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The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 210 ■ July 29, 2010 ■ ■ 50 Cents


Lines drawn in commission races


Races to be decided a week from today By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer

5Adoptable Pets Gnatty Branch Animal Shelter offers pets looking for a good home Local, Page A2

It seems like the campaigns for the four contested County Commission seats on the Aug. 5 ballot could be summed up by this line from the old song: “Second verse same as the first.” While they’re new battles with some new faces, the races and

issues echo the May primary, with each candidate pointing to the economy as the biggest issue new leadership will face. Four incumbent commissioners are facing August challenges. Several Democrats and independents are mounting challenges in the the 1st, 8th, 10th and 11th districts. While next week’s vote will decide the local election, it will serve as the date for the statewide primaries, with the winners advancing to November’s general election. In District 8 Seat A,

Republican Gene Byrd is opposed by Democrat Gerald Harrell. Gary Cole is battling a challenge from Democrat Michael “Fitz” Fitzgibbons for Seat 11A. Both posts in District 10 are contested this year, with Republican Bryan Delius facing former Democratic Party chairman Scott Whaley for Seat A. Seat B finds GOP incumbent Jim Keener up against independents Steve Brenner and David DeArmond. Jim Bishop, who was an

unsuccessful candidate in the primaries, has registered to run as a write-in for Seat 1B, in case a lawsuit forces cpunty employees such as Tommy Watts, a sheriff’s deputy and the Republican candidate for 1B, off the ballot. Seat 8A While both men agree the county must innovate to make it through lean times, they differ slightly on what that means. See commission, Page A3

Feeling the pressure (not)

5Flood ravages China Hundreds of Chinese killed, missing; 30,000 trapped World, Page A16

Photos by Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press

Northview/Kodak Volunteer firefighters are back at the home on Wood View Circle Wednesday morning putting out rekindled hotspots.


At home behind the plate Fox heading to UC as catcher Page A8

Weather Today Scattered Storms High: 89°

Tonight Scattered Storms Low: 69° DETAILS, Page A6

Obituaries Joan Donovan, 68 Estelle Kraft, 94 Bobby Reagan, 50 Michael Shaffer, 30 Tommy Agee, 70

Firefighters in Shady Grove utility district say water lines hamper their effectiveness By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer KODAK — Firefighters say they could have saved at least some parts of a home gutted by fire Tuesday night if a nearby fire hydrant had the proper water pressure. Utility officials say they’re working to upgrade water lines, but it takes time. When Kodak/ Northview Fire Department’s volunteer firefighters arrived at the home on Woodview Circle, they found a fire spreading from the garage. They quickly hooked their hoses to a nearby fire hydrant, but they found they couldn’t get enough water flow-

ing from it to fight the blaze. “It was pretty much a trickle,” said Lt. Joe Fields, who was on the scene for several hours that night. That discovery cost them critical minutes as they tried to get set up to battle the blaze. “It delayed us at least 15 to 20 minutes,” Fields said. That’s because they first had to attach to the hydrant, which was several hundred feet away, and then run the hoses up to the house and turn it on first — and when they discovered they didn’t have the pressure required to fight the blaze, they had to move the hoses again after they filled with water,

McWherter’s on the job


and get tanker trucks to the house. They had to drive the tankers down to Winfield Dunn Parkway to refill them using a water line from the City of Sevierville’s water system. The water line on Woodview Circle is part of the Shady Grove Utility District. If they’d been using the tankers from the start, or if the hydrant had the proper pressure, Fields said he believed they could have saved at least part of the house and some of the belongings inside. Instead, the home was destroyed. The owner declined to talk about the fire with The Mountain Press, saying that his wife is sick and in the hospital, and has

not been told yet that her home burned down. Chief John Satterfield said he tested the same water line again Wednesday, and it had a residual pressure of 15 pounds per square inch. State regulations call for lines serving fire hydrants to have a residual pressure of at least 20 PSI; residual water pressure refers to the pressure when water is flowing from the hydrant. It’s a problem Satterfield said they’ve faced before with lines served by Shady Grove, which provides water to parts of Sevier and

source, and you don’t,” he said. Low pressure can also create a problem for the pumps the firefighters use, as it allows more air to get into them. His firefighters don’t use hydrants in some areas, Satterfield said, because they know the lines repeatedly have not had adequate pressure. When they discover a new one, though, it means they lose that valuable time — and a fire can double in size every minute that it isn’t contained. That makes it more difficult to fight fires,

Fire Lt. Joe Fields tests the pressure of the hydrant near the home. The pressure tested at 15 psi and the water only shot out about two feet. Jefferson counties. and it could mean high“You’ve taken the time er insurance bills for to lay the line thinking See pressure, Page A4 you’ve got a viable water

King Family Library bids ‘aloha’ to its summer reading program By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer

Index Local & State . . . . . A1-6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . A8-10 Classifieds . . . . . . A12-14 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A15 World . . . . . . . . . . . . A16

Corrections The Mountain Press is committed to accuracy. Please report factual errors by calling 428-0748 Ext. 214.

Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter tries his hand at waterproofing a foundation Thursday during a campaign swing through Sevier County. McWherter has been doing various jobs during his campaign stops around the state.

SEVIERVILLE — It was a scene you don’t see everyday, especially not at the King Family Library: Groups of children — and even some adults — were filing into the building Wednesday morning in leis and grass skirts. In a room on the first floor, library staff were also dressed in luau gear and welcomed their guests. Two parrots were perched at the front of the room, and festive music played in the background. “OK — we need to get this party started!” Vickie Kelly, King Family Library children’s programs coordinator, told the crowd. It was the final celebration of the Sevier County Public Library System’s Summer Reading Program, which encourages families to read more. “This has been our largest year of participation, and the Kodak Branch and Seymour Branch numbers are up, too,” Kelly said. “It looks like people are turning to the library more because of the economy — and, we think, to support their kids readSee reading, Page A4

Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press

Ashtyn Stock, 5, holds a parrot as her sister Bella Grace, 3, looks on. The summer reading program came to a close Wednesday with a luau and fun and games.

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The Mountain Press â—† Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chongqing Culture to be on display at Smoky Mtn. Palace

c o m m u n i t y c ale n d ar Editor’s Note: The community calendar is printed as space permits. Items must be submitted at least five days in advance. Only noncommercial, public events held in Sevier County will be considered. To place an item phone 428-0748, ext. 214, or e-mail to Items may be faxed to 453-4913.

thursday, july 29 Women’s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace women’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.

Hot Meals

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


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

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

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

Backpack Giveaway

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

New Center Rockets

New Center Rockets Football family day, 4-9 p.m., fairgrounds. $5 for unlimited inflatables. KFW Wrestling 7 p.m.; admission $7. Includes burger or hot dog meal. 640-5344.

McMahan Baptist Church

McMahan Baptist Church singing 7 p.m.

Church Yard Sale

Red Bank Baptist

friday, july 30

Kids Adventure Weekend 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Abundant Life Christian Church, 707 W. Main Street, Sevierville, for children ages 3-12. 908-7727. Red Bank Baptist Church off Old Newport Highway, singing 7 p.m. with the Parton Family singers and others. Pastor Danny Sutton.

sunday, aug. 1 Sunday Night Alive

St. Paul Lutheran

Women’s Bible study 10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road, Sevierville. 429-6063.

