laurel Branch


Channing and Joan Orr have been married 60 years.




Jeff and Vickie Mount of Sevierville announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Mount, to Bob Huskey. The groom’s parents are Robert Huskey and Velma Loveday of Sevierville. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lloyd and Virginia Lindsey and James and Elizabeth Mount. She is a 2004 graduate of Walters State Community College and is attending South College. She is a member of Pathways Community Church. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mayford and Manoa Loveday and Ruth Huskey. He is 2001 graduate of Sevier County High School. He is employed with Sevier


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Answers to life’s problems found in ‘instruction book’ By ALTA RAPER My goodness it’s early. Rise and shine. It’s Sunday morning. Lots of stuff has happened this past week and my head is awhirl with my mind’s meanderings. May I share some of them with you? I conducted the memorial service for a friend. My heart skipped a beat as I watched him; the grayhaired soldier walking up the aisle of the old country church. Slowly, he approached the front of the church where the cremains of his friend from childhood were resting; the one who had also served a stint in the U.S. Army. Standing tall and erect, he lifted his right hand in salute, a serious and far-off look on his face, clicked his heels, crisply turned and walked away. The ultimate respect, the last goodbye, understood by every soldier everywhere — and it touched my very soul. Moving on to another thought and story I must share with you. Patience is not one of my virtues. My impatience gets me in trouble every once in a while, like the day I planned a trip to my son-in-law’s home in Rutledge. I am probably the world’s worst when it comes to directions; the only way I can get to Rutledge is

with my Garmin GPS. (I am forever grateful to the dear friend who recognized my inability and gave me this gift which has become as much a part of my car as gas.) Being in a constant state of hurry here and hurry there, I drove to Newport (I knew how to get that far) and then turned on my GPS for final driving directions to Shiloh Church Road in Rutledge. The screen was blank. My heart sank and I began to get nervous. I pulled over to the side of the road and tried to ascertain the problem with this precious little instrument. I unplugged it and plugged it back and still nothing happened. The screen was unresponsive to everything I tried. Panic took control. I knew I couldn’t get to Rutledge on my own, so I did the only sensible thing I could do: I came back home. Not willing to be defeated, I searched for the little instruction book that I had completely forgotten about. When I found it hiding in the box it came in, I began to peruse it from cover to cover. Ten minutes later I had my GPS fixed. Such a simple little thing! All I had to do was lift the cover (which I had no idea would even lift) and push the little black “reset” button. Had I read

the instruction book first, I could have saved myself lots of time and miles. I am getting to the age that I am grateful for all that I have learned no matter what it has cost me. Years of experience have certainly taught me a thing or two. I know life is tough but I’ve found that I’m even tougher as I cling to the words, “I can do all things with the strength God gives me.” I have also learned that the instruction book should be read first, not later. If we would read the greatest instruction book ever written, the Holy Bible, we would find the answers for all of life’s problems. We would learn quickly how to find the fruits of the spirit that we need for virtuous living: those of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and the one I have the most trouble with: self-control. Whew! That was a bunch of jumbled thoughts to share. Perhaps you found some connection to it all. Life is good. I’m happy. How about you? — Alta Raper is pastor of Pittman Center Circuit of the United Methodist Church: Burnett Memorial UMC in Pittman Center, Webb’s Creek UMC just off 321 in Gatlinburg, and Shults Grove UMC in Cosby.

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Smoky Mountain Bible Institute Welcome to class. Please take out your Bibles and prepare to take copious notes as the information that follows is of great value…. Let’s break out our brush again and knock some dust off more interesting archeological artifacts. This veritable mountain of ancient treasures all makes perfect sense in light of God’s truth. But I will try to give a more abbreviated list or we will never get out of the field of archeology. Horned altars the bible describes them in detail, many are found in the archeological record Pharaoh Merneptha claims on a 7 foot tall stele (tablet) to have conquered the Israelites in 1230 BC. Hmmm if he conquered them in battle maybe they existed. This same battle is depicted on a long wall in the great Karnak Temple dated at around 1209BC. Jericho is a gold mine of biblical evidence. The city walls have clearly fallen due to numerous “earthquakes” that seem to be to unique to that little piece of property. There are some who claim the walls have clearly fallen outward. There were so many cities on that little hill today known as “Tell es-sultan” it is uncertain which one Joshua conquered. However here are some interesting biblical facts about it. In Joshua 6 verse 26 it says “Joshua laid an oath on them at that time, saying, “Cursed before the Lord be the man who rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho.” “At the cost of his firstborn shall he lay its foundation, and at the cost of his youngest son shall he set up its gates.” Then a little over 500 years later some arrogant or ignorant guy by the name of Hiel put God to the test. We find this in I Kings 16:34 where it says In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation at the cost of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord, which he spoke by Joshua the son of Nun. Now today’s scholars will say the scribes made these two accounts connect, while dismissing the linguistic and archeological evidence that separates the these two text. And there is the strange coincidence that the tell or hill is still uninhabited today. It is on the northwestern edge of the area that is today called Jericho surrounded by farms. But no one lives in or on the site and the evidence strangely suggest no one has lived on that particular hill for oh say about 3000 years. The town however claims a 9000 year old heritage attached to that hill. This is actually an abbreviated discussion on Jericho. Temple of Rameses III has a carving on one of its wall describing a pesky sea people called the Philistines. Another group of people that is well described in scripture and archeological evidence, mountains of it, validate biblical truth. Canaanite gods & goddesses. In the 1930’s hundreds of stories were found on clay tablets in the city of Ugarit in Syria. These tablets speak of Asherah, Astarte and Ashtaroth, amazingly these are the same names recorded for the Canaanite gods in Numbers, 1 Kings, Jeremiah and Hosea. Dan is another amazing little town in northern Israel, evidence of Laish a Canaanite town that was destroyed in 1150 BC and then built upon and inhabited by Israelites. Just as recorded in Judges and 1 Kings. You will find the same archeological story throughout Israel, Canaanite town destroyed Jewish town built on the ruins; Megiddo, Hazor and many others. Ashkelon, lets finish up today’s lesson with an ancient seaport. Ancient Israel never conquered this philistine stronghold. However four of God’s prophets predicted its demise; Amos, Jeremiah, Zephaniah and Zechariah all predicted its destruction and in 604 BC Nebuchadnezzar destroyed it completely. Strangely enough excavations that were begun in the 1980’s provide much evidence for this fulfilled prophecy. Thanks for attending S.M.B.I. …class dismissed

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Zoning rules are spices of life in a community Well, this past week I was looking down into the holler toward Webb’s Creek thinking about getting appointed to my local zoning commission. It has been a long and boring winter and I’m ready for some excitement. I’m pretty sure I don’t need any special training and it is unlikely that common sense is listed in the job description. What fun it must be to sit at a table with fellow anointed “zoners” and make big and small decisions that will later show up on our maps and be visible to all who enter our well-zoned communities. I could dictate how land is used and create all kinds of sweet restrictions that shape everything about our community. What an awesome fun job! Zoners are members of an exclusive club with chapters in every locale from sea to shining sea (sometimes zoned A-1 for commercial condos, 10-story limit, beige paint, interior parking only). It must be a raucous and hilarious time at zoning commission get togethers. “I’d like to build a sawmill next to Bobby’s Sleepy Bear Resort.” “OK, but your roof must be yellow and you can’t have any parking spots.” “I’d like to carve off the mountain and build 800 identical cabins.” “OK, as long as each cabin has its own individual name to keep them unique.” As a zon-

