The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 107 ■ April 17, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
No vote on ‘awkward request’
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
5Irwin arrested and released Dalton Irwin found in Anderson County, released on bond sports, Page A8
PIGEON FORGE — City Commission members refused to take any action on what some of them called an “awkward request” from one of their own to extend sewer lines to his property Monday. Commissioner Randal Robinson said he’s been pushing for the service to be brought up
to the West Mill Creek Road area for two decades. He insists he’s not trying to use his position to get the sewer line, he just wants a yes or no on whether the city service will be provided to an area annexed more than 30 years ago. “I requested this 20 years ago and I got all these wonderful promises and nothing ever happened,” Robinson said. “Right now I’ve got a lot I can’t use up there. It’s not suitable for a sep-
tic system and I can’t get sewer. I’m just asking you to tell me yes there is a possibility or no there isn’t. I just need an answer. I’ve been in limbo for 20 years.” Robinson maintained he doesn’t have immediate plans to develop or sell the land, he simply wants a ruling. “I’m not saying you have to install it now, it may not go in for 10 years; I just want an answer,” he said. “This isn’t something we
need to get money on now.” Robinson’s plea didn’t seem to sway any of his fellow commissioners, who suggested he was asking for a personal favor that regular citizens don’t get. The opinion apparently sprang from several factors, though most mentioned was the fact Robinson was asking the city to spend up to $31,440 — based on estimates See Request, Page A5
Organizer plans prayer circle around courthouse
Firefighters snuff out grass fire
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
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SEVIERVILLE — As a Washington-based legal firm all but promises a lawsuit will be filed against Sevier County over the Lord’s Prayer, some local residents are gearing up to support county leaders in their fight to preserve the tradition of saying the invocation at the start of County Commission meetings. Contacted by The Mountain Press Friday, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) Chief Legal Counsel Alex Luchenitser said county leaders’ vow to continue the practice will likely push the showdown into the legal system. “We are continuing to prepare this case for litigation,” Luchenitser said. “It certainly looks like this matter will end up in court.” In the interests of moving forward with that, AU representatives have apparently been calling local residents they believe would be willing to sign on to the lawsuit, though they’ve promised not to release the names of anyone who does. “We are in touch with a number of local residents who would like to sue the county to stop its exclusionary and unconstitutional practices of opening commission meetings with the Lord’s Prayer and displaying ‘The Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments’ poster,” Luchenitser said. “While some of the complainants have contacted us directly, we have gotten in touch with some through referrals or leads provided by others. We cannot disclose the names of those people, as our policy is to keep the identities of all our complainants confidential, and any lawsuit would be filed under pseudonyms.” County leaders, meanwhile, have vowed to con-
Transplanted landmarks remind us of Old World heritage American Profile, Inside
Frist predicts failure Frist says legal fight over health care won’t succeed Page A6
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Obituaries Julia Kerley Caton, 84 Byron G. Day, 58 P.I. Chavez Ochoa, 24 Hettie Ogle, 74 Kathleen Sexton, 86 Rubye W. Shields Deanna Sorge, 52 Oscar Watson, 98 DETAILS, Page A4
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Pigeon Forge firefighters, above, use their ladder truck to hit hot spots along the smoldering hillside next to the Smoky Mountain Pancake House Friday afternoon. The fire started in the vicinity of the business and quickly spread up and across the hill behind, causing Pigeon Forge to send out an all-call to other Sevier County fire departments and state forestry. The fire burned about three acres between the pancake house and the Family Inns of America near the spur. Below, forestry firefighters douse a smoldering billboard atop the hill where the Z-Buda Campground used to be.
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PV2 Jonathan Witt helps Atsani Bussell, 3, try out the gun turret in an up-armor Humvee at a military display set up in Gatlinburg for today’s second annual Mountain Man Memorial March. The march starts at 9 a.m. downtown Gatlinburg and is a 26.2 mile march in the Smoky Mountains as a tribute to our men and women in uniform.
Pastors’ return home delayed by volcano By STAN VOIT Editor Three Sevier County men on a mission trip to Nigeria had their flight home delayed several days because of the effects of volcanic ash. The Rev. Brent Blake, pastor of Shiloh Baptist in Seymour; Robert Nichols, Sevier County director of missions for Baptist churches; and the Rev. Bryan Creswell, pastor of Oak City Baptist, were due to fly home Thursday, but a connecting flight from Nigeria to Amsterdam, Holland, was cancelled because of an ash cloud from a remote Icelandic volcano that erupted Wednesday. It has caused the biggest disruption of air travel since the attacks of 9/11, officials said, and may continue for several more days. The three men from Sevier have managed to find a flight from Nigeria to New York Sunday night, Carrie Creswell, wife of the Oak City pastor, said Friday. “They should be home Monday,” she said. The men left April 8 as part of a Vision team from Sevier County that
is starting an association with a remote Nigerian village. The plan is to send a local mission team every month to the same village to strengthen ties and one day preach the Gospel to them, Carrie Creswell said. The village is eight hours from where the men landed in Nigeria. It took seven hours of driving and an hour of walking to reach the village — all of that in heat that reached 120 degrees. With extra time to spend in the country because of flight difficulties, the men have visited a pastors college and a prison ministry, both of which may be part of the time spent by future missionaries from Sevier County. Carrie Creswell said the men are safe and pleased with how the trip went, despite the flight delay. “It will be good to see them get back,” she said. The enormous ash cloud drifted over northern Europe and stranded travelers on six continents. Officials said it could take days for the skies to become safe See Volcano, Page A5
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Commission hopefuls respond to questions EDITORâ€™S NOTE: This is another in a series on candidates for the Sevier County Commission. These are candidates for District 3, Seat B. The same set of questions was sent by The Mountain Press to all candidates in contested races in the May 4 primary. Answers are published in their entirety. District 3 includes the New Center area.
3 r d D i s t r i c t, S e a t B John French
Address: 2890 Sims Road, Sevierville n Age: 47
Address: 111 Fox Cemetery Road, Sevierville n Age: 67
Occupation: Firefighter 1. What do you think n Family: French the biggest issues facWife ing the county will be in Deborah; sons Justin and Cameron the next four years? JOHN FRENCH: The n Education: Seymour High lack of steady employment. School; Walters State EMT/ TONY PROFFITT: We IV donâ€™t know exactly what n Community/civic the next four years will involvement: 23 years of bring because of todayâ€™s volunteering in fire and economy. The budget is rescue services
Occupation: Retired Proffitt n Family: Wife Kathy, sons Matthew and Jake n Education: 2 and 1/2 years at Carson-Newman College n Community/civic involvement: Ruritan Club 10 years; Rescue Squad approximately 30 years
property without an absolute commitment from the prospective industry. TONY PROFFITT: Yes! The economy is slowly improving and we need to expand our industrial parks. But these industries need to use the industrial spaces the county has provided for them at a cost of several thousands of your tax dollars for the land and infrastructure provided in the parks.
