The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 198 ■ July 17, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Local man faces federal charges
‘Beau’ Johnson alleged to have filed false claims against U.S., defrauded government By STAN VOIT Editor
5Bears getting timing down Sevier County looks sharp in 7-on-7 drills vs. CAK SPORTS, Page A8
A Tennessee grand jury has indicted Walter Allen “Beau” Johnson of Sevierville for filing false claims against the United States as well as conspiring to defraud the government.
The announcement was made Friday by the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service. The indictment alleges that Johnson, while an inmate in a state prison, conspired to defraud the U.S. by submitting false tax returns claiming refunds on behalf of inmates from February
2006 through January 2007. The indictment says Johnson collected social security numbers from inmates and recruited other inmates to collect social security numbers for him. According to the indictment, Johnson used those Social Security numbers to file false income tax forms with
the IRS in the names of inmates, claiming refunds to which the inmates were not entitled. The indictment alleges that Johnson and his co-conspirators collected approximately 88 U.S. Treasury checks as a result of the See CHARGES, Page A4
Early voting under way for Aug. 5 primary
Millican Grove makeover
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press Writer
When, where NASHVILLE — Early to vote
5Still baffled BP, scientists still trying to make sense of puzzle in the Gulf NATION, Page A18
County commission District 10, Seat B candidates respond to questions Page A2
Weather Today Mostly cloudy High: 82°
Tonight Mostly cloudy Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press
Low: 68° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Martha Ward, 84 J.B. Stanley, 84
Millican Grove Missionary Baptist Church Preacher David Wilson caulks between boards as he works on the front of the church. The church was dedicated in 1923 and is in need of a serious painting and new roof, which should be completed in the next few weeks.
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Corrections The Mountain Press is committed to accuracy. Please report factual errors by calling 428-0748 Ext. 214.
The warehouse on Dolly Parton Parkway will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The Seymour location will operate from 11-6 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays July 22-24 and 29-31.
a flat tire on Election Day and I couldn’t get there or missed it by 30 minutes?” said Hall, a marketing consultant. “By going early, I’ve ensured that I will get my vote cast.” About 150 people gathered for a Wamp rally in Chattanooga, including his family, supporters who rode on a school bus and his pastor at Red Bank Baptist Church, the Rev. Adam Dooley. “Even if I wasn’t his pastor I’d be voting for Zach Wamp,” Dooley said at the rally that started and ended with prayers, included entertainment by a band and a fly-over by a small plane towing a Wamp banner. Wamp said there is not enough vision in politics See voting, Page A4
Improving 66 a year later: Some good, some not By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer
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primary voting is under way in Tennessee and election officials expect more than half of all voters who will cast ballots this summer to take advantage of the head start. The Aug. 5 primary vote will decide the Republican gubernatorial nominee from among Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp. Haslam and Ramsey kicked off their day of campaign in Memphis. About 30 people attended a morning Haslam rally that also served as the start of his statewide bus tour. “We have 20 days — 20 days — until election day,” Haslam said. “It is critically important that we sprint to the finish line.” Ken Hall listened to a short speech from Haslam and took photos of the candidate at a later event at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street. He said he planned to vote for Haslam early next week at a community center. “I like to avoid the big long lines. What if I had
SEVIERVILLE — A year to the day after work started on Improving 66, officials celebrated that the project is ahead of schedule while acknowledging complaints from businesses impacted by the project. Improving 66 will eventually
widen Highway 66 from four lanes to six lanes, all the way from downtown Sevierville to Interstate 40. The project also calls for new sidewalks, a raised median and other improvements. The first phase, running four miles from downtown Sevierville near Nichols Street to Boyds Creek Highway, started last year after years of waiting and wran-
Clevenger earns scholarship for E. Tennessee History Day By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer When Hannah Clevenger found out she was the recipient of the $3,000 East Tennessee History Day Scholarship, she couldn’t quite believe it. “You filled out an application and explained how your project was related East Tennessee,” said Hannah, who presented “Foxfire: Preserving the Past, Changing the Future” at the district, state and national competitions. “I didn’t think I would get it, but my regional director encouraged me to use my powers of persuasion since it
was Appalachian history.” Sure enough, Hannah recently received a letter saying she was selected as the winner. “We were both kind of dancing around, saying, ‘Is this real?’” mother Gail Clevenger added with a laugh. This is the first year the scholarship, sponsored by Knoxville philanthropists Randy and Jenny Boyd, was offered. When the opportunity was first announced at the district competition in March, Gail said there was a big collective See clevenger, Page A4
gling for funds. While the state had pledged to pay for the $38 million project, it was eventually paid for using money from the federal stimulus package. That package was intended to create and save jobs, and in this case, that’s just what it has done, said Doug Blalock of local contractor Charles Blalock & Sons. “This was not a bailout, this
was a rescue of jobs,” he said. If they hadn’t gotten the contract, his company would have had to lay off 100 employees, he said. After winning it, they hired 17 new employees and rehired eight. In the long run, he said, he hopes it will help other businesses See improving 66, Page A4
Forge firefighters help Jerry’s kids
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Pigeon Forge firefighters Wesley Huskey and Tom Hollick trade stickers for dollars as they collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Friday. The fire department helps MDA each year, collecting donations for research, summer camp and wheelchairs and helping out during the summer camp.
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District 10, Seat B candidates respond to questions Candidates for the Sevier County Commission, 10th District, Seat B, in the Aug. 5 general election are Republican incumbent Jim Keener, who won the May primary; and independent candidates Steven Brenner and David DeArmond. The same set of questions was sent to each candidate. District 10 is in the western part of the county around Seymour.
Steve Brenner n Address: 2693 Boyds Creek Highway, Sevierville n Age: 55 n
Occupation: Sales representative, Appalachia Business Brenner Communications Corp. for 32 years n Family: Wife Sharon Reagan Brenner; daughter and son-in-law Robin and Travis Loveday; grandchildren Jake, 9; Matt, 6; and Reagan, 2 n Education: Bachelor of science education, University of Tennessee, 1976 n Community/civic involvement: None listed
1. What do you think the biggest issues facing the county will be in the next four years? STEVE BRENNER: I believe the most important issues facing Sevier County include delivering services to our county residents while maintaining a balanced budget; accommodating the increasing population of the county with new schools; with the 2010 Census completed, we will be faced with redrawing the district lines of many elected officials, so reapportionment will be a big issue; and the need to implement rules for residential or commercial development that protect the home owner, the property owners near proposed developments, and the mountains. DAVID DeARMOND: Budget and spending. JIM KEENER: The biggest issue to face us in the next four years will probably be how we will fund services in this economic downturn we are all facing. Roads, schools, police, ambulance service, fire protection, solid waste collection and the county’s obligation to public health that must be provided. There are also many other issues such as traffic congestion and funding of our new library that will have to be addressed. In the past we have always been able to provide services primarily from revenues received from sales tax and a low property tax rate. We will have to reassess our current funding priorities if the financial situation continues. There will probably have to be cuts made in some expenditures in order to fund essential services. It will take a county commission that understands the situation and one that can work together with other elected officials to make sure waste is eliminated and all essential services remain funded.
benefit from the deflated real estate market by acquiring land that can be developed, with some level of certainty, into a source of new jobs, then it should be considered. DAVID DeARMOND: If it’s a profitable investment with business interested. JIM KEENER: It just makes good sense that if the right type of property became available, and if we had good companies willing to come to Sevier County that would bring good jobs for our citizens, then yes, I would support buying property suitable for these types of companies to purchase from the county. However, we should also look at situations similar to the recent cooperation with the Lisega Company where our Economic Development Council could work with the potential company to locate property already for sale in the county and assist in any way we can to bring about such a company’s location to Sevier County.
