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The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 90 ■ March 31, 2010 ■ ■ 50 Cents


Belle Island sale appears close


Group called ‘Tennessee Investor Partners’ appears to be the buyer By JEFF FARRELL Staff writer

5Taking the plunge Polar Bears’ annual dip for charity set for Thursday in Pigeon Forge Local, Page A2

5Uprising thwarted Christian militia believed Antichrist battle was coming Nation, Page A17


Racing with Rich 411 Motor Speedway celebrating 50th Anniversary Page A9

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Bankruptcy documents filed in California indicate the Belle Island development may soon be sold. The Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture and Television, one of the cornerstones of the Pigeon Forge project, filed for bankruptcy last year, according to documents filed in federal bankruptcy court in California. The famed actress bought much of the memorabilia from MGM when the studio closed, and she and her family have searched for years for a venue to display the collection. It appeared they had found a place when they announced they were coming to Belle Island, a retail and entertainment venue planned for the city’s new Central Business Improvement District. However, work on that project stopped abruptly as it appeared to be

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The Belle Island development sits idle on Tuesday, as it has more for than a year. nearing completion. Developers said the takeout lender — the agency that would cover the $114 million construction tab on the project —was an early victim of the recession and the credit crisis. They were unable to secure another lender, and the banks that had already loaned

money for the project foreclosed. When it was auctioned in September, the credit bid of $23.9 million was the only one offered, despite a crowd of interested onlookers on the Sevier County Courthouse steps. That left Regions Bank in possession of the property.

By JEFF FARRELL Staff writer SEVIERVILLE — A local zip line tour is facing a personal injury suit from a woman who claims she was injured in a midair collision on a line. Wahoo Zip Lines has been open about a year and a half, advertising itself as the largest zip line canopy tour in the United States. The tours feature zip lines — cables with pulleys attached that allow riders to skim over the treetops

while pulled along by gravity. According to information on the company’s Web site, the six zip lines on the tour stretch from 900 to 1,600 feet and are up to 250 feet over the ground. The complaint filed in Sevier County Circuit Court states a Knoxville woman and two friends went on the tour on June 6, 2009, when two of the women collided on the line, resulting in injuries to at least one of the women. Susan O’Bannion, of Knoxville, said she suffered

injuries including a fractured rib and an injured tailbone. She is suing for $150,000 in damages. According to the compliant, O’Bannion slid down the line into one of her friends who was still secured to the zip line when O’Bannion started her descent. “A Wahoo Zip Lines employee sent Ms. O’Bannion down the same line as (the friend), who was still suspended in the air mid-line,” according to the complaint. The last line is apparently

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a dual line, and her friends had gone before her. One of them had collided with a person who was trying to get off, and the second was unable to stop herself and collided with padding at the landing platform and rebounded down the line, where she collided with O’Bannion. According to the complaint, there were supposed to be employees from Wahoo Zip Lines at the platforms to “catch” riders. See suit, Page A4

Dolly adds ‘Hannah’ to cast for TV special

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ther indicate the new group intends to move ahead with plans for the museum. “The Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture Museum is intended to be the cornerstone and anchor tenant of the Belle Island

$150K suit filed against Wahoo Zip Lines

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“Regions Bank now owns Belle Island Village and has entered into an agreement to sell the project to Tennessee Investor Partners,” according to the documents filed in California. That sale is reportedly set to take place today. The documents fur-

Dolly Parton gets a hug from Miley Cyrus on the set of “Hannah Montana.” Miley and her dad Billy Ray are expected to be in Sevier County in May for the taping of a Parton TV special.

PIGEON FORGE — Details are emerging about plans for the television special country superstar Dolly Parton plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her namesake park and it looks likely they’ll include Hannah Montana. Dollywood spokeswoman Trish McGee confirmed Tuesday that Parton has come to a tentative agreement with Billy Ray Cyrus and daughter Miley, who plays Montana on the popular television and film series, to be part of the show. Parton announced during Dollywood’s grand opening Friday that fellow country singer Kenny Rogers, with whom she had the smash hit duet, “Islands in the Stream,” will also take part in the special. It seems likely the show will be filmed in early May as Parton returns to the area for her annual Homecoming Parade. It’s not known yet if the Cyruses or Rogers will make public appearances locally. The show will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dollywood and is set to air on the Hallmark Channel, Parton told the crowd Friday. The special’s producSee dolly, Page A4

Kiwanians cookin’ up pancake fundraiser to help youngsters By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — It’s a tradition that has had local Boys & Girls Club members flipping for years. The Sevierville Kiwanis Club is gearing up for its annual Spring Pancake Supper, which will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on — no foolin’ — Thursday at Flapjacks Pancake Cabin on the Parkway in Sevierville.

It will actually be Collier Restaurant Group employees who will do the flipping and cooking, but the Kiwanians and Boys and Girls Club members will deliver the tasty cakes. The event is a fundraiser not only for the programs for those youngsters, but also will benefit programs including Wears Valley Ranch and the Kiwanis Club’s scholarship efforts, club Fund Raising Chair Leslie Atchley says. “All of the funds raised at this

event stay here in Sevier County to help our neighbors,” Atchley reports. “The Kiwanis Club members are the ones who receive the blessing when we are able to help our neighbors.” Tickets for the event are available in advance or at the door. For just $5, attendees will get plates full of Flapjacks’ pancakes and bacon or sausage. Additionally, club members with a musical bent will occasionally serenade the crowd.

Beyond just being a delicious local tradition, the events, which are held in the spring and fall, are a crucial fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club. “This event is one that we do twice a year and this is where all of our funds come from,” club member Steve Clabo says. “The pancake suppers are a social event and if you have never been to one, you are missing a great time.” n

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N.C. woman faces statutory rape charge for December incident Submitted report Sevierville police detectives have arrested a North Carolina woman on a statutory rape charge, officials said Tuesday. According to Villarreal Detective Ray Brown, 25-year-old Sarah Rebecca Villarreal of Winston-Salem allegedly engaged in sex

Polar Bears’ annual dip for charity set for Thursday in PF By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer PIGEON FORGE — They used to call it, “Freezin’ for a reason,� but this year it be more appropriate to say it’s, “Basking for the asking.� After years in which participants braved February temperatures as low as the 20s for a dip in the Pigeon Forge Community Center’s outdoor pool, this year’s Polar Bear Plunge was moved to April 1. If the forecast holds, that will mean temperatures in the mid- to upper-70s for the event. Recognizing the lessfrigid nature of this year’s event — and its timing on April Fools Day — themselves, organizers have come up with their own tag line of inviting folks to “Be an April fool in our pool.� Those who take them up on the invitation will don their swimwear and jump into the pool from 5-6 p.m. Thursday. “Help us raise money by being a cool fool in the pool,� event organizer Susan Wilkins said. Participants were expected to return their registration forms on Monday, but no information was yet available on how many people would be taking the plunge. Anyone over the age of 13 is allowed to get in on the dive and prizes will be awarded to fundraisers. Those who do participate are asked to raise money from folks willing to pledge dollars to support them taking the usually frigid dip. All proceeds are contributed to United Way of Sevier County. Spectators are also invited to take in the goings-on for free. This is the seventh year the Community Center and the city have put on the event, which serves as something of an unofficial kickoff for United Way’s annual fundraising campaign. The city underwrites the entire event, as it does for several others throughout

with a 16-year-old boy in Sevierville on Dec. 20. The allegation was brought to the attention of police in February by the teenager’s father. Villarreal was reportedly traveling with the 16-year-old from North Carolina to Virginia; the victim’s father was apparently aware of the travel plans. After an investigation, Brown charged Villarreal with statutory rape. She turned herself in at the Sevier County Jail after being notified of the charge against her.

Saturday wreck leads to several charges against county man Submitted report


Great Smoky Mountains National Park Assistant Superintendent Kevin Fitzgerald takes a cheesy dive into the frigid waters during the 2008 Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser for United Way of Sevier County at the Pigeon Forge Community Center. the year, because of its dedication to supporting United Way and all it does for those in need in the community, Community Center Director Simon Bradbury has said. For their part, United Way officials are grateful Pigeon Forge is willing to host the fundraiser. “We’re so thankful for the city and the community center working together on this great event,� United Way Marketing Director Elaina DeLozier said. “It’s a great event and it’s one we always really look forward to. It will be very exciting, as it always is.� Not just a fun evening gathering, the Polar Bear Plunge is a crucial tone setter for the annual campaign, she said. “It kicks off our 2010 event season, so it’s important for us,� DeLozier said. Perhaps it’s even more so this year as the nonprofit attempts to recover from the battering the economy has dealt it and other fundraising agencies in the past couple

years. After falling to less than half the goal of $1 million in 2008, the group set a less-ambitious mark of $500,000 for last year. Even that proved insurmountable as contributions to charities plummeted in 2009 and the group ended still more than $100,000 short. No goal has been announced yet for this year’s campaign, but if the current local economic picture is any indi-

cation, it may be another tough year for groups such as United Way. DeLozier said that’s a shame because, as donations have fallen, requests for help from the 24 community service agencies United Way of Sevier County supports have skyrocketed at the same time. That means, when the money is most important, it’s virtually dried up. n

Sevierville police have arrested a Sevier County man after he was involved in a traffic crash on Winfield D u n n Parkway (Highway 66), officials said Tuesday. T h e accident occurred Kendrick at approximately 11:40 p.m. Saturday. According to officers Graham Ownby and Mike Lequire, 52-year-old David L. Kendrick was reportedly exiting the Kroger store in a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro, when his vehicle collided with a van carrying an Ohio family that was travel-

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

Holy Ghost Revival

Holy Ghost revival today through April 4 with Evangelist Priscilla Gambill, Gateway Lighthouse Church of God, 102 Red Bud Lane, Sevierville. 428-5242.

Seymour UMC

Good Friday service 7 p.m. Seymour UMC, Chapman Highway, at Simmons Road. 573-9711.

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

Sevierville Story Time

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

thursday, april 1 Mattox Cemetery

Annual Mattox Cemetery meeting 7 p.m., Wears Valley Fire Department off Wears Valley Road. 4533095 or 453-2558.