3. What do you think Sevier County should do to give itself a more year-round economy? JOHN FRENCH: Bring in industry for stable jobs and not rely upon tourism only. TONY PROFFITT: Look for different types of industry. Many counties offer tax breaks and other incentives to get industry to locate in their counties.
certainly one of the main concerns. Providing jobs for a growing population, better infrastructure such as water and sewer to areas that need it. Maintaining good schools and roads.
2. Do you support purchasing more industrial property, even in a slow economy? JOHN FRENCH: We would first need to evaluate each situation and not just go out and randomly buy
But we need to chose carefully and look at industries that are strong and not likely to fold up and leave.
ity to do the job they are hired for, they should be given a chance at that job.
6. The county may be sued and have to spend thousands of dollars to defend the use of the Lordâ€™s Prayer at meetings. Is there a way to avoid spending this money through compromise or change? JOHN FRENCH: The United States was founded on the freedom of religion. We should not compromise when it comes to putting God first. TONY PROFFITT: I am not sure how much money the county would actually have to pay to defend the Lordâ€™s Prayer, but I do know that several years ago one woman 5. The county has got prayer taken out of a no nepotism policy schools through the courts or a policy that limits county employees from and look where we are today. Somewhere you holding office. Should must take a stand for what there be a policy that I consider one of my basic addresses this issue? JOHN FRENCH: rights and public prayer is Nepotism is not necessar- one of them. ily the problem. We should 7. New rules on use our resources to hire hillside development the most qualified person for the job, regardless. TONY PROFFITT: No. If a person has the abil4. Some counties in the state are facing financial challenges that may lead to cuts. What is your assessment of Sevier Countyâ€™s financial situation? JOHN FRENCH: Critical. All departments need to evaluate where money can be saved. TONY PROFFITT: I feel Sevier County is in as good a shape as the present economic situation allows. Budgets have been tightened and so far jobs are not threatened as in many other counties.
are about to come before the County Commission? What is your take on those rules, and should the county do more or less land-use regulation? JOHN FRENCH: The group of people which make up the hillside task force have devoted a countless number of hours researching and establishing a basis for the new rules. I feel they have done an outstanding job on the recommendations that are to be presented to County Commission to help preserve and protect our countyâ€™s beauty for future generations. TONY PROFFITT: I have looked at part of the Hillside Development process. I feel these people have worked hard on this but we need to review the study in depth to protect and preserve our greatest natural beauty, while trying not to decrease the value of the land around it. I am for a reasonable amount of rules that must be adjustable for the types of development planned.
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District 3 Constable candidates provide answers on issues EDITORâ€™S NOTE: This is another in a series on candidates for Sevier County constable. These are candidates David L. Huffaker in District 3. The same set of n Address: questions was sent by The Mountain Press to all candi- 613 dates in contested races in the Tuckahoe Road, Kodak May 4 Republican Primary. Answers are published in their n Age: 61 entirety. n
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1. How would you describe a constableâ€™s job (please mention specific duties)? DAVID HUFFAKER: The job of constable has several duties. The main duty is serving warrants for Sevier County. This helps let our county officers have more time to patrol our community. Also, the constable is a backup for our county officers when needed. BRYAN LEE OGLE: A constableâ€™s job is to patrol their district, serve civil process, coordinate with other law enforcement agencies to report and prevent illegal activity. Most importantly to serve the citizens of Sevier County. 2. Many counties in Tennessee have done away with the position of constable, considering it unnecessary given the other law enforcement options available. Why do you feel itâ€™s important to retain the position and have people in that office? DAVID HUFFAKER: It is important to keep our constables in Tennessee for several reasons. Most counties are having a shortfall in tax money. The constable is no expense for our taxpayers. BRYAN LEE OGLE: I feel we will always need constables. A constable is a constitutional elected peace officer under the statutes of the state and is an integral part of the law enforcement community. Constables serve civil process, attend 40 hours in service each year which includes firearm training, arrest procedures and other law enforcement duties. While serving civil
Bryan Lee Ogle Address: 1424 Emily Drive, Sevierville n Age: 48 n
Occupation: Owner of Mustang Huffaker Performance & Transport n Family: Wife Judy, son Brad n Education: Graduated from Sevier County High School and Walters State Community College with associateâ€™s degree in criminal justice; four years in Navy with one year in Vietnam n Community/civic involvement: Member of Beech Springs Baptist Church in Kodak
Occupation: Preservation of records Ogle specialist for Sevier County n Family: Son Bryan Lee Ogle II; daughter Barbara Lynn and her husband Spencer Carr; grandson Ethan R. Carr n Education: GatlinburgPittman High School, Walters State Community College, Tennessee State Library and Archives Institute n Community/civic involvement: Member Smoky Mountain Lodge No. 341, Fraternal Order of Police, Tennessee Constable Council, coach of U.S. Amateur Boxing Federation Club No. 351, Golden Gloves Charities, American Legion Post 202, Northview Optimist Club, member of Keep Sevier Beautiful, member of Roaring Fork Baptist Church
Community Calendar Editorâ€™s Note: The community calendar is printed as space permits. Items must be submitted at least five days in advance. Only noncommercial, public events held in Sevier County will be considered. To place an item phone 428-0748, ext. 214, or e-mail to email@example.com. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.
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3. How many hours each week will you spend doing constable work, and will you use a marked vehicle? DAVID HUFFAKER: 20 hours or so as needed.
BRYAN LEE OGLE: I have two radio equipped vehicles. One marked and one unmarked. I use my marked vehicle for serving civil process and while patrolling churches, schools, businesses and checking other properties. I work at least 20 hours per week and I am accessible to the people 24 hours a day by pager or phone. 4. What is the biggest crime problem in your district? DAVID HUFFAKER: I feel in our district, the big problem is drugs and home break-ins. BRYAN LEE OGLE: By far the biggest problem is the selling, of drugs along with drug related crimes such as theft and assault.
An initiative to support the Sevier County Humane Society and to raise money to build a new animal welfare and education center will receive help from three local fundraisers. n Pennies for Paws places collection jars in businesses and with individuals to collect change. Donations will go toward the building fund. Businesses may also want to participate in a dollar donation event, where patrons who donate a dollar will receive a â€œplant a seedâ€? bag containing a sunflower seed, growth medium, and planting container. n Pennies from Heaven Brigade collects specific trash items that would otherwise go to landfills and â€œupcyclesâ€? them through TerraCycle (www.terracycle. net), and converts them to cash. This money is paid directly to the Sevier County Humane Society. n Wag-N-Tail 5K run/ walk (with dog) and pet expo will be held at the Sevierville Civic Center June 5. The run starts at 8 a.m. and the expo goes from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Entry into the run is $30, which includes a T-shirt and a dog bandana for participants. Sponsorship of the event is $250. Booth rental is $100. Money from the 5K will go directly to the humane society; proceeds from the expo will go to the building fund. To participate in any of these events, or to help with the ongoing drive, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org more information/entry forms/sign up forms.
