The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 148 ■ May 28, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Miller suspect paroled in ’09 for ’76 murder
Motorcycle passenger injured
5What’s all that racket?
By JEFF FARRELL Staff writer
Ngo Gwodog of TKA is in state tennis finals today in Murfreesboro Sports, Page A8
5’Lights, camera ...’ Movie wraps up filming in the county MOUNTAIN LIFE, Page B1
The biggest in U.S. history Gulf oil spill surpasses Exxon Valdez catastrophe Page A13
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Emergency personnel tend to the injured passenger of a Vulcan motorcycle involved in a wreck on Newport Highway on Thursday afternoon. The driver and passenger were transported with what appeared to be minor injuries after the driver of the motorcycle put the bike down to avoid colliding with a vehicle stopped to turn left into Sammy’s Auto Parts. The motorcycle tag was from Canada.
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Obituaries Frank Bird, 93 Joy Jenkins Cecil Atchley, 88 Dick Spahr, 55 DETAILS, Page A4
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Corrections Dick Fortenberry, who served as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam war, will be the guest speaker Sunday to kick off the annual Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride. His name was misspelled in a story about the event in Wednesday’s edition. The Mountain Press is glad to set the record straight.
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Sevierville Building Authority seeing green City has money to pay CBID debt for 2 years By JEFF FARRELL Staff writer
One of three men charged with murdering a local woman earlier this month was paroled last year from a life sentence after he was convicted of killing another elderly woman while he was a teenager. Theadore “Teddy” Ratliff, 52, was one of three suspects arrested in Ratliff the death of Mary Jo Miller, whose body was found May 7 in her home on Day Drive in north Sevier County. He was apprehended in Knoxville along with the initial suspect in the case, Steven Weaver. Authorities believe Ratliff, Weaver and suspect Shannon Rodney Baltimore went to Miller’s home, possibly to take drugs she used to treat her cancer, and killed her. Neighbors said Weaver knew Miller through her daughter, and Ratliff had worked at her home on several occasions. The Independent Herald in Scott County reported that Ratliff was convicted of the 1976 murder of an
elderly woman who was set to testify against him in a theft case. Ratliff was 17 at the time, but was tried as an adult. He and his older brother, Fredrick, were convicted of firstdegree murder in the case and sentenced to life in prison. Their parents were also indicted on the charges, but were acquitted, according to the newspaper. The state Board of Probation and Parole is aware of the new charges against Ratliff, spokeswoman Melissa McDonald said. “The Board of Probation & Parole takes any new offenses by parolees very seriously, and we take immediate action in such cases,” she said. The office was notified the day after his arrest. “A revocation hearing will be set in the next few weeks for this offender,” she said. “That’s our normal procedure as dictated by statute.” Ratliff first became eligible for parole in 1993, according to state records. The parole board declined to release him at the time, and scheduled his next hearing six years later — the maximum amount of time allowed before it could
SEVIERVILLE — The Public Building Authority won’t have to borrow from the city to pay for debt service on the bonds borrowed for the Central Business Improvement District this year or next. At one point this year, it appeared the PBA would have to use some of the city’s reserve
funds to pay debt service on the approximately $150 million the city has drawn so far for the project. That was before the city refinanced the bonds and before it began seeing more favorable returns on the sales tax revenue that is used to pay the debt. “It’s not only paid for this year, we’ve also got it paid for next year,” City Administrator Steve Hendrix said. Payment of the debt service for the first few years was included in the bonds themselves. “That’s to give you time to get going,”
“It’s really difficult to know what’s going to happen until the state makes that payment.”
— Sevierville City Administrator Steve Hendrix
Hendrix explained. At one point, he said, it appeared the PBA would have to see the city’s assistance in paying the debt service, he said, but after refinancing the project and getting some favorable returns, it now has enough to make the current payment and next year’s payment as well.
It can be difficult to know how much it will get from the state each year for the district, he explained. Under state law, the city gets a portion of sales tax funds inside the district that would ordinarily go to the state and the county. However, the See GREEN, Page A5
Jones Cove students build ‘recyclable’ city By STAN VOIT Editor JONES COVE — What better way to teach students about recycling than to use discarded household items to build a classroom city? Using cardboard, plastic bottles, some glue and a lot of ingenuity, the second-graders in Liz Gibson’s class at Jones Cove Elementary took up a lot of floor space in the room by building what they called Gibson City. “This became a science and social studies project,” Gibson said. “We asked them to bring in recycling things from home, things they would have thrown away.” The students were divided into two-person teams to create the difCurt Habraken/The Mountain Press ferent aspects of a typi- Second-graders at Jones Cove Elementary playing in their recycled town made on the classroom floor are, from left, Madison Whaley, Jackie Singleton (partially hidden), Shelby Moore, T.J. See JONES COVE, Page A4 Lancaster, Leann Kirby, Josh Brandt (standing) and Zach Sutton.
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Heritage Day set June 5 in Kodak Submitted Report
Pigeon Forge High School competitors with their trophy for Strongest High School in Sevier County. Seated on the bench are Simon Bradbury of the Community Center and Greg Foreman, Pigeon Forge High wrestling coach. Contestants, from left, are Logan Sims, Josh Peek, Caleb Poole, Brett Stelzer, Trent Dryman, Michael Hutchens, Shane Shahan, Edward Holland, David Kieta, Joseph Dodgen, Jared Beck, Spencer Davis, Coty Watson, Nathaneal Parton and Nate Croley.
PF is ‘Strongest High School’ Submitted report PIGEON FORGE — The fourth annual Smoky Mountain Bench Press contest was held at the Community Center, with all proceeds going to the United Way of Sevier County. This year’s winner was Pigeon Forge High School with a total of
2,445 pounds. There were high school divisions, open division, masters division and women’s division. Each participant got three attempts to bench-press the most weight they could. The high schools compete for the coveted title of “Strongest in Sevier County.” This award goes to the high school that
lifts the most weight combined. Area sponsors were Holiday Inn, Christmas Place, The Thomas Group and Food City. The event gives local high school athletes an opportunity to work towards a goal during their team sports training in the weight room and gets local youth involved in supporting the United Way.