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

Nazarene Yard Sale

Pilgrim’s Covenant

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

Adventure Weekend

Kids Adventure Weekend 6-8:30 p.m., Abundant Life Christian Church, 707 W. Main, Sevierville, for ages 3-12. 908-7727.

saturday, july 31 Farmers Markets

n 8-11:30 a.m., Sevier Farmers Co-Op, 321 W. Main, Sevierville. 4537101. n First Baptist Church on Chapman Highway, 7-11 a.m. 579-5433. n Gatlinburg Farmers Market, 8:30-11 a.m., parking lot of Alamo Restaurant, Highway 321. 659-0690.

Lutheran Bible Study

Men’s Bible study meets 9 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road in Sevierville. 429-6063.

Relay Benefit

Beech Springs Baptist Church sponsoring a tent

SEVIERVILLE — Chongqing Culture Week will begin at the Smoky Mountain Palace, introducing the works of some of Chongqing, China’s artists and performers. The theater, home of the Chinese acrobatics show Cirque de Chine, will present Chongqing Culture Week Aug. 6-10. This event will include demonstrations and displays in the lobby throughout the day as well as special evening performances. Performers during the five-day exhibition: n Wang Yi, a master of the yang qin (a hammered dulcimer), and chief of the Chongqing Folk Arts Troupe n Wang Yali, a master of the erhu, a centuries-old traditional two-stringed Chinese fiddle n Liu Yingying, a Sichuan opera star known for her skills in rapidly changing face masks n Liu Guibing, an architect who creates highly detailed sugar sculptures n Zhou Mingchun, one of two inventors of Leaf Veins painting n Chen Zifu, a magician of fans n Wen Yuguang, a master of wood engraving n Liang Su, traditional art craft of paper cutting n Hu Wenfu, known for his calligraphy technique n Cast of Cirque de Chine The performers will share the stage each evening at 7:30. All the exhibitions in the lobby prior to the evening event are free. Each day at 6:30 p.m. people can watch live performances in the lobby. Displays will be available for viewing in the lobby from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Smoky Mountain Palace is at 179 Collier Drive. Tickets for the evening performances may be purchased by calling 800-826-2933 or online at www.

Nazarene Yard Sale

Christian Church

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.

Submitted Report

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 or call 933-5996.

Celebrate Recovery

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

Adoptable pets

Pilgrim’s Covenant Church, 1308 Bluegrass Road, Sevierville, 10 a.m. worship; 7 p.m. youth group; 7 p.m. “Share Jesus Without Fear� series. 4292046.

Flea Market Fellowship Fellowship 8-9 a.m. inside Great Smokies Flea Market, W. Dumplin Valley Road. Speaker Judge Dwight Stokes.

Christian Church

Kids Adventure Weekend 9-11:45 a.m.., Abundant Life Christian Church, 707 W. Main Street, Sevierville, for children ages 3-12. 908-7727.

monday, aug. 2 Gold Wing Riders

Gold Wing Road Riders Assn. meets 6:30 p.m., Gatti’s Pizza, 1431 Parkway. 660-4400.

Prayer in Action

Concerned Women of America Prayer in Action, 6-7 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC. 436-0313.

Hot Meals

Hot Meals For Hungry


Chester is a 7-month-old beagle/corgi mix. Red and Carmel are 4-month-old domestic short hair mixes. The adoption fee for cats or dogs is $100 and covers their first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip. The Gnatty Branch Animal Shelter is open from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Hearts 5:30-6:30 p.m., Henderson Chapel Baptist Church, 407 Henderson Road, Pigeon Forge. Sponsored by SMARM.

Women’s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace Women’s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn. 436-0313. n 1 p.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church, Chapman and Boyds Creek n 6:30 p.m., Gatlinburg Call 436-0313 for location

tuesday, aug. 3 Alzheimer’s Support Alzheimer’s support group meets 6 p.m. at MountainBrook Village, 428-2445 Ext. 107.

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.


National Assn. Retired Federal Employees, 6 p.m., Holiday Inn, Pigeon Forge. 453-4174.

Women’s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Ski Mountain Road. 436-6434 for location n 6:30 p.m. Pigeon Forge

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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American Legion

American Legion Post 104 dinner meeting, 6 p.m.; phone 908-4310; Web:

Mothers Day Out

Mothers Day Out, First Baptist Gatlinburg, now enrolling for fall, Tuesdays and Thursdays for ages 1-4 beginning Aug. 17. 4364685.

Pirate Party

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

Woodmen Meeting

Woodmen of The World Lodge 101 membership meeting 6:30 p.m. at Shoney’s in Sevierville. 429-3227 or 453-3233.


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By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — A man was transported to The University of Tennessee Medical Center Tuesday after suffering what authorities said was an accidental gunshot wound to the hand. The man was outside a business at 116 Parkway and was getting into his

car when the gun apparently accidentally discharged into his hand, said Bob Stahlke, public information officer for the story. “He said he had just left a gun shop and had a gun in his hand ,and as he was getting in the car it discharged and hit his right hand,� Stahlke said. n


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Parenting classes for parents with children ages 6-12 and 13-18 years. 5:307:30 p.m. Registration, 5 p.m. Family Resource Center, Aug. 3, 12, 19 and 26. Must attend all four sessions. $25 for one parent, $40 for couple. 4287999.

1,2,3,4 Parents

1,2,3,4 Parents for parents of children birth-5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 12, 19 and 26, Board of Education, 300 Cedar St., Room 17. Registration 5 p.m. Must attend all sessions. $25 one parent; $40 for couple. 428-7999.


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Republican Nominee Endorsed By:

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contested aug. 5 races

3From Page A1

For Harrell, the way to help the area and its citizens better weather economic storms is to recruit more industrial jobs. A career steelworker, he says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not afraid of hard work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any more open land up here near the interstate in Sevierville thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoned for industrial,â&#x20AC;? Harrell says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in favor of more industry in the area. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all in favor of supporting our tourism businesses. But tourists, nowadays, are not going to keep us alive.â&#x20AC;? The incumbent Byrd agrees recruiting more manufacturing jobs will be an important part of building the financial base, but he also sees another route to prosperity: education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Purchasing property and building a new high school for Northview/ Kodak (is a priority),â&#x20AC;? Byrd says. Still, for building a more year-round economy, Byrd believes the key is industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the county should develop the industrial parks they already have to make them more appealing to industries looking to bring jobs to our county,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If these are developed we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to change residential areas into industrial, causing spot zoning like the county has done to get Lisega into the county.â&#x20AC;? Harrellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reasons for running have little to do with disagreements with Byrd, though he does believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for change on the commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I support term limits. I think the majority of the people support that. The people like presidential term limits,â&#x20AC;? he said.