Polar Bear Plunge

Radio Class

Sevier County Emergency Radio Services technician class, 9:30-3:30, EOC building. Testing to follow. E-mail to or call 314-0899.

Egg Hunt

Gatlinburg Community Police Programs sponsors Easter egg hunt, noon, Mynatt Park on Airport Road. Bring basket. 4301319 to report how many will attend.

Roaring Fork Baptist

Roaring Fork Baptist Church Easter egg hunt 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 680-5268 or 654-2671.

United Way Polar Bear Plunge, 5 p.m., Pigeon Forge Community Center. $25 minimum fee. Participants receive T-shirt. Registration 4:30-5. 4297373.

Henderson Chapel

Democratic Party

Easter egg hunt 1 p.m. at Optimist Park, Kodak, for ages 11 and under.

First Presbyterian

Maundy Thursday service 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Sevierville. Traditional Communion. 453-2971.

Hot Meals

Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:15-6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Sevierville and Kodak United Methodist Church in Kodak.

Women’s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge n 2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road n 6:30 p.m. Sevierville UMC, Conference Room


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

Legion Post 202

American Legion Post 202, by post office in Gatlinburg, meets at 6:30 p.m. 599-1187.

Gatlinburg Garden Club Gatlinburg Garden Club meets 1 p.m. at Community Center. Program: “Medicinal Herbs and Wildflowers of the Smokies” presented by ranger Samantha Ray.

Seymour UMC

Maundy Thursday service 7 p.m. Seymour UMC, Chapman Highway, at Simmons Road. 573-9711.

friday, april 2 Kodak Story Time

Preschool story time and egg hunt, 11 a.m., Kodak Library. 933-0078.

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Seymour UMC Egg Hunt Seymour UMC egg hunt 2-5 p.m. at Seymour Heights Christian Church on Boyd’s Creek Highway. Volunteers and donations of individually wrapped candy are needed. 5739711.

Bradley’s Chapel

Bradley’s Chapel Baptist Church singing 7 p.m. Guest singers, Everette Ball, Mary Proffitt and Andrew Whaley.

Gun Carry Class

Carry permit class 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sevier Indoor Range. 774-6111 to register.

sunday, april 4 Sunday Night Alive

Gatlinburg First UMC, 6 p.m., fellowship of contemporary music and worship followed by a hot meal. 436-4691

Boyds Creek Baptist

Boyds Creek Baptist Easter sunrise service 7:30 a.m., Boyds Creek Cemetery.

Henderson Chapel

Henderson Chapel Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge will have an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast.

Sunrise Service

Easter sunrise service 7 a.m., Mountain View Baptist Church, 1406 Walt Price Road, Sevierville.

Middle Creek UMC

Middle Creek UMC sunrise service 7 a.m., Middle Creek Cemetery, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge. 368-0545.

Community Center

Sevierville Community Center closed for Easter.


Stephanie is a 5-month-old feist mix. Patty is a 2-year-old tiger and white domestic short hair. Adoption fee for cats and dogs is $100 and covers their first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip. The Gnatty Branch Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information or to join the “Love in a Blanket” and knit, crochet or sew blankets for cats, call the shelter at 453-7000. Gospel Light Baptist

Rick Hurst will preach 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Gospel Light Baptist Church, 720 Eastgate Road.

monday, april 5 Garlands of Grace Women’s Bible study 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn. 436-0313.

Photo Society

LeConte Photographic Society meets 6:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Sevierville. Program by Harold Jerrell. LeContePhotographic.Com.

Retired Citizens

Retired Citizens of the Smokies meets 1 p.m., Gatlinburg Community Center. Program by member Don Buehler from his “Country Day” series. 4363010.

Prayer In Action

Prayer In Action meets at 6 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC. Nondenominational.

Gold Wing Riders

Gold Wing Road Riders Assn., 6:30 p.m., Gatti’s Pizza, 1431 Parkway near Parkway and Collier. 6604400.

Blood Drive

Medic blood drive 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Walmart.

Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n 2-5 p.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church. 429-2508. n 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Kodak UMC 2923 Bryan Road, Kodak. 933-5996. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the


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Sevier County Beekeepers Association meets 7 p.m. at courthouse. 453-1997.

Day of Prayer

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Good Friday service 6 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road next to Dunn’s Market.

Henderson Chapel Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge will have an Easter egg hunt from 2-4 p.m., featuring magician Dewayne Laflin.


Sevier County Democratic Party meets 7 p.m. at courthouse.

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Meeting for National Day of Prayer, 6 p.m., at Pigeon Forge United Methodist Church. Event May 6, sponsored locally by Garlands of Grace.

GATLINBURG — Springtime brings several events to the Gateway to the Smokies. Sunrise Service Over the Smokies: Ober Gatlinburg’s 12th annual event, 6:30 a.m. Complimentary ride on the aerial tramway. Breakfast available following the ceremony on Easter Sunday. Music of the Mountains: Fiddles, claw hammer banjos and Appalachian dulcimers during the sixth annual festival hosted by Great Smoky Mountains National Park on April 10. Performances at the Sugarlands Visitor Center followed by a performance by Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier at the Mills Conference Center. Mountain Man Memorial March: A tribute to the armed services, the third annual 26.2-mile march on April 17 starts in downtown Gatlinburg. It honors 1st Lt. Frank Walkup, a UT alumnus who was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2007. Open to all. For information, visit Wildflower Pilgrimage: April 21-25 for the 60th annual pilgrimage and Greener Living Expo. More than 150 programs including instructional walks, guided hiking tours and guest lectures. For more information, visit Ribfest & Wings Festival: April 22, with live entertainment and ribs and chicken wings prepared downtown during the ninth annual event. Food sampling starts at 6) p.m. There will be two hot wing eating contests and the sounds of several bands, including the Beat Daddys. For more information, visit or call 800-588-1817.


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Wayne E. Ogle, age 58 of Sevierville, went to be with his Lord on Monday, March 29, 2010. He was born on January 12, 1952. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Georgia and Westly Ogle and Rev. Levi and Susie Ogle, brother Kenny Ogle, and sister Georgia Louise Ogle. Survivors: wife, Betty Ogle; daughters, Jodie Prouty and husband Ray, Gidget Fields, Alisha Reagan; sons, Quinton and Trevor Elswick Ogle; grandchildren, Jessy Roberts, Thomas and Charlotte Fields, David and Katie Prouty, Ethan Reagan; mother, Velma Ogle; father, Elmer Ogle; brother, Stanley Ogle and wife Kathy; sisters, Mary Ingle and husband Charles, Shirley Courtney and husband Cary; special friend, Greg Hatfield. Funeral service 10 a.m. Thursday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Freeman officiating. Interment will follow in Boyds Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.

Elmer Lee Floyd, age 86 of Sevierville, passed away Monday, March 29, 2010. He was a devoted Christian of the Baptist faith. A decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, he saw combat in the European Theater during World War II. Elmer was born in the Roaring Fork area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps, and retired from the National Park Service. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Ada Floyd; brothers Richard Horace and Roy Floyd; and sister Ruth Oglesby. He is survived by his children Melinda Joyce Bartlett and husband Glenn, Anthony Lee Floyd and wife Fay, Janice Clay, Nelson Gregory Floyd; grandchildren Shasta, Danielle, Alex, Jeremy, Eric and Scott; five great-grandchildren; brother James Floyd and wife Grace; sisters Mary Bunch, Delsa Harrison; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made to Elmer’s favorite charity, World Vision International, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716, (phone 1-888-511-6443). The family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. Thursday with funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. in the East Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home. Rev. Melvin Carr will officiate. Interment will follow in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.

George J. Lyon, age 86 of Sevierville, passed away Monday, March 29, 2010. He was born and raised in Lithonia GA. He served in the Army during WWII as an Amphibious Duck Driver. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. George retired from the Georgia Forest Commission which he served for 36 years. He is now in heaven with his daughter Ladrene Edwards. Survivors: wife of 63 years, Betty K. Lyon; children, Andrea and Dudley Freeman, Timothy and Ginger Lyon, Stephanie and Kevin Fritchman, and Mike Edwards; grandchildren, David and Pam Edwards, Chach and Amy Edwards, David and Melissa Atkins, Sheir and Mike Rice, Richard and Sarah Hasty, Heather and Edwin Antillon, Gregory and Drake Lyon, Jennifer and Ricky Childs, Caleb and Christy Cook, Nathan and Olivia Cook, Noel Cook, and Cole Fritchman; step-grandchildren, Lucas and Angela Freeman, and Isaac Freeman; great-grandchildren, Luke and Abby Edwards, Noah, Colby, and Addilyn Edwards, Lanie, Seth, Jacob, and Carly Atkins, Chase, Doug, Shelby and Tyler Rice, Samantha Hasty, Brody and Austin Childs, Chloe, Cassie and Ava Cook, Richard and Isla Freeman. Graveside service 1 p.m. Thursday in Atchley’s Seymour Memory Gardens with Brother John Troutman officiating. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, and 12-12:45 p.m. Thursday at Atchley Funeral Home Seymour. 122 Peacock Court, Seymour, TN 37865. 577-2807.




