The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 149 ■ May 29, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Uncle, friend: Atkins said he killed man, burned body
By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer
5Eyes on the prize Lions’ Gwodog shoots for a state championship on the tennis court SPORTS, Page A8
SEVIERVILLE — Anthony Atkins’ uncle and a close friend told Judge Dwight Stokes on Friday that Atkins admitted to them he killed Jeff Harlan King Sr. after King threatened him with a knife, then Atkins allegedly tried to burn and bury the body. That gave Stokes enough to send Atkins’ case on to the grand jury, which also must find probable cause for the charges before the case is set for trial. Atkins is
“He said, ‘You wouldn’t believe what fire does to a human body.’’’ — Witness Shannon Parton
charged with first-degree murder of King, whose body was found in late April. It was Atkins’ friend, Shannon Parton, who first told detectives he believed King had been murdered, according to testimony
during Friday’s preliminary hearing. Parton testified that Atkins claimed King came at him with a knife during a dispute, then Atkins struck King with a woodsplitting tool, killing him. Parton said Atkins told him about burning the body and burying it afterward. “He said, ‘You wouldn’t believe what fire does to a human body,’’’ Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press Parton testified from the witness Anthony C. Atkins, charged stand. in the death of Jeff Harlan During the late-night admis- King, listens to testimony during his preliminary hearSee ATKINS, Page A4 ing Friday.
Witness: 3 planned to rob elderly woman 5’Diff’rent’ Strokes’ star dies Childhood star Gary Coleman dead of brain hemorrhage at 42 NATION, Page A5
Animal cruelty hearing held Man charged with setting kittens on fire bound over to grand jury Page A3
Weather Today Mostly cloudy High: 84°
Tonight Mostly cloudy Low: 61° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Frank Bird, 93 Joy Jenkins Cecil Atchley, 88 DETAILS, Page A4
Index Local & State . A1-A4,A6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . A8-A11 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A16 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A16 Classifieds . . . . . A13-A15 Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . A5
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76-year-old was killed on May 7 By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — Mary Jo Miller’s killers went to her home expecting to get as much as $1,000 in cash from her and instead wound up splitting $50 among the three of them, a witness said Friday. Authorities have charged Steven Weaver, Theodore Ratliff and Shannon Rodney Baltimore, all of Knoxville, with killing the 76-yearold Miller May 7 in her Day Drive home in north Sevier County. Weaver waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday, and Baltimore’s is set for June 4. Judge Dwight Stokes bound Ratliff’s case over to the grand jury Friday after a preliminary hearing that lasted more than 90 minutes in General Sessions Court. Weaver’s niece, Amy Brown, testified she drove the three men to Miller’s home because Weaver said he needed one of them to help him fix Miller’s lawn mower, which he had broken earlier. While she was driving them — with her 3-year-old daughter in the car — the men began talking about plans to rob the woman. When they emerged
Photos by Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press
Amy Brown, the niece of Steven Weaver, a suspect in the slaying of 76-year-old Mary Jo Miller, is shown a photograph by prosecutor Jimmy Dunn during a hearing Friday morning. with Miller’s purse and some cash after going in her home, Brown said she knew something had happened, but she maintained she didn’t know that Miller was dead. “I knew they’d done something, but I didn’t know they’d killed her,” Brown said, later adding, “She was a good woman.” She heard the three men go inside, and she
Steven Weaver waives his right to a preliminary hearing as District Attorney Jimmy Dunn looks on.
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Fast track to helping kids Speedpark’s home office donates to children’s home
By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer
By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — PARC Management CEO Randy Drew and other executives visited its NASCAR SpeedPark on Friday to present a $1,500 check to the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home for the Cherish the Child Foundation. “We believe the wellness of children is the barometer of health in communities,” Drew said. “Wellness includes the mind, the body and the spirit, and we support education, health and faith-based nonprofit organizations.” PARC Management LLC is a family entertainment provider with 25
Monday’s speaker says Memorial Day is a special holiday
strengthen families and children in the communities served by PARC Management parks. All team members are encouraged to be involved in their communities with the foundation helping to facilitate that action. Drew said that PARC chooses a nonprofit foundation each year to assist.
Col. Stephen Holbert plans to deliver more than the traditional Memorial Day’s message during Monday’s ceremony at the Sevier County Courthouse. “Americans need to do more than just honor the past,” said Holbert, a U.S. Air Force veteran and Sevier County native. “We need to be responsible citizens. We need to be aware of what’s going on in our country and vote to place the right people in office. Why do we assume that someone else will take care of these things?” Holbert is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10025 and a member and past commander of American Legion Post 104. He flew the C-123 while serving in Vietnam, in Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War. His military awards and decorations include The Distinguished Flying Cross, five air medals, two Meritorius Service Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal, nine Vietnam Service medals and the Southwest Asia Service Medal. Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters will open the 11 a.m. ceremony and the Marine Corps League Chapter
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PARC Management CEO Randy Drew, left, presents a check for $1,500 to Tim Nuckels, Smoky Mountain Children’s Home assistant director, on Friday. theme parks, water parks and entertainment venues across the United States and Canada. Its mission is to create treasured memories for families in a safe, clean and fun environment. The company purchased the Sevierville NASCAR SpeedPark in July 2008. PARC Foundation, the nonprofit arm of PARC Management, operates to
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Editor’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.
SATURDAY, MAY 29 Rummage Sale
Seymour UMC youth rummage sale. Bring donations to church. 573-9711 or www.seymourumc.org for details.
Spaghetti dinner 6 p.m, at Rescue Squad. Proceeds benefit Carol Deleeuw for medical bills. Adults $7, children under 12 $4.
Cummings Chapel cemetery decoration. Donations for upkeep accepted.
McMahan Baptist Church singing 7 p.m. 110 Henderson Avenue, Sevierville.
Gospel singing at Covemont Baptist Church, Wears Valley, 7 p.m. with Three for Thee and others.
Red Bank Baptist
Red Bank Baptist Church, Newport Highway, singing 7 p.m. with The Nickell Family and The Camerons.