I love the zoning on Anna Maria Island in Florida because a duplex can be sitting on a lot next to a multi-million dollar home. If you eat at the Rod & Reel Pier you can’t tell whether the guy sitting next to you is a millionaire or is getting a subsidy ing czar I would be able from the new Obama to re-design Gatlinburg healthcare reform plan. just like a miniature toy Everyone looks like a village except it would beachbum. have real cars, real Charleston, S.C. zonpeople and real busiers keep the city looking nesses. Serving on the like the 1800s so we can zoning commission is enjoy time travel withlike playing with lifeout the machine, and sized legos! zonemeisters on Kiaweh All you have to do is Island, S.C., created spelook around America cial dog zone hospitality to see that zoning is a stations for pets. bagful of fun! Have you In Cocke County, ever visited Sedona, Family Dollar and Dollar Ariz.? They have energy General stores have to vortexes where differbe at least 500 feet apart ent dimensions intersect (that’s a joke; they can and aliens allegedly be right next to each vacationed there long other). ago. The zoners could be Sevier County zoning direct descendents. is like a box of chocoTheir McDonald’s res- lates: You never know taurant has a small turwhat you’ll get around quoise-colored arch so it the next curve. A new blends in with the sky. A building going up next zoner had the power to to a campground in change the color of the Gatlinburg looks like the golden arch. Super-size makings of an auto parts my power, please! store. A city official told me “Honey, while those that each section of a burgers are cooking over home must match the the campfire, I’m going colors of rocks and trees to walk over and get a surrounding them. It new drive shaft for the is like an invisible city! Chevy.” Christmas decorations Tennessee zoners must be taken down by unleash tangled-eyed a specific day to avoid fines. Sedona is the top of the zoning food chain. Those Sedona zoners are the crème brulee’ of my new profession.



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creativity. “If you build a WonderWorks it must be upside down, and if you want approval for a Titanic Museum it must look exactly like the dang boat. That is our final decision.” If I were a zoner I would ban all “For Sale” signs that clutter up streets. Everyone would just have to assume that all houses are for sale or



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That is just how it looks from my log cabin. — John LaFevre is a local speaker and coauthor of the interactive national park hiking book series, Scavenger Hike Adventures, Falcon Guides, Globe Pequot Press. E-mail to G. Webb of Pittman Center does the artwork for the column. Visit

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’Burg fire agency keeps 3 rating Submitted Report GATLINBURG — Insurance premiums for Gatlinburg residents and businesses should continue to be available at discounted rates following an inspection from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle has been notified that the Fire Department had maintained its ISO classification of 3. This rating assists insurance companies in calculating premiums. ISO is a supplier of information for the property/casualty insurance industry. “ISO has completed its analysis of structure fire suppression delivery system provided in your community,� its letter to the city says. “We are very pleased to report that the resulting classification is a Class 3.� This information means that the community’s fire suppression and water/utility services are improving. “This is a great accomplishment for our city,� said Ogle. “The rating will continue to provide residents and businesses with savings on their insurance costs. High commendations and credit go to the City’s Fire and Water/Utility departments and we offer much appreciation to our city commissioners that supports

these efforts.� In addition to providing fire and emergency medical services within Gatlinburg, the fire department also services areas outside of the corporate limits. The ISO survey revealed a significant improvement for residents who live outside of the city but within five miles of a fire station and within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant. For these residents and businesses, the ISO PPC rating has improved from a Class 9 to Class 4. Based upon a 2001 study, this could result in considerable insurance savings for them. Fire Chief Greg Miller credited city staff with obtaining the rating. “Everyone involved has worked very hard to make this happen,� said Miller. “Each person within the organization was assigned to a specific committee to ensure that all areas of the inspection were covered.� The Water/Utilities Department and manager Dale Phelps played a key role due to improvements to the water system over the past eight years, Ogle said. Forty percent of the rating is based on the water system; 10 percent on the emergency dispatch center; and the remaining 50 percent on an evaluation of the fire department.



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Sevier County volunteers participated in the VOICE for East Tennesseans living with Alzheimer’s disease during a recent trip to Nashville. They watched Reps. Richard Montgomery and Joe McCord sign on as cosponsors of the Silver Alert amendment. From left behind the two legislators are Bob and Jan Waikel, Dianne Hall, Lynda Everman and Bonnie Parton.

Locals join fight on Alzheimer’s Submitted Report More than 100 volunteers went to Nashville to voice their opinions on proposed legislation that could have an impact on programs meant to provide care and protection for those facing Alzheimer’s disease. Volunteers like Bob and Jan Waikel of Gatlinburg felt they made progress when meeting with their lawmakers. “We need to make sure we’re doing everything we can to fight this disease,� Bob Waikel said. His wife Jan has Alzheimer’s disease. The couple, who volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, joined others to convince lawmakers to back an amendment to the 2009 Senior Alert or “Silver Alert� law. More than 20 East Tennessee legislators signed on as sponsors to an amendment that would ensure individuals under the age of 60 who suffer from early onset Alzheimer’s or dementia are included in any Silver Alert searches. Legislators representing Sevier County, including Sen. Doug Overbey, Rep. Richard Montgomery and Rep. Joe McCord, signed on to the amendment. The amendment would also enable law enforcement officers to begin a search for a missing person suffering from memory-loss based on a caregiver’s statement, if the person is age 60 or older. Officers could seek medical documentation from someone younger. Since Silver Alert became law last year, the Eastern Tennessee Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has reached out to every law enforcement agency in its 26-county region to partner for training and offer information about Alzheimer’s. “I think that we convinced the legislators we talked to lower the age on Silver Alert,� Sevierville volunteer Dianne Hall said. “Just the personal closeness in the room, being with them one-one-one, they understood what we talked about.� Hall works at MountainBrook Village in Sevierville and volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association. Hall and fellow volunteer Bonnie Parton, who works for Home Instead Senior Care, made the trip. “I loved meeting all the legislators. I love feeling like I made a real difference,� Parton said. “I know in my job I make a difference every day, but I feel like I made a big difference today. “I think that obviously the amendment will be passed, but even more than that, I will become even more involved in Alzheimer’s Association projects,� Parton said. The Waikels, Hall and Parton joined other volunteers who wore purple shirts with the word “VOICE� on the front.