5 years after Schiavo, few make end-of-life plans By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press Writer MIAMI — Five years after the court fight over allowing Terri Schiavo to die, most Americans still don’t draft the legal documents that spell out how far caregivers should go to keep them alive artificially. Schiavo’s life and death captivated the country and fueled conversations about the necessity of the documents, known as advance directives or living wills. Even though millions witnessed a worsecase scenario, there’s no indication it had a lasting impact on getting more people to make their wishes known. “The gap is so big,” said Paul Malley, president of Aging With Dignity, which advocates advance directives and which saw an increase in interest during the Schiavo case. “Even a significant impact from the Schiavo case doesn’t put a dent in

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Village Project. Tennessee Investment Partners and (Reynolds’ son) Todd Fisher are currently negotiating a term sheet for establishment of the Tennessee Museum, and any agreement must provide for an immediate payment in an amount sufficient to pay the (main claim against the museum.)” That advance must be paid by July 31, 2010, or the agreement calls for Fisher to hire an auction firm to sell memorabilia to cover the debt. According to the court

the need that’s out there.” The protracted family fight over keeping Schiavo alive, and her ultimate death March 31, 2005, plastered her story in headlines and prompted an immediate spike in Americans filling out advance directives. But while Schiavo’s struggle remains in the minds of many, the momentum it created for writing the instructions appears to have ebbed. End-of-life experts estimate 20 percent to 30 percent of U.S. adults have advance directives, the same as before the Schiavo case. Even in polls of older Americans, who fill out such forms at higher rates, there is little if any change from 2005. “Awareness is up,” said Kathy Brandt, a vice president of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “But I don’t know that people understand any better and I don’t know that we’re

documents, the museum accepted a $2 million loan from a creditor, and now owes $3.8 million in interest as well as the principal. Fisher could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Glen Bilbo, who oversaw the project during the construction and who is reportedly part of the company looking to buy the property now, also could not be reached Tuesday. Gatlinburg resident Earl Worsham, chairman of The Worsham Group of Companies, had recently expressed interest in buying the property. He declined to comment when reached Tuesday by The Mountain Press. n

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ers are being tight-lipped about what will be included in the taping. “I think they’ll be enjoying things they can specifically do with Dolly,” McGee said. Parton said the special will be taped at the park, though McGee couldn’t offer further information on what that will involve the stars doing. Parton has often joked that she won’t ride the rides at Dollywood because she “has too much to lose.” It’s also not clear if the event will be open to the public or how tickets will be sold if it is. “Those are the small details that are still being worked out,” McGee said.

The special, which is set to air at a yet-to-be-determined date later this year, will be the second Parton has filmed with a connection to the theme park. In 1990, she did a television production at the park to promote its new Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. Parton apparently got the Cyruses involved because of her own agreement to be part of the last episodes of “Hannah Montana,” which is ending this year after four seasons. Parton has played Montana’s “Aunt Dolly” several times on the show. While the details are still fairly sketchy, McGee said park officials hope to have more to announce next week. n

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GOP fires staffer over $1,946 topless club visit WASHINGTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Republican National Committee has fired a staffer who helped organize a $1,946 visit last month to a sex-themed Hollywood club, and the GOP says it will recoup the money from a donor who also participated. The episode is the latest in a string of questionable spending by the RNC as Republicans prepare for a costly election season in which they hope to take dozens of House and Senate seats from Democrats. An RNC memo says the Jan. 31 outing to Voyeur West Hollywood involved several members of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young Eaglesâ&#x20AC;? GOP group who had been in Los Angeles for a meeting. An unnamed staffer, who had been warned that such activities did not qualify for reimbursement, has been fired, said the memo from RNC chief of staff Ken McKay. The club features topless dancers and bondage outfits. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;risque and provocativeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;a combination of intimidation and sexuality,â&#x20AC;? one of its partners, David Koral, told the Los Angeles Times in October. RNC spokesman Doug Heye said the committee will be reimbursed by Erik Brown of Orange, Calif., the donorvendor who billed the GOP for the club visit on behalf of the attendees. Brown did not respond to an e-mail and phone message seeking comment. Since November, the RNC has paid Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company, Dynamic Marketing Inc., about $19,000 for printing and direct-mail services, campaign spending reports show. He has contributed several thousand dollars to the party. The most recent financial disclosure report said the RNC spent more than $17,000 for private planes in February and nearly $13,000 for car services. Heye said such services are used only when needed.

GENEVA (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest atom smasher threw together minuscule particles racing at unheard of speeds in conditions simulating those just after the Big Bang â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a success that kick-started a mega-billion dollar experiment that could one day explain how the universe began. Scientists cheered Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic crash of two proton beams, producing three times more force than researchers had created before and marking a milestone for the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a huge step toward unraveling Genesis Chapter 1, Verse 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what happened in the beginning,â&#x20AC;? physicist Michio Kaku told The Associated Press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a Genesis machine. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll help to recreate the most glorious event in the history of the universe.â&#x20AC;? Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smashup transforms the 15-yearold collider from an engineering project in test phase to the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest ongoing experiment, experts say. The crash that occurred on a subatomic scale is more about shaping our understanding of how the uni-

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A view of the LHC in its tunnel at CERN (European particle physics laboratory) near Geneva, Switzerland, is shown in this 2007 photo. verse was created than immediate improvements to technology in our daily lives. The power produced will ramp up even more in the future as scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, watch for elusive particles that have been more theorized than seen on Earth. The consequences of

Saturday delivery opinion is sought by Postal Service WASHINGTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Postal Service may have provided a clue why it is losing money when it asked regulators â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by e-mail â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for an opinion on dropping Saturday delivery service. Plagued by loss of mail business to the Internet, the post office was required to send its request to the independent Postal Regulatory Commission electronically. The commission posted the request on its Web site late Tuesday afternoon. The post office said last week it would request the opinion on its plan to drop Saturday deliveries to homes and businesses to save money. Post offices would remain open on Saturdays. Congress would also have to approve the change, but it is likely to give great weight to the regulatory commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ball is in our court now,â&#x20AC;? said regulatory commission chairman Ruth Y. Goldway.

finding those mysterious particles could â&#x20AC;&#x153;affect our conception of who we are in the universe,â&#x20AC;? said Kaku, co-founder of string field theory and author of the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Physics of the Impossible.â&#x20AC;? Physicists, usually prone to caution and nuance, tripped over themselves in superlatives praising the importance of the Large Hadron Collider and the

significance of its generating regular science experiments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the Jurassic Park for particle physicists,â&#x20AC;? said Phil Schewe, a spokesman for the American Institute of Physics. He called the collider a time machine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the particles they are making now or are about to make havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been around for 14 billion years.â&#x20AC;?

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Kiwanis pancake event Thursday

The annual Sevierville Kiwanis Club Pancake Day will be from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Flapjacks on the Parkway. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. n


Troopers plan local checkpoint

State troopers will have a sobriety checkpoint starting at 11 a.m. Friday on U.S. 441 in Sevier County. The checkpoint will remain in operation until around 1 a.m. n


City to observe holiday schedule

Gatlinburg city offices, including City Hall, will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday. The Community Center will be open during regular hours on Friday, but will close on Easter Sunday. The Sanitation Department will run its normal schedule. n


Louise Mandrell headlines benefit

Cherish the Child will host Louise Mandrell in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Country Tonite Theater. There are a limited number of VIP seats available for $50 that include a meetand-greet with Mandrell after the event. All other seats are reserved and can be purchased for $25 by calling the Country Tonite box office at 453-2193. Cherish the Child is the foundation that supports Smoky Mountain Children’s Home. The benefit also will include Aaron Wilburn, a regular with Bill Gaither and Joe Jenkins. n


Child safety seat inspections set

The Sevierville Police Department has scheduled a child car safety seat checkpoint from 3-6 p.m. today 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. n


Free garden seeds to be available

Sevier County Neighborhood Center, 750 Old Knoxville Highway, will privide garden seeds to eligible households beginning Thursday. Appications will be taken between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eligible households must meet an income guideline and probide proof of income. For more information call 453-7131.


McWherter gives $1M to campaign

Democrat Mike McWherter is giving his Tennessee gubernatorial bid $1 million, his campaign confirmed Tuesday. McWherter, a Jackson businessman and son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, is one of two Democrats remaining in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Phil Bredesen. The current fundraising period ends Wednesday.

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McCord helps stall surface mining bill NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would prohibit surface mining in Tennessee under certain circumstances has likely failed this session after the last meeting of a House panel adjourned Tuesday before voting on the bill. Members of the House Environment Subcommittee voted unanimously for an amendment to the measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Michael McDonald of Portland, but then, in an unusual move, a motion was

made to adjourn before a vote on the amended version. That is allowed under House rules. The proposal would prohibit blasting away ridgelines with an elevation of more than 2,000 feet. McDonald called the adjournment motion by Rep. Joe McCord a tactic to kill his proposal. “I’ve never seen it happen,” McDonald said. “They vote for the amendment that makes the bill, but you adjourn so you don’t have to take a vote on the bill.”



McCord said he made the motion because the companion bill is not moving in the Senate, where it’s awaiting a vote in an environment committee. “The senate has not taken any action,” said the Maryville Republican. “We made a statement two weeks ago that if bills were not moving in the Senate then we weren’t going to try to hear them in the House.” He said the committee can be reopened if Chairman John Tidwell chooses to do so. Tidwell,

D-New Johnsonville, said he would open the committee up if asked but was “disappointed that both sides didn’t try to make it work.” State law currently requires mined areas be stabilized so they do not erode and impact water quality. McDonald told committee members that his legislation would essentially strengthen the law. “We have a responsibility to protect the waters ... that belong to the people of Tennessee,” he said.

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This day in history Today is Wednesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2010. There are 275 days left in the year. n

Gatlinburg investor Dennis Bolze made his first appearance in an East Tennessee court and was informed he could face up to 40 years in prison more than $1 million in fines if found guilty of the money laundering and wire fraud charges against him. n


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“We know that they are lying low, but it is already a matter of the pride of law enforcement agencies to drag them out of the sewer and into broad daylight.” — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin following the twin suicide bombing of the Moscow subway system Monday that killed 39 people and left scores wounded.

“Did they really agree to reimburse nearly $2,000 for a bondage-themed night club?” group asked in a statement. “Why would a staffer believe that this is acceptable, and has this kind of thing been approved in the past?” — Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance after it was dislcosed that a group of young Republicans spent $1,946 during a visit to a sex-themed Hollywood club last month

“The questions to ask are: Did they follow their own rules and did they keep Phoebe safe? Obviously not. And, did they deal effectively with the bullies? Obviously not.” — Barbara Coloroso said she consulted with parents and administrators months before 15-year-old Phoebe Prince hanged herself in January in western Massachusetts following months of bullying by classmates

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On March 31, 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned his audience by declaring, “I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.”