Benefit rummage sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverside RV Park, 4280 Boyds Creek Highway. All proceeds benefit the mission group’s orphanage in Honduras. 453-7299.
sunDAY, MAY 30
Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride opening ceremony 10 a.m. at courthouse; ride at 11 to Grainger County veterans overlook.
Glades Lebanon Baptist Church benefit singing 7 p.m., 820 E. Highland Drive, with Parton Family, Everett Ball, others. Proceeds to Cancer Society. 436-3970 or 6400654.
Gists Creek Baptist
Gists Creek Baptist Church singing 6 p.m. with The Partons.
Medic blood drive 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Murphy’s Chapel, 1569 Promise Way, Sevierville.
Pilgrim’s Covenant Church youth and women’s ministries meets 7 p.m., American Legion, Sevierville. 366-0001.
Pilgrims Covenant Church worship service 2 p.m., American Legion building, Sevierville. 366-0001.
THURSDAY, JUNE 3
MONDAY, MAY 31
“Invictus” shown at 6 p.m., Anna Porter Library, Gatlinburg. Free; bring popcorn and soft drinks. 436-5588.
Hot Meals For Hungry Hearts 5:30-6:30 p.m., Henderson Chapel Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge. Sponsored by SMARM.
Right To Life
Sevier County Right To Life meets at 5:30 p.m. in Pigeon Forge Library. Karen Black Mercer, who counsels women considering abortions, will speak. 908-2689.
Burchfield Memorial Church yard sale 8 a.m., Hillbilly Landscaping, Highway 411.
Medic blood drives: n 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Big Lots, Sevierville, 3224 West Main Street. Bloodmobile n 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food City, Seymour, 11503 Chapman Highway. Bloodmobile.
Gatlinburg Garden Club
Gatlinburg Garden Club meets 1 p.m. at Gatlinburg Community Center. Program: Installation of officers and awarding of scholarship.
Sevier County Democratic Party meets at 7 p.m. at courthouse.
Garlands of Grace
Garlands of Grace Bible study for women, 10 a.m., Seymour Heights Christian Church, 436-0313.
Women’s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge n 2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road n 6:30 p.m. Sevierville UMC, Conference Room
TUESDAY, JUNE 1 Alzheimer’s Support Alzheimer’s support group meets 6 p.m. at MountainBrook Village, 428-2445 Ext. 107.
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30-6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Sevierville and Kodak United Methodist. 933-5996.
New Center Rockets
Gatlinburg First UMC, 6 p.m., fellowship of contemporary music and worship followed by meal. 436-4691.
Boyds Creek Singing
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Worship services 6:30 p.m., Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge. 216-2066.
Tent revival 7 p.m. today then daily at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Mountain View Baptist Church, 1406 Walt Price Road, Sevierville. Evangelist Lynn Martin from Louisiana.
Medic blood drive 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Grand Resort Hotel, Pigeon Forge. Boyds Creek Baptist Church monthly service in song 7 p.m. with Faith Trio.
Middle Creek UMC
Mountain View Revival
New Center Rockets football spring practice 6 p.m. at school. Practices Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 640-5344.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2
Donations needed for upkeep of cemetery. Send to Banner Baptist Cemetery, c/o James “Lum” Ownby, 1423 Goose Gap Road, Sevierville 37876.
TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.
Kindness Counts meets at 7 p.m., Pigeon Forge Community Park, pavilion 1. 654-2684.
Scrapbook Club meets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m. Whispering Winds Scrapbook retreat off Snapp Road. 4293721.
Women’s Bible Study Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast, Garrett, Gatlinburg n 6:30 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC
Celebrate Recovery, meal from, 5-6 p.m. and 6:30 service then small groups. Kodak United Methodist Church. Childcare provided.
Medic blood drive noon6 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Kodak.
New Center Rockets
New Center Rockets football spring practice 6 p.m. at school. Practices Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 640-5344.
FRIDAY, JUNE 4
Medic blood drive 10 a..-6 p.m. Food City, Gatlinburg, 1219 East Parkway. Bloodmobile.
Wearwood Elementary School spaghetti supper 5-6:30 p.m., auction 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Rodger and Penny Brackins for medical bills. Adult $10; 10 and under, $5.
Pilgrim’s Covenant Church youth group trip to Cades Cove. 3660001.
Bethany Baptist Church revival 6:30 p.m. with Michael Allen and Bob Zavattiieri.
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Submitted report Four-year-old Ivy Maples, daughter of Pamela Brehm and Delmar Maples Jr., has been participating in beauty pageants since she was 3 months old. To date she has accumulated 43 trophies, 10 crowns and three sashes. Ivy traveled to Nashville recently where she competed in the Sunburst Tennessee/Kentucky state finals and was crowned the 2010 Tennessee State Sunshine Queen. She placed second runnerup in the top five, winning prettiest hair, second runnerup in daycare wear, first runnerup in top model, second runnerup in photogenic and first runnerup in portfolio. Not only does she hold a state title in Sunburst, she also holds the title of Little Miss Glitz Tennessee. She is set to travel to Orlando, Fla., in late July to advance her title in the Little Miss Glitz nationals where reality show “Toddlers and Tiaras” is scheduled to film the competition. Ivy will be filmed during the competition as she represents Sevier County and Tennessee. Also possibly film-
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ARRESTS 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 Sierra Jordan Brogan, 22, of 512 T St., Seymour, was charged May 28 with domestic violence assault and was being held. u William Timothy Brooks, 42, of Dandridge was being held on a caias misdemeanor warrant. u Harold Kenneth Cooper, 30, of 364 Wolftown Road, Sevierville, was charged May 27 with public intoxication and was being held. u Scott Anthony Eddington, 30, of 426 Ski Mountain Road Apt. 164, Gatlinburg, was charged May 28 with disturbing the peace and was being held. u Bruce Lynn Garver, 24, of 4310 Parton Sutton Road, Pigeon Forge, was being held for violation of probation and capias misdemeanor warrant. u Christopher Lynn Hall, 39, of 217 South Flat Creek, Sevierville, was charged May 28 with aggravated domestic assault and was being held. u Cori Rae Hall, 34, of 3009 Amanda Drive, Sevierville, was charged May 28 with aggravated burglary and was being held. u Cheryl Lynn Hans, 43, of 158 Water Tower Road, Sevierville, was charged May 28 with DUI and criminal impersonation and was released on $3,250 bond. u Bill Albert Honeycutt, 68, of 2541 Roberts Road, Kodak,
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was charged with allowing animals to roam at large and was released. u Martin Dennis King, 44, of Mascot, Tenn., was charged May 27 with DUI and was being held. u Donnie Travis Matthews, 28, of 1903 Douglas Dam Road, Sevierville, was charged May 27 with aggravated burglary and was released. u Jason Lynn McGill, 26, of 2303 Four Point Lane, Sevierivlle, was being held for violation of probation. u Wanda Loretta Pittman, 42, of 1262 Sufar Loaf Road, Seierivlle, was charged with
violation of probation third offense and was released. u Alvin Nathan Price, 29, of 909 Little Cove Road, Sevierville, was charged with violation of probation and was released. u Nicole Frances Sise, 28, of Knoxville was charged May 28 with drug possession and was being held on $7,500 bond. u Jeffery Ray Walker, 44, of 210 Conner Heights Road, Pigeon Forge, was charged May 27 with evading arrest, possession of burglary tools and three counts of theft of property and was being held on $11,000 bond.