Seymour UMC groundskeepers meet this morning for garden and yard work. Volunteers welcome. 573-9711.
Charity Yard Sale
Yard sale 8 a.m., parking lot by Twin Oaks near Sevierville police station. Proceeds benefit Step Out Ministries. 774-1307.
Angel Food pick-up: n 8-11 a.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church. 429-2508. n 10:30-11:30 a.m., Kodak UMC 2923 Bryan Road, 933-5996. n 8 to 10 a.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road, 9081245.
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Master Gardeners Association annual flower and garden show and sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m., fairgrounds. Admission $3; $2 with a nonperishable food item; under 12 free. www. scamga.org or 453-3695. New Center Rockets football and cheerleadiing sign-ups 9:30 a.m. to noon, Sevierville Community Center. $55; bring two copies of birth certificate.
National Library Week celebration with family story time, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Anna Porter Library, Gatlinburg. Church appreciation night with Smoky Mountain Jam basketball 6 p.m., Catlettsburg School. $3 with church bulletin. Jam vs. Appalachian Rapids. 680-7369 or www. smokymountainjam.com.
Pigeon Forge Little League Team X-Treme $5 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, 8-10 a.m., Applebeeâ€™s.
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Craft Fair at Murphys Chapel UMC, Pittman Center Road, 9-5. Local crafters; grilled and baked foods.
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Gatlinburg First UMC, 6 p.m., fellowship of contemporary music and worship followed by a hot meal. 436-4691.
Revival at Antioch Baptist Church, 619 White School Road, Clyde Martin preaching; music led by Mark Martin, 10:45 a.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. April 19-21.
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Seymour United Methodist youth meet 4:30 p.m. for discipleship training; 5:30 supper; 6 activities; 6:15 Bible study. 573-9711.
Renewal and Revival
Service of renewal and revival 6:30 p.m., Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge. Speaker Rev. Joe Green of First Alcoa United Methodist. 216-2066.
Hurst Chapel Revival
Hurst Chapel Bapitst Church revival 6 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. MondayFriday. Evangelist Donnie Harvey.
Tea and fashion show benefit for Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, 2-5 p.m., Music Road, Pigeon Forge. $35; $250 table of eight. 774-1777.
Rummage sale starts at 8 a.m., 272 Pleasant Hill Road next to the church, off Chapman Highway. Sponsored by UMW.
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Yard sale at Hendersonâ€™s Chapel Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine.
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Churches of Fairgarden Circuit spaghetti supper/ cake auction, 5-7 p.m., Fox United Methodist. $7 adults, $5 ages 5-12, children 4 and under free. Proceeds benefit Holston Home for Children. 4536480 or 774-4345.
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Descendants of Isaac Dockery and board of New Salem Church garage sale, 9-3, American Legion, Chapman Highway, Sevierville. Benefits preservation of church built In 1886.
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Kathleen Beryl Sexton, age 86 of Pigeon Forge, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Sevier County Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie B. Sexton. She is survived locally by her niece, Sue Sexton. A private burial was held in Knob Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
tinue the prayer and say theyâ€™re ready to fight for it, a stand that local residents have turned out in droves to support. When the county commissioners last met on March 15, it was their first session since receiving a letter from AU outlining its mandate that not only the groupâ€™s sessions no longer be started with the prayer but also that a depiction of the Ten Commandments in the meeting room be removed. That gathering drew the largest and most vocal crowd ever at one of the meetings, at least according to County Mayor Larry Waters. The assembly practically yelled when it was asked to join in reciting the Lordâ€™s Prayer with the commissioners, while occasional shouts of, â€œAmen,â€? peppered the room as various officials expressed their support for the invocation. Now, as the commission gears up for its next session set for 7 p.m. Monday in the courthouse, some local prayer supporters are planning a vigil before the meeting they hope will show county officials their constituents are behind them. â€œOur intent is to circle the courthouse and pray,â€? organizer Tony Sutton wrote to The Mountain Press. â€œWe are not there for a protest or to cause a scene, but merely to show our support of the Ten Commandments and the Lordâ€™s Prayer.â€? Sutton is hopeful the event will draw enough people, both locals and those from around the area concerned about
Julia Kerley Caton
Hettie Ogle, age 74, of Pigeon Forge, passed away Monday, April 12, 2010. She was a precious mother and grandmother, and she will be forever loved and missed. She was preceded in death by her parents Bud and Virgie Reagan, husband Parlon Ogle, sons Rick and David Ogle, and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include her son, Mike Ogle and wife Lee; grandchildren, Shawn Ogle, Chris Ogle, Misty and Shane McCarter, Denna and Daniel Furgeson, J.J. and Melinda Ogle, Jon and Crystal Ogle, Jimmy Ogle, Jessica Ogle, Bryan Walker, Eddie Bolinger, Allen Callicot, and Teresa Callicot; great-grandchildren, Austin Ogle, Janelle Furgeson, Dylan Ogle, Tyler Ogle, Ethan Ogle, Madison McCarter, Kiara Ogle, Alexis Ogle, and more; sisters, Stella Reagan and Velma Loveday; daughters-in-law, Betty Huskey and Darlene Ogle; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and lifetime friend, Patty Parker. Funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday at Atchleyâ€™s Smoky Mountain Chapel in Pigeon Forge. Interment will follow in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Julia Kerley Caton, age 84, of Greenback, TN, went to be with our lord on April 15, 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Jessie Kerley, her husband, John Caton, and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by brother Ray, of Sevierville, TN; children, Patricia Whaley and Beverly Walker, both of Greenback, John Caton of Yoakum, TX; grandchildren Rhett Walker, Brant Caton and Matt Caton; and great-grandchildren, Madison, Reese, and Riley Walker; Carson, Brayden, Cullen, and Bailey Caton. Raised in the community of Waldens Creek in Sevier County, TN, she moved to Maryville, early in her marriage, and spent her entire life being the most wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, always maintaining a total commitment to the nurturing of her family. She enjoyed traveling America, flower gardening, making seashell flower arrangements, shopping, picnics in Cades Cove, going to the beach, and especially cooking for her family. Following the death of her husband, she has lived for the past four years with daughter Pat in Greenback. She was a faithful Christian and a member of the Baptist church. Friends may call at their convenience at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville, TN, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Entombment service will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2010, at 4 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home, Maryville. n www.millerfuneralhome.org
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Deanna Sorge Deanna Sorge, age 52 of Seymour, passed away Friday morning April 16, 2010, at U. T. Medical Center. A simple memorial to Deanna will be held at the Music Road Convention Center on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 7 p.m. Cremation services provided by McCarty Funeral Directors and Cremation Services, 607 Wall Street, Sevierville, 774-2950.