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LOS ANGELES — Despite reports, Sandra Bullock isn’t aiming to become a legal parent to her husband’s three kids. “There are no plans, nor have there ever been any plans, for Sandra Bullock to adopt any Bullock of Jesse James’s children,” her representative told People magazine. James, 40, has been taking care of his kids Chandler, 15, and Jesse Jr., 12, and Sunny, 6, from his two previous marriages, since news of his alleged infidelity broke days after his wife of four years won her first Oscar.

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Democrats have spring in steps

You already know the negatives: In the latest Bloomberg News poll, just 31 percent of the public rated her favorably, while 48 percent gave her unfavorable marks. She is neither eloquent on the public platform nor relaxed on television, where she smiles too often. But what she has done cannot be ignored. In the last four months, Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, the Democratic speaker of the House, has not once, not twice but on three separate occasions done what none of her predecessors — including legendary giants Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill and Sam Rayburn — could ever do: persuade the House of Representatives to pass national health care reform. Speaker Pelosi has proved herself to be the most powerful woman in U.S. political history. More relaxed away from the cameras and obviously happy just hours after President Obama had signed the health care bill into law, the Speaker invited a group of columnists to her office. There, she told of her conversation with the president right after the House, late Sunday night, had passed the bill. “He said he was happier after the (House) vote than he was the night that he won the presidency. And I said, ‘Well, I’m happy, but I’m not happier than the night you won the presidency — because if you hadn’t won the presidency, we wouldn’t be here.” The president and the Senate Democrats were, of course, indispensable to the victory. But the House was the critical battleground. If the House rejected the Senate-passed health bill, then the Obama administration’s year-long campaign to change the nation’s health care system would go down in flames, taking with it Democratic hopes. In Washington, power is the perception of power. If enough people think you have power, then you do have power. The Obama White House was facing a severe power shortage. In the crunch, Speaker Pelosi proved to be a one-woman power plant. After Republican Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate race and some in the White House (but never the president, who according to multiple sources, never wavered) wanted to shrink the health care plan down to passable bite size, Pelosi refused. She stared down the doubters within her party and insisted they could and would enact the Big Reform. Through literally hundreds of meetings with colleagues, in one-on-one sessions and in dozens of party caucuses on the subject, Pelosi listened to concerns and sought to calm doubts. She concentrated her attention on the approximately 30 House Democrats whose votes would determine success or failure. From knowledge and understanding, she knew who were the most effective individuals to make the strongest case to each of them. In the final analysis, of course, the fight over health care was destined to come down to abortion. Nancy Pelosi, a practicing Catholic and graduate of Trinity, a Catholic college in Washington, is unequivocally pro-choice, but as she candidly reminded pro-choice Democratic women: “This is not an abortion-rights bill. It is a health care bill.” Dick Gephardt, Pelosi’s predecessor as House Democratic leader, believes that only Nancy Pelosi, a pro-choice woman, could be an honest broker and convince pro-choice Democratic women to live with the president’s compromise executive order guaranteeing pro-life Democrats that the reform law would not liberalize federal abortion law. As a result of their success in passing health care, Democrats have a new spring in their step and a smile on their faces. They know that whatever else happens, nobody can ever accuse them of being part of a Do-Nothing Congress. They realize they have done the historic — that, because of what they did, Barack Obama now truly becomes a transformational president. Democrats know, too, they did it together with their speaker and by themselves. — Mark Shields is a veteran political campaign manager and frequent television talk show commentator. Column distributed by Creators Syndicate. (C)2009 Mark Shields.


Near the top Race to the Top funding can make a big difference in state There are some who think more than enough taxpayer money has been spent and is being spent on public education, with varying results. The country continues to fall behind other nations in math and science scores and other comparative testing. There is a perception we are not tough enough on students, that we let them get by without challenging them or making them succeed and improve their standing. There is some truth to all that, of course, but the fact remains, in too many school systems around the U.S., resources, facilities and other amenities are not keeping up with the educational needs of those communities. To the rescue, perhaps, is Race to the Top, a competition by federal education officials that forced states to come up with innovative, creative ways to teach children. With a reward of

millions in federal grants if they were judged to be among the best of the applicants, states went to work to craft proposals. This week Tennessee and Delaware won grants in the first phase of a $4.3 billion education initiative from the Obama administration. Tennessee will get $500 million, Delaware $100 million, to implement reform plans over the next four years. Local school systems can apply for grants to tap into the state’s award. Sevier County officials plan to do that. Local school systems have to meet certain benchmarks to be eligible for grants. This all sounds good, in a time when tax revenues are coming up short throughout the state and nation. That affects funding for school systems, which rely on sales and property taxes for much of their budgets. Several school systems, including Knox

County’s, are looking at layoffs because of budget shortfalls. The grants shouldn’t be aimed at merely avoiding layoffs, but reward systems for creativity and innovation. However, when money shortages come, they usually affect the extras in a school system that students so love — things like music, art, drama, electives of all kinds. Those are the subjects that turn on students to their potential. Yes, school systems must reach students with the basics first, and we have far to go to see close to our potential there. The others are extras as they should be. But now school systems have an incentive to come up with programs that can make a difference to their students. Tennessee made the first leap by getting the initial grant. Now let’s see how this plays out, for the benefit of students.

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Editor: We would like to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude to those who made the recent Gubernatorial Forum on Tourism possible. The event, which was hosted jointly by the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce and Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation, showcased the top six gubernatorial candidates in a forum focused on the tourism industry. However, the event could not have been possible without the assistance of several key

businesses and individuals. Thank you to Dollywood and their wonderfully accommodating staff for graciously hosting the event, with a special thank you to Pete Owens for working closely with us to make the event happen. Showstreet Palace Theatre was an ideal place to hold the forum, making it easy for local media to cover the event and broadcast live. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Hallerin Hilton Hill for moderating the forum and also to the volunteers and staff of our two Chambers who worked to coordinate the event. Finally, thank you to our members who

voiced their concerns to help shape the evening’s questions and then attended the forum to meet the candidates for governor of Tennessee face to face. We believe it is essential that our businesses stay in contact with their elected officials and maintain an open dialogue about what is good for business both in Sevier County and in Tennessee. We plan to continue hosting events such as this one and welcome all businesses, regardless of the city they are in, to attend. Brenda B. McCroskey Sevierville Chamber Vicki Simms Gatlinburg Chamber

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Tigers too much for soccer Highlanders By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer GATLINBURG — The Pigeon Forge Tigers soccer team stayed undefeated on the season with a 6-1 win Tuesday night at Hammonds Field against the homestanding county and district rival Gatlinburg-Pittman Highlanders. The Orange-and-Black squad (6-0) dominated action on the sloppy field throughout the first half, building a commanding 4-0 lead by intermission despite the poor footing. “It was a sloppy, muddy mess,” said G-P coach Dean Hogan, following the loss. “That’s about all I can say about the game for us.” The Highlanders (2-3) managed a second-half score, but the Tigers hit for two more to make it the eventual final.

Pigeon Forge’s Mohammad Hafeez scored the first and the third goals of the contest, Bryan Velaquez scored the second and Justin Kilgore scored the fourth to give the Tigers the 4-0 halftime advantage. Pigeon Forge’s Miguel Coello hit from 18 yards out to make it 5-0 Tigers in the second half, and Mitch Keobounpheng made it 6-0 with a penalty kick. G-P’s Ridge Ramsey spoiled the Orange-and-Black shutout bid with a score off a Carlos Garcia assist. Next up for G-P is a 6 p.m. Thursday road trip to Morristown East Hurricanes. Next for Pigeon Forge is a 10 a.m. in-school grudge match against county rival Sevier County High School Smoky Bears.

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Pigeon Forge’s Oscar Martinez (21), right, drills a first-half shot that sails just wide of the goal Tuesday night at district and county rival Gatlinburg-Pittman Highlanders.


Sevier County snaps two-game skid with 14-4 pounding of East By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor

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Seymour’s Robel Scott battles TKA’s Byeoung-Jin Kim for possession during the Eagles’ 5-1 win over the Lions. PREP SOCCER

Seymour soccer tames Academy’s Lions 5-1 By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor SEYMOUR — The King’s Academy Lions soccer team was undefeated coming into their matchup with across-theroad rival Seymour High School Tuesday afternoon. But, as TKA coach Paul Mobley said just days before, Seymour is “really good.” The Eagles (4-3-1) showed just that on Householder Field, racing out to a five-goal lead before calling off the dogs and cruising to a 5-1 win. Seymour got on the board quick with goals from Austin Acre and Carson Jones, distancing themselves from the previously unbeaten Lions.

At 10:00 to play in the first half Acre found the net again, and the Lions’ squad was visibly crestfallen. Less than two minutes later Jacob Lindsey upped the ante to 4-0, making a TKA comeback unlikely. With under two minutes to play Stephen Martin increased the lead to 5-0, but Byeong-Jin Kim nullified that score with the Lions’ first goal seconds later. At halftime the score stood at 5-1, and that’s where it remained as goalie Chris Ballard and the defense kept the Lions from finding the net in the second half. “We played pretty well, especially in the first half,” Seymour head coach Drew Payne said. See SEYMOUR, Page A10

SEVIERVILLE — After a two-game road slide the Sevier County Smoky Bears were back home Tuesday night looking to right the ship. Mission accomplished. Smashing their way through the East pitching, the Purple and White run-ruled their visitor 14-4 in six innings. The huge bounce back from Monday night’s loss was exactly what SCHS coach Lance Traywick expected. “We played about as bad as we could possibly play (in Monday’s loss to Morristown East),” Traywick said. “We deserved to lose. We made five errors, we didn’t hit the ball with runners in scoring position and we lost 8-7 in 11 innings. This is Sevier County High School, and that’s not good enough. I was thoroughly embarrassed by our performance last night, and that’s my fault. It’s not good enough for me, and it’s not good enough for Sevier County High School. “We had a little heart-to-heart today, and we were going to come out and play,” he continued. “The boys came out and played well, and that’s what we expect of them. I’m proud of the character that they showed.” The team started out strong offensively, using a sac fly by Zach Flynn and RBI singles by brothers Zach and Dillon Cate to get out to a 4-3 lead through three innings, despite early struggles from starting pitcher Charlie Gavaghan. But the junior hurler buckled down and got back on track. “Charlie Gavaghan does what a stopper does,” Traywick said. “We were tired, the arms were sore. Gavaghan came out and threw a complete game and did