County Commission 8th District Seat A n Gene Byrd (Republican) n Gerald Harrell (Democrat)


10th District Seat A n Bryan Delius (Republican) n Kevin S. Whaley (Democrat)

Constable 5th District Seat A n George Lawson (Republican) n Donnie Day (Independent)

10th District Seat B n Steven Brenner (Independent) n David De Armond (Independent) n Jimmy Keener

11th District Seat A n Gary Cole (Republican) n Michael P. Fitzgibbons (Democrat)

County mayor n Larry Waters (Republican) n Brad Lowe (independent)

anyone or any organization attempting to change the customs that are part of our public meetings,â&#x20AC;? Brenner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If money is needed to defnd this position, I am certain that it could be raised on any given Sunday.â&#x20AC;? Two of the candidates point to recruiting industry as the cornerstone of driving the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sevier County should always be looking to add good jobs,â&#x20AC;? Brenner says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we can benefit from the deflated real estate market by acquiring land that can be developed, with some level of certainty, into a source of new jobs, then it should be considered,â&#x20AC;? In addition to working for future successes like the recruitment of Lisega Inc.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American headquarters to the county, local leaders should keep an eye on the bottom line if the recession Seat 10B drags on, Keener says. This is the only contest â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the past we have with three candidates. always been able to provide Incumbent Keener won a services primarily from primary challenge to face revenues received from two newcomers in the gen- sales tax and a low properal election. erty tax rate,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We DeArmond is the only will have to reassess our candidate responding to current funding priorities prepared questions from if the financial situation The Mountain Press who is continues.â&#x20AC;? Seat 10A willing to give some ground DeArmond, asked the They may be in opposon the County Commission top issue likely to face the ing parties, but both men starting its meetings with next commission will be, in this race suggest similar the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prayer. said simply, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Budget and ways the county can be â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think there are ways to spending.â&#x20AC;? a better steward of the compromise on this issue,â&#x20AC;? resources it has. he said. Seat 11A Delius says his experiHis opponents want to Finding ways to add ence as a commissioner see the county dig in and jobs is on the minds of the have highlighted the defend use of the prayer two men running for this importance of prioritizing. and a depiction of the Ten seat, which Cole has held â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our financial situaCommandments that hangs for several terms. tion is probably better in the meeting room. Both Cole and than most counties in â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we must stand Fitzgibbons see at least Tennessee. To this point, and fight for our rights to part of the answer is our revenues have been pray at commission meetattracting more factories. stronger than most comings and to hold on to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Industrial recruitment munitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? Delius says. the right to keep the Ten and development, coupled â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, fully underCommandments posted in with effective tourism standing that needs do not the courthouse,â&#x20AC;? Keener promotion targeted at the automatically decline as says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the majority slower winter months,â&#x20AC;? revenue may, new projects of Sevier County citizens Cole suggests as ways should be chosen with support that stand.â&#x20AC;? to build a year-round utmost car, giving priorâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I am certain that the economy here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New ity to what will benefit the vast majority of people in manufacturing jobs would greatest number of citizens. Sevier County are united be a tremendous asset to We need to watch the bud- in their defiance toward the county, helping lower get closely and eliminate all unnecessary spending.â&#x20AC;? Whaley agrees the county is doing well compared to others and must hold Single level home $20 a month. the line on how it handles Multi-level $25 a month on quarterly program. money through tough Every other Month Service $25-$30 a month. times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While we have one of Support your local small business- Call the highest sales taxes in the county â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a fact I do not like â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we are better off for it,â&#x20AC;? Whaley says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With high unemployment rates, the sales tax in this county


RE-ELECT GARY COLE Republican Candidate SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSIONER 11th District Gatlinburg and Pittman Center



has helped us during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. If we had an income tax, we would be in worse financial shape than we are now. We are therefore blessed at this time compared to other counties and states.â&#x20AC;? The men disagree whether county employees should be allowed to run for elected office. While Delius sees damage in limiting the candidate pool, Whaley worries allowing them to hold public posts could be tricky. â&#x20AC;&#x153;State law prohibits the exclusion of county employees from seeking public office,â&#x20AC;? Delius says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a conflict of interests,â&#x20AC;? Whaley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would support a referendum vote that allows the citizens to decide whether to allow this practice to continue.â&#x20AC;?

the winter unemployment rates we now see. Tourism promotion during the off season months will also keep people at work.â&#x20AC;? Fitzgibbons sees an opportunity for the county to spread its reach into fields that will likely build the economy of the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While we must continue to promote Sevier County as a vacation or convention destination and attract as many visitors as possible all year long, we must add a good blend of service, manufacturing and technology industries to the economy,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three key things that make a county attractive to new business are a suitable location, favorable business environment and a local pool of educated and skilled workers.â&#x20AC;? The accusations raised in the lawsuit related to the federal Hatch Act hit close to home for Cole, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s named in the action that seeks to unseat or disqualify several county employees seeking election to the commission. Cole, a former reserve officer for the Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department, says the candidates will prevail in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;frivolousâ&#x20AC;? suit and believes the county would lose a number of good leaders if those who work for it were barred from leading it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;State law specifically allows county employees to serve on a county commission, so a policy passed by the Sevier County Commission (forbidding that) would be meaningless,â&#x20AC;? Cole says. Fitzgibbons, meanwhile, takes the opposite side. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sevier County should have a policy in place that prohibits county employees from holding office,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;County government needs a system of checks and balances that prevents the influence of special interests or decisions made for personal gain.â&#x20AC;? n

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Adam Leatherwood, left, sells William Mapp a ticket to an all you can eat pancake breakfast to benefit the Pigeon Forge Tiger Little League Football Booster Club.

PF tiny Tigers getting set for football season By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer With practices set to start next month, the Pigeon Forge Tiger Little League Football Booster Club was raising funds Saturday with a pancake breakfast at the Applebeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant on Collier Drive. The club has football and cheerleading programs, and it needs about $10,000 a year to cover expenses, President Jimmy Bohanan said. Monday, they had children from the team helping to serve customers all they could eat in pancakes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Applebeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) gives 100 percent of the money to the team,â&#x20AC;? Bohanan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All we do is sell tickets

More information Call Treasurer Adam Leatherwood at 5839868.

and keep the money.â&#x20AC;? This year, the major purchase theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to make is shoulder pads for the team, he explained. While the pancake breakfast was one of their main fundraisers, they still need contributions, Bohanan said. Anyone who wants to learn more about the Tigers or make donations should call Treasurer Adam Leatherwood at 583-9868. n

LeConte book sale Aug. 4 Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The volunteers at LeConte Medical Center are hosting a benefit book and gift sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4 in the hospital classrooms. The sale will feature many one-of-kind book and gift items, as well as best sellers and all-time favorites. Buyers can stock up on fall reading material or start planning for holiday gifts. Parking is available in Lot A in the front of the medical center. The classrooms are located next to the dining area. For more information, including directions to the new campus, visit

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Poll: Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voters oppose guns in bars

obituaries In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Bobby Gene Reagan

Joan Elaine Cary Donovan

Joan Elaine Cary Donovan, age 68 of Sevierville, Tennessee, passed away Friday, July 23, 2010. Joan was born on December 2, 1941, in Laurel, Mississippi, to the late Marie Sumrall and Meryl Hall. She enjoyed a career in medical sciences, was integral in starting a business with her late husband, John R. Donovan, and received numerous awards from the American Business Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association. She had a passion for care giving, particularly with the elderly. In addition to her husband she is preceded in death by her beloved companions Lulu and Cassie. She is survived by her daughters and sonsin-law, Sean High-Smith and husband Freeman Smith, Jr., and Jill Cary Boushek and husband Michael Boushek; beloved grandson, Freeman Smith; stepchildren, Meghan Morrissey, Kyle Donovan, and Keith Donovan; many loving neighbors and members of Christ Covenant Church; and many of the staff and residents of Mountain Brook Village who became her extended family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Christ Covenant Anglican School, P.O. Box 4717, Sevierville, TN, 37864. The family will receive friends 4:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010, with a memorial service beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Christ Covenant Church, 1435 Cherokee Drive, Sevierville, with Reverend John Houck, Jr. officiating. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home. n

In Memoriam

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Michael Allen Shaffer Michael Allen Shaffer age 30 passed away on July 25, 2010 in Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lynn Miller. Survivors include his wife, Michelle Shaffer and sons, Caleb and Ethan Shaffer all of Knoxville; mother and stepfather, Theresa and Wayne Bowman of Indiana; father, Allen Shaffer of Bristol, TN; grandmother, Jean Miller of Indiana; sisters, Lindsay Shaffer Drinnon of Indiana and Sarah Bowman of Morristown, TN.; aunt, Lynnette (Rolf) Straussfogel of Knoxville; Several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Rawlings Funeral Home in Sevierville with speaker Bobby Griffin officiating. The family will receive friends 5-6 p.m. Saturday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fund Caleb and Ethan Shaffer c/o Rolfe A. Straussfogel 124 Joy St. Sevierville, TN. 37862.


