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The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 206 ■ July 25, 2010 ■ ■ $1.25


Commissioner demands results


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Wants bank to make repairs, stop road from being swamped By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer ENGLISH MOUNTAIN — A Sevier County Planning Commission member is demanding action on a defunct development that he says is pouring tons of dirt and gravel into Thomas Cross Road, though a local bank president

assures his staff is working hard to fix the problems it inherited when it foreclosed on the Mountainscapes development Dale Hill has complained several times during the commission’s discussions of the subdivision about the lack of adequate drainage and the promises the developers made that haven’t been kept. He says erosion off the plowed but never paved road into the planned development has frequently made Thomas Cross Road impassable. The situation has gotten so bad that Hill at times has had to get his own heavy machinery out to clear the road of piles of mud and rock. He also once missed a morning session of the Planning Commission when it happened to fall after a heavy rain, with runoff from the Mountainscapes property washing out his driveway. Hill told his fellow commission

members during their last meeting that he’s tired of it and wants some action. “The mud and the rock is back in the road again,” Hill said July 13. “This has been a four year process and I think it’s time for something to be done. We’ve given ample time to do something to fix this. It needs to be fixed and I don’t know why it can’t be.” Hill was so upset by the latest battle with the sediment that he vowed he’d figure out who he needs to talk to demand the problems be fixed. “I’m going to try to see if I can get something done on it,” he said. “This has gone too far. I hope I don’t offend anybody, but it’s time something be done.” Meanwhile, Sevier County Bank President See Commissioner, Page A4

Knowing Your Options 5Historical account Woman’s letter for mother published in book

By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer

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Obituaries Sylvia P. Jusko, 67


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City to approve repairs

SmartBank credit administration officer Derek Carrier and financial service representative Amber Adams discuss a transaction at the bank’s Pigeon Forge branch.

Banks educate customers on new overdraft protection law By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer Have you decided to “opt in” with your bank? Do you even know what that means? Revised Regulation E rules prohibit banks from charging overdraft fees for ATM transactions and one-time debit card transactions (point of sale) unless the account

holder requests the service by “opting in.” The rules went into effect July 1 for new bank customers and will go into effect Aug. 15 for existing customer accounts. Overdraft privilege services have been used to cover all types of transactions, such as checks, ATM withdrawals, debit card purchases and other electronic debts — but with the new Regulation

and have the opportunity to make the choice that’s right for them,” added MNB President and CEO Consumer Reports looks Dwight Grizzell. at new regulation Other local banks in Page A2 Sevier County are emphasizing this as well. Sevier County Bank employees E, that’s no longer have been wearing “Ask true, said Mike Brown, Me About Opting In” Mountain National Bank buttons, and Citizens executive vice president. National Bank employ“We want our customers to understand the See Banks, Page A4 impact of these changes


Seymour residents take advantage of early voting site By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEYMOUR— A steady stream of voters came to the Seymour Branch of Sevier County’s public library system Saturday to take advantage of early voting at the location. The Sevier County Election Commission only recently added the satellite location; it’s something a lot of voters in the area had been waiting a long time to get. Jean Burkhart is the music teacher at Seymour High School; she was there Saturday to cast her ballot. Before the satellite location opened, she said, she would just wait until election day.

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Jean Burkart, of Seymour, gets ready to vote at the early voting satellite location in the Seymour branch of Sevier County Public Libraries.

“I probably wouldn’t make the effort of driving up to Sevierville because of the traffic,” she said. People who want to vote early can stop by the Voting See Voting, Page A4

PIGEON FORGE — City Commission members will consider approving a contract for work on the gym floor at the Community Center that will necessitate closure of the popular facility. On the agenda for the group’s meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in City Hall is voting to accept a bid for refinishing the wooden deck there, something that’s done annually. At the same time every year the Community Center closes its doors, a precaution taken for the protection of its users, but that also provides an opportunity for a complete facelift. “The fumes are noxious,” Community Center Director Simon Bradbury explains. “They’ll about knock you out. That’s just not a good atmosphere for people to be exercising in, so we just shut the whole place down.” This year the work is See Repairs, Page A4

Third day of search offers no new clues By JEFF FARRELL Staff writer PIGEON FORGE — The search for a missing worker at the Sevier Solid Waste Compost Plant was set to resume early today, after rescue personnel completed their third day of searching Saturday without finding him. Fifty-year-old Bobby Reagan disappeared at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday while working on the tipping floor of the plant, where he would guide garbage trucks when they entered the plant to dump their cargo. He had been at the plant for several hours at that time; his car remained at the plant after his disappearance. Coworkers and family members have said they can’t imagine him leavSee Search, Page A4

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The Mountain Press ◆ Sunday, July 25, 2010

Consumer Reports: Consider if you really need overdraft protection BY MANDY WALKER Consumer Reports Visit a bank’s website these days and you’re likely to see an urgentsounding notice. “At Sovereign, we know our customers don’t need the hassle and potential embarrassment of having a debit card purchase or ATM withdrawal denied due to insufficient funds,” says Sovereign Bank’s site. “It only takes a moment to stay protected,” says SunTrust. “Don’t lose the convenience of this important feature. Talk to a banker today,” urges Chase. You may have seen similar messages on your bank’s website, ATM screens, in branches, and in your account statements. What’s all the hubbub? New Federal Reserve rules went into effect July 1 that require banks to get new customers’ permission before enrolling them in debit overdraft protection plans (existing customers must also opt-in but the effective date for them is Aug. 15). Before these rules, your bank likely enrolled you (without giving you any notice) in an overdraft protection plan that covers check, ATM, and debit card transactions that exceed your checking account balance. Sounds great — except that for each overdraft you’d be hit with an exorbitant fee. Overdraft programs are really highcost, short-term loans with quadrupledigit APRs. Most banks charge flat overdraft fees. So if your balance goes to zero purchasing, even a $1 pack of

gum with your debit card could trigger a fee of $35 or more. Once you’ve exceeded your balance, every purchase you make could generate another fee. And, some banks still impose long hold times before you can use the money from checks you deposit, which increases the possibility that you will overdraw your account. In addition, many banks process transactions from the highest to the lowest amount, which depletes customers’ accounts more quickly and triggers more overdrafts. Some customers have complained they didn’t know about the service until they got the bill. Though the messages on the bank websites, ATMs, and in your statements couch overdraft protection plans in terms of your convenience, by opting in — either in a new account or with your existing one — you’re giving the banks permission to gouge you if you overdraw your account. Do nothing, and ATM withdrawals or debit-card transactions for more than the amount you have in your account will simply be rejected and no fee will be assessed. “Consumers should just say no to these astronomical fees,” says Jean Ann Fox, director of financial services for Consumer Federation of America, which released a report that shows overdraft fees and how they translate into APRs for the largest 15 banks that charge them. Unfortunately, the law does not cover overdrawn checks or automatic

payment programs used for recurring bills, such as rent, mortgage payments, or utilities. And the Fed rule doesn’t limit the size of fees banks can charge, which means consumers who sign up for overdraft services could still owe a bundle on small overdrafts. Overdraft fees generate billions in revenue for banks each year, which explains the urgency of those messages you see. But there are other less-costly ways to avoid having your debit card rejected at the register, including: n Link your checking account to a savings account. If you overdraw your checking account, money in your savings account is used to cover the transaction. Banks typically charge a fee to transfer the money, but it’s usually just $5 to $10 — much lower than the fee charged by overdraft programs. n Set up low-balance alerts. Many financial institutions will send you an e-mail or text when your balance reaches the danger zone. n Sign up for online banking. Regularly monitoring your checking account online will help you avoid spending money you don’t have. n Get an overdraft line of credit with your bank or credit union. You’ll need to apply, and customers with poor credit may not qualify. But if you’re eligible, this could provide a less expensive form of overdraft protection than fee-based coverage. — This column was copied from

Arrests Editor’s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed within this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. u Christopher Gordon Alford, 27, of 519 Apple Ridge Way in Sevierville, was charged July 24 with DUI and violation of implied consent law. He was being held in lieu of $5,000 bond. u Prince C. Clinkscales, 37, of 1425 Floyd Road in Sevierville, was charged July 24 with DUI, violation of implied consent law, driving on a suspended license and traffic violations. He was being held in lieu of $3,500 bond. u Stephanie Brooke Gordon, 19, of 1949 River Meadows in Sevierville, was charged July 23 with harassment: phone call. She was released on $500 bond. u Nikke Lynn Himler, 59, of 1188 Moosnide Lane in Sevierville, was charged July 23 with domestic violence assault. She was being held in lieu of $1,000 bond. u Rodney Dwayne Kitts, 38, of Knoxville, was charged July 23 with public intoxication. He was released on $250 bond. u Charles Robert Liles, 32, of 406 Olympic

View Circle in Seymour, was charged July 24 with domestic violence assault. He was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u Andrea Michelle Morrow, 28, of 507 Cool Hollow Ave. in Pigeon Forge, was charged July 23 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. She was being held. u Dennis Michael Reagan, 46, of 1719 Snapp Road in Sevierville, was charged July 23 with two circuit court warrants. He was being held. u Veronica Carrillo Reyes, 35, of 3412 Hazelwood Drive in Sevierville, was charged July 23 wit ha misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. She was being held. u Marissa Renne Sutton, 22, of 1010 Indian Gap Road in Sevierville, was charged July 23 with theft. She was released on $500 bond. u Amanda Rose Voth, 28, of 2298 Boyds Creek Highway in Sevierville, was charged July 23 with domestic violence assault. She was released on $2,500 bond. u Stacy Lynn Williamson, 41, of 1829 Riverview Circle in Sevierville, was charged July 23 with domestic violence assault. He was released on $2,500 bond.

Staples to show teachers its appreciation on Aug. 7 Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE — Staples is hosting a Teacher Appreciation Day Aug. 7. “Every year, teachers selflessly continue to reach into their own pockets to pay for supplies to keep their classrooms stocked throughout the school year,” said Demos Parneros,

president of U.S. Stores for Staples Inc. “As part of our continued dedication to teachers, Teacher Appreciation Day is our way of thanking them for the work they do each day and to make it easy for them to get the supplies they need to do their job.” The first 100 teachers visiting Staples stores from 9 a.m. to 1

p.m. Aug. 7 will receive a binder filled with paper, a pencil pouch and supplies. Teachers will also have the opportunity to preview new products and services. The Sevierville Staples store is located at 538 Winfield Dunn Parkway. Staples supports Box Tops for Education, a nationwide

fundraising project run by General Mills. This program is dedicated to helping America’s schools get the supplies they need — from books and school supplies to playground equipment and computers. In addition, Staples supports the education community through its Foundation for Learning, which has con-

tributed nearly $17 million to national and local charities that provide educational opportunities, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. For more information, visit Log on to teacherday for more information on Teacher Appreciation Day.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010 â—† The Mountain Press

Reading helps students avoid ‘summer slide’

Sunrise Rotary presents awards

Submitted Report


Sevierville Sunrise Rotary President Mary Vance presented awards to members for the 2009-2010 year. Recognition was given to Rotarians with perfect attendance, international service, outstanding service, community service and Rotarian of the Year. All cash awards will be used to fund the Christmas Basket project. Van Moore will be president for the 2010-2011 year. Pat White, left, is presented with the Paul Harris Fellow award by Vance. Also receiving the Paul Harris Fellow award was Jane Ketteringham (not pictured).


Sevierville Sunrise Rotarian of the Year is Jack Cook, left. President Mary Vance, right, presented the award. This was the second time Jack Cook has been presented the award for outstanding service. 



President Mary Vance, left presents the gavel to incoming President Van Moore. Moore will be Sunrise Rotary President for the 2010-2011 year. Â


Rotarian Pat White, left, and Rotarian Ranee King received awards for outstanding service and support for the 2009-2010 year. Â

Rotary New Generation Chair Betty Vickers, right, presents Sunrise President Mary Vance with the Global Award for international service. The Rotary Clubs of Sevier County support the RAM project in Ghana.


Rotarian David Reller, left, was presented the Community Service Award by President Mary Vance.

UT researcher discovers many uses for ivy Submitted Report KNOXVILLE — When Mingjun Zhang was watching his son play in the yard, he was hit with a burning question: “What makes the ivy in his backyard cling to the fence so tightly?� That simple question has led to a pioneering discovery that the tiny particles secreted from ivy rootlets can be used in many breakthrough applications in items such as military technologies, medical adhesives and drug delivery, and, most recently, sun-block. Zhang, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, along with his research team and collaborators, has found that ivy nanoparticles may protect skin from UV radiation at least four times better than the metal-based sunblocks founds on store shelves today. “The discovery of ivy nanoparticles’ application to sunscreen was triggered by a real need. While hearing a talk at a conference about toxicity concerns in the use of metal-based nanoparticles in sunscreen, I was wondering, ‘Why not try naturally occurring organic nanoparticles?’� Zhang said. Zhang speculated the



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greenery’s hidden power lay within a yellowish material secreted by the ivy for surface climbing. He placed this material onto a silicon wafer and examined it under an atomic force microscope and was surprised by what they found — lots of nanoparticles, tiny particles 1,000 times thinner than the diameter of a human hair. The properties of these tiny bits create the ability for the vine leaves to hold almost 2 million more times than its weight. It also has the ability to soak up and disperse light which is integral to sunscreens. “Nanoparticles exhibit unique physical and chemical properties due to large surface-to-volume ratio which allows them to absorb and scatter light,� Zhang said. “Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are currently used for sunscreen for the same reason, but the ivy nanoparticles are more uniform than the metalbased nanoparticles, and have unique material prop-

erties, which may help to enhance the absorption and scattering of light, and serve better as a sunblocker.� The team’s study indicates that ivy nanoparticles can improve the extinction of ultraviolet light at least four times better than its metal counterparts. Furthermore, the metal-based sunscreens used today can pose health hazards. Zhang notes some studies have shown that the small-scale metal oxides in sunscreen can wind up in organs such as the liver or brain. Ivy nanoparticles, on the other hand, exhibit better biocompatibility with humans and the environment. The team’s studies indicate that the ivy nanoparticles were less toxic to mammalian cells, have a limited potential to penetrate through human skin, and are easily biodegradable. “In general, it is not a good idea to have more metal-based nanoparticles for cosmetic applications.

They are a significant concern for the environment. Naturally occurring nanoparticles originated from plants seem to be a better choice, especially since they have been demonstrated to be less toxic and easily biodegradable,� Zhang said. Sunscreens made with ivy nanoparticles may not need to be reapplied after swimming. That’s because the plant’s nanoparticles are a bit more adhesive so sunscreens made with them may not wash off as easily as traditional sunscreens. And while sunscreens made with metal-based nanoparticles give the skin a white tinge, sunscreens made with ivy nanoparticles are virtually invisible when applied to the skin. Zhang worked with assistant professor Zhili Zhang, graduate student Lijin Xia, and post-doctoral research associates Scott Lenaghan and Quanshui Li in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering.

To children, the summer slide means water, garden hoses and slippery plastic sheets. To teachers, the “summer slide� is the noted decrease in reading skills after a vacation without books. University of Tennessee faculty members Richard Allington and Anne McGillFranzen have completed a three-year study showing a significantly higher level of reading achievement in students who received books for summer reading at home. Allington and McGillFranzen are both professors of education; McGill-Franzen is also director of the Reading Center in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Allington compares the slide in reading ability to an athlete’s fitness. “Just like hockey players lose some of their skills if they stay off their skates and off the ice for three months, children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development,� Allington said. According to the professors’ research, the summer reading setback is the primary reason for the reading achievement gap between children who have access to reading materials at home and those who do not. Students who do not have books at home miss out on opportunities to read. Those missed opportunities can really add up. “What we know is that children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development while kids who do read tend to gain a month of reading proficiency,� Allington said. “This creates a three to four month gap every year. Every two or three years the kids who don’t read in the summer fall a year behind the kids who do.� In designing their study, Allington and McGill-Franzen set up three important differences from previous studies on the summer slide. First, while other experiments lasted one year, their study ran three years from 2001 to 2004. McGillFranzen said their study was designed to cover three summers because previous researchers had demonstrated that a single summer school session did not boost achievement. Second, earlier studies had given the students pre-determined books, but in the Allington

“Just like hockey players lose some of their skills if they stay off their skates and off the ice for three months, children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development.� — University of Tennessee education professor Richard Allington

and McGill-Franzen study, students chose their books. Pop-culture books were the favorites, featuring musicians, athletes and television and movie characters. “Research has demonstrated that choice makes a very important contribution to achievement,� said McGillFranzen. The third difference was the grade levels. McGill-Franzen and Allington targeted younger students, who were in first and second grades at the beginning of the study. Previous studies were done on students completing third through sixth grades. The researchers randomly selected 852 children to receive books and 478 students to be in the control group. The researchers’ study found that summer reading is just as effective, if not more so, as summer school. McGill-Franzen and Allington compared their outcomes with studies on the impacts and costs of summer school attendance and found the summer reading program effect equal or even greater. “We found our intervention was less expensive and less extensive than either providing summer school or engaging in comprehensive school reform,� Allington said. “The effect was equal to the effect of summer school. Spending roughly $40 to $50 a year on free books for each child began to alleviate the achievement gap that occurs in the summer.� To get books into the hands of all children for summer reading, Allington and McGillFranzen suggest keeping school libraries open during the summer break, sending books home with the students, and building on children’s prior knowledge by providing books on pop culture and local animals and habitats. The researchers’ study will be published in the fall issue of Reading Psychology.