2. Do you support purchasing more industrial property, even in a slow economy? STEVE BRENNER: Sevier County should always be looking to add good jobs. If we can
3. What do you think Sevier County should do to give itself a more year-round economy? STEVE BRENNER: By combining a search for new industry and expanding the various
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David DeArmond n Address: 1569 Ellis Road, Sevierville n Age: 61 n Occupation: Retired n Family: Widowed father of two n Education: Graduate, Young High School n Community/civic involvement: Involved in several charitable organizations
n Address: 1261 Old Red Lane, Sevierville n Age: 54
seasonal events sponsored by the county, cities, Dollywood and other attractions, we are on the right track towards a more year-round economy. DAVID DeARMOND: Bring in more industry. JIM KEENER: Our efforts should focus on finding companies that will bring good paying, year round jobs with good benefits and working conditions for our citizens. Industry has been reluctant to locate here because of limited access to ship products. Because we have no rail service in Sevier County, industries are forced to move their products by truck and traffic is always an issue. That is why several years ago, I suggested to County Mayor Waters and the Development Council that we locate an industrial park near the interstate. Consequently, they purchased property in Northview. Several other companies have located and are planning to locate near the 407 exit. This is an example of how we have to work with prospective employers to make Sevier County attractive to them to locate here.
cuts. What is your assessment of Sevier County’s financial situation? STEVE BRENNER: Sevier County is fortunate to have a local economy that benefits from the tourist industry. We need to protect this revenue source by making Sevier County a more popular destination. By improving our infrastructure and protecting the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, we insure that people will continue to visit here. DAVID DeARMOND: If cuts are needed, then they should be considered. JIM KEENER: See answer number one.
4. Some counties in the state are facing financial challenges that may lead to
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Occupation: Transportation coordinator, Sevier County Keener Schools n Family: Wife of 31 years Marjorie Huskey Keener; two grown children; one granddaughter n Education: Seymour High School graduate 1974; Tusculum College, Bachelor of Science in organizational management; East Tennessee State University, eight hours short of Master of Science in Education degree; Liberty University, significant work toward Master of Arts in theology n Community/civic involvement: Family is of the Christian faith; member and Master of Sevier Lodge No. 334 in Seymour; member of Knoxville Bodies and the Scottish Rite; president of District 20, Masonic Officers Association, which includes Knox, Sevier and Union counties; belong to numerous historical and genealogical societies and support efforts to preserve historic sites and Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields
5. The county has no nepotism policy or a policy that limits county employees from holding office. Should there be a policy that addresses this issue? STEVE BRENNER: I am running partly in response to the concerns that the majority of our County Commission is made up of people who work for the county or are closely related to county employees. I believe this contributes to conflicts of interest and the possibil-
stewardship not greed. We must protect the areas surrounding the National Park from development that has a negative impact on the vistas and natural beauty. We must protect home owners from development that does not allow for access by the fire department and other emergency workers. We should also look at better building codes and inspection rules to protect the future citizens to our county. More and more people are moving into Sevier County because of our low taxes and proximity to Knox and Blount 6. The county may County. Their investbe sued and have ment in the homes they to spend thousands will buy here should be of dollars to defend protected by the County the use of the Lord’s Prayer at meetings. Commission from Is there a way to unscrupulous developavoid spending this ers. money through com- DAVID DeARMOND: promise or change? Not to have seen these STEVE BRENNER: I new rules as of yet, I am certain that the vast have not formed an majority of people in opinion, but will listen Sevier County are united to my district and what in their defiance toward they have to say when anyone or any organithey are made available. zation attempting to I think as long as it prochange the customs that tects our mountains and are part of our public streams and still attracts meetings. If money is new business. needed to defend this JIM KEENER: There position, I am certain are two things we must that it could be raised on keep in mind when conany given Sunday. sidering this specific DAVID DeARMOND: matter. First, I believe I think there are ways we have an obligation to to compromise on this protect our mountains issue. from ridge top develJIM KEENER: I think opment. I have spent we must stand and fight my entire life enjoying for our rights to pray at the views of our hills, commission meetings mountains and valleys and to hold on to the and I think reasonable right to keep the Ten protection of them is Commandments posted in order. Second, we at the courthouse. I must also keep in mind think the majority of that property owners do Sevier County citizens have rights. Some of the support that stand. I mountain land in Sevier have personally spoken County has been owned with a national legal by families for generacounsel organization tions and now that the that provides free legal value of this land has services in situations reached a range where like this where our they might wish to sell religious freedoms are or develop it, we should threatened. We should not impose regulations never give up our freethat reduce the value dom without a fight. of their property significantly. Regulations 7. New rules on hillon this type of property side development that are too strict could are about to come amount to condemnabefore the County tion of the value of their Commission? What property. We must all is your take on those work together as resirules, and should the dents of Sevier County, county do more or that place we all call less land-use regulahome, to protect our tion? natural assets while also STEVE BRENNER: making sure we do not Development in Sevier put further financial County must move forhardship on some of our ward with a sense of neighbors. ity of undue influence. That said, I respect and appreciate anyone who gives of their time and effort to serve their fellow citizens. DAVID DeARMOND: Yes, I think it’s a conflict of interest. JIM KEENER: I am not aware of any problems that have arisen from county employees holding public office. I think we should let the voters decide this issue at the ballot box. Any known issues in county departments should be addressed on a case by case basis.
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community calendar Editorâ€™s Note: The community calendar is printed as space permits. Items must be submitted at least five days in advance. Only noncommercial, public events held in Sevier County will be considered. To place an item phone 428-0748, ext. 214, or e-mail to email@example.com. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.
saturday, july 17 Farmers Markets
8-11:30 a.m., Sevier Farmers Co-Op, 321 W. Main, Sevierville. 4537101. n First Baptist Church on Chapman Highway, 7-11 a.m. 579-5433. n Gatlinburg Farmers Market, 8:30-11 a.m., parking lot of Alamo Restaurant, Highway 321. 659-0690. n River of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road, 10-2. 679-6796. n
Menâ€™s Bible study meets 9 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road in Sevierville. 429-6063.
New Center Rockets
New Center Rockets football sign-ups 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Food City Sevierville, for ages 5-11. Bring two copies of birth certificate and $55 fee. First practice Aug. 2 at school. 640-5344.
Northview Cougar football sign-ups 10 a.m. to noon today and 6 to 8 p.m. July 20 at Northview Middle field house. Registration fee $45. 3881618.
sunday, july 18 Kodak Bluegrass
Joe Soward, Roy Swann and others will perform bluegrass music at the 9 a.m. worship service at Kodak United Methodist Church, 2923 Bryan Road.
Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church. 4292508. n 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n 10 a.m.-1 p.m., The Fatherâ€™s House, Basic Life Ministries, 139 Bruce St. 286-9784.