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program, such as visits from local meteorologists, the Knoxville Zoomobile and the ing more throughout the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. summer.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite book She added that chilwas about fire trucks,â&#x20AC;? dren at just the King Family branch have read said 4-year-old Jaxon Bouchette of Sevierville. more than 8,000 books Older sister Summer, during the program. 7, preferred Dr. Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The majority of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Eggs and Ham.â&#x20AC;? program is supported Chance Loveday, through donations from 6, also of Sevierville, local organizations enjoyed learning more and businesses. Parrot about animals during Mountain and Gardens the Knoxville Zoomobile in Pigeon Forge, for visit. example, sent an â&#x20AC;&#x153;This program has employee with two exotgrown so much,â&#x20AC;? said ic birds to Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teresa Parton, whose event free of charge. The Summer Reading 7-year-old daughter, Programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of recom- Skylar (also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tootsâ&#x20AC;?), has parmended books offered ticipated for years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She these tips for parents: Read to your child daily; used to get upset when school started because read a chapter book to your school-age children she would rather go to by reading aloud one or the library! This protwo chapters every day; gram really helps them encourage your child to in school, though.â&#x20AC;? Kelly said that spend time reading and although the celebralooking at books; talk with your children about tion was held at the King Family Library, all what they are reading; three SCPLS branches and ask your library about programs for chil- attended. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted people to dren. see that this was their There was even an library, too.â&#x20AC;? Adult Summer Reading SCPLS donations are Program, which Kelly said was a hit with older â&#x20AC;&#x153;greatly appreciated and needed,â&#x20AC;? she added. For readers. more information, call Various educational activities were available 365-1666. for children throughn out the weeks of the


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Tommy Edward Agee, 70, of Sevier County died Monday, July 26, 2010. He attended Middle Creek United Methodist Church. He was a self-employed builder. Survivors: wife, Elizabeth Ruth Agee; son and daughter-inlaw, Mitch and Carol Agee; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Bill McNabb, Abby and David Black; seven grandchildren; sister-in-law, Shirley Agee; sisters and brothers-in-law, Faye and Mel Hill, Sue and Jerry Jones. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Middle Creek United Methodist Church, c/o Tom Ricker, 439 Ledo Drive, Sevierville, TN 37862. The family received friends Wednesday followed by a funeral service in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home and officiated by the Revs. Steve Pross and Jerry Page, and Judge Jeff Rader. Interment 10 a.m. Thursday in Middle Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.

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Bobby Gene Reagan, age 50 of Cosby, passed away Sunday, July 25, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Ralphine Reagan, sister, Louise Brown, and brother, Houston Reagan. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Leanna and Jeremy Carty; stepdaughters, Sherry Cantrell, Edna Wilbourn and husband Jimmy; grandchild, Isaiah Carty; step-grandchildren, Sarah and Kayla Wilbourn, Russell Mullins; brothers, Kenneth, Charles, and Ronnie Reagan; sisters, Kate Campbell, Pauline Worley, Mildred Hurst and Lola Maples; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday with a funeral service beginning at 7 p.m. in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held in Union Grove Cemetery. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.


Estelle Overstreet Kraft, age 94 of Sevierville, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2010. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Sevierville. Mrs. Kraft is preceded in death by her husband, Allen B. Kraft; brother, Charles William Overstreet; father, Leroy Blan Overstreet; birth mother, Ann Eliza Harris Overstreet; mother who raised her, Aldah Myrick Overstreet; sister, Mary Stone; and step-children, Mary Kraft and Myrtle M. Kraft. She is survived by her sister, Sarah Beckham O. Midyett; brothers, Leroy Blan Overstreet, Jr. and wife June of TX, John Wesley Overstreet and wife Mayra of Sevierville; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, and great-greatnephews; stepchildren, Donald Allen Kraft, Eleanor K. Ramsey, and John David Kraft; and many step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, and step-greatgreat-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund or Mission Fund of First Baptist Church, 317 Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 37682. The family will receive friends 2-3 p.m. Friday at Atchley Funeral Home and leave at 3:15 p.m. in procession to Middle Creek Cemetery for graveside service and interment. A memorial service will begin at 5 p.m. Friday in the Parlor of First Baptist Church, Sevierville. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.

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NASHVILLE (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A poll conducted for the Tennessee Newspaper Network shows that most voters oppose a new state law that allows handguns into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. The Tennessean reported seven in 10 voters polled said that the prospect of mixing guns with alcohol is too dangerous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one wants them there,â&#x20AC;? said Carol Yager, a Brentwood woman who took part in the poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Research & Polling Inc. for the Tennessee Newspaper Network. The poll surveyed 625 registered and likely voters across Tennessee by telephone July 19-21. The pollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points. State lawmakers twice in as many years passed measures permitting guns in bars and restaurants serving alcohol, and both were vetoed by Gov. Phil Bredesen but overridden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You would think they (legislators) would vote the way their constituents want,â&#x20AC;? said Will Cheek, a Nashville attorney who mounted a legal challenge to the first of the two laws. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the legislators are out of touch with the people.â&#x20AC;? According to the poll, 82 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of independents were opposed to the law. A majority of Republicans, 59 percent, were also against it. State Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, sponsored the law and said the results of the poll were not convincing. He said the question to voters should have pointed out the details of the law, including that people cannot drink while carrying a gun and that business owners can post a sign barring handguns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can get different poll results just based on how the question is proposed,â&#x20AC;? he said.

people living in areas that have hydrants but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have adequate water pressure. If inspectors find a hydrant has inadequate pressure, he said, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s painted black and is no longer considered available for firefighters to use. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s then reported to insurance agencies, and the hydrant is no longer considered when calculating insurance rates for the area. Manager Mike Jones of Shady Grove said his agency is aware that pressure is low in some areas, and is working to address that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know the problems there and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing everything we can to improve it,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. The water line in question was actually built before the state added requirements for fire hydrants, Jones said. Woodview Circle is on the end of a water line, he added, so before they can improve the water line there they also have to improve the lines between the neighborhood and the reservoir providing water for the area. Shady Grove was designed in 1963 and began operations in 1967 as a water system designed to deliver potable (drinkable) water to its customers, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back in that time people werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thinking about fire hydrants and that

stuff.â&#x20AC;? Now the utility is working to bring its water lines up to date, but they have to start with the reservoir and the main lines and then work their way to the outlying areas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have made numerous upgrades and right now we are in the middle of a project replacing 43,000 feet of small water lines with newer ones,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t upgrade it all at one time because we have over 300 miles of water line in the ground.â&#x20AC;? They are paying $1.3 million on the current round of improvements, he said, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not small change for a utility the size of Shady Grove. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a small utility and funds are hard to come by,â&#x20AC;? he said. Some of their planned improvements have to be tied in with the planned expansion of Highway 66, he said, because the utility lines and easements along the road will be relocated as part of the Improving 66 project. The improvements theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already working on should increase water pressure in outlying areas like Woodview Circle, he said, but it will be some time until the water line at Woodview can be upgraded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To solve the problem immediately ... would be almost impossible,â&#x20AC;? he said. n

