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More 278th troops due home
Almost 700 from armored cavalry to be in Smyrna by Friday 5Louie, Louie? Relatively unknown South African player rolls to British Open victory
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee National Guard’s Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna is going to get even busier this week with the return of almost 700 soldiers of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. They represent National Guard units from 10 Tennessee cities. More than 1,000 Guardsmen from the 278th ACR have
returned from Iraq since midJune. The Knoxville-based regiment of approximately 3,400 is coming home six months earlier than expected, and all of its units are scheduled to be back in Tennessee by the end of August. Scheduled to arrive by C-130 aircraft Tuesday are units from Newport, Kingsport
and Covington. Newport and Kingsport are due to land at the Guard training site at approximately 10:30 a.m. Covington is scheduled to arrive at 2 p.m. Units from Springfield, Clarksville, Henderson and Crossville will reach Tennessee on Wednesday. Springfield and Clarksville are due to roll in to Smyrna on buses at approximate-
ly 1 p.m. Henderson and Crossville will be combined aboard C-130 aircraft, with the first plane due to land at 11 a.m., and the second at 2:30 p.m. Knoxville, New Tazewell, and Lobelville units are to arrive in Smyrna on Friday, but no arrival times have yet been released. See TROOPS, Page A4
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Ready to tackle another season
New Center Little League hopes to have 120 football participants
5Off death watch, but ...
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
British Petroleum’s future appears to be very much in doubt NATION, Page A11
District 11, Seat A County Commission candidates respond to questions from MP Page A3
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Obituaries English McCarter, 86 Howard Davis, 67
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Index Local & State . A1-A4,A6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . B3 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . B1,B2 Business . . . . . . . . . . . A2 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . B7 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B7 Classifieds . . . . . . . B4-B6 Nation . . . . . . . . . . . A11
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Jordan Smith, left, oversees a bake sale fundraiser for his New Center Rockets Little League Football team Saturday. The group is now signing up children between the ages of 5 and 11 for the upcoming season, which starts in August.
NEW CENTER — The folks with New Center Rockets Little League Football are looking to recruit a bunch of good grass cutters, but they’re not in need of someone to mow the yard. Representatives from the organization were out at Food City on Dolly Parton Parkway Saturday signing up youngsters to play football in the English Mountain Conference. They’re hoping to bring in about 120 participants, a typical number counting the cheerleaders who support the teams on the field, to play in three age groups that include grasscutters, super grasscutters and pee wee. “We’re a smaller league than the other ones around here like Sevierville and Pigeon Forge, so our kids get a huge amount of playing time,” said Tammy McGaha, who is overseeing all three divisions for the Rockets this year. “The kids love it.” That certainly seems to be true of Jordan Smith, a 7-year-old who is signed up for his second year in the league and looking forward to one thing in particular. “I guess I just really like tackling,” he said shyly. Jordan’s participation brought parents Dustin Wells and Angela “Nikki” Smith along to help out with the organization, which depends on the support of mothers and fathers to keep everything going for the kids. Wells serves as an assistant coach for his son’s team, while Smith is team mom. That meant she spent most of Friday and all Saturday morning baking hundreds of cookies and cupcakes that she and Jordan sold to folks who stopped by Food City Saturday. It was more than just a fundraiser, it was a recruitment tool, with children naturally drawn to the sugary treats and Jordan there to offer a testimonial about the fun he’s had playing football. See FOOTBALL, Page A4
‘Working at the car wash’ aids Gists Creek youth mission Helps to raise money for good will trips
“We had the kids just handing out lemonade to people on the beach for free and letting them know that God loves them.”
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — The folks at Gists Creek Baptist Church are working to teach their youth what “laboring in the Lord’s vineyard” is all about, whether that means offering prayer with passersby in Myrtle Beach or scrubbing the bugs off the front of a well-traveled car.
— Gists Creek Baptist group leader Ron Phillips
That latter effort is just the one the young people undertook this weekend as they raised money to do things such as the former. The group ran the car wash at Sevierville’s Long John Silvers, offering free cleanings in exchange for a donation to the
fund that sends them on mission trips and helps them do good work locally. Several members of the collective, which includes kids from local middle and high schools, recently completed a trip to Myrtle Beach, where
they participated in some activities that pushed their boundaries quite a bit in the name of helping with the heavenly harvest. “We did something nobody does — we did lemonade on the beach,” group leader Ron Phillips explained. “We had the kids just handing out lemonade to people on the beach for free and letting them know that God loves them. It was a real challenge for some of the kids.” And that wasn’t the only time the See CAR WASH, Page A5
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Forge resident’s job is for the birds — and she loves it By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer KNOXVILLE — So you think your job is tough? Boss is demanding? Jan Myers knows what it’s like to work for Einstein and her job is really for the birds. Myers is one of a small staff of dedicated folks who keep Einstein and the other stars of Knoxville Zoo’s popular Bird Show shining. It’s a job that often means countless hours of hard work and living in the shadow of their bird-brained charges — but for Myers, it’s worth it. Myers says she’s been interested in animals since she was growing up in Gatlinburg, though it wasn’t until she took an elective in college that she really decided to pursue that as a career. Now a resident See NEIGHBOR, Page A5
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Jan Myers, raised in Gatlinburg and now living in Pigeon Forge, poses with her friend Einstein at the Knoxville Zoo.
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Garden Inn continues ‘green’ effort Gatlinburg Hilton hosts certification workshop Wednesday Submitted Report GATLINBURG — As part of Tennessee’s ongoing Sustainable Tourism initiative, five green certification workshops will be held in 2010 across the state. The first will be held Wednesday at Hilton Garden Inn in Gatlinburg. Others will be Aug. 19 in Nashville, Sept. 14 in Jackson, Sept. 15 in Memphis and Oct. 13 at Knoxville Convention Center. Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of
Tourist Development and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the workshops will facilitate discussions and solicit partner input regarding the development of a state green certification program for the tour and travel industry. In addition, the events will provide continued sustainable tourism resources, case studies, best practices and access to leading experts. “From the beginning, partner input has been essential in shaping Tennessee’s Sustainable Tourism program,” said Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “The five 2010
workshops exists as public forums to receive input from industry partners and create a green certification program that continues to position Tennessee as a leader in the nation’s Sustainable Tourism movement.” TDTD and TDEC jointly applied for and received a United States Environmental Protection Agency Pollution Prevention Source Reduction Grant which will fund the green certification workshops. The purpose of the grant is to research and develop a sustainable statelevel green certification program for Tennessee’s tour and travel industry. Tennessee has a nationally recognized green certifica-
tion program to utilize as a model through Chattanooga Green Lodging created by The Chattanooga Hospitality Association and adopted by the Tennessee Hospitality Association. The departments will work with industry partners, THA and Chattanooga Green to provide the latest green certification information to the industry as well as facilitating the interactive open discussion. To attend a workshop and be part of this discussion on green certification for Tennessee’s tour and travel industry, e-mail to patricia. firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615) 741-9004. Visit tnsustainabletourism.com for additional information.
Walker named consultant for Riverwalk Submitted Report
Riverwalk Properties, owned by Steve Lane and Teddy and Vickie Murrell, has appointed Dusty Walker to the position of property business consultant for their multiple rental properties located throughout Sevier County. Riverwalk Apartments, Crosscreek Village, Walnut Vista, River Trace, Country Meadows and Belle Meadows are among the properties
managed by Riverwalk. Walker relocated to Sevierville from northeast Ohio in June to accept her new position, but has been coming to this area since childhood in the early 1960s. She said it has been her lifelong dream and goal to move to Sevier County. Walker comes to the position with 23 years experience in a variety of property management environments. She has been associated
with Cardinal Properties, Chervenic Realty and First Realty Property Management, all located in northeast Ohio. Her most recent position had been as property manager of Bob-O-Link Manor located in North Canton, Ohio, just prior to relocating to Sevierville. Walker’s husband Richard is retired. They have a daughter, Sarah, 32, who is an accountant in Toledo, Ohio.
Critical time for Generation X financial planning By PATRICK PIDKOWICZ If you’re a member of Generation X — the age group born between 1963 and 1981 — you may well be in the busiest time of your life. You’re probably in the early to middle stages of your career, for one thing, and if you have children, they’re likely still at home. Yet despite the hectic nature of your days, you still have to look after the financial concerns of your children, yourself and possibly even your parents. This threegenerational effort may seem challenging, but with some planning and persistence, you can help your family make progress toward a variety of goals. To begin with, let’s consider the needs of your children. Obviously, you’re already providing for their living expenses, so from an investment point of view, your biggest concern may be how you’ll help them pay for college. Here’s a suggestion:
Dermatologists to close practice on September 1 Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE — Effective Sept. 1, doctors with Dermatology Associates of Knoxville will no longer be seeing patients at the Robert F. Thomas Professional Building. Its newest physician, Dr. Drew Miller, will be taking new patients at the St. Mary’s, Powell and Farragut locations. Call 865-524-2547 with questions or for an appointment.