Summitt warns of more federal control Bank president talks to local Republicans By MEL CANTERBURY Special to The Press R.B. Summitt, president of Sevier County Bank, spoke to the Sevier County Republican Party recently, saying the current financial reform bill being debated in Congress will, in many cases, grant more federal government control of all financial services. “In Washington and in the national media, it seems bank is a four letter bad word, which may be true when it comes to Wall Street, but community banks like Sevier County Bank and four others headquartered in Sevier County are Main Street
banks and should be distinguished from, and not condemned, with the multibillion dollar money center companies,” he said. In early May, Summitt traveled with a group of 60 other members of the Tennessee Bankers Association to Washington to discuss issues with representatives of the Obama Administration, the FDIC, Federal Reserve, Independent Community Bankers Association as well as all Tennessee members of Congress. He said the state’s elected officials agree that the proposed legislation is not good, places a burden on the community banks and said the Administration’s proposal avoids dealing with either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, which were at the center of the sub-
prime housing fiasco and are still losing billions of dollars. Summitt said the proposed financial reform legislation would remove the flexibility small-town bankers have had to make loans, and said some of the language sounds like federal credit allocation, similar to the recent restructuring of student loans. More regulations and government controls could be devastating to the five community banks in Sevier County, as well as nationally, he said. He said most officials felt there was an unwritten agenda or a move to force more consolidation of the approximately 8,000 banks in the U.S., causing even more financial concentration and fewer
choices for consumers. He expressed concerns about the nation’s national debt and said very large credit unions that want to be banks should have to pay their fair share of income taxes. Summitt said the federal bureaucracy and Congress itself need reform, not health care, student lending or community banking. The local Republican Party meets the third Tuesday of each month at the courthouse. Visit www.seviercountyrepublican.com or e-mail to seviercountygop.com.
KODAK — Kodak Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 5 at Northview Optimist Park on West Dumplin Valley Road. This annual event is co-sponsored by Friends Of Kodak Library and the Northview Optimist Club to celebrate the history of the community. The day will feature opportunities to learn about local history, see crafts demonstrated, hear live music and have good food. Admission and parking are free. Opportunities to learn about local history will come from representatives from Marble Springs (home of John Sevier, signer of the Treaty of Dumplin Creek and first governor of Tennessee), the Sevier County Public Library System History Center and the Smoky Mountain Historical Society. There will be an exhibit of scrapbooks of the community collected over the years, items from the Kodak Milling Co. that closed in the mid-1960s and memorabilia from the Kodak Post Office. There will be a special ceremony to mark the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Dumplin Creek. This treaty was the only one made by the government of the “State of Franklin” and opened the area up to settlement by the pioneers. The ceremony will be led by Nelson Ross, who has done a great deal of research on the treaty. A number of crafts will be demonstrated and/or discussed during the day. There will be craft vendors from the region. There will be displays of antique tools, farm equipment and automobiles as well. The Sevier County Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions and sell plants. Live entertainment will be offered throughout the day, including music and storytelling. For children 13 and under there will be a chance to take part in an old-fashioned cakewalk several times. Participation will be limited with free tickets available. Barbecue and hot dog plates will be available. The local Boy Scout troop will be selling drinks as a fundraiser. In cooperation with the Food City in Kodak, the “Dumplin Valley Apple Dumplin” will make its debut this year. This treat, based on the old dessert, will sell for $1. In a nod to the pie suppers of yesteryear, a silent auction will again be held. Among the items available will be homemade pies and cakes. Other items include handmade items, gift certificates and items donated by local businesses. Items will be on display and open for bidding beginning at 10 a.m. Bidding will end at 1 p.m. Friends Of Kodak Library will use its portion of the proceeds to expand the Kodak Heritage Handcrafted Collection at the library and to fund next year’s Heritage Day. The Northview Optimist Club will use its portion to finance various activities to benefit youth.
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These four teams participated in Sevier County Right To Life Flag Football Tournament/Picnic at Pigeon Forge High School on May 22.
Right To Life hosts flag football tourney Submitted Report PIGEON FORGE — Sevier County Right To Life recently sponsored a flag football tournament/picnic at Pigeon Forge High School. Four teams competed in the double elimination tournament. Two teams were representing the RTL Youth Board, one was students from GatlinburgPittman High School, and another from Holy Family Church in Seymour.
During lunch there were two testimonies of women who had abortions and how they changed their lives receiving forgiveness by the Lord, and another testimony by a couple that opted for having their baby and got married. Pastor Robert Portier of Saint Paul Lutheran Church spoke. There were information booths from Right To Life, the Women’s Care Center, The Harvest and the Smoky Mountain Alliance for the Unborn. All these orga-
nizations offered help and support for pregnant women (especially single mothers and teenagers). The SCRTL Youth Board meets monthly. For information on meetings and activities call Lizette Aparicio at 6547681. Right To Life meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Pigeon Forge Library. For more information call President Ursula Beckman at 908-2689.
Dolly to announce relief contribution June 2 Donations accepted through Monday Submitted Report PIGEON FORGE — After a successful “Dolly Helps Nashville” flood relief fundraising effort at Dollywood and Dixie Stampede, Dolly Parton will announce the total contribution on June 2 in Nashville. After witnessing the devastation and families displaced by the May flooding, Parton donated the net admissions revenue from Dollywood and Dixie Stampede as well as donations made by fans to DollyParton. com. Before announcing the amount of the contribution, Parton has asked officials to determine how best to identify those with
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the greatest need in the flood’s aftermath. “From the moment I saw how devastating the flooding was, I wanted to help those folks who literally lost everything,” Parton said. “After such a strong turnout from guests at Dollywood and Dixie Stampede and my fans at DollyParton.com,
I want to make sure that the money raised goes to those who need and those who are hurting the most. “Since I’m waiting until June 2 to make the final announcement, I want folks to know they can still help us help the people,” Parton said. DollyParton.com will con-
tinue to accept donations until midnight Monday. Parton extended a challenge to East Tennessee area businesses to contribute to the fundraising efforts. For more information visit www.dollyparton. com.