House of Prayer
Pastor Jimmy Bolingâ€™s 30 years of service will be honored at House of Prayer, 2308 Upper Middle Creek Foad. Dinner/auction/singing at 5 p.m., special service at 7 p.m. 898-7963.
Gun Carry Permit
Handgun carry permit class, 8:30 a.m., Dandridge Police Department. To register call (865) 397-8862, ext. 26, or 356-7423.
Sims Chapel VBS
Sims Chapel Baptist Church, 3325 Sims Road, will be having vacation Bible school July 19-23 from 6-8:30 nightly.
Mount Olive Baptist
Homecoming at Mount Olive Baptist Church will include a covered dish lunch after the worship service. 453-5052.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace Womenâ€™s Bible study 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn. 4360313.
Richardsonâ€™s Cove VBS
Vacation Bible school at Richardsonâ€™s Cove Baptist Church 6:30-9 p.m. July 18-22.
Revival at Fellowship Baptist Church in Sevierville 6 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday with Dave Kelley. 4535663..
Smoky Mountain Historical Society meets 2 p.m. at the courthouse. Mark and Sherry Finchum of Indian Creek Productions will discuss Cherokee customs and lifestyles. Refreshments to follow. 453-2388.
monday, july 19 First Red Bank VBS
Pearl Valley VBS
Vacation Bible school at 6 p.m. July 19-23 at First Red Bank Baptist Church, 2120 Summerford Lane. Classes for babies through adults. Dinner provided. 654-9247.
Jesus Rally 8 p.m. at Riverbend Campground in Pigeon Forge. 453-1224. Worship leader Roger Williams, speaker Justin Lookadoo. Free.
Vacation Bible school 6:30-9 nightly through July 23 at Pearl Valley Baptist Church. Nursery through adult classes.
The documentary â€œMaafa 21â€? about Planned Parenthood will be shown at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Seymour. Free. 908-2689.
Lutheran Bible Study
Williamsburg Baptist Church vacation Bible school 7-9 p.m. July 19-23, for all ages. Church is on Upper Middle Creek.
Homecoming at Mount Olive Baptist Church starts at 9:30 a.m., with covered dish lunch to follow. 453-8310.
Youth of Gists Creek Baptist Church will have a car wash starting at 8 a.m. at Long John Silvers on Forks of the River Parkway in Sevierville. Money from donations goes to mission work.
Covemont Baptist Church in Wears Valley will kick off vacation Bible school at 3 p.m. today. Bible school will be July 18-23 at 6:30 nightly.
Smoky Mountain Obesity and Weight Loss Surgery Support Group at LeConte Medical Center third Monday of each month 6:30-8 p.m. in classrooms. Next meeting July 19. 250-9354 or email to Nsg4Him@aol.com.
Mount Olive Baptist
with Andy Armadillo at Anna Porter Public Library from 3-4 p.m. 436-5588.
Family Western Party Family western party
Bariatric Surgery Support Group meets 7 p.m., Echota Resort Cluhouse, Highway 66. 453-6841 or 712-3287.
Hot Meals For Hungry Hearts 5:30-6:30 p.m., Henderson Chapel Baptist Church, 407 Henderson Road, Pigeon Forge. Sponsored by SMARM.
Angel Food orders: n 2-5 p.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church. 429-2508. n 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n River of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road, 10-1. 679-6796.
Smoky Mountain Human Resources Association meets 8-9 a.m., courthouse second floor. Shirley Richardson to speak on equal employment.
tuesday, july 20 Republicans
Sevier County Republican Party meets at 6 p.m. at courthouse. Sen. Doug Overbey and Rep. Richard Montgomery to speak. 453-3882 or 368-3833.
Optimist Club will meet at 7 p.m. at Optimist Building, Speaker: Virginia Borrelli of Sevier County Public Library.
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YOUR CHOICE FOR EXPERIENCED CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP BY SOMEONE YOU KNOW AND TRUST. â€˘ Currently serving on the Budget and Investment Committee, Chairman of the Education Committee, and Member of the Sevier County Fair Board. â€˘ As your commissioner, Sevier County has maintained one of the lowest property tax rates in Tennessee. â€˘ I have worked to elevate all areas of service for our citizens, with a new medical center, two new library facilities, a funded school building program, expanded utilities, more public safety responders, a tourism promotion budget, and many more projects. â€˘ We now have a beautiful new Pittman Center Elementary School, with major renovations and additions already completed at Pi Beta Phi and Gatlinburg Pittman High School. Soon construction will begin on a new gymnasium at G.P.H.S. EARLY VOTING JULY 16TH-31ST â€˘ ELECTION AUGUST 5TH Paid for by Gary Cole
arrests Farm Bureau
Annual membership meeting of Sevier County Farm Bureau 6:30 p.m. at Sevierville office. Entertainment by Old Harp singers; refreshments served. 453-9046.
Northview Cougar football sign-ups 1 6 to 8 p.m. July 20 at Northview Middle field house. Registration fee $45. 3881618.
The documentary â€œMaafa 21â€? about Planned Parenthood will be shown at 5:30 p.m. at Seymour Library. Free. 908-2689.
Smoky Mountain Wedding Assn. will meet from 5:307:30 p.m. at Immanuelâ€™s Farm in Wears Valley. $10 for members, $12 others. Amanda Marr of Sevierville Chamber to speak. E-mail to smweddingasso@gmail. com or call 800-627-5813 by July 16.
Scrapbook Club meets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m., Whispering Winds Scrapbook retreat off Snapp Road. 429-3721.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast, Garrett, Gatlinburg n 6:30 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC
Summer reading program final session 1 p.m., Pigeon Forge Public Library. Matt Fore performing. 429-7490.
Sevier County Crewettes meet at 7 p.m. at Rescue Squad, Sevierville. 4533861 or 453-8572.
Old Harp Singing
Old Harp Shape Note Singing 7 p.m. Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Road, Pigeon Forge.