Put time on your side and start saving as soon as possible. You might want to consider opening a 529 college savings plan, which offers potential tax advantages. Saving for college is important — but so is saving for your own retirement. Consequently, you’ll have to find the right balance of resources to devote to these two goals. To avoid shortchanging yourself, take full advantage of your 401(k) or similar employersponsored retirement plan. Contribute as much as you can afford right now, and whenever you get a raise, increase your contributions. At the very least, put in enough to earn your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered. Your 401(k) accumulates on a taxdeferred basis, and your contributions are generally made with pretax dollars, so the more you
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put in, the lower your taxable income. You aren’t confined to investing in a 401(k), either, because you can also put money into a traditional IRA, which accumulates tax-deferred, or a Roth IRA, which accumulates tax-free, provided you’re at least age 59½ when you start making withdrawals and you’ve held your account at least five years. Once you’ve started saving for college for your kids and investing for your own retirement, you’ve got one more generation to consider — the older one. For example, you’ll need to make sure your parents have adequate financial protection for their health care expenses. If your parents have saved and invested throughout their lives, they may not need any financial help from you — but that doesn’t mean you’ll never be called upon to straighten out
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their affairs. That’s why now is the perfect time to ask your parents some key questions: Where are your assets located? Do you have a will? How about a durable power of attorney? You might think these inquiries will make you sound selfish, but the opposite is true: The more you know about your parents’ financial situation and estate plans, the bigger help you’ll be to them, and to other members of your family, if the day arrives when your parents need some assistance. It may not always be easy to act on behalf of three generations — but it’s worth the effort. — This column was provided by J. Patrick Pidkowicz, investment representative for Edward Jones in Sevierville.
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 found guilty in a court of law. n Gary Wayne Adams, 32, of Knoxville, was charged July 17, with the sale, delivery and distribution of a counterfeit controlled substance. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bond. n Andrea Denise Allen, 33, of 1067 Elvin Branch Road, Sevierville, was charged July 16 with general theft. She was being held in lieu of $1,000 bond. n William Christopher Beard, 19, of 1759 East Union Valley, Seymour, was charged July 17 with financial responsibility law. He was being held. n Christopher William Burleigh, 32, of 259 West Mill Creek, No. 12, Pigeon Forge, was charged July 16 with a misdemeanor warrant from circuit court. He was being held in lieu of $5,000 bond. n David Alexander Carter Jr., 20, of 12910 Chapman Highway, Seymour, was charged July 17 with two counts manufacture, sale and delivery of a schedule II drug; simple possession; and manufacture, sale and delivery of a schedule VI drug. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bond. n Kevin Anthony Dickson, 28, of 119 Scenic Drive, Sevierville, was charged July 16, was charged July 16 with aggravated assault and attempt to commit firstdegree murder. He was being held. n Walter Glen Gibson III, 33, of 264 Loop Road, Gatlinburg, was charged July 16 with resisting arrest and public intoxication. He was released. n Jamie Leeann Green, 25, of Knoxville, was charged July 16, with driving while licensed revoked and violation of probation. She was released. n Justin A. Grimes, 24, of Fort Meade, Fla., was charged July 16 for public intoxication. He was released. n Mark Jason Hoffsis, 36, of 3150 Hickory Drive, Pigeon Forge, was charged July 17, with theft of property: $10,000-$50,000 and driving on revoked license. He was being held in lieu of $30,000 bond. n Gregory Lynn Ivens, 50, White Pine, Tenn., was charged July 16 with domestic assault violence. He was released. n Michael Brad Ivens, 21, White Pine, Tenn., was charged July 16 with domestic assault violence. He was released. n Donna Lee Jackson, 50, 2535 Grotto Lane in Sevierville, was charged July 17 with domestic assault violence. She was being held. n Randy Lee Loveday, 52, of 3126 Rena Street, Pigeon Forge, was charge July 17 with possession of drug parapharnelia, DUI, manufacture, sale and deliverey of a schedule II drug; manufacture, sale and deliverey of a schedule IV drug; and financial responsibility law. He was being held. n Jose Francisco Luna, 21, of 1265 Smithwood Drive, Sevierville, was charged July 17 with driving without a license, traffic violations and financial responsibility law. He was being held. n Donnie Travis Matthews, 28, of 1903 Douglas Dam Road, was charged July 16 with bond revocation. He was being held. n Paul Thomas Reagan, 46, of 3140 Pittman Center Road, Sevierville, was charged July 16 with vandalism: $1,000-$10,000. He was released. n Hugh Tony Smith, 20, of 304 Dumplin Valley Road, was charged July 16, with theft criminal situation. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. n Richard Wayne Smith, 27, of 819 Sunshine Way, was charged July 17 with driving on a suspended license. He was released. n Steven Charles Smith, 24, of 941 Candy Tuft Drive, Sevierville, was charged with misdemeanor warrant from circuit court and possession of drug parapharnelia. He was being held in lieu of $7,500 bond. n Johnny Sons, 29, of Knoxville, was charged July 17 with misdemeanor warrant from circuit court, evading arrest and general theft. He was being held. n Jacob Lee Varner, 19, of Knoxville, was charged July 17 with theft of property: $10,000-$50,000. He was being held. n Richard Alan Vaughn, 21, of 964 Kyker Ferry Road, Kodak, was charged July 16, with domestic violence assault and evading arrest. He was released. n James Leonard Webb, 43, of 3670 Wilhite Road, was charged July 17 with violation of probation. He was released.
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District 11, Seat A candidates respond to questions
1. What do you think the biggest issues facing the county will be in the next four years? GARY COLE: Maintaining our current services will be a huge challenge given the shrinking economy. We must continue to focus on maintaining or improving our level of service in all areas, be it law enforcement, emergency medical, education, highways, sanitation, utilities, library, or basic courthouse services with the dollars now available. This is not the time for any sort of tax increase, either personal or business. MICHAEL FITZGIBBONS: Some of the biggest issues this county is facing in the next four years include a high unemployment rate and lack of good paying jobs, managing growth and improving infrastructure to handle that growth, including law enforcement and emergency services, roads, water and funding for county schools.
n Address: 4299 South Boogertown Road n Age: 39 n Occupation: President/ owner, Cheetah Graphics Inc., adverFitzgibbons tising, marketing design and commercial printing corporation n Family: Wife Candice Ann Fitzgibbons n Education: 2 years college, Colorado State University n Community/civic involvement: Current member and past officer, Gatlinburg Elks Lodge No. 1925, charitable organization for veterans and children; usher, Trinity Episcopal Church, Gatlinburg
the county must have areas zoned for industrial use. I would support the countyâ€™s purchase of land for industrial use, providing it is at a fair price, easily accessible and suitable for such development and use. The current drop in the real estate market has made land more reasonably priced and perhaps brought it into a range where the county should consider investment if the funds are in the budget. 3. What do you think Sevier County should do to give itself more of a year-round economy? COLE: Industrial recruitment/development coupled with effective tourism promotion targeted at the slower winter months. New manufacturing jobs would be a tremendous asset to the County, helping lower the winter unemployment rates we now see. Tourism promotion during the offseason months will keep people at work, and not on layoff. Winter promotion of tourism works. I remember well when QUALITY EYEWEAR AT AMAZINGLY LOW PRICES!
Gary Allen Cole n Address: 314 Bowtie Lane, Gatlinburg n Age: 55 n Occupation: Department manager (parking) with city of Gatlinburg; with city for 33 years n Family: Wife Patricia; son Allen Cole and wife Kathy, daughter Kayla and son Joshua; son Landon Schettini and wife Keaten, daughter Alexia n Education: GatlinburgPittman High School, Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, UT-CGT n Community/civic involvement: None listed
motels, shops and restaurants closed their doors in the fall, laid off all the staff, and reopened in the springtime. Now few of them do, because of the increase in winter visitors to the area. FITZGIBBONS: This county desperately needs a year-round economy and year round jobs. While we must continue to promote Sevier County as a vacation or convention destination and attract as many visitors as possible all year long, we must add a good blend of service, manufacturing and technology industries to the economy. Three key things that make a county attractive to new business are a suitable location, favorable business environment and a local pool of educated and skilled workers. Unfortunately, many of our educated and skilled residents must commute or move elsewhere to find good jobs in these other industries. 4. Some counties in the state are facing financial challenges that may lead QUALITY EYEWEAR AT AMAZINGLY LOW PRICES!