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Sevier County left fielder Zach Flynn and coach Lance Traywick eye the Morristown East pitcher from third base during SCHS’s 14-4 win over the Hurricanes. a great job. “He had a rough start, but he bounced back, started getting his change over, spotting his fastball, he did a great job.” Holding the East Hurricanes to just one run the rest of the way, Gavaghan did his job, and in the bottom of the fourth, the Smoky Bear bats did theirs. A Dillon Cate infield single and back-to-back walks from Zac Cate and Michael Farragut set the table beautifully for the meat of the Bears order. With the bases loaded and no outs, Traywick pulled a fast one on the Hurricanes, and second baseman Kelby Carr executed it to perfection. With the cout at 2-1, Carr came out of nowhere with a neat bunt down the third baseline. With the runners alerted to the squeeze, the East third baseman had no alternative than to

fire to first in an attempt to get Carr. But the speedy Carr just beat the throw, driving in the run and keeping the bases loaded for the always-dangerous Flynn. The all-state left fielder delivered moments later, socking a pitch in the gap in left for a 2-run double, moving the Bears out to a 7-3 lead. Two batters later Brandon Houser delivered an RBI single to right to make it 8-3. “Houser is red-hot right now,” Traywick said. “He’s been our best hitter the past few games.” After an Austin Solomon walk, Gavaghan helped himself out with an RBI fielder’s choice to put the team up six at 9-3. By the bottom of the sixth, East had added a run, but the Bears still had a comfortable See SMOKY BEARS, Page A10


Pigeon Forge beats Ohio team 4-3 By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer

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PF’s Drake Byrd rips a pitch for a line out to first base.

PIGEON FORGE — The Pigeon Forge Tigers hardball team continues to pile on the wins this season with a 4-3 squeaker Tuesday night over the visiting Waynesville Spartans from Waynesville, Ohio. The Tigers (9-1) fell into a 2-0 hole in the top of the first inning when starting freshman pitcher Colt Buchanan allowed two runs on two hits and a SAC fly to deep center. Buchanan finished the first,

but that would be it for the player from the mound the rest of the night. Pigeon Forge came right back to tie it at 2s in the bottom of the first, however. Senior Bret Gallihugh got things started with a lead-off double, and senior Justin Carter put runners at the corners with a single before stealing second on the ensuing pitch. Gallihugh ended up scoring when the Waynesville catcher overthrew the pitcher on a simple throw back, and Carter scored moments later on a freshman Drake Byrd RBI single.

The Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth after sophomore James Jinnette scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by junior Hunter Baker. Pigeon Forge made it 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth after Jinnette scored from first base on a Baker single and subsequent Waynesville fielding error. Waynesville made it the final in the top of the seventh, scoring on a balk by Carter, the reliever. Jinnette picked up the win with 3-2/3 innings of scoreless work.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 â&#x2014;&#x2020; The Mountain Press RACING WITH RICH

411 Motor Speedway celebrating 50th Anniversary To motorsports fans, any race day is a special day. But on April 3rd at the 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour it will be an especially big day as the 3/8 mile dirt oval will celebrate its 50th Anniversary which will coincide with the opening of the 2010 racing season. Look for the drivers to be putting in a little extra effort this Saturday night. Not only will everyone be all geared up for the first race of the season but promoter Chris Corum has a little added bonus for the competitors which will serve to benefit spectators as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a double points night for all divisions,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be racing hard to build points toward the season championship.â&#x20AC;? The same classes which provided exciting racing in 2009 will return in 2010. Late models, super trucks, classics, street stocks, topless crate modified, pure mini and modi-

race coming in July. The racing at the track is run very efficiently which guarantees fast paced action from the beginning of the night to the end. Families can count on being able to leave by the time of the 11:00pm curfew, if not fied mini will be roarbefore. ing around the historic And there will be more clay facility which first to look forward to than opened on April 3, 1960. just the racing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brian Aside from racing Walker from Sevierville, there will be other who was a contestant treats. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Easter on American Idol, will Bunny will be here be here to perform handing out golden eggs the National Anthem,â&#x20AC;? with prizes for kids and Corum added. adults,â&#x20AC;? Corum said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I The grandstand gates believe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to will open at 3:00pm have a lot of fun. with heat races set to Throughout its halfstart two hours after century of existence the that. Grandstand admis411 Motor Speedway has sion is $10 for adults, provided racing enter$5 for kids twelve and tainment for residents of under with children this area as well as folks under five admitted free. from all over the counâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I really believe this is try. The Sevier County the best entertainment track has been surfaced youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find anywhere for in both asphalt and dirt $10,â&#x20AC;? Corum declared. during its existence. On a personal note, I Adding to the history will agree. of the place will be a â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Please contact me by $10,000 to win â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Before visiting my website at We Dieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; super late model

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Finding the 2 players in Tigerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group at Augusta By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer ORLANDO, Fla. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dean Wilson was in his hotel room getting ready to practice one Tuesday afternoon seven years ago when a PGA Tour official called to let him know the pairings were about to be released. Wilson didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why he was being contacted until he heard the names. One was a fellow rookie, Aaron Barber. The other was a sponsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exemption, Annika Sorenstam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone from the tour contacted me and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;The draw is coming out and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re paired with Annika. We want you to talk to the media when the tee times come out, rather than it coming out when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the course,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wilson said last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew it was going to be a big deal. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know it was going to be a giant deal.â&#x20AC;? Imagine how massive the Masters will be. The two situations are nothing alike. Colonial was a celebration of Sorenstam becoming the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour. The Masters could be a circus when Woods returns to golf for the first time since being exposed as a serial wife cheater. Even so, not since Colonial in 2003 has there been so much interest in tee times. Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name essentially DISC PADS OR BRAKE SHOES

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came out of a hat, thrown in with other rookies and players with the lowest level of status. Augusta National has no policy with its pairings, other than the defending champion traditionally plays with the U.S. Amateur champion. How will they decide who plays with Woods? â&#x20AC;&#x153;With great care,â&#x20AC;? said Colin Montgomerie, who is not eligible for the Masters this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d almost have to ask for volunteers. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a number of players that will be looking at the draw sheet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I believe it comes out on Tuesday afternoon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and will be delighted if they are not playing with Tiger on this occasion.â&#x20AC;? So who gets him? Perhaps the better question is who wants him? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would say it would be a tough pairing, to tell you the truth,â&#x20AC;? said 49-yearold Kenny Perry, who lost in a playoff last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m old enough to maybe handle that. Maybe you need some hillbilly like me to do that. But it will be different, because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure the players will be focused on Augusta, yet focused on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on with him and paying attention to what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing

out there.â&#x20AC;? Since his first Masters as a pro in 1997, Woods has played with only two American pros â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Stewart Cink in 2000 and 2009, and Tim Herron in 1999. In eight of his 13 trips to Augusta, Woods has played with an amateur the first two rounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be OK with it,â&#x20AC;? Cink said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known him for a long time. You have to remember this: At the Masters, playing with Tiger Woods is always a little different than it is anywhere else because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always more of the people that want to see him play there than anywhere else. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect it to be a whole lot different than other years just because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a little different. There would be more scrutiny, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be fine with it.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear whether the men in green jackets have asked for a show of hands. The prevailing thought is they will put Woods with two players not expected to contend, such as a former Masters champion. Whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Doug Ford when you really need him? Mark Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Meara comes to mind. Few players have


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been closer to Woods since he first turned pro, although the relationship is not as strong as it once was. Tom Watson is another possibility. If nothing else, he can supervise Woods for any salty language. Another thought is for the Masters to put an Asian player with Woods as a payoff for its Far East television deals. Then again, that opportunity was around before Woods got into trouble. The only two Asian players to be in his group the first two rounds were Jeev Milkha Singh of India last year and Toshi Izawa of Japan in 2002. Phil Mickelson volunteered, perhaps because he thrived playing with Woods in the final round a year ago. And when Mickelson won the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last year, it was the first time he had won a tournament while playing in the last group with Woods. To be sure, some players might want to be in that group just out of curiosity.

They also want to win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a part of me that would be like, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;That would be a good show to be a part of to just watch.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The best seat in the house,â&#x20AC;? Geoff Ogilvy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a part of me that if you truly, truly, truly want to win the golf tournament, surely you want to stay as far away from it as you can.â&#x20AC;? Despite all the interest in the pairing, it might prove to be of little consequence to the players along for the ride. Augusta National is different. The fairways are wider than other majors, meaning

the gallery is farther away. No one is allowed inside the ropes except for caddies and a television camera. Paul Casey likes playing with Woods. Most players do. And while players may grumble about the movement of the media and the gallery, any athlete prefers playing before a full house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sort of scrutiny will be on a level weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never witnessed before,â&#x20AC;? Casey said. Then he spoke for whoever gets thrown into the group with Woods by adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;But they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be watching me.â&#x20AC;?


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SPORTS BRIEFS PF youth boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mini-basketball camp PIGEON FORGE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pigeon Forge High School basketball coach Jonathan Shultz will be conducting a three-day boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mini-basketball camp for youth Monday through Wednesday, April 5 through 7, at the high school. Boys grades three through five will go from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Boys grades six through eight will go from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for the camp is $35 for three days or $25 for two days. Space will be limited to 10-12 players in each age group. For more information, or to register, call coach Shultz at 789-2431.

SAC Stingrays hire new swim coach

SEVIERVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Sevier Aquatic Club Stingrays have hired new head coach Ryan Bueichner of South Carolina. Bueichner has a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in education and has been swimming since the age of eight. He swam for the Ohio State Buckeyes and has coached on the national level. Also, it was announced at Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SAC meeting that the Sevierville Community Center will be renovating the indoor pool.