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The Mountain Press â—† Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mailings pour out in election season

Obituaries PHOTO In Memoriam

NASHVILLE (AP) — As Election Day nears, six figures in taxpayer money has been spent cranking out mail pieces, much of it touting the accomplishments of incumbent members of the state legislature. According to a national watchdog group, these mail pieces exist in a gray area where they could be considered as either true constituent newsletters or state-funded campaign pieces. Since October 2009 through midJuly, a survey of legislative mail accounts showed state legislators have spent more than $180,000 sending direct mail pieces to voters in their districts, all funded by state tax dollars. Under state law, the expense is legal. Each October, every representative receives an annual allowance of $2,019 and every senator, $6,832. Yet, state records show lawmakers are rolling over their account balances from non-election years to election years and using far more than their annual mail bud-

Sylvia P. Jusko Sylvia P. Jusko, age 67 of Sevierville, passed away Saturday, July 24, 2010. She was retired and enjoyed sewing and quilting. Survivors: husband, Leonard Jusko; sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Judy Jusko, Ken and Corey Jusko; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Andre’ Motta; grandchildren, Michiel and Dylan Jusko, Nolan Motta; sister, Elaine Liguori. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Sevier County Food Ministries, P.O. Box 6042, Sevierville, TN 37864. The family will receive friends Monday 6-8 p.m. at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. Services will be held in New Jersey.



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to cover the bill. It also provides a safety net that 3From Page A1 many customers value. “Why would you not opt-in?� said Christopher ees’ buttons read “Opt In Wines, a CNB customer. Today.� “It would be crazy not to “This is an opportunity have the funds available to for us to educate customers,� said Lindsay Bennett, you if you needed to use them.� SmartBank compliance “I opted in so that I am officer. ensured my transactions In November 2009, the are paid in the event of Federal Reserve Board an emergency,� added felissued the final rules that low CNB customer Spring prohibit financial instiKlein. tutions from charging Todd Proffitt, president consumer fees for paying of Tennessee State Bank, overdrafts on ATM and estimates that around 70 one-time debit card transpercent of his bank’s cusactions unless they contomers will opt-in for oversented (or “opted in�). “They felt like there were draft protection because of some financial institutions the peace of mind optingthat weren’t being upfront in will give them. “They will not risk havwith their customers,� ing a purchase or ATM Bennett said. “People were withdrawal declined if they swiping their debit cards happen to be a little short at Starbucks for a cup of coffee and ending up with a in their account,� Proffitt said. “This is a comfort to $30 overdraft fee.� some customers that may The new regulation need groceries, diapers affects all consumer or medicine right before deposit accounts but payday. does not affect business “We suggest to our cusaccounts. tomers that if they would Transactions not like to keep their accounts affected include checks, as they are now, opt-in for Automated Clearing the service.� House transactions and Comer said that his bigrecurring debit card transgest worry is that people actions (bills set up that won’t fully understand the come out monthly). new regulation. “When a customer opts “If you don’t have in, no changes will be enough money in your made to their account,� account and you don’t opt said Mike Comer, an in, your purchase will be executive with CNB. “Transactions will be paid denied. How will the customer feel about us after as they are currently, up to the amount of courtesy that?� Summitt said that every pay on your account.� single SCB employee has “This is a service that’s been trained on how to free of charge unless educate customers on they use it,� said Mary Summitt, SCB compliance Regulation E. “We’ve mainly been and loan review officer. “I like to think of it as insur- doing phone calls (to our customers), but we’ve also ance you never pay a premium for unless it’s used.� put it on our Web page. We’re not here to try to Benefits of opting in convince you one way or include avoiding embaranother — the choice is the rassing scenarios, such customers’. as having your grocery purchases declined and n not having enough cash



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Machine Warehouse on Dolly Parton Parkway from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon Saturday. The Seymour location will be open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Saturday is the last day of early voting before the Aug. 5 election. Election officials said

about 2,000 people have participated in early voting so far, which is a better turnout than they saw in the primary elections for local offices early this year. The current ballot includes party primaries for governor, and the general election for local offices including county mayor, sheriff, constable and county commission. For more information about the upcoming elections, call the Election Commission at 453-6985.


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R.B. Summitt says the bank, which took over the property at 3837 Thomas Cross Road about a year ago after its owners stopped making loan payments, is doing everything it can to remedy the situation. “I want to try to make things right,� Summitt says. “We’ve been working very hard on this. I think the people who left it promised the neighbors some stuff that was unreal. The bank’s trying to be a good neighbor. We’re trying to do some things to improve that site.� But it’s not a situation that can be quickly fixed, he says. When the bank took over the property, it was already in trouble both because of runoff and issues with its driveway. While county stormwater officials had


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ing work for any reason. Family members have mentioned he had a heart condition. Chris Knutsen, training officer for the Pigeon Forge Fire Department, said they planed to resume the search early this morning with additional equipment


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slated to be completed in early August. As a result, the center will be shut down between Aug. 10 and 15, allowing for it to be open on Monday, which is a popular day among those who use the facility to workout, Bradbury says. During that time, one of two companies that submitted offers to do the resurfacing will go to work, with city staffers likely to recommend the commissioners approve a contract with low-bidder Praters Incorporated for $6,328. Crews will use a process called “roughing up� the floor that sands the existing varnish down some before finishing it again, a process Bradbury estimates will take about a day and a half to two days. However, the fumes will remain for some time, forcing the extended closure. While there aren’t guests coming in the front doors, employees at the center will use the Chapter 7 ,

get allowance on single mail pieces sent our during election seasons. Records also show an apparent political agenda as to how the state legislature’s constituent mail program is being manipulated. Specifically, legislators without opponents or tough re-election races are collectively transferring tens of thousands of dollars from their own mail accounts to the accounts of lawmakers from their party being targeted by the opposition and facing much harder reelection battles. Finally, legislators are not using their state mail budget for annual communications with constituents. Instead, legislators from both parties have built up a nearly $1 million balance in the legislative mail account. State lawmakers have spent more than $77,000 on end-of-session mailers in 2010, many of them sent by representatives and senators facing re-election battles in the fall or running for higher office, expos-

issued citations for the issues Hill has complained about, planning officials were also concerned the intersection of the access to Mountainscapes, which has also been called Mountain High and is listed on the bank’s books that way, and Thomas Cross Road was dangerous. That’s because there was not enough sight distance for those looking to turn out of the subdivision. The bank had to buy land next to the development and grade it to fix that issue, an effort that cost them $55,000 on top of the money they lost when the developers defaulted on the loan. At the same time, staffers at the financial institution were also overseeing contracting crews working to improve drainage at the site. They had them digging out a new ditch to carry runoff away from Thomas Cross Road and installing a 15-inch tile

to handle the load. “This has been a real challenge,� Summitt says. “We hate it for the people out there who are so affected by this. We’ve been trying to fix this for over a year but there’s just so much going on. The bank’s really gone beyond the call of duty on this.� Among the challenges the institution has faced in fixing the problems with Mountainscapes are remedying a dispute with one neighbor who has complained to the Planning Commission more than once about contractors on the project before the bank took it over coming onto her property. The previous owners also claimed part of her land was theirs and she’s had damage caused by runoff from the site. It appears a deal with that woman may be near,

digester that breaks down waste after it’s brought into the facility. While there has been some speculation that Reagan could have fallen in to one of the digesters, Knutsen said there’s no evidence that happened. “Nothing’s showed up to indicate he was in them,� Knutsen said.

time to get some muchneeded maintenance done. They’ll work both day and night to complete the work that will touch every part of the building. “We shut down and we do everything we can do,� Bradbury says. “We’ll paint, replace pumps in the pool, make improvements in the bowling alley — just basically take the whole place apart and put it back together again. It gives us time to get the place as good as we can get it while we don’t have to work around guests. Usually it looks like a new place each year and it’s really helped us keep the Community Center in good shape and looking good.� While the building itself will be closed, the outdoor pool will remain open through the work. Also on the agenda for Monday’s session is: n Ordinance 911 to amend Section 407.3.1 (planned unit development – general requirements – minimum site) of the text of the city’s Zoning Ordinance (sec-

ond reading) n Proclamation of August as Pigeon Forge Firefighter Appreciation Month n Consideration of a request to use the city’s Teaster Lane parking lot for registered participants of the Shades of the Past car show for their car haulers n An agreement with SSR for revisions and updates to the city’s hydraulic water model n An agreement with SSR for water and sewer standard specifications revision n A proposal form Cannon & Cannon to provide engineering services

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though. And it seems Hill may be ready to give the new ditch and tile system a chance to work. Summitt says he had not heard anything of Hill’s concerns until last week, when they were conveyed to him by The Mountain Press. He says a bank staffer immediately called Hill to promise they’re going to do everything they can to fix the unfortunate situation they inherited with the 30 acres. “We’re trying to get it all finished,� Summitt says. “Unfortunately, it’s just become our problem because of some promises and mistakes that were made by the last owners. You know, when you make a loan you trust that your borrowers are doing what they’re supposed to do on their projects. The problem is you sometimes find out they’re not.�


and manpower. They’ve already tried search dogs, helicopters and searches of the area. He said they’ve moved over 1.5 million tons of trash in the landfill searching for Reagan. “We want to find answers for this family, and we’re not finding any,� he said. They have searched the area where Reagan had been working, including a


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ing a gray area between campaign literature and constituent communications. Eighteen legislators from both parties have sent out mass mailers from their General Assembly accounts since June 1, often in the form of large postcard-size, fullcolor pieces that focus on their accomplishments. More mailings may follow. The state’s 33 senators have amassed $628,323.90 and its 99 House members have amassed $332,482.15 in their mail accounts, money that they can use to send out pieces of their own or give to other party members whose seats are more vulnerable. “Is this a campaign expense instead of an office expense?� said Dick Williams, state chairman of the Tennessee chapter of Common Cause, a nationally recognized campaign finance watchdog group. “If de facto that becomes a political expenditure it shouldn’t be that they can build up these slush funds.�

They have scoured the building and all 200 acres of landfill property, and Knutsen said they planned to start a new grid search of the property today using specialized equipment and personnel. “We’ll be back up there about 5:45 in the morning for the first briefing of the ground search,� he said.


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2 U.S. Navy service members missing in Afghanistan By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer KABUL, Afghanistan — Two U.S. Navy service members disappeared in a dangerous area of eastern Afghanistan, prompting a massive air and ground search and appeals on local radio stations for their safe return, NATO and Afghan officials said Saturday. The two left their compound in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in a vehicle Friday afternoon, but never returned, NATO said in a

statement. Vehicles and helicopters were dispatched to search for the two, who may have been killed or captured by the Taliban in Charkh district of southern Logar province — about a two-hour drive south of Kabul, said district chief Samer Gul. Elsewhere, five U.S. troops died in separate bombings in the south, setting July on course to become the deadliest month of the nearly 9-year war for Americans. Rising casualties are eroding support for the war

even as President Barack Obama has sent thousands of reinforcements to try to turn back the Taliban, who would have a leg up in the propaganda war with the capture of two U.S. troops. A NATO official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of search operations, confirmed the two were Navy personnel, but would not identify their unit to avoid jeopardizing search operations. The official said it was unclear what the two were doing or what would lead

them to leave their compound. The official would not say whether the two were on official business. The Taliban have not contacted the coalition force to claim responsibility or make any demands for their release, the official said. Gul, the district chief in Charkh, said that a fourwheel drive armored sports utility vehicle was seen Friday night by a guard working for the district chief’s office. The guard tried to flag down the vehicle, carrying a driver and

a passenger, but it kept going, Gul said. “They stopped in the main bazaar of Charkh district. The Taliban saw them in the bazaar,” Gul said. “They didn’t touch them in the bazaar, but notified other Taliban that a fourwheel vehicle was coming their way.” The second group of Taliban tried to stop the vehicle, but when it didn’t, insurgents opened fire and the occupants in the vehicle shot back, he said. NATO said a search is

under way for the missing service members. According to Gul, one may have been killed and the other taken hostage by the Taliban. “Maybe they wanted to go to Paktia province or to the American base, but they came down the wrong road toward Charkh,” Gul said. “They didn’t pay any attention to the police. Otherwise we could have kept them from going into an insecure area and now this unfortunate incident has happened.”

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A shoe is left on the ground after a stampede at this year’s techno-music festival “Love Parade 2010” in Duisburg, Germany, on Saturday. A stampede inside the tunnel crowded with techno music fans crushed more than a dozen to death at Germany’s famed Love Parade festival on Saturday.

15 killed in mass panic at Germany’s Love Parade DUISBURG, Germany (AP) — A stampede inside a tunnel crowded with techno music fans left 15 people dead and dozens injured at the famed Love Parade festival in western Germany on Saturday. Other revelers initially kept partying at the event in Duisburg, near Duesseldorf, unaware of the deadly panic that started when police tried to prevent thousands more from entering the alreadyjammed parade grounds. Authorities were still trying to determine exactly what happened at the event, which drew hundreds of thousands of people, but

the situation was “very chaotic,” police commissioner Juergen Kieskemper said. Emergency workers had trouble getting to the victims in the wide, 500- to 600-meter-long (500- to 600-yard) tunnel that led to the grounds. The area around the tunnel was a hectic scene, with bodies lying on the ground as rescue workers rushed to aid them. Many of the injured were loaded into Red Cross vans and driven away. Kieskemper said that just before the stampede occurred at about 5 p.m. (1500 GMT, 11 a.m. EDT), police closed off the area

where the parade was being held because it was already overcrowded. They told revelers over loudspeakers to turn around and walk back in the other direction before the panic broke out, he said. Rain or shine

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Crews hurried to get back to work on plugging BP’s leaky oil well Saturday after Tropical Storm Bonnie fizzled, and engineers hoped for a window of clear weather long enough to stop the gusher for good. But with peak hurricane season starting in early August, chances are the next big storm is right on Bonnie’s heels. “We’re going to be playing a cat-and-mouse game for the remainder of the hurricane season,” retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said Saturday. Sure enough, another disturbance already was brewing in the Caribbean, although forecasters said it wasn’t likely to strengthen into a tropical storm. In the past 10 years, an average of five named storms have hit the Gulf each hurricane season. This year, two have struck already — Bonnie and Hurricane Alex at the end of June, which delayed cleanup of BP’s


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massive oil spill for a week even though it didn’t get closer than 500 miles from the well. “Usually you don’t see the first hurricane statistically until Aug. 10,” said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami. “The 2010 hurricane season is running just ahead of a typical pace.” Bonnie pushed back efforts to solidly seal the well by at least a week, said Allen, the government’s point man on the spill and a veteran of the Coast Guard’s rescue mission after Hurricane Katrina. Completion now looks

possible by mid-August, but Allen said he wouldn’t hesitate to order another evacuation based on similar forecasts. “We have no choice but to start well ahead of time if we think the storm track is going to bring gale force winds, which are 39 mph or above, anywhere close to well site,” Allen said. Hurricane season ends Nov. 30. Even though the evacuation turned out to be short-lived, it revealed one important fact: BP and the federal government are very confident in the temporary plug that has mostly contained the oil for eight days.

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Roe staffers to meet with citizens U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, whose district includes most of Sevier County, will send staff to hold office hours in Sevierville from 9-11a.m. Aug. 3 and Aug. 17 at the Sheriff’s Department. Roe’s staff will be available to assist 1st District constituents.



Bottles for Babies drive continuing

The 2010 Bottles For Babies fundraiser continues for the Women’s Care Center in Sevierville. The Women’s Care Center is a faith-based, nonprofit organization dependent on donations from the community. The center said the drive appears to be about $5,000 short of the same amount collected this same period in last year’s campaign. The WCC mailing address is 304 Eastgate Road, Sevierville 37862 for anyone who would like to donate by mail. Donations are tax-deductible and receipts are provided on request.



Library friends schedule picnic

Friends of Kodak Library’s regular general membership meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the picnic pavilion in Northview Optimist Park, 319 W. Dumplin Valley Road. This is the annual “Picnic In The Park” for the family. Tableware and paper goods will be provided. Families should bring a dish to share. A short business meeting will follow the picnic. The agenda consists mainly of follow-up reports on Heritage Day and the book sale. Prospective members are also welcomed to attend.

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The sponsors of a western Kentucky bluegrass music festival are looking for incentives to prompt musicians to move to Owensboro. International Bluegrass Music Museum executive director Gabrielle Gray and museum board vice chairman Terry Woodward told the Owensboro MessengerInquirer they are looking at how Paducah brought artists to town as a possible model. The goal, Gray and Woodward said, is to create a stable of musicians around the annual River of Music Party. The two got the idea from Lisa Jacobi, a musician from Ducktown, Tenn., who described Owensboro enthusiastically on a bluegrass music forum online. The Paducah model, called the Artist Relocation Program, offered artists $2,500 plus incentives for moving to western Kentucky for starting a business.



Man who tackled prankster free

BETHLEHEM, N.Y. (AP) — A prosecutor has decided to drop charges against a man who chased and tackled a teenager who rang his doorbell in a lateevening prank in eastern New York. Daniel Van Plew of Bethlehem had been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child after the July 17 incident.