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Three arrested for aggravated assault, related charges
Animal cruelty case headed for grand jury
By JEFF FARRELL The Mountain Press SEVIERVILLE — Judge Dwight Stokes sent animal cruelty charges on to the grand jury Friday for one of two men who allegedly set several live kittens on fire. Christopher Schneider, of 3535 Walking Horse Lane, faces five counts of aggravated cruelty to animals. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday, but public defender Kimberly Haas asked Stokes to reduce his bond from $25,000 to $12,500. She told Stokes that Schneider has served in the military, had no prior convictions and has family living in this area, arguing he was not a risk to flee. Stokes declined, saying that the bond properly reflected the gravity of the charges against Schneider. Authorities allegedly learned of the activities after someone sent the Sevier County Humane Society video of the actions that had been circulated by text messages. Aaron S. Kunak, of 1869 Sunnydale Drive, was also charged in the crime. n firstname.lastname@example.org
Man arrested after being caught in home Submitted report A Sevier County man has been arrested after a homeowner caught the suspect in his home on Lindsey Drive Thursday. Sheriff Ron Seals said the homeowner arrived and found his front door partially opened. The homeowner Matthews went inside and got a weapon, then encountered a man who jumped out of a second story window and fled on foot. The homeowner called 911 and officers arrived and talked to several neighbors who saw the suspect fleeing the area. Information from the witnesses led officers to a nearby home at 1903 Douglas Dam Road where the suspect was identified and taken into custody without incident. Charged with aggravated burglary is Donnie Travis Matthews, 28, of 1903 Douglas Dam Road. He was arraigned before a magistrate and a $5,000 bond set. A June 23 hearing date has been scheduled. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective James Breeden at 4281899.
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The Civilian Conservation Corps era building at Clingmans Dome is being renovated into a new visitor contact station.
Park seeks volunteers to man visitor station Submitted Report Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to help staff a new visitor contact station at Clingmans Dome when it opens on Saturday, June 19. The building that served as a comfort station, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is being renovated and converted into a seasonal information center that will also include a bookstore/sales area managed by Great Smoky Mountains Association. The center sits at an elevation of 6,300 feet and will be a point source of information on the national park, in general, and on this high elevation spruce-fir ecosystem in particular. Volunteers are needed to assist in educating visitors about the park and providing recreational and trip
planning information and directions to other destinations. “In the past, visitors to this popular destination did not have a chance to obtain information on their high elevation visit or have questions answered, including the most asked, ‘What caused the trees to die?’” said Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson. “Now, with the help of volunteers staffing the center, visitors can inquire and learn about the stands of dead trees caused by the nonnative insect, the balsam woolly adelgid.” Many other helpful services will be available, including the ability to purchase guides and maps, outdoor apparel, and other products sold by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. “The Association is a significant partner with the Park and is involved
Bacteria levels returning to normal NASHVILLE (AP) — The state environmental agency says most of the increased bacterial water pollution caused by flooding early in the month has ceased. The exception is the Cumberland River downstream of the wastewater treatment plant in Clarksville. The plant failed when it flooded after record rainfall the first weekend in May and is only
partly operational. A news release Friday from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation stated water samples taken from streams and lakes in Middle Tennessee show bacteria levels have returned to the same readings as before the flooding. TDEC officials say it’s not uncommon for creeks and streams to
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in a number of projects to improve visitors’ experience. The funding for the renovations to the building, interpretive exhibit material, and staffing is coming from the association through its revenue raised from merchandise sales and paid memberships,” said Ditmanson. Volunteers will be working alongside Association employees and each volunteer is asked to work at least one four-hour shift per week. The hours will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interested persons will be provided orientation and training before beginning at the contact station. The period that volunteers will be needed is during the peak season, June through October. To sign up for this volunteer work or for more information, contact Florie Takaki at (828) 497-1906 or Florie_Takaki@nps. gov, Wednesdays through Fridays.
Sevierville police have arrested three men on aggravated assault and related charges At approximately 6:40 p.m. Wed-nesday, officers responded to a call to Cedar Hill Drive, where a woman said three men had entered her home and demanded money from her. The victim said that each man had a pistol, held the guns to her head and threatened to kill her if she did not give them money by the end of the night. The three men reportedly left the residence in a two-tone blue and gray vehicle. Just over one hour later, officers stopped a 1982 Chevrolet on Railroad Street in Sevierville.An investigation led to the arrests of two vehicle occupants: 19-year-old Xavier A. Jackson of Oak Ridge and 18-yearold Blaire L. Passard of Sevierville. A short time later, police arrested the third suspect, 23-year-old Kevin
J. Jones of Sevierville, on Y Road. The investigation also led to the recovery Passard of three handguns. Jackson a n d Passard w e r e charged w i t h aggravated assault Jones and possession of a firearm while committing a felony; Jones was charged with aggrav a t e d assault and Jackson possession of a firearm while committing a felony, plus possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The suspects were transported to the Sevier County Jail for booking.
