The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 160 ■ June 9, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Nursing assistant pleads guilty Admits taking nude photos at care center By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
5Richt in the hot seat? Georgia needs big year after sub-par 2009
SEVIERVILLE — One of a pair of women accused of taking compromising pictures and videos of patients under their care at Pigeon Forge Care and Rehabilitation Center plead-
ed guilty to the phone to capture images of charges against invalid residents at the center, her Monday in including some in which the exchange for a subjects were partially clothed lighter sentence. or fully naked. Her confession, Mary Ann entered in front of a Sevier Burgess, 50, County judge, will net her a was indicted in two-year sentence, though she September on won’t know until an upcomBurgess four counts of ing sentencing hearing if she’ll health care abuse spend that time behind bars, after allegations surfaced she on probation or in a combinaand fellow nursing assistant tion of the two. April Longmire used a cell The saga began on April 2,
2009, when Burgess apparently left a cell phone at a local restaurant. Employees there began searching the phone to see if it might have information about its owner and stumbled on a total of 47 pictures and 27 videos showing 12 residents taken between July 2007 and March 2009. Those images included photos of male residents being showered, a female resident in briefs
City set to slice free golf at ELGC
Sports, Page A8
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
5CMT Awards or bust Kid Rock set to host Country Music Television Awards State, Page A5
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Pulling into and out of the Food City parking lot on Dolly Parton Parkway can be a challenge at best and an accident waiting to happen at worst.
Today Scattered Storms High: 87°
Tonight Scattered Storms Low: 68° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Roy Smelcer, 68 Preston Lethco, 67 Anita Dalton, 60 Betty Huskey, 73 Lucas McCarter Kenneth McMahan, 77 Harold Ogle, 93 Carroll Clabo, 75 DETAILS, Page A4
Index Local & State . . . . . A1-6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . A8-10 Nation . . . . . . . . . . . A11 Classifieds . . . . . . A12-14 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A15
Clarification Ralph Robertson of Sevier County is the halfbrother of the late Sgt. Lloyd Robertson Jr., a Sevier Countian who was killed during the D-Day invasion at Normandy during World War II. Martha Robertson Rodgers of Knoxville is Sgt. Robertson’s half-sister. Neither local relative was identified in an item about Sgt. Robertson in Monday’s Mountain Musings column. The Mountain Press is glad to set the record straight.
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Traffic signal may get green light BOMA gets favorable report for Food City intersection By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — The intersection in front of the busiest store in the Food City chain may soon get safer — if a Knoxville engineering firm is right and a plan to put up a traffic signal there moves ahead. Officials with the grocery retailer asked for
a study of the possibility of putting a light a the entrance to its location on Dolly Parton Parkway, which has in the past provided K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. of Abingdon, Va., with some of its best sales. All that business has meant some headaches for motorists. With that in mind, Food City’s management
approached city leaders with a proposal to pay for study, design and installation of a traffic light on Dolly Parton Parkway, a move they hope will make accessing the store easier and safer. Putting a light up in the area has been something like the weather in recent years — everyone has been talking, but
nobody has done anything about it. City officials have studied a light in the stretch between North Henderson Road and Middle Creek Road, though their research went into the intersection of Dolly Parton Parkway and Robert Henderson Road. It showed there isn’t See boma, Page A4
More is better Brennan Ayers, age 6, decides her cat needs a little green to complement the purple, red and yellow during art fest at the Anna Porter Library on Tuesday. Ethel Hamlin, the children’s librarian, was teaching a group of about 15 children different types of paint and techniques. In future classes drawing and print making will be covered.
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It’s sign-up time for Camp Smoky Retreat By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — Camp Smoky Christian Retreat is holding registration from June 14-18 for its summer camp programs. The nonprofit facility will host local children — as well as those from neighboring counties and states — in grades 1-12 for three weeks (one for each session) next month. “We’re getting really excited about it,” camp director Paul Shook said. “The board has done
Interested? Call camp director Paul Shook at 206-5896 or visit www.campsmoky. com.
some tremendous stuff.” Camp Smoky Christian Retreat, sponsored by the Sevier County Baptists Association, was formed in the mid-1970s as a place “for kids to come and experience Christ,” Shook said. “It’s just grown from there. Bill Atchley, SCBA director of
missions, has helped make the camp what it is today.” Camp for children in grades 1-6 will be July 5-9 and July 12-16, and camp for children in grades 7-12 will be held July 19-23. While chapel is held every evening at 7 p.m., campers do electives during the day, such as campfire cooking, pottery, jewelry making, drama, broom hockey, wood shop, volleyball, basketball and pool games. See camp, Page A5
SEVIERVILLE — The free ride may soon be over and that could have some folks pretty teed off — or not. It seems a number of golfers have gotten accustomed to playing free rounds at Eagle’s Landing Golf Course, with the gifts awarded by a former official at the course. However, city officials are now working to stop the charity, both in the interest of ending what some say looks like corruption and in helping to make the course profitable. During a far-ranging joint session, members of the city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen and Public Building Authority took up the future of the golf course. At the center of the discussion was a plan to oversee the enterprise when the additional 18 holes are opened in a few months — a year earlier than expected. The matter of the free play came up following a comment by Alderman Barry Gibbs, though it quickly became clear that was not the first time it has been on his mind. “If we’d just make everybody who plays pay, we’d make up any gap real quick,” Gibbs said. He was referring a shortfall between what city leaders expected the course to bring in this year and what it actually did. Documents provided to the group show a deficit of $521,987 in the numbers, a huge hit that comes as officials face pulling $1.5 million out of the city’s reserve fund to meet gaps in the overall budget. Combined with other issues at the course, there’s a need for about $167,916 more to keep up with operations. City Administrator Steve Hendrix believes the drop in business can largely be traced to three factors: decreased revenue thanks to price discounts through the construction, bad weather and closure of parts of the course, including the driving range, as work has progressed. Gibbs’ point was well taken, with Hendrix saying there likely won’t be an issue with free rounds of golf after some personnel changes. “That’s something I brought up back in January,” Hendrix said. “The real problem is that it’s not accounted for.” In the past when free rounds were awarded, See elgc, Page A4
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The Mountain Press ◆ Wednesday, June 9, 2010
COMMUNITY CALENDAR 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9 Middle Creek UMC
Worship services 6:30 p.m., Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge. 216-2066.