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1 dead, two injured in bear attack near Yellowstone Park By MATT VOLZ Associated Press Writer HELENA, Mont. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; At least one bear rampaged through a campground near Yellowstone National Park before dawn Wednesday, killing one person and injuring two others before campers sought shelter in their cars, wildlife officials said. Tents were smashed in the 4 a.m. attack that left a male dead at the Soda Butte campground. A female suffered severe lacerations from bites on her arms, while another male was bitten on his calf and taken to a hospital in Cody, Wyo. Wildlife officials did not release the identities or ages of the victims. A response team was being sent to piece together what happened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if it was one bear, two bears, a black bear or grizzly bear,â&#x20AC;? Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, the bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone now. Will it come back tonight? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the question.â&#x20AC;? Authorities will set traps and seek bear hair, saliva and droppings while measuring the bite wounds of victims to determine the type and number of bears involved in the attack. Authorities cleared the campground after the attack was reported at 6 a.m., telling campers to go to their cars. It was not immediately clear how many people were in the campground at the time of the attack. The same campground was the site of a 2008 attack in which a grizzly bear bit

and injured a man sleeping in a tent. A young adult female grizzly was captured in a trap four days after the attack and transported to a bear research center at Washington State University in Pullman. The 10-acre Soda Butte campground has 27 sites for tents and recreational vehicles in the Gallatin National Forest, some five miles from the northeastern entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It is located just off the mountainous Beartooth Highway about 125 miles southwest of Billings. The dead male was found at a campsite at the western edge of the sprawling campground. It was not immediately clear where the other two victims were located. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a populated area for bears, not just grizzly bears but black bears,â&#x20AC;? Gallatin National Forest spokeswoman Marna Daley said. The campground, which is run by the U.S. Forest Service, has been closed, as well as two other nearby campgrounds, Daley said. Forest Service officials will consider closing more campgrounds after consulting with state wildlife officials leading the investigation, she said.

CHICAGO (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rod Blagojevichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fate was in the hands of jurors Wednesday as they began deciding whether the impeached Illinois governor tried to sell an appointment to President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former Senate seat and schemed to use his political power for personal gain. Jurors, weighing evidence against the second Illinois governor in a row to be charged with corruption, received lengthy instructions from the judge on how their deliberations should be conducted. Prosecutors loaded two carts of exhibits they introduced at the trial that a marshal would wheel into the jury room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not expectingâ&#x20AC;? a speedy verdict, Judge James B. Zagel said before jurors entered the courtroom. After jurors left to begin their work, Blagojevich appeared relaxed. He cupped his hand over his mouth and said to someone in the spectatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s section, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say a prayer.â&#x20AC;? One elderly spectator walked over and hugged him, also handing him a piece of candy. He and his co-defendant brother,

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Coming just hours before the law was to take effect, the ruling isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the KNOXVILLE (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A end. Knoxville man has been It sets up a lengthy convicted on murder and legal battle that could aggravated child abuse end up before the charges in the slaying of Supreme Court â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ensurhis girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18-month- ing that a law that reigold son. nited the immigration A judge sentenced debate, inspired similar 26-year-old Paul Jerome measures nationwide, Johnson to life in prison created fodder for polition the felony murder cal campaigns and raised conviction. He will be tensions with Mexico will eligible for parole after stay in the spotlight. serving 51 years. Protesters who gathA medical examered at the state Capitol iner testified that Joseph and outside the U.S. Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Jon â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jo-Joâ&#x20AC;? Manning Embassy in Mexico City was beaten on his face cheered when they heard and genitals, had bruises the news. The governor, on his back and was the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authors and strangled in July 2008. anti-illegal immigration The child died a day later. groups vowed to fight on. Defense attorneys called no witnesses at the Bedbugs endemic trial and jurors deliberated for about two hours. in New York City The aggravated child NEW YORK (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; abuse sentencing will be One of every 15 New held later. Yorkers battled bedbugs last year, officials Parts of Arizona said Wednesday as they announced a plan law blocked to fight the spreading PHOENIX (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A infestation, including a federal judge stepped public-awareness caminto the fight over paign and a top entoArizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immigration mologist to head the law at the last minute effort. Wednesday, blocking the The bloodsucking heart of the measure and pests, which are not defusing a confrontation known to spread disbetween police and thou- ease but can cause great sands of activists that mental anguish with had been building for months.

their persistent and fastgrowing infestations, have rapidly multiplied throughout New York and many other U.S. cities in recent years. Health officials and pest control specialists nationwide report surges in sightings, bites and complaints. The Environmental Protection Agency hosted its first-ever bedbug summit last year. In New York City, the pests have been discovered in theaters, clothing stores, office buildings, housing projects and posh apartments.

Sessions calls Kagan â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dangerousâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; WASHINGTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan picked up more GOP backing Wednesday in her drive toward near-certain

confirmation next week, even as a top Republican lashed out at her as â&#x20AC;&#x153;dangerous.â&#x20AC;? Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, warned senators in unusually dire terms against voting for President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be careful about it, because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m afraid that we have a dangerous, progressive, political-type nominee.â&#x20AC;? Sessionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; words of caution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he said they were primarily directed toward Democrats â&#x20AC;&#x201D; came just hours after Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine became the fourth Republican to say she would break with her party to vote for Kagan, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in line to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens.

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er but laid out the hurdles they must overcome to reach a verdict. For example, an instruction that the jury was allowed to make â&#x20AC;&#x153;reasonable inferencesâ&#x20AC;? sounded mundane. But it also is the crux of prosecutorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; argument that, even if Blagojevich didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come right out and ask for money in exchange for signing a bill or approving state aid, they could conclude that was exactly what he was doing. Zagel also explained that it is not illegal to accept a campaign contribution even if the contributor is doing business with the state or believes that a contribution will help business in the future â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something that Blagojevichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorneys have been saying throughout the trial. But, he said, a person can be guilty of extortion if he or she believes that not coughing up a contribution will hurt business in the future. Prosecutors contend that one witness, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital executive, had feared if he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a $25,000 campaign contribution to Blagojevich the hospital would suffer financially.