Rubye W. Ferguson Shields Rubye W. Ferguson Shields of Sevierville, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010. She had enjoyed 95 years of an interesting and varied life. Survivors: children, Aaron Edward Shields and wife Dr. Nancy Schultz of Sevierville, Mary Claudine Shields Holland and husband Robert of Knoxville, John Charles Shields and wife Geri of Sevierville; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Charles Ferguson of Columbus, Miss.; nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made the Sevier County Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund, c/o Mary Jane Watson, 608 Tuckahoe Road, Kodak, Tennessee, 37764 or Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship Fund, 2435 Jones Cove Road, Sevierville, TN 37862. Funeral service was held Thursday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Bostick officiating. Interment was Friday in Middle Creek Cemetery.
the issue, to make a ring around the entire building, which fills nearly two blocks in downtown Sevierville. â€œHow awesome would it be if not only the people of Sevier County came together, but people from surrounding counties as well?â€? Sutton asked. â€œI believe this is our heritage not only in Sevier County, but other counties as well.â€? While AUâ€™s complaint targets the County Commission practice, Sutton contends there could be repercussions around the country if local folks donâ€™t stand up in events like the gathering at 6:30 p.m. Monday. â€œI know this is a Sevier County issue, but it will have a national impact,â€? Sutton warned. â€œI want to thank all those who are standing for what is right. Our Constitution has been twisted to meet every idea coming down the pike, our forefathers never intended for this to happen.â€? AU argues, meanwhile, that this is exactly what American founders like Thomas Jefferson, who first envisioned what he called a necessary â€œwall between church and state,â€? had in mind. Rather than a â€œtwistingâ€? of the Constitution and its accompanying Bill of Rights, Luchenitser contends those documents are very clear about forbidding whatâ€™s going on in Sevier County. â€œCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,â€? the First Amendment begins, providing the basis for the current battle, Luchenitser says.
Byron G. Day Byron G. Day, 58 of Gatlinburg, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010. He was a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran. Survivors: wife, Kimberly Day; son, Will Day; stepchildren, Jessi, Emily and Justin; father, Richard Day; brother, Tracy Day and wife Debbie; two nephews; one great-nephew; aunts, uncles, cousins and cherished friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Lordâ€™s Child, P.O. Box 6120, Sevierville, TN 37864, (865) 868-5200 or (888) 8539651. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Saturday with a funeral service beginning at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. Chaplain
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Greener Living Expo planned during Pilgrimage Submitted report GATLINBURG â€” The 60th annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage and Greener Living Expo will be Friday at Mills Conference Center, Ballrooms C and D. The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation has coordinated this event in conjunction with the Greener
Living Expo. The event is an opportunity to learn from local environmental leaders about environmental responsibility and existing local programs that can help members of the community protect the environment and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Call
436-4178 by Thursday. This is an opportunity to learn more about what can be done to protect Sevier Countyâ€™s natural resources. Greener Living Expo schedule: n 2:30-3 p.m., Registration and opportunity to visit exhibits n 3 to 3:45 p.m., Tom Leonard, general manager for
Sevier Solid Waste, Inc., will discuss recycling facility and proposed pryolsis cogeneration plan n 3:45-4 p.m., opportunity to visit exhibits n 4-4:45 p.m., Richard Buggeln, environmental consultant, will explore various areas of awareness at work and at home, and explain practical secondary uses for leftover
Run, â€˜dogwalkâ€™ planned in Knoxville Submitted report KNOXVILLE â€” The 26th annual PetSafe Village Dogwood Classic 5K Run/Walk and Dogwalk will take place at 8 a.m. April 24 at the west end of Cherokee Boulevard in Sequoyah Hills. Race start is 8 a.m. for all 5K participants. The dogwalk will begin at 8:05. The registration fee is $25. The registration fee for the dogwalk is $15 through
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available at Mondayâ€™s meeting â€” to bring the service to his property alone. â€œThere are two property owners up there, you and Joe Ogle,â€? Vice Mayor Kevin McClure said to Robinson during the discussion. â€œI talked to Joe and he said he doesnâ€™t want this. Heâ€™s got septic on every lot in Heritage Hills and he doesnâ€™t need a sewer line. So, basically weâ€™re looking at one property owner who sewer and itâ€™s going to cost the city and the taxpayers $31,000.â€? Robinson insisted he wonâ€™t be the only one who could benefit from the sewer, though the new line would terminate at his property. While Ogle and the Heritage Hill development above Robinsonâ€™s lot, which Ogle owns, donâ€™t want the service now, they might in the future, Robinson said. Even so, for now the request is that one manâ€™s land get the service. When such a request is presented to the city, the prescribed response in city ordinances is to ask that person to pay the bill for extending the line, rather than making every resident help foot the bill, Mayor Keith Whaley said. â€œAre we not being sort of speculative ourselves if we install this line just on the possibility that more people might want to tie onto it in the future?â€? Whaley asked rhetorically. â€œHave you talked to the other property owner about maybe sharing the cost with you for this?â€? â€œIâ€™m not sure I wouldnâ€™t pay the cost myself,â€? said Robinson, who told the commission Monday he believed the line could be installed for $10,000, contrary to the city engineersâ€™ estimates, and told The Mountain Press Tuesday morning the figure might be as low as $3,000. â€œI
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need to know. Thereâ€™s property there that canâ€™t be used. I can understand either way you want to go with this.â€? City Attorney Jim Gass told the group there is no legal justification for obliging Robinsonâ€™s request, pointing out the area was annexed before state law required city leaders to draft a plan of services, a document describing what city programs would be available to the area and when. â€œThere are areas within theses cities where there is not sewer service,â€? Gass said of Pigeon Forge and other municipalities of its size. â€œIt is one of the complaints we hear sometimes that we have to provide these services to areas that we just brought into the city, but for areas that have been in the city for 50 years we donâ€™t.â€? Given all that, Commissioner David Wear offered his own evaluation that Robinsonâ€™s request put the group in a tough position. â€œThis was awkward from the start,â€? Wear said, pointing out Robinson didnâ€™t make his request in writing like others submit-
ted to the city but instead simply mentioned it to city staffers. â€œI think it would be very hard to justify putting this on the taxpayers to serve one property.â€? In the end, Robinsonâ€™s petition that he be given an up or down vote didnâ€™t get anywhere. Though Whaley sought a motion on the matter, no one offered one and it died amid the silence. Talking to The Mountain Press the next morning, Robinson said he is disappointed by the way things went. â€œI couldnâ€™t get an answer out them,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s just very misleading, what theyâ€™re doing out there. I feel the city needs a plan of services for any piece of property in the city. Iâ€™m not even a block off the Parkway. I think this thing could be done for probably $3,000 or $4,000. They have just neglected that whole area up there. Itâ€™s a disaster.â€? Robinson continued to battle the suggestion he was trying to use his position to curry special favors, leveling his own charge that his persistent grilling of the cityâ€™s tourism officials led his fellow officials
to ignore his plea. â€œItâ€™s been put to my face, â€˜We will never, ever give you anything,â€™â€? Robinson alleges, refusing to implicate anyone in making the threat. â€œIâ€™ve gone against the grain and they donâ€™t like me for that.â€? Contacted later that day, McClure, who has often engaged in the most vehement arguments with Robinson, denied the suggestion there is any bias against the freshman commissioner. â€œThat hasnâ€™t been said to him that I know of and I donâ€™t believe anyone would say that,â€? McClure said. â€œAs long as Iâ€™ve been on that board, weâ€™ve had some disagreements over the years but weâ€™ve always tried to work through these things as a team.â€?