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2. Do you support purchasing more industrial property, even in a slow economy? COLE: Yes, if the circumstances and terms of the purchase were favorable for the County. The economic conditions have forced property prices downward, and good, usable lands might be available. I would not support a purchase wherein the cost per acre was above the current fair market value, or if the location wasnâ€™t highly favorable for industrial development. FITZGIBBONS: This county needs a broader economic and employment base, with businesses and industry not dependent upon seasonal tourism. In order to attract businesses such as manufacturing,
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Candidates for Sevier County Commission District 11, Seat A, in the Aug. 5 general election, are Republican incumbent Gary Cole, who was unopposed in the May Republican Primary; and Democrat Michael â€œFitzâ€? Fitzgibbons, who was unopposed in the Democratic Primary. The same set of questions was sent to each. The 11th District is in the southeast part of the county and includes parts of Gatlinburg and Pittman Center.
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to cuts. What is your assessment of Sevier Countyâ€™s financial situation? COLE: Sevier County is not as affected by the current economic pressures as most of the others in Tennessee, and our financial condition is strong. As such, we are in a much better position to weather this storm. We have just ended one year of budget, during which no positions were lost, and no programs were eliminated. I am confident we can achieve that again in the coming budget. FITZGIBBONS: To avoid tax increases in the future or the slashing of funds for important county services or projects, we need to make sure the county uses taxpayersâ€™ funds in as just and efficient manner as possible, eliminating unnecessary spending and waste. If the county qualifies for state or federal funding for projects or improvements, such as through the stimulus legislation, we should be sure to apply for that funding. As the Tennessee State Comptrollerâ€™s office has recommended for years, Sevier County needs a centralized accounting and purchasing department to ensure the integrity of county use of taxpayer monies.
This argument will have to take place in the State Legislature. FITZGIBBONS: Sevier County should have a nepotism policy in place that prohibits county employees from holding office. County government needs a system of checks and balances that prevents the influence of special interest or decisions made for personal gain. At the very least, county employees should be prevented from serving on steering committees related to their job department. In addition, there should be term limits imposed on the elected positions in Sevier County. Positions of power should not be abused for personal gains or be counter-productive to the needs of the residents.
6. The county may be sued and have to spend thousands of dollars to defend the use of the Lordâ€™s Prayer at meetings. Is there a way to avoid spending this money through compromise or change? COLE: I would hope that lawsuits wonâ€™t be filed over this, but if we are sued, then we should defend our position. The practice of reciting the Lordâ€™s Prayer at commission meetings should not become 5. The county has a political issue. This is no nepotism policy wrong on so many levels. or a policy that limits There are organizations county employees from that help with defense of holding office. Should these type lawsuits, and there be a policy that we have asked that they be addresses this issue? contacted, for their particiCOLE: State law sets pation in defending Sevier forth certain qualificaCounty, if a lawsuit is filed. tions that must be met in FITZGIBBONS: I am order to qualify and serve a Christian who believes as a commissioner. State in the power of prayer. law also specifically allows The government of Sevier county employees to serve County must represent on a county commission, and work for all residents, so a policy passed by the not solely Christians, Sevier County Commission and I would not like to would be meaningless. see any residents alien-
ated because they their faith is not represented. Yet, I am unwilling to give up prayer before the meetings. I suggest we encourage all established churches in Sevier County to sign up on an alternating list to lead the County Commission and public in a prayer before each meeting. That would truly be representative of the faiths in this county and avoid a costly lawsuit. 7. New rules on hillside development are about to come before the County Commission. What is your take on those rules, and should the county do more or less land-use regulation? COLE: We need hillside regulations. Too many ill conceived developments by greedy real-estate companies have already done great harm to these mountains. A well planned development can be built that has minimal impact on the ridge tops and views, if all parties will work together and follow guidelines. FITZGIBBONS: There must be a balance found between property ownerâ€™s rights and freedom to use their property as they wish, environmental impact issues such as watershed, and the maintaining and preservation the natural beauty of these mountains that attract so many visitors who are the base of our economy. To accomplish this, three must be rules to guide responsible development. The rules are to protect residentâ€™s rights, not take them away. Imagine if your neighbor brought in loads of fill dirt to raise or change the lay of their property and it caused water runoff to flood your property.
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OBITUARIES In Memoriam
English McCarter English McCarter, age 86 of Pigeon Forge passed away Saturday, July 17, 2010. He was a member of Pigeon Forge First Baptist Church. Mr. McCarter was a World War II veteran serving his country in Luxemburg, France, Belgium, and near Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge campaign, a member of Pigeon Forge Lions Club, Gatlinburg Elk Club, and the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport Authority. He was the Assistant Fire Chief and the Police Chief of Pigeon Forge before it was incorporated. Mr. McCarter was a Pigeon Forge City Commissioner for 36 years. During his tenure, he was Vice Mayor and also served as the Mayor. He loved to fish with his family, friends, and also in bass tournaments. He was a member of the Sevier County Bass Anglers Club. Mr. McCarter was an electrician and owned McCarter Electric Company. He was preceded in death by his parents William Harrison & Pearlie Stinnett McCarter, brother William (Bill), and sisters, (infant) Betty McCarter, Gertrude (Lloyd) Bradley, Elizabeth (C.L.) Sutton, Nina Myers and step-mother Beulah Trentham McCarter. Survivors: His wife of 62 years: Evelyn Jean Myers McCarter; Daughters and sons-in-law: Patricia M. and Steve Fugate of Maryville and Nancy M. and Dennis Murray of Sevierville; Sons and daughters-in-law: Joseph M. and Lisa H. McCarter and James E. and Devone McCarter of Sevierville; Grandchildren: Stephanie F. and Kirby Teague of Chesapeake, VA; Mark H. and Lauren Fugate of Maryville; Caroline M. and Randy French of Mt. Juliet; Brooke M. and Nathan Dunn of Sevierville; Bryan and Anna McCarter of Morristown; Jason and Allison McCarter of Knoxville; and Ashley McCarter of Sevierville; Great-grandchildren: Emily and Addison French, Calvin and Anna Teague and Haleigh Dunn. Brother: Pershing McCarter; Sister: Mary McCarter; Brother-inlaw: Pete Myers In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 15010, Knoxville, TN 37901 Funeral service 7 PM Tuesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Steve Fugate and Larry Ogle officiating. Graveside service and interment 10 AM Wednesday in Shiloh Cemetery with Rev. W.W. Cope officiating. The family will receive friends 4-6:45 PM Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Wamp rolls out first negative governor ad KNOXVILLE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp has rolled out the first negative campaign ad by any of the leading Republican contenders for governor. The ad calls opponent Bill Haslam as a “billionaire oil man” responsible for price gouging at Pilot truck stops. It also says the Knoxville
mayor raised taxes, and it accuses him of trying to take guns away from Tennesseans. In a news release responding to the ad, Haslam says he is a supporter of Second Amendment rights, and he says Knoxville’s property tax rate is the lowest in 50 years.
