The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 208 ■ July 27, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Man in custody after alleged bank robbery By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer GATLINBURG —Police apprehended a local man Monday after an alleged robbery at the Citizens National Bank at 906 East Parkway. According to information from the Gatlinburg Police Department, 34-yearold Chad E. Smith, of 210 Rattlesnake Hollow Road in Gatlinburg, “was taken into custody inside the bank.” The release from GPD categorizes Smith as a suspect, but does not state he has been charged with a crime. The warrant states that at about 2:26 p.m. Monday, the department received a bank alarm call from the bank and shortly after that, dispatchers got a call from a bank employee saying there was a robbery in progress. “Officers of the Gatlinburg Police Department arrived a short time later and the suspect was taken into custody” the release stated. It later states he was apprehended inside the bank. GPD and the FBI are investigating the incident.
OSHA begins probe of death Medical examiner yet to confirm ID of body found Sunday By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer PIGEON FORGE — The medical examiner has not yet verified the identity of remains found in a digester Sunday at the county’s compost plant, but the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the incident.
Bobby Reagan, 50, disappeared shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday while working as a tipping floor truck spotter at the facility. His disappearance led to a massive search at the facility and other property owned by Sevier Solid Waste, totaling about 200 acres. That ended Sunday when searchers found a body inside one of the digesters at the composting plant.
The remains were taken Monday for an autopsy and identification, but Monday evening Pigeon Forge Police Chief Jack Baldwin said he hadn’t received confirmation of the identity. TOSHA officials in Nashville, however, confirmed they were looking into the incident; it is standard procedure for the agency to investigate a fatality at any work place.
Personnel entering the digesters of the composting plant during the search for Bobby Reagan had to wear protective suits that offered little ventilation while they worked in temperatures that exceeded 100 degrees. Pictured from left, Pigeon Forge firefighters Kevin Nunn, Wesley Huskey and Marty Messick suit up to go inside.
Searchers vowed to stay until they found Reagan
5Sinkhole affecting traffic
By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer
Right-hand lane on Highway 66 to remain closed indefinitely Local, Page A3
Weather Today Scattered Storms High: 88° Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press
Scattered Storms Low: 70° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Otis Nelson, 93 Liza Teaster, 78 Elfriede McCormick, 90 Charles Sexton, 63 Vella Taylor, 89 DETAILS, Page A4
Index Local & State . . . . . A1-6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . A8-10 Classifieds . . . . . . A10-13 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A14 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A14
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“TOSHA is investigating ... and as typical for an investigation like this we don’t’issue details until the investigation is complete,” TOSHA spokesman Jeff Hentschel said. It could be four to six weeks before TOSHA releases the results, he said. Sevier Solid Waste Director Tom
Everett Clark Reitz, 61, sits handcuffed on the side of Mabels Lane in Sevierville after a confrontation with Sevier County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday.
Sevierville man, 61, faces multiple charges after pointing gun at deputy By JEFF FARRELL Staff writer SEVIERVILLE — A routine traffic stop turned into an armed confrontation Monday before Sevier County Sheriff’s deputies were able to disarm a man who pointed a handgun at one of their deputies. Everett Clark Reitz, 61, of 2185 Mabels
Lane in Sevierville, faces charges of aggravated assault on an officer, possession of a prohibited weapon and carrying a weapon with intent to go armed after he drew a weapon on Deputy Carl Duryea during a traffic stop. Duryea stopped Reitz after receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle
PIGEON FORGE — Searchers worked through 100 degree temperatures inside and out, but they weren’t going to leave the Sevier County landfill until they located Bobby Reagan. The remains they found in a digester Sunday after three days of searching have not been officially identified, but the search has been called off and Sevier Solid Waste Director Tom Leonard issued a statement saying the staff is “saddened by the loss of Bobby Reagan.” Pigeon Forge Training Officer Chris Knutsen oversaw the search, which involved personnel from a multitude of agencies. “We weren’t going to leave that facility until we searched every possible place we could search, including those digester tubes,” Knutsen said. “If he was still there we were going to find him before we left, which meant we were going to look in every place we could.” That required a lot of manpower, he said, because there were about 180 acres of property to search at the landfill in addition to the closed in spaces of the digesters. While there was speculation from the start that Reagan had fallen into a digester, they planned their search as though he could be anywhere on the grounds. He disappeared while working on the tipping floor Thursday, and his car remained at the landfill. Family members said they hadn’t
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Haslam campaigns here
Ramsey says he’s a champion of tourism on campaign swing By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer
Corrections The Mountain Press is committed to accuracy. Please report factual errors by calling 428-0748 Ext. 214.
Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam, with his wife Crissy, stops off at Sevierville City Hall during a campaign trip through Sevier County on Monday. The primary is Aug. 5.
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SEVIERVILLE — Lt. Gov. and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey visited the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce on Monday during a swing through East Tennessee to share his views with local officials on the importance of tourism, the county’s Ramsey primary industry. Last week, a new report from the Tourism Institute indicated that about half the jobs in Sevier County are related to tourism, so it was a natural focus for Ramsey
as he visited during the closing days of his campaign. “I grew up knowing about tourism very well, living about two mines from Bristol Motor Speedway,” he said, speaking to some local hoteliers as well as representatives of the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce, Sevierville Chamber of Commerce and Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. Local officials had to fight during the past state budget cycle to retain tourism funds, especially dollars used to pay for an advertising campaign that lets cities add their own tourism spots to state ads broadcast regionally. Ramsey said he helped fight to keep those funds in the budget. “I’ve always See ramsey, Page A4
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The Mountain Press â—† Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Two arrested for aggravated burglary Staff Report PIGEON FORGE â€” Two men have been arrested in connection with a home burglary in Pigeon Forge, according to a release from the Sevier County Sheriffâ€™s Office. Sheriff Ron Seals said. Seals states that on Thursday, detectives investigated a burglary at a residence on Gnatty
that neighbors had seen a vehicle in the driveway of the home that was burglarized. The information led them to Del Rio,where Charles A. Mantooth, 34 of Del Rio, was taken into custody. Jeffery Shane Beasley, 36 Beasley Mantooth of 217 Kingsview Court, Branch Road where sever- Sevierville was also arrestal items were taken while ed in connection with the burglary after being questhe victims were gone. Detectives learned tioned.
Both men are charged with a single count of aggravated burglary and Mantooth is being held in the Cocke County Jail and Beasley is out on a $2,500. A preliminary hearing in Sevier County General Sessions Court is scheduled for Sept. 1. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Stephanie Hodges at 428-1899.
Joann Jordan attends state prayer leaders summit Submitted Report NASHVILLE â€”The first Tennessee Prayer Leaders Summit was attended by Joann Jordan, coordinator for the 2010 National Day of Prayer in Sevier County. The event was sponsored by the National Day of Prayer and was held in
Nashville. State and regional leaders from prayer m i n i s tries and organizations from all across the state participated
event, which was hosted by Lifeway Christian Resources. Highlights from the summit included the theme for the coming year: â€œA Mighty Fortress Is Our God,â€? Scripture from Psalm 91:2 Jordan â€œI will say of the Lord, â€˜He is my refuge and my in this fortress, my God in whom
I trust.â€™â€? Lynn Jacobs was introduced as the new state coordinator of the Prayer Task Force. Jordan, founder of Garlands of Grace Ministries, was asked to oversee and coordinate prayer events in Blount and Cocke counties for 2011.
community calendar Editorâ€™s Note: The community calendar is printed as space permits. Items must be submitted at least five days in advance. Only noncommercial, public events held in Sevier County will be considered. To place an item phone 428-0748, ext. 214, or e-mail to email@example.com. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.
tuesday, july 27
4932, n 9 a.m. Wellington Place. 429-5131
thursday, july 29 Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 10 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 850-4685.
â€œSurfâ€™s Upâ€? movie free at Anna Porter Public Library, 10 a.m.-noon.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast, Garrett, Gatlinburg n 6:30 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC
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.
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 8-11:30 a.m., Sevier Farmers Co-Op, 321 W. Main, Sevierville. 453-7101.
saturday, july 31 Farmers Markets
Lutheran Bible Study
TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.
Menâ€™s Bible study meets 9 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road in Sevierville. 429-6063.
Celebrate Recovery, meal from, 5-6 p.m. and 6:30 service then small groups. Kodak United Methodist Church. Childcare provided.
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. 933-4391
Church Yard Sale
Kodak School Event
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.
St. Paul Lutheran
Womenâ€™s Bible study 10
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 933-5996.
New Center Rockets
New Center Rockets Football family day, 4-9 p.m., fairgrounds. Includes food, games, inflatables. $5 for unlimited inflatables. KFW Wrestling 7 p.m.; admission $7. Includes burger or hot dog meal. 6405344.
McMahan Baptist Church
McMahan Baptist Church singing 7 p.m.
sunday, aug. 1 Sunday Night Alive
Gatlinburg First UMC 6 p.m. fellowship of contemporary music and worship followed by a hot meal. 4364691.
Pilgrimâ€™s Covenant Church, 1308 Bluegrass Road, Sevierville, 10 a.m. worship; 7 p.m. youth group; 7 p.m. â€œShare Jesus Without Fearâ€? series. 429-2046.