TOWNSEND — Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s Sunset Music Series, now in its fifth year, will open June 11 with a performance by Wild Blue Yonder. All the concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are presented in the Heritage Center’s outdoor amphitheater, which has a roof so that concerts may be presented rain or shine. Wild Blue Yonder is back for its fifth appearance and is the only band to perform every year since the series began. Also back by popular demand are Labron Lazenby and LA3, which made it to the finals of this year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis; Hokum’s Heroes, from Boston; John Myers Band, which recently released “I Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”; EG Kight, the “Georgia Songbird”; Y’uns, a jugband from Knoxville; and Steve Kaufman, three-time national guitar champion from Maryville. Making their Sunset Music Series debut this year are the Lonesome Coyotes, which plays in the western swing and country-rock style. Admission to the concerts is $4 and tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, call the center at 448-0044. Sunset Music Series 2010 schedule: n June 11; Wild Blue Yonder, bluegrass, country and Americana n June 18; Labron Lazenby & LA3, blues, boogie and rockabilly n June 25; Hokum’s Heroes, string-band music with elements of swing, folk and blues n July 16; Lonesome Coyotes, western swing, honkytonk and country-rock n July 23; John Myers Band, soul, gospel and country n July 30; EG Kight Blues, ballads and roots music n Aug. 6; Y’uns jugband music with elements of country, swing and blues n Aug. 13; Steve Kaufman, three-time national guitar champion
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OBITUARIES In Memoriam
Frank Babington Bird
Frank Babington Bird, age 93, of Maryville, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at the family home. Born March 12, 1917, in Athens, TN, he was the youngest child of J.T. and Emily Bird. As the son of a Methodist minister, the family lived in several areas of East Tennessee including Maryville. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ruth and Grace; brother, Merrill; and daughter, Patsy. His first wife Agnes, with whom he practiced law, died in 1994. He leaves his wife Martha; her daughter, Charlotte (Art) Ellis; granddaughter, Kara; nieces, Marilyn (Stu) Hammond and Julia (Robert) Cooper; nephew, Jim (Becky) Bird; a great nephew and several great nieces. He also leaves his brother-in-law, Bob (Carol) Thornton, and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Thornton, all of Texas. Mr. Bird graduated from Central High School in Knoxville and earned his law degree from UT in 1941. After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he opened his office in Maryville in 1946. In the course of his career he practiced with several attorneys, the last being Mr. Lee Kull. At the time of his death, he was the oldest practicing attorney in Blount County. Mr. Bird was a member of the Maryville Optimist Club and American Legion Post 13 and will be remembered for his many contributions to Maryville and Blount County. He founded “Boys and Girls County Day,” “More Blount Jobs,” and was the moving force behind the establishment of the Blount County Industrial Board, serving as its attorney for thirty years. He was an avid supporter of Maryville College, UT, Blount Memorial Hospital, and the Blount County Library. The family wishes to express thanks to Dr. John Ingram, III; his caregivers, Virginia, Dolly, Angela, Autumn, and Caleb; and to his longtime assistant and friend, Pat Martin. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Miller Funeral Home Magnolia Chapel. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Because Mr. Bird supported many philanthropic interests, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to any favorite charitable cause.
Joy Marie Jenkins
Joy Marie Jenkins (nee Bonaventura) passed away at her home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Wednesday May 12, 2010. Her name epitomized what she brought to all those around her. For family and friends, bears and dogs, birds and cats, anyone or anything in need of a place to call home, Joy created a sanctuary of unconditional love, warmth, compassion, acceptance, humor and hospitality. A celebration of life will be held Sunday, May 30th at 6 p.m. at Chalet Village South Clubhouse, 1319 South Baden in Gatlinburg, TN. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joy Jenkins Memorial Fund through Fifth Third Bank. McCarty Funeral Directors & Cremation Services, 607 Wall street, Sevierville, TN, 774-2950 in charge of arrangements.
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people use it. The students worked on 3From Page A1 the project every day for Dick Spahr about two weeks. They had Dick Spahr, 55 of Sevierville, died Tuesday May 18, 2010. cal town — hospital, school, to be creative. For example, Survivors: girlfriend, Sally Howe; son, Caleb Spahr; daughter, the school yard includes basMichele Spahr; son, Brian Perkins; three grandchildren; parents, city hall, water plant, busiketball goals with the hoops Carolyn and Myron Pilger; sister: Diane and Bob Kenney; cousin nesses, police station, made from those plastic homes, etc. It was a student and extended family; several nieces and nephews. rings that seal milk jugs. The project. They designed it, In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to benefit the family. wheels on the police cars built it — except for using Memorial service 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010, in the Chapel were made from bottle caps. the glue gun Gibson brought of Atchley Funeral Home with the Rev. Kim McCroskey officiating. Gibson is proud of the The family will receive friends 11-1 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010, to class — and laid it out. work her students did. The Along the way they made at Atchley Funeral Home Sevierville. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home. sure their town had energy- children, on the last day of efficient features, from solar school before summer, got to play in the town for the n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com panels on the electric plant to wind turbines and electric camera. In the process they destroyed a lot of it, includcars. ing the parts they made that “Cities waste too much they could take home with fuel,” Shelby Moore said. 3From Page A1 them. Josh Brandt agreed. So the “Looks like a tornado fuel to run the pretend cars went through Gibson City,” and houses come from — review the matter again. Ratliff appeared before the board in 1999, 2001 and ready for this? — dog poop. their teacher said. Left standing: the “That way,” Josh said, 2007 before the board released him in 2009, meaning Tennessee orange ice cream “you don’t have to clean it it held five hearings over the course of 16 years before store. up in the yard.” he was paroled. Gibson said she may Madison Whaley helped The board considers matters such as seriousness of expand the project for next to create the lake and the offense, time served, disciplinary actions taken while year’s students. water plant. A water plant is imprisoned and programs completed while incarcerneeded, she learned, to filter ated. n email@example.com and clean the water before
Cecil Sanders Atchley, age 88 of Walden’s Creek Community, died Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville. Cecil was a retired farmer, avid fox hunter, longtime Alcoa work bus driver and Trailway bus driver. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Glenda Hardin Atchley; parents, W. Wallace and Nola Parrott Atchley; sister, Gladys Sims; brother, Wallace (Jay) Atchley; grandson, Randy Myers and son-in-law, Ted Myers. Survivors include daughter, Sandra Myers; daughter and sons-in-law, Sue and Jack Ownby; Diann and Ronnie Yates all of Sevierville; sister, Lela Letherwood of Maryville; sister-in-laws, Sue Atchley of Knoxville; Olive Kear and Ina Nell Hardin of Sevierville; granddaughters, Kim Bean, Sonia Meyer and Lisa Ownby; granddaughter and son-in-law, Misty and Scott Parton; grandson, Jackie Ownby Jr. and grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Rusty and Melissa Yates; great-granddaughters, Ali Bean, Katie Myers, Sara Meyer, Emma and Lily Yates; great-grandsons, Blake and John Myers, Jacob and Jonathan Parton; granddaughter-in-law, Elaine Myers; special nieces and nephews, special family and friends at Fort Sanders Sevier Nursing Home. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Walden’s Creek Cemetery with Rev. Ron Reagan officiating. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2010, at Rawlings Funeral Home in Sevierville.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks had another turnaround Thursday and rocketed higher after China reassured investors it doesn’t plan to sell the European debt it holds. The Dow Jones industrial average surged nearly 285 points. Treasury prices tumbled as traders funneled money into riskier assets like stocks and commodities. China’s show of confidence in Europe let the market resume a rally that stalled late Wednesday following a report that the Chinese government was considering cutting its European debt holdings. If that were true, such a move would have signaled that China didn’t think Europe would be able to contain its debt crisis. The agency that manages China’s $2.5 trillion in foreign reserves denied the report. Analysts also said some bounce has been expected after the slide that drove the Dow down 11 percent from its 2010 peak a month ago. Traders cautioned that this might not be a rally but merely a break in selling.