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Wamp vows no secession if elected By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press Writer FRANKLIN — Republican Zach Wamp said Saturday that he wants to make clear he will not consider leaving the union if he’s elected governor. He also called his opponents “weak” on asserting states’ rights. Wamp, a Chattanooga congressman, a day earlier had backed off remarks he made to the National Journal’s Hotline On Call suggesting that states could secede over objections to federal policies. He returned to the topic again with reporters at a campaign stop at a Franklin restaurant on Saturday

morning. “When I’m governor of Tennessee, of course we will not secede from the union,” Wamp said. “But we will also not have a governor who will cave in to Barack Obama.” Wamp said there needs to be a united front of strong governors to stand up to what he considers a federal encroachment on states’ 10th Amendment rights. “We’re going to be a proud partner as a member of the United Sates of America,” he said. “But there needs to be a conflict between the states and the federal government.” Wamp said he would do a better job of standing up to unwanted fed-

eral policies than rival Republican candidate Bill Haslam or Democrat Mike McWherter. “These issues cannot be cast aside as ’Well, that’s just the way it is,”’ Wamp said. “And frankly I’ve heard that kind of talk from Bill Haslam and Mike McWherter. That’s weak. “We cannot have that kind of weak leadership — we’re going to be a strong state.” Spokesman David Smith said Haslam is “upset as anybody at the current course of this administration,” and would also work with other governors to stop unfunded mandates from the federal government.

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World quote roundup “We’re going to be playing a cat-and-mouse game for the remainder of the hurricane season.” — Thad Allen, head of government response team to BP oil spill after temporary stop in work due to Tropical Storm Bonnie

“The army and people of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ) will legitimately counter with their powerful nuclear deterrence the largest-ever nuclear war exercises to be staged by the U.S. and the South Korean puppet forces.” — North Korea’s official news agency in Pyongyang quoting unnamed government spokesman of planned U.S. drills with ally South Korea

“At NPR, he exemplified the very best of public broadcasting by refusing to be intimidated by either official funders or partisan thugs who besieged the brass in protest of his honest reporting.” — Bill Moyers of journalist Daniel Schorr who died last

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Dennis Bolze, the man federal authorities say was running a Ponzi scheme out of his Gatlinburg home, continued to maintain his innocence this week in the felony wire fraud and money laundering charges against him. He has agreed to a Sept. 24 trial date. The FBI and IRS say that have documentation to support claims Bolze was taking money from new clients to pay off existing ones.


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Give us our clinic

Flatboat’s ’76 voyage remembered One of the fun things about moving to a new community is finding out interesting and entertaining historical events. It’s one thing to know how a community was settled and who the key figures were, but it’s quite another to learn about events in the recent past. Not long after I arrived in 2005, the late Grant Cantwell told me about the Smoky Mountain Queen and its river journey from Sevier County to New Orleans in 1976 to celebrate the Bicentennial. Then last week I heard about the flatboat again from two people who know more about this county than almost anyone alive: Jimmie Temple and John Waters Jr. From their recollections and a look at issues of the Sevier County News-Record of that year, I got the story. Lots of communities were planning events to observe the 200th birthday of America, but some local people had the idea of building a flatboat, reminiscent of the way goods and people were transported 200 years ago, and floating it from the French Broad all the way to New Orleans. They got a boat, fixed it up with a fiberglass hull, tested it on Douglas Lake, then had it carted to the Little Pigeon around the fairgrounds for its voyage. They added two 55-horsepower outboard motors below the surface to propel them along. On April 24, 1976, the day before the launch, the community held an old-fashioned hoedown to celebrate the trip. There was music, dancing and some ingesting of spirits. If you worked on the flatboat, you could be part of the crew. The trip was dedicated to the late Bill Blackwell, who died before its launch. Among the people listed by the newspaper as part of the crew were Waters, his children Cindy and John III, his wife Patty, Bill Parsons, Mike Hoban, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Summerfield, Randy Sykes, Chris Sykes, Harold Romines, Alvin Hodge, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Roy Dyer, Barbara Blackwell and daughters Tina and Amy, Fred Raymond, John Sonner, Richard Lykens, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. McMahan, Betty Raymond, Terry Parsons, Judge Ray Reagan, Jack Thurman, Jack McClain, Emily Delozier Reagan, Amy and Brad Dyer, Pete Hailey, Mark Cardona and Bud Coplen. The 30-foot-by-10-foot flatboat would hold a dozen or so guys during the voyage. A van followed along and met the boat at each stop. Waters and others had called ahead to towns along the route where the boat would step, reporting the boat’s planned arrival. At almost every port they were met by city officials and others. Often the crew would be whisked away to meals and comfort stations. Part of the cargo were jugs of Tennessee mountain moonshine, and that was a big hit at the stops. This was a 1,600-mile journey, covering six states and using six bodies of water. They went as far north as Paducah, Ky. The first stop was in Knoxville, where the mayor read a proclamation and Edward Boling, the president of the University of Tennessee, invited everyone to his house for barbecue. The Smoky Mountain Queen had to get through locks, survive the wake of bigger boats, suffer rain and occasional bad weather. The cargo included several live chickens, to show the use of such boats 200 years earlier. The crowing of the rooster, named Ruby, got on the crew’s nerves, but over time they came to enjoy its company. And the eggs were cooked over the boat’s potbelly stove each morning. At each stop someone on board would shout to the waiting throng, “We are from Sevier County, Tennessee, and we are here to remind you that our great nation is celebrating its 200th birthday. The people of Sevier County want to send you a message. The message is, Happy birthday, America!” The flatboat arrived in New Orleans on May 29, ending the 35-day trip. Once there Tina Ogle, Bill Blackwell’s stepdaughter, sang her original song about the trip, “Smoky Mountain Queen.” Waters used his political connections to get the flatboat transported back to Sevierville on a military vehicle, where it was shown off in front of the courthouse for two days before being put back in the waters of Douglas Lake. After a few years of occasional use, it had deteriorated and was destroyed. Those still around who were involved with the Queen ought to get back together to reminisce. There have to be some heretofore untold stories that deserve a little sunshine. — Stan Voit is editor of The Mountain Press. His column appears each Sunday. He can be reached at 428-0748, ext. 217, or e-mail to svoit@

It’s time Sevier County got the veterans outpatient center it was promised More than two years ago the Veterans Administration approved a number of new outpatient clinics for military veterans in Tennessee. Sevier County was named as the site for one of them. A few of the clinics have opened, but not the one promised for Sevier. More than two and a half years later there is nothing to show for that promise, and locals concerned about it are left to hold meetings to show community support and fight for the establishment of the doctors’ office. A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Phil Roe told a gathered audience Thursday at the courthouse that the VA had promised to find a site and get the clinic opened no later than Jan. 1, 2012. The skepicism in the room about the latest VA pledge was noticeable. This failure to open the clinic by now is wrong on so many fronts. Yes, there are budget concerns at all levels of government. Yes, there are a lot of challenges facing the federal budget. However, to shortchange our military veterans over a relatively small amount of money as the cost of this clinic is

unfair and indefensible. Sevier County is home to thousands of military veterans. There are clinics throughout the state, including some in East Tennessee, but all are 30 miles or more away from Sevierville. We don’t need a VA clinic in every town, but having one in a county as populous and supportive of the military as Sevier makes sense. The VA agrees, since it planned an outpatient clinic in our community. We have two influential U.S. senators representing us, as well as a congressman in Roe who is a retired physician and became something of a health care expert during the year-long debate and wrangling over health care reform last year. Roe is a strong supporter of the clinic, and said earlier this year we should see movement on the facility this year. To date there has been none. On Thursday night a number of Sevier County veterans and concerned citizens convened at the courthouse to talk about the project and why we don’t have the clinic yet. Using a portion of the former hospital makes sense

to them and to us, although the VA appears to have concerns. Let’s hear them so we can adress them. County officials haven’t yet decided what to do with the vacated facilities space across from our new hospital campus, but devoting a section to the military veterans outpatient clinic is a terrific idea. Now all we need is the VA to step in and find the money and the determination to get us the clinic we have been promised for more than two years. This will take a concerted and unified effort among local leaders, veterans and our congressional delegation. We owe it to our veterans to make life and health care as easy to attain as possible. They served us and fought for us, and now we are letting them down by not giving them a clinic promised to them years ago. Having an outpatient clinic devoted to them right here in their own surroundings saves traveling great distances to be seen by a doctor. It won’t be easy, but we need to speed up the process and make this clinic a reality. Make some noise, leaders. Let them hear us all the way to Washington.

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Editor: To the writer of the letter to the editor titled “Multitude of Fools gave us Barack Obama as President”: In my opinion, your hatred for this President is well documented if only in this publication. Your writings of contempt for this man usually reference God and scripture at some point. This poses the following question: To what God are you referring — a God that promotes hatred or the God that condemns it? The use of religion to justify misinformation and hatred clearly indicates that extremism can infect and corrupt any religion. Because of your opinions on these matters,

Public forum for the Appalachian Relief Fund to help buy food and school supplies for the impoverished people of Scott County in rural Appalachia. A special thanks to all those at Sims Chapel Baptist Church for your help. Thank you to the editor of this paper and to Susan Mottern of The Mountain Press staff for your help. We couldn’t have done it without each one of you. Because of a lot of caring people, we were able to raise enough money for two more loads of food through Second Harvest Supporters of relief fund event trailer Food Ministries plus help with their school receive praise for contributions supplies. Thanks again and God bless you for your Editor: support. On behalf of Anne Kratochirl and myself, I Mary E. Patterson would like to take this opportunity to thank Sevierville everyone who supported the benefit yard sale

I am thankful to be of sound mind and good mental health and do proudly admit to supporting this President. The fantasy America has been snatched away from the naysayers by this so-called tyrannical dictator never really existed. It only lived in the minds of those that remain blameless and oblivious to reality. Bill Dayton Sevierville

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McDermott runs to SCHS fame Former Bears great was with Vanderbilt during their 1975 win over Tennessee By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor As a youngster growing up in Sevierville, Larry McDermott knew he wanted to play football for the Smoky Bears. And, most Friday nights, Purple and White football and some of his earliest heroes were just moments away. “I lived in McMahan Addition, better known as Frog Alley,” McDermott said from his home in Seymour, Tenn., Saturday morning. “I used to walk down Ogle Street when I was a little bitty boy. There is a creek between that and the community center there and the football field is on the left. That used to be the high school football field and A.J. King’s sawmill was right there. I’d walk through there and cross the creek on a log and watch Bill Robinson and all those guys play.” Since his father died when he was only 5-years-old, McDermott decided that football could be his ticket to college — and it was — taking him to Vanderbilt, by way of Tennessee Tech. “That’s where I got my motivation to keep going,” McDermott said. “I wanted to try to be successful in football and let that carry me through college if at all possible. That was part of my inner focus. My sister had gotten a scholastic scholarship, and I thought I don’t know if I can get a scholastic scholarship, but I bet I can get a football scholarship.” When he was in sixth grade, Sevier County schools integrated and

Larry McDermott, pictured here in the 1972 Sevierian, played running back for the Sevier County Bears for four seasons before taking his talents to Tennessee Tech, and later Vanderbilt.


Braves no match for Smokies PEARL, Miss. – The first place Tennessee Smokies poured on the offense on their way to their fourth straight win, a 12-5 victory over the Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park on Friday night. Tennessee scored in six of the nine innings, producing the 12 runs on 17 hits. Russ Canzler and Steve Clevenger shined at the plate, both registering three-hit nights, and Canzler was a double away from the cycle. Smokies starter Craig Muschko (4-3) went six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and he also struck out six as he took the victory. Braves starter Kyle Cofield took the loss, dropping his record to 1-2. Although the Braves took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, Tennessee stormed back in the early innings. Clevenger tied the game at one in the top of the second with his RBI single. This set the tone for Tennessee’s five-run rally in the top of the fifth inning. Canzler delivered three runs on his bases clearing triple that put the Smokies ahead 4-1. Canzler scored moments later as Clevenger had his second RBI single of the night to make it 5-1. Tony Thomas kept the hit parade going, hitting an RBI single to put Tennessee’s advantage at 6-1. Cofield was removed during Tennessee’s rally in the third. He only lasted two thirds of an inning while giving up six runs on eight hits. Tennessee didn’t miss a beat in the top of the fourth, getting an RBI double by Josh Vitters to extend the lead to 7-1. Clevenger’s big night continued, as he hit his first home of the season, a two-run shot to put Tennessee up 9-1. The Smokies tacked on runs in the fifth and sixth, highlighted by a solo homer for Canzler in the to give the team a nine-run lead, 11-2. Although the Braves scored a run in the sixth, Tennessee once again answered in the top of the seventh with an RBI triple by Marwin Gonzalez to put the lead at 12-3. The Smokies would allow some late runs to the Braves, but Jake Muyco pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve Tennessee’s 12-5 victory.

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Practice begins for Hammonds’ Tigers

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The Pigeon Forge Tigers gridiron squad limbers up for fourth-year head coach Lee Hammonds before taking the practice field for the Tigers’ first practice of the season Friday night at the school. For more photos from the practice, see page A9. SOUTHERN LEAGUE BASEBALL

Cogdill ready to carry the load for Smoky Bears By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer

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Dakota Cogdill carries for a long gain versus Cocke County last season.

SEVIERVILLE — Sevier County High School Smoky Bear rising senior Dakota Cogdill is chomping at the bit to show his coaches and fans of the program what he can bring to the offensive table for the Purple and White this year, but his most valuable contributions to the team could come on the defensive side of the ball. “I know that I’m going to have to play a bunch this year,” said Cogdill, who has dropped about 20 pounds from his playing weight of 205 last season. “I’ve just tried to get a little quicker and a little faster, and I’m working on that every day.” Cogdill, who has heard some interest from the Ivy League and Princeton University, said he feels more agile now than at any other point in his playing career.

“I went to a Blue Chip camp at Mars Hill College, and they put me at receiver,” Cogdill said. “Last year (the Bears) wouldn’t throw me a pass, so this year they’re throwing me passes, I’m catching them and I’m getting upfield. It feels better.” The player’s improved quickness was displayed earlier this summer when he was timed at 4.28 seconds in a shuttle at a camp at MTSU. “That was the best time of anyone there, and there were a bunch of Division I prospects there,” said Cogdill. Although Cogdill is hungry for more chances to show what he can do offensively, the Bears may be forced to rely more on his defensive ability at linebacker than anything else. “I think our depth at running back might be a little better than our depth at lineSee COGDILL, Page A9

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Pigeon Forge defensive end George Gazetas runs through drills with assistant coach Tommy Roberts during the Tigers’ first practice Friday night at the school.

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Pigeon Forge fullback Michael Lombrana runs through drills during the Tigers’ first practice Friday night at the school.


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Pigeon Forge lineman Gage McCarter makes a tackle on a dummy during the Tigers’ first practice Friday night at the school.

backer, so if Dakota gets a spell, it will probably be on offense,� said 19th-year SCHS coach Steve Brewer. “We’ve got some younger guys (who play running back), and a lot depends on how those guys progress as to how much of a break we can give Dakota. “We’re heading to the McCallie Football Camp in Chattanooga on Aug. 1 for some scrimmages, so that’ll give us a pretty good indication of where we’re at.� Although he wants his hands on the ball as much as possible, Cogdill as always will put his team’s needs first. “Winning and losing is contagious, so hopefully winning carries over from last year,� said Cogdill. “We know how to win, so we’ve just got to go out and keep on doing it. We’ve got to come out and perform.�


After being a part of the 10-0 regular season and seeing it end quickly with a first-round playoff loss to Bearden, Cogdill and the rest of the Purple-andWhite squad intend to use the disappointment as motivation. The loss to Bearden came down to one yard in the game’s final moment, when the Bears went for two points and the win but fell about three feet short. “We talked about it during

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The Mountain Press â—† Sunday, July 25, 2010 NFL FOOTBALL


Kaye Cowher, wife of former Steelers coach, dies at age 54

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Pigeon Forge punt returner Glenn Hodge works on fielding kicks with assistant coach Mitchell Whaley during the Tigers’ first practice Friday night at the school.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kaye Cowher, the wife of exSteelers coach Bill Cowher and a former basketball player at North Carolina State and in the now-defunct Women’s Professional Basketball League, has died of skin cancer. She was 54. Cowher died Friday in her native North Carolina, where the family relocated at her urging during Cowher’s final year as coach in 2006, one season after the Steelers won the Super Bowl. The family had lived since in Raleigh. “Kaye was such a loving and compassionate person and she was the foundation of our family,� Bill Cowher, now an NFL analyst with CBS, said in a statement Saturday. “Kaye was always at my side throughout my career as a player, coach, NFL analyst and, most importantly, as a parent to our three daughters.� He added: “Kaye was the rock that we could all lean on in the tough times. She was looked up to by so many people and I cannot say enough about what Kaye meant to our family.� Kaye Cowher and other family members were often

SCHS cross country team practice

seen cheering from a private box at Steelers home games during Bill Cowher’s 15 seasons as coach from 19922006. The Steelers lost four AFC championship games — all at home — before finally winning the Super Bowl, and Kaye Cowher was repeatedly seen consoling her husband following those defeats. Steelers president Art Rooney II said: “Kaye was a very private person who was very devoted to her family. Kaye made many friends in our organization and our community.� The Cowhers met at North Carolina State, where Bill played linebacker before beginning an NFL career. They married in 1981, after the former Kaye Young played alongside twin sister Faye in college and during a three-season pro basketball career. After leading North Carolina State to a 29-5 record and the first Atlantic Coast Conference women’s title in 1978, the sisters played one season with the New York Stars and two with the New Jersey Gems in a league that was a forerunner to the WNBA.