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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) died Wednesday May 12, 2010, at her home in Gatlinburg. 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. Joy created a sanctuary of unconditional love, warmth, compassion, acceptance, humor and hospitality. A celebration of life will be held 6 p.m. Sunday, May 30, Chalet Village South Clubhouse, 1319 South Baden, Gatlinburg. 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, in charge of arrangements.
Cecil Sanders Atchley Cecil Sanders Atchley, 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. Survivors: daughter, Sandra Myers; daughter and sons-inlaw, Sue and Jack Ownby; Diann and Ronnie Yates; sister, Lela Letherwood of Maryville; sister-in-laws, Sue Atchley of Knoxville; Olive Kear and Ina Nell Hardin of Sevierville; three granddaughters; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Misty and Scott Parton; two grandsons; five great-granddaughters; four great-grandsons; granddaughter-in-law, Elaine Myers; nieces and nephews, 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 the Rev. Ron Reagan officiating. The family received friends Friday at Rawlings Funeral Home in Sevierville.
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the maul and spun with it in his hands, striking King in the head and killing him. “I was just blown away,” Bohanon said. “I could not accept it.” Both men testified Atkins had been spending a lot of time with King, but Atkins was also concerned because he thought King had made threats against Atkins’
grandmother and had said he would confront King over it. King may also have been Atkins’ father. Detective Stephanie McClure mentioned on the stand that, before he asked for an attorney, Atkins said King had told him he could be his biological father.
Previous foundations have included the film “Letters to God,” in which PARC sponsored all of its music and the proceeds benefitting children’s cancer research. It has also contributed to Give Kids the World, a park for terminally ill children. Local artist Paul Murray and Tim Nuckels, Smoky Mountain Children’s Home assistant director, presented Drew with a portrait by Murray of a young girl clutching a stuffed bunny. “In celebrating the 90th anniversary of the children’s home, we were looking for an iconic image that represents the hearts of children,” Nuckels said. “When I first saw the picture, I said, ‘I’ve seen this girl,’ This is the face of the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home. “Thank you so much for this incredible partnership,” he told Drew. “We’re so thankful that God has connected us.”
1206 will post the colors. Post 104 of Sevierville will provide the honor guard. The list of veterans who died in the last year will be read by American Legion Post 202 of Gatlinburg. Disabled American Veterans Chapter 94 will provide the invocation, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10025 will provide
the MIA/KIA ceremony. Gold Star Mothers will place a wreath of honor of those who have fallen. Cub Scout Pack 110 and Boy Scout Troops 110 and 585 will provide special assistance with the program. The War Birds of America, Rocky Top Squadron, will do a flyover, and the Smoky Mountain Community Band will provide music.
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sion at Parton’s house, Atkins indicated he planned to tell authorities he was with Parton at the time of the murder, and left some items with Parton that allegedly came from King’s house. Parton said he knew he
couldn’t be part of that, and went to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office the next morning. “I was kind of numb during the conversation,” he said. Atkins’ uncle, Ted Bohanon, said Atkins also told him about the incident, saying that he had tried to run when King lunged at him with a knife, then grabbed
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testified she heard a pop that sounded like a gunshot, but she waited until they returned to the car. She said she drove the men where they ordered her to go, including to buy gas and food and throw away the purse they were carrying when they emerged. Weaver knew Miller well, Brown said, and Miller would sometimes pay the men to do work around her home. Weaver even drove her to some doctors’ appointments, Brown said. It was Weaver who told the other two men that Miller often had large amounts of money on her, and that she was taking OxyContin for pain related to her cancer. She had her prescriptions refilled on May 5, two days before the men went to her home, Brown said. Brown never mentioned if they came back to the car with any pills, but said they were arguing about the money when they got back in her van. Ratliff was carrying the purse, she said, and it emerged that they’d gotten $50. “Shannon said, ‘I can’t believe we did this for $50,’” Brown testified. Ratliff has spent all but the last year of his adult life in prison for another murder involving an elderly victim. When he was 17 he was convicted of murdering a woman in Scott County who had been set to testify him in 1976. He was given a life sentence, but was paroled last year.
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Sympathetic Obama visits Louisiana beach, sees oil spill first hand
PROVO, Utah — Gary Coleman, the adorable, pintsized child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” who spent the rest of his life struggling on Hollywood’s D-list, died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 42. Coleman was taken off life support and died with family and friends at his side, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank said. He suffered the brain hemorrhage Wednesday at his Santaquin home, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City. Frank said Coleman was hospitalized because of an accident at the home, but she had no further details. Coleman’s family, in a statement read by his brother-inlaw Shawn Price, said information would be released shortly about his death. Best remembered for “Diff’rent Strokes” character Arnold Jackson and his “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout?” catchphrase, Coleman chafed at his permanent association with the show
but also tried to capitalize on it through reality shows and other TV appearances. His adult life was marked with legal, financial and health troubles, suicide attempts and even a 2003 run for California governor. “I want to escape that legacy of Arnold Jackson,” he told The New York Times during his gubernatorial run. “I’m someone more. It would be nice if the world thought of me as something more.” A statement from the family said he was conscious and lucid until midday Thursday, when his condition worsened and he slipped into unconsciousness. Coleman was then placed on life support. “It’s unfortunate. It’s a sad day,” said Todd Bridges, who played Coleman’s older brother, Willis, on “Diff’rent Strokes.” “Diff’rent Strokes” debuted on NBC in 1978 and drew most of its laughs from Coleman, then a tiny 10-yearold with sparkling eyes and perfect comic timing. He played the younger
In this Sept. 13, 1981 photo, stars of the television show “Different Strokes,” clockwise from foreground, Gary Coleman, Conrad Bain and Todd Bridges, pose at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. of two African-American brothers adopted by a wealthy white man. Race and class relations became topics on the show as much as the typical trials of growing up. “He was the reason we were such a big hit,” costar Charlotte Rae, who played the family’s housekeeper on the show, said in an e-mail. “He was the centerpiece and we all surrounded him. He was absolutely enchanting,
adorable, funny and filled with joy which he spread around to millions of people all over the world.” Coleman’s family thanked fans for their continued support. “Thousands of e-mails have poured into the hospital. This is so comforting to the family to know how beloved he still is,” Price said. “Diff’rent Strokes” lasted six seasons on NBC and two on ABC; it lives on thanks to DVDs and YouTube.