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Howard Lee Davis, age 67, of Seymour, passed away suddenly Saturday, July 17, 2010 while at work. Howard was born in Sevier County on February 3, 1943. Howard was retired from Saw Core, Inc. and was keeping busy during his retirement by working at Sevier Pawn and Loan where he will be remembered for his smiling face and readiness to talk. Howard loved camping and fishing. He also enjoyed building and fixing things and was always willing to help others, whether it be his family, friends, or at his church. Howard was a long time member of Knob Creek Baptist Church in Seymour where he operated the sound system and served as a trustee. He was also a member of Sevier Masonic Lodge #334. Howard was preceded in death by his father, Frank H. Davis and his grandparents, “Short” John and Rachel “Lizzie” Davis and Nelson and Senia Cutshaw. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Graves Davis, his son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Lori Davis, mother, Della Davis, granddaughter, Kiersten Davis, sister and brotherin-law, Janice and Conley Wardell, all of Seymour, mother-in-law, Juanita B. Graves of Knoxville, as well as several nieces, cousins, and uncles. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 429, Seymour, TN 37865 The family will receive friends from 4-7 PM Monday with a service to follow at 7 PM in Atchley’s Seymour Chapel with Rev. W.A. Galyon and Rev. Terry Parton officiating. Family and friends will meet 11 AM Tuesday in Knob Creek Cemetery for graveside service and interment. Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour, 122 Peacock Court, Seymour, Tennessee, 37865 (865)577-2807 n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
al from officials and raising enough money to prepare the property, 3From Page A1 McGaha said. As part of that fundOf course, his parents raising effort, the group offered their own praise will host a family fun for the league, which is day at the Sevier County open to all youngsters Fairgrounds from 4-9 between the ages of 5 and p.m. July 31 that will 11. include inflatable games, “They do have a lot of food, a dunking booth fun,” Smith said. “I do manned by coaches and get a little nervous about an evening of exhibition something happening to wrestling. him.” Those who are interestIn typical dad/coach ed in signing up can do so fashion, Wells brushed off through Aug. 21, though those concerns. the first practice will be “It’s all part of the expe- held Aug. 2. The season rience,” he said. “They will conclude on Nov. 6 learn a lot of discipline when a “Super Bowl” is and get a lot of good phys- held to crown the champiical exercise. We’ve got a ons in each age division. good league, good teams, Cost to participate is a good coaching staff and $55 per child, with a diswe’re going to have a good count of $5 for families season.” enrolling two or more The group is in its youngsters. Those who last year playing on the want information on field at Walters State the program, including Community College’s anyone who might be Sevierville campus and interested in serving as organizers are hoping to an adult helper, can call have a new site ready for McGaha at 640-5344. it by next year. All that remains is getting approv- n email@example.com
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At present, the Tennessee Guardsmen are undergoing out-processing at Camp Shelby, Miss. It will be completed at Smyrna, after which sol-
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JACKSON (AP) — When Crockett County farmer Stephen Fincher decided to run for Congress last year, it was as a long shot Republican challenger to longtime incumbent Democratic Rep. John Tanner. Since then, Tanner has announced his retirement from the 8th House District seat representing northwestern Tennessee, and two more Republican candidates — physicians Ron Kirkland of Jackson and George Flinn of Memphis — have entered the fray to replace him. Fincher, an early favorite of the National Republican Congressional Committee, has meanwhile had to deflect criticism that he is too close with the congressional incumbents who support him, that he has voted in recent local Democratic primaries and for taking federal farm subsidies while at the same time railing against out-of-control federal spending. Fincher told reporters after a recent candidate forum in Jackson that “a lot of spin” has been put on his early conversations with GOP congressmen about his bid. “I said: ’Boys, no offense, but I’m a farmer from Frog Jump, and I’m going to stand up for my country,”’ Fincher said. “And a lot of things Republicans have done, I don’t like. But we need conservative leadership.” Fincher has drawn contributions from House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio, Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia and Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana, among others. Kirkland has been the most vocal critic of Fincher’s candidacy, and said after the forum that he doesn’t believe Fincher wouldn’t be beholden to the Republican leadership if elected. “I do not think it’s realistic, I think it’s a statement made for political purposes,” Kirkland said. “He is obligated to those people.” Fincher has also grappled with ways to explain the federal farm subsidies and loans he has received over his two decades of farming, which the Kirkland campaign peg at $3.2 million. Fincher argues that he has no control over the rules of the program and that he has not been personally enriched by the federal money. “It is a complicated program, there are many facets of the farm program, and the truth is we need a better system than we have,” Fincher said. “I do receive farm payments, it’s just the facts. “But on average I make between $50,000 and $75,000 a year, net income,” he said.
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resident of Pigeon Forge, she graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s in animal science last year, but her current job is some distance from what she thought she’d be doing with that degree. See, while she’s always loved and been fascinated by critters from furry to scaly, feathered never really entered the picture. “I never had any interest in birds at all; not at all,” she admits with a laugh. “I guess I just kind of worked my way into it. I had a seasonal job with the zoo while I was in college and it just happened I was in the Bird Show. When I graduated, they offered me a job here and I stayed. I really enjoy doing it.” What Myers does is something that takes a special kind of person to do. Her day starts early with a patrol of the cages the show’s feathered stars roost in. She’s on latrine duty. After she’s cleaned up the foul the fowls have produced, it’s on to food service. Staffers have to prepare the sort of treats that keep a bird star in top performance condition. That means everything from preparing a mix of seeds and nuts to (squeamish readers need not continue in this sentence) chopping up carrion for the birds of prey, including dead mice and birds. “It’s part of the job,” Myers says. When everyone has been fed, it’s time to work with the animals, honing skills that range from flying — in the show it can seem a bit mundane to see birds that just do something they’re born with an ability to do, but you’d be wise to remember you can’t do it — to “talking.” Like a good parent, Myers insists she doesn’t have a favorite among her feathered friends, but it’s clear there’s one bird both the audience and the caretakers can’t help but love. Einstein is her — yes her — name and she’s a reminder that generalizations can often get us into trouble. While the term “bird-brained” is sometimes used as an insult among humans, presumably because the flying creatures have tiny minds to fit in their tiny heads, it’s something of a compliment when the brain being referred to belongs to Einstein, whose name fits quite well. A Congo African gray parrot, Einstein belongs to a species that has an impressive ability to mimic sounds, including those of human voices. It’s a skill they developed as a defense mechanism, one that gives them the opportunity to scare off predators such as wild dogs in the African jungle by letting out a roar akin to a lion’s. Even coming from a family in which that amazing skill is common, Einstein is still an impressive specimen. “It’s amazing because she really does know how to learn,” Myers says. “It’s a funny thing to watch. You can see it in her eyes. She’s definitely an exception. She’s way up there as far as parrot IQ goes.” Want proof? First, Einstein knows the COMBS CONSTRUCTION
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plays her own game.” Einstein’s game can mean things like saying one of the more interesting words she knows — beer — when her handlers are trying to prompt her to make a noise that sounds like water in response to a question about what she drinks. It can also means she gets into a shouting match with Myers, having picked up on yelling somewhere along the way. “We’ll come in and she’ll scream at us,” Myers says. “We’ll yell back at her and she loves that. She just keeps screaming at us. She loves to interact back and forth.” As long as her human companions keep the seeds and nuts coming, Einstein will likely be content to spend her entire life — and for her species, that may mean eight decades or more — in the Bird Show, learning more every year and always speaking her mind. For her part, it seems Myers might also be content not to fly the coupe anytime soon. “I really like this area,” she says. “I like this line of work. I would like to stay in this type of work and I love working at the Knoxville Zoo. I just don’t know if I’ll always stay in the Bird Show.”
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Youth group members and an adult leader from Gists Creek Baptist Church scrub a car during a Saturday fundraiser to support its mission efforts. work they do each year tise the sudsy offerings. to help those in need They were willing to do and help spread the good it because they know it 3From Page A1 word. might mean returning “We go to Scott County to Myrtle Beach, among trip called on the young- to Winfield Elementary other things. sters to summon their School to help Mission of “It was an awesome courage for going outside Hope give out backpacks trip,” Ashley said. “There their comfort zones in the to 250 or 300 kids,” said were some parts about it name of Christian mis- Joy Havlin, who is another that were kind of scary sions. of the group’s adult lead- because we were talking “We took the kids down ers. “That’s a Knoxville to people we don’t know, on the main drag there group that helps children but we did it because God with all that other stuff in Appalachia who don’t wants us to.” going on in Myrtle Beach,” have anything. It’s a really “We really want to go Phillips said. “Their mis- good project and the kids back,” Cassidy agreed. sion was to just walk up are great to help.” Good thing folks like to people on the sidewalk Even if that means put- Eric Harrell are willing to and as them if there as ting up with soggy clothes help them do that. Harrell anything on their hearts every now and again. stopped by the fundraiser they’d like to pray about. “It’s fun,” group mem- after stopping at K-mart Now, that’s a hard thing ber Ashley Havlin said of with daughter Myle and to do but these kids were the car washing effort. seeing the car wash in amazing. They did a great “But it gets tiring,” action. job.” friend Cassidy Sims quick“We just figured we’d They also had a great ly added. help the group so they can time. In between their The girls took turns spread the word,” Harrell labors, they spent time along with the others said as his vehicle got the enjoying the beach and switching off between Gists Creek treatment. some of the other attrac- washing and drying the “It’s worth it. They do a tions the South Carolina cars, and holding up signs great job.” tourist town offers. They at the side of Forks of the enjoyed it all so much, River Parkway to adver- n firstname.lastname@example.org they want to go back. But that, obviously, INSULATED RODENT PROOF takes money. That’s why *STORAGE BUILDINGS* the group has started now All sizes, styles, quick delivery Starting at working to raise cash to 40 models Carports starting $595 oN loT $995 fund another venture to 3599 Newport Hwy. • Sevierville the Grand Strand, though www.flatcreekvillage.com that’s only one part of the 865-428-4450 865-548-7712
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routine of the day and has figured out ways to make it run the way she wants it to. For instance, in the evening if she feels the humans are hanging around too long, she’ll start demanding they turn the lights off and go. Through the day, when she feels she’s not getting enough attention because the workers are all busy at their tasks, she’s learned a trick to get them into her little room. “She’s figured out how to make the sound of the phone ringing and she’ll do that when no one’s in here with her,” Myers says. “We’ll come running and realize it’s just her.” Having a private conversation? Don’t do it around Einstein. Not only can she pick up on new words very quickly when one catches her ear, she also likes to chime in with her own “yeses” and “noes” when she hears people talking. Looking for a quiet lunch? Not with Einstein around. “When we’re eating, she makes her ‘tasty’ noise,” Myers says. See, Einstein works on cues — like “tasty” — just like those famous actors in Hollywood. She’s even been on national television several times herself, responding to the 85 or so prompts that bring out the words and sounds she knows. There are also about 220 or so more words and noises she can make, though she doesn’t do those on cue. “She can really surprise us sometimes,” Myers says. “She’ll do something different that we just have to work around. It is kind of like having a toddler. Sometimes she just
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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.