USC’s Kiffin irks Titans’ Fisher with Pola talks

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Pigeon Forge quarterback Shane Sharp practices his pitching technique with head coach Lee Hammonds during the Tigers’ first practice Friday night at the school.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Lane Kiffin has hired Tennessee Titans running back coach Kennedy Pola as his offensive coordinator. Before the move became official, Titans coach Jeff Fisher voiced his displeasure with Kiffin on Saturday to the Tennessean newspaper, saying the new USC coach hadn’t made the customary courtesy phone call to tell the NFL team he was interested in hiring Pola. Tennessee Titans training camp opens in a week. Pola is a former USC

player and assistant coach and so is Fisher. Kiffin issued a statement Saturday saying he first spoke to Pola on Friday, and then called Fisher after Pola called him back.

The Sevier County High School cross country team will begin practice, Wednesday, August 4, at 8:30 a.m. at the Sevierville City Park. Any SCHS student, male or female, interested in running competitively or to condition is urged to attend. You should have a current sports physical. Call coach Dan Hanlon at 453-4408 with any questions.

PF little league booster meeting

The Pigeon Forge Little League Football Booster Club will be having its July/August meeting on July 26. This will be a regular business meeting as well as parent information meeting for the upcoming season. Any child that would still like to sign up (age 5-11), may do so on this date. Meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Pigeon Forge High School Football Field.

New Center football practice

New Center Rockets Football will hold the first practice for the fall season on Monday, August 2, at 6 p.m. at New Center School. For more information, call Tammy at 640-5344.

Sevierville Middle volleyball camp

There will be a volleyball camp August 2-4 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Sevierville Middle School for girls 11-15. The cost is $45. For additional information call Lacey Whitaker at 865-654-1294 or e-mail

Starz Futbol Club taking new players The successful Starz Futbol Club competitive soccer teams based in Sevierville is expanding. The program is for boys and girls ages 6-18. For more information, contact Tom Leonard at 755-8288.

Mens softball league in PF forming

Men 18 and over are invited to participate in the Pigeon Forge softball league. The registration deadline is Friday, August 6. Registration forms are available at the Pigeon Forge Community Center. Completed rosters and entry fees must be turned in at the Pigeon Forge Community Center by 9 p.m. on August 6. The regular season fee is $375 and guarantees eight regular season games. The tournament entry fee is $100 and guarantees two tournament games.

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Dez Bryant 1st player on field for Cowboys camp


Johnson in prime position to make history at Indy By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Jimmie Johnson played it safe in Saturday’s Brickyard 400 qualifying. On Sunday, he’s planning to be back in his regular post-race spot in Indy — Victory Lane. The first Cup driver to win four straight series titles is trying to become the sixth member of Indy’s revered four-time winner’s club and the first American to win three straight races on the famed 2.5-mile oval. “It doesn’t change my mindset going into the race,” Johnson said after qualifying second with a lap of 182.142 mph. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity, but I’m still going to go to bed tonight and do everything I can like I would on a normal weekend to make sure my car is right and run the race the same way tomorrow. I can’t change what I’m doing much.” Why would he? Johnson already has five wins this season, matching Denny Hamlin for the most in the series. Johnson also is third in points as he tries for an unprecedented fifth straight title. If things go well Sunday, Johnson will join a list that includes some of racing’s biggest names — A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Rick Mears, Jeff Gordon and Michael Schumacher. Schumacher, the seven-time Formula One champ from Germany, is the only driver with five Indy wins, four of which came from 2003-2006 though one was in a six-car field. Indianapolis fans have already seen this scenario play out once this year. In May, three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves won the pole but failed to win a record-tying fourth Indy 500, losing to Scotland’s Dario Franchitti. Now Johnson will start from the front row, on the outside of 2000 Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya. The Colombian was a tick faster than Johnson in qualifying, posting a 182.278 to win the pole. Afterward, Johnson said he didn’t show everything he had. “I was really proud of what I did because yesterday I continued to make mistakes, I would run three of the four corners right and I couldn’t get all four right,” he said. “So I made sure today that I did my job

and maybe left a little bit on the table because I wanted to be very line specific and not make a mistake.” That’s not good news for those trying to end Johnson’s streak. “I hope to keep it going. It seems to put us in a great position in the record books,” Johnson said. ——— FUEL INJECTION FUTURE: Former McLaren Formula One team boss Ron Dennis expects NASCAR to begin using fuel injection next season, and his company is bidding to become the series’ official supplier to teams. Decades after fuel injection became standard equipment on passenger cars, NASCAR continues to use carburetors, largely out of concern that introducing more engine electronics could make it tougher to police cheating. Dennis, who is now a McLaren executive, says the fuel injection system the company has developed for NASCAR is cheat-proof. “One of the things that we can absolutely guarantee is tamper-proof systems, and the ability to very carefully monitor anything that even remotely looks like it’s being interfered with,” Dennis said. Dennis also said the system can easily be adjusted to reduce speeds at Daytona and Talladega, something done with carburetor restrictor plates. A NASCAR spokesman said officials are optimistic that fuel injection can be introduced next season, but it is not a done deal. ——— SLIP, SLIDING AWAY: The heat turned Indy’s oval into a slick track Saturday. Two-time Brickyard winner Tony Stewart, the first driver on the track Saturday, acknowledged it was already slippery when he made his qualifying run. And things only got worse as the track temperature rose to 114 degrees midway through the session. Many drivers fought to keep their cars out of trouble, with some getting lucky. Carl Edwards barely escaped a brush with the wall in the fourth turn during his qualifying run, and Marcos Ambrose hit the outside wall between the first and second turns. Ambrose’s speed, 175.562, wouldn’t have been good enough to make the field, but qualified on owner’s points and will start 41st.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) jokes with a teammate before the start of the teams first practice on the opening day of football training camp, Saturday, July 24, in San Antonio, Texas.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Dez Bryant was more than on time for the start of the Dallas Cowboys training camp. The first-round pick was the first player on the field Saturday. Wearing the No. 88 jersey assigned to him right after being drafted, Bryant emerged from the Alamodome tunnel about 45 minutes before the start of the Cowboys’ first workout. The receiver from Oklahoma State then caught passes from undrafted rookie quarterback Matt Nichols. Bryant had alleviated any concern about him missing any workouts when he agreed to terms of a fiveyear contract even before getting to San Antonio. He signed it after he arrived for the NFL’s longest fullsquad camp this year. “I’m going to use the phrase, not on time, before time,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday while commending Bryant and his agent, Eugene Parker, for getting the deal done. “They both knew that this thing was important to set a tone, set an impression. ... Boy, that’s a good sign.” Another impressive cue came Saturday with his early arrival on the field. Bryant acknowledged the growing crowd with a wave and then ran a variety of routes long before Tony Romo and the rest of the Cowboys came out of the locker room.

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The Mountain Press ◆ Sunday, July 25, 2010



Baseball Expanded Standings AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away New York 61 34 .642 — — 7-3 W-3 33-15 28-19 Tampa Bay 57 38 .600 4 — 5-5 L-1 26-20 31-18 Boston 55 42 .567 7 3 5-5 W-2 30-20 25-22 Toronto 48 48 .500 13.5 9 .5 5-5 L-2 24-22 24-26 Baltimore 31 65 .323 30.5 26 .5 4-6 W-1 18-31 13-34 Central Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Chicago 53 42 .558 — — 6-4 W-1 27-19 26-23 Detroit 50 44 .532 2.5 6 .5 3-7 W-2 34-15 16-29 Minnesota 51 46 .526 3 7 6-4 L-1 30-20 21-26 Cleveland 41 55 .427 12.5 16 .5 7-3 W-1 22-22 19-33 KC 41 55 .427 12.5 16.5 2-8 L-2 20-25 21-30 West Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Texas 57 40 .588 — — 7-3 W-2 33-19 24-21 LAA 51 48 .515 7 8 4-6 L-3 27-21 24-27 Oakland 48 48 .500 8.5 9.5 7-3 L-1 28-22 20-26 Seattle 37 60 .381 20 21 2-8 L-2 22-28 15-32

Sunday, July 25 AUTO RACING Noon FOX — Formula One, Grand Prix of Germany, at Hockenheim, Germany (same-day tape) 1 p.m. ESPN — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Brickyard 400, at Indianapolis 5 p.m. VERSUS — IRL, Honda IndyEdmonton, at Edmonton, Alberta 7 p.m. ESPN2 — NHRA, Mile-High Nationals, final eliminations, at Morrison, Colo. (same-day tape) AVP VOLLEYBALL 4 p.m. ABC — Long Beach Open, men’s championship match, at Long Beach, Calif. 11 p.m. ESPN2 — Long Beach Open, women’s championship match, at Long Beach, Calif. (same-day tape) CYCLING 7:30 a.m. VERSUS — Tour de France, final stage, Longjumeau, France to Paris 1 p.m. CBS — Tour de France, final stage, at Paris (same-day tape) GOLF 7:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Scandinavian Masters, final round, at Stockholm, Sweden Noon ESPN2 — Senior British Open Championship, final round, at Carnoustie, Scotland 1 p.m. TGC — LPGA, Evian Masters, final round, at Evian-les-Bains, France (same-day tape) 3 p.m. CBS — PGA Tour, Canadian Open, final round, at Etobicoke, Ontario 7 p.m. TGC — Nationwide Tour, Children’s Hospital Invitational, final round, at Columbus, Ohio (same-day tape) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1:30 p.m. TBS — Colorado at Philadelphia 8 p.m. ESPN — St. Louis at Chicago Cubs MOTORSPORTS 5 p.m. SPEED — MotoGP World Championship, U.S. Grand Prix, at Salinas, Calif. 12 Mid. SPEED — AMA Pro Racing, at Salinas, Calif. (same-day tape) SOFTBALL 5 p.m. ESPN2 — World Cup, women’s, round robin, Canada vs. U.S., at Oklahoma City TENNIS 3 p.m. ESPN2 — ATP, Atlanta Championships, championship match, at Johns Creek, Ga.

——— NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Atlanta 56 40 .583 — — 5-5 L-1 34-13 22-27 Philly 50 46 .521 6 3.5 4-6 W-2 26-17 24-29 New York 50 47 .515 6.5 4 3-7 W-1 30-16 20-31 Florida 48 48 .500 8 5.5 7-3 W-3 27-25 21-23 Washington 42 55 .433 14.5 12 3-7 L-1 25-21 17-34 Central Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away St. Louis 54 43 .557 — — 8-2 L-2 34-16 20-27 Cincinnati 54 44 .551 .5 .5 5-5 W-1 31-22 23-22 Milwaukee 45 53 .459 9.5 9.5 6-4 W-2 21-26 24-27 Chicago 44 53 .454 10 10 6-4 W-1 25-26 19-27 Houston 39 57 .406 14.5 14.5 4-6 L-1 20-27 19-30 Pittsburgh 34 62 .354 19.5 19.5 4-6 L-2 23-24 11-38 West Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away San Diego 56 39 .589 — — 6-4 W-1 30-19 26-20 SF 54 43 .557 3 — 8-2 W-2 28-18 26-25 Colorado 51 45 .531 5.5 2.5 3-7 L-3 31-16 20-29 LAD 51 46 .526 6 3 3-7 L-1 30-21 21-25 Arizona 37 60 .381 20 17 4-6 L-2 24-27 13-33 ——— AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday’s Games N.Y. Yankees 7, Kansas City 1 Baltimore 3, Minnesota 2 Cleveland 3, Tampa Bay 1, 7 innings Toronto at Detroit, ppd., rain Texas 1, L.A. Angels 0 Chicago White Sox 5, Oakland 1 Boston 2, Seattle 1 Saturday’s Games Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Oakland, 4:10 p.m. Minnesota at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Boston at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. Sunday’s Games Kansas City (O’Sullivan 1-0) at N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 11-3), 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (W.Davis 7-9) at Cleveland (Masterson 3-8), 1:05 p.m. Toronto (Cecil 8-5) at Detroit (Bonderman 5-6), 1:05 p.m., 1st game Minnesota (Slowey 8-5) at Baltimore (Arrieta 3-2), 1:35 p.m. Chicago White Sox (D.Hudson 1-0) at Oakland (Sheets 4-9), 4:05 p.m. Boston (Matsuzaka 7-3) at Seattle (Fister 3-6), 4:10 p.m. Toronto (Litsch 1-4) at Detroit (Galarraga 3-3), 6:05 p.m., 2nd game L.A. Angels (T.Bell 1-1) at Texas (Tom.Hunter 7-0), 8:05 p.m. Monday’s Games N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Boston at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. ——— NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday’s Games Chicago Cubs 5, St. Louis 0 Philadelphia 6, Colorado 0 San Diego 5, Pittsburgh 3 Florida 7, Atlanta 6 Cincinnati 6, Houston 4 Milwaukee 7, Washington 5 San Francisco 7, Arizona 4 N.Y. Mets 6, L.A. Dodgers 1 Saturday’s Games St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m. Colorado at Philadelphia, 4:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Houston, 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Atlanta at Florida, 7:10 p.m. Washington at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 8:10 p.m. Sunday’s Games Atlanta (Jurrjens 3-3) at Florida (Volstad 4-8), 1:10 p.m. Colorado (Francis 3-3) at Philadelphia (Happ 1-0), 1:35 p.m. San Diego (LeBlanc 4-8) at Pittsburgh (B.Lincoln 1-3), 1:35 p.m. Cincinnati (Leake 7-1) at Houston (W.Rodriguez 7-11), 2:05 p.m. Washington (Detwiler 0-0) at Milwaukee (Bush 4-8), 2:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Dickey 6-4) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 9-5), 4:10 p.m. San Francisco (Lincecum 10-4) at Arizona (Enright 2-2), 4:10 p.m. St. Louis (C.Carpenter 11-3) at Chicago Cubs (Dempster 8-7), 8:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Colorado at Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Houston, 8:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. Florida at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

Dooley talks QBs to SEC media

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Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said junior college transfer Matt Simms was the Volunteers’ best quarterback coming out of spring practice, though the position is still a “work in progress.” At the SEC media days in Birmingham, Ala., Dooley that Simms (above) is both physically and emotionally mature and has strong presence and leadership qualities. The coach says freshman Tyler Bray (below), who enrolled at Tennessee in January, is talented but has a longer adjustment period ahead of him because of his youth.

Sports ◆ A13

Sunday, July 25, 2010 ◆ The Mountain Press

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McDermott, who is black, saw his dream starting to become a reality. “I had been a lineman, number 43, and my second year the (little league) coaches thought I was big and fast, and that they’d make me a fullback or a running back (in high school). I didn’t want to get away from that 40 number, so I took number 44.” Donning the number that Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, Hank Aaron and Willie McCovey wore before him, McDermott moved to running back and the high school coaches quickly took notice. By the time he’d reached the eighth grade, McDermott had been moved to freshman football at the high school. At SCHS McDermott began getting the coaching he thinks helped him become a Division 1 athlete. “Coach Terry Sweeney was there at that time, and he was a phenomenal coach, and Pete Stafford and all those guys, just phenomenal coaches,” McDermott said. “And I guess that’s why I became the athlete that I was, because throughout my career I had the best coaching that you could ever ask for. Coach (Hulet) Chaney, the coach that’s going to be introducing me at the Hall of Fame banquet, he’s probably was one of the bigger reasons that I became even more successful. He knew running back styles, techniques and he’d just work me double-time. I just started practicing and got better in the position.” During McDermott’s freshman year at SCHS he lettered in four different varsity sports — basketball, football, baseball and wrestling. “And I think I did that for two or three years, and then coach (Jim) Bates came in,” McDermott said. “He said ‘I think we can get you to where you can get a (football) scholarship.’” Turns out, Bates, who went on to NFL coaching success, was right. “They worked really hard with me,” McDermott said. “Coach Bates came in and made me focus directly on football.” In his time with the Bears the teams had some decent seasons, including a win over a state-ranked team from Knoxville Central — a game in which McDermott scored

multiple touchdowns. “But it wasn’t all me. I give credit to the lineman,” he said, rattling off names like Ronnie and Roy Reagan, Jack Maples, Art Schettini, Steve Flynn and also fullback Ricky Sharp and QB Gary Cagle, who both were good to throw a lead block. After gaining attention from college recruiters through his junior and senior seasons, the running back gained more attention in the East/West All-Star game after his senior year, where he faced off with Bearden running back Rocky Goode,

just wanted to beat him so bad.” After being recruited by 21 major colleges and universities, McDermott chose Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. “I didn’t want to get to far away from my mom,” McDermott said with a chuckle. “So I knew I could drive back and forth to Tennessee Tech. At Tech McDermott started as a freshman alongside future NFL players Mike Hennigan and Jim Youngblood. But after his freshman year a team just down the road that played in the SEC came calling. Steve Sloan was the new coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores and he brought with him a stable of coaches that included legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells and former University of Tennessee assistant and Morristown Larry McDermott cur- East head coach Rex rently lives with his Dockery. wife, Ogle McDermott, “Dockery had coached in Seymour. At left against Sevierville at is a photo from the Morristown East, and he 1972 Sevierian showknew the athlete that I was,” ing McDermott with McDermott said. “They confellow 2010 SCHS tacted me after my freshman Hall of Fame inductee year at Tech.” Pam Peek as their McDermott transferred to class’ “Most Athletic.” Vanderbilt. Below is McDermott’s Though his career with senior picture from the ‘Dores was mostly injuthe same yearbook. ry-plagued, he does have some great memories from his time at Vandy to go with the degrees he earned there in Business Administration and Education. In 1975 McDermott remembers eyeing the calendar for November 29, when the Commodores would come to face Bill Battle and the Volunteers in Knoxville. Unfortunately for McDermott, he got hurt just before the game. “I’d actually broken my wrist. We were coming to play Tennessee and I’d broken my wrist,” McDermott lamented. But the Vanderbilt coaches knew he was excited for who went on to a long career track All-American Darwin the game and made a big Bond. as an SEC official. exception. “He was the fastest guy “Rocky Goode we were in “They said ‘we’re taking that game, and they said that around,” McDermott said. “I Larry, whether he’s injured Rocky was a better running back than me,” McDermott said. “I beat him all over the field in that game, and I ended up scoring the only touchdown in that game to win it.” McDermott also drew some attention thanks to the speed he displayed on the track. Competing in the Tom Black Classic at UT, he finished a close second in the 100-yard dash to future UT

or not.’ They don’t normally take you on the trips when you’re injured. So I was standing on the sidelines and we beat Tennessee 17-14,” McDermott said. “Coach Sloan got back on the bus and said something like ‘I’m glad we brought our Knoxville boy or this thing might not have turned out right.’” McDermott also has great memories of playing special teams with Vanderbilt in the 1974 Peach Bowl during his first year of eligibility with the Commodores. They tied Texas Tech 6-6. In fact, just last season the members of that Peach Bowl team were brought back to Vandy for recognition during a game. They were all presented with wrist watches from the game. After graduating from Vanderbilt, McDermott got on with United American Bank. “I went through their first management training program,” he said. From there he moved to Atlanta, where he’d work with another bank. Now McDermott is a marketing manager with Wyndham Vacation Resorts in Sevierville. Eight years ago he met his wife Helen Ogle McDermott at Boyd’s Creek Church of God, and the couple have been married for six years. His wife, who’s first husband died of cancer, brought two children with her into the relationship — Mitch and Brittany McMahan — who McDermott considers his own. He also has another daughter, Lakesha McDermott. He will be inducted along with five others August 28 during the Sevier County High School Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet. The event will be at Sevier County High School and will begin at 5:30 p.m. The dinner will start at 6 p.m. with the Hall of Fame presentation beginning at 7 p.m. For ticket information, contact Nancy Hewitt 6070032.