Editorâ€™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 Adria Denise Allen, 33, of 1067 Elvin Branch Road in Sevierville, was charged July 16 with theft. She was being held in lieu of $1,000 bond. u Keith Vincent Brandenburg, 45, of 3113 Lewelling Court in Kodak, was charged July 15 with theft of property worth $1,000 to $10,000. He was released on $7,500 bond. u Korey Vincent Brandenburg, 22, of 808 Boyds Creek Highway in Seymour, was charged July15 with theft of property worth $1,000 to $10,000. He was released on $7,500 bond. u Christopher William Burleigh, 32, of 459 W. Mill Creek 12 in Pigeon Forge, was charged July 16 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u Anthony Paul Davis, 34, of 2330 Maxwell Lane 8 in Sevierville, was charged July 15 with sex offender registration. He was released on $2,500 bond. u Jamie Leeann Green, 25, of Knoxville, was charged July 16 with driving while revoked. She was being held in lieu of $1,500 bond. u Justin A. Grimes, 24, of Fort Meade, Fla., was charged July 16 with public intoxication. He was released on $1,500 bond. u Gregory Lynn Ivens, 50, of White Pine, Tenn., was charged July 16 with domestic violence assault. He was released on $1,000 bond. u Micahel Brad Ivens, 21, of White Pine, Tenn., was charged July 16 with domestic violence assault. He was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u Regina Miller, 38, of 955 Jamesena Miller Drive in Pigeon Forge, was charged July 15 with theft: criminal simulation. She was being held in lieu of $1,500 bond. u Adam Joe Rayfield, 31, of 230 Old Zion Hill Road in Seymour, was charged July 15 with theft of property worth $1,000 to $10,000. He was being held in lieu of $5,000 bond. u Michael Wade Rayfield 33, of 230 Old Zion Hill in Sevierville, was charged July 15 with theft of property worth $1,00 to $10,000. He was being held in lieu of $5,000 bond. u Amanda Caroline Reed, 27, of Knoxville, was charged July 15 with forgery. She was being held in lieu of $2,000 bond. u Tabatha Dawn Rogers, 23, of 943 Jamesena Miller Drive in Pigeon Forge, was charged July 15 with theft: criminal simulation. She was being held in lieu of $1,500 bond. u Sherri Leigh Sexton, 40, of New Market, was charged July 15 with a circuit court warrant. She was being held. u Hugh Tony smith, 20, of 304 Dumplin Valley Road in Kodak, was charged July 16 with theft: criminal simulation. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. u Steven Charles Smith, 24, of 941 Candy Tuft Drive in Sevierville, was charged July 16 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held. u Anthony Stone, 18, of 1069 Bryan View Drive in Pigeon Forge, was charged July 15 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. u Timothy Paul Whaley, 52, of 12 Eastgate Road in Sevierville, was charged July 15 with violation of parole. He was being held. u Erika Jean Williams, 41, of 2804 Cherry Ridge Way in Pigeon Forge, was charged July 15 with a second count of violation of probation. She was released on $1,500 bond.
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OBITUARIES In Memoriam
Martha Pearl Ragan Ward
Martha Pearl Ragan Ward, age 84 of Gatlinburg, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2010. She was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Ward, parents, Emery and Rosa Ragan, and son Gary Paul Ward. Survivors include her: Daughter & Son-in-law: Barbara and Edward; Granddaughter: Robyn and husband Chris; Great-grandsons: Carter and Elijah; Sisters: Betty and Edna; Brothers: Ben and wife Betty, and Edward; Numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service 10 AM Monday at Atchley’s Smoky Mountain Chapel, Pigeon Forge with Pastor Sterling Nelson officiating. Interment will follow in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 4-6 PM Sunday at Atchley’s Smoky Mountain Chapel, 220 Emert Street, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
J.B. Stanley J.B. Stanley, 84, of Seymour, died Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at Sevier County Health Care Center. He was a member of Hillcrest United Methodist Church, Charles McKinney Masonic Lodge, Acacia Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and JOUM Beaumont Chapter. J.B. was a Navy veteran of WWII, and retired from Robert Shaw Controls. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Mae Stanley; son Jim Stanley; and sister Edna Boyd. Survivors: wife of 67 years Bertha Lee Stanley; daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Larry Stoffle; granddaughter
Sarah Stoffle; grandchildren Jimmy Stanley and Shellie Clapp; 2 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Betty Stanley; brothers and sisters-in-law Charles and Mary K. Stanley, Howard Stanley, Cleo Tucker, Barbara Lee, Chuck Silvey; devoted friend Stacy Thomas Memorials are requested in lieu of flowers to Hillcrest United Methodist Church Roof Fund 1615 Price St. Knoxville, TN 37920 Funeral service was Friday in Atchley’s Seymour Chapel with Dr. Pat Polis and Rev. Richard Richer officiating. Interment 10 AM Saturday in Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. Carl Cole officiating. The family received friends Friday at Atchley Funeral Home Seymour. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Mountain Press wins 8 awards from TPA The Mountain Press won eight awards, including a first for photographer Curt Habraken, in the Tennessee P r e s s Associ a t i o n newspaper contest. Competing in a Habraken category against mostly larger newspapers, The Mountain Press won awards for editorials, photos, columns, news reporting, investigative reporting, lifestyles section and public service. “We’re proud of our news staff and the work they do day in and day out, with limited resources and a lot of territory to cover,” Publisher Jana Thomasson said. “Awards are nice, but our reward comes in reader satisfaction and serving our community.” Habraken won first place
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returns that were filed, totaling approximately $58,651.80. At the now-defunct Web site thepamperedprisoner. com, on which inmates wrote about themselves to attract pen pals, Johnson, now 34, described himself as 6-feet tall and weighing
in News Photography for his shot of efforts to rescue a BellSouth truck that had slid down a ditch. He also won for a feature photo of soldiers from the 278th leaving for deployment in Iraq. The awards: n First place: Best News Photograph n Third place: Best Editorials, Best Feature Photograph n Fourth place: Best Community Lifestyle pages produced by Community Editor Gail Crutchfield, Best Personal Column (one by sports editor Jason Davis on losing his father), Best News Reporting for reporter Derek Hodges’ coverage of the Lisega rezoning debate, and Best Public Service for reporter Hodges’ work on the Dennis Bolze case n Fifth place: Investigative Reporting for Hodges’ work on the Dennis Bolze case The contest is for work published in 2009. 220-225 pounds, working on an associate’s degree in business management (he apparently was released in late 2007 or early 2008). He wrote that he had his pilot’s license and loved lifting weights, motorcycles, “learning new things” and music. He also wrote, “I can’t stand ignorance, liars, closed minds, laziness, betrayal or greed.” On the Web site in his plea for pen pals, he wrote,
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Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam speaks in front of his campaign bus during a tour of Shelby County on Friday onthe first day of early voting. The Republican was speaking to a small crowd gathered outside a Hard Rock Café on Beale Street in Memphis. “Tennessee, don’t let the Haslams buy it,” he said. Dairy equipment retiree Bob Doremus of Chattanooga stood in the sweltering sunshine holding a homemade Wamp campaign sign. “I believe he is telling the truth,” Doremus, 78, said afterward. “He brings out the truth in everything, like the religion in it.” Later Friday, Ramsey received the endorsement of a handful of state legislators at his Memphis campaign office. “My campaign has peaked at exactly the right time,” Ramsey said. “People are just now starting to examine the candidates.”
Ramsey said early voting has made campaigns more expensive because it requires getting the message out earlier. “It’s made billionaires like Bill Haslam be more likely to be elected because he has an unlimited amount of funds,” Ramsey said. Gov. Phil Bredesen can’t run again because of term limits. Jackson businessman Mike McWherter, son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, is the only Democrat running to succeed him. McWherter voted Friday in Jackson with his wife Mary Jane and their 18-year-old son
Walker, who was casting his first ballot. The primary will also determine which candidates will matchups for three open congressional seats. Democratic Reps. John Tanner of Union City and Bart Gordon of Murfreesboro are retiring and Wamp is giving up his East Tennessee seat to run for governor. Another contentious primary is between Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton in the 9th District. Both candidates have early voting rallies planned for today.