Beach Bash to aid B-G clubs
Beach Bash for Boys & Girls Club is scheduled for Saturday at Dumplin Valley Farms to raise operating funds for the 1,696 Sevier County children who are members of club. Tickets for the event are $100 per person and can be reserved by calling 428-6550. Those who attend are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts, shorts and flip-flops. The auction will feature autographed sports memorabilia, weekend trips and special pieces by local artisans. The silent auction begins at 5:30, with dinner served at 6, followed by the live auction presided over by ThompsonCarr Auctions. The auction is scheduled to end by 9:30, and a band will play until midnight. n
Documentary open for viewing
Sevier County Right to Life will show the documentary “Maafa 21” about Planned Parenthood at 7 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Seymour. Ursula Beckmann, president of Sevier County Right To Life, said the film was a project undertaken by Life Dynamics Inc., and that three years of research went into its making. The showing at First Baptist Church of Seymour is free of charge. For directions or other information, call Beckmann at 908-2689 or Patti Gallo-Bryant at 323-3203.
County cancels July meetings
The following Sevier County government meetings for July have been canceled: County Commission, Steering Committee, Emergency Services Committee, Intergovernmental Committee, Governmental Operations Committee and Transportation Committee. The Sevier County Budget Committee will meet on Monday at 4 p.m. in room 100 of the courthouse.
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. This week, all branches will host a rivers and lakes program with representatives of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Programs will be today at Seymour (573-0728), 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at King Family Library (3651666), and 11 a.m. Friday at Kodak Library (9330078).
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More juvys get court date, rather than jail MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis officials say the practice of issuing summonses to juveniles rather than locking them up for minor offenses can cut down on overcrowding and limit exposure to jail culture. Since March, the city’s juvenile court has seen a dramatic drop in the number of minors detained, according to Mayor AC Wharton, who explained the effort during a press conference this week. The Commercial Appeal reported that the combined effort by the mayor’s
office, its juvenile court, law enforcement and the religious community is intended to keep juveniles from becoming a part of the jail culture in the long-term. In the short term, they say, the effort reduces overcrowding issues in court and extra cost to police. In the past, about 60 percent of juveniles were taken to temporary detention and about 40 percent were issued summonses. In March, the number of summonses was at 53 percent and about 47 percent were transported. In June, 58.3 percent were issued a sum-
mons and 41.7 were taken to detention. Juvenile Court Judge Curtis Person said juveniles who are given a summons are still criminally charged and have to appear on their court date. The program expands the officer’s discretion and only applies to certain crimes like disorderly conduct, theft under $500, simple assault, gambling, trespass, simple marijuana possession and vandalism under $500. “If a juvenile commits a violent crime, he needs to be transferred to Juvenile Court and be detained,”
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Person said. The juvenile detention facility in Shelby County has a capacity for 135 youths and it was often full. But on Monday, there were just 53 juveniles being held, Person said. Those that are being held are the most serious offenders, he said. “It saves those cells for those who need to be there,” Wharton said. An additional part of the program enlists churches and pastors to keep juveniles out of the detention system and uses services that many congregations were already offering.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” is anything but a sleeper as the thriller opened big with $60.4 million and a No. 1 finish at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Slipping to second place with $32.7 million was the previous weekend’s No. 1 movie, Steve Carell’s animated hit “Despicable Me.” The Universal release raised its 10-day total to $118.4 million. Disney’s family adventure “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” was a dud, opening at No. 3 with $17.4 million, lifting its total to $24.5 million since premiering Wednesday. “Inception,” the Warner Bros. action tale about a team that sneaks into people’s dreams is DiCaprio’s biggest opening weekend, topping his previous best of $41.1 million for last winter’s “Shutter Island.”
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Greyhounds make great house pets There is an event in Gatlinburg every first weekend after Memorial Day at Mynatt Park which involves Greyhound dogs. I was in the neighborhood when I stumbled upon a lot of dogs in the park with people everywhere, and a festive mood in full swing. After checking out some of the dogs, I noticed that they all were the same breed: Greyhounds. They came in every color you could imagine, but they all looked diferent in their own way. I’d never been that close to this breed, but got the chance that weekend as I observed them in action. I inquired about them with a couple of owners who had been doing these meetings for a long time and in other locations as well. I talked to Lynda Montgomery from Charlotte, N.C. and Laura Williams from Indiana, as they enlightened me on the Greyhound mystique. All of the dogs on exhibit were rescued from the various dog racing tracks around the country. A dog gets past its prime at around 4 years of age. At these tracks, the dogs receive a tattoo in their ear which signifies their birthday and litter number. After they are past their racing age, they usually are not treated very well, so rescue and adoption is a godsend for these precious animals. Somewhere around 95 percent are rescued and many from an agency that is set up at the race tracks for this very purpose. I was told that there are only around 10-12 race tracks left in the country, while Greyhoundracing.com lists about 32. Greyhounds make great pets because they are quiet, are low maintenance and prefer to stay clean. Since their skin doesn’t produce much oil, they don’t have the doggy smell. They also play well with children, but will chase other pets because it’s in their nature to run — keep them on a lease when out in public. Although they love to run (45 mph), they don’t require a lot of exercise. Their size ranges from 45-70 pounds for females, and 55-95 pounds for males. As I said, they all look different to me, but still have that distingushing body shape built for speed. I was going to challenge one of them to a foot race, but thought better of it after common sense kicked in. Greyhounds are the oldest purebred dog, dating back even further than the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Gen. George Custer had 14 greyhounds that he had coursed the night before the battle of The Little Bighorn. Those of you who are regular Bible readers should know that the only dog breed mentioned in the Bible is greyhound. Look in Proverbs 30:31. When I was walking around Mynatt Park, I was trying to count how many dogs I saw. It got confusing after a while, so I just asked someone who told me there were around 325 dogs this sixth year for the event. They had music, cake and dog shows. I didn’t get to see all of the shows, but was told they had a costume contest with the dogs dressed up in all kinds of oufits. I know the dogs had to hate this. I’m sure it embarrassed them in front of their other dog friends, but being the kind, docile animals that they are, they endured. I figured that this is the reason they learned to run so fast. Up in Dewey, Del., they have a greyhound show that draws between 2,0003,000 participants. Of course, with that many dogs and people, you have to have a lot of hotels or a really big one that is willing to allow dogs in their rooms. You might think that the place would have to fumigated, but like I said ealier, no doggy smell and hardly any shedding either. As fate would have it, a bear showed up for the dog event in Mynatt Park while I was there. Luckily for the bear, the owners had their dogs all on leashes, as all good dog owners should do. The bear, freaked out by such a clan of runners, left for easier hunting grounds. My dog died almost two years ago, and I haven’t replaced her as yet. If I were going to do so, I’d seriously consider adopting a greyhound for all the reasons I’ve stated. There’s never a shortage of pets that need homes, so you won’t have to look far. — Dan M. Smith is a Cincinnati native and Gatlinburg resident. He is the author of the forthcoming book “So Far from Forfar.” His son is serving in the Air Force. E-mail to email@example.com.