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Cheerleading is a sport — regardless of recent ruling I was skimming MSNBC’s Web page on Wednesday when something jumped out at me: “Cheerleading not a college sport.” Excuse me? I read further that a federal judge in Connecticut ruled that competitive cheerleading was not an official sport that colleges can use to meet genderequity requirements. The ruling came after several Quinnipiac University volleyball players and their coach sued the school after it announced in March 2009 that it would eliminate the team for budgetary reasons and replace it with a competitive cheer squad. I can sympathize with the volleyball team. I understand that any college athlete would be upset at the elimination of their sport at a school. But this also goes for the college’s cheerleaders, who are every bit the athletes that volleyball players are — and football players, basketball players and so on. Under federal guidelines, an activity is considered a sport when it has coaches, practices, competitions during defined seasons and a governing organization. According to this Connecticut judge, competitive cheerleading “should not be considered a collegiate sport because the activity is too underdeveloped and disorganized.” I’m sure the National Cheerleaders Association, Universal Cheerleaders Association and the United States All Star Federation — as well as ESPN, which has been broadcasting cheerleading competitions for years now — would strongly disagree. You see, Judge, cheerleading has come a long way since it was introduced in 1898. That’s when University of Minnesota student Johnny Campbell first directed cheers for the crowd. Pretty soon after, the school organized a “yell leader” squad of six male students. The 1940s may have only brought things like the toe touch and the spirit stick, but the National Football League began organizing professional cheerleading teams in the 1960s. According to Wikipedia, the 1980s saw the onset of modern cheerleading with more difficult stunt sequences and gymnastics being incorporated into routines. With the creation of the USASF, ESPN first broadcast the National High School Cheerleading Competition nationwide in 1983. Cheerleading organizations such as the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors started applying universal safety standards to decrease the number of injuries and prevent dangerous stunts, pyramids and tumbling passes from being included in routines. In 2003, the National Council for Spirit Safety and Education was formed to offer safety training for youth, school, all star and college coaches. College cheerleading is much more advanced than high school cheerleading. College squads are involved in much more gymnastics and more difficult stunts, such as higher pyramids and flipping and twisting basket tosses. Although many people — and you are probably included in this group, Judge — think cheerleading is for nitwits in short skirts, these women are required to keep a certain grade point average to remain on the squad. It is also considered one of the most dangerous sports, with its main injuries coming from stunts. I’m sure the family and friends of Bethany Norwood — a Texas college cheerleader who broke her neck in six places after falling during practice — take great offense to your ruling. And Bethany would, too, if she were still alive today. She died two years after her accident, most likely because of complications from her injuries. There are so many different sports in our world today, and I’m not saying that one is better than another — that’s totally subjective. But to claim that competitive cheerleading is not a sport goes against federal guidelines. And if it’s good enough for the 2016 Summer Olympics, why isn’t it good enough for a private university in Connecticut? — Ellen Brown is a staff reporter for The Mountain Press. Call 428-0746, ext. 205, or e-mail to ebrown@themountainpress. com.

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Elizabeth McMahan Adamitis holds a photo of her mother, Elizabeth Fox McMahan, whose life story she shared with Converse College in South Carolina and was published in a book, “Country Women Cope with Hard Times: A Collection of Oral Histories.”

Historical account

Local woman’s story about mother published By GAIL CRUTCHFIELD Community Editor SEVIERVILLE — Elizabeth McMahan Adamitis knows what hard times are all about. Not just now when “everybody I know’s lost their job,” she said, but back when she was a little girl, watching her mother sweat, scrimp and save for every penny. Adamitis, 89, has shared the story of her mother’s life in a new book published by the University of South Carolina Press. “Country Women Cope with Hard Times: A Collection of Oral Histories,” was edited by Melissa Walker, a professor of history at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., from which Adamitis’ mother, Elizabeth Fox McMahan, graduated in 1901. Walker learned of Adamitis and her mother’s story when Adamitis donated about $1,000 to the college on the 100th anniversary of her mother’s graduation and included a four-page letter about her mom’s life in Sevier County. The letter led to a meeting between Walker and Adamitis and the inclusion of McMahan’s story in the book. “She always said that was the happiest days of her life,” Adamitis said of the time her mother spent at the college. After college, times were tough for the then single woman, who had a tough time finding a job to help her newly-widowed mother take care of five other siblings. She finally found work, teaching at Roberts School House on Jayell Road. “She got $20 a month for teaching there,” Adamitis said. But that wasn’t enough to help out as much as was needed. Adamitis wrote her mother married Ernest McMahan in desperation as a way to help her family. The son of wealthy landowners, Adamitis goes on to describe her father, however, as spoiled who would rather be his time in town with friends and spend money they didn’t have than work the 420-acre farm where they lived. “She had to just more or less take over the farm,” Adamitis said. “I thought she was a better farmer, as good as anybody in Sevier County. The hired hands would come to the back door in the morning to know what to do and she’d tell ’em, go out and plow in the 30 acres or whatever.” When the centennial of her mother’s graduation from Converse came around in 2001, Adamitis wanted to do something to honor her mother. She did two things, the first being a donation because her mother often gave to the college when she could. “My mother would scrap $5 together of her chicken money and send to Converse every year,” Adamitis said. “So I sent them about a thousand I think. And of course, that kind of got their attention,” she joked. What also caught their attention was the second thing she did: the

The cover of “Country Women Cope with Hard Times: A Collection of Oral Histories” edited by Melissa Walker includes the story of Elizabeth Fox McMahan as told by her daughter, Elizabeth McMahan Adamitis. The story of another Sevier County resident, Hettie Lawson, is also in the book. Information about the book can be found at

letter outlining her mother’s story. When the letter arrived at Converse, Adamitis said other staff at the college shared it with Walker (an East Tennessee native), who has written several similar books about the area’s history, one that Adamitis unknowingly already had in her possession. “I was pulling my books from underneath there and I found the book, one that (Walker) got an award for,” Adamitis said. “I don’t know how I happen to have it, but I collect books about Sevier County.” History, by the way, is a subject Adamitis loves, a passion passed down to her from her mother. Adamitis currently lives on property that’s in the general area of where she said a Civil War battle was fought. “I look out and I can just see that battle out there where 265 people died that afternoon,” she said of the Jan. 27, 1864 battle at Fair Garden. Seeing her own mother’s story written down as history in her own words was exciting for Adamitis.

The 1901 graduation picture of Elizabeth Fox McMahan is one of several included in the chapter dedicated to her. “I just thought my mother was so wonderful, and she had such a hard life, and now I know she’s looking down and she knows this has happened,” Adamitis said. n

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Cattle producers can get assistance


E.G. Kight, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Georgia Songbird,â&#x20AC;? will perform July 30 at Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend.

E.G. Kight to perform July 30 Submitted Report TOWNSEND â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunset Music Seriesâ&#x20AC;? presents E.G. Kight at 7 p.m. July 30. Admission is $4 per person at the door. For more information, call 865-448-0044 or visit Kight, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Georgia Songbird,â&#x20AC;? is back for a return performance, following her debut there last September. Kight has headlined at clubs and festivals, bringing her diverse musical menu to cities across America and in Europe. Kight continues recently performed with a symphony orchestra one weekend, and three weeks later on NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Prairie Home

Companion.â&#x20AC;? Her latest release, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hot in Hereâ&#x20AC;?, climbed to No. 1 on the roots blues charts, and on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Kight has shared the stage with Koko Taylor, Hubert Sumlin, and Pinetop Perkins; country legends George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Brenda Lee; pop/ crossover icons Phoebe Snow, and Delbert McClinton; southern rock phenoms Gregg Allman, and Little Feat; Dixieland Jazz legend Pete Fountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band; and most recently the Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra; and the world renowned Garrison Keillor. For more information about Kight, visit and egkight.

Most of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than 42,000 beef cattle producers are not full-time ranchers, yet they may have a need for management advice at any time of the day or night. To fulfill that need, University of Tennessee Extension maintains a free a free online educational opportunity. Clyde Lane, a professor in the UT Department of Animal Science and UT Extension beef cattle specialist, has developed a video library and accompanying fact sheets that are both available online. The site, which is part of the UT Beef Extension program, plays off the name of its developer. Called the Tennessee Cattle Lane, the site features more than 40 videos that take approximately three to five minutes each to view. Topics include hay feeding and storage, culling animals on disposition, forage testing, beef quality assurance, breeding soundness examinations of bulls, fly control, and selecting handling equipment, among others. The fact sheets that accompany the video may be printed for free for educational purposes. Production of all cattle and calves remains the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top agricultural activity at approximately $534 million in annual cash receipts, according to the Tennessee Department of Agricultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest statistical summary. Tennessee ranks ninth nationally in the production of beef cattle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;UT Extension developed the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tennessee Cattle Laneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; site to make it convenient for pro-

ducers to get the answers they need about their cattle operations and management questions,â&#x20AC;? said the not-so-shy star of the video vignettes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Answers to many common production problems are available 24/7 to producers. Plus, they can easily e-mail additional questions to me or any of the other UT Extension beef professionals,â&#x20AC;? said Lane. The site, which debuted about two years ago, is an ongoing project. The videos and fact sheets are linked at ExtensionOutreach. html, and on YouTube at UTAnimalScience or they can be found directly at For more hands-on advice, Lane recommends that producers contact their local county UT Extension agent. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alan Bruhin is the Sevier County agricultural extension service director. Call him at 453-3695.

Clinic plans free physicals Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic is offering opportunities for free physicals on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11. Om those dates free adult physicals and school/sports physicals for uninsured Sevier County residents and workers will be available. These free physical exams are being made possible through a partnership with Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University and will be conducted by a group of medical students overseen by medical school faculty. The exams will also include laboratory screenings. Some charges may apply for certain laboratory tests. School and sports physicals will be available for eligible students. There are a limited number of appointments available. Call Mountain Hope 774-7684 from 8:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30 p.m. weekdays to make an appointment. Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic provides primary medical care for the uninsured who live or work in Sevier County.







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Clabo/Stordahl Charles and Martha Clabo of Gatlinburg, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Dr. Katy Clabo, to Erik Stordahl, son of Larry and Sandy Stordahl of Prior Lake, Minn. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Hugh and Louise Clabo and Hettie Stiles. She is a 1999 graduate of Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, 2003 graduate of Vanderbilt University, and a 2007 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is an emergency medicine pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The prospective groom is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and received his MBA from the University of

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Dr. Katy Clabo and Erik Stordahl will be wed on Aug. 7.

Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. He is employed by Parker-Hannifan Corp. as an industrial engineer. The wedding will take place at Ridge Valley Farms in Maryville, Tenn., on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Bobby and Jo Ella Donohoo of Sevierville celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 24, 2010 in Blount County. The couple celebrated at Donohoo Estates/ Wildwood with family, friends, barbecue and family talent show. Jo Ella Chandler and Bobby Donohoo were married July 25, 1950, at Knox County Courthouse by Jack W. Dance, County Court clerk, and Clarence L. Chesney, justice of the peace, along with witness Margaret Chandler. She is the daughter of the late Frank and Ellen Chandler, and he is the son of the late Harry Sr. and Otha Porter Donohoo. Mr. Donohoo is retired from former McMahan Construction, Sevierville, and Mrs. Donohoo is a retired housewife and mother. They have 10 children: Joyce Chandler, Wanda


Bobby and Jo Ella Donohoo have been married 60 years.

Manis, Ronnie Donohoo, Dennis Donohoo, Sandra Donohoo, Greg Donohoo and Nicole Haney, all of Sever County, Wendell Donohoo, Sammy Donohoo of Blount County and Frank Donohoo of Knoxville. They have 23 grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-greatgrandchild.

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Overbey bill on hospital cuts signed into law Submitted report Gov. Phil Bredesen has signed legislation sponsored by Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, to prevent deep cuts to Tennessee hospitals as a result of state budget cuts proposed earlier. Hospitals asked the General Assembly to enact a coverage assessment in order to raise $230 million. Money raised will be used to draw down federal funds available through a temporary Medicaid match program. “I am pleased the General Assembly passed this legislation and the governor has signed it into law,” said Overbey. “Without this legislation, many of our hospitals, particularly those in rural areas, would have faced severe consequences and possibly closure.” “The hospital coverage assessment will restore $659 million in proposed cuts to the TennCare program by allowing hospitals to temporarily step into the state’s shoes to fund a significant portion of the program,” said Craig Becker, president of the Tennessee Hospital Association. “We appreciate the strong leadership of Sen. Doug Overbey and his sponsorship of the bill in the Senate,” Becker said. Language in Senate Bill 3528 ensures that


Sen. Doug Overbey stands to the left of Gov. Phil Bredesen as the governor signs Overbey’s bill affecting hospital funding. any assessment imposed by this legislation would not be passed along to patients. The assessment is based on 3.52 percent of a hospital’s net patient

revenue according to its 2008 Medicare cost report. Twenty-six other states have a similar assessment plan.

Friends of Kodak Library to gather Submitted Report KODAK — Friends of Kodak Library’s regular general membership meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the picnic pavilion in Northview Optimist Park, 319 W. Dumplin Valley Road. This is the annual “Picnic In The Park” for the family. Tableware and paper goods will be provided. Families should bring a dish to share. Apple dumplins will be provided for dessert. A short business meeting will follow the picnic. The agenda consists mainly of follow-up reports on Heritage Day and the book sale. Prospective members are also welcomed to attend.

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The Mountain Press â&#x2014;&#x2020; Sunday, July 25, 2010

Public pulpit

Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfection, holiness make us cry out for mercy By ALDEN MARSHALL â&#x20AC;&#x153;The line between good and evil goes through each person.â&#x20AC;? So said Alexander Soltzhenitsyn, after his imprisonment. He had documented the cruel and evil behavior of the guards and the communist officials in Russia. He himself was made a prisoner after he wrote to a friend saying critical remarks about Stalin. He was completely disillusioned about the communism he had previously supported, when he saw the lies that were told about prisoners just to get the thousands of slave laborers necessary to build the cities and to mine and to build up the Soviet empire. Even the Russian prisoners of war were thrown in jail when they returned, on the pretext that they had seen a better system of government and might complain against the regime, and no other nation has ever so badly treated its own people captured by enemies. His book The Gulag, gives clear and precise stories of heroism among the prisoners, and stories of brutality and cowardice by the guards and others responsible for running the terror machine. But in the midst of all that, Soltzhenitsyn met dedicated Christians and became one himself. Then the Holy Spirit allowed him to see that he was also guilty of sin. As an officer he had a sense of entitlement, and he expected his orderly/ servant to treat him with

deference. He saw that he insisted on rights that were denied to others of lesser rank, and saw that he was full of pride also. He repented and walked with God, and blessed his prison walls for breaking down his arrogance until he was able to seek and to find the truth. Jesus said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am the way, the truth, and the life.â&#x20AC;? Without his trauma, he would not have seen his need for God. Without many car wrecks I would not have seen my need to follow Jesus Christ either. God is merciful, but sometimes his mercy seems severe when we are comfort- and pleasure-seeking, instead of seeking first the kingdom of God. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seek you first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added undo you,â&#x20AC;? the Holy Spirit promises through the Bible. All things we need, in other words, will be granted to us. Perhaps we do not need the relationship we are now in, or the job we have, or the wealth we have accumulated, or the health we so value. Solzhenitsyn did not need the status he had as an army officer for it would have kept him from knowing God. Although he did not join in the rapes and murders of German women once the Russian army crossed the German border, avenging the German tortures and murders (they had a standard policy of murdering 25 percent of

each village they entered in order to terrify the survivors), he saw his own sins and his need to find forgiveness and to make peace with God. He saw that although he might be better than some people, he had no hope of being friends with God unless he cast himself upon the mercy of God as a sinner and prayed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;God have mercy on me a sinner.â&#x20AC;? The most upright and socially acceptable person still has, the Bible says, righteousness that is as filthy rags in the sight of God. In our eyes, perhaps another person is better than Hitler or Stalin or someone else we know. But no one can boast in the presence of God, when we really do come into his presence in a Godly church service, for example. God is holy and perfect, and his perfection and holiness makes even the most holy of us cry out for mercy and forgiveness, when and if he ever, has made his presence truly known to us. When the holy John, who was exiled to the isle of Patmos, came into the presence of God, he did not prance about bragging how wonderful he was. No, the Bible quotes him as saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fell at his feet as dead.â&#x20AC;? If something similar does not happen at your church, you do not go to a church â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but a social club! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dr. Alden Marshall is a Presbyterian minister who lives in Gatlinburg.