House vote advances end to ban on gays in military WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday passed a defense bill that paves the way for gays to serve openly in the military for the first time, but advocates on both sides geared up for a fight in the Senate. Normally, defense bills pass by wider margins than Friday’s 229-186 vote, but many Republicans and a few conservative Democrats said they would vote against it because of the gay ban, which was added to the $700 billion bill in a 234-194 vote late Thursday. House approval of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal was a victory for President Barack Obama, who has pledged to change the policy, and for gay rights groups, who have made it their top priority this year. The bill would give the Pentagon the rest of the year to study the issue before the repeal would take effect. Defense Secretary Robert
Gates appealed to the military Friday not to be distracted by the political debate over gays in uniform. In an unusual direct address to troops, Gates said he wanted to assure them that their views on the divisive question still matter. The Senate is expected to take up the defense bill this summer. Supporters likely will need the votes of 60 of the 100 senators to prevent opponents from blocking it. And while supportive overall, the White House on Thursday issued a veto
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GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — Kneeling to pick up tar balls on an oil-fouled beach and listening to “heartbreaking stories” of loss, President Barack Obama personally confronted the spreading damage wrought by the crude gushing into the Gulf of Mexico — and the bitter anger that’s rising onshore. “What can he really do?” said Billy Ward, a developer who comes to his beach house here every weekend and, like many other locals, had little positive to say about Obama’s trip to the beleaguered region on Friday. “If he wants to do something, let him get out there and pump some mud and cement into that hole. Just fix it. Help us.” BP PLC, even less popular here, kept up its efforts to “just fix it,” using its “top kill” procedure to try to stop the deep oil well leak by pumping in heavy mud. If it doesn’t work, something BP says will be known within a couple of days, Obama’s own problems will only compound. He said he understands people “want it made right” and that their frustration won’t fade until the oil is stopped and cleaned up. “It’s an assault on our shores, on our people, on the regional economy and on communities like this one,” the president said from this small barrier island town threatened by what is now established as the largest oil spill in American history. “People are watching their livelihoods wash up on the beach.” A BP drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers and beginning to send millions of gallons of oil spewing into the water. That oil is now beginning to foul beaches, kill wildlife and cripple the tourism and fishing industries on which this area depends. With the crude still flowing freely, criticism has been increasingly aimed at Obama and his administration. Amid concern that the
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Power outage set Wednesday
Sevier County Electric System will have a scheduled power outage from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Dupont/ Dripping Springs area. The main roads affected will be South Rogers, Goose Creek, Cusick, Alpine, Little Alpine, Dupont and Dripping Springs, along with their intersecting side roads. In the event of bad weather, the outage will be delayed until Thursday. The outage is necessary to complete a line upgrade project. Anyone with questions or concerns can call SCES at 453-2887. n
Memorial Day ceremony set
A Memorial Day ceremony will held at the Sevier County Courthouse at 11 a.m. Monday. Air Force Col. Stephen Holbert will be the speaker. He is a native of Sevier County who served in Vietnam, Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War. County Mayor Larry Waters, Marine Corps League Chapter 1206, American Legion Posts 104 and 202, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 94, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10025 and Gold Star Mothers will participate. n
HisSong featured at Sunday service
In observance of Memorial Day, HisSong will perform at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service of Church of The Way, which meets at The Miracle Theater. HisSong was formed in 2001 by Dennis Humphries. It has become one of the top trios in gospel music. During the service the church will recognize veterans and have a special prayer for those who have lost loved ones to war. For more information call 978-0300 or visit www. churchoftheway.org. Dress is casual. n
Library book sale wraps up today
The Sevier County Public Library System ends its annual book sale today at the King Family Library, 408 High St. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 453-3532. n
Unitarian church is planned here
A Unitarian-Universalist church is being planned in Sevier County. Those interested may call Charles F. McGill of Jones Cove, 428-7061, for more information. n
Trolleys to run for firefly show
The Elkmont entrance road will be closed to motor vehicles and pedestrian use from at 5 p.m. to midnight June 5-13, except to registered campers. The closure is to accommodate transportation service for visitors planning to spend the evening viewing the synchronous firefly beetles at Elkmont. The city of Gatlinburg will provide the trolleys for this activity, with a fee of $1 roundtrip. The trolley service will be the sole transportation for visitor access during this period. The trolleys will begin picking up visitors from Sugarlands parking area at 7 p.m. The trolleys will run continually until the parking area is full or until 9 p.m.