Do it early It’s nice to have the chance to be part of early voting For 16 years the registered voters of Tennessee have had a nice perquisite when it comes to filling out their ballots. They have 16 days before an election to vote in person, avoiding the lines and occasional inconvenience that can come from showing up on election day. Early voting in Tennessee began in October 1994. Tennessee was among just a few states at the time that offered early voting. Now more and more do. States that don’t are the exception, not the rule. Early voting allows a voter to use the actual voting machines, not a paper absentee ballot. It’s a quick-inquick-out process. You never know what might be going on election day that keeps you from the polls — a
medical emergency, a business trip, car failure, forgetfulness. In Sevier County people have two locations for early voting: The Voting Machine Warehouse on Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville, and the Seymour Public Library. Early voting began on Friday and continues through July 31. Lots of people have worked long and hard to ask for your vote and consideration. Local candidates who won their primaries or are running as independents are on the ballot for offices ranging from county commissioner to constable to sheriff. We have three candidates running for the Republican nomination for governor. We have four candidates seeking the GOP nomination for the House
District 8 seat being vacated by Joe McCord. It takes a lot of will, determination and sweat — literally, since they are running in the summer — to seek public office. Most people don’t, and yet they are among the loudest in criticism of what those who run and win end up doing in office. To be part of the solution, make arrangements to vote. Early voting runs from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 9-noon Saturdays at the Voting Machine Warehouse, and from 11-6 July 22, 23, 29 and 30 and 11-2 July 24 and 31 in Seymour. In America we vote to choose the people who vote for us. It’s to easy to be part of the process. Make sure you are.
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Pigeon Forge welcomes ‘Passion Play’ in September The Mountain Press every other Monday offers and eclectic mix of newsy tidbits, anecdotes and other one-liners: The Passion Play in the Smokies, staged in the amphitheater in Townsend for several years, is moving to Pigeon Forge. The play will be presented starting in September in a new facility being constructed on the campus of the Christian Retreat off Veterans Boulevard near the entrance to Splash Country. ... The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s new school crime study shows 2.2 percent of total crime committed across the state, or approximately 13,000 incidents each year during the study, occurred at schools. In 2009, there was a decrease of 2.3 percent of total crime reported at schools. The most frequently reported offense was simple assault with 54 percent of offenders being male. The majority of victim/offender relationships was acquaintance at approxi-
mately 50 percent. The most frequently reported weapon type was personal weapons at 76 percent. Firearms account for nearly 3 percent of the weapons. To view the “School Crimes Study” in its entirety, go to www. tbi.tn.gov. Click on “Crime Statistics” from the homepage. The study is listed under “Specialized Reports” on the Statistical Analysis Center webpage. … Ackerman’s Rick Laney, who handles public relations for, among others The Wilderness, Titanic Museum and SmartBank, took a personal interest in the LeBron James Free Agency Circus. Laney, like James, is a native of Akron, Ohio, and has a cousin who once coached James. But he held no animosity toward James for leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team he grew up cheering for, for the Miami Heat. “I think he made the right move for the right reason, but it still stings Cleveland,” Laney said, adding that he has blogged that to a
number of his friends and family back in Akron. ... Can somebody please explain why so many people drive 30 mph in the left lane down Highway 66 — especially at night when there is nobody in front of them? ... Word is that when A Plus Office Place closed its doors, Rick Bohanan and Rick’s Service Center will expand into that property. This is at the intersection of Parkway and Park Road in Sevierville. … Cindy Waters is home in Sevierville with her daughters this summer, taking a season off from her Orbit Village orphanage project in Kenya after being something of a whistleblower back there. She told authorities and the media about an illegal quarry dump that was causing environmental concerns. It became a sensational story in Kenya, but because of her involvement in exposing the dump, she felt it best to stay home this summer. She hopes to return in the fall. …
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Boats hired by BP looking for oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill head to the Pass Christian, Miss., harbor as a storm approaches on Sunday.
Off death watch, BP’s future still open question By CHRIS KAHN AP Business Writer NEW YORK — The future of BP PLC has shifted in recent days from a death-watch discussion to a debate about how valuable the British oil giant will be after it finishes paying for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. BP gained temporary control of its broken well in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday and is counting on shutting it off permanently within weeks. Its shares have regained more than a quarter of the value lost in the wake of the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Talk of a possible bankruptcy or takeover of the company has mostly faded. But the company still faces the daunting task of paying huge government fines and royalty payments, cleanup costs, damage claims and legal expenses for years. Analysts estimate BP’s final tab for the Gulf oil spill will be anywhere from $50 billion to $100 billion. Many analysts feel BP can cover the costs if they’re spread out over years or even decades. But others don’t like the uncertainty. They note that the asset sales needed to offset at least part of those costs will likely make it a smaller company with reduced cash flow. “We still don’t have any way of gauging” how much BP could eventually spend on the spill, Macquarie Research analyst Jason Gammel said. “We’re certainly not buying the stock.” Others are more encouraged. “People are relatively optimistic about the situation for the first time since this started,” said Dougie Youngson, an analyst with Arbuthnot Securities in London. BP shares traded in the U.S. were worth $60.48 on April 20, hours before the explosion of the drilling rig triggered the oil spill. They then spiraled downward to as low as $26.75 during trading on June 28. That slide wiped out $105 billion in market capitalization. The stock began to rebound this month as details emerged about the possible sale of $10 billion or more in assets to help cover BP’s liabilities. The temporary capping of the well helped send the stock 9 percent higher last week to $37.10. BP promised the Obama administration it will set aside $20 billion over four years to pay spill-related claims along the Gulf and has spent $3.5 billion so far. But beyond that, BP says “it is too early to quantify other potential costs and liabilities associated with the incident.” Those include: n Possible civil fines of up to $1,000 for every barrel
Tony Hayward, CEO of British Petroleum PLC, testifies before an Energy and Environment Subcommitee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on the role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill in Washington in June.
of oil spilled. With the government’s estimate of the spill ranging from 2.15 million to 4.3 million barrels, the fine could be from $2.15 billion to $4.3 billion. n The government also wants BP to pay royalties at a rate of 18.75 percent on the oil it collected from the well. BP put that figure at 826,800 barrels. However, the company could also owe royalties on the oil spillled into the Gulf if investigators determine that the spill was the result of BP’s negligence. n BP has vowed to stay in the Gulf until the oil is cleaned up, which will take years. It’s hired thousands of people to clean beaches and marshes and skim oil off the water. It also has to pay cleanup costs incurred by the government. n Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and MOEX LLC, BP’s partners in the blown-out well, are contractually obligated to pay 25 percent and 10 percent of the costs, respectively. But they have refused to pay BP’s initial bills totaling $388 million because they claim BP was negligent in its management of the well. n The biggest wild card is legal liabilities. Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of workers who died or were
injured in the blast, as well as local businessmen, shareholders and employees. Analysts estimate BP’s operations will generate about $30 billion in cash this year if oil prices hold steady. BP recently cut back capital spending to around $18 billion, so that leaves about $12 billion in free cash. Normally, dividends totaling $10.6 billion would come out of that, but BP suspended dividend payments in June. BP also has another $5 billion in cash, plus a $15 billion credit line. Adding in potential asset sales, that means BP will have as much as $30 billion available for paying penalties and other liabilities. The company’s debt level stood at about $32.15 billion at March 31. It has talked to banks about borrowing more money if needed. Even if BP sells some assets, it’s likely to remain one of the largest non-government-owned oil companies in the world. Just how big? The high-end estimate of around 4 million barrels spilled in the Gulf amounts to no more than one day’s output from BP’s vast global operations. If BP can continue to get between $70 and $75 a barrel for the oil it produces, analysts believe its cash flow will remain sufficient to cover its Gulf liabilities. That doesn’t mean people pressing claims against BP have to root for higher prices, but the reality is that a sharp drop in oil could put them at risk. West Texas Intermediate crude, the light oil that is the benchmark for global prices, is trading at around $76 a barrel. Brent crude, which is found in the North Sea among other areas, is priced around $75.40. The company’s financial condition will become clearer when BP reports results for the second quarter on July 27. There’s a chance it will announce the sale of assets at that time. Published reports have suggested the company is talking with Apache Corp. about selling a stake in the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska, but BP has declined to disclose specifics. Youngson, the Arbuthnot analyst, said a sale to Apache would fit with BP’s plan to sell assets that don’t affect the company’s long-term growth, a strategy it had before the Gulf spill. It also would make sense politically, he added. Another candidate for a sale is BP’s 60 percent stake in Argentine Pan American, an Argentine oil and gas producer that also has operations in Bolivia and Chile. Analysts estimate the stake is worth about $9 billion. Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Fadel Gheit said BP doesn’t need to sell assets now, but the company is digging in for years of damage claims. “Eventually they know they’re going to have to sell something,” he said. “It’s not if, but when.”