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Pi Beta Phi registration set

Student registration for Pi Beta Phi Elementary School will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 12, for students in grades 1-8. First day of school will be Aug. 16 for the same grades. Parents of kindergarten students will meet at the school at 5 p.m. Aug. 16 to process paperwork for enrollment. Specific attendance schedules for kindergarten students will be announced then. n

The Sevierville Parks and Recreation gymnasium will be closed Aug. 7-15 for maintenance work. The Bowling Center and Spares and Strikes Café will be closed Aug. 12-15. The Fitness Center will be closed Aug. 13-15. For additional information, call 453-5441. PIGEON FORGE

Seymour Class of 2000 reunion set

The Seymour High School Class of 2000 reunion will be held at6:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 at the Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge. Tickets are $35 per person until July 30 and $45 thereafter. Guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. The event will include a buffet dinner, music and dancing. Tickets are available for purchase by mail or online through Facebook by searching Seymour High School Class of 2000. Individuals should mail checks to 412 Second St., Seymour, TN 37865. Anyone unable to access Facebook can call 609-6899. n


Volunteer drivers for veterans needed The Great Smoky Mountains Chapter 94 of the Disabled American Veterans is looking for volunteer drivers to drive a newly arrived van that will carry veterans with appointments to the VA Medical Center in Johnson City and the clinic in Knoxville. Membership in DAV is not required, nor is prior military service. Transportation will be provided to orientation. For more information or to volunteer call James Harris (865) 243-9774. n

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Area priest pleads guilty to sexual abuse MARION, N.C. (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic priest from Greene County, Tenn., has pleaded guilty in a North Carolina court to sexually abusing a boy during a trip there more than 30 years ago. Warren Tucker of Jeffersonville, Ind., has said the Rev. William Casey abused him for five years, beginning in 1975 when he was a fifth-grader at St. Dominic’s church in Kingsport, Tenn. Casey was given a threeyear suspended sentence in McDowell County,

N.C., Superior Court on Wednesday. He will be on supervised probation in Tennessee for 24 months and will not have to go to prison if he complies with the conditions of his plea agreement. They include having a sex offender evaluation and completing any recommended treatment. “I tell you, it’s bittersweet someone can plead guilty to a sex crime felony and walk free,” Tucker said after the sentencing. “But the district attorney did the best he could given what he had to deal with.”


Medic schedules local blood drives

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active priest before retiring in 1999. After that he filled in at various parishes around the region for vacationing or absent priests. Stika has said there may be other victims. The diocese did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday. Tucker said he still hopes that Casey will go to prison. He has filed complaints against the priest with law enforcement in Scott County, Va., and Sullivan and Greene counties in Tennessee.

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A pilot and onlookers escaped injury when a helicopter’s rotors separated and destroyed the cockpit and parts of the tail rotor struck a nearby hotel in Newport. Newport Police Chief Maurice Shults said no one was injured in the accident Wednesday morning.

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Nation/World quote roundup “If they want to block my jail, I’ll put them in jail.” — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on protesters who try to stop deputies from enforcing Arizona’s immigration law

“Life isn’t fair. (But) BP cannot move on in the U.S. with me as its leader.” — Tony Hayward after being ousted as BP CEO in the aftermath of the disastrous Gulf oil spill

“Rains should begin to slow down in August, but it is hard to predict now what exactly will happen. We have to be vigilant and closely monitor the weather ... do a better job of forecasting.” — Duan Yihong, director of China’s National Meteorological Center in the wake of heavy rains that stranded tens of thousands of residents without power Wednesday, and flooding that this year has killed at least 928 people with 477 missing and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage.

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To some, they’re hooligans and vandals. At Pigeon Forge First Baptist Church, they’re an opportunity and a rolling ministry. The church started a ministry to allow kids a safe place to skateboard on the church property. More than 100 kids signed up and 50-60 come to the park in an average week, said Youth Minister David Huskey.


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Today is Thursday, July 29, the 210th day of 2010. There are 155 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight:

On July 29, 1981, Britain’s Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. (However, the couple divorced in 1996.)

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District Attorney Brad Greenway said North Carolina law at the time of the crime only recognized rape as between a man and a woman. Casey was instead charged with crimes against nature. Diocese of Knoxville Bishop Richard Stika in April banned Casey from serving as a priest after Casey acknowledged the credibility of Tucker’s abuse allegations. Casey served at churches in Chattanooga, Greeneville, Rogersville, Farragut and Newport in his 30 years as an


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The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a U.S.-sponsored resolution expanding U.N. sanctions against al-Qaida terrorists and Afghanistan’s former Taliban rulers to affiliates and splinter groups. n

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“Charity looks at the need and not at the cause.” — German proverb.

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Lance Kerwin

HONOLULU — Teen heartthrob-turned-pastor Lance Kerwin has been placed on five years probation in Hawaii after admitting to falsifying documents to obtain s t a t e medical assistance and food stamps Kerwin despite owning multiple homes. Kerwin, who played the title role in “James at 15” on NBC in the late 1970s, was given credit during last Thursday’s sentencing for 90 days served and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service for the seconddegree theft charge.

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Gays should serve in the military America is one of many countries that forbid openly gay people to serve in the military. Others are Cuba, China, Egypt, Greece, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey and Venezuela. See a pattern? With a few exceptions, those are not countries where free people want to live. By contrast, Australia, the United Kingdom, Israel, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and Spain all allow gay people to serve. No country has America’s in-between policy: Gays can serve — as long as no one finds out about it. Where did that come from? It happened because Bill Clinton campaigned for the presidency promising to allow gays to serve. After his election, the Democratic Congress decreed that “the presence in the Armed Forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk ... .” So a compromise was born. The media labeled it “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Since then, nearly 12,500 service members have been discharged because of their sexual orientation. These have included 800 “mission critical” troops such as Arabic linguists (59 of them), Farsi linguists (nine), medics, pilots and intelligence analysts. In May, the House of Representatives voted to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” but only after the Defense Department studies the matter and the president, secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff declare that ending the policy would not reduce military effectiveness. The Senate has not voted on its version of bill. So, should it be repealed? Here are some things to consider: The American Psychological Association states: “Empirical evidence fails to show that sexual orientation is germane to any aspect of military effectiveness including unit cohesion, morale, recruitment and retention. ... When openly gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals have been allowed to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, there has been no evidence of disruption or loss of mission effectiveness.” OK, of course they said that. It’s the APA. But that doesn’t make them wrong. The Government Accountability Office studied four countries that allow gays to serve — Canada, Israel, Germany and Sweden. It found that “military officials from each country said that, on the basis of their experience, the inclusion of homosexuals in their militaries has not adversely affected unit readiness, effectiveness, cohesion or morale.” How would members of America’s military feel about repeal of the policy? A Military Times poll found: 71 percent of respondents said they would continue to serve if the policy were overturned, 10 percent said they would not re-enlist or extend their service, and 14 percent said they would consider terminating their careers after serving their obligated tours. That’s a pretty strong majority for acceptance. Where do I come down on this issue? It’s easy. I’m a libertarian, not a conservative. I don’t think government should have any role in our sex lives. Just as I see no reason why gays should not be free to marry, I see no reason why they shouldn’t be free to be in the military. As I wrote in the conclusion to “Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity”: “I want government to leave people alone. I think people should be free to do anything they want — as long as they don’t hurt anyone else. I may disagree with their choices, but I don’t think The State should take their choices away.” I draw my inspiration from Nobel laureate F.A. Hayek. He wrote a postscript to his classic, “The Constitution of Liberty,” titled, “Why I Am Not a Conservative,” in which he said, “One of the fundamental traits of the conservative attitude is a fear of change, a timid distrust of the new as such, while the liberal (today I call it “libertarian”) position is based on courage ... to let change run its course even if we cannot predict where it will lead ... .” I’m with Hayek. Unless we do identifiable harm to others, the State should leave us alone. — John Stossel hosts a show on the Fox Business Channel and is the author of “Myth, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel — Why Everything You Know is Wrong.” (C)2009 JFS Productions Inc.