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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 2, and Summer Slam: May 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 30 in Sevierville â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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 Chiefsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Golf Tournament

The Smoky Mountain Fire Chiefsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1st Annual Golf Tournament will be April 27, starting at 1 p.m. at Eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing Golf Club in Sevierville. The event will benefit the Tennessee Fire Service Coalition and the Sevier County Fire Chiefsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 Eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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Seymourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jacob Linsey split the TKA defense for this shot, which was deflected away by the Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; keeper, but Lindsey would score later in the Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 5-1 win.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably one of the better halves of soccer that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played so far. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had some trouble playing a complete game. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve play unbelievable for a half in several games. Of course it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really hurt us (today) because we were able to keep them


lead at 9-4. Again the Bears loaded the bases, this time with just one out. Again Gavaghan delivered, knocking a seeingeye single through the left side of the infield to up the score to 11-4. Dillon Cate popped an RBI-double into the gap in right moments later, and Zac Cate beat out an infield dribbler to drive in another run. With the score at 13-4

off the scoreboard.â&#x20AC;? While Payne said the two teams hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t played in four or five seasons, he hopes the Eagles and Lions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two traditionally strong soccer programs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will continue the friendly rivalry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make it into more of an annual rivalry,â&#x20AC;? the coach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall it was a good result for us, we needed

and Dillon Cate 90 feet away from the plate, all the Bears needed was a single to end the game by way of the 10-run mercy rule. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what they got. Senior Michael Farragut lined an RBI-single to right to end the game at 14-4. The Bears will take the field again on Thursday against Hardin Valley at a tournament at Oak Ridge. They host South-Doyle at home on Monday.

one of those games. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good momentum for us going into this long break.â&#x20AC;? The Eagles wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play again until Tuesday, April 13, when they return from spring break and travel to Morristown West. Their next home match will be that Thursday against Jefferson County. So far the first-year coach is pleased with his

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Charlie Gavaghan pitched a complete game for the Smoky Bears Tuesday in the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14-4 win over Morristown East.

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SCOREBOARD t v s p o rt s Today

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m. ESPN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Preseason, Minnesota vs. N.Y. Yankees, at Tampa, Fla. NBA BASKETBALL 10 p.m. ESPN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Golden State at Utah PREP BASKETBALL 8 p.m. ESPN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AllAmerica Game, East vs. West, at Columbus, Ohio SOCCER 9 p.m. ESPN2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national teams, U.S. vs. Mexico, at Salt Lake City TENNIS 1 p.m. FSN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ATP/WTA Tour, Sony Ericsson Open, quarterfinals, at Miami 9 p.m. FSN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ATP/WTA Tour, Sony Ericsson Open, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarterfinal, at Miami

local bowling Pigeon Forge Bowling Center Results through Monday. Monday Afternoon Ladies High Scratch Game: Ernie James, 210 Bobbie Hart, 188 Caroline Kent, 188 Wilma McConville, 184 High Scratch Series: Ernie James, 594 Bobbie Hart, 534 Wilma McConville, 526 Caroline Kent, 513

local swimming Sevier Aquatic Club Stingrays Schedule of events. April 19thâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;23rd Swim Registration for May-$50.00 all groups Swim Registration for Summer--$150.00 all groups (fundraising $50 per swimmer) 4-6pm Swim/Tri Summer Suits April 30thâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; End of Winter Quarter May 10thâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;12th Indoor Pool Summer Registration 4-6pm Swim/Tri Summer Suits May 17thâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;20th Outdoor Pool Summer Registration 4-6pm May 27thâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; DJ party Summer Kickoff Swim/Tri Summer Suits June 1stâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; First Day Summer Morning Swim Practice July 29thâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Last Day Summer Swim Practice

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Sevier County Bass Anglers Results through Saturday at Cherokee Lake. 1. Rick Starling: 13.40 lbs 2. Billy Mosely/Jason Smith: 12.65 lbs 4. Doug Mikles/Roy Mikles: 12.60 lbs. 6. Largemouth Lunker/ Billy Mosely/Jason Smith/ Smallmouth Lunker/Darryl Pudderman: 4.05 lbs.

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first-team votes, 200 points) Tina Charles, Connecticut, 6-4, senior, Jamaica, N.Y., 18.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.2 blocks, 63.5 fg pct. (40, 200) Kelsey Griffin, Nebraska, 6-2, senior, Eagle River, Alaska, 20.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 60.2 fg pct. (28, 166) Monica Wright, Virginia, 5-11, senior, Woodbridge, Va., 23.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.7 steals (22, 151) Jantel Lavender, Ohio State, 6-4, junior, Cleveland, 21.4 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 51.4 fg pct. (10, 119) SECOND TEAM Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State, 5-5, senior, Dallas, 26.7 ppg, 6.5 apg, 80.2 ft pct. (13, 109) Nnemka Ogwumike, Stanford, 6-2, sophomore, Cypress, Texas, 18.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 61.1 fg pct (10, 99) Jayne Appel, Stanford, 6-4, senior, Pleasant Hill, Calif., 13.6 ppd, 8.7 rpg, 54.3 fg pct (10, 97) Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee State, 5-10, senior, Mount Juliet, Tenn., 28.3 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 61.4 fg pct., 2.4 steals (7, 75) Brittney Griner, Baylor, 6-8, freshman, Houston, 18.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 50.7 fg pct, 6.4 blocks (1, 54) THIRD TEAM Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma, 5-9, junior, San Jose, Calif., 16.7 ppg, 5.3 apg, 87.4 ft pct. (3, 53) Jasmine Thomas, Duke, 5-9, junior, Fairfax, Va., 16.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.8 steals (2, 48) Victoria Dunlap, Kentucky, 6-1, junior, 17.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.1 steals (1, 47) Elena Delle Donne, Delaware, 6-5, freshman, Wilmington, Del., 26.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.0 blocks, 89.8 ft pct. (2, 35) Amber Harris, Xavier, 6-4, junior, Indianapolis, 16.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 56.1 fg pct, 42.4 3-pt fg pct (0, 32) HONORABLE MENTION Danielle Adams, Texas A&M; Kachine Alexander, Iowa; Angie Bjorklund, Tennessee; Alyssa DeHaan, Michigan State; Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame; Dawn Evans, James Madison; Rachele Fitz, Marist; Tyra Grant, Penn State. Alexis Gray-Lawson, California; Kalana Greene, Connecticut; Allison Hightower, LSU; Alison Lacey, Iowa State; Judie Lomax, Columbia, Kevi Luper, Oral Roberts; Gabriela Marginiean, Drexel; Nicole Michael, Syracuse. Jacinta Monroe, Florida State; Kayla Pedersen, Stanford; Taâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shia Phillips, Xavier; Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State; Chastity Reed, ArkansasLittle Rock; Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown; Lindsey Schraeder, Notre Dame; Tanisha Smith, Texas A&M. Daâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;shena Stevenson, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee; Helena Sverrisdottir, TCU; Bianca Thomas, Mississippi; Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga; Courtney Ward, Florida State; Kaylee Whipple, Utah. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All-American Teammates Teammates who have been selected first team AllAmerica in the same season by the Associated Press: 1995-96 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kara Wolters and Jennifer Rizzotti, Connecticut 1998-99 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tamika Catchings and Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee 1999-00 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shea Ralph and Svetlana Abrosimova, Connecticut 2008-09 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery, Connecticut 2009-10 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maya Moore and Tina Charles, Connecticut

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UConn’s Moore, Charles lead AP All-America team By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer

This is now an annual rite of spring for Maya Moore, who is fast joining some of the greatest players in women’s college basketball. The Connecticut junior was honored as an AllAmerican by The Associated Press on Tuesday, the third straight year she has made the team. She was joined on the squad by teammate Tina Charles, Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin, Virginia’s Monica Wright and Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender. Moore is the fourth threetime AP All-American. The others are Tennessee’s Chamique Holdsclaw, Duke’s Alana Beard and Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris. “To be in that same category is surreal,” said Moore, who next season can match Paris as the only four time All-American. “I definitely looked up to Chamique Holdsclaw and Alana Beard. I remember thinking how great those women were growing up as a little kid watching the Final Fours.” This marks the second straight season the unbeaten Huskies had two firstteam All-Americans. “I think it’s even cooler because you get to share it with your teammates,” Moore said. “It’s always nice to be recognized for the hard work that we do.” Moore and Charles have helped UConn to an NCAArecord 75 straight wins, leading Connecticut to its sixth undefeated regular season. Both received 200 points and were unanimous choices among the 40-member national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25.

Voting was done before the NCAA tournament. A second team AllAmerican last season, Charles made huge strides this season. The 6-foot-4 center came into her own last year in the NCAA tournament, earning outstanding player honors at the Final Four. This year, she won the Big East player of the year trophy. “I think that’s just the cherry on top to be recognized as one of the best,” Charles said. “It just shows that hard work definitely pays off and just everything that coach was trying to teach me definitely paid off.” Moore and Charles are the fourth set of UConn first-team All-Americans. The others are Moore and Renee Montgomery last season, Shea Ralph and Svetlana Abrosimova in 2000 and Kara Wolters and Jennifer Rizzotti in 1996. Tennessee is the only other team to put a pair on the first team. Griffin helped Nebraska win its first 30 games before a loss in the Big 12 conference tournament semifinals. The Alaskan

then got the Cornhuskers to their first NCAA regional semifinals before losing to Kentucky. “Kelsey is as versatile as anyone in the country,” Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. “She’s got so much to her game in terms of her versatility on both ends of the court. She doesn’t have a true weakness in her game.” Griffin missed last season with an ankle injury and Nebraska struggled to a 15-16 record. She became the first Cornhuskers player to make the first team. Like Charles, Lavender was a second-team AllAmerican last season. The Ohio State center powered the Buckeyes to their fourth-straight Big Ten title. “I have always loved Robert Collier’s quote, ’Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself,”’ Lavender said, referencing the author of self-help works. “With all the physical challenges of this season, I had to stay mentally focused more than ever and I am very grateful for this honor.”