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For the 63rd year, 4-H members from across Tennessee will gather in Nashville for Tennessee 4-H Congress. The annual event, which will take place March 28-31, gives 4-Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers the opportunity to learn about the day-to-day functioning of state government by assuming the roles of state representatives and senators. Since its beginning in 1948, it has given more than 31,000 4-Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers and volunteer leaders firsthand experience in state government. Representing Sevier County at the 2010 Tennessee 4-H Congress will be Josh Gideon, Yesha Patel and Daniel Patrick, all of Gatlinburg-Pittman High School; Heather Hatcher and Lauren Jenkins of Pigeon Forge High School; and Jenny Patel, Maddie Rule and Shaye Smith from Sevier County High School. Lauren Jenkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eastern Region winning essay will compete for state honors. Christina Lulich, Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, along with J.P. Caylor and Jared Bruhin, Sevier County High School, will compete as state finalists in the Leadership and Citizenship Records

gress. In honor of the centennial celebration, the theme for this meeting and for all programs in 2010 is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tennessee 4-H: A Century of Believing â&#x20AC;Ś A Future of Achieving.â&#x20AC;? Tennessee 4-H Congress is one of the competition. Karen Patrick, adult volunteer highlights for our program. The event helps leader, will accompany youth better understand the group. government and the legApproximately 450 high-school-age 4-Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers islative process and how they can be a part of this from across the state citizenship experience in will meet to become order to make a differlegislators and form ence. a â&#x20AC;&#x153;juniorâ&#x20AC;? state conDelegates will also gress. They will have an participate in a numopportunity to debate ber of other activities and vote on youth-oriented bills in the House including the opening pageant â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tennessee, and Senate chambers. My Country Home,â&#x20AC;? a In addition to learning luncheon on the General about government and Jackson Showboat, the their state capital, delelection of the 2011 egates will compete in public speaking, poster, officers, an inaugural History Bowl and essay ball and a local service project. contests. 4 The theme for the -Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers will also be service project is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our competing in the leadHands to a Larger ership and citizenship Service.â&#x20AC;? Delegates projects for college will be involved in two scholarship money and trips to the National 4-H service projects. One is collecting items for Congress in Atlanta. Vanderbilt Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delegates will also have the unique Hospital to benefit opportunity to be a part families requiring an overnight stay at the of history as Tennessee hospital. Many patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 4-H and the University families arrive in such of Tennessee Extension a rush that they do not celebrate their 100th anniversary. A year-long have time to think about basic toiletry items celebration will kick off needed during their during this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s con-

stay. The goal is to collect 100 total items per county in recognition of 100 years of 4-H in Tennessee. Additionally, each county has been challenged to collect $100 for relief efforts in Haiti, as a part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope 4-Haitiâ&#x20AC;? service project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Service opportunities are a very important component of the 4-H program,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Sutton, director, 4-H Youth Development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, 4-Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers statewide performed more than 100,000 hours of community service at an estimated value of $1.8 million to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. Through the servicelearning projects, our 4-Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers learn they can really make a difference in their communities.â&#x20AC;? 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Tennessee Extension. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship and life skills to more than 301,000 youth in grades 4-12. 4-H also has more than 5,400 adult volunteers. UT Extension is one of four units in the UT Institute of Agriculture. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Glenn Turner is a Sevier County agricultural extension service agent. Call him at 453-3695.

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Make quiet time during the day â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Elwood Smoochâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Be still and be quiet! Do you remember those words? As a child, they were not pleasant. I bet there are plenty of grownups that just wish they could be still and be quiet. We move at a ridiculous pace. Our to-do lists crowd our refrigerators and our sleep â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rushing and doing and feeling guilty if we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Where does this lead? Heart attacks, stress, depression and anxiety are a few of the results of this type life. I understand making a living and raising a family. However, some of the activity is just activity. What really concerns me is that some people are terrified at the idea of being still and quiet. They are running from this with all their might. People are often dismayed when I suggest making a quiet time as part of the day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you want me to do?â&#x20AC;? they ask. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing,â&#x20AC;? I say. I get responses that range from raw fear to eye rolling to anger. Turn off the TV, phone, computer, iPod and radio. Sit and listen to the silence. It is even better if you go outside and do this. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be bored. Often the results are more energy, clearer thinking, and a calmer spirit.


ward to this time of day. Keep a journal about the themes that emerge. What have you been overlooking in your life? What new thoughts come to you about a problem that you have been tackling for a while? Do you begin to I am not asking you to notice things that you do this for hours. Make had not before? just a few minutes time My bet is that you will for this throughout your discover a creativity that day. The benefits are you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know lasting. you had. This is my No. 1 recomI want to say somemendation for symptoms thing that may be a of anxiety and depression. little upsetting to some. You see, as we move too The American Dream quickly through our life is not necessarily the we shove down needs, best motivation for wants, desires that must the American family. be examined. This denial Financial achievement of self leads folk to my and success are not office. A person can only always the best for the go so long without the family. They require quality of life diminishing time and attention that to the point of desperahas to be taken from tion. somewhere. This change in lifestyle Am I being unrealistic may be difficult. Find to ask you to find a time someone that practices in your day to just be? I this and get direction donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so. I believe on where and how to begin. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reject any thoughts that come to your mind during this stillness, rather examine them. If you pray, pray about them; or at least just consider them. If this seems to be a chore at first, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give up. You will discover this will get easier to do with practice. You will find yourself looking for-