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Murder suspect released in error NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville man being held on a murder charge remained on the loose after being mistakenly released and not missed for 11 days. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office said Finis Lewis, 32, was not yet back in custody Friday morning. Sheriff Daron Hall said his department erred in releasing Lewis on May 14 and not realizing he was gone until May 25. Hall told The Tennessean his depart-
ment acknowledges something went wrong in the booking/releasing process. “It’s obviously something internal,” Hall said. Lewis had been held in jail since being transferred from state prison on Oct. 15, 2009, to await trial on charges in the killing of Kenneth Crawley and an attempted murder charge in another case. When prosecutors dropped the lesser charge, jailers released Lewis. Crawley was fatally shot
at a public housing project in August 2008. His mother Lisa Crawley still lives there and told the newspaper she is frightened. “He (Lewis) knows where I live,” she said Thursday. “I put stuff in front of my door, and I have booby-traps. I’ve lost 5 pounds in 10 days.” The department did not alert the public about Lewis’ release after it was discovered. “That’s not our role,” Hall said. “We could
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“We honor the values of our nation and we close the door on a fundamental unfairness.” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after both the House and the Senate on Thursday approved measures to repeal the 1993 law that allows gay people to serve in the armed services only if they hide their sexual orientation
“I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen right away or the way I’d like it to happen. That doesn’t mean we aren’t going to make mistakes. — President Barack Obama on efforts to stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
“The South Korean puppet regime’s faked sinking of the Cheonan has created a very serious situation on the Korean peninsula, pushing it towards the brink of war.” — North Korea Maj. Gen. Pak Rim Su, director of the country’s National Defense Commission
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Citing a lack of cooperation on the part of the debtors, a federal judge dismissed bankruptcy proceedings Thursday for the company that planned Belle Island Village. The decision means that the banks which provided funds for the massive project — none of which are Sevier County banks — can move ahead with plans to foreclose on the property. n
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Lohan’s clock still ticking on her future Back in the late 1960s, it seemed like every few weeks another rock star would drop dead. The big three — Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison of the Doors — all died in their 20s from alcohol- and drugrelated causes. Even bigger names like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe abused themselves into early deaths. Lately, Michael Jackson continued the tradition, although he made it to age 50. I’ve always wondered whether, back in the Woodstock days, the folks who were applauding obviously intoxicated stars on stage ever thought about that connection when the musicians bit the dust. I mean, many concerts were simply drug- and alcoholfueled free-for-alls, and it’s still that way today. As a young reporter, I remember being stationed in the medical tent at a Rolling Stones concert in 1979. Hundreds of young people were treated for gross intoxication. Now we have a young actress named Lindsay Lohan who apparently is out of control. A former childhood star, her sad drama is being played out in the worldwide press. This week, a Los Angeles judge ordered Lohan to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet and submit to drug testing. This, because she was convicted of driving under the influence and possession of cocaine. Lindsay Lohan is 23. If you believe the celebrity press, Lohan has been used by a number of people for a long time. At age 11, she began to have success in a series of family films like “The Parent Trap” and, subsequently, “Freaky Friday.” Her parents profited from her movie fees even as the family dissolved during a nasty divorce action. Lohan then went on to have a number of public affairs with both men and women, all the while looking lost and confused. But after age 18 in America, you are pretty much free to destroy yourself. Obviously, Judge Marsha Revel is trying to prevent that by holding the actress accountable for her substance intake, but there’s only so much the justice system can do. So who will save Lindsay Lohan? If history is any indicator, the answer is no one. Elvis had a big entourage around him, and so did Michael Jackson. Both men perished with doctors actually assisting them. Truthfully, the only person who can save Lohan is Lohan. Millions of American parents anguish over the sons and daughters who are caught in the vicious cycle of addiction. Therapy, rehab, interventions — all have little chance of success unless the addicted person uses their free will to fight their disease. Chances are Lohan has been presented with that fact. And even though her life is on constant display, nobody really knows what the young woman truly wants. Some people want to die and slowly kill themselves. That is a brutal thing to watch. Some people finally wise up and save themselves. That redemption gives us hope. We should all pray for this woman, Lindsay Lohan. Her clock is ticking. — 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.
T H REE C H EER S Teaching ‘little victories’ earns Sams a big award
Deborah Sams, a teacher at Sevierville Primary School, says, “It’s the little victories every day with the students” that count. Just the other day, though, Sams scored a big victory when she won a statewide award for which she didn’t even know she had been nominated. Today, Sams stands as the reigning Tennessee Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages. There was stiff criteria for even being nominated — a high level of commitment, dedication, innovation and creativity in instructional strategies; an involvement in service activities, volunteer and civic work that has served the ESL field; and leadership activities and other awards in the ESL field. For 18 years, Sams taught high school Spanish and says she loved it. Longing to do branch out, she went back to school, earning a master’s in ESL from Carson-Newman and a doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Our non-English speaking students have benefited from this unique individual in a unique job.
Motorcyclists play loud, proud tribute to veterans
Ron Giddis has fought in the trenches. The Vietnam veteran knows first-hand what it’s like to see buddies die on the battlefield. He won’t forget. And he doesn’t want America to forget, either. That’s why he and wife Sandy have been leaders, not followers, on Memorial Day weekend. From an idea planted a decade ago while driving home from an observance in Washington, D.C., Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride No. 10 has emerged. It will feature several hundred motorcycle enthusiasts revving up their bikes “to pay tribute to our fallen comrades from all wars and conflicts past and present.” The event begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at the courthouse. There will be music, the Tennessee Helping Hearts Dance team and an exhibit by the American Eagle Foundation. At 11, bikers will ride down Dolly Parton Parkway toward Newport, ending in Grainger County.
High school athletes take final bow of year
The school year has come to a close, but for many athletes their seasons went right to the wire, including the Pigeon Forge baseball team and 14 tracksters who participated in Murfreesboro in the BlueCross Spring Fling. Pigeon Forge’s baseball team didn’t repeat its Final Four performance of a year ago, but finished 30-7 and went to sub-state. Pitchers Bret Gallinhugh and Justin Carter signed college scholarships. Thirteen Sevier County High athletes went to Murfreesboro: Alexis Conner, Hayley Fox, Madison Pickel, Jeremiah Foster, Nathan Hays, Dustin Hurst, Mikey Hutton, Alex McCandless, Kel McCarter, Brett Pippin, Bryce Whaley, Jordan Whaley and Brandon White. PF sent Katherine Lenhart. On Friday, Christine Ngo Gwodog, a native of Cameroon, played to give The King’s Academy it’s first-ever state championship Congratulations to all.
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Editor: Sevier County residents, please be very careful if you are thinking of renting property to anyone or you could be the one living under a bridge. My brother was sympathetic with a young couple who needed a place to rent and let them move into a house next door to him. The rent was to be far below the going rate, and he left the electricity in his name to save them a deposit. Well, they didn’t pay either and when asked to move out they called the police on him. To get these people out of his house he must pay over $100 to get an eviction notice and give them another 30 days of free rent and utilities. My brother is on disability and because of having to pay two electric bills is behind on most of his bills. So, is this the real meaning of justice
I watched the people around me it became very Georgia Maples Whitehurst clear that the tourists who do not live near bears Michie have no clue. I overheard one man say, “If those rangers leave we could get closer,” at which time Because of ignorance by visitors, would I turned to the man and stated, “The rangers are bears in the park are threatened our friends; they are here to protect the bears and because of ignorance just like you stated, Editor: Let me start by saying how saddened I am at we had to have one put to sleep last week.” Well, the loss of the baby bear. My friend and I were he looked dumbfounded and didn’t know what on our way back from Cades Cove, where we to say. As I was saying to the ranger earlier, that man did not see any bears — apparently they got the memo. However, on the Parkway, still in the who had our bear put to sleep should have been Smokies, a few people had stopped to witness a fined for damaging (killing) government property. Because had it been a wildflower or another baby bear eating. Of course, I wanted to stop also and take form of destruction, he would have been fined. Let’s not forget — we are in the bears’ terripictures. As we were standing there talking to a ranger he explained the bear was probably a tory, they are not in ours, so let’s do all we can couple of months old and had been hit by a car to protect these beautiful animals. Deanna Blalock the previous Friday, suffering minor injuries. As Cosby
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■ The Mountain Press ■ A8 ■ Saturday, May 29, 2010 PREP TENNIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Queen of King’s TKA’s Gwodog earns Lions’ 2nd state championship in Academy history By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer
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Christine Ngo Gwodog returns a volley during her state championship victory over two-time state champ Sadie Shackelford of St. Andrew’s.