Senate panel votes to repeal military gay ban; House next WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee on Thursday took a first step toward ending the policy that allows gays to serve in the military only if they don’t disclose their sexual orientation. In a 16-12 vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a provision to repeal the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The full House was expected to take up the identical amendment late Thursday and opposition is fierce, particularly among Republicans who cited letters from military service chiefs urging Congress to hold off on the legislation until the Pentagon completes a study of the impact on military life and readiness.
Editor’s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed within this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. u Tonya Monday Acor, 39, of 4438 Bruce Ogle Way in Pigeon Forge, was charged May 26 with driving while revoked, seat belt law and financial responsibility law. She was released. u Olga Lydia Alvarez, 47, of 684 Cartertown Road in Gatlinburg, was charged May 27 with a second count of violation of probation. She was being held in lieu of $1,000 bond. u Michael Lee Arp, 43, of Union County, Tenn., was charged May 26 with driving on a suspended license,
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state still collects the sales tax and pays the funds to the city once a year, meaning city officials have to estimate the revenuesup until the state makes the payments. “It’s really difficult to know what’s going to happen until the state makes that payment,” he said. Sales tax revenue statewide had been lower than expected, but between the refinancing and the strength of the local market, the city is collecting a stable amount of revenue, he said. The city also planned ahead by making sure construction of the Bass Pro Outdoor Worlds store was finished before it started drawing the funds. The store is an important source of sales tax revenue within the district, and the city planned its early projections around the money it expected to get from the store. The facility has actually exceeded expectations; officials have said it is among the top selling stores of its size in the chain. The revenue from the golf course and Events Center have not caught up to expenses, but Hendrix
has said they are moving in that direction. City officials are also quick to point out the Events Center in particular is creating new revenue to the city by adding new events that hadn’t been coming to Sevierville and drawing new tourists to the area. So far, the PBA has paid $67 million for the Events Center, and it had paid or is committed to pay $34 million total for the expansion of Eagles Landing Golf Course. That’s almost half the total of $200 million for those projects, and two thirds of the $150 million the city has drawn so far. The cost of the golf course includes the purchase of the original property from the city. Hendrix noted that has created a savings of about $375,000 from the year it was purchased and stretching out the following 10 years because the city doesn’t have to pay the remaining debt service for the initial acquisition. Hendrix has reduced the scale of some plans for the course since taking over, but acknowledged it’s costing more than anticipated. In the meantime, the city is also still working toward several of the road improvement projects that were promised as part of the plan for the district. Officials have consid-
ARRESTS speeding and financial responsibility law. He was released on $2,500 bond. u Elisabeth M. Burgess, 23, of 1123 Blue Bonnet #25 in Sevierville, was charged May 26 with possession of a schedule III substance. She was released on $1,000 bond. u Xavier A. Jackson, 19, of Oak Ridge, was charged May 27 with unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated assault. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. u Kevin James Jones, 23, of 1529 School Gap Road in Sevierville, was charged May 27 with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated assault. He was being held in lieu of $15,000 bond. u David Allen Julian, 36, of 334 Baskins Creek Road in Gatlinburg, was charged
May 27 with violation of pretrial release bond conditions. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. u Scott David Langston, 39, of Knoxville, was charged May 27 with contempt of court. He was being held. u Mervin Frances Lyndall, 50, of 1477 Jasmine Trail in Sevierville, was charged May 27 with theft. He was being held. u Mary Alice Medley, 50, of 639 Johnson Road in Kodak, was charged May 26 with failure to report an accident. She was released on $1,500 bond. u Isaac Lee Metcalf, 25, of 2319 Webb Road in Sevierville, was charged May 26 with a second count of violation of probation. He was released on $1,000 bond. u Bruce Ogle III, 36, of 4438 Bruce Ogle Way in Pigeon
Forge, was charged May 26 with driving while revoked and violation of probation. He was released. u Blaire L. Passard, 18, of 500 Railroad St. in Sevierville, was charged May 27 with unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated assault. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. u James Franklin Puckett, 24, of 2167 Dark Hollow Road in Cosby, was charged May 27 with theft of property. He was released. u Andrew Earl Rochelle, 24, of 113 Almond Road in Cosby, was charged May 27 with public intoxication. He was being held in lieu of $250 bond. u Allison Erin Vaughn, 28, of Knoxville, was charged May 26 with theft of property worth $500 to $1,000. She was released on $1,000 bond.
ered a number of options for working on the extension of Veterans Boulevard, but have decided to focus on finishing the next leg, which would take it over Dolly Parton Parkway and across the Little Pigeon River, opening a new access to Robert Henderson Road. They had originally planned on paying for the design, but decided that it benefited the city more to complete the new section and relieve traffic on Dolly Parton Parkway. “That section will provide immediate benefit to the community,” Hendrix said. Hendrix said they plan to wait to draw the last funds available from the state. Until they draw the funds out, they don’t have to start paying interest on them, and their hope is that work will start on more commercial projects and that the market overall will improve in the meantime.