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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE DEFAULT has been made in the terms, conditions and payment provided for in that certain Promissory Note dated September 1, 2006 (the ĂŹNoteĂŽ) and payable to Washington County Bank, A Greene County Bank OfficeĂŽ (ĂŹWCBĂŽ), which Note WCB assigned to New Peoples Bank, Inc., the owner and holder of said Note (the ĂŹBankĂŽ), and the Bank therefore has declared the entire unpaid principal balance of said Note, together with all accrued and unpaid interest, fees and costs, due and payable in full, as provided in said Note, which Note is secured by that certain Deed of Trust dated September 1, 2006, executed by DaySprings, LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company (the ĂŹCompanyĂŽ), as modified by that certain Loan Modification Agreement dated May 7, 2008, also executed by the Company, of record in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sevier County, Tennessee, in Book 2610, page 343, and Book 3088, page 511, respectively, conveying the property therein and hereinafter described (collectively the ĂŹDeed of TrustĂŽ). NOW, THEREFORE, at the direction of the Bank, notice is hereby given that Hale & Lyle, A Professional Corporation, the undersigned Successor Trustee, pursuant to the power, duty and authority vested in and conferred upon it, by the Deed of Trust, will on April 12, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. local time, at the front door of the Sevier County Courthouse, 125 Court Avenue, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862, offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, free (except as otherwise noted) from all legal, equitable and statutory rights of redemption, exemptions of a homestead, rights by virtue of marriage, and all other exemptions of every kind, all of which have been waived in the Deed of Trust, that certain real property located in the Fifth (5th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described as follows: (1)That certain parcel of property containing 10.518 acres, more or less, (identified as Tract I on Exhibit A to the Deed of Trust) being the same property conveyed to DaySprings, LLC by Gary L. Sanders a two-thirds (2/3) undivided interest and Billy O. Proffitt a one-third (1/3) undivided interest, as tenants in common by Deed dated September 1, 2006, of record in the RegisterĂ­s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, in Deed Book 2610, page 339; (2)That certain parcel of property being Lot 15 and a portion of Lot 16 of McMahan Addition No. 2 and a parcel of the Runion property (identified as Tract II on Exhibit A to the Deed of Trust) being the same property conveyed to DaySprings, LLC by Elsie Kirkland and husband, Gaines Kirkland, by Warranty Deed dated April 7, 2006, of record in the RegisterĂ­s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, in Deed Book 2506, page 393; and (3)That certain parcel of property being all of Lot 42 and adjacent unnumbered lot to the northeast in Dott McMahan Addition (identified in numbered paragraph 2 of the Loan Modification Agreement dated May 7, 2008) being the same property conveyed to DaySprings, LLC by Sam O. Lamon and Dorothy Lamon by Warranty Deed dated May 7, 2008, of record in the Registers Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, in Deed Book 3088, page 507; The addresses of the property are Mountain View Lane, Day Springs Rd. 311, Day Springs Rd. 313, Day Springs Rd. 321, Day Springs Rd. 322, Day Springs Rd. 322, Day Springs Rd. 323, Mountain View Lane, and Mountain View Lane 556, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and their tax identification numbers are Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23, Lot 3-A; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23, Lot 3-B; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23, Lot 3-C; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23, Lot 3-D, Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23, Lot 3-E; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23, Lot 3-F; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 21; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 20; and Control Map 095I, Group C, Parcel 26.01, Lot 42. Reference is made to the Deed of Trust for a more particular description of the property. On October 14, 2009, the State of Tennessee Department of Revenue filed a notice of state tax lien in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Sevier County, Tennessee, in Book 3432, page 617, with respect to which the provisions of T.C.A. Ă&#x; 67-1-1433(b)(1) require notice to be given to the state in order for the sale of the property not to be subject to such liens or claims of lien of the state. The notice required by T.C.A. Ă&#x; 67-11433(b)(1) to be given to the state with respect to such liens has been timely given. The sale of the property will be subject to the right of the State of Tennessee to redeem the property as provided for in T.C.A. Ă&#x; 671-1433(c)(1). The interested parties in the property pursuant to T.C.A. Ă&#x; 35-5-104 are State of Tennessee Department of Revenue, DaySprings, LLC, DaySprings Condominiums, Rainscapes Construction, Inc., Cherokee Group, LLC, Integrity Lawn and Landscaping, Inc. Sequatchie Concrete Service, Inc., American Lighting, Inc., A & W Ready Mix Concrete, LLC, Kiser Supply, Inc., Southern Burglar Alarm Co., Inc., and Rocky Tops Marble & Granite, Inc. The property will be sold ĂŹAS ISĂŽ subject to all existing highway, roadway and utility easements, all easements and restrictions of record, statutory or other rights of redemption not waived by the terms of the Deed of Trust, any and all other rights not waived by the terms of the Deed of Trust, applicable building and zoning regulations, such state of facts as a reasonable inspection of the premises would reveal, such state of facts as an accurate survey would disclose, all unpaid taxes, all mechanicĂ­s and materialmanĂ­s liens; and prior superior liens, judgments, deeds of trust or other encumbrances. The right is reserved to postpone the sale to another day certain without further publication upon announcement at the time set forth above. Dated this the 12th day of March, 2010. 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236 GENERAL Above the Mist Weddings. Now Hiring Amateur Photographer/Wedding Coordinator. Will train. Early evenings & Saturdays a must. Please Call 865-436-1630. Cobbly Nob Rentals now hiring Housekeepers. Apply in person. 3722 East Parkway, Gatlinburg. Drug free workplace. Cove Mountain Resorts has the following positions open: Cabin Cleaner/ Housekeeper This is a contract position which requires applicant to provide their own transporation and vehicle insurance. Hotel/Cabin cleaning experience preferred . Applicant must be self motivated, detail oriented. Reservations clerk This position requires: excellent communication skills, experience in the hospitality industry a plus. Grounds Keeper Lawn mowing-landscaping maintenance-trash removal-position requires self motivation-ability to work with limited supervision. Please stop by to fill out application at 3202 Wears Valley Rd located in the Century 21 office building. No phone calls please.

Experienced Sewing Machine Operators Aerotek is taking applications for industrial sewing machine operator, must have experience Please call Toby Gambill at 865-2922431 or Cameron Bryne at 865-2922431

Get $500 in free grocery reimbursement. Get paid to shop. Call 1-877696-8561.

Grand Crowne Resorts is celebrating their 25th anniversary by opening a new resort in Pigeon Forge. We are hiring Sales Reps. Average pay 50k to 75k per year Paid training. Full benefit package No experience required. Limited number of positions available. Call 865-851-5105 865-804-5672 or 865-428-9055 ext. 225.



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Full time employment. Dependable, multi tasking, people skills, phone etiquette required. Accounting experience and contract negotiation a plus. Please send resume with references to P.O. Box 1048, Dandridge, TN 37725 or fax to 865-397-3044

QA Housekeeping Inspector Inspects luxury vacation rental cabins. Self-motivated, detail oriented, can work independently, able to drive mountain roads in any weather. Apply at Timber Tops LLC, 1440 Upper Middle Creek Rd, Sevierville. Email:; Fax: 865-868-0836 EOE

3rd Shift Desk Clerk needed. Apply at Smoky Meadows Lodge, P.F. 865453-4625.

Guest Services Rep Front desk position. Outgoing personality, customer service driven, conflict resolution skills, computer skills. Ability to work weekend & holidays required. Apply at Timber Tops, 1440 Upper Middle Creek Rd. Email:; Fax: 865-868-0836 EOE Housekeeper needed. Gatlinburg/Pittman Center area. 4309480 Housekeeping Front and evening shifts. Hippenstealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mtn View Inn. 11 room B & B Smoke free, drug free. Full/Part time. Must be able to work wkends and have a kind team-player attitude! Buckhorn Rd. Gat. Call 4362354. Housekeeping Teams Highly motivated teams of two, detail oriented cabin cleaners with strong work ethic. Able to work weekends & holidays. Benefits offered. Apply at Timber Tops LLC, 1440 Upper Middle Creek Rd. Email resume: Fax: 865-868-0836 EOE Local cabin company taking applications for Reservationist, Assistant Manager, and Cleaners. Apply in person at: 333 Ski Mtn. Rd. Gatlinburg. Local resort now hiring Part-time Housekeepers. Must be able to work weekends and have dependable transportation. Experience preferred. Applications are available at 746 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg or resumes can be faxed to 865/436-4657. Night Auditor Detailed, dependable, experienced night auditor for cabin rental company. FT or PT Ability to work weekends & holidays. 11:00 PM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:30 AM Apply at Timber Tops LLC 1440 Upper Middle Creek Rd. Email: Fax: 865-8680836 EOE



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Immediate Opening for Servers/Cooks/ Cashiers. Apply in person at the New Wood Grill Buffet located at traffic light #1 in Pigeon Forge between 9am and 3pm Monday-Friday. NOW HIRING PM Servers Apply Daily 3-6 Pm: Melâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diner 119 Wears Valley Rd. Pigeon Forge

Now hiring servers, exp. cooks & dishwashwers. Year round employment. Apply in person at Cracker Barrel in Kodak at exit 407.

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Papa Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Pigeon Forge and Papa Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Seymour are now hiring drivers and managers. Apply at either store.

