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The Mountain Press ◆ Friday, May 28, 2010
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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Dandridge hosts second annual Dexfest June 17-20 Submitted report DANDRIDGE — The second annual Cosmic Convergence festival known as Dexfest will be June 17-20 at Sherman Oaks Campground. Dexfest is a four-day multiple stage music event and features some national as well as regional musicians. The main stage headliners include Conspirator, featuring members of the jam/electronica act the Disco Biscuits as well as one of Colorado’s most popular touring acts, EOTO, with String Cheese Incident members Jason Hann and Michael Travis. For information, schedule or to purchase advance tickets visit www.dexfest.com.
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The Mountain Press for Friday, May 28, 2010