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April visits to Great Smoky Mountains National Park were up by 10.2 percent, but visitation is still down 12.7 percent for the year, park spokesman Bob Miller said. The Gatlinburg entrance was up 17 percent, even though Interstate 40 at the state line only reopened April 26. Cherokee rose 39 percet, owing to the detour. Townsend was down 19 percent, but probably because Cades Cove was closed until April 24. Cherokee Orchard Road was up by 46 percent, wich Miller attributed to construction. n
Beer Board to meet June 10
The Sevier County Beer Board will meet at 7 p.m. June 10 on the third floor of the courthouse. The board will consider an application for a manufacturer’s or distributor’s permit for Steve Koplow and Randall S. Mitchell, doing business as Smoky Mountain Cheese, 1562 Madron Drive, Sevierville. n
The Sevier County Intergovernmental Committee has requested a workshop with the full Sevier County Commission at the next committee meeting June 17 at 4 p.m. at the Special Operations Center, 735 Middle Creek Road (the old ambulance building). The workshop is being held to discuss options for the former Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center. SEVIERVILLE
Veazeys to be church speakers
Col. Eli L. Veazey (retired) and his son, Evangelist Terry Veazey, will be at Bethel Baptist Church on Jones Cove Road (Highway 339) for a Memorial Day celebration Sunday. They will speak at the 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. services. Since 1970, Terry Veazey has been in 60 nations on five continents. He has spoken to more than a million students in schools worldwide. Eli “Link” Veazey served as a flight engineer and top turret gunner in the 446th Bomber Group (H) in the European Theater of Operations. He retired with the rank of colonel in June 1979. n
Senate overrides guns-in-bars veto NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Senate voted 22-10 on Thursday to once again override the governor’s veto of a bill to allow handgun carry permit holders to bring weapons into bars and alcohol-serving restaurants. Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen last week vetoed the guns bill sponsored by Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, on the basis that “guns and alcohol don’t mix.” The House had passed the bill on a 66-31 vote, while the Senate approved
it by a 23-9 margin. “On this issue, I respectfully submit to this body that the governor is wrong,” Jackson said before Thursday’s vote. The measure would apply to the state’s 270,000 handgun carry permit holders. Bar and restaurant owners would maintain the power to ban all weapons from their establishments. “I haven’t gotten a complaint from a single citizen that a permit holder made them feel uncomfortable,” Jackson said.
Bredesen vetoed a similar measure last year, flanked by law enforcement officers and prosecutors who opposed the bill, but he was easily overridden by the Legislature. The governor said earlier this week that he expected Thursday’s override of his veto, which takes only a majority in both chambers of the General Assembly. Jackson said he expects the House to also override the latest veto because it initially passed by a large margin.
Memorial ride scheduled Sunday
Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride will be held Sunday at the courthouse. A ceremony to honor veterans will be at 10 a.m., featuring singer James Rogers, with the ride starting at 11 destined for the veterans overlook in Grainger County. Participants will ride down Dolly Parton Parkway toward Newport. Anyone is welcome to join the rally or on the ride. There will be police escorts along the route. Some downtown streets will be closed until after the riders depart.
Bredesen in his veto message called this year’s version “expansive and dangerous.” Jackson said he’s reached out to the governor to get details of his concerns, but “I have had no communication from the administration.” “If the governor believes the legislation poses a threat to public safety, then I think communication should have taken place between the executive branch and the legislative branch,” he said.
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“It’s time for this policy to go. It doesn’t reflect America’s best values of equal opportunity, and it’s not good for the military.” — U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., on the military’s don’t ask-don’t tell policy of gays in the military
“Now we know the true scale of the monster we are fighting in the Gulf. BP has unleashed an unstoppable force of appalling proportions.” — Jeremy Symons, vice president of the National Wildlife Federation
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Republican bubble may get deflated In a rather charming video at randpaul2010.com, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate from Kentucky, Rand Paul himself, a libertarian by birthright, says that he was not named for Ayn Rand. The writer is acclaimed as a prophet by many libertarians, although she once said she would rather vote for the Marx Brothers than a libertarian. No, says Paul. The candidate chuckles and says his first name was actually “Randal.” His wife called him “Rand” and it stuck. He goes on to express great admiration for the other Rand, the lady who invented “Objectivism” as a raging individualistic, anti-government political and cultural philosophy in the 1940s. He read all her books and she led him, intellectually, to the Austrian school of “laissez faire” economics and governance — which finally can mean no government. I would guess that he has also read Federalist Paper 51, written as an anti-big government tract in 1788 by James Madison. If he has not, he should, although it is probably too late. In the flush of his victory in the Republican primary last week, he stretched his own anti-government attitude to more or less defend segregation and attack government for picking on corporations just because they destroy things like the national economy or the Gulf of Mexico. This is what Madison could have told him in the paper that famously argued for “checks and balances” in a democratic society: “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” Ironically, the most recent (and fatally flawed) comparison of men and angels came from the most famous of Ayn Rand’s acolytes, Alan Greenspan, who worked for the lady when he was a young man. He went on to great distinction, becoming chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve for 18 years. In explaining how he missed the warning signs of the housing and market bubbles from that lofty perch he said: “I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organizations, specifically banks and others, were such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and their equity in the firms.” Ah, yes. If bankers were angels we might not need a Federal Reserve system. And they are not the only anti-regulation, anti-government conservatives to ignore the necessary connection between human nature and governance. In last Sunday’s New York Times, Sam Tanenhaus recounted William F. Buckley’s epiphany on states rights, civil rights and big government, writing: “One fierce opponent of civil rights legislation, William F. Buckley Jr., admitted as much. ‘I once believed we could evolve our way up from Jim Crow,’ Mr. Buckley said in 2004. ‘I was wrong: federal intervention was necessary.’” Ah, yes. If only those Southern sheriffs and their ilk were angels. Rand Paul, it seems, is going to try to stay out of sight and sound for a while. He canceled a coveted spot on “Meet the Press” last Sunday. I assume he is sitting down now with friends and advisers to try to figure out how to turn his principles and philosophy into sane political patter. His charm and ideas may have been salable in a Republican primary in a border state, but he sounded like a fool in the days after his Kentucky victory. He may be revealed as a great philosopher. But politics isn’t philosophy, or as Peter Finley Dunne said a long time ago, “It ain’t beanbag.” And governance ain’t a tea party. The Republicans have been thriving on the conventional wisdom that they will do well in November because voters are angry at Washington. That might happen. But the contradictions between human nature and what Republicans are talking about these days could deflate that particular political bubble. — Richard Reeves, a presidential scholar and expert on six presidents, is the author of several books, including profiles of Richard Nixon and John Kennedy. Column distributed by Universal Syndicate.
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SIS, Catlettsburg students sell lemonade for good causes For some area youngsters, charity work isn’t their thing. It’s more like their cup of lemonade. That’s been the case over the last couple of weeks when students at Sevierville Intermediate and Catlettsburg Elementary set up lemonade stands to raise money for worthy causes. At Sevierville Intermediate, the cause was the flood victims in Nashville and was the brainchild of fourth-grader Alexandria Ramsey. She was in a dance competition a few weeks ago when the torrential storms rolled through, and her teacher heard that the No. 1 need was money. So passionate was Alexandria that she went to Principal Terri Dodge. During Field Day week, students sold cups of lemonade for 50 cents, and also sold fruit snacks and juice.