ORNL Federal Credit Union is seeking a part-time teller for our Sevierville Branch located on Dolly Parton Parkway. Banking or retail experience preferred. Must have a strong sales and customer service focus as well as excellent communication skills. Must be goal and team oriented. Part-time beneďŹ ts are available. Please fax resume to 865-425-3303, email stafďŹ ng@ or complete an application at our Sevierville Branch. Please include salary requirements. EOE.

Desk Clerk needed. Experience preferred. Apply in person 8am-2pm at Rodeway Inn Skyland Motel 865436-5821 Westgate Resorts 915 Westgate Resorts Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Tel: 865-430-4788. (Across from the Gatlinburg Welcome Center on the Spur. Turn into Little Smoky Road). Apply in Person Security Supervisor Restaurant Supervisor Admin. Assistant Security Officer Marketing Rep (OPC) Kitchen Mgr./Chef Restaurant Servers Restaurant Cooks Housekeepers General Maintenance Front Desk Agents Electrician Shuttle Driver Night Auditor Guest Relations Mgr. Guest Relations Agt. Host/Hostess Telephone Operator Assistant Director of Security





Miss Lillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe, in Townsend seeking servers, line cook, dishwashers. Call 865-448-1924.

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LAB Tech needed at a medical practice office in Sevierville. Competitive compensation and benefits with a stable company. Mail resume to: Summit Medical Group, 641 Middle Creek Road, Sevierville, TN 37862 or fax to (865) 428-1625 or e-mail to (If e-mailing, attachments should be in Word, Excel, or .pdf format).




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MUSICIAN NEEDED FOR LIVE MUSIC SHOW The American Mountain Theater in Elkins, West Virginia beginning its 4th season in 2010 has an immediate opening for an awesome experienced utility musician (i.e., fiddle, steel, acoustic, dobro, banjo, etc.) for its band. Must be able to read Nashville number charts. Full time year round salaried pay. Approximately 210 shows per year on 160 days,


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245 SALES McNelly Whaley Ford Now Taking Applications For Salespeople Apply in person only: 750 Dolly Parton Parkway No phone calls Now Hiring Sales Associates & Assistant Mgr Trainee for Lilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s As Seen on TV Store. FullTime Outstanding Customer Service Skills & Professional Sales ability req. Flexibility & Dependability including Evenings & Weekends. Growth Opp. Vacation Pay, Employee Disc. Send resume to 247 MAINTENANCE Experienced MAINTENANCE personnel needed Apply in person at Grand Smokies Condo Lodge, Pigeon Forge, located between traffic 1& 2 Must be able to work on Restaurant equipment and HVAC Fax resume to 865-4290159 Maintenance Techs Handyman skills needed to provide general maintenance duties for cabin rental company. Strong work ethic, ability to work weekends & holidays. Hours may vary. Benefits offered. Apply at Timber Tops LLC 1440 Upper Middle Creek Rd. Email: Fax: 865-868-0836 EOE 249 RESERVATIONIST Cobbly Nob Rentals now hiring Front Desk Reservationist. Must have resume. Apply in person at 3722 E. Pkwy. Gat. Drug free workplace. Experienced Front Office Clerk for cabin rental company. Must be able to work nights & weekends. Looking for a people person with strong selling ability. Must have neat appearance and good work ethics. Apply in person at Parkside Cabin Rentals, 125 Dudley Creek Rd., Gat. Mon.-Thurs. 9a.m.4p.m.

Experienced Reservationist needed for established cabin rental company. Good pay + benefits. Please send resume to 4808 Deanbrook Rd, Knoxville, TN 37920

Reservationist/Office Work. Part time to full time. Call 865868-1470.

250 BARBER/BEAUTY Nail Techs needed for new salon in PF. Guaran. $600 wk. 865-774-3300. Also Hair Stylist.



Cyclone fertilizer spreader. No longer needed. $75. Call 388-7109.

$300 mo. + 1/2 util Nice house, Sev, near Seymour. 865-365-1089.

Weekly Rentals 307 CHILDCARE 41 year old mom will babysit in her home for infant. Call 731-335-3743. Home child care. Ages 2-5. Snacks/drinks incl. Preschool activities. References available. Call April 865-308-0073. My name is Marlene Grey. I keep children in my home, ages 2 to 5 years old. I have 2 openings. Please call 453-3325.

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


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

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3 Jewelry Showcases 6 ft long $350. Jewelry work bench $250. Jewelry buffing machine $250. 865307-2214 Dog kennel, heavy gage, 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122; w x 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122; h x 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; long, used 7 mths, $250 cash. Pool table-Olhausen 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Italian slate, all accessories, $650 cash. Buyer moves. 865-429-4280 573 BEDDING 2010 Mattress sets New, still in plastic. Being sold at wholesale warehouse. Full sets$125 Queen sets$150 King sets$225 1st come 1st serve 865-6961819 581 PETS AKC Lab Pups, Champion Bloodlines. Chocolate & black. $250. 865556-8879

Free puppies to good home. 8 wks old. Dewormed. Mother is rottweiler mix. Call 654-1528 or 1520

FREE to a good home, 2 female Pit Bulls. 1 yr. old. 453-6758 or 207-5700.

Immaculate 1BR, furn. in Chalet Village. $735. Call 865-742-3181.



601 TOWNHOUSES FOR RENT Near I-40, like new, 3BR/2BA Townhouse. $750/mo. Call Terri Williams o/a 865-556-4111.

1BR Trailer, Zion Hill area $400/mo. First and last. 4538847 or 809-1375. 1BR Washer & dryer incl, back porch, storage shed. $300 mth Security dep req. Call 865-2375524

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

Affordable Housing in Gatlinburg Rooms for rent, weekly rates, furn., cable TV.

436-4471 or 621-2941

1 & 2 BR avail. Some Pets OK. $400 UP WATER INCLUDED Murrell Meadows 1/8 mile from Walters State College Allensville Road Walk to lake Reasonable Rates

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

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

Office 1 block off Parkway. $475 mo. S. Boulevard Way. 933-6544 Professional office space for rent or lease. 1400 sq ft. For more information call Joanna 865-774-8885 or 1800-586-1494. EOE M/F/H Retail Space/Arts & Crafts Comm. on Glades Rd in Gatlinburg. No cam chgs, no overage chgs, flat base rent only. Water & sewer incl. Great rates. 428-3482 or 6540769 Shop/office space for rent, Arts & Crafts Trail, Gat. 865436-6777. 610 DUPLEX FOR RENT 1BR W/D $450 mth $450 security 4534744. 3BR duplex $700 mth + deposit Call Barbara 865-368-5338 Kodak: Lg. 2BR, w/d conn., $525/mo. includes water. 865428-6356. RIVERTRACE 2BR/1BA duplex with 1 car garage. Quiet area $665.00 865-429-2962

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2BR/2BA $475 2BR/1BA $385

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Bdrm/1 Ba near Douglas Lake $375 + $375 deposit 382-7781 or 933-5894.

Edge Park Motel, downtown. Weekly: $139 + tax , no pets, refrigerator, microwave, 2 dbl. beds. 865-4364164.