from some businesses, especially from those in the Sevierville Commons, where work on the outer section of the road has limited access to stores and restaurants. Mayor Bryan Atchley complimented Blalock and TDOT officials for working with those business owners as much as they could during the project. They’ve made several efforts to keep communications open, he said. Blalock noted his company has made extra efforts to try and improve access to the mall, including paving work that could have been completed more efficiently and at less cost
if they’d waited. “That cost us money but we chose to work with the businesses,” he said. Officials also confirmed that work on the median and the center lanes will require some lane closures and shifts in traffic at some point. The contract calls for work on the first phase to end by November 2011. In the meantime, TDOT has advertised bids for the next phase of Improving 66, which will run from Douglas Dam Road to Interstate 40. The bids will be opened in August. Steve Borden, region director for TDOT, said funds for that project are
already included in the state budget and most of the right of way acquisition is finished. The project will also include a third phase that will run from Douglas Dam ton Nichols Street, crossing the bridge over the French Broad River. Officials have said work on the bridge will be the costliest and most difficult part of the project. Until it’s completed, however, the unfinished third phase of the project will create a bottleneck along Highway 66 — something officials had hoped to avoid.
gasp in the auditorium. “A lot of people were disappointed because they didn’t know (about the scholarship),” Hannah said. “Hopefully, this will encourage other students to participate in History Day.” Hannah’s history project examined Foxfire Magazine, which was developed in an effort to document the lifestyle, culture and skills of people in Southern Appalachia. With the East Tennessee History Day Scholarship,
she will receive $1,500 her first semester in college and the remaining $1,500 her second semester as long as she keeps a “B” grade point average. “I was kind of disappointed I didn’t place at National History Day — but this has made me feel a lot better,” she said with a grin. Entering her junior year at Gatlinburg Pittman High School in the fall, Hannah is looking at possible colleges, including Sewanee (The University of the South) and Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Before the summer ends, she’ll attend the Tennessee 4-H Roundup at The
University of Tennessee at Martin to present a project on clothing and textiles. “I did a short documentary and examined how fabric and fashion changed during World War II.” The historical society is “thrilled” about the new scholarship that has been offered in its name, Gail said. “It’s so nice that they upped the ante. It gets kids working on their own...”
“And it gets them excited about learning,” Hannah added. For more information on the East Tennessee Historical Society, visit www.easttnhistory.org. For more information on National History Day, visit www.nationalhistoryday.org.
”I’m just sick of my surroundings and need some outside stimulation. I sincerely feel like I no longer fit in or belong in this place (prison). So I’ve made it a goal to get out soon and move forward in life.” If convicted, Johnson
faces a maximum of 65 years in prison and a maximum fine of $3 million. The case is being investigated by IRS and prosecuted by Tax Division trial attorneys Michelle M. Petersen and Kathryn B. Ward.
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and “the Scripture says that where there is no vision people perish.” that where there is no vision people perish.” “We need vision in American politics today,” he said. Wamp said he was undeterred by the fundraising efforts of Haslam, whose $9.1 million total is more than Wamp and Ramsey combined. Wamp said $5 million “for a good candidate, that’s all it’s going to take.”
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create sustainable jobs as it improves infrastructure for Sevier County. While the project isn’t creating a new road, it is improving the main thoroughfare through Sevier County and into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Local officials sought it for years as a remedy to traffic jams during the tourist season that drives the local economy. Still, there have been complaints about the progress of construction
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Two arrested for flat-screen thievery Staff Report SEVIERVILLE — The sheriff’s department arrested two men Thursday on sealed indictments for attempted felony theft. Korey V. Brandenburg, 22, of 808 Boyds Creek Highway in Seymour, and Keith V. Brandenburg, 45, of 3113 Lewelling Court in Kodak, were arrested without incident. The indictments stemmed from what Sheriff Ron Seals said is an ongoing investigation that started in April. The two are charged with breaking in to rental cabins to steal flat screen televisions, Seals said. They were both released from the Sevier County Jail.
Man convicted in parking space shooting MEMPHIS (AP) — A man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting of another man in a dispute over a Memphis parking space. Sixty-year-old Harry Ray Coleman was convicted Friday evening after a jury deliberated two hours in the February 2009 death of Robert “Dutch” Schwerin Jr. He faces up to 25 years in prison.
Obamas get away for Maine weekend By MARK S. SMITH Associated Press Writer ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Cheered by a key victory in Congress and good news from the Gulf oil spill zone, a relaxed President Barack Obama began a weekend holiday Friday on a sundappled mountain peak overlooking the rocky Atlantic coast. Within hours of landing at the Bar Harbor airport in a smaller version of Air Force One, Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha were clambering over the granite outcrops at the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. At 1,530 feet, it’s the tallest peak along the East Coast, according to the National Park Service. The family also went cycling for an hour on a secluded bike trail along a nearby lake. Their visit was scheduled to end Sunday morning; no public events were planned. The brief vacation quickly yielded plenty of photos of a president who knew he’s had a good week. Before leaving Washington, Obama went before TV cameras in the White House Rose Garden to bask in the latest news from the Gulf — that for the first time in 12 weeks no oil was flowing from the ruptured underwater well. Obama, clearly relieved, called it “good news” but stressed that the cap in place was at best a temporary measure, pending the permanent cementing of the well. That is expected to happen sometime next month. Still, the news was hugely welcome after weeks of rising public frustration that often forced Team Obama on the defensive.
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett return to the harbor after they took a boat tour of Frenchman Bay in Bar Harbor, Maine, on Friday. It also came a day after the Senate sent him a package of new financial market rules that Obama insisted are crucial to the economic recovery and necessary to prevent a repeat of the severe financial collapse of 2008. But in Maine, for a couple of days, Obama seemed happy to leave the politics behind and concentrate on his family. After leaving the mountain, they stopped at Mount Desert Island Ice Cream for cones. “I went with coconut,” Obama said as he walked out of the shop. Licking his cone, he said: “This stuff is terrific. Excellent. I strongly recommend it.” He shook hands and posed for photos with some German exchange students, telling them “Guten tag” or “Hello.” The area around Bar Harbor is a scenic retreat favored by the rich and famous, from Rockefellers
and Vanderbilts to movie stars. Aides said the Obamas planned to spend much of their time in the 47,000-acre national park. Their first stop was Witch Hole Pond and a bike trail cleared of users by rangers and the Secret Service. The Obamas rode in private as an ocean wind ruffled the trees, aides said. An hour later, they were back in the motorcade of SUVs and driving a switchback road to the mountain summit. From there, the Obamas surveyed a spectacular stretch of Maine’s rocky coast — Frenchman Bay and Somes Sound, bright blue in the sunlight, hugging the outlines of Mount Desert Island and partially obscured by scattered cloud banks below. Sasha, 9, balanced on a granite boulder with her arms in the air, and Malia, 12, had her arms around her mother’s back as the park superintendent pointed out features to
the president. Obama shook hands with tourists in a parking lot before leaving. “You brought the sunshine,” shouted one. “At the control center of the White House, we move the clouds around,” Obama deadpanned. Later, a boat tour of Frenchman Bay was cut short by 20 minutes when it became cloudy, fog rolled in and it began to rain. After the boat docked at the edge of Bar Harbor, the Obamas went to dinner at a harborside restaurant. Obama’s vacation time as president has been relatively spare. He’s spent some or all of just 65 days on vacation, including at Camp David, according to Mark Knoller, a CBS News reporter the White House recognizes for his record-keeping. By contrast, George W. Bush’s total after 18 months in office was 120 vacation days.