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Pigeon Forge Public Library will offer “Food for Fines” through today during National Library Week. For every non-perishable food item brought in, the library will remove $1 in fines from the user’s account. Food will be donated to Sevier County Food Ministries. Most needed items include canned meat, beans, fruit, peanut butter and cereal. For more information, call 429-7490.
Volunteers sought for trail project
On April 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Great Smoky Mountains National Park needs volunteers to perform trail improvements to the Elkmont Nature Trail near Gatlinburg. The project will include tasks for both youth and adults. The park will provide all the necessary equipment. Since volunteers will be working a full day, it will be necessary to pack a lunch and plenty of water. Youth volunteers must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP by April 19 to coordinator Christine Hoyer, at (828) 497-1949 or e-mail to Christine_Hoyer@nps.gov.
Gatlinburg’s Ribfest & Wings will be Thursday on the downtown Parkway. The ninth annual festival will be from 4-9 p.m., with music starting at 4, food sampling from 6 p.m., all between traffic light 6 and Riverside Motor Lodge/ Reagan Terrace Mall. An armband may be purchased for $12 ($5 for children) that allows sampling, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Gatlinburg Hospitality Association. For information call 4360506. SEVIER COUNTY
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Early voting for the May 4 primary elections has begun at the Voting Machine Warehouse on Dolly Parton Parkway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Sundays. Voters in and around Seymour can do early voting at the public library through next Tuesday, then again April 24. Hours there will be 11-6 weekdays and 11-2 on both Saturdays. For questions call the Election Commission at 453-6985 or visit www.seviercountyelection.com.
Junior Miss entries sought
The Sevier County Jaycees are working on their annual Junior Miss Scholarship Program. High school juniors who attend any of the high schools in Sevier County can call 453-9702 for more information.
Frist: Legal fight over health care won’t succeed By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE — Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says an effort by more than a dozen states to challenge the constitutionality of the federal health care overhaul is not likely to succeed. All three Republicans running for Tennessee governor this year have voiced support for a legal
challenge of the health care law. “I don’t think that is going to be successful,” Frist told reporters after a speech to educators in Nashville Thursday. Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp of Chattanooga and state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville all joined the race after Frist decided against seeking the GOP nomination in January 2009. Frist said he supports Democratic
President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce the number of uninsured people in the country. “From a justice, fairness and equity standpoint, I’m very proud of this administration and that America has address this,” Frist said. “On the other hand, most of the American people don’t agree with this legislation.” “It just scares people, the American people just don’t trust government,” he said.
On April 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Sevier County Health Care Center, along with First United Methodist Church, St. Joseph’s Episcopal and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is hosting a spring cleanup. This consists of cleaning the outdoor windows and painting of the exterior part of the health care center. Anyone age 12 and up is invited to help. For more information call 453-4747.
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Three Cheers Gatlinburg events help to save the environment
Sharpton’s invitation accepted So there I was, speaking at a forum sponsored by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network — not exactly my core audience. But since the reverend comes on my TV program from time to time, I felt it was worthy to return the favor. Besides, I like chatting with the unconverted. Facing a sea of skeptical faces, I told the largely left-leaning crowd that President Obama was smart to avoid racial politics. The president has consistently said he is not interested in being a “black” leader, that he wants to represent all Americans. He has rejected referencing his skin color or even mentioning most racial issues. Some black leaders have even criticized Obama for not doing enough to help AfricanAmericans. But I also told the crowd that some supporters of the president are playing the race card all day long. The latest example happened after Newt Gingrich told a Republican gathering that Obama may be good at basketball, but the country needs a president, not an athlete, in order to improve the job situation. That prompted NBC News correspondent Norah O’Donnell to say that the remark, the idea that blacks are good athletes, struck her as racial. As they say at Ridgemont High: “Oh ... my ... God.” Most of O’Donnell’s colleagues in the discussion gently mocked her, the exception being Jonathan Capehart, an editorial writer at The Washington Post. He, too, felt the racial “implication.” My question is simple: Is this insane, or what? There is no question that some Obama supporters are using a racial baton to bludgeon opponents of the president. Even though Obama has criticized that tactic, he may suffer from it. Many Americans are angry that race baiting has become a political staple. They clearly see it as an attempt to stifle robust debate. And by crying racial wolf, important race matters may be ignored. Once everything becomes racial, then nothing is. There absolutely is racism in America, but O’Donnell has no idea what it is. I also told Sharpton’s crowd that branding the Tea Party a racist group would be a huge mistake that could actually create racism. There already is a backlash against the Tea Party crashers. According to a new Rasmussen poll, 24 percent of Americans now align themselves with the movement, up nine points in a month. Finally, I said the only positive thing that came out of the attacks on 9/11 was the unification of the American people. From my view, blacks, whites, Latinos and Asian-Americans all came together to deplore the senseless terrorism. That comment actually drew a few boos from the crowd, which is perplexing. At the end of my talk, there was a smattering of applause. A small smattering. Perhaps smattering is too strong a word. I gave it my best shot, though. You can’t fault me for trying. — Veteran TV news anchor Bill O Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O Reilly Factor” and author of the book “Who’s Looking Out For You? Distributed by Creators Syndicate. (C)2009 Bill O’Reilly.
Gatlinburg has a slateful of events coming up next week that may make other communities in the county literally “green” with envy. That’s green as in environmentally and politically correct. Although the programs are in Gatlinburg, you don’t have to be a resident to attend and pick up a few atmosphere-saving tips. It begins Tuesday with the third annual Earth Day Festival from 3-7 p.m. at Mynatt Park, featuring everything from arts and crafts, to food, to entertainment and information booths. The following day is the kickoff for the 60th annual Wildflower Pilgrimage and Greener Living Expo at Mills Conference Center, and Thursday is the mouth-watering Ribfest & Wings on the Parkway. On Friday, the Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring green speakers and vendors. Capping off the week next Saturday is the fourth annual Junior Ranger Day at two of the national park’s visitors’ centers. If you care about the environment, or are just looking for some good, oldfashioned fun, there’s something for you in Gatlinburg next week.