Flea Market Fellowship
Fellowship 8-9 a.m. inside Great Smokies Flea Market, W. Dumplin Valley Road. Speaker Judge Dwight Stokes.
Editorâ€™s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed within this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. u Carlos Ayala-Fuentes, 23, of Knoxville was charged July 25 with driving on a suspended license and financial responsbility law and was released. u Paul Anthony Beckmann, 49, of 106 Mountain View Drive Apt. 1, Sevierville, was charged July 24 with violation of probation and was released. u Delena Kay Blevins, 32, of 896 McCampbell Way, Kodak, was charged July 25 with general theft and was released. u Jeffrey Blevins, 44, of 596 McCampbell Way, Kodak, was charged July 25 with general theft and was released. u Eric Michael Chambers, 30, of 988 Hidden Harbor Lane, Sevierville, was charged July 25 with domestic violence assault and was being held. u Jessica Hope Daniels, 29, of Newport was charged July 25 with public intoxication and was being held. u Christopher Forrester, 24, of 10516 Chapman Highway, Seymour, was being held on a misdemeanor warrant. u Kelly Michelle Gamble, 27, of 615 Hawk Hollow, Sevierville, was being held on a misdemeanor warrant. u Tommy Dale Gartin, 45, of 930 Jonola Road, Sevierville, was charged July 25 with domestic violence assault and worthless checks and was being held on $3,500 bond. u Justin Joseph Granade, 23, of 305 Grassy Meadows, Sevierville, was charged July 24 with DUI second offense, evading arrest, driving while revoked and violation of the implied consent law and was released on $4,000 bond. u John Brian Green, 41, of Rienzi, Miss., was charged July 24 with domestic violence assault and was released on bond. u Claude Nelson Hall, 25, of 1060 Valley View Circle No. C1, was charged July 24 with public intoxication and was released. u Alberto Henrriquez, 19, of 3949 Parkway No. 28, Pigeon Forge, was charged July 25 with driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident and traffic violations and was released on bond. u Brandon Alexander Jones, 23, of Knoxville was charged July 25 with aggravated assault and public intoxication and was released on $10,000 bond. u Jennifer Leah Mason, 30, of 354 Happy Trails Way, DSevierville, was charged July 24 with general theft and was released. u Tonya K. McCauley, 47, of 315 Circle Drive Apt. 1, Sevierville, was charged July 26 with domestic violence assault and was being held. u Michael Lee Monday, 40, of Walland was charged July 26 with DUI, carrying a weapon while under the influence and violation of the implied consent law and was being held on $4,000 bond. u Nikki Newman, 30, of 3480 Lost Branch Road, Sevierville, was charged July 25 with harassment (nonverbal/oral threat) and was released. u David Keith Payne, 47, of Atlanta was charged July 26 with domestic violence assault and was being held. u Avignael Perez, 22, of Old Knoxville Highway, Pigeon Forge, was charged July 24 with DUI, violation of the implied consent law, financial responsibility law and driving on a suspended license and was being held. u Ronald Dwayne Shelley, 44, of Stearns, Ky., was being held as a fugitive from justice. u Floyd Thomas, 52, of 1157 South School Road, Kodak, was charged July 24 with driving while revoked and was released. u Jerry Lane Thomas, 44, of 117 Bishop Lane, Gatlinburg, was charged July 26 with violation of a valid court order and was being held. u Jude Joseph Tschrin, 33, of 433 Winfield Heights, Gatlinburg, was charged July 25 with DUI, violation of the implied consent law and leaving the scene of an accident and was released on $3,500 bond. u Aaron John Walker, 35, of 136 Riverpark Way, Sevierville, was charged July 25 with domestic violence assault and was being held. INSULATED RODENT PROOF *STORAGE BUILDINGS*
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Nazarene Yard Sale
Yard sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. inside First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene,
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Ice cream and dessert social following 7 p.m. worship service through summer, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road, Sevierville. 429-6063. Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Sugar Tree Road, Wears Valley. 428-
Backpack giveaway 3-5 p.m. Roberts UMC, 1810 Jayell Road. Some school items provided. All ages. 453-2292.
Yard sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Saturday, inside First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road.
St. Paul Lutheran
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Nazarene Yard Sale
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30-6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Sevierville and Kodak United Methodist. 9335996.
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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.