MURFREESBORO — The King’s Academy Lady Lions have obtained the school’s second ever state championship. Friday morning at the championship tennis match, TKA junior Christine Ngo Gwodog dominated defending backto-back Division II Class A state champion Sadie Shackelford of St. Andrew’s High School 6-2, 6-3 on Court 4 at the Old Fort Park in Murfreesboro. Gwodog, who moved to Tennessee from Cameroon, Africa, in January, became
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Christine Ngo Gwodog (left) and sponsor Dawn Porter (right) are all smiles after Gwodog earned the state Division II Class A state title. just the second state champion in TKA school history, the prior being Jenny Kim with a girls’ golf championship in 2002. “I have one word (to describe what I’m feeling), great,” said Gwodog with a
state championship medal freshly draped around her neck. “I was nervous, because it was my first time (in a state championship match). See TENNIS, Page A10
NCAA: 8 violations in UConn men’s basketball
Many early entries will likely go undrafted By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer
By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press Writer STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun and the men’s basketball program he took from obscurity to national titles have been accused of eight major NCAA infractions, with investigators citing hundreds of improper calls and texts from UConn staff to recruits. The school released a notice from the NCAA on Friday that lays out the allegations against the Hall-of-Fame coach, his staff and the school. Besides the calls and texts, the accusations include giving recruits improper benefits and improperly distributing free tickets to high school coaches and others. Calhoun is cited for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance. “It’s not exactly, certainly anywhere near the high point of my career, as a matter of fact it’s certainly one of the lowest points at any time that you are accused of doing something,” said Calhoun, who has led the Huskies since 1986 and taken them to the Final Four three times. “It’s a very serious matter.” Athletic director Jeff Hathaway offered support for Calhoun and defended the university. “Let me be clear,” he said. “The University of Connecticut is fully committed to NCAA rules compliance and takes this matter very seriously. With regard to coach Calhoun, he personally has a long-standing demonstrated commitment to NCAA rules compliance.” The allegations come at the end of a 15-month investigation into the recruiting of former player Nate Miles, who was expelled from UConn in October 2008 without ever playing a game for the Huskies. He was charged with violating a restraining order in a case involving a woman who claimed he assaulted her. The NCAA alleges 160 impermissible telephone calls and at least 191 impermissible text See UCONN, Page A9
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Sevier County hurdler Jeremiah Foster took the state championship in the 300-meter hurdles Friday night at the Blue Cross Spring Fling in Murfreesboro. He also finished third in the 110-hurdles (pictured here). PREP TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Foster runs, jumps his way to state title in 300 hurdles By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer MURFREESBORO — After working for it his entire prep track career, Sevier County High School Smoky Bears senior Jeremiah Foster finally earned state gold in the final high school race of his life on Friday night. “It’s great, and I’m speechless,” said Foster, seconds after learning that he had indeed won the 300-meter hurdles state championship event at Dean A. Hayes Middle Tennessee State University Track and Soccer Stadium in Murfreesboro. “I worked so hard to get to this point, and I couldn’t have done it without all the coaches pushing me hard every day. “They’ve been working us every day ... just getting our speed and endurance up, and it’s finally paid off. I’ve been dreaming about this day since my sophomore year, and it’s finally come and it feels so good.”
Foster finished third earlier in the day in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.24, narrowly missing second in that event by 0.01 seconds. Although the bronze was nice, Foster said he felt the pressure to earn gold in the 300 hurdles immediately following the 110 hurdles event. “I won second in it last year, and I knew coming in that I was ranked fourth (on Friday in the 300 hurdles),” said Foster. “But the top four qualifying times were backto-back-to-back-to-back, and I knew I had a chance to do this, win state.” On top of earning gold, Foster broke an SCHS 300meter hurdles record set by 2004 SCHS graduate Tyler Woodruff, breaking the old mark by 0.62 seconds with a 38.57 on Friday. “I got the school record too, and that just tops it all off,” said Foster. See TRACK, Page A11
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Sevier County’s Jeremiah Foster standing on the medal stand.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kalin Lucas’ rehab from a torn Achilles’ tendon was ahead of schedule, enough that he’d likely be ready for the start of NBA training camp. His stock was still high despite the injury, putting him among the nation’s best guards. Lucas just couldn’t do it. Couldn’t enter his name in the NBA draft. He wanted to come back to Michigan State for a chance to finish what he couldn’t at the past two NCAA tournaments. The decision makes Lucas an anomaly. Fueled by the get-rich-now attitude and uncertainty about the NBA’s labor situation, a record wave of college hoops players have decided to leave school early in hopes of getting paid. For some, like Kentucky’s John Wall and Ohio State’s Evan Turner, it’s probably a good idea; they’re the likely top two picks in the draft. The others? Not so much. “It’s crazy,” Lucas said. “With some of the guys, I’ve thought, ’Why are they putting their name in the draft?”’ This leave-before-you’redone trend has been going on for a while. Players have been trading pencils for Porsches since Spencer Haywood sued for the right to leave college early in 1972. It really took off in 1976, when the NBA discarded its financial hardship rule and instituted its current earlyentry policy. That first year had 13 players leave school early, including Notre Dame’s Adrian Dantley and Norman Cook of Kansas. The numbers remained relatively flat until the mid-1990s, when it seemed none of the best players wanted to stay in school. The skip-college-altogether movement was next, followed by one-and-done after the NBA started requiring players to spend at least one year in college. Not all have had the success they expected. For every Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett See NBA DRAFT, Page A13
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Out of the gates in the 4x800 ...