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WHEREAS, default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured to be paid by that certain Deed of Trust executed on October 31, 2005, by Roger D. Hall and Hope M Hall to Wesley D. Turner, Trustee, as same appears of record in the Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Sevier County, Tennessee, under Book 2397, Page 679, (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deed of Trustâ&#x20AC;?); and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company , as Trustee in trust for the benefit of the Certificateholders for Ameriquest Mortgage Securities Trust 2005-R11, Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-R11; and WHEREAS, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company , as Trustee in trust for the benefit of the Certificateholders for Ameriquest Mortgage Securities Trust 2005-R11, Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-R11, the current owner and holder of said Deed of Trust, (the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Owner and Holderâ&#x20AC;?), appointed the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed for record in the Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Sevier County, Tennessee, with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed of Trust; and NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed of Trust by the Owner and Holder, and that the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., Substitute Trustee, or his duly appointed attorneys or agents, by virtue of the power and authority vested in him, will on Thursday, April 15, 2010 (having been postponed from the previous sale date of June 25, 2009), commencing at 2:00 PM at the steps of the Main entrance of the Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Sevier County, Tennessee, to wit: Situate in the Second (12th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, and being a 5.130 acre tract more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a point in the Eastern right of way of Powdermill Road a common corner with other lands of Verlin C. Watson; thence from the point of beginning and with the line of Watson South 60 degrees, 58 minutes, 27 seconds East 57.58 feet to a point; thence continuing with the line of Watson, South 75 degrees, 46 minutes, 34 seconds East 133.29 S 65 deg. 12 min. 04 sec. E, 111.35 feet ot a point; thens S 70 deg. 42 min. 41 sec. E. 43.58 feet to a point; thence S 78 deg. 49 min. 28 sec. E, 43.70 feet to a point; thence feet to a point; thence South 88 degrees, 03 minutes, 33 seconds East 48.53 feet to a point; thence North 85 degrees, 09 minutes, 17 seconds East 71.25 feet to a point; thence with a curve to the right with a radius of 133.38 feet, an arc length of 83.37 feet, a chord bearing of South 76 degrees, 56 minutes, 17 seconds East and chord length of 82.02 feet to a point; thence South 59 degrees, 01 minutes, 52 seconds East, 132.76 feet to a point; thence South 48 degrees, 31 minutes, 12 seconds East 67.77 feet to a point; thence South 37 degrees, 10 minutes, 01 seconds East 62.51feet to a point; thence South 28 degrees, 46 minutes, 31 seconds East 79.09 feet to a point; thence South 20 degrees, 32 minutes, 42 seconds East 64.97 feet to a point; thence South 11 degrees, 50 minutes, 33 seconds East 53.69 feet to a point; thence South 17 degrees, 54 minutes, 01 second East 303.57 feet to an existing iron pin at a 30 inch chestnut oak in the Western right of way of Foothills Parkway; thence leaving the line of the other lands of Watson and continuing with the Western right of way of Foothills Parkway South 66 degrees, 58 minutes, 27 seconds West 57.61 feet to an existing iron pin at a 6 inch hickory; thence South 45 degrees, 31 minutes, 41 seconds West 35.78 feet to monument #114 in the Western right of way line of Foothills Parkway; thence South 44 degrees, 16 minutes, 20 seconds West 34.67 feet to a Monument #115; thence South 67 degrees, 37 minutes, 42 seconds West 343.52 feet to a point marking a common corner with other lands of Verlin C. Watson; thence with the line of other lands of Watson, North 13 degrees, 25 minutes, 04 seconds West 188.52 feet to an iron pin; thence North 13 degrees, 25 minutes, 04 seconds West 282.95 feet to an iron pin set a 16 inch Black Oak; thence North 37 degrees, 14 minutes, 57 seconds West 20.40 feet to an iron pin; thence North 47 degrees, 41 minutes, 27 seconds East 45.36 feet to an iron pin; thence South 38 degrees, 49 minutes, 34 seconds East 45.36 feet to an iron pin; thence South 38 degrees, 49 minutes, 34 seconds East 82.72 feet to an iron pin; thence North 85 degrees, 49 minutes, 56 seconds East 277.64 feet to a point; thence North 11 degrees, 50 minutes, 33 seconds West 46.92 feet to a point; thence North 20 degrees, 32 minutes, 42 seconds West 59.05 feet to a point; thence North 28 degrees, 46 minutes, 31 seconds West 7327 feet to a point; thence North 37 degrees, 42 seconds West 59.05 feet to a point; thence North 28 degrees, 46 minutes, 31 seconds West 73.27 feet to a point; thence North 37 degrees, 10 minutes, 01 seconds West 55.59 feet to a point; thence North 48 degrees, 31 minutes, 12 seconds West 60.11 feet to a point; thence North 59 degrees, 01 minutes, 52 seconds West 129.08 feet to a point; thence with a curve to the left with a radius of 93.38 feet, an arc length of 58.37 feet, a chord bearing of North 76 degrees, 56 minutes, 17 seconds West a chord length of 57.42 feet to a point; thence South 85 degrees, 09 minutes, 17 seconds West 73.63 feet to a point; thence North 88 degrees, 03 minutes, 33 seconds West 54.13 feet to a point; thence North 78 degrees, 49 minutes, 28 seconds West 49.78 feet to a point; thence North 70 degrees, 42 minutes, 41 seconds West 48.34 feet to a point; thence North 65 degrees, 12 minutes, 04 seconds West 109.61 feet to a point; thence North 75 degrees, 46 minutes, 34 seconds West 129.59 feet to a point; thence North 84 degrees, 41 minutes, 13 seconds West 73.99 feet to a point in the Eastern right of way of Powdermill Road; thence with said right of way North 29 degrees, 01 minutes, 33 seconds East 68.44 feet to the Point of Beginning and containing 5.130 acres, more or less, according to a survey by Ronnie C. Wright, RLS TN #1776, Associated Land Surveying, LLC 815 East Pakrway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, dated August 31, 1999 and bearing drawing number 99-125. Being the same property conveyed to Roger D. Hall, a married person by deed from Verlin Watson and Carole Watson dated 9/20/1999 and recorded in Book D 672, Page 12, Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee.

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

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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


NICE, CLEAN 1 BR / 1 BA IN SEVIERVILLE $380.00 + DEPOSIT NO PETS 865-712-5238 Now Leasing, New apartments in the Gatlinburg area. 2 BR / 1 BA $585.00/mo. Call (865) 436-3565

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


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

932-2613 2BR/2BA located in New Center area $500/mo & up $350 damage dep. Call for appt.

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2BR 1BA Fridge, stove, dishwasher, W/D hkup. $575 924-4761. 2BR Apartments for Rent $475, $500 & $550 a month. 908-7805 or 3681327. CROSSCREEK 2BR/2BA large garden Trolley access $580.00 865-429-2962 Large 1BR Water, app furnished. No pets. Ref. $450 + dep. 680-3078.

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

Hwy 321 Pittman Center area. 1&2 BR cabin on creek. Fully furnished. Utilities included. $225 & $250 wk. 850-2487

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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 On Lake! 1BR Townhome. Elect./H2O incl. $150 wk + dep. 865-640-8751 RIVERWALK 1BR/1BA TO 2BR/2BA $545.00 to $695.00 865-429-2962 Sevierville 2BR/1BA $550/$300 dep. 712-0254 697 CONDO RENTALS 3BR 2BA near Apple Barn, on the river, $950/mo. 1 mo sec. dep. 1st mo. rent free. 865-3882365.

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

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Kodak 2+2 $450 & $475 Very nice. Big yard. No pets. 740-2525

Studio condo on Pkwy, furn, util. inc., wifi, cbl, indr pool $200/ wk 540-397-4977. 698 MOBILE HOME RENTALS


for lease in Kodak Minutes from 407 4 BR / 4+ BA, Lg. Deck, 2 Fireplaces $2,000/mo.

850-2483 3BR 2.5BA River & mtn views, Kodak area. $850 mth 3136 Betsy Ct. 386-689-4514. 3BR/2BA house in Sev. area. $700 mo., $700 dep. No pets. Call 865-6543130. 3BR/2BA newer home. $850/mo. 865-7123026. 3BR/2BA w/garage, + bonus room. In Kodak. $950/mo. + dep. 865-748-2684 4BR custom built log cabin on a corner lot. Fully furn. $2400 per mth. Will consider lease/purchase 865-573-6859

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

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

Foreclosure Sale, 3 BD / 2 BA House in Kodak Area Appraised Value $240,000 Selling Price $186,500

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865-368-6602 2br 1ba PF C H/A W/D conn. No pets. $475 mth $475 dep. 654-1117 2BR 2BA trailer $600 mth, 1st & last required. Absolutely no pets! 429-4574 or 453-8243.


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

720 LAKE & RESORT PROPERTY Campsites near Douglas Lake. All hookups. $275 mth 382-7781 or 9335894.


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

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2BR 2BA, hot tub, fully furnished cabin. across from Black Bear Jamboree. Community swimming pool. $155K 865-428-2878

New 3 bd, 2 ba, basement rancher, 2 cg, beautiful mtn. views! $159,900. O/A.865.599.2886. Pigeon Forge 2349 Scenic Loop Rd, 1 level, 3 or 4BR, 2BA. $149,500 Call 865-573-2690 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

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1992 Ford Ranger Sport 3.0 V6 with only 77,340 actual miles. 5 spd with overdrive. 2 wd, air, p/s, p/b, bed liner. $2200 865548-8115

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PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1078 Powdermill Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738

The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. SUBORDINATE LIENHOLDERS: Blalock Lumber Co. LP, (2) Palmer Wholesale, Superior Financial Services, Inc., Feesers, Inc. Copeland Properties, LLC OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: N/A All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

3BR/3BA, 2 storypriced below appraisal. Must sell. 865-660-2333.


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


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

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



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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.