What A Pastor Should Hear Table Talk...have a chat With Jim Bradfield

Dear Jim, I just read your response to hurt wife in the June 17th paper. I consider myself a Christian. But as I read your response I realize why so many people are turned off to religion. If this woman can not go to her Pastor for help then why is he there? Do you deem yourself so perfect and your â&#x20AC;&#x153;flockâ&#x20AC;? must be too that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear or deal with your fellow human beings? Perhaps you should not be so pious and off true help. I have a wonderful minister who believes he is a human being like the rest of us and we can go to him with any issues. Too bad this poor woman canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t and too bad you support that!!! If we sinners canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to our clergy for help, well then the church is a farce - LB Dear LB, The situation to which you refer involves a wife that discovered her husband views internet pornography. The primary concern to her was not about her pastor, but what to do in response to the husband and her female self esteem. However, you bring up an excellent additional point that I mentioned briefly in answering her. You are correct that our clergy should be that man we can completely trust for guidance. Spiritual trust is different than the pastorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training and personality. We should be able to go to a pastor and tell him about a real burden, as in this case, marriage. If the woman has a comfort level to share, she should certainly do that. My advice comes from a distance and out of concern to shield this woman from further harm. I have known several pastors that would inadvertently mention a counseling situation in his sermon. I have known pastors that have little experience or knowhow and made matters worse. I have known pastors that, also being human, cannot keep his attitude from changing when he finds out about sordid details of someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s private life. The last thing a hurt person needs is for the pastor to do these things. Out of such concern, I suggested she see someone else, maybe another pastor, for counseling It is a wise pastor that knows his limits in helping his flock. Pornography can become a serious mental health issue that would affect a church and the home. The wise pastor does not allow this and knows when to refer a person to someone better trained. If a pastor does not have this awareness, his view of these people can easily change and he could begin to inadvertently treat them differently. Surely, every reader has thought highly of someone and at one point discovered a dirty little secret about that them. The way they viewed that person was then altered. It is possible to happen with pastors, also, about a church member. Your comments about how others view religion and about my â&#x20AC;&#x153;flockâ&#x20AC;? are totally out of line. People decide to reject religion (Christianity) because it is what they want to do. When they discover something they think is demeaning, they could pray for those involved or use that as an excuse to bolster their own position to remain unwilling to respond to our Lord. My â&#x20AC;&#x153;flockâ&#x20AC;? is my spiritual family. Would you like someone to arbitrarily smear your family? They are super concerned about the needs and spiritual condition of everyone in the community. They have a tremendous friendship and openness. They love the Lord and seek to build His kingdom. They work hard to get the Word out to as many people as possible out of genuine concern. Since you are a Christian, we ask you not to criticize and instead pray for our efforts.

Contact Jim at or write P. O. Box 291862 Kettering, OH 45429 or call 937-620-2614. He is a licensed counselor and pastor of Logan Baptist Church P. O. Box 305, 301 N. Detroit St West Liberty OH 43357

re l i g i o n c a l endar

Gists Creek Singing

Gists Creek Baptist Church monthly singing 6 p.m. with Locust Ridge.

Evergreen Concert

Martha Christian in concert at 6:30 p.m. at Evergreen Church. 428-3001 or www.marthachristian. com.

Boyds Creek Baptist

Boyds Creek Baptist Church 7 p.m. service in song.

Flea Market Fellowship

Fellowship 8-9 a.m. inside Great Smokies Flea Market, Dumplin Valley Road.

monday, july 26 Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study, 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn. 4360313.

Bible School

n St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road, Sevierville, 9-12:30 through July 30. Lunch provided. Register first day or call 429-6063. n Bradleys Chapel Baptist Church, 7-9 p.m. today

through July 30, 1175 Rocky Flats Road, Cosby. n Pleasant Hill United Methodist, 6-8:30 p.m. through July 30 for all ages. Right off Chapman Highway on Pleasant Hill Road.

If you are a pastor of a local church that may be interested in writing an article for the weekly Church Page, please contact Whitney Shults at or (865) 428-0748 ext. 213.

tuesday, july 27 Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast, Garrett, Gatlinburg n 6:30 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC


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upl and chronicles

Lem Ownby’s mountain life By Carroll McMahan After completing a hike on a cold November day in 1980, a couple of friends and myself decided to take a chance and see if Lem Ownby would receive some uninvited visitors. As we approached the weathered house, an early darkness began closing across the sky helping highlight smoke as it ascended from the crude chimney. I knocked at the door. “Come in,” answered the elderly gentleman. I opened the squeaky screen door and turned the knob to enter the humble mountain home of Lem Ownby, a man who had chosen to live out his life within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Lem was 19 when his birthplace, located near the spot where the Wonderland Hotel would be built, was sold. He had assisted his father, Dave Ownby, building the house that would become his permanent dwelling place on the 40-acre farm, which consisted of rough mountain sides and a babbling brook. After I introduced myself to Lem, he said, “I know a lot of McMahans, which bunch do you belong to?” Following a brief explanation of family lineage, Lem was at ease. “I remember your Grandpappy George. He was a logger like most of us. Grew up over around Shady Grove where my Mama was from,” he said. We were aware that Lem was the last man residing on a lessee agreement in the park. Subsequently, Lem had become completely blind after a lifetime of vision impairment. He and his beloved wife, Mimmie, had chosen to remain on their property in Elkmont like the Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier Cove. Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Carson Brewer discovered Lem a few years earlier and wrote several articles describing the self-sufficient recluse. While looking out a window I couldn’t help but notice the active bee hives next to an old coal bin. “Do you still rob them?” I inquired. “I shore do,” Lem quickly answered and added, “I’m not able to do much farmin’ any more. I’ll be 92 years old if I live ’til the 24th day of February. Don’t know where the time went,” he lamented. Later, when queried about his exceptionally smooth skin, Lem smiled



Uncle Lem Ownby sitting in his favorite chair. He died in 1984 at the age of 94.

The mountain home of Uncle Lem Ownby, who lived out his life inside the park boundaries.


Carroll McMahan, author of this column, and Uncle Lem Ownby standing on Uncle Lem’s porch on Nov. 4, 1980. and quickly boasted, “I lay it on the mountain honey that I make.” The conversation continued with back and forth banter on diverse topics including water piped from a nearby spring to a wooden basin on Lem’s back porch.

Eventually, the subject of the presidential election being held that very day came up. “Did you vote today?” I inquired. “I don’t ever vote,” replied Lem, promptly adding, “I’ll bet ye’ there’s not two cents differ-

ence in Reagan or Carter or none of them other fellers up there in Washington.” Noticing the time and remembering we were unexpected guests, we decided to leave before overextending our welcome. After posing for pictures and exchanging goodbyes, we left. While leaving, I could not help but look back on the house and through the window noticed Lem rocking by the warm fire. The nonagenarian’s serene expression relayed perfect contentment. Lem Ownby lived another three years before suffering a fall on his icy porch in late December 1983. He was taken to Fort Sanders Medical Center in Knoxville where he died on Jan. 16, 1984, a month short of his 95th birthday. Since his passing the old house has been razed by the park service and little remains at the home site today; however, a well earned legacy continues in the legendary stories of the proud mountain man. Next month, brothers

Lee and Kevin Hill, who are great-great-nephews of Lem, plan to open Uncle Lem’s Outfitters at 9715 Kingston Pike in West Knoxville. The store will offer the usual camping and hiking gear found in an outfitters’ business as well as a museum area dedicated to Lem, complete with the old clock he heard clicking for 94 years. — Carroll McMahan is

special projects coordinator for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. Upland Chronicles is a series celebrating the heritage and past of Sevier County. If you have suggestions for future topics, would like to submit a column, or have comments, contact McMahan at 453-6411 or e-mail to cmcmahan@scoc. org; or Ron Rader at 6049161 or e-mail to


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community calendar Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 editor@themountainpress. com. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.

sunday, july 25 Manis Reunion

Manis/Mannis/Manes family reunion 11 a.m.-4 p.m., American Legion, 403 W. Main, Sevierville. Bring covered dish. 654-8680.

Relay Cookout

Wal-Mart Heroes Relay For Life team joining Team Dress Barn for burger/hot dog cookout starting at 10 a.m., Wal-Mart. Nachos and baked goods for sale. E-mail to earl1969@charter. net.

Gists Creek Singing

Gists Creek Baptist Church monthly singing 6 p.m. with Locust Ridge.

Evergreen Concert

Martha Christian in concert at 6:30 p.m. at Evergreen Church. 428-3001 or www.marthachristian. com.

Boyds Creek Baptist

Boyds Creek Baptist Church 7 p.m. service in song with Twice Born.

Flea Market Fellowship

Fellowship 8-9 a.m. inside Great Smokies Flea Market, Dumplin Valley Road. Speaker Krista M. Atchley.

Maples Branch Baptist Maples Branch Baptist Church singing 6:30 p.m. with Parton Family.

monday, july 26 Hot Meals

Hot Meals For Hungry Hearts 5:30-6:30 p.m., Henderson Chapel Baptist Church, 407 Henderson Road, Pigeon Forge. Sponsored by SMARM.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study, 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn. 4360313.

Bible School

n St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road, Sevierville, 9-12:30 through July 30. Lunch provided. Register first day or call 429-6063. n Bradleys Chapel Baptist Church, 7-9 p.m. today through July 30, 1175 Rocky Flats Road, Cosby. n Pleasant Hill United Methodist, 6-8:30 p.m. through July 30 for all ages. Right off Chapman Highway on Pleasant Hill Road.

Anna Porter Public Library, 10 a.m.-noon.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast, Garrett, Gatlinburg n 6:30 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC

Mothers Day Out

Mothers Day Out at First Baptist Church, Gatlinburg, now enrolling for fall classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Aug. 17, for ages 1-4, throughout the school year. 436-4685.

Kodak Library

Friends of Kodak Library membership meeting 6:30 p.m., Northview Optimist Park. Tableware and paper goods provided; bring dish to share for picnic.

wednesday, july 28 Farmers Market

Farmers market 8-11:30 a.m., Sevier Farmers Co-Op, 321 W. Main, Sevierville. 453-7101.

St. Paul Lutheran

Ice cream and dessert social following 7 p.m. worship service through summer, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road, Sevierville. 429-6063.

thursday, july 29

Church Yard Sale

Henderson Chapel Baptist Church back to school yard sale for missions trip, 407 Henderson Chapel Road, Pigeon Forge, 7:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday.

friday, july 30

Garlands of Grace womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge n 2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road n 6:30 p.m. Sevierville UMC, Conference Room

Hot Meals

St. Paul Lutheran

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study 10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road, Sevierville. 429-6063.

Nazarene Yard Sale

Yard sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Saturday, inside First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road.

saturday, july 31 Farmers Markets n 8-11:30

a.m., Sevier Farmers Co-Op, 321 W. Main, Sevierville. 453-7101. 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.

Lutheran Bible Study

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study meets 9 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road in Sevierville. 429-6063. Beech Springs Baptist Church sponsoring a tent sale to benefit Sevier County Relay for Life, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., corner Douglas Dam Road and Hodges Ferry roads. 9334391

Kodak School Event

Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30-6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Sevierville and Kodak United Methodist. 9335996.


Nazarene Yard Sale

TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.

Yard sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. inside First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road.

Celebrate Recovery

Backpack Giveaway

Backpack giveaway 3-5 p.m. Roberts UMC, 1810 Jayell Road. Some school items provided. All ages. 453-2292.

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Monday, aug. 2 Gold Wing Riders

Gold Wing Road Riders Assn. meets 6:30 p.m., Gattiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza, 1431 Parkway. 660-4400. Concerned Women of America Prayer in Action, 6-7 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC. 436-0313.

Hot Meals

Hot Meals For Hungry Hearts 5:30-6:30 p.m., Henderson Chapel Baptist Church, 407 Henderson Road, Pigeon Forge. Sponsored by SMARM.

Anna Porter Public Library hosts Pirate Party 4-5 p.m.. 436-5588.

Woodmen Meeting

Democratic Party

Pirate Party

Woodmen of The World Lodge 101 membership meeting 6:30 p.m. at Shoneys in Sevierville. 4293227 or 453-3233.

Kindness Counts

Kindness Counts will meet at 7 p.m. at pavilion 1, Pigeon Forge City Park.

Garlands of Grace Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study, 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn. 4360313.

Farmers Market

Farmers market 8-11:30 a.m., Sevier Farmers Co-Op, 321 W. Main, Sevierville. 453-7101.

Tuesday, aug. 3 Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support group meets 6 p.m. at MountainBrook Village, 4282445 Ext. 107.

St. Paul Lutheran

Events at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road, Sevierville

Kindness Counts

Kindness Counts, formerly Feral Cat Friends, meets 7 p.m.. 654-2684.

Scrapbook Club

Scrapbook Club meets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m., Whispering Winds on Snapp Road. 429-3721.



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National Assn. Retired Federal Employees, 6 p.m., Holiday Inn, Pigeon Forge.

Celebrity Waiters

Celebrity waiters 6-10 p.m. at River Plantation Conference Center. To participate as waiter or help with event, 908-5789 or 654-3079. Silent auction items needed. Proceeds to Relay For Life.

wednesday, aug. 4

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible Study

Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support

Mothers Day Out, First Baptist hurch, Gatlinburg, now enrolling for fall classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays for ages 1-4 beginning Aug. 17, throughout the school year. 436-4685.

Garlands of Grace womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge n 2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road n 6:30 p.m. Sevierville UMC, Conference Room

Sevier County Democratic Party meets at 7 p.m. at courthouse.

Hot Meals

Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30-6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Sevierville and Kodak United Methodist. 933-5996.


TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 4293150.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery, meal from 5-6 p.m. and 6:30 service, Kodak United Methodist Church. Childcare provided.

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Pilgrimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Covenant Church, 1308 Bluegrass Road, Sevierville, 10 a.m. worship; 7 p.m. youth group; 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Share Jesus Without Fearâ&#x20AC;? series. 4292046.

(429-6063): n Ten Commandments sermon series, 7 p.m. n Ice cream social following 7 p.m. service. n Bible study: Walk Through the Bible.


Tea Party

Ron Ramsey, GOP candidate for governor, will speak at 6:30 p.m. meeting of Sevier County Tea Party, Sevierville Civic Center, 200 Gary Wade Blvd. Visit www.seviercoteaparty. org. No Tea Party meeting on Thursday as originally scheduled.

Garlands of Grace womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast, Garrett, Gatlinburg n 6:30 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC

Gatlinburg First UMC 6 p.m. fellowship of contemporary music and worship followed by a hot meal. 436-4691.

Prayer in Action

Pre-register K-12 children by today for free school supplies Aug. 7 at Kodak United Methodist. Children must live in Kodak area. E-mail to kodakback2school@gmail. com or call 933-5996.

Celebrate Recovery, meal from, 5-6 p.m. and 6:30 service then small groups. Kodak United Methodist Church. Childcare provided.

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Sunday Night Alive

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Sunday, July 25, 2010 ◆ The Mountain Press

Healthy is no buzzword What does it mean to be truly healthy? If you remember only one thing from reading this article, I want you to remember that the most important thing a person can have is their health. The amazing thing is that many people take their health for granted. Until a person has a serious problem with their health, they only use the word as a buzzword. Companies use the word health to sell products and people use the word to feel good about their choices. Many consumers want to make the healthy choice, but the marketers of foods are aware of this and use it to their advantage. They lead the consumer into choosing their product because it is the healthy alternative, but many times it is not. Stop and think, “What does being healthy mean to me? and What does it mean to be truly healthy?” No matter where I am or who I am speaking with, nearly everyone gives me the same answer. “Being healthy means you are feeling good.” This answer is missing a key component. According to Webster’s Medical Dictionary, health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” According to this defini-

tion, health is not only feeling good, but a multifaceted entity that must be evaluated and treated from more than one perspective. The second part of the definition states that health is not merely the absence of disease and infirmity. This sentence is so profound to our fundamental beliefs that it needs to be repeated. Not merely the absence of disease and infirmity. This second part is why nearly everyone who answers the question, “What is health?” is always answering incomplete. How many times have you heard someone say, “He was so healthy,” right after hearing that someone ended up in the hospital or died. Just because you feel good, does not mean that you are healthy. Your view on whether you are healthy or not is based mostly off of physical appearance. Does this person look athletic? Does this person look overweight? Is this person attractive? When discussing health, patients often tell us that they are healthy, and upon questioning

they tell us how they are on 3 or 4 medicines, eat mostly processed foods and they have no physical activity as part of their lives. People have become so misinformed about what health truly is that we no longer even know what a good decision is. Life is broken down into simple facts. People are designed to move. People are designed to use food as energy. People are designed to eat foods occurring in nature. We have changed what we eat, changed how we eat and changed the way foods are made. People are designed to eat natural foods, move and be selfhealing organisms. Unfortunately, the way we are designed is not the easiest way to live and takes effort. We are a society based on what is easiest, what is convenient and what is the cheapest. I challenge you today to choose not what is easy, convenient and cheapest. I challenge you to become an informed consumer. Understand what you are eating, why you are eating it and what it will do for you. — Dr. Ryan Felde works at the Tennessee Spine and Performance Enhancement Center in Sevierville. For questions or topics you would like discussed in his column, e-mail to Felde@

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Full time Dental Assistant needed for dental office. Experience preferred. Must be outgoing and able to work well with our dental team. Call 436-5024 for more information or fax resume to 436-5025. INTERIM HEALTHCARE OF EAST TN PRIVATE DUTY DIVISION Full Time Positions available for RN's and LPN's Competitive Pay, Insurance, 401K & PTO Please apply in person or fax resume 2482 Brights Pike Morristown, TN 37814 Fax 423-586-6634 EOE & Drug Free Workplace United Medical, leading regional respiratory company seeks caring Service Representative. Service patients in their home for oxygen and equipment needs. Warm personalities, age 21+, who can lift up to 120 lbs should apply. CDL w/DOT a plus or obtainable. Growth opportunities are excellent. Drug-free workplace. EOE. Fax resume to: 865-573-9823.