Future Eagles Football Camp
The Future Eagles Football Camp will be held at Seymour Highâ€™s Householder Field July 12-14 and is open for 2nd-through-8th graders. The camp will run daily from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $50. It will teach fundamentals and safe techniques in each aspect of the game. For additional information, call 577-7040.
Lady Cubs basketball camp
The 2010 Lady Cubs Basketball Camp will be held June 3 through 5, from 9 a.m. to noon daily for rising 4th through 8th graders. For more information, contact Steve Branton at 919-2628, or email stevebranton@ sevier.org.
Eagle Pride basketball camp
The Seymour High School basketball head coach Brian Jessie and staff will be hosting two separate player development camps at the high school. The first will be June 21-24 for rising 2nd through 5th grade boys and girls. The second will be July 19-22 for rising 6th through 9th grade boys. The cost is $65 per player or $100 for two campers in the same family. For more information, call Jessie at 577-7040 or email email@example.com.
Mixed doubles league forming
There will be a mixed doubles league at the Don Watson Tennis Center at Mynatt Park in Gatlinburg starting June 3. The league will play every Thursday night at 6 p.m. Call G. Webb at 368-3433 or the Gatlinburg Tennis Office at 436-3389 to register or for more information.
Bear Strength and Speed Camp
SCHS will host the Bear Strength and Speed Camp for rising 4th-8th grade boys and girls June 21-24 at the SCHS Football Fieldhouse from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily. The camp is designed to implement an athletic foundation of physical improvement that will benefit the individual in any athletic arena. Coach Todd Loveday, athletic director at SCHS, is the camp coordinator. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Several hand-picked college athletes, as well as other coaches, will assist at the camp. Cost is $50. For more information, contact Loveday at 453-5525 or 607-9573.
PFHS softball tryouts upcoming
Pigeon Forge High School will hold softball tryouts on Thursday, June 3, at 9 a.m. at the high school field. All girls must have physical to try out.
Summer track & field at SCHS
The Knoxville Track Club Youth Athletics will hold its annual Summer Track & Field Program at Sevier County High School. Learn the fundamentals of track and field with an emphasis on fun and fitness. Open to all girls and boys ages 5-18, starting June 1st and ending June 26th. Twice weekly practices, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will be at the SCHS Track. Track meets are held each Saturday in June at UTâ€™s Tom Black Track. Registration fees are $38 per child with a family maximum of $70. The fee includes a T-shirt, instruction and four weeks of fun at practices and meets. For more information, call Eddie McCandless at 389-7634.
New Center boysâ€™ basketball camp
There will be a boysâ€™ basketball camp for all thirdthrough eighth-grade boys on June 1, 2, 3, and 4 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. daily. The cost is $50, and concessions will be available during the camp. For more information, call Brad Loveday at New Center School at 4532123.
SCHS softball camp upcoming
Due to new TSSAA regulations, the SCHS Smoky Bear Summer Softball Camp will be for 6-8th graders only. It is July 12-16 everyday from 8-10 am. Registration forms can be picked up in the SCHS front office.
Pigeon Forge High hoops camp
Join coach Jonathan Shultz and several PFHS Varsity Players for basketball camp this summer June 2-4, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Pigeon Forge High School. The camp is for boys and girls from 3rd to 9th grades. All campers will receive a t-shirt and the camp will conclude with a devotional time followed by an awards ceremony. The cost of the camp is $50. Call Shultz at 789-2431 to register or for more information.
Smoky Bears baseball camps slated The 2010 Smoky Bears baseball camps will be June 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the SCHS baseball field. Ages 6-13. For more information call 368-7648.
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Sevier Countyâ€™s Alex McCandless (center) leads off the 4x800 for the Bears at the state track meet in Murfreesboro. The team finished 11th statewide.
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messages between recruits and coaches, including assistants Beau Archibald, Patrick Sellers, Andre LeFler, associate head coach George Blaney, and then-assistant Tom Moore, who is now the head coach at Quinnipiac. Documents previously released by the school also showed calls between Nochimson and Calhoun. Messages seeking comment were left for Moore at Quinnipiac. UConn is to appear before the governing body on Oct. 15 to respond. Attorney Rick Evrard, an outside counsel who advises UConn on NCAA-related matters, said the school likely will spend the next three months reviewing the allegations. He said if the school confirms them, it is obligated to impose its own sanctions. Evrard said that, in cases such as UConnâ€™s, penalties most often affect recruiting and could include the loss of scholarships. They donâ€™t usually include a ban on postseason play or the forfeiting of any games when there was no competitive advantage obtained from the violations, he said. Still, recruiting violations can devastate a program. Indiana overhauled its famous basketball program â€” from which it hasnâ€™t recovered â€” after former coach Kelvin Sampson was forced out in February 2008 when more than 100 impermissible calls to recruits came to light. Sampson had already been sanctioned for recruiting violations while he was the coach at Oklahoma. Among the allegations against UConn is that Archibald and Sellers provided false and misleading information to NCAA investigators. Sellers and Archibald, who served as director of basketball operations, have both resigned.
Connecticut basketball head coach Jim Calhoun listens at a news conference in Storrs, Conn., Friday, May 28. The university says the NCAA has found eight violations in the school's men's basketball program. Hathaway said Archibald left last week and Sellers quit on Sunday. Both men released statements Friday saying they needed to devote their full attention to the allegations against them. â€œCoaching is my passion and something I have spent many years of enjoyment doing,â€? Sellers said. â€œI want the record to reflect this and for the people to see the respect and integrity that I will show toward the process in the months ahead.â€? Calhoun has coached 24 seasons at UConn and 38 overall, compiling a record of 823-358 that includes two national titles and another trip to the Final Four in 2009. He recently signed a five-year, $13 million contract. UConn was just 18-16 last season and lost in the second round of the NIT, as Calhoun faced an undisDISC PADS OR BRAKE SHOES
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