A marvelous vista

The new Park Vista Hotel looks great and shows commitment to Gatlinburg When it opened in 1976, the Park Vista Hotel overlooking Gatlinburg was a landmark, as much identified with the Gateway to the Smokies as anything else. This was a magnificent, unusual and eye-catching structure, with its round look and multi-stories on its perch in the mountains above the city. It has remained a landmark, but somewhat in need of an overhaul as it aged while competing hotels moved in. Now Park Vista has attached itself to the Doubletree chain, with an $11 million infusion of cash for upgrades, renovations and maintenance. This week the hotel had its grand reopening, and it is quite something. The views haven’t changed, and the management is mostly intact, but

almost everything else has undergone a makeover. The exterior has been painted. The rooms have been renovated. New family suites have been created. The entryway has been enhanced. This is the new Park Vista, and not just with the added Doubletree brand. The investment shows the company’s faith both in Gatlinburg and the continued rebound of the economy. Park Vista can host families on vacation or conventions seeking a spot for lodging and meetings. It will continue to be a go-to site for banquets. There are plans to bring in named entertainers for special events such as New Year’s Eve, the way it used to when it first opened. Gatlinburg long ago cemented its Gateway to the Smokies label with a

variety of places to stay, restaurants, attractions and array of businesses along the Parkway downtown. Its special activities during the year, from the Fourth of July Midnight Parade to the Christmas parade to Ribfest to Tunes & Tales to the trout fishing rodeo keeps people coming back. With the national park in the backyard, it will always be a draw, but to remain a top draw it has to continuously evolve. That takes partnerships with private enterprise and a commitment by businesses to change, upgrade, improve and invest. The owners of Park Vista have done that to this iconic feature of the city. It looks great. And it feels good to see such an investment at this time. Thanks to all who made it possible.

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Public forum Southern hospitality prevails in overcoming Fontaine problem

Editor: I felt compelled to write after reading your stories about Fontaine Cabin Rentals in The Mountain Press. After booking a cabin through Fontaine in June, our family was looking forward to a one-week-stay in Gatlinburg. We knew nothing about the closing of Fontaine. We booked the week of July 25 through July 31. I decided to call to reconfirm our reservation and finalize what we needed to bring. On July 23 I called the phone numbers listed on our confirmed reservation. Both numbers had been disconnected. Now I became concerned.

I went to the Web site and saw the message about closing due to health concerns. I called the phone number on the Web site, but only got voicemail, not an actual person. Now my concern was growing. I searched the Web and found postings from many other people about their experience with the situation at Fontaine. One of the postings had a link to your first article, and after reading it, I came to the conclusion that our vacation may not be happening this year. Like many others, we attempted to find our cabin with another rental agency, only to find out that it had been rented out. After reading the more than 70 postings, my concern became panic. My son and I then spent almost two hours calling the various rental

agencies trying to find a cabin. This is where your southern hospitality comes in. Everyone we called knew about the situation and even offered their competition as another option. But on such short notice, nobody could accommodate us. We eventually found a condominium at The Summit. The clerk we spoke with was very cordial, and even gave us an extra 10 percent off our rate. We were very relieved they could accommodate us. So we came to Gatlinburg and plan on having a great time. We had to work a little harder than we thought for this vacation, but I’m sure the fine folks in Tennessee will make it worth the trouble. David Baranski Sterling Heights, Mich.

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Former Eagles outfielder will catch at Cumberlands By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor SEYMOUR — As a three-time All-District selection with the Seymour Eagles, spying the plate from over 200 feet away, Drew Fox never thought his future would be behind it. Earlier this month the Cleveland State graduate signed to play catcher for the University of the Cumberlands Patriots squad, further cementing a move he made as part of the Cougars. “Wes (Walker, who’s walking on at Tennessee this fall) caught all the way through high school. I caught when I was little, but there were a lot of catchers in front of me (at Seymour),” Fox said Wednesday. “I hit well enough to not sit on

the bench. So I started playing outfield. Once I started playing there I kind of thought that was the place for me. But now that I got back into catching I realized that I love that intensity.” Fox’s move to catcher is an interesting story unto itself. Sitting in his apartment at Cleveland State, Fox heard his roommate, a pitcher, lamenting that he didn’t have anyone to practice pitching to since all of the team’s catchers were unavailable. Having caught prior to high school, Fox had kept his equipment and volunteered to catch in the bullpen. Drew Fox The coach saw Fox catching in the bullpen and liked what he saw. catcher now,’” Fox re-told. “He said ‘you look good in the By his sophomore year catcher gear, so you’re our third Fox had earned his way into

the catching rotation with Cleveland State’s Ryan Casteel, who was drafted last month and is currently hitting .314 for the Colorado Rockies A-ball affiliate in Casper, Wyoming. Fox was undrafted and unsigned out of Cleveland State, but his attendance at an unsigned camp at Lincoln Memorial University paid off, as he was spotted by the coaches from UC. There he’ll be the only upperclassmen catcher, and should be ahead — in terms of strength and experience — to the freshmen catchers coming in. He gives a lot of the credit for getting into the four-year school to his time at junior college. “I think junior college is really the way to go out of high school,” Fox said. “Instead of

sitting or playing a year or two on JV, I got to play two years, probably 80 percent of the time. “If I’d gone into a four-year school, I’d missed a lot of game experience.” And on top of that, his coaches really worked with him on his catching, giving him the ability to move up to the next level. “Being involved in every play was a big adjustment,” Fox said. “You’ve got to think, call pitches, take bunt coverages and you’ve got to anticipate what’s going to happen. But I really like the intensity.” Fox is majoring in history with a minor in education and hopes to teach and coach one day.



T.O. and Ochocinco together?

Sevier swimmers excel at big meet

Owens inks deal with Cincinnati Bengals By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer GEORGETOWN, Ky. — A flamboyant Cincinnati Bengals receiver has the whole team talking, and this time it’s not Chad Ochocinco. He’s overshadowed by a player who has yet to arrive. Terrell Owens was headed to the area Wednesday while his teammates-to-be tucked pillows and sound systems under their arms, unpacking for the start of training camp Terrell Owens at Georgetown College. Owens wasn’t expected to arrive until a day later. The anticipation was already there. “This just shows that we are building this team to go all the way this year,” offensive guard Bobbie Williams said. “That’s all you can ask an organization to do. So bring on TO! I’m excited.” Adding the 36-year-old receiver who has a history of clashing with quarterbacks came as a surprise. The Bengals had a chance to sign him after a tryout in March, but gave Antonio Bryant a four-year deal instead to line up opposite Ochocinco. With Owens still available on the eve of training camp, the Bengals made a move that will affect them in a lot of ways. One receiver will lose a job; other receivers will get fewer passes thrown their way; Ochocinco and Owens will be challenged to keep their egos in check. It has the feel of a reality-TV show. “Everybody’s telling me I need to start one,” receivers coach Mike Sheppard joked. They have enough of those already. Ochocinco’s dating show on VH1 is winding down. His show is followed on the cable channel by “The T.O. Show.” When they get together in the locker room, the two friends will have to figure out how to turn their look-at-me style into a look-at-us season. Nothing new for an organization that isn’t afraid to give troublemakers another chance. “We’ve been through a lot here,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “A lot of ups and See T.O. signs, Page A9

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Pictured are local KTC athletes Savannah Stair, Jaden Mathews, Alyssa Smith, Chase Smith, Camden Johnson, Luke Etherton and Josh Peak. Not pictured are Brianna Stopplebein and Katherine Lenhart. LOCAL TRACK AND FIELD