N A T I O N / W or l d B R I E F S WASHINGTON (AP) — The 73-year-old great grandson of Alexander Graham Bell was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for quietly spying for Cuba for nearly a third of a century from inside the State Department. His wife was sentenced to 5 1/2 years. Retired intelligence analyst Kendall Myers said he meant his country no harm and stole secrets only to help Cuba’s people who “have good reason to feel threatened” by U.S. intentions of ousting the communist Castro government. But U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said Myers and his 72-year-old wife, Gwendolyn, had betrayed America and should receive heavy punishment. “You never know what the effect will be” from stealing classified information, said the judge. Someone “could be killed.” Justice Department prosecutor Michael Harvey said the couple received medals from Cuban intelligence and were flown to the island nation for a visit with Fidel Castro in 1995. They pleaded guilty last November.
Feds launch largest Medicare fraud bust
3-story parking garage collapses
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A glass canopy attached to a high-rise condominium building fell onto a parking garage two stories below on Friday, partially collapsing the underground structure and trapping at least one person, authorities said. Using a remote-controlled camera, rescuers could see the victim in a car on the first level down but couldn’t get to the person because they were concerned about the possibility of another collapse at the three-story garage, Hackensack fire Lt. Stephen Lindner said. They could not determine the victim’s condition. Crews were clearing debris and shoring up the structure before they could attempt to rescue the victim.
A secret of da Vinci portraits cracked
PARIS (AP) — The enigmatic smile remains a mystery, but French scientists say they have cracked a few secrets of the “Mona Lisa.” French researchers studied seven of the Louvre Museum’s Leonardo da Vinci paintings, including the “Mona Lisa,” to analyze the master’s use of successive ultrathin layers of paint and glaze - a technique that gave his works their dreamy quality. Specialists from the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France found that da Vinci painted up to 30 layers of paint on his works to meet his standards of subtlety. Added up, all the layers are less than 40 micrometers, or about half the thickness of a human hair, researcher Philippe Walter said Friday. The technique, called “sfumato,” allowed da Vinci to give outlines and contours a hazy quality and create an illusion of depth and shadow. His use of the technique is well-known, but scientific study on it has been limited because tests often required samples from the paintings. The French researchers used a noninvasive technique called X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy to study the paint layers and their chemical composition. They brought their specially developed high-tech
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Sale of Lucy Ball memorabilia blocked
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some of Lucille Ball’s love letters and awards will be sold at auction after a judge ruled to block the sale but imposed a hurdle that the comedienne’s daughter cannot overcome. While Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien agreed to block the sale Friday, he imposed a $250,000 bond that Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill would have to pay to get a restraining order issued. Her attorney, Ronald Palmieri, said the amount is too high and can’t be met. “We won on a legal basis, and the judge took it away from us on an economic basis,” Palmieri said. “That is very sad.” Luckinbill is the daughter of Ball and first husband Desi Arnaz. She sought the return of some of the items after Susie Morton, the widow of Ball’s second husband, Gary Morton, offered them for sale. Ball and Gary Morton were married until the time of the actress’ death in 1989. He later married Susie Morton. She consigned several items to Heritage Auction Galleries, including a Rolls-Royce, some of the couple’s love letters, photos and Ball’s personal items. The items are scheduled to go on sale Saturday at an auction being conducted online and in Beverly Hills, Calif. QUALITY EYEWEAR AT AMAZINGLY LOW PRICES!
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MIAMI (AP) — Federal authorities said Friday they are conducting the largest Medicare fraud bust ever in five different states and arrested dozens of suspects accused in scams totaling $251 million. Several doctors and nurses were among those arrested in Miami, New York City, Detroit, Houston and Baton Rouge, La., accused of billing Medicare for unnecessary equipment, physical therapy and HIV treatments that patients typically never received. Ninety-four suspects were indicted, and authorities said 36 people had been arrested as of Friday morning. More than 360 agents participated in Friday’s raids, announced by Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a health care fraud prevention summit in Miami. Officials said they chose Miami because it is ground zero for Medicare fraud. Authorities indicted 33 suspects in the Miami area, accused of charging Medicare for about $140 million in various scams. “With today’s arrests we’re putting would-be crimi-
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Early voting now under way
Early voting continues through July 31 at the Voting Machine Warehouse on Dolly Parton Parkway, near the high school (look for the political signs). Hours are 10-6 weekdays and 9-noon Saturdays. The Seymour location inside the public library will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 22, 23, 29 and 30 and 11-2 July 24 and 31. The local general election and statewide primaries are on the ballot.
Back to School Bash to be held
The Community Back to School Bash will be held Aug. 7 at Kodak United Methodist Church. The day will include inflatables, food, free haircuts for children, a magic show and free school supplies for children (K-12). Families must pre-register before July 31 and live in the Kodak area. KUMC is looking for local churches and businesses and volunteers to donate school supplies and other items. For more information and to register, e-mail to kodakback2school@gmail. com or contact the church office at 933-5996. n
Child safety seat inspections set
The Sevierville Police Department has scheduled a child car safety seat checkpoint from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Mountain National Bank, 470 Collier Drive. Certified SPD officers will be available to perform inspections of the seats, demonstrate proper installation techniques and offer general assistance. n
Lakes, rivers library topic
The Summer Reading Program theme for the Sevier County Public Library System is “Make a Splash — READ!” The program is for preschool children through sixth grade. During the week of July 19-23, all branches will host a rivers and lakes program with representatives of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Programs will be Monday at Seymour (573-0728), 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at King Family Library (3651666), and 11 a.m. Friday at Kodak Library (9330078).
Man gets life in double murder
Nashville man was sentenced to life plus 20 years in the murder of Vanderbilt University professor Pierre Colas and his sister Marie Colas. George Cody was convicted in May and sentenced on Friday. That was just one day after another Nashville man, Lavonta Churchwell, was also found guilty in the August 2008 murderrobbery. Thirty-two-year-old Pierre Colas was an anthropology professor from Hamburg, Germany. He was found dead in his East Nashville home after gunshots were reported. His 27-year-old sister had been visiting her brother from Germany. Churchwell is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 18.
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Judge rebuked for hiring daughter NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville judge has been publicly reprimanded for hiring her daughter as her court officer. A Friday letter from the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary to Davidson County General Sessions Judge Gloria Dumas states that the hiring violated judicial ethics, which require a judge to make appointments based on merit. The letter says the judge’s actions undermine public confidence in the administration of justice. The court filed formal misconduct charges against Dumas last October.
In its Friday order, the court agreed to retire a charge of persistent tardiness in 90 days on the condition that Dumas convenes court in a timely manner and regularly conducts her own docket. She had also been charged with using too many substitute judges. That count was dismissed.
Lawmaker complains about illegal immigrants
NASHVILLE (AP) — State Rep. Mike Turner of Old Hickory has complained to Tennessee labor officials that illegal immigrants
are working at the construction site of Nashville’s convention center. A spokesman for the construction contractor said the matter has been investigated and no evidence was found of illegal immigrants at the project. Turner, a longtime labor union leader, said he was told that such immigrants were on site. According to The Tennessean newspaper, he also said he had visited the location as a firefighter and saw workers there speaking Spanish. A spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Labor declined comment until a state investigation is finished.