Walking Gatlinburg distance to town. Low weekly rates. Furn/cable TV, micro, fridge, phone. 1 person $130 per week. 436-4387

2BR/2BA Mobile Home in Kodak. Newly remodeled, No pets. 933-1336.

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Room for female in res. W/D, TV., Grt. Kit., yard, creek, safe. $115 wk., incl. util. 661-7770.

1100 Sq. Ft. House. 1BR + loft. Beautiful view near Pigeon Forge. $825 mo., $500 deposit. 865-696-6900.

1 bdrm apt Private patio entrance. Mtn view. 15min to Sev. Elec, water & TV included. $450 mth $250 damage dep. No pets or drugs. 429-6059



Unfurnished 1BR duplex. $425 mth Security & electric dep. 865-453-0602


BR/1.5 BA Sev. Clean, patio, partly furn. $475 to $625 + dep. 453-5079.

1 BR / 1 BA IN SEVIERVILLE $380.00 + DEPOSIT NO PETS 865-712-5238

      $495 mth.   Water/Sewer incl.   Great mtn views   from patio.    908-2062. 

2 BR Apt

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


4 BD / 2 BA + GARAGE 4 MILES FROM EXIT 407 $950/MONTH + DEPOSIT. NO PETS. 865-712-5238 2BD / 1BA House Sevierville Area on Parkway for lease with Side Storage Building

CROSSCREEK 2BR/2BA large garden Trolley access $580.00 865-429-2962


Mountain View Townhome apartment for rent 2BR 1.5BA. Newly remodeled with hardwood flooring & new carpet. Located in Gatlinburg. $650 mth 1st mth rent & security deposit required. For more information call 865-868-0449 Mon-Fri 8:30am5:30pm or 865356-3015 after hours & weekends

Call (865) 933-9775 or visit

Appraised Value $240,000

LEASE OPTION Luxury 2,000 sq. ft. cabin Seymour multi pets welcome River Amenities $500 per week


Hwy 321 Pittman Center area. 1&2 BR cabin on creek. Fully furnished. Utilities included. $225 & $250 wk. 850-2487 2bd, 2ba, fireplace, Rent $700.00 Dep req No Pets. Sevierville near Dollywood. 865-3222007 2BR, 2BA, 3 porches. W/D hookups. Fish from deck. Landscaped, extra storage. No pets. Call 954-288-9020. 3BR/2BA Boyds Creek area. $850 month. 865-209-2201. 3BR/2BA Log Cabin on river. 2 story, jetted tub, w/decks water incl., no smoking. Pets allowed under 35 lbs. with deposit. $800/mo. Call Kerry 865-322-5872. 3BR/2BA newer home. $850/mo. 865-7123026. 3BR/2BA Rural. Washer/Dryer, FP in Maser, Lg. garage w/workshop, walk to lake. No pets, no smoking. $800 mon. + $400 dep. 865-428-2944. 3BR/2BA, FP, w/d, lg. screened deck, hot tub, in Gat. 1st, last mo. req. 1 yr. lease. $1250/mo. 864-993-0467. A great location. 2 blocks off Parkway near Walmart. 2BR/2BA w/carport, w/d & water furn. Approx. 1400 SF, non-smoking environment. No pets please. $750 month. Year lease. Call 865-453-5396. Beautiful 2BR Furn. Log Cabin for residential rent. Located between Gat. & P.F. $750 month. Days: 423-2461500, Nights: 423349-0222. Buy like Rent. Most credit ok! Christina 865-640-0882 Rocky Top Realty 865-246-0300 Large new 3BR/2BA. Mtn. Meadows. $995/mo. Jackson Real Estate & Auc. 865-397-4214,5484213 or 256-7973.

Sevierville 3BR/2BA Garage/basement Swimming Pool

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Seymour area: 2 Bd. house, central H/A, W/D hookups, no pets. 453-7842. HUD PUBLISHERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTICE All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitations or discrimination. State laws forbid discrimination in the sale, rental or advertising of real estate based on factors in addition to those protected under federal law. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination, call HUD Toll-free at 1-800-6699777, The Toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

Flat Creek 3 acres perfect for 2 families, cedar/stone house. 3BR/2BA. $900. 3BR/2BA Doublewide $650. Both like new w/wrap around decks, private wooded. Call (865)933-9775.

Convenient to Knoxville Large 2BR/1.5BA apt. w/covered porch. $500 a month Call (865) 933-9775 or visit

709 TOWNHOUSES FOR SALE New townhome 2BR 2BA. Exc location. Sev. $104,900 KJ Real Estate 865365-0913 or 865387-7717 Kim

Selling Price $186,500 Call (865) 436-3565

2BR 2BA, hot tub, fully furnished cabin. across from Black Bear Jamboree. Community swimming pool. $155K 865-428-2878 3BR/3BA, 2 storypriced below appraisal. Must sell. 865-660-2333. BY OWNER: 2 story, 4BR/2.5BA, 1920 SF, .75 acre, lg. deck, micro. range, refrig., w/d, new carpet & paint, incl. newly constructed 12x36x18 ft. bldg., perfect for workshop & storage,+ sm. storage shed., near exit 407, 470 Klondike Cr., Kodak $189,900. Call 865-932-6734. LeConte Landing, 3BR 2BA, Brick, Sale, Lease, may trade smaller home. 865414-0117. New 3 bd, 2 ba, basement rancher, 2 cg, beautiful mtn. views! $159,900. O/A.865.599.2886.



865-453-0086 1st TIME BUYERS New Singlewides Low Down Payment Cheap Monthly Payment Credit Hotline 865-453-0086 831 MOBILE HOME PARK LOTS

RV Sites starting from $285 & UP on

Indian Camp Creek Monthly or Yearly Rentals. Utilities & wiďŹ Bathhouse & Laundromat Furn Near the Park Off Hwy 321 850-2487 838 CAMPER RENTALS

Camper lots for rent on Price Way. Prices start at $250 mth. May have pets. 865-654-8702

Owner Finance 4BR 3BA almost 2 acres. 2 master suites, mtn views, 2800 sq ft. Minimum down payment req. Monthly pmt $1200. $239,900 3564415

REALTY PLUS * Lot - .70 ac. $19,900 Exit 415 Dandridge *Maintenance Free Livin New Townhomes 2BR, 2 BA VIEWS $104,900 * Owner Financing 2 Cabins next to Dollywood 2BR, 2BA $10,000 Down $265,000 *New Construction Home Sevierville Level Lot 3BR, 2BA 1400 SF $169,900 *Gatlinburg -2BR Chalet Private Setting -1600SF $145,000 *Custom Built Craftmans Home 4BR 3.5 Baths Covered Outdoor Living Sevierville VIEWS! 3 Car Garage & Rec. Rm $969,000 * Sevierville's Finest 6000 SF 4BR 4.5 Baths Exercise RM, Office Pool, Keeping Room, All Room Sound/TV S y s t e m $1,300,000 __________________ Can't Sell your Home? Let us Rent It! Full Service Property Management-Call Joe 865-696-7926 __________________ CALL RENEE' WEISS 865-428-8155 865680-5564 cell. Seymour 3br 2ba large lot $59,900. Missy Norris 865-5992886; Countryside R.E. 865-428-3033 711 CONDOS FOR SALE 2BR/2.5BA, 1,058 SF, 1 car garage, all appliances, W/D, gas log FP, Sev. $125,000 unfurn., $128,000 furnished., 865-286-5019, or 601-507-0471. 720 LAKE & RESORT PROPERTY Campsites near Douglas Lake. All hookups. $275 mth 382-7781 or 9335894.