Church of God VBS
Vacation Bible school at Sevierville Church of God, 1018 Oak St., 6:30-8:30 p.m. today through June 11. 599-6875.
Sevierville Garden Club
Sevierville Garden Club meets at noon, Sevierville City Park picnic area No. 1. Bring lunch and drink, plus flowers, greenery and containers for fall flower show. In case of rain meeting will be at Senior Center.
TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.
Celebrate Recovery 6:30 p.m.; meal 5-6, Kodak United Methodist Church. Child care provided.
Right To Life
Right To Life documentary movie, “Maafa 21,” about history of Planned Parenthood, 1:30 p.m., Pigeon Forge library. 9082689.
friDAY, JUNE 11 Volunteer Training
Women’s Care Center volunteer training 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at center, 304 Eastgate Road. 428-4673.
Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church. 4292508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245.
saturDAY, JUNE 12 Cruisin’ for Cure
Farmers market 8-11:30 a.m., Sever Farmers Co-Op, 321 W. Main, Sevierville. 453-7101.
thurSDAY, JUNE 10 Angel Food
Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church. 4292508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245.
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
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30-6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Sevierville and Kodak United Methodist. 9335996.
Cruisin’ for a Cure, Tanger Outlet Ride for Life, 10 a.m.; registration 9:30 a.m. at NASCAR Speedpark. Single rider $15, double rider $25.
Trinity Full Gospel
Trinity Full Gospel Church, Thomas Cross Road, gospel sing 7 p.m. featuring Robert and Jane Shaffer, Gloryland Singers, and other local singers. 453-8889.
Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church. 4292508. n 10 a.m.-2 p.m. River of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road. 679-6796. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245.
Medic blood drive 5-9 p.m., Smokies Park, Bloodmobile.
Crawfish Boil, noon at the Rib Shack, 2933 Pittman Center Road. For a donation of $20, receive a plate of crawfish, shrimp, sausage, tators and corn. Sevier County Relay For Life receives 100 percent of proceeds.
Farmers market 8-11:30 a.m., Sever Farmers Co-Op, 321 W. Main, Sevierville. 453-7101.
Church Yard Sale
Yard sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Huskey Grove Chruch on the Spur. Benefits youth mission trip. 426-9796.
Bluff Mountain Saddle club horse show 6 p.m., Show Ring on Shiloh Road. 607-5368 and 661-7109.
sunDAY, JUNE 13 Whaley Reunion
Whaley family reunion 12:30 p.m., Masonic Hall, Dolly Parton Parkway. Bring covered dish and memorabilia.
Roaring Fork VBS
Roaring Fork Baptist Church vacation Bible school 6-9 p.m. June 13-18. For more information contact Sherri at 654-2671. For a ride call David Ogle at 6597235.
Oak City VBS
Vacation Bible school at Oak City Baptist Church, Boyds Creek community, 6-8:30 p.m. through June 17. Family carnival and cookout 6 p.m. June 18.
Banner Baptist VBS
Vacation Bible school at Banner Baptist Church, 209 Beech Branch Road, Gatlinburg, 6:30-8:30 nightly through June 18. All ages. Free supper at 5 p.m.
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Boys & Girls Clubbers getting ready for plant sale
Members of the Sevierville Boys & Girls Club work in the greenhouse built by Jerrod Anders as an Eagle Scout project a few years ago. Liz Clark, a volunteer, supervises their efforts and teaches the children about gardening and plants. On Friday beginning at 4 p.m., they are having a plant sale, with all proceeds going back into their gardening program for supplies. Clark says about 40 members participate in the gardening project each year.
Schoolâ€™s out: 4-H members earn recognition As the final school bell rings, we would like to recognize several individual 4-H members for their accomplishments during this year. Tiffany Baisden, who is homeschooled, was recognized as the Outstanding 4-H Club Secretary for 2009-2010. The secretary award is based on club secretary records submitted for judging. Kaycee Ogle, Northview Primary School, was named the outstanding Service Learning Chairman for the county. This award is based on service learning scrapbooks submitted for judging. In individual project work, 225 members
Intermediate; Garet Loveday, Sevierville Intermediate. Fifth-12th-grade members who were named county winners in their individual project work: Hanna Wilbour, Boyds Creek; Skylar Walker, received the 4-H Golden Pigeon Forge Middle; Eagle Award. Golden Victoria Clements, Zach Eagle Awards are preMize, Will Mitchell, sented to members Sevierville Middle; for their participation Andrew Roberts and throughout the year. Kyle Cates, Pi Beta Phi; The following fourthAmber Galant, Catons graders received the Chapel; Jesse Williams, Explorer Award as they New Center; Santana were recognized for Hostetler, Northview having the outstandMiddle; Daniel Hatcher, ing fourth-grade 4-H Wearwood; Olan Loveday Project work at their and Christy Newsome, school: Jessica Bentley, Sevierville Intermediate; Northview Primary; Trisha Clay and Christian Abigail Williams and Hayes, Seymour Rachel Dutcher, Seymour Intermediate; Hannah
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