NATION/WORLD BRIEFS Maine vacation ends for Obamas
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — President Barack Obama and the first family said goodbye to Maine on Sunday after an energetic weekend vacation along the Atlantic coast. The president, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha boarded a small military jet serving as Air Force One and took off from the Bar Harbor airport, returning to the White House by midday. The Obamas spent much of their time hiking and biking in Acadia National Park. They also played tennis, went boating and enjoyed the food in the resort town of Bar Harbor. From the moment they arrived on Friday, it was clear they were determined to make the most of their time, much of it spent in the park.
Flu shots may be possible by mail
WASHINGTON (AP) — One day your annual flu shot could come in the mail. At least that’s the hope of researchers developing a new method of vaccine delivery that people could even use at home: a patch with microneedles. Microneedles? That’s right, tiny little needles so small you don’t even feel them. Attached to a patch like a Band-Aid, the little needles barely penetrate the skin before they dissolve and release their vaccine. Researchers led by Mark Prausnitz of Georgia Institute of Technology reported their research on microneedles in Sunday’s edition of Nature Medicine.
Blago likely to testify this week
CHICAGO (AP) — After promising for a year and a half to take the witness stand, Rod Blagojevich is likely to testify in his own defense at his federal corruption trial this week in a long-awaited duel of wits and wills with federal prosecutors. Unlike in his TV interviews, Blagojevich is going to be under oath. And the grilling he gets from government attorneys about charges that he sought to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat is guaranteed to be tougher than anything he faced on the talk show circuit. “Barbara Walters is not going to be cross-examining him in that courtroom,” says former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey H. Cramer, managing director and head of the Chicago office of Kroll Associates, an investigative firm. Taking the stand in his own defense, possibly as early as Tuesday, is a high-risk move that many lawyers warn could backfire. They say that to have any chance of winning over jurors, Blagojevich
must abandon his cocky demeanor and become the soul of humility, admitting faults and apologizing but insisting he never intended to violate the law.
Suicide bombers kill at least 48
BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber ripped through a line of anti-al-Qaida Sunni fighters waiting to collect their paychecks near an Iraqi military base as nearly 50 people were killed in violence west of Baghdad. The attack is the deadliest this year against the groups that turned against the terror network amid an apparent campaign by insurgents to undermine confidence in the government security forces and their allies. The attacks on the Awakening Council members highlighted the daunting security challenges the country faces as the U.S. works to withdraw all combat troops in Iraq. The first attack Sunday morning by a single bomber with an explosive vest killed at least 45 people and wounded more than 40 at a checkpoint near a military base in the mostly Sunni district of Radwaniya southwest of Baghdad. Some 150 Sunni fighters had lined up to collect their paychecks when the bomber struck, according to witnesses.
17 youngsters slain at Mexico party
PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen stormed a party in northern Mexico on Sunday and massacred 17 people, authorities said. The gunmen arrived at the party in Torreon in several cars and opened fire without saying a word, the Coahuila state Attorney General’s Office said in statement. At least 18 people were wounded. Several of the victims were young and some were women, but their identities and ages had not yet been determined. Investigators had no suspects or information on a possible motive.
Police found more than 120 bullet casings at the scene, most of them from .223 caliber weapons.
Clinton pushes Afghan-Pakistan trade
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan and Afghanistan sealed a landmark trade deal Sunday as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pushed the two neighbors to step up civilian cooperation and work together against al-Qaida and the Taliban. Shortly after kicking off a South Asia trip aimed at refining the goals of the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan, Clinton looked on as the Afghan and Pakistani commerce ministers signed the trade agreement. It was reached only after years of negotiation with recent and very active U.S. encouragement. The pact, which eases restrictions on cross-border transportation, must be ratified by the Afghan parliament and Pakistani Cabinet. U.S. officials said they believe it will significantly enhance ties between the two countries, boost development and incomes on both sides of the border and contribute to the fight against extremists.
NYC City Hall being renovated
NEW YORK (AP) — After rotting trusses, faulty wiring and sagging ceilings were discovered in New York’s City Hall, the nearly 200-year-old national landmark is undergoing a major renovation that will displace the City Council and other operations for at least a year. The city discovered deteriorating conditions during a minor renovation a few years ago, prompting a wider examination of the building, which once hosted Abraham Lincoln’s body for public viewing and is one of the nation’s oldest continuously-used city halls. Officials found widespread failings and alarming decay: cracks through the trusses that support the roof, a rotting basement floor, wiring that was known to spark and dangerously sagging ceilings.
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SPORTS BRIEFS Chipper scratched by Braves again
ATLANTA (AP) — Chipper Jones is out of the Atlanta Braves’ lineup for the second straight day with a mild left hamstring strain. Jones was in manager Bobby Cox’s original lineup for Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Jones was replaced in the lineup by Omar Infante after he tested the hamstring by running in the outfield during batting practice. The Braves have an off day Monday, giving Jones another day to heal. He originally hurt the hamstring Thursday. Jones says the hamstring is more sore than it was Saturday, when he didn’t start but lined out to left field as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning.
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South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen holds his trophy aloft after winning the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, on Sunday.
Oosthuizen pulls away to dominating Open title By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Hardly anyone knew Louis Oosthuizen, much less how to pronounce his name. Not many will forget the performance he delivered at the home of golf to capture the British Open. A week after the World Cup ended, South Africa had more reason to celebrate Sunday, this from a most unlikely source. Oosthuizen, a 27-year-old who had only made one cut in his previous eight majors, blew away the field at St. Andrews for a victory that looked as easy as when Tiger Woods first won here a decade ago. Oosthuizen made only two bogeys over the final 35 holes in a strong wind that swept across the Old Course. He led over the final 48 holes and closed with a 1-under 71 for a seven-shot victory over Lee Westwood of England. For all the craze about those vuvuzelas, the sweetest sound for Oosthuizen turned out to be the skirl of a bagpipe. Oosthuizen could not think of a more special venue to capture his first major. He just had no idea it would be this easy. He never let anyone get within three shots of him in the final round, and he answered that brief challenge from Paul Casey by knocking in a 50-foot eagle putt on the par-4 ninth green to restore his cushion. Casey’s hopes ended with a triple bogey into the gorse three holes later, and Oosthuizen spent the final hour soaking up an atmosphere unlike any other in golf. “That eagle on nine, that got me started,” Oosthuizen said. “It was a big change on 12 when Paul made triple and I made birdie. All of a sudden, it was mine to throw away.” He finished at 16-under 272 and became the first player since Tony Lema in 1964 to win his first major at St. Andrews.
Macha: Brewers being hit too often
ATLANTA (AP) — Milwaukee manager Ken Macha says he has complained to a baseball official about his batters being hit too often by pitches. Macha says action needs to be taken to protect the Brewers, who have been hit by 47 pitches, the most in the majors. Macha says he spoke with Bruce Froemming, a former umpire and current special assistant for Major League Baseball’s umpiring department. Atlanta pitchers hit Prince Fielder in consecutive games on Friday and Saturday. On Fielder’s first atbat after hitting a homer Saturday night, Atlanta’s Jonny Venters threw a pitch over Fielder’s head. Venters was ejected after he hit Fielder on the next pitch. Braves manager Bobby Cox spoke with Macha in private before Sunday’s game but wouldn’t comment on the discussion.
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Oosthuizen hits off the 18th tee on his way to winning the Open by seven shots. “Nobody was going to stop him,” said Casey, whose adventures in the gorse sent him to a 75 and a tie for third with Rory McIlroy (68) and Henrik Stenson (71). “He didn’t miss a shot today. I don’t know if he missed one all week. That was four days of tremendous golf. He didn’t flinch today.” No, there was only that gap-tooth smile that earned him the nickname “Shrek” from his friends. And there
was amazement across his face when he cradled the oldest trophy in golf, a silver claret jug with his name etched alongside Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, and the other South African winners — Player, Bobby Locke and Ernie Els, his mentor. Without the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation in South Africa, the son of a farmer could not have afforded the travel required to reach the game’s highest level.