Sevierville group wants to save historic church
While the folks in Gatlinburg will focus on saving the environment next week, another group of folks in Sevierville will be focused on helping to preserve a piece of our county’s history today. Local descendants of noted builder Issac Dockery and the board of trustees of the New Salem Church will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Legion Post 104 on Chapman Highway. This is the one of several fundraisers to help save the church built by Dockery in 1886. It is Sevierville’s oldest surviving building, Sevier County’s oldest brick church building and the only historically black church in the county. It was recently put on the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance’s list of endangered historic buildings and places in the 16-county region. Items on sale include baked goods, kitchen items, linens, children’s and adult clothing, books, crafts and some collector’s items such as gospel records, tapes and dolls. Stop by. You might find a diamond in the rough while helping to save some history.
Focus of Forge event is on saving babies
While saving the environment in Gatlinburg and saving an historic building in Sevierville are certainly significant, the most important kind of saving being done today or next week will be at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge this morning at 9. That’s when the Sevier County March of Dimes holds its annual March For Babies — formerly known as WalkAmerica — fundraiser. This is the local chapter’s largest fundraiser of the year, and chances are very strong you know someone helped by this event. Money raised aids the March of Dimes in its fight against premature babies and helping families who have had them. Here are the facts: One in eight births in the United States annually is premature. Nearly 120,000 babies, or one in 33, is born with some sort of birth defect. Those abnormalities include heart defects, cleft palates, Down syndrome, spina bifida and fetal alcohol syndrome. Imagine: One in eight births are premature. You probably know someone who has been affected. Is this an event you can afford to not support?
Child appreciates eye exam that led to corrective action
Editor: I would like to tell you about my first visit to the eye doctor. I am Makayla and I am 5 years old. Two years ago I went with my big brother for his eye exam at 20-20 Optical. Roy Ferguson was there with the dogs they train. He began talking with me. He noticed when he put his hands over my eyes, that I would try to get my head out from under his hands. He asked my granny if I had had an eye exam. She said no. He told us they have a free screening for children under 5. Can I take some pictures of her eyes, he asked. He knew right away that I
needed to see an eye specialist in Knoxville, Dr. Gary Gitschlag. All I could see out of one of my eyes was the side of my nose. I am also very farsighted. They put a block on my mommy’s nose, so she would know what I was seeing. My family felt bad they didn’t know I could not see well. Mr. Ferguson said it is hard to know about this problem, and not to feel bad. My brain didn’t know I was supposed to use both eyes. No surgery could fix my problem. It has a really big name. You have to retrain my brain to use both eyes. They put drops in my eyes, a patch on my good eye and I have to wear glasses. I didn’t like the drops or the patches. I do like my glasses. My family told me, we have to do
what the doctors say if I want to see better. This is very important: You have to do everything the doctor says. Mr. Ferguson found my problem when I was 3 years old. The younger you are when they find it, the easier it is to treat. We hope by telling my story that more little boys and girls can be helped. Thank you, Mr. Ferguson, for taking the time to really look at me and knowing what to do to help me. I am 5 years old now. I can see the same out of both eyes, isn’t that great? Thank you again. Written for Makayla by granny Mary Webb Sevierville
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Dooley adds his own twists to Vols’ spring game By BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE — Tennessee fans wanting to observe Derek Dooley’s coaching skills will have to wait until fall. The firstyear coach is sitting out the Orange and White game. Dooley decided to add his own fun to the Volunteers’ annual spring scrimmage on Saturday by letting the senior Volunteers draft the two teams and bringing in a few “celebrities” from the media and university to do the coaching. “We had a great draft Wednesday night. The players were really into it,” Dooley said. “I’m looking
forward now to just sitting back and watching. Everything’s out of my hands.” Just because Dooley won’t be in charge, doesn’t mean the Vols didn’t take things seriously when creating their teams. The Orange team, drafted by senior tight end Luke Stocker, will feature wide receiver Gerald Jones, tailback David Oku and linebacker LaMarcus Thompson and will be quarterbacked by Matt Simms. Senior defensive end Chris Walker drafted the White team, which includes defensive tackles Marlon Walls and Montori Hughes, tailback Tauren Poole and quarterback Tyler Bray.
“We took it really seriously,” White said. “We wanted to get the best players we could get. I love it. It’s actually going to be a real game, so we’re going to have a lot of fun.” The most anticipated performances will be those of Simms and Bray, both new to the Tennessee system. With Nick Stephens out of the picture after leaving the program, Simms and Bray are in direct competition for the starting role in the fall. Simms said the quarterbacks are ready to show off what they’ve learned in these past few weeks of spring practice. “Even though it hasn’t been that long, you can definitely see a change,” he
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said. “I’m just trying to take more of a leadership role and just be more consistent with my play and with my decision making. “The goal Saturday is just to end spring practice well and on a good foot.” Even with the interest in the quarterbacks, the Vols have several offensive players who could end up stealing the show. Poole is poised to become Tennessee’s feature running back now that Montario Hardesty and Bryce Brown are gone. He’s dominated the Vols’ two other spring scrimmages, averaging 9 yards in 20 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Matt Milton, who enrolled
at Tennessee in January, has used his imposing 6-foot-6, 207-pound frame to make himself a favorite target of the quarterbacks. Junior Denarius Moore has been on the receiving end of several long passes. “I’m not sure how many guys have arms big enough to overthrow that guy. He’ll go get just about anything down the field,” Simms said. The scrimmage marks the end of Tennessee’s spring practice session. The Vols will immediately begin their summer workout program Monday. Dooley said the practices have been successful, and the Vols have proven to him they want to work hard and
win. “I really feel good about the 14 days of work we put in,” he said. “I feel like I have a very good handle on our personnel. I feel like our staff has a good feel for some of the things we can do well and some of the things we better stay out of.” NOTES: Former Tennessee stars will compete in a flag football game during halftime of the Orange and White scrimmage. Among those participating include NFL standouts Al Wilson, Peerless Price and Terry Fair. “It (is) a great way to bring the past, current and future together under the same setting,” Fair said.
Irwin arrested, released By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer
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Smokies catcher Robinson Chirinos (2) went 3-for-4 on the night with a home run and two RBIs.