The Sevierville Fire Department donated ice. Inspired by Alexandria and with the help of her friends, SIS raised about $1,000 to donate to the American Red Cross to help flood victims. At Catlettsburg, the charity was childhood cancer research and the fundraiser was the brainchild of thirdgrade teacher Jessica Justus, with help from colleague Kim DeBusk. When Justus heard about Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a national organization, she thought it was perfect for her students. Students were assigned to a number of details. As at SIS, the lemonade stands at Catlettsburg were open during field day hours. The young students took the project to heart. “They bring their own money
and buy the lemonade, too,” said DeBusk. “They’ve worked very hard, and I think they’ve done a wonderful job.” The original Alex’s Lemonade Stand belonged to Alex Scott, diagnosed with cancer shortly after her first birthday. The day after she got out of the hospital after her fourth birthday, Alex wanted to open a stand so she could help doctors. She raised $2,000 that year, and the seeds to her foundation were planted. Going into their last day, Catlettsburg students had raised over $600 toward their $1,000 goal. Add that to the thousand dollars raised at SIS for another good charity and it comes to a tidy sum for worthy causes. Join us in raising a glass — of lemonade — in a toast to a lot of hardworking third- and fourth-graders.
Public forum Criminals on way to trial should read Ten Commandments
Editor: I have before me a copy of the Constitution of the U.S., which I think should be a required study in our public schools. I also think that our president and Congress should also study this great document. We’re taught in the Holy Bible to pray for our leaders and those in authority, and each of us needs to do that today like never before. God has blessed the U.S. like no other nation on earth and I think it is because it was founded as a nation where we could have freedom of religion. Many of our civil laws were made from Christian laws. Wouldn’t it be a good thing if, as a criminal was carried into the courthouse for trial, they see and read the Ten Commandments which are written in God’s Holy Bible? If criminals had been taught these commandments as a child, maybe our jails wouldn’t be so overcrowded today, because they teach you not to kill, steal, lie, commit sexual sins or to covet what does not belong to you. Those who are so opposed to the Christian
religion in the U.S. are free to leave our country, as there are many places in the world where they can go and Christianity is strictly forbidden. May God continue to bless America and may we always honor our veterans and those in the military service of our country who have helped to keep us free. Melba Oakley Gatlinburg
God wants all people to love him, if they choose
Editor: Once again I’ve been told to shut up or leave this country. At least I didn’t have a cross burned on my lawn. Many of my friends came back to this country and got spit upon, so why should I think anything has changed. When I started my ministry it was to serve God only, not religion. It’s my belief no religious group has the right to shove their beliefs on another. Anyone living in our country has the right to worship with their own belief. We are, I think, a free nation. I serve God, not religion. Some people think we should complicate God, but God
wants all people to love him, if they choose. I don’t condemn anyone because of their beliefs. Certain people think they control others because they think they are right and everyone else is wrong. When the Democrats were creating this so-called recession, as some believe, what were the Republicans doing? They were supposed to have been in charge. Why can’t Americans be responsible for their own actions? Christians are taught Jesus died for everyone’s sins. So, why do they preach hell and Lake of Fire? It’s only scare tactics. if a person keeps God in his or her heart and does good, then why should there be a need of a place called hell? I help homeless veterans and homeless families. All my donations are for them. God provides the needs and we serve God. All I ask is, when and if I do leave this country, I’m afraid my homeless vets and families will be herded like cattle. I’ve already told them that because this is such a strong Christian community they don’t have a homeless problem here. This was told to me 20 years ago. Thomas Bordeaux Sevierville
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PREP TENNIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
TKA tennis player makes state final Christine Ngo Gwodog of Cameroon could give TKA its 2nd-ever state title By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor
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Christine Ngo Gwodog returns a shot to her semifinal opponent Anna Catherine Foster at the state championships in Murfreesboro. After losing the first set 0-6, Ngo Gwodog rallied to win 6-1, 6-4 and advance to the state final this morning at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.
MURFREESBORO — This morning Christine Ngo Gwodog goes for a state championship. The 17-year-old from The King’s Academy hopes to bring back the school’s second-ever state title after an early morning match with Sadie Shackelford of St. Andrews-Sewanee. It won’t be the first time the pair have met. Shackelford topped Ngo Gwondog in the finals of the region tournament, dealing TKA’s sensation from Cameroon her only loss of the year. “That match was pretty one-sided,” TKA coach Adam Hall said. “She only won maybe a handful of games. “It’s kind of sweet,” Hall continued, “hopefully we’ll get a little taste of revenge in the final. I think (Christine) is ready.”
Thursday afternoon it looked like Ngo Gwondog had more than she wanted from Anna Catherine Feaster of Knoxville Webb. After losing the first set of her semifinal matchup 6-0, Ngo Gwondog buckled down for what would be a jaw-dropping come-frombehind win. She took the second set 6-1, and then fought through a tough back-and-forth battle to claim the decisive third set 6-4. The junior is playing her first season for the Lions, but she’s already made a huge impression with her coach. “She’s the best that I’ve ever played against or coached or anything,” Hall said. “When she came to the school I was told she was good at tennis, but I didn’t know anything about her. I watched her hit for about 15 minutes and it was obvious that I had a great player on my hands.”
PREP TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coaches proud of Fox’s effort in hurdles this season By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer MURFREESBORO — Sevier County High School Smoky Bearette sophomore Hayley Fox may have been disappointed about her performance in the 100meter hurdles at the state championship preliminary Wednesday afternoon at the Middle Tennessee State University track complex in Murfreesboro, but she’s had a lot of positives and accomplishments throughout her second high school season. “We’re just so proud of the way she’s worked this year,” said SCHS coach Jonathan Brewer, following Fox’ sixteenth-place finish at state. “(If you would have asked if Hayley
would have made it to state before the season), I probably wouldn’t have said yes. “But she cut about two seconds off her time just to get here. And when you cut two seconds off your time, that’s pretty impressive. But that’s what she had to do, and that’s what she did to get here. “She might have been a little star struck (Wednesday), and she didn’t run good today, but that takes nothing away from her season. “We’re not displeased at all with the way she’s ran, and we’re very proud of her.” Fox set the SCHS school record with a time of 15.90 in the 100-meter hurdles at last week’s region/sectional meet. But Wednesday, she had trouble out of the
blocks, which affected her entire race along with her finishing time of 16.73 seconds. “She came out of the gates a little slow and had some trouble with her first three hurdles, but she ran her last seven hurdles great,” said Brewer. “She’s had great form all year long, but she just had a little mishap with the first couple of hurdles (Wednesday) and it cost her. “And when you get to this level of competition, you have room for zero mistakes. When you make a mistake at state, you pay for it. But being a sophomore, she’ll learn from it, she’ll work hard and she’ll be here again next year.” email@example.com
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Morristown East’s Taelor Slaughter (1) edged out Sevier County sophomore Madison Pickel (3) by 0.04 seconds to capture the last spot to advance to Thursday’s finals in the 400 meter at the MTSU track complex. PREP TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Pickel blisters SCHS 400 record, takes 9th at state meet By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer
Boston Celtics players, from left, Ray Allen (20), Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett watch from the bench, the final moments of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, May 26. Orlando won 113-92.