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Large retail store in Pigeon Forge has immediate opening for Cashier Management. Must have experience in opening & closing register operations. Must be able to work nights & weekends. Please fax resume to 429-4002 or mail to Cashier Management Position P.O. Box 1112 Pigeon Forge TN 37868. Local Referral GREEN Co. Pays you to Refer others to it's Membership Program. Call for interview. 888-970-3555. PF Part Time Office Recptnst Deal w/ Public Well - Send Resume' - PO 1420 Kodak, TN 37764 Riverstone Resort & Spa is now hiring for Front Desk Clerks, Relief Night Auditor & Housekeeping positions. Apply in person at 212 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, left at traffic light #8. SALES CLERK $10/hr. Lid'l Dolly's Light #4, PF Sunset Cottage Rentals Front Desk, Laundry, evenings & weekends a must, benefits available. Apply in person 3630 South River Rd., Pigeon Forge. WAREHOUSE & STOCK $10/hr. LID'L DOLLY'S LIGHT 4 PF We are growing! Come grow with us!! JOHNSON PEST CONTROL is adding service technicians and sales inspectors to our team. Go to: to pursue a new career with JOHNSON PEST CONTROL. FE/MALE; EOE; Benefits; F/T; Year Round; Drug/Physical Screening; Clean Driving Record; Reference Checks


Skilled Trade

Conveniently located, high-end salon seeking highly motivated professional hair stylists. Call 429-1663 to schedule an interview.


Office Help

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Baskin Robbins Shift Manager/Customer Service Baskin Robbins Shift Managers and Customer Service Representatives needed for Pigeon Forge Location. Management experience preferred for Shift Manager position. Applicant must pass background/credit/drug screening for Shift Manager. All applicants must have a stable work history with good references. To apply for these positions please contact Baskin Robbins, 3270 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 428-1770. Cracker Barrel now hiring AM & PM Cooks, AM Cashiers, AM & PM Servers. No tip sharing & no tip out. Apply 2285 Parkway, Pigeon Forge. JOIN THE JOHNSON FAMILY OF RESTAURANTS GROUP... The folks who brought you Bennett's BBQ, Alamo Steakhouse and Mama's Farmhouse are at it again, with Big Daddy's Pizzeria, a real wood-fired brick oven pizza place. We will be hosting a JOB FAIR on 7/28 & 7/29 from 10am-4pm at 1820 Parkway in Sevierville. We will be hiring cooks, servers & hosts. Come by, Fill out an application & have an interview.

No Way Jose's Gatlinburg now hiring Servers & Bartenders. Apply at stop light #5, Gatlinburg Now hiring for all shifts. Apply online at: NOW HIRING Servers & Bartenders, must have ABC card, Accepting applications at THE SHACK Sports Grill, 2946 Winfield Dunn Pkwy. Kodak. No Phone Calls. Zaxby's Sevierville now hiring cooks & cashiers. Apply in person, no phone calls please. 698 Windfield Dunn Pkwy.


Child Care

Gatlinburg Presbyterian Childcare Center has been dedicated to serving our community since 1995. Offering a safe, Christian environment for all children at competitive rates. We now have immediate openings and early registrations for our fall enrollment ages 6wks-5yrs. For more info call 430-3129


People Seeking Employment

Clean Houses Kodak, Sevierville area 865-455-9632





Chihuahua Puppies CKC Reg. Blk & tans. 1st shots, dewormed, 9 weeks. $175. 865-573-6750 Happy Jack LiquivicÂŽ: Recognized safe & effective against hook & roundworms by US Center for Veterinary Medicine. SEVIER FARMERS COOP (453-7101).



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Household Goods

FOR SALE Solid oak 7pc king bedroom suite, Sealy burgandy leather couch, 2 birch 5-shelf bookcases, antique Morris reclining chair, antique Zenith radio, 2 stationary bicycles, Power Rider, Nexus exercise bench. Call 428-0023. Refrigerator (almond) 20 cu. ft. $350. Dishwasher (white) $150. Whirlpool. Like new. 863-860-6805



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Dresser, mirror, 4 Drawer chest, headboard. $399 Cagles Furniture and Appliances


0563 Misc. Items for Sale

For Sale

A-1 pre-owned dryers, washers, ranges & refrigerators. All with warranty. Cagles Furniture and Appliances

453-0727 2 Burial Lots at Smoky Mountain Memory Garden Pigeon Forge $1000.00 each OBO

Call David 865-382-1844 FOR SALE! Piano $400,Sleeper Sofa and Loveseat $200. Call 654-7907



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HELP WANTED Position: Beverage Cart Attendants CafĂŠ Attendants Dept: Eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing Golf Course Salary: $7.59 an hour, Part-time, Seasonal The City of Sevierville Eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing is now accepting applications and/or resumes for the various positions listed above. These positions require a high school diploma or GED with related experience. These positions will require 25 to 30 hours per week. Applicants must be available for work on weekedays as well as weekends and at least 18 years old to be able to serve alcoholic beverages. Please submit application and/or resume in an envelope marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beverage Cart Attendantâ&#x20AC;? to : City of Sevierville, Attn: Human Resources, P.O. Box 5500, Sevierville, TN 37864-5500. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The City of Sevierville is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex or handicap in its programs or activities pursuant to Public law 93-112 or 101-336. The City of Sevierville does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d.)




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Unfurnished Apartments

Near Hospital 2BR/1.5 BA All Appliances Houses 2/3 BR

$650 & up Some Pets

453-1748 - Day 428-3381 - Evening 2BR/1BA Apt. in Sev. Lease & References required. No pets! $500/mo. Call 428-0769.

FINCHUM PROPERTIES Leasing 1 & 2 BR apts. Hardwood floors, plus many extras, 1 year lease, no pets. TVA energy efficient


Quiet country setting 2BR/1BA, stove, ref., D/W disposal/micro., W/D hook-up, club house/pool/picnic area 24hr. maint. Year lease, behind S.C.H.S. Great spacious place to live. Dogs ok with deposit.

428-5227 Townhouse Newly Updated 2BR/1.5BA Covered Parking 7$#ONNsMTH


CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN SEVIERVILLE 2 bedroom 1.5 bath townhomes

Call 428-5161

1 & 2 BR avail. Some Pets OK. 50s7!4%2 ).#,5$%$ Murrell Meadows 1/8 mile from Walters State College Allensville Road sWalk to lake 2EASONABLE2ATESs654-7033

Furnished or unfurnished apartments in Edelweiss Condominiums just below Ober Gat. Usually reserved for overnight rental but has become available for monthly occupancy. Lg. 3BR/2BA, 2 balconies overlooking wooded mtn. terrain. Please contact Lori at 865-368-7224. Rent $1,000 but negotiable depending on number of occupants. *DWOLQEXUJDUHD


No pets. Credit check, Sec. Dep Required.



Unfurnished Apartments





Furnished Apartments

Efficiency: Utilities incl., pets OK, small yard, $300 deposit, $150 per week. 865-755-0520. GATLINBURG Trolley Rt. By 8/1, 2BR, water incl, no pets. 865-621-3015


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Homes for Rent

1100 Sq. Ft. House. 1 BR + loft. Beautiful view in Pigeon Forge. $800 mo. 865-696-6900 2 Living areas, 3BR/2BA, 2 kitchens, Decks, between Gat & P.F. Private. 865-654-8542 2BR 2BA house Same as new. Covered deck, all appliances, dishwasher, laundry room. Close in. Perfect for mature couple. 428-1877 or 448-6881 Leave msg. No pets, 2BR/1BA off Pittman Center Rd. $600/mo. 1st & last. Call 865-436-4227. 2BR/1BA , 2 car garage on 1 acre with garden spot. $800 mo + dep. 865-216-7104 3BD/3BA near hospital, garage, no pets, non-smoking, $1025/mo. 504-782-2557

3BR 2BA in Red Bud area. Appliances included. Available now. $775 + dep. 865-428-5212 3BR/2BA , 1950 Sq. Ft., 1 acre, hot tub, sunroom, 2 car garage, view, pond. Sev. $1200 + dep. 865-805-1437. 7BR 4BA completely furnished w/ game room, hottub & jacuzzi. Walk to Dollywood. $2200 mth. 321-695-6161 Beautiful 4BR 3BA home with gorgeous mtn view. Pittman Center area. $1700 mth + dep. 865-712-3730 or 865-712-5808.



Homes for Rent

Belle Meadows Available in Aug. 3BR 2BA w/ 2 car garage Approx. 1800 Sq ft. $1200 865-429-2962 Brand new 4 BR/2.5 Bath upscale home for rent located in prestigious Lakeside Estates, open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, large closets. $1,400 mo. Call 250-0212. Field Crest Subdivision 3BR/2BA w/2 car garage Large lot, approx. 1500 sq ft. $1,095 mo. 865-429-4470 Gatlinburg, 3BD/2BA, large storage building. 1 yr lease, $875/mo, first & last + $500 damage dep. 865-603-0857

New Homes for Rent 3BR/2BA starting at $700 - $850 & $1000 per month. NO PETS.


Home For Rent 3BR/1BA w/carport Trolley access, dryer hkps. $725 865-429-2962

HOUSE FOR RENT $850/ mo. $104,900 *Lease Purchase Option

Boyds Creek Area (865) 223-5677 after 5 (865) 850-7253 House for Rent, Partly furnished, 2BR/1BA, $600 mo, $250 Damage Deposit, No pets, 865-228-2203 Jones Cove Area. 3BR/2BA, lrg deck, fp, beautiful wooded 5 acres. $950 mth 1st & last + dam. dep. or buy at $179,900. Call 865-453-4453 or 603-3694. LG 4 BD HS on 2 acres in Pigeon Forge. $1,200 mo. 774-4848. Rancher Lease option 3Br, 2Ba, 1870 sf Den $975 Sev. 1433 Cherokee Cr. 966-9354 Small 1BR house. Quiet area. No central air or heat. $95 wk. 239-851-1574


Condominiums for Rent

Want to Live in Luxury?... Call Today! 3BR/3BA Executive Condos in Sevierville, 3100 sq. ft. swimming pool, pets welcome, loaded with all amenities.

Call 865-428-5161

Furn., 2 BR Condos for lease. On the river in P.F. $1350/mo. Incl. water, sewer, cable, internet, gas & pool. Call K.J. Real Estate, 865-365-0913. New Furn 2BR/2BA, on Pkwy, pool, elec, water, cable, wifi, $1000 mth. 423-838-3303


Condominiums for Rent

Gatlinburg Beautiful 2BR 2BA Furnished Condo with fireplace, overlooks stocked trout stream, and has heated pool. Walk to downtown Gatlinburg, includes water, cable, flat screen TV, granite countertops. Immediate occupancy. Minimum 1 yr lease. $975 mth. 865-771-9600.


Rooms for Rent

For Rent

Beautiful Creekside Rooms in Gatlinburg



Efficiency: Utilities incl., pets OK, small yard, $300 deposit, $150 per week. 865-755-0520.

Rooms for Rent Low Weekly Rates $120.00


Greystone Rentals Red Carpet Inn

349 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN

Private Motel Room Great for 1 person! 1 bed, full size frig. microwave, cable TV $120 weekly $50 deposit  s'ATLINBURG

Gatlinburg/Dudley Creek

Rent by the week, month, or year. Furnished, plus elec., cable & w/ sewer included. Call for appt.



near trolley stop

Includes All Utilities.

Free Wi-Fi, Cable, Laundry, Kitchens, Clean Rooms, NO PETS.


Gatlinburg Rooms for Rent Furnished All Utilities, Cable and Tax included

$100 per week 865-621-2941

Weekly Rentals


Large 1BR. Water & appliances furnished. No pets. Ref. $450 + dep. 680-3078


Come See Why We Have Been Voted Best In Sevier County Year After Year. 1 BR/1 BA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 784 Sq. Ft. 2 BR/2 BA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1114 Sq. Ft.

$545 to $735

* Screened Porch *TVA Energy Efficient *Washer/Dryer Connections *Professional DĂŠcor *Large Closets *Pool & Clubhouse *Vaulted Ceiling & Skylight * Some Pets Welcome Furnished Corporate Units Available

429-4470 Mountain View Townhome apartment for rent. 2BR 1.5BA. Newly remodeled with hardwood flooring & new carpet. Located in Gatlinburg. $695 mth, 1st mth rent + security deposit required. For more information call 865-868-0449 Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm or 865-356-3015 after hours & weekends. Newly remodeled - 2BR/1BA Apartments. Near Dollywood. 865-712-4545.

Nice 1 & 2BR Apts. 10 miles east of Gat.

865-430-9671 or 423-276-5678 Townhome for rent 2BR/2BA $645 month includes water/sewer 908-6789 Spacious 2BR condo with beautiful view & excellent location. No smoking/No pets. Year lease preferred. 531-2515 or 384-3034


$650 month 5000 sf Warehouse $1500 month

865-850-3874 Office & Warehouse space available at 1357 Dolly Parton Pkwy. Contact Eddie at 865-607-7113. Retail Space Available. Hwy 66. 6800 sq ft. $4000 mth. Available August 15th. Contact 865-414-5959 Shop for rent. Located in downtown Traders Mall 805 Parkway, gatlinburg. No food & No t-shirts. 436-5691 SHOPS FOR RENT. ELKS PLAZA 968 Parkway, Gatlinburg. 865-436-7550.


453-6289 or 548-6838 0675

Mobile Homes for Rent

Kodak 2+2 $450, 2+1 $425 + dep. Very nice. Absolutely no pets. 933-6544. 2 Bdrm, newly remodeled on Private Property, 2 mi from Chambers Mrkt on 411. $450 mon & deposit. 865-429-1527. 2 Bedroom home. Call 865-654-8702 3BR 2BA Large lot, near Jefferson Co. High School. $450 mth + dep. 933-5894 or 382-7781 3BR/2BA rent to own. Seymour. $650/mo. No pets. 865-765-7929

2 & 3 BR Homes

Pine Knob Mountain View Swimming Pool


$169.77 +

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Business Places/ Offices

600/1200/1800/2400 sq ft 424 Maryville Hwy U.S. 411, Seymour TN. Rent one or all 4 units. In process of remodeling. Call 865-679-5024 GATLINBURG: OFFICE or SHOP, 1600 to 800 SF, water incl., sign space 621-3015.


Kodak 2BR 1BA house. C H/A No pets. 1 yr lease. $495 mth $400 dep. 254-3269

2BR 2BA, 1 level No pets. 1 yr lease. $600 mth/$550 dep.

Business Places/ Offices

Affordable Office Space for rent in busy complex 800 sq.ft. with nice layout. Semi furnished. Three offices & conference room. Also, break room w/fridge. $550 mth. Call 865-388-5455 for more info.