Smokies stay hot SEVIERVILLE – The Tennessee Smokies’ recipe for success Thursday night against the Chattanooga Lookouts mirrored that of the Smokies’ series opening win one night earlier. Mixing strong pitching with an early offensive blitz, due in part to another big night at the plate by catcher Robinson Chirinos, the Smokies took down the Lookouts, 8-4, at Smokies Park. Tennessee (6-1) struck early for the second consecutive night. Ty Wright, Russ Canzler and Chirinos delivered back-toback-to-back doubles, with the latter two hits scoring Wright and Canzler to give the Smokies the early 2-0 lead after one. Chirinos added a third run two innings later off Lookouts starter Alberto Bastardo (1-1). His second home run in as
many nights put Tennessee up 3-0 in the third. The Smokies broke it open in the bottom of the sixth with four runs to go up 7-2. Tennessee’s offense was aided by four walks and one hit batter by Lookouts reliever Harvey Garcia, as well as a Starlin Castro two-run single. Nate Samson closed the scoring for the Smokies, driving home teammate Russ Canzler on an infield single. It was Samson’s second RBI of the night. Tennessee starter Jeremy Papelbon struck out seven in 4-1/3 innings of work, allowing one earned run on eight hits. Alex Maestri (1-0) relieved Papelbon, earning the win by getting out of the sixth with the score 3-2 Tennessee.
MORRISTOWN — The Walters State baseball player who allegedly assaulted his roommate from Pigeon Forge with a baseball bat last week has been apprehended and released on bond. Samuel Dalton Irwin, a freshman baseball player for the Walters State Senators, was arrested Wednesday in Anderson County in connection with an alleged aggravated domestic assault charge against former Pigeon Forge All-State baseball player Adam Guinn, Morristown Police Detective Travis Stansell said Friday. After his Wednesday arrest, Irwin was transported to Hamblen County Jail in Morristown at approximately 5 p.m. He posted a $5,000 bond and was released at about 4 a.m. Thursday. The arrest came six days after Irwin’s alleged assault of Guinn, also a freshman baseball player at Walters State. It was alleged that Irwin was upset about a post that appeared on Facebook. According to the offense report taken on the night of the incident, the suspect began breaking things in the shared
apartment. “The victim then asked the suspect to stop, and the suspect told him to shut up,” states the report. “The victim stated that he told the suspect to make him shut up. “The suspect then went to a closet and grabbed a wooden baseball bat and took a full swing at the victim, hitting him in the left arm.” Following the incident, Irwin
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fled the scene. Guinn had surgery on Thursday to repair extensive bone damage in his left arm. According to his Facebook page, it was a success. “Surgery went well,” Guinn posted. “Just sittin’ ‘round the house now, waitin’ on friends to come.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Seymour baseball continues to roll with 12-3 win SEYMOUR — The Seymour Eagles baseball team took a big District 2-AAA win 12-3 against William Blount on Thursday night. Starting pitcher Corbin Weaver got the nodecision after four innings of work, striking out eight and walking three.
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Logan Sawyer picked up the win with three innings of relief work, allowing just one hit. Seymour had 12 hits in the win, led by Cody Fox’ 3-for-4 night, including a three-run dinger. Also, Ben Whisler was 2-for-4 and Logan Jenkins was 2-for-5 in the victory.
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Meade sisters represent Pigeon Forge at college
Regular season n Pigeon Forge at Sports Belle tourney in Knoxville Soccer
Regular season n Sevier County hosts Heritage for tourney at SCHS Soccer Complex n Pigeon Forge at SCHS tourney Track
Regular season n G-P, Sevier County and Seymour at Volunteer Classic in Knoxville SEC Football
preseason n Orange and White Game at University of Tennessee
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Sevierville residents and future SCHS Smoky Bearettes Allee Faulkner, left, and Mary Beth Blanton cheered on the SCHS boys’ soccer team in a recent match against TKA at the SCHS Soccer Complex. The Bears were cheered to a 1-0 victory.
SEWANEE — Leisha Meade from Pigeon Forge, a senior thrower on the Sewanee track and field team, has been named the Tiger of the week for her performancLeisha es the week of April 5 through 11. Meade broke the school record in the hammer throw Saturday at Boston Moon Invitational at Tennessee State with a toss of 115 feet, six inches, which places her third so far in the SCAC. Meade is also second so far in the SCAC in the shot put. “Leisha has worked very hard the last four years to reach and exceed her goals this year,” said Sewanee coach Jeff Heitzenrater. “She is really performing well right now and should be primed to have a fantastic conference meet next week.”
of the Cumberlands Patriots competed closer to home this past weekend at the Centre Invitational in Danville, Ky. The University of the Cumberlands dominated with a Lawna full team of top performers making it difficult for opponents. The Patriots women track and field athletes had outstanding performances, helping the team move up in rankings. Lawna Meade from Pigeon Forge, a sophomore at the University of the Cumberlands, threw at a distance of over 114 feet in the discus and also threw the javelin, finishing up at a distance of over 90 feet. Both Meade girls are graduates of Pigeon Forge High School, where they were track and field standouts. They are the daughters of Ray and Freda Meade, and the granddaughDANVILLE, Ky. — The University ters of Rex and Louise DeLozier.
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Saturday, April 17, 2010 â—† The Mountain Press NFL GRIDIRON
Will Rams go for offense or defense, Bradford or Suh? By BARRY WILNER AP Football Writer NEW YORK â€” As the NFL draft enters prime time, it gives football writers a big, new stage for showing weâ€™re almost as good as weather forecasters when it comes to making predictions. With that in mind, hereâ€™s one way the proceedings might go on Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall. Remember that trades â€” and there almost certainly will be several because of the high quality of this draft â€” figure to impact who picks when and who goes where. â€”â€”â€” The St. Louis Rams arenâ€™t likely to move out of the top overall spot. The Ramsâ€™ dilemma is whether to choose quarterback Sam Bradford to be the face of a franchise that soon will change ownership, or go for the player considered the best available defensive tackle in more than a decade, Ndamukong Suh. Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo is a defensefirst guy; he coordinated the New York Giants unit that shocked New England to win the 2007 championship. He also recognizes St. Louis has a black hole at quarterback and scored 175 points last season, his first in charge. Having cut incumbent Marc Bulger, the Rams would appear set to grab Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner who missed most of last season with a right shoulder injury that required surgery. Bradfordâ€™s recent workouts have pleased NFL personnel people â€” he displayed a strong, accurate arm on all sorts of throws. Then again, Suh could be a one-man wrecking crew on the defensive line, and his performance in the biggest college game of his life was phenomenal: 12 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks and two quarterback hurries in the Big 12 championship game against Texas. â€œItâ€™s like a beauty contest, you canâ€™t go wrong,â€? Rams general manager Billy Devaney said. â€œOne is more beautiful than the other.â€? Owners, particularly new owners, fall in love with quarterbacks more quickly. SAM BRADFORD, QB, Oklahoma.