McCann, Braves ‘slam’ Brewers ATLANTA (AP) — Brian McCann hit a grand slam and matched his career high with five RBIs, helping the Atlanta Braves end a rare twogame home losing streak by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 11-6 on Sunday. The Braves, who won the series opener before losing two straight to Milwaukee, improved baseball’s best home record to 32-12. Matt Diaz drove in three runs with three hits, including a homer, as the Braves took a split in the four-game series. Omar Infante drove in two runs with four hits. Two Atlanta batters were hit by pitches but both teams remained calm one day after Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch, causing unrest in the Brewers’ clubhouse. Rickie Weeks had two homers and
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jhonny Peralta got a rare inside-the-park home run for the Cleveland Indians when Detroit Tigers center fielder Ryan Raburn crashed through a bullpen door trying to make a catch. With runners on first and second and two outs in the first inning Sunday, Peralta hit a 1-1 pitch from Andy Oliver towards the Cleveland bullpen. Raburn leaped into, and tumbled through the door. The ball caromed off the wall and left fielder Brennan Boesch raced over to retrieve it as Peralta, one of the slowest players on Cleveland’s roster, chugged around the bases. Peralta slid in ahead of the relay throw by shortstop Danny Worth with Cleveland’s first inside-thepark homer since Grady Sizemore did it against Baltimore on April 27, 2007. It was the eighth such homer at Progressive Field, which opened in 1994. Peralta had missed the previous three games due to a fever that had caused him to miss an off-day practice on Thursday. Raburn had a chance at a similar play in the second inning, and this time he leaped against the wall 10 feet to the left of the door to catch a drive hit by Jason Donald.
Fielder hit his second homer in as many days for Milwaukee. By splitting the four games with Milwaukee, the Braves have lost only one of their last 20 series (151-4) since May 10. They are 41-20 in that span. Home-plate umpire Scott Barry issued warnings to both benches when Milwaukee’s Manny Parra hit Jason Heyward with a pitch in the sixth. The pitch hit Heyward’s leg, and he calmly walked to first base. Parra was replaced by David Riske, who gave up a single to Omar Infante and then hit Troy Glaus with a pitch. Braves manager Bobby Cox came out, apparently to ask Barry why Riske was not ejected. It was the second straight game in which a warning had been given to both teams. On Saturday night,
Milwaukee manager Ken Macha was upset after Braves pitcher Jonny Venters threw a pitch over Fielder’s head and hit Fielder on his back with the next pitch. Venters and Cox were ejected. Weeks’ first homer was a blast over the center-field wall to lead off the game. Weeks set a career high and franchise record for a second baseman with 17 homers. After Weeks’ second homer in the sixth, Derek Lowe gave up three more hits, including Fielder’s runscoring single to cut Atlanta’s lead to 8-3. Left-hander Mike Dunn ended the threat when Carlos Gomez hit into a double play with the bases loaded. Lowe (10-8) became the first Braves pitcher with 10 wins. He gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 1-3 innings.
MIAMI (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t talking about Manny Pacquiao. Or anything to do with boxing, for that matter. Appearing in Miami on Sunday as a coach at a charity basketball game hosted by Dwyane Wade and Alonzo Mourning, Mayweather happily fielded questions about the NBA. Asked three times about Pacquiao, Mayweather wouldn’t even talk about fighting, saying instead that he’s on vacation and not thinking about boxing. Mayweather’s camp did not respond to a deadline early Saturday put in place by Pacquiao promoter Top Rank for exclusive negotiations, which has put what could be the richest fight in boxing history in doubt. Mayweather and Pacquiao are clearly the two biggest stars in the sport but have not signed a deal despite months of negotiations.
Will Power wins Honda Indy Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — Will Power won the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday for his second straight victory and fourth of the season, passing Justin Wilson off a restart with 14 laps left and holding off Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti. All four of Power’s victories have come on street or road courses. The series leader swept the seasonopening road races in Sao Paulo and St. Petersburg, and won two weeks ago at Watkins Glen. The victory was owner Roger Penske’s 150th open-wheel win and 41st in the Indy Racing League. The Australian is in his first full season with Team Penske after driving six races last season, highlighted by a victory in Edmonton. Before shifting to IndyCar, he won three Champ Car races, including the 2007 race in Toronto on the tight and bumpy, 11-turn, 1.755-mile Exhibition Place track.
Wade not bothered by Heat naysayers
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat locker room is round, with player cubicles set up along three walls. And when Dwyane Wade showed up for his charity game Sunday afternoon, even he was taken aback by the new nameplates added to his side of the room. Wade. James. Bosh. Wade simply shook his head, suggesting they’re all too close together and saying “that’s not going to work.” It’s the only complaint he has with the Heat offseason. But Wade knows there’s no shortage of people around the NBA who aren’t exactly thrilled with the moves Miami pulled off, not only keeping him but adding LeBron James and Chris Bosh among others. So even though training camp doesn’t begin for another 2 1/2 months, Wade is already keeping track, saying the doubters will serve as “fuel.”
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Armstrong denies payoff allegations
Lance Armstrong of the U.S. rides in a group which got distanced by the pack during the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 121.8 miles. with start in Rodez and finish in Revel, France, on Saturday.
AX-3 DOMAINES, France — (AP) Lance Armstrong dismissed as “nonsense” a reported claim by Greg LeMond that the seven-time Tour de France champion tried to pay someone $300,000 to say LeMond used a banned drug. LeMond, a three-time Tour de France champion, told the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung’s weekend issue that Armstrong tried to implicate him “by all means” in a scandal involving EPO, a performance enhancer. LeMond refused to reveal the identity of the person who was allegedly offered money by Armstrong, saying he still works in cycling. Armstrong dismissed the accusation after Sunday’s 14th stage of the Tour. “That’s absolutely nonsense — $300,000?” Armstrong said, when asked by The Associated Press about the allegations. “Come on. I know [about the report]. But he says a lot.”
Tour leaders wait in Pyrenees; Riblon wins stage AX-3 DOMAINES, France (AP) — With the Pyrenees all too ready to punish riders, overall leader Andy Schleck and defending champion Alberto Contador sized each other up, matching wits and pedal strokes in a high-altitude waiting game at the Tour de France. Sunday’s victory belonged to Christophe Riblon, a relatively unknown Frenchman who won a stage in cycling’s showcase race for the first time. Riblon, who rides for AG2R, was spurred by a French crowd that has little to celebrate at the Tour in recent years. “Yesterday night if you’d asked me about today, I wouldn’t have bet one euro on me,” he said. “It’s different now, of course. What I have done today is very important, for me and my team.”
“That’s just another thing,” he said, alluding to years of antagonism between the two American Tour champions. According to a report Friday in the Daily News of New York, LeMond has been served with a grand jury subpoena as part of
a federal investigation of possible fraud and doping charges against Armstrong and his associates. The federal investigation was spurred by accusations by Floyd Landis, a former teammate of Armstrong’s on the U.S. Postal team, in a series of emails sent to
cycling and doping officials this spring. Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour title for doping, said the use of banned substances was common on the team. Armstrong has denied those allegations and has questioned Landis’ credibility.
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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 4280748, ext. 214, or e-mail to editor@themountainpress. com. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.
monday, july 19 First Red Bank 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.
Pearl Valley VBS
Vacation Bible school 6:30-9 nightly through July 23 at Pearl Valley Baptist Church. Nursery through adult classes.
Family Western Party
Family western party with Andy Armadillo at Anna Porter Public Library from 3-4 p.m. 436-5588.
Williamsburg Baptist Church vacation Bible school 7-9 p.m. July 19-23, for all ages. Church is on Upper Middle Creek.
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.
Snapp Road. 429-3721.
tuesday, july 20 Republicans
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Sevier County Republican Party meets at 6 p.m. at courthouse. Sen. Doug Overbey and Rep. Richard Montgomery to speak. 4533882 or 368-3833.
Garlands of Grace Womenâ€™s Bible study 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn. 4360313.
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. 2509354 or email to Nsg4Him@ aol.com.
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.
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
Optimist Club will meet at 7 p.m. at Optimist Building, Speaker: Virginia Borrelli of Sevier County Public Library.
Summer reading program final session 1 p.m., Pigeon Forge Public Library. Matt Fore performing. 429-7490.
Annual membership meeting of Sevier County Farm Bureau 6:30 p.m. at Sevierville office. Entertainment by Old Harp singers; refreshments served. 453-9046.
Sevier County Crewettes meet at 7 p.m. at Rescue Squad, Sevierville. 4533861 or 453-8572.
thursday, july 22 Veterans meeting
Military veterans from Sevier, Jefferson and Cocke counties will meet at 6 p.m. on third floor of Sevier County Courthouse to discuss proposed VA outpatient clinic in former Sevierville hospital. Carry permit class 4 p.m. at Sevier Indoor Range. 774-6111 to register.
Old Harp Singing
Farmers market 8-11:30 a.m., Sevier Farmers Co-Op, 321 W. Main,
TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.
Police-sponsored Collision Avoidance Training for Teen Drivers 4:45-9 p.m., Sevierville Police Department.
Smoky Mountain Christian Church rummage sale 9-3 today, 9-1 Saturday, 125 South Blvd., Sevierville. Wal-Mart Heroes Relay