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Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association (PFHA) New Member Benefit Insurance Program The Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association is pleased to announce that an employee benefits insurance program is now available to all Active and Allied members in good standing. This program was designed in conjunction with our Allied partner, Barnes Insurance Agency. The program has been designed to afford coverage for employer groups that have full-time, parttime and seasonal employees. All plans can be offered on a voluntary basis (employee paid) with the exception of our group health insurance program. Insurance programs available. Group Health Insurance (Employer Contribution Required) MULTIPLE INSURANCE CARRIERS AVAILABLE
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VOTE FOR AND RE-ELECT Sheriff Ronald L. â€œHossâ€? Seals AS
Republican Candidate for Sheriff of Sevier County
35 years with the Sevier County Sheriffâ€™s Office
Early Voting: Sevier County Election Commission Warehouse July 16 thru 31, 2010 10am til 6 pm Monday thru Friday 9am til 12pm Saturday
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Appeals court reverses TVA emissions ruling
Sinkhole affecting â€˜66â€™ traffic
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) â€” A federal appeals court on Monday reversed a judgeâ€™s ruling requiring prompt installation of upgraded emission controls at three coalfired power plants in Tennessee and one in Alabama. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned a decision by U.S. District Judge Lacy H. Thornburg of Asheville, N.C., who had declared the plants
a â€œpublic nuisanceâ€? because of their effect on air quality in North Carolinaâ€™s scenic western mountains. Thornburg had ordered the Tennessee Valley Authority to accelerate its planned emission control improvements at the four plants â€” a demand that TVA said would cost an additional $1 billion. But it was the rulingâ€™s impact on utility regulation, not the cost, that prompted the appeals court to reverse the decision.
â€œIf allowed to stand, the injunction would encourage courts to use vague public nuisance standards to scuttle the nationâ€™s carefully created system for accommodating the need for energy production and the need for clean air,â€? appeals court Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote. â€œThe result would be a balkanization of clean air regulations and a confused patchwork of standards, to the detriment of industry and the environment alike.â€?
s t a t e br i e f s New execution date sought for Harbison Photo courtesy TDOT
Department of Transportation maintenance crews started work Monday to repair a sinkhole discovered on Highway 66/Winfield Dunn Parkway south of Huffaker Road. The sinkhole was discovered Monday morning in a northbound turn lane which would allow motorists to turn right onto Huffaker Road. TDOT engineers believe there is a sinkhole under the pavement that has caused the cracking and depression on the surface. The right-hand lane will remain closed while crews dig up the pavement to reveal the size and source of the sinkhole.
Minor business additions on PF plannersâ€™ agenda By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer PIGEON FORGE â€” With a very light agenda, city Planning Commission members will be called on to offer votes on two minor additions to a pair of businesses when they meet at 3 p.m. today in City Hall. On the slate for that session are proposals for expansion at Mountain Mannyâ€™s, a gift and sportswear shop, and Smith Family Theater, which has added on in several phases since changing over to a dinner theater. This request seeks an OK for covering over part of the sidewalk at that popular attraction for use as a new entryway. Things had to be rearranged at the facility when food was added last year, meaning the existing lobby was squeezed some. â€œThis is a very small addition and it looks like they intend to just extend the entrance a bit,â€? Assistant City Planner Karl Kreis said Thursday while reviewing a map of the proposal. Just down the Parkway at Mountain Mannyâ€™s, the air brush operation is set to get a considerable expansion if the request from that business is approved. â€œThey are doubling the size of their airbrush T-shirt operation,â€? Kreis explained. Kreis conceded both
projects are so small they generally wouldnâ€™t even come before the commission, with the planning staff offering approval for those little changes. However, with the number of items on the groupâ€™s agenda consistently declining since the recession began and slowed development, this type of project can now be given that attention. â€œBoth site plans are pretty minor,â€? Kreis said. â€œThis is the kind of thing we could usually handle in-house but since the agenda is so small they were added on there.â€? Also set to come before the group are: Special Events n King of the Smokies triathlon/athletic event Oct. 16-17 at the Pigeon Forge Community Center, 170 Community Center Drive n American Cancer Society Relay For Life May 20-21, 2011, at Patriot Park n Wilcoxon Ventures
(Fastop at 2586 Parkway, J&B Market at 4250 Parkway, Kenjo Market at 3141 Parkway and Shell at 2570 Parkway) request for temporary use permits for off-premise commercial locations Miscellaneous n Review of the state of Tennesseeâ€™s Local Planning Office Annual Report and Workplan for the coming year. The cityâ€™s Board of Zoning Appeals, which is composed of the same membership as the Planning Commission, will meet following the conclusion of the 3 p.m. session. On the agenda for that group is a request for an additional variance of the frontyard setback requirement to allow a structure at 523 Royal Coachman Drive to be just 12.72 feet from the road, rather than the 15 feet it was previously granted a variance to be. n firstname.lastname@example.org
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