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“I think it’s important that we don’t get ahead of ourselves here. You know, one of the problems with having this camera down there is that when the oil stops gushing, everybody feels like we’re done, and we’re not. — President Barack Obama on reports that BP is making progressing capping the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico
“Where he chooses to take his days off should really be up to him. We don’t want to get into a situation where the president is making familial vacation decisions based upon polling or political maneuvers.” — Democratic Party strategist Jamal Simmons, on Republicans criticizing Obama choosing to take a family vacation in Maine instead of near the oil-ravaged Gulf of Mexico
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Emergency responders rescued a Maryville man after his vehicle went 30 feet down an embankment on Chapman Highway. Rescue workers spent about an hour cutting away trees and stabilizing the vehicle before extricating the man, then had to stand in line and hand him along because they couldn’t bring the spine board in to carry him through the rugged terrain. n
On July 17, 1918, Russia’s Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.
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three cheers Veta King’s new book tribute to Pigeon Forge
NAACP off base in claims According to NAACP President Ben Jealous, the tea party is chock full of racist people bent on harming African-Americans. Speaking at the organization’s annual convention this week, Jealous let loose on the tea folks: “Here comes the genetic descendent of the White Citizens Council, burst from its coffin, carrying signs and slogans like ‘Lynch Barack Hussein Obama’...” An exhaustive search of media reportage on the tea parties turns up no mention of signs like that. And even if they existed, is it fair to demonize an entire movement because a few nuts are associated with it? Does the NAACP want to be evaluated on that basis? From the beginning of its ascent, the tea party has been targeted by the far left in America. They fear the populist movement because of its small-government philosophy and its successful activism. The cheapest, easiest way to attack any political opponent is to level accusations of bigotry. Almost every conservative broadcaster and columnist in America has been subjected to that. The NAACP picked a bad time to brand the tea party with the racist label. Recently, the New Black Panther Party has been in the news because the Justice Department declined to prosecute a case in which three of its members apparently intimidated voters at a Philadelphia polling place. One DOJ lawyer even quit his job, saying he was ordered not to pursue the case because it involved race. In response to the story, a number of New Black Panthers have been shown on TV saying incredibly bigoted things. NBPP member King Samir Shabazz even suggested that black Americans kill white babies. This is on tape. Obviously, racial bigotry cuts both ways. It is true that there’s a big difference between the tea party and the NBPP. The tea people have quickly become a potent political force in America, while the NBPP is few in number and brain cells. If it were just about the Panthers, the story would be meaningless. But because Attorney General Eric Holder is involved in the dismissal of the criminal charges, the situation takes on some importance. One of the weaknesses of the NAACP is that it has rarely acknowledged black racism. The organization is silent on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan. Yet, it is outraged about the tea party. There might be something hypocritical about that. It is long past time for all Americans to drop the skin color deal. President Obama was smart and correct when he ran as an American, not as an AfricanAmerican. The president made one misstep — involving himself in the Cambridge police-Harvard professor controversy — but otherwise has steered clear of racial politics. The NAACP, however, is obviously not as astute as Obama. By saying the tea party members are sympathetic to racism when proof of that is scant, the organization has defined itself as irresponsible. America’s motto continues to be: Out of many, one. Don’t tread on that. — 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.
Veta King’s love of history and all things Pigeon Forge came together in a nice and positive way. She has published “Images of America — Pigeon Forge,” a book of mostly photos showing the history, structures and people who paved the way for this Sevier County city. It wasn’t always such an attraction, of course. The city was a sleepy crossroads for decades, dominated by the Old Mill and farming. King spent weeks calling, following up on leads and combing through personal archives to find the right mix of photos to make the book entertaining and informative. It is a must-read and a must-have. The book comes out in time for the observance of the 50th anniversary of Pigeon Forge’s incorporation. This effort by King dovetails well with that observance. Thanks, Veta King, for the time and effort to put together this most worthwhile project.
Marian Oates’ legacy lives Trail program in park great on through UT scholarship way to show volunteer spirit
The late Marian Oates was second to none when it came to support for her community. She was a big supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, land preservation and the library. She also knew that education was the ticket to a life of fulfillment and pleasure. Oates established a Teacher Enrichment Scholarship for the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences. The scholarship was to be given annually to an East Tennessee middle school science teacher. This year’s winner is April Meyers, an eight-grade teacher at Norris Middle School in Anderson County. Let’s hope Meyers appreciates not just the benefits of the scholarship, but the person behind it. Oates knew that encouraging classroom teachers made for better instruction and thus better students. The scholarship will be used for Meyers’ professional development. Marian Oates’ legacy of support lives on.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to participate in the Adopt-a-Trail program that helps to maintain the park’s 800mile trail system. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make a positive impact on our national park. The Volunteers in Parks program has integrated volunteerism into many of its operations, including trail maintenance that covers everything from picking up litter to removing treefalls and reporting trail problems. Because the park doesn’t change admission and has few ways to generate income, volunteers make or break so many efforts and programs. Maintaining the trails is one way people can make a positive contribution while doing something enjoyable. A mandatory training program is scheduled July 31 in the North Carolina area of the park for those who are interested in participating. Contact Christine Hoyer, trails and facilities volunteer coordinator (828-497-1949 or e-mail to Christine_Hoyer@nps.gov).
Public forum Signage usually doesn’t work because most ignore the message
Editor: I am writing in response to the July 13 letter, in which the author suggests there be more signs in place to help ease the weekend outbound traffic through Sevierville. While I applaud the author’s idea and would personally love to see this succeed to eliminate some of the traffic congestion, I fear this would be a lost cause. Simply put, signs do not work. I have lived in this beautiful area for close
to a decade now. But one thing I’ve noticed is how signs, regardless of how blunt they may be, do not get messages across. This is not limited to traffic signs alone. Anyone who has worked in an establishment with a “No Public Restroom” or “Guest Parking Only” sign can agree that many clearly posted signs are highly ineffective. In Gatlinburg we have signs clearly showing incoming traffic on the Parkway which lanes go straight and which lanes turn onto River Road. Yet on any given Saturday afternoon, go stand on the corner at traffic light #6 and simply observe how well this is getting the point across.
Dollywood has been trying for years to get cars headed to their newer parking entrance adjacent to Splash Country. The National Park has emphasized with signs the dangers of feeding wildlife. Yet the black bear Laurel, as well as anyone else involved with the fiasco, could agree that those failed. So in theory, the author of the July 13 letter had an excellent idea. But I’m afraid the results, if any, would be too few and far between to justify the costs to implement them. Erik Mauldin Gatlinburg
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SC Bears outshine CAK in 7-on-7 passing drills By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor SEVIERVILLE — Sevier County coach Steve Brewer is beginning to like what he’s seeing. After a tough start to the week in 7-on-7 drills in Dorman, S.C., his Bears are finally starting to get their timing down, and it’s showing on the field. Friday at home against visiting Christian Academy of Knoxville, the Smoky Bears played well on both sides of the ball, scoring almost at will with their starters and limiting the Warriors to only occasional touchdowns in the scoring-friendly passing drills. SC quarterbacks Danny Chastain and Cullen Lavoi both had multiple touchdown passes, and were connecting well with receivers Bryant Gilson, Brett Pippin, Josh Johnson and Dillon Cate. “I thought (the quarterbacks) looked good,” Brewer said. “I think we’re going to be OK at that position.” On defense the Bears’ secondary were ballhawks. Tyler Wischer had an early interception and had several more sterling pass breakups, and sophomore Logan McCarter added a pair of interceptions on back-toback CAK possessions. “I thought we were breakSee SMOKY BEARS, Page A9
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Sevier County’s top QB, Danny Chastain, fires a pass (above) against CAK in 7-on-7 drills at SCHS on Friday. At right SC safety Tyler Wischer breaks up a pass in the back of the end zone. Wischer had an interception and several breakups over the course of the afternoon.