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The Mountain Press ◆ Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Close to Home


Relationship slipping away for pair of lifelong friends



Baby Blues

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Dear Annie: I’ve been best friends with “Sarah” since high school. We stayed close as we grew up, married and had kids. Sarah moved to another state 15 years ago. The problem is, she seldom calls. I hear from her twice a year if I’m lucky. In response, I phone her only four or five times a year, so I don’t overload her. She rarely returns my calls, although if I sound distressed and tell her I need her, she will call back immediately. Every Christmas and birthday, we exchange gifts. I send a prompt thank-you note or phone her. Sarah rarely lets me know my gifts were received. She has a lot of family here and comes to town every couple of years. She gives me little to no warning, yet I drop everything to meet with her. I have told her how I feel about the way she treats me. She says she never wants to hurt me and will try to do better, but nothing has changed. Sarah attended my son’s wedding, and I realize this took time and money. It meant the world to me. I have plenty of friends in this area, but none touches my heart as Sarah does. Do I simply accept her the way she is and be content with the small amount of interaction we have, or should I assume our friendship doesn’t mean that much to her? -- Don’t Want To Lose a Special Friend Dear Don’t: After 15 years of living in different states, it is inevitable that the bonds of friendship would loosen a bit. We are certain Sarah still cares about you, but you have placed the friendship much higher

on your list of priorities than she has. If you want to continue to count her as a friend, we think you should accept her as she is and value the time you do get to spend together without expecting too much more. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Waiting in California,” the 26-year-old male virgin who made an eloquent case for his conviction to wait to have sex. I waited until college, at which point I weakened. I felt so much pressure to not be a virgin that I got high and had sex with one person after another. I contracted STDs, terminated a pregnancy and set myself up for a lifetime of regret and shame. I wish I had valued myself enough to wait and not succumb to the pressures I perceived around me. Empty sex is the loneliest self-inflicted pain you can imagine. -- Regrets for Life in Simi Valley, Calif. Dear Regrets: Please know your letter will help others understand that they don’t have to give in to such pressures. We hope you can forgive yourself. Dear Annie: I am an 80-year-”young” gay male and have been swept off my feet by a 55-year-old gay man. I went into this as a fling, but it soon became serious. I know several male couples who have a similar age difference, and

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the relationships have worked out very well. I was previously in a relationship that lasted more than 50 years and have been single since my partner passed away five years ago. The problem is, I have really fallen for this younger guy. He asked me to marry him twice, but each time I told him we’d have to talk it out. He agreed, but we didn’t actually get around to it. Two weeks went by, and then he called to say it was over and that was it -- nothing. I have left messages on his answering machine, but have received no return calls. I still have strong feelings for him and don’t know what to do. Should I close the book on this and move on, or do I keep trying to see if it might take off? -- N.Y. Dear N.Y.: Either he isn’t interested in you any longer, or he is too temperamental to wait two weeks. His way of handling your relationship strikes us as manipulative and immature. We know you’re smitten with him, but he doesn’t seem to be the best person for you. Please try to move on. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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In teenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suicide aftermath, schools facing tough questions on bullying

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BOSTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; School officials in western Massachusetts didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow all the anti-bullying advice they were given months before a harassed freshman girl committed suicide, according to a consultant who offered the tips. Barbara Coloroso said she consulted with parents and administrators months before 15-year-old Phoebe Prince hanged herself in January. Authorities say she endured months of verbal assaults and threats, mostly in school and in person, although some of the bullying occurred on Facebook and in other electronic forms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The questions to ask are: Did they follow their own rules and did they keep Phoebe safe? Obviously not. And, did they deal effectively with the bullies? Obviously

not,â&#x20AC;? Coloroso told The Associated Press Tuesday. Nine fellow students face charges in connection with the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, including two teen boys charged with statutory rape and a clique of girls charged with stalking, criminal harassment and violating Phoebeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s civil rights. School officials wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be charged, even though authorities say they knew about the bullying. Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel, who announced the charges Monday, said the events that occurred between September and Phoebeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death Jan. 14 were â&#x20AC;&#x153;the culmination of a nearly three-month campaign of verbally assaultive behavior and threats of physical harm.â&#x20AC;?

A law enforcement official walks out of an armored vehicle in a staging area in Hillsdale County, Mich., during a search for a fugitive who is part of a Christian militia group Monday.

Christian militia believed Antichrist battle was coming Feds: Michigan group plotted for anti-government revolt W H E A T L A N D TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Members of a rural Michigan-based Christian militia who believed a battle with the Antichrist was coming were plotting to attack police officers in hopes of fomenting a violent uprising against the government, federal prosecutors alleged. Seven men and one woman believed to be part of the group called Hutaree were arrested over the weekend after raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. A ninth suspect was arrested Monday night after a search in southern Michigan and was expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. FBI agents moved quickly against Hutaree because its members were planning an attack sometime in April, prosecutors said. Members had been undergoing paramilitary training, including learning how to shoot guns and make bombs, since 2008, according to an indictment. Authorities seized guns in the raids but would not say whether they found explosives. Prosecutors said the suspected Hutaree ringleader, 44-year-old David Brian Stone of Clayton, identified law enforcement officers as potential targets. He and other members discussed setting off bombs at a police funeral, using a fake 911 call to lure an officer to his death, killing an officer after a traffic stop or attacking the family of an officer, according to the indictment. The indictment said that after the attacks, the

group planned to retreat to â&#x20AC;&#x153;rally pointsâ&#x20AC;? protected by trip-wired explosives for a violent standoff with law enforcement personnel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is believed by the Hutaree that this engagement would then serve as a catalyst for a more widespread uprising against the government,â&#x20AC;? it said. It was not immediately clear exactly what tipped off authorities to the alleged plot. FBI officials see little chance that the revelation of the weekend roundup will spur other anti-government extremists to launch their own violent attacks. As it shut down Hutaree, the FBI issued a bulletin to police departments saying it has picked up Internet chatter among other militia groups â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including some expressing sympathy for the suspects â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but few signs of criminal copycats. Still, authorities said the arrests underscored the dangers of homegrown right-wing extremism of the sort seen in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. Eight Hutaree members, including Stone, appeared

in federal court Monday. They were charged with seditious conspiracy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; plotting to levy war against the U.S. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, teaching the use of explosives and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction â&#x20AC;&#x201D; homemade bombs. Seven of the defendants asked in court to be represented by public defenders. It was not immediately clear Tuesday whether they had been appointed. A standoff at a trailer in rural Lenawee County ended late Monday with the arrest of the ninth suspect â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of Stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who was to be arraigned Tuesday, said spokeswoman Gina Balaya of the U.S. Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office in Detroit. Joshua Matthew Stone surrendered without a fight after the FBI played messages over loudspeakers from family and friends urging the 21-year-old from Clayton to give himself up. He had been hiding inside a home in Hillsdale Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wheatland Township with five other adults and a child.

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Pope Benedict XVI holds a staff with crucifix as he leaves after a memorial Mass at St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basilica, at the Vatican, to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II on Monday.

Vatican defends Pope Benedict in U.S. lawsuit By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press Writer VATICAN CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dragged deeper than ever before into the clerical sex abuse scandal, the Vatican is launching a legal defense that the church hopes will shield the pope from a lawsuit in Kentucky seeking to have him deposed. In court documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, Vatican lawyers map out a threepronged strategy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to be formally filed in coming weeks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seeking to dismiss the suit before Benedict XVI can be questioned or secret documents subpoenaed. Vatican lawyers plan to argue that the pope has immunity as head of state, that American bishops who oversaw abusive priests werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t employees of the Vatican, and that a 1962 document is not the â&#x20AC;&#x153;smoking gunâ&#x20AC;? that provides proof of a cover up, the documents reveal. Three men claiming they were abused by priests brought the suit against the Holy See in 2004, accusing Rome of negligence in failing to alert police or the public about priests who molested children in Kentucky. The preview of the legal defense, provided to the AP by a person familiar with the case, was submitted last month in the U.S. District Court in Louisville. Vatican officials declined to comment. The case is significant because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first among a handful of cases targeting Rome in the United States to reach the stage of determining whether the victims actually have a claim against the Vatican itself. Previous cases attempting to implicate the Vatican have failed or are pending at more preliminary stages.


In the Kentucky suit, the men argued that U.S. diocesan bishops were employees of the Holy See, and that Rome was therefore responsible for their alleged wrongdoing in failing to report abuse. They charged that a 1962 Vatican document mandated that bishops not report sex abuse cases to police. The Vatican has argued that there is nothing in the document that precluded bishops from reporting pedophiles to police.

MOSCOW (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vladimir Putin vowed Tuesday to â&#x20AC;&#x153;drag out of the sewerâ&#x20AC;? the masterminds of the twin suicide bombing of the Moscow subway system that killed 39 people and left scores wounded. The powerful prime minister spoke as Russia mourned the dead from Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attacks; teary passengers lit candles and left carnations at both of the central stations that were hit. The blasts shocked a country that had grown accustomed to such violence being confined to a restive southern corner â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and marked the return of terrorism to the everyday lives of Muscovites after a six-year break. As senior politicians call for the return of the death penalty, the attacks have raised fears that civil liberties may again be sacrificed under the pretext of fighting terrorism â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a charge Putin faced during his eightyear presidency.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand what authorities will do. They will resume persecution of opposition, there will be more censorship, political spying. There will be more riot police dispersing opposition rallies and protests. But it will not save us from terrorism,â&#x20AC;? prominent opposition leader Boris Nemtsov said in an editorial published by online magazine. As president, Putin consolidated control in the wake of the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis by abolishing the election of regional governors, and came to power in 1999 promising a strong crackdown on rebels in Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Caucasus. Putin said on television Tuesday that he is sure the organizers of Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attacks by two women will be found. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know that they are lying low, but it is already a matter of the pride of law enforcement agencies to drag them

out of the sewer and into broad daylight.â&#x20AC;? Many have speculated that the blasts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; blamed on Muslim extremists in the Caucasus region, which includes Chechnya â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were retaliation for the recent killing of separatist leaders in the area by Russian police. No claims of responsibility have been made. The city remained on edge Tuesday, even as Chapter 7 ,

people began to commute on the subway again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel the tension on the metro. Nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smiling or laughing,â&#x20AC;? said university student Alina Tsaritova, not far from the Lubyanka station, one of the targets. The female suicide bombers detonated belts of explosives during the morning rush-hour at the stations, investigators said.

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