Celtics hope to avoid choke, reach finals By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BOSTON — It’s a good thing for the Boston Celtics that the NBA rescinded center Kendrick Perkins’ technical foul and nixed his suspension. He might be the only big man they have left. Perkins was ejected
from Boston’s 113-92 loss to Orlando in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night after picking up two technicals in the first half. The league rescinded one on Thursday, clearing Perkins to play in Game 6 when Boston tries for the third time to eliminate the Magic and advance to the
NBA finals. “We know what we haven’t done, and what we need to do,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Thursday. “I think we’ll be ready to do it tomorrow night.” Even with Perkins, the Celtics will still be shorthanded. See CELTICS, Page A9
MURFREESBORO — The best thing about being a sophomore is there’s always next year. Despite shattering the old school record by 3.2 seconds in the 400-meter dash and finishing as the seventh fastest runner in the state track championship preliminary held Wednesday night at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Sevier County High School Smoky Bearette sophomore Madison Pickel was edged out of Thursday night’s finals. In Wednesday’s preliminaries, two eight-runner heats were ran to determine the top eight girls to advance to tonight’s finals. Pickel will not be included in that group, because TSSAA rules say that the top three finishers in each heat automatically qualify for the finals, with the final two slots determined by overall fastest time. If Pickel would have ran in the second heat, her school record-setting time of 1:00.10 — which eclipsed
her own record mark set earlier this season — was good enough for second place and a berth into the finals. But because she ran in the first heat, she leaves Murfreesboro with a ninthplace finish ... just out of the medals. “She got sixth place in a very, very fast heat,” said SCHS track coach Jonathan Brewer from the stands of the MTSU track complex. “She ran faster than all the girls but one in the (second) heat. “But they still had to take the top three in the second heat, because that’s just the way they do it. Ninety-nine percent of the time, it works out good. This is one of those rare cases that it didn’t, and not the eight fastest girls are (moving on to the finals). “Say what you want to say, but she’s just a sophomore and all those girls she was running against were juniors and seniors. “I’m just proud of her effort, proud of her being able to make it here and to compete the way she did. And she’s just a sophomore, so she’ll be back next year, she’ll compete and she’ll get
faster.” Like salt added to a wound, Pickel was edged out of the eight spot by Morristown East’s Taelor Slaughter — a rival sprinter Pickel had defeated in races earlier this season — by a mere four-hundredths of a second. But Pickel refused to make any excuses for not advancing. “It’s frustrating, because I’ve beaten (Slaughter) before,” said Pickel. “But I guess I just need to finish harder.” Pickel had built a lead over Slaughter through most of the race, but the Lady Hurricane gained ground inside of 30 meters and took the Bearette by a nose at the finish line. “I guess it makes it worse, because I’ve beaten her before, but she beat me here (Wednesday),” said Pickel. “I should have qualified, but I just need to learn to finish harder. “It makes me want to come back next year and do better.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sevier County’s Kel McCarter passes the baton to Brett Pippin during the 4x200 relay at the Blue Cross Spring Fling in Murfreesboro. The team qualified for the finals today by finishing winning their heat and finishing third in the preliminaries.
SCHS track stars do well at state By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer MURFREESBORO — It was a day of highs and lows for the Sevier County High School track team Thursday at the Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. On the high side of things, the Smoky Bears boys’ team is qualified for four finals events to be ran tonight at MTSU, including senior Jeremiah Foster in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, the 4X200 relay team and the 4X800 relay team. But on the other side of the emotional spectrum, senior distance star Alex McCandless blacked out and collapsed just short of the finish line in what would have been a record finish in the 800 meter, the boys’ 4X400 relay team missed finals with a 14th-place finish in the prelims, and junior Alexis Conner advanced to the finals in the long jump but placed ninth, one place away from receiving a state medal. “I don’t know if we’ve ever had a day that was such a good day, but at the same time such a bad day where things happened to people on your team that just kills you,” said SCHS coach Jonathan Brewer. “But at the same time, we ran extremely well in a lot
of races. “It was just a roller coaster day. But I’m proud of the way everyone competed, and I’m proud of how they’ve represented Sevier County, our area and our region.” Alex McCandless in the 800 meter: McCandless paced himself through the first lap and then pulled away from the pack in the second and final lap in a top-three group seemingly destined to punch a ticket to Friday night’s state championship finals. But then the unthinkable happened, and McCandless collapsed hard onto the track just about 10 feet short of the finish line. McCandless regained consciousness, got to his feet and finished the heat
in last place with a time of 2:08.66, but his chance to advance to the championship race was lost. “It was just one of those situations where he blacked out,” said Brewer. “He said he didn’t feel it coming. “Whenever you run that type of race, it’s very physically demanding and grueling. He was feeling some pain, but you feel that pain every time you run that race. “He was just telling himself to push through it, and he just blacked out at the end.” McCandless was on pace to shatter his own SCHS record by two full seconds when he collapsed. “It’s just unfortunate, and it’s hard to even find the words to talk to him after something like that, because it’s impos-
sible to say anything that would make him feel better in this situation,” said Brewer. “But you’re not ever disappointed when a kid goes out there and runs a race with everything he has but then comes up a little short. “We’re not at all disappointed or upset. We’re just sort of heartbroken for him.” But McCandless doesn’t expect Thursday’s 800 meter to be his final prep performance. According to Brewer, the runner has every intention to line up with the 4X800 relay
Backup Glen “Big Baby” Davis was diagnosed with a concussion after blacking out on the court from an inadvertent elbow to the face in Game 5. Rasheed Wallace tweaked his back in the game and couldn’t even sit down to watch film on Thursday. Rivers said they are both gametime decisions. Reserve Marquis Daniels also sustained a concussion, and he has been all but ruled out for Friday night’s game. “Our mentality is: We just have to lace them up and go play,” Rivers said. “We have a lot of bumps and bruises right now, but we’ll be OK.” The Celtics need a victory Friday night to avoid a trip back to Orlando for a seventh game, where a Magic victory would make them the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-ofseven playoff series. “I didn’t like being in a 3-0 hole, but it’s still doable. I don’t think we’ve had a lack of belief,” Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We can’t go back and get those first three. ... I don’t know why we didn’t get at it, I don’t know why we didn’t play with the same type of energy in the first three games. I really do not know.” Only four times in North American pro sports history has a team come back from a 3-0 deficit. But the Magic wouldn’t even be the first to do it this month in Boston: The Bruins led the NHL’s Eastern Conference semis 3-0 before the
Philadelphia Flyers came back to advance — celebrating in the very same TD Garden locker room where the Magic dress. “I would doubt that players would get affected by what happened in another sport,” Van Gundy said. “I would have a hard time believing that. I don’t think most of our guys on any of our teams follow hockey very much.” What started as an unprecedented pipe dream — Boston had never even needed a sixth game after going up 3-0 — is now more realistic as the Magic gain confidence and the Celtics lose personnel. “It’s another closeout game on their home court,” Magic forward Rashard Lewis said. “I think the game on Friday will most definitely be the hardest game of the playoffs that we’ve ever faced. They’re a veteran team. They’ll come out with a lot of energy and a lot of heart, and I’m sure they’re not going to want to come back to Orlando.” Perkins was called for two technicals on Wednesday night — an automatic ejection — and since that gave him seven total in the playoffs he was in line for a mandatory one-game suspension. But the league rescinded the second “T” on Thursday — taking the rare step of announcing it in a news release — clearing him to play. Rivers said he was planning all along to use Perkins. “I knew he would play tomorrow,” Rivers said. “I’m a little disappointed that both technicals weren’t rescinded. I think they both should have been; I’ll take the one. Unfortunately, we can’t get those calls back.”