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Smokies catcher Robinson Chirinos, who went 3-for-3 with one home run and five RBIs Thursday night, watches a ball sail toward the outfield. SOUTHERN LEAGUE BASEBALL
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G-P rising senior Ron Durbin makes one of many catches Thursday evening at Heritage High School. PREP FOOTBALL
G-P’s Hammonds pleased with skill positions so far By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer MARYVILLE — The Gatlinburg-Pittman Highlanders looked sharp in 7-on-7 passing league competition Thursday evening at Heritage High School, with both starting quarterback Tye Marshall and backup Ryan Myers connecting with several G-P receivers for long TD strikes. Rising senior receiver Ron Durbin stood out with several nice scoring grabs on long passes from both QBs to go along with several defensive
interceptions playing in the Blue-and-Gold secondary. But Jeremy Hibbard, Ryan Taylor, Dillon Reagan and Ty Smith also showed G-P some good things out of the skill positions. Also, newcoming Alabama transfer Walter Barber joined the mix of action, making some nice plays out of the running back and receiver positions. “You can tell that the skill positions are kindly a bright spot for us,” said 39th-year G-P coach Benny Hammonds. “This is really the first time we’ve got to work (since spring). You
can tell that we’ve got some experience coming back, and that’s being good to us, but at the same time we’re not as sharp as far as our timing goes. “This gives us the opportunity to work on that, and it gives us an opportunity to look at some of our freshmen and sophomores, some of those younger kids and see how they’ve matured and grown. “But these older skill boys have really worked a lot on their own together, and they’ve stayed pretty sharp.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Longballs propel Smokies to 15-5 win over Lookouts Canzler, Chirinos, Spencer and Vitters homer KODAK – It was “Home Run Derby” at Smokies Park Thursday night between the Tennessee Smokies and Chattanooga Lookouts. While only coming out ahead 4-to-3 in the long ball tally, Tennessee came out way ahead in a 15-5 win over the Lookouts in front of 3,354 fans. The win is the team’s third in a row and puts the Smokies at 11-10 in the season’s second half, 53-37 overall. The Smokies answered a leadoff home run by Chattanooga’s Trayvon Robinson in the first with
a run of their own in the bottom of the first. Tony Campana’s third triple of the year was followed by an RBI double by Brett Jackson, tying the game at one. Tennessee jumped all over Chattanooga starter Mario Alvarez in the second to open up a 4-1 lead. Tony Thomas, Nate Samson led off the frame with consecutive hits, with ThomasscoringonSamson’s double to give the Smokies their first lead of the game. Starter Rafael Dolis helped his own cause with a double of his own, scoring Samson to put Tennessee up 3-1. Campana would cross home on a hit by pitch by Alvarez (5-5) to make it 4-1 Smokies. Alvarez would be chased in the fourth as the Smokies erupted for four runs in the frame, three of which came on a Matt Spencer home run to right to put the Smokies
up 8-1. RBI singles by Spencer and Russ Canzler in the fifth, coupled with a Robinson Chirinos sacrifice fly, offset a Chattanooga in the top of the frame and gave the Smokies an insurmountable 11-2 lead. Canzler and Chirinos would hit solo home runs in the seventh for Tennessee, while Josh Vitters joined the party with a solo shot of his own in the eighth to put the game away for Tennessee. On the night, Chirinos (3-for-3, five RBIs), Spencer (2-for-5, four RBIs) and Canzler (2-for-4, three runs scored) led the way. Campana (3-for-5, three runs scored) was a home run short of hitting for the cycle. Not to be outdone, Dolis (1-2) shined in his Smokies Park debut. The righty allowed only two runs on three hits in five innings.
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Smoky Bears’ wide receiver Brett Pippin (above, left) hauls in a touchdown bomb by the tips of his fingers Friday as Sevier County hosted the Christian Academy of Knoxville. Quarterback Cullen Lavoi (above, right) fires a pass as coach Steve Brewer looks on.
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Coaches Tony Lingenfelter, Bill Galloway, Steve Brewer and Jonathan Brewer watch the action on Friday (above). Sophomore Dillon Cate chases a CAK ballcarrier (below).
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Receiver Josh Johnson makes a move after making a deep catch Friday versus CAK.
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ing on the ball better and I thought we caught the ball well today,” Brewer said. McCarter’s first pick came when he jumped a route in the flats and dove to intercept the pass. His second INT came on a bullet pass across the middle that he read and snatched before it reached its intended target. “He’s athletic, there’s no question,” coach Brewer said
about the young defender. “And he’s one of those young guys that’s got to be ready.” The Bears were first able to work with their skill players this Monday, and they took a trip to Dorman, S.C., where they faced a slew of Division 1 athletes. “They’ve got two receivers that have already committed to Clemson and (another team had) another receiver that has committed to Cal,” Brewer said. Behind the South Carolina teams in terms of practice
time so far this summer, the Bears struggled the first day. “You could tell we hadn’t thrown the ball around much, our timing wasn’t there,” Brewer said. But the second day the team came around. “Our timing got better and we played much better,” Brewer said. “Counting today this is probably our 13th 7-on-7 this week, so we should be seeing some improvement.” email@example.com
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Brewerâ€™s key to success: â€˜Take one game at a timeâ€™ By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer KNOXVILLE â€” Following last yearâ€™s perfect 10-0 regular season, the Sevier County High School Smoky Bears are approaching the 2010 fall campaign much the way they approach each regular-season game in the 18-year Purple-and-White career of head coach Steve Brewer. â€œWe just literally take one game at a time,â€? Brewer said at Friday morningâ€™s KFOA Media Day at Three Ridges Golf Course in Knoxville. â€œThe secret to high school football, and any football really, is that you look at your next opponent, and as soon as thatâ€™s over â€” good
or bad â€” you forget it and go on to the next one.â€? The same formula holds true from season to season. â€œI donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any pressure (from 10-0 last season),â€? said Brewer. â€œIf you look at it as a whole, thereâ€™s pressure. But if you look at it just one game at a time, itâ€™s different.â€? Despite the perfect 2009 regular season, the Bearsâ€™ season came to a disappointing end with a onepoint loss to Bearden after Sevier County went for the win with a two-point conversion attempt near the end of regulation that came up one-yard short of victory. â€œI told our football team, â€˜last yearâ€™s team, as well as they did, they still left
room for us to do things,â€™â€? said Brewer. â€œSo we not only need to get back to the playoffs, we need to advance in the playoffs.â€? Brewer said heâ€™s not discounting last yearâ€™s accomplishments, heâ€™s just not reveling in the past. â€œIt was a special season, no doubt,â€? said Brewer. â€œWeâ€™ll miss those guys, and they meant a lot to our program. â€œBut this is a new group. I think theyâ€™ve been given a great example to follow. They learned from those guys last year, and that was a group that did not like to lose. They set a good example, and I hope weâ€™ll follow that part of it.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org
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