1997 Toyota Camry, good cond., low miles, 2nd owner. AT, sunroof, 4dr., 3 disc CD player, a/c, leather seats.. Sacrifice - $5,000 cash. Call 2014902.

2008 TOYOTA Avalon, LTD, 27,800 miles, fully equipped. Heated/cooled leather seats, factory warranty until Aug. 2010. 9335021. 85

Chevy Corvette New paint, motor & transmission, body kit, too many parts to mention. $9000 invested asking $5800 OBO. Call 865-654-7923

92 Chrysler-N.Y. 5th Ave Good condition-Low mileage All power. Ex. transportation $1,800 Firm. 865453-5046 94 Jaguar XJS convertible, new paint, more. Asking $4500. 72 Custom Monte Carlo over $10,000 invested asking $8000 obo Call 865-654-7923 95

Lincoln Towncar Asking $1500. 88 Mercury Cougar, runs & drives good. Rebuilt transmission. Asking $1250. Call 865-654-7923


1970 Ford F-100 Ranger CLT turquoise 360 engine 4 spd Original 8 track, am radio, brakes booster, original paint, long bed. 42,700 original miles. $7500 908-5470 or 7651609 949 AUTOS & TRUCKS WANTED

We buy junk cars. 9086207 950 MOTORCYCLE SALES 2005 Yamaha 650 VStar classic. Many extras. $3800. 865-654-9783.



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RIVERWALK 1BR/1BA TO 2BR/2BA $545.00 to $695.00 865-429-2962

for $400/month

Foreclosure Sale, 3 BD / 2 BA House in Kodak Area

New Sevierville area, near schools & hospital 2BR 2BA $750 mth. 865963-6146

2BR Apartments for Rent $475, $500 & $550 a month. 908-7805 or 3681327.

Large 1BR Water, app furnished. No pets. Ref. $450 + dep. 680-3078.

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Large single wide, large lot, 3BR/2BA



Now Leasing, New apartments in the Gatlinburg area. 2 BR / 1 BA $585.00/mo. Call (865) 436-3565

1BR house, water & sewer furn., outside storage bldg., 2.5 miles from Home Depot on Allensville Rd. $110 wk., $400 damage dep. Absolutely no pets. 429-1301.

2/1 apt Wears Valley No pets or smoking. $675 mth. 3/3 furn home Pigeon Forge $1200 mth Vicky @ Remax Eagle 865-6546884


CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN SEVIERVILLE 2 bedroom 1.5 bath townhomes Call 428-5161

Nice 2BR 2BA with cathedral ceilings, fresh paint, nice yard, near Sevierville. No pets. $575 mo. 1st, last, dep. Call Rebecca 6216615. 699 HOME RENTALS


1BR apt $450 mth + utilities. Small deposit. No pets. Gat. 436-4751.

Bedroom mobile home. $450.00 month. $500.00 deposit. References required. Call 428-4242.

Kodak $400 mth 2BR No pets. Ref. 7402525

River View Inn, Sev. Weekly: $150+ tax. Refrig., microwave, hair dryer, balcony on river. 865-4286191.






2BR 2BA 2car garage No pets. $750/mo.





3BR 2BA near Apple Barn, on the river, $950/mo. 1 mo sec. dep. 1st mo. rent free. 865-3882365.



10X10 or 10X20 SELF STORAGE



1 Bedroom furnished includes util./cable P.F. $750/mo. + dep. ref. 548-6614.


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1 BD Apartment Available Immediately $450/mo. + Security




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Sunday, March 28, 2010 â&#x2014;&#x2020; The Mountain Press

Louise Mandrell headlines benefit for Cherish the Child Submitted Report

Louise Mandrell

PIGEON FORGE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; On Thursday, Cherish the Child will welcome home Louise Mandrell with a benefit concert at Country Tonite Theater. After seven years in her own theater, Mandrell moved back to Ashland City to be with her husband John, who suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a serious immune deficiency; Trigeminal Neuralgia; and Morgellonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. Mandrell moved to Sevier County so her daughter, Nicole, could attend

high school here. While Mandrell lived here, she helped with local events that raised money to assist others. Cherish the Child, the foundation that supports the Smoky Mountain Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home, will present an evening with Mandrell as well as Aaron Wilburn, a regular with Bill Gaither and Joe Jenkins. There are a limited number of VIP seats available for $50 that include a meet-and-greet with Mandrell after the 7 p.m. event. All other seats are reserved and can be purchased for

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Submitted Report SEYMOUR â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Seymour Library hosts gaming programs for all ages. The March gaming events include Teen Video Game Night on April 5 from 4-7 p.m.; and Family Video Game Night April 1 from 4-7 p.m. For more information regarding the grant or the program schedule, e-mail Tony Krug to or call 5777511. A grant by the Department of Tennessee and the Tennessee State Library and Archives provided games and gaming units for the library. The grant was established to build community by providing access to people of all ages for underserved populations, in addition to raising awareness of library services.

musical instruments. As a resident of Pigeon Forge, supported a wide range of charitable causes, including the United Way and the American Cancer Society. She also has been a longtime champion of Boy Scouts of America, and for seven years, her Louise Mandrell Celebrity Shoot television specials raised more than $1 million for the program. In 2005, she closed her theater and moved her home base back to Nashville in order to spend more time with her husband.


Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union and Sevierville Chamber of Commerce are again giving young cooks a chance to compete for trophies and prizes during this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bloominâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BBQ & Bluegrass event May 14 and 15. The Credit Union Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Que invites children ages 6-16 to form cook teams of up to five and compete in an evening cookoff on May 14 on the front lawn of the courthouse. Teams must register by May 4. Entries are limited to the first 18 teams, and a separate application must be filled out for each child on each team. The registration fee is $25 per team and will include a small grill, charcoal and chicken thighs to cook for the competition. Each team should bring cooking utensils (including tongs, aluminum foil, etc) and any spices, rubs or sauces to use. An adult must accompany each cook team. The grills will be lit at 6 p.m. and a grilling safety session will be conducted by the Sevierville Fire Department. After the 8 p.m. turn-in time, the chickens will be judged by Kansas City Barbeque Society certified judges. Awards will be presented at 9 p.m. First prize is $50, second prize $25, and each child will receive a participation award. Applications are available online at BloominBBQ. com, at the Sevierville Chamber or the Credit Union branch on Middle Creek Road. For more information, call 453-6411 or vist www.