his coverage skills. 7. CLEVELAND. The Browns were hoping Berry would fall to them because he would fit a major need. Then again, new president Mike Holmgren has so many holes to fill he can virtually close his eyes and point to a position and get help. Keeping his eyes wide 14. SEATTLE. Carrollâ€™s open, Holmgren goes for second selection in his return some excitement with C.J. to the NFL will address a SPILLER, RB, Clemson. needy offensive line. With plenty of blockers to choose 8. OAKLAND. Is Al from, heâ€™ll go for BRYAN Davis ready to give up on BULAGA, OT, Iowa. JaMarcus Russell and take a quarterback here? Or will 15. NEW YORK GIANTS. he stick with the top overall One of the fortunate teams pick of 2007 and look else- to have the player it wanted where? The Raiders have fall to its spot, the Giants lots of places to look, and get the linebacker they deswhile Davis prefers skill- perately need in ROLANDO position guys, he wonâ€™t pass MCCLAIN, ILB, Alabama. up workout wonder BRUCE CAMPBELL, OT, Maryland. 16. TENNESSEE. Two years worth of defections on 9. BUFFALO. The previ- the defensive line lead to the ous coaching regime soured Titans having major needs on Trent Edwards, but is up front. Filling one will be there a QB worth the ninth SERGIO KINDLE, DE-OLB, overall spot? Possibly, but Texas. a wiser choice would be someone who can have an 17. SAN FRANCISCO. early impact, which is why After adding Haden to the DERRICK MORGAN, DE, secondary, the Niners turn Georgia Tech winds up in to the offensive line and get western New York. the top guard in the draft, MIKE IUPATI, G, Idaho. 10. JACKSONVILLE. Tim Heâ€™s versatile and smart and Tebow ... nope, just kidding. a leader. Even if the Jaguars are serious about adding the big18. PITTSBURGH. The gest sports name in Florida, Steelers added an interesttaking the Gators QB here is ing dynamic to their draft way too high. Plus, the Jags by trading WR Santonio must shore up the defense, Holmes to the Jets. That particularly up front. So they leaves them short at widestick in the Sunshine State out, but do they want a coland gamble a bit on JASON lege player who has caused PIERRE-PAUL, DE, South headaches in Dez Bryant? Florida. More likely, they go defense with BRANDON GRAHAM, 11. DENVER. This pick DE, Michigan. is one of the spoils of the Jay Cutler deal, with which 19. ATLANTA. Atlantaâ€™s the Broncos will bolster the needs at linebacker match offense after parting with up with the guy the Falcons Brandon Marshall by taking wanted at this spot, playmakDEMARYIUS THOMAS, er THADDEUS GIBSON, WR, Georgia Tech. OLB, Ohio State. 12. MIAMI. Team president Bill Parcells loves the aircraft carriers, and with nose tackle Jason Ferguson suspended for eight games, if he even makes the team, thereâ€™s a spot for DAN WILLIAMS, DT, Tennessee.
3. TAMPA BAY. Few teams need as much help on the defensive line as the Buccaneers. They wonâ€™t feel so bad about going 3-13 last season after they take GERALD MCCOY, DT, Oklahoma, who could anchor the line for years. 4. WASHINGTON. In the past, the Redskins would have been offering this pick all over the NFL after signing big-name veterans in free agency. The new regime led by Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen is taking a different approach, and Shanahan knows from his Denver days the importance of a solid blocking unit. New QB Donovan McNabb will be smiling even wider than usual after the Skins grab TRENT WILLIAMS, OT, Oklahoma. 5. KANSAS CITY. The Chiefs have done well recently drafting an offensive linemen (Branden Albert), but need another to make QB Matt Cassell and RBs Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles more effective. They skip safety, another need, to select RUSSELL OKUNG, OT, Oklahoma State. 6. SEATTLE. It wonâ€™t take long for the Seahawks to choose ERIC BERRY, S, Tennessee, probably the best all-around athlete in the draft. New coach Pete Carroll recruited playmakers at Southern Cal, and he gets a big-time one here.
28. SAN DIEGO. The dominant team in the AFC West probably will remain on top even without a lot of help from this spot. With LaDainian Tomlinson gone, a running back is in order 31. INDIANAPOLIS. The and JAHVID BEST, RB, Super Bowl losers could use bolster their defense with some help on either line. EARL THOMAS, S, Texas. California, is the best fit. As the first round winds Roy Williams has not worked 29. NEW YORK JETS. down, the Colts will boost out in Cincinnati. Their woes at wideout the blockers by taking JON 22. NEW ENGLAND. The addressed over the past ASAMOAH, G, Illinois. defense got old and ragged year, the Jets can concen32. NEW ORLEANS. The very quickly in Foxborough, trate on a pass rusher. Top one still on the board is Super Bowl champion Saints and Bill Belichick will pay special attention to fixing it JARED ODRICK, DE-DT, â€” say what? â€” wonâ€™t even think about offense here, and this year. The Patriots have a Penn State. will replace Scott Fujita with dozen picks, so they could be 30. MINNESOTA. Will SEAN WEATHERSPOON, very active moving around. If they stay here, look for Brett be back or not? How LB, Missouri. RICKY SAPP, DE, Clemson. 23. GREEN BAY. The Packers must address a secondary that has been a strength, but with Al Harris coming off a major injury, could be suspect at cornerback. That makes PATRICK ROBINSON, CB, Florida State, an easy pick. 24. PHILADELPHIA. Again, a team looking for defensive backfield help. Fortunately for the Eagles, who also could be willing to make deals because they own 11 picks, thereâ€™s plenty of talent left at safety or cornerback. KYLE WILSON, CB, Boise State. 25. BALTIMORE. GM Ozzie Newsome might have the best track record in the draft over the past decade. So when he goes for the top guy on Baltimoreâ€™s board, itâ€™s usually the right guy. The right guy this time: ROB GRONKOWSKI, TE, Arizona.
26. ARIZONA. Defense, defense, defense, even with Kurt Warner retiring and Matt Leinart unproven at quarterback. BRIAN PRICE, DT, UCLA to improve the 20. HOUSTON. The run D. Texans were hoping Spiller would fall here â€” they might 27. DALLAS. A force at even look at trading up for safety has been missing him â€” but they wonâ€™t be sad from Dallasâ€™ lineup since to see RYAN MATHEWS, Roy Williamsâ€™ career began RB, Fresno State, still on to spiral. TAYLOR MAYS, the board. Matthews has the S, Southern Cal, can be that power Houston lacks at the force, but he must improve position.
13. SAN FRANCISCO. The first of two picks for the 49ers, who seem ready to 21. CINCINNATI. With contend in the NFC West. two players they particularly Helping them do so will be liked, Graham and Gibson, off the board, the Bengals 2. DETROIT. The Lions CB JOE HADEN, Florida. usually mess up their high picks, but NDAMUKONG SUH, DT, Nebraska, is much more of a sure thing. His diligence and leadership will be something fresh in Detroit.
much will Favreâ€™s decision affect the Vikingsâ€™ draft? We believe the grandpa QB will return to Minnesota, but grooming his replacement canâ€™t be a bad idea. JIMMY CLAUSEN, QB, Notre Dame.
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