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â€œWe knew we had one of the best 4X200 teams in the state coming in. But going into the finals ranked third doesnâ€™t mean anything, because we still have to perform.â€?
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team in tonightâ€™s final at MTSU. â€œHeâ€™s planning on racing,â€? said Brewer. â€œIt was just one of those things that his body stopped working for him, but heâ€™s planning on coming back for the 4X800, and Iâ€™m sure heâ€™ll go out there and Jonathan Brewer, SCHS give another 110-percent track head coach effort like heâ€™s done all year.â€? 1:30.00, earning the boys a spot in tonightâ€™s chamJeremiah Foster in pionship race at MTSU. the 110- and 300-meThe Bears turned in ter hurdles: a great prelims perforFor the second consecu- mance, earning their best tive year, Foster qualified time of the season despite for the state finals in both the handicap of running the 110- and 300-meter out of Lane 8, the most hurdles with Thursday challenging position in a prelim times of 15.10 and relay event. 39.77 respectively. â€œBut we knew we had a â€œWeâ€™ve said it over and good shot, and we knew over,â€? said Brewer. â€œFor we had one of the best the last two years, heâ€™s 4X200 teams in the state basically been the back- coming in,â€? said Brewer. bone of our track team. â€œBut going into the finals â€œHe just consistently ranked third doesnâ€™t mean performs at a very high anything, because we still level, and thatâ€™s very evi- have to perform (tonight). dent by him making the â€œBut I feel if we run our finals of both hurdles best time of the year, we events as a junior and this have a shot to win it, or at year as a senior. least finish state runnersâ€œJeremiah Foster had a up.â€? very impressive day. He broke the school record Alexis Conner jumps once again in the 110 hur- just short of a state dles, and heâ€™ll run faster medal: than that (in the finals). Although she just missed Heâ€™ll run faster in the 300 getting a state medal with hurdles (in the finals).â€? a ninth-place finish in the state long jump champiThe boysâ€™ 4X200 relay onship Thursday mornteam advances to ing at MTSU, Conner has finals: improved dramatically The SCHS boysâ€™ 4X200 from last seasonâ€™s 14threlay team of Kel McCarter, place finish at state and Brett Pippin, Brandon has another year to keep White and Dustin Hurst building. won their preliminary In the girlsâ€™ long jump heat and earned the third event, nine leapers fastest time of the day advance past prelims into Thursday with a mark of
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Sevier Countyâ€™s Jeremiah Foster runs 110 hurdles at the state championships in Murfreesboro. Just fractions of a second ahead of Foster is Jeremy Merriweather of Bartlett High School. Foster finished seventh in the state. the finals. Conner was one of those nine to advance, but she came short of the medal stand with her best finals leap of 16-feet-6.25. â€œEven though she didnâ€™t get a medal, this year she moved up five spots at state,â€? said Brewer. â€œAnd we only expect her to improve on that next year, and weâ€™re pretty excited about it.â€? With four seniors plac-
ing above her in the state finals, Conner will enter next season ranked No.5 in the state in the event. â€œSheâ€™s improved by almost a foot every year in the long jump, and I donâ€™t see why that wouldnâ€™t continue next year,â€? said Brewer. â€œWeâ€™re excited about what sheâ€™s done this year, and what sheâ€™s going to do in the future.â€? email@example.com
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Smokies start Biscuits series with 3-0 win HUNTSVILLE, Ala. â€“ The Tennessee Smokies shut-out the Montgomery Biscuits 3-0 to take the series opener at Riverwalk Stadium on Wednesday night. Austin Bibens-Dirkx recorded his third win of the season with a dominant performance on the mound. He pitched seven innings while just allowing two hits and no runs in the game. Bibens-Dirkx got stronger as the game went on, as he retired the final seventeen batters he faced. The Smokies took the first lead in the game in the top of the third inning. Josh Vitters began the inning with a single followed by an error that sent him to second. He advanced to third on a groundout by Steve Clevenger, then scored the first run of the game as he touched home plate on Marquez Smithâ€™s ground
error by third baseman Matthew Sweeney helped score Smith and Vitters to extend the Smokies lead Austin Bibens-Dirkx to 3-0. Taking over for BibensDirkx on the mound, David Cales pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Scott Maine recorded his fourth save of the season by pitching a scoreless bottom of the ninth. The Biscuits would get two runners on base against Maine, but he struck out Sweeney to end the game ball that was turned into a in a Smokies victory. double play. The Smokies out-hit the An error helped Biscuits 17 hits to three, Tennessee add more runs and as a team left eight in the top of the seventh. men on base. Blake Lalli With runners on second and Steve Clevenger both and third, Tony Campana had three-hit nights, with hit a single and a throwing both players going 3-4 at
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