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Been following the gold and silver market lately? Well if you have a jewelry box or lock box full of gold or a coffee can full of old coins you should be according to Ohio Valley 5HÂżQHU\ VSRNHVSHUVRQ -RKQ 0LOOHU â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gold and silver markets have not been this strong for over 30 yearsâ&#x20AC;? said Miller. Typically when the U.S. GROODULVZHDNDQGWKHHFRQRP\LVĂ&#x20AC;DW gold and silver markets soar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good news if you are setting on a few gold necklaces or an old class ringâ&#x20AC;? says Miller. Starting Tuesday at 9am through 7KXUVGD\ WKH 2KLR 9DOOH\ 5HÂżQHU\ LVVHWWLQJXSDVDWHOOLWHUHÂżQHU\ULJKW here in Sevierville at the Comfort Inn. During their 3 day stay anyone can bring gold, silver or platinum items and turn them in for immediate SD\PHQWH[SODLQV-RKQ0LOOHUÂł-XVW about everybody has some amount of gold or silver just lying around collecting dust and this week anybody FDQ VHOO WKHLUV GLUHFW WR RXU UHÂżQHU\ 7\SLFDOO\ VHOOLQJ GLUHFW WR D UHÂżQHU\ is reserved for larger wholesale customers like jewelry stores, pawn shops, and laboratoriesâ&#x20AC;? says Miller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are changing how business is doneâ&#x20AC;? he explains â&#x20AC;&#x153;we want to do business with everybody so we took our business to the streetsâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our teams visits various cities around the country hosting events to allow the general public to take advantage of our services. The turnout has been overwhelmingâ&#x20AC;? says Miller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually each day is busier than the previous day. It seems once people come to us and sell something they are so amazed what an old ring or gold coin is worth they go home and start digging around for more and telling relatives, friends and neighbors. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a feeding frenzy by the third day. People line up with everything from

Above: Refinery representatives will be on hand starting Tuesday to purchase all gold, silver and platinum items, as well as coins. Public welcome!

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6LOYHUDQG*ROG&RLQ3ULFHV Up During Poor Economy. Collectors and Enthusiasts in Sevierville with $200,000 to Purchase Yours! By CHRISTINA BUTLER STAFF WRITER

Got Coin? It might be just the time to cash in. This week starting Tuesday and continuing through Thursday the International Collectors Association in conjunction with the 2KLR9DOOH\ *ROG  6LOYHU 5HÂżQHU\ will be purchasing all types of silver and gold coins direct from the public. All types are welcome and the event is free. Collectors will be on hand to identify and sort your coins. Then the quality or grade will be determined. The better the grade the more they are worth according to collectors I talked to. With the silver and gold markets high prices of older coins are too. Any coins minted before 1964 in the U.S. are 90% silver except nickels and pennies. The coins worth is determined by the rarity and the grade. Old silver dollars are worth a great premium right now even well worn heavy circulated ones are bringing good premiums. Franklin and Kennedy halves, Washing ton quarters, Mercury and Roosevelt dimes are all worth many times the face value. While older types like Seated Liberty, Standing Liberties, and Barber coins are worth even more. Gold coins are really worth a lot right now according to Brian Eades of the International Collectors Association. This country didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start minting coins until 1792 says Eades. Before that people would trade goods using gold dust and nuggets. Some shop keepers would take more gold than needed to pay for items purchased. There was no uniform

system of making change. 7KH JRYHUQPHQW RSHQHG WKH ÂżUVW mints and began distributing the coins in 1792. By the beginning of the 19th century coins and paper currency were wide spread and our monetary system was here to stay. In 1933 Roosevelt required all banking institutions to turn in all gold coins. Once all banks turned in this gold the president raised the gold standard from $20.00 per ounce to $33.00 per ounce. This was his way of stimulating the economy during the great depression. However gold coins were never redistributed after the recall. Not all gold coins were turned in. Many folks during that time didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely trust the government and choose to keep their gold. These gold coins are sought after collectors today and bring many times the face value. Any gold coins with the mint marks of CC, D or O will bring nice premiums. Collectors at the event will be glad to show you where to look. Other types of coins will also be purchase including foreign coins, Indian head cents, two cent pieces, half dimes, three cent pieces and buffalo nickels to name a few. Collectors warn people against trying to clean their coins as VLJQLÂżFDQW GDPDJH FDQ EH GRQH DQG the coins value lessened.

Items we will accept include: Scrap Jewelry Dental Gold Sterling Silverware Sterling Silver Tea Sets Silver Dollars All Coins Dated before 1964 Industrial Scrap All forms of Platinum

will be issued a number. Seating will be available. When your number is called you will be escorted to a table where your items will be examined, tested and sorted. This only takes a few minutes using their expertise and specialized equipment. Items will be counted and/or weighed. The value of the items will be determined based on up to the minute market prices. Live feeds will be available at the event displaying current market prices of all precious metals. If you choose to sell your items they will be bagged and tagged and you will be escorted to the cashier to collect your payment. Waiting time to sell your items may range from just a few minutes to 1 hour so bring something to read. If you are the owner of a jewelry VWRUH SDZQ VKRS GHQWLVW RIÂżFH RU D dealer you are encouraged to call ahead to make an appointment with the smelt master to discuss their special dealer programs. They can EH UHDFKHG GXULQJ UHÂżQHU\ KRXUV DW (865) 428-1069.

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Vintage Guitars: Martin, Gibson, Fender, National, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, Mandolins, Banjos and others. Pocket Watches: Hamilton, Illinois, Waltham, Patek Phillipe, Ball, Howard, South Bend, Elgin and others Wrist watches: Omega, Accutron, Longines, Hamilton, Breitling and many more. Old paper money: United States, Confederate States, Blanket Bills, $1000.00 bills and more. Antique Toys: Trains, Tin wind-ups, Mechanical Banks, Robots, Pressed Steel trucks, and many more. War Memorabilia: Swords, Bayonets, Helmets, German, Confederate, Union, USA, and others. Local records reveal to our research department that recent vintage guitar sold for $2400.00 and another for $12,000.00 to a collector that will be tied into the event this week via live database feed. Below: Refinery representatives will be on hand starting Tuesday to purchase all gold, silver and platinum items, as well as coins. Public welcome!

If you go: WHO: Ohio Valley Refinery Reclamation Drive WHAT: Open to public to sell gold and silver. WHEN: March 30th - April 1st WHERE: Comfort Inn 1850 Parkway Sevierville, TN 37862 TIMES: TUESDAY-THURSDAY 9:00am - 6:00pm SHOW INFO: (217) 523-4225

International antique buyers in town this week and ready to stimulate economy! By CHRISTINA BUTLER STAFF WRITER

Hundreds of phone calls from local residents this week to WKH FRUSRUDWH RIÂżFH RI WKH 2KLR 9DOOH\ *ROG DQG 6LOYHU 5HÂżQHU\ pour in inquiring about items to be purchased this week by the team of antique buyers that is on site with OVGSR. The team of buyers this week are purchasing a vast array of vintage items (see below) along with coins, gold jewelry, and VWHUOLQJ VLOYHU LWHPV WKH UHÂżQHU\ deals in. It is a Local shot in the arm for our economy. The spokesperson for the event expects to spend in excess of $2,000,000 this week at the Comfort Inn paying local residents on the spot. The spokesperson for the company explained that these collectors are paying collector price for vintage items. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way for people to get a great value for their items.

Sunday, March 28, 2010  

The Mountain Press for Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010  

The Mountain Press for Sunday, March 28, 2010