Includes: Phone, Color TV, Wkly Housekeeping Micr./ Frig. Available



2 & 3BR mobile homes for rent Must have refs. No Pets. Call for info




0710 DEFAULT has been made in the terms, conditions and payment provided for in that certain Promissory Note dated September 1, 2006 (the Note) and payable to Washington County Bank, A Greene County Bank Office (WCB), which Note WCB assigned to New Peoples Bank, Inc., the owner and holder of said Note (the Bank), and the Bank therefore has declared the entire unpaid principal balance of said Note, together with all accrued and unpaid interest, fees and costs, due and payable in full, as provided in said Note, which Note i s secured by that certain Deed of Trust dated September 1, 2006, executed by DaySprings, LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company (the ĂŹCompanyĂŽ), as modified by that certain Loan Modification Agreement dated May 7, 2008, also executed by the Company, of record in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Sevier County, Tennessee, in Book 2610, page 343, and Book 3088, page 511, respectively, conveying the property the rein and hereinafter described (collectively the Deed of Trust). NOW, THEREFORE, at the direction of the Bank, notice is hereby given that Hale & Lyle, A Professional Corporation, the undersigned Successor Trustee, pursuant to the power, duty and authority vested in and conferred upon it, by the Deed of Trust, will on August 10, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. local time, at the front door of the Sevier County Courthouse, 125 Court Avenue, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862, offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, free (except as otherwise noted) from all legal, equitable and statutory rights of redemption, exemptions of a homestead, rights by virtue of marriage, and all other exemptions of every kind, all of which have been waived in the Deed of Trust, that certain real property located in the Fifth (5th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described as follows: (1) That certain parcel of property containing 10.518 acres, more or less, (identified as Tract I on Exhibit A to the Deed of Trust) being the same property conveyed to DaySprings, LLC by Gary L. Sanders a two-thirds (2/ 3) undivided interest and Billy O. Proffitt a one-third (1/3) undivided interest, as tenants in common by Deed dated September 1, 2006, of record in the Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, in Deed Book 2610, page 339; (2) That certain parcel of property being Lot 15 and a portion of Lot 16 of McMahan Addition No. 2 and a parcel of the Runion property (identified as Tract II on Exhibit A to the Deed of Trust) being the same property conveyed to DaySprings, LLC by Elsie Kirkland and husband, Gaines Kirkland, by Warranty Deed dated April 7, 2006, of record in the Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, in Deed Book 2506, page 393; and (3) That certain parcel of property being all of Lot 42 and adjacent unnumbered lot to the northeast in Dott McMahan Addition (identified in numbered paragraph 2 of the Loan Modification Agreement dated May 7, 2008) being the same property conveyed to DaySprings, LLC by Sam O. Lamon and Dorothy Lamon by Warranty Deed dated May 7, 2008, of record in the Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, in Deed Book 3088, page 507; The addresses of the property are Mountain View Lane, Day Springs Rd. 311, Day Springs Rd. 313, Day Springs Rd. 321, Day Springs Rd. 322, Day Springs Rd. 322, Day Springs Rd. 323, Mountain View Lane, and Mountain View Lane 556, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and their tax identification numbers are Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23, Lot 3-A; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23, Lot 3-B; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23, Lot 3-C; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23, Lot 3-D, Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23, Lot 3-E; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 23, Lot 3-F; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 21; Control Map 095I, Group B, Parcel 20; and Control Map 095I, Group C, Parcel 26.01, Lot 42. Reference is made to the Deed of Trust for a more particular description of the property. On October 14, 2009, the State of Tennessee Department of Revenue filed a notice of state tax lien in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Sevier County, Tennessee, in Book 3432, page 617, with respect to which the provisions of T.C.A. Ă&#x; 67-1-1433(b)(1) require notice to be given to the state in order for the sale of the property not to be subject to such liens or claims of lien of the state. The notice required by T.C.A. Ă&#x; 67-11433(b)(1) to be given to the state with respect to such liens has been timely given. The sale of the property will be subject to the right of the State of Tennessee to redeem the property as provided for in T.C.A. Ă&#x; 67-11433(c)(1). The interested parties in the property pursuant to T.C.A. Ă&#x; 35-5-104 are State of Tennessee Department of Revenue, DaySprings, LLC, DaySprings Condominiums, Rainscapes Construction, Inc., Cherokee Group, LLC, Integrity Lawn and Landscaping, Inc. Sequatchie Concrete Service, Inc., American Lighting, Inc., A & W Ready Mix Concrete, LLC, Kiser Supply, Inc., Southern Burglar Alarm Co., Inc., and Rocky Tops Marble & Granite, Inc. The property will be sold ĂŹAS ISĂŽ subject to all existing highway, roadway and utility easements, all easements and restrictions of record, statutory or other rights of redemption not waived by the terms of the Deed of Trust, any and all other rights not waived by the terms of the Deed of Trust, applicable building and zoning regulations, such state of facts as a reasonable inspection of the premises would reveal, such state of facts as an accurate survey would disclose, all unpaid taxes, all mechanicĂ­s and materialmanĂ­s liens; and prior superior liens, judgments, deeds of trust or other encumbrances. The right is reserved to postpone the sale to another day certain without further publication upon announcement at the time set forth above. Dated this the 7th day of July, 2010.

Homes for Sale

CABIN FOR SALE. 2-3BR/2BA, furnished. Newport. 423-608-9054. $300,000. House worth 135k, asking 85k, near Douglas lake. Needs Repairs. Must Sell Fast! Call 865-622-2826 Smoky Mtn./Douglas Lake views & all -year lake access, 4 (or 5) bedrooms, 3 baths, 2850 sq. ft., almost 2 acres. Your home or a popular rental! (#22775646) Asking $399,899 (865) 908-1160


Condominiums for Sale

Beautiful 2br, 2.5 bath condo in Sevierville w/ garage. All appliances, Call Rob @ 865-803-9806 for price.


Mobile Homes for Sale


865-566-1733 WOW!!! New Homes READY! Boyds Creek Sevierville Exit 417-Jefferson County SAVE Thousands EASY BY PHONE 865-453-0086

Own 2 mobile home lots & mobile homes adjoining. $14,000 ea or offer. Rent $350/mo, $800 move in, 2BR/2BA, remodeled on English Mtn. 286-9717



0856 Sport Utility Vehicles 4wd SUV, leather, new tires, all options. 2005 Sportage. $9500. 436-3165





THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE JUDICIAL BRANCH Derry Family Division 10 Courthouse Lane Derry, NH 03038 603-421-0077 CITATION FOR PUBLICATION Case Name: In the Matter of Dean Page and Anita Swiger Case Number: 622-2010-DM-00231 On April 29, 2010, Dean J. Page of Sandown, NH filed in this Court a Petition for Divorce with requests concerning: The original pleading is available for inspection at the office of the Clerk at the above Family Division location. UNTIL FURTHER ORDER OF THE COURT, EACH PARTY IS RESTRAINED FROM SELLING, TRANSFERRING, ENCUMBERING, HYPOTHECATING, CONCEALING OR IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER DISPOSING OF ANY PROPERTY, REAL OR PERSONAL, BELONGING TO EITHER OR BOTH PARTIES EXCEPT (1) BY WRITTEN AGREEMENT OF BOTH PARTIES, OR (2) FOR REASONABLE AND NECESSARY LIVING EXPENSES OR (3) IN THE ORDINARY AND USUAL CAUSE OF BUSINESS. The Court has entered the following Order(s): Anita Page Swiger shall file a written Appearance Form with the Clerk of the Family Division at the above location on or before July 23, 2010 or be found in DEFAULT. Anita Page Swiger shall also file by July 23, 2010 a Response to the Petition and by July 23, 2010 deliver a copy to the Petitioner's Attorney or the Petitioner, if unrepresented. Failure to do so will result in issuance of Orders in this matter, which may affect you without your input. BY ORDER OF THE COURT Robin E. Pinelle, Clerk of Court 7/17, 7/20, 7/25

Lots & Acreage

26 ACRES +/- at end of Hidden Hollow Way. 1/4 mi. off Wears Valley Rd. $180,000. Call 865-380-0454 9am-5pm. Campsites Full hook up. Near Douglas Lake. $275 mth. 933-5894 or 382-7781.


Classifieds ď ľ B13


NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of CARLOS W. REEVES, JR. Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 9 day of JULY 2010, Letters Testamentary, of AdminMisc for Rent istration, in respect to the Estate of CARLOS W. REEVES, JR deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County,Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once.This 9 day of July, 2010.


CALL LARRY 865-740-5138 Estate of CARLOS W. REEVES, JR OR 865-388-2795 By: Joe T. Keener County Clerk 07-18-10 07-25-10


(Signed) Amy Wesley Administrator Estate of CARLOS W. REEVES, JR By: Joe T. Keener County Clerk 07-18-10 07-25-10 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of EDITH MARY MORRIS Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 9 day of JULY 2010, Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of EDITH MARY MORRIS deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County,Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once.This 9 day of July, 2010. (Signed) Mark Barrett Executor Estate of EDITH MARY MORRIS By: P. Andrew Sneed Attorney By: Joe T. Keener County Clerk 07-18-10 07-25-10

NOTICE Pursuant to the By-Laws of the East Sevier County Utility District, The Board of Commissioners will conduct a meeting at the District Office at 1081 Cove Road, Sevierville, TN 37876 at 5:00 P.M. on Monday, August 2, 2010 to conduct any business brought before the Board. 7/25/10 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of NANCY VICTORIA TIPTON Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 9 day of JULY 2010, Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of NANCY VICTORIA TIPTON deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County,Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of 1198 notice, Lawn/Landscape/ this otherwise their claim will be forever barred. Tree Svc All persons indebted to the above Estate must come for  ward  and make proper settlement   with the undersigned at once.This 9 day of July,


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Notice is Hereby Given that on the 9 day of JULY 2010, Let0955 ters Testamentary, of Legals Administration, in respect to the Estate of NANCY VICTORIA TIPTON deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County,Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once.This 9 day of July, 2010. (Signed) Greta Dalton Executor Estate of NANCY VICTORIA TIPTON By: Joe T. Keener County Clerk 07-18-10 07-25-10 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of NELLIE PAULINE GIBSON Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 9 day of JULY 2010, Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of NELLIE PAULINE GIBSON deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County,Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once.This 9 day of July, 2010. (Signed) Joann Gibson Bohanan Executor Estate of NELLIE PAULINE GIBSON By: Jerry H. McCarter Attorney By: Joe T. Keener County Clerk 07-18-10 07-25-10

Classifieds 428-0746


Notice is Hereby Given that on the 9 day of JULY 2010, Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of CARLOS W. REEVES, JR deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County,Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once.This 9 day of July, 2010.

Late of Sevier County, Tennessee


Estate of CARLOS W. REEVES, JR. Late of Sevierď ľ County, Classifieds B14 Tennessee


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Pet medicine has become costly, advanced NEW YORK (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brute, a German shepherd, lay anesthetized on an operating table, his hairy chest under a plastic cover and his powerful paws taped immobile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here comes the wire up the artery!â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Chick Weisse, who infused the dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cancerous liver with chemotherapy via a catheter at the century-old Animal Medical Center in Manhattan in an effort to â&#x20AC;&#x153;buy him some time.â&#x20AC;? Brute was home in days, the cancer at bay a while longer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps eight months. The cost: $2,000. Around the nation, veterinarians are practicing ever more advanced medicine on the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 77 million dogs, 90 million cats and a myriad other animals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; treatments that vie with the best of human medicine. The driving force is â&#x20AC;&#x153;the changing role of the pet in our society,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Patty Khuly, a veterinarian at Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunset Animal Clinic. The bottom line for many people, she said, is that investing in a petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life â&#x20AC;&#x153;improves the quality of a human life immeasurably more than, say, buying a luxury car.â&#x20AC;? In a radiation suite at The Animal Medical Center, a black cat named Muka was undergoing a CT scan for a lung problem. A medical team hovered over the tranquilized animal, injecting contrast dye and poring over digital readouts to diagnose the problem: chronic pleural fibrosis. The new, half-milliondollar Toshiba Aquilion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of the latest, fastest 3-D imaging scanners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was a gift from an owner whose pet was saved at The AMC, a not-for-profit research and teaching facility. The AMC offers 24-hour emergency care using once-unthinkable procedures like heart surgeries, MRIs and ultrasounds. It has a staff of 81 vets, including 27 certified in fields such as radiology, endoscopy, neurology, cardiology and oncology. They train 18 interns and 24 residents, including two from Italy and one from Croatia this year. Khuly, who has an MBA and a veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania, says more people have come to believe that investing in their petsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health enriches their own lives. And that, she says, has prompted young vets to enter specialty medicine. The result is the kind of cutting-edge care The AMC gives to a mammoth Bernese mountain dog named Alpha for his lumbo-sacral disease, marked by excruciating back pain. He receives electrical neuromuscular stimulation via a light laser, is exercised on an underwater treadmill and lies under a heat pack. Alpha comes in twice a week with his owner, Dr. Paul Greengard, winner of a 2000 Nobel Prize for research on the human nervous system. Though many Americans donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the kind of care their pets do, there are often no limits to what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do to save the animals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; spending $12 billion last year paying veterinary bills, according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about double what owners spent a decade earlier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In terms of priorities, some might find it unusual that we might spend thousands for animals and yet millions of Americans are uninsured,â&#x20AC;? said David Magnus, director of Stanford Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Biomedical Ethics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Realistically, the

amounts spent are vastly less for animals. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot and it is increasing, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a drop in the bucket compared to the amount spent on health care for humans.â&#x20AC;? He added that with medical breakthroughs, veterinarians are now having discussions about quality-of-life issues involving pets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole discussion about whether you want an animalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s miseries prolonged at the end of life,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apples and oranges,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Dianne Dunning, associate professor and director of the Animal Welfare, Ethics and Public Policy program at North Carolina State University, said of comparisons to the amount spent to relieve human suffering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s judgment call to spend what they feel is appropriate. If we stopped spending on our pets, would that decrease

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A German Shepherd receives chemotherapy from Dr. Allyson Berent at the Animal Medical Center of New York. human suffering in the world? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so.â&#x20AC;? In some cases, advanced medicine perfected on pets leads to procedures then applied to humans. The AMC says animalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; painful arthritic joints are now being healed with stem cell transplants not yet approved for humans.

The cost: $4,000. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, a new surgical technique to repair torn knee ligaments in dogs was so successful that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now being used on NFL players, said Dr. William Gengler, director of Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Veterinary

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In addition to tours of Cades Cove, Smoky Mountain Discovery, a nonprofit organization in Townsend, offers tours to other sites in the national park.

Nonprofit tour group expands park offerings Submitted Report TOWNSEND â&#x20AC;&#x201D; When Cades Cove Heritage Tours began operations nearly two years ago, the organization was breaking new ground in the Smoky Mountains by providing guided tours into Cades Cove, and to offer the human history of the area through tour guides. The not-for-profit organization is changing its name to Smoky Mountain Discovery to better showcase its expanded range of services and the opportunities itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offering visitors to the Smoky Mountains. Along with the name change, Smoky Mountain Discovery will now offer several new tours. These include the Tremont Logging and Railroad History Tour, a June Firefly night excursion, Cades Cove Cemeteries Tour, Natural Wonders Tour, and a hiker shuttle services. The tours are designed to allow hikers to go from one trailhead to another without having to backtrack or do a loop. Additionally, Smoky Mountain Discovery is offering fully guided, interpretive backcountry hiking adventures and overnight backpack trips. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal was to offer visitors an eco-friendly alternative to seeing the sights of Cades Cove, and to provide them with the human history behind the scenic beauty. We have gradually added a few other limited tours, and this success has led us to re-evaluate how we approach our business,â&#x20AC;? said Alex RochĂŠ, executive director of Smoky Mountain Discovery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By expanding our services we hope to broaden our appeal so more visitors allowing them take advantage of the eco-friendly tours and adventures, and we plan to continue to expand our services based on the feedback we receive from our visitors.â&#x20AC;? This fall, Smoky Mountain Discovery also hopes to continue to expand its services to offer two new tours: a Bulging Elk tour at Cataloochee and a Fall Leaf Tour to Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Offering visitors alternative choices for how they experience the Smoky Mountains is vital to our continued success as a destination because it allows us to promote different services that attract visitors to our area. This helps increase the overall tourism revenue for businesses across the board,â&#x20AC;? said Herb Handly, executive vice president of tourism for the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smoky Mountain Discovery has done a great job of evolving into a multi-faceted organization that provides visitors with an array of services based on what their wants and needs are. Their efforts to maintain and share the heritage and history of our community, and the environmental benefits of the tour, are also important to Townsend and the Smokies.â&#x20AC;? Smoky Mountain Discovery uses a 19-passenger alternative transportation vehicles with an experienced guide. It is located at the Townsend Visitors Center, where it moved in April to provide additional services to visitors and to gain more visibility. The Web site is

Luau to end reading effort Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Summer Reading Program final celebration will be a luau for all three library locations. The luau is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday at the King Family Library, 408 High St. The event is by invitation to those children who return their final reading log by July 23. Children and parents can wear Hawaiian attire as they participate in games, food, activities and more to end a summer of reading. Turn in final reading logs at the Seymour and Kodak branches and King Family Library locations to receive a ticket for the event.

Convinced that education is the key to informed voters making intelligent choices, the Sevier County Republican Party has agreed to form an education committee to provide materials and methods for youth instruction. The new committee is charged to review the current curriculum of the various levels of the public school system. Further, it will be the responsibility of the committee to research alternative curriculum from other districts and private schools and make recommendations. The general membership of the party

approved the formation of the committee during the July meeting at the courthouse. Party members and visitors heard from two Tennessee state legislators who represent Sevier County. Rep. Richard C. Montgomery and Sen. Doug Overbey touched on some national issues, but concentrated on concerns related to Tennesseeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy and the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s balance of power. In his review of the legislative activities, Montgomery reminded ther audience that the state constitution requires a balanced budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unlike our friends at the national level,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we must provide a balanced budget

to the governor. We had to make some cuts, and may have to do so in the future. These are hard decisions, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why you sent us to Nashville.â&#x20AC;? Overbey spoke about the need to elect Republicans to the Legislature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Talk to your friends and neighbors in other counties. Encourage them to elect Republicans,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will ensure the new governor will have a Republican majority. That will become increasingly important as we look at redistricting.â&#x20AC;? Regarding the economy of Tennessee, Overbey said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has been our focus for a long time. We

didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for the current situation to develop. We were working on that long before the current downturn occurred.â&#x20AC;? In other business, the Executive Committee approved a revision of the bylaws and constitution of the party. The changes reduced the size of the executive committee, tightened the language of several articles, and established an executive board of the elected officers to conduct the daily business of the party. The Sevier County Republican Party meets on the third Tuesday in the County Commission chambers of the courthouse. Meetings are open to the public.


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