Several local track athletes are headed to AAU Junior Olympics SEVIERVILLE — Nine area track and field athletes will be traveling to Norfolk, Va., next month for the AAU Junior Olympic Games. Savannah Stair, Jaden Mathews, Alyssa Smith, Chase Smith, Camden Johnson, Luke Etherton and Josh Peak, Brianna Stopplebein and Katherine Lenhart have all qualified for the event, and will compete next month with the Knoxville Track Club. Savannah Stair, 12, daughter of Allen and Debbie Stair, is no stranger to the Games. This will be her fourth consecutive year competing at the AAU Junior Olympics. She had an outstanding performance at the AAU Southeastern District Qualifier meet held on the campus of the University of Tennessee on June 27. She placed first in the 1500-meter with a time of 5:27.85 and also took first in the 3000-meter with

a time of 12:11.69. Stair then joined the 4x800 relay team, which finished with a time of 11:33.97. Stair then followed up that performance by setting personal records at the AAU National Qualifier at Hardin Valley Academy. There Stair took home another first in the 1500, with a time of 5:19.23. Again, she took home the first in the 3000-meter as well, with a time of 11:48.76. And the 4x800 relay team crushed their own personal record by putting up a time of 11:08.82. Jaden Mathews, 7, is in her first year with KTC and punched her ticket to Virginia by winning taking first place at the Southeastern District Qualifier with a long jump of 9’2”. She then wrapped things up at the National Qualifier, taking second with a long jump of 9’ 1 1/4” and second in the 4x100 relay with a time of 1:09.09.

Mathews is the daughter of Joey and Kristin Mathews. Seven-year-old Alyssa Smith is also in her first year with the KTC and qualified for the Junior Olympic Games. Smith threw the four-pound shot put 13’ 4 1/4” at the AAU Southeastern District Qualifier and followed that by taking first at the National Qualifier with a toss of 15’ 8 1/2”. She is the daughter of Elbert and Julie Smith. Chase Smith, 9, the son of Elbert and Julie Smith, will be making his second trip to the Junior Olympics with the KTC. Smith is on a roll with multiple first place finishes at the AAU Southeastern District meet. He took home three firsts — 100m (14.82), high jump (4’), and long jump (12’ 2 3/4”). Smith went on to set some personal records at the AAU National Qualifier where took second in the 100m See JR OLYMPICS, Page A9


Pitino takes the stand in extortion case By BRETT BARROUQUERE and WILL GRAVES Associated Press Writers LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A woman accused of demanding millions to stay quiet about a tryst with Rick Pitino initiated the sex by whispering to him and unzipping his pants when he got up to leave an empty Italian restaurant, he testified Wednesday. The Louisville coach’s testimony marked the first time he’s talked publicly in detail about his July 2003 encounter with Karen Cunagin Sypher, the meeting that led to her trial this week on extortion charges. Pitino’s portrayal of Sypher as the aggressor came after several witnesses said she was flirty and persistent when she approached Pitino at

the restaurant. Pitino obliged her request to say happy birthday to her son on her cell phone. When she returned later, Pitino said, he bought her a drink. They lingered to talk after the restaurant had closed and the owner had gone home. As he got up from the table, the married father of five said Sypher whispered something. “Some unfortunate things happened,” Pitino said in the courtroom packed with spectators from basketball-mad Kentucky. “She opened up my pants.” “Did you have sex that night?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Ford asked. “Yes, very briefly,” said Pitino, who wore a dark suit with a white shirt and red tie. The two

have said they had sex at the table. Sypher, 50, was sitting a few feet away but appeared unfazed by Pitino’s testimony, sometimes watching him, sometimes passing notes to her attorney. Sypher is charged with extortion, asking for cash, cars and a house to stay quiet about the sex. She has pleaded not guilty, claiming Pitino sexually assaulted her. Police and prosecutors have said her assault claim lacked merit. Pitino, 57, will return to the witness stand Thursday to face questioning from the defense. Pitino said after he and Sypher left the restaurant together, she asked for basketball tickSee PITINO, Page A9

Sevier Aquatic swam at the Southeastern swim meet this past weekend in Knoxville, facing competion from Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Arkansas. Former SAC swimmer and current University of Tennessee athlete Zack Burnett of Sevierville won the 100 Breaststroke (1:03.71) and got a senior national cut time to earn a spot at the Olympic trials. In addition, Burnett’s younger brother, Sterling, 12, earned third place in the 50 Breaststroke for SAC, and also grabbed fourth in the 100 Breaststroke and sixth in the 200 Individual Medley. Sterling also improved his person record time in every event. Colin Russell, 10, got eighth place in the 50 breaststroke. Thomas Horne, who is only 8 and has to compete with the 10-year-olds took eigth in the 100 fly and improved his time by seven seconds, according to coach Ryan Buechner. “Our 11 and 12 boys 200 medley relay got fifth and sixth in the 200 free relay. While our 10- under relay received eighth in the medley and ninth in the free,” Buechner added. This weekend the team will compete in the City Meet at UT, with prelims Friday and Saturday and Sunday finals. From submitted reports

“Meet and Greet” with SCHS football The Sevier County High School Football Boosters will host the 2010 Smoky Bears “Meet and Greet” Friday, July 30, at the high school’s Burchfield Stadium from 6-9 p.m. Fans of the program can meet the 2010 Bears players and coaches, and there will be food, games, a dunking booth and giveaways with the proceeds going to benefit the SCHS Football Boosters. Cost for the event is $5 per person and children under 5-years-old are free. From submitted reports

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Former NBA, Memphis player Wright found dead By ADRIAN SAINZ Associated Press Writer MEMPHIS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The uncle of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright said Wednesday that police have told the family the athlete who had been missing for 10 days has been found dead. Curtis Wright told The Associated Press that police called the playerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, Herb Wright, Wednesday afternoon with the news he had died. There was no immediate word on the cause. Police declined to comment publicly, even to some family members who gathered at the scene.

The Commercial Appeal cited a police source as identifying a body found in a field in southeast Memphis as Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Nearly 50 people gathered next to a road blocked off by police beside a wooded area about 15 miles south of downtown Memphis, while helicopters showed investigators scouring the grounds for evidence. The 34-year-old Wright was last seen July 18 when he was expected to fly out of town. His family filed a missing person report July 22. Wright played 13 years in the NBA with five different teams: the

SPORTS BRIEFS U Got Game Basketball camp ahead

The Sixth Annual U Got Game Basketball Camp will be August 5-6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and August 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at Pigeon Forge High School. It is open to boys and girls of all ages. The cost is $60. To register or for more information call 865850-8035.

New Center Football Family Day

The New Center Rockets football organization will be hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 31, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lots of booths will be set up with food, games and other things. Inflatable slides, bouncy house and other fun things will be available. We are offering an armband for unlimited inflatables for $5. Also at 7 p.m. KFW Wrestling will also host a wrestling event. Admission to wrestling is $7 and includes your choice of a hamburger or hot dog, chips, and a drink. All proceeds benefit New Center Football Little League and building a new field. For more information, call Tammy at 640-5344.

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

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.

Sidewinders tryouts ahead

The Sevier County Sidewinders Baseball program will hold try-outs for their tournament-only baseball teams on Saturday, August 7, at at he New Center upper field behind New Center School. Try-outs will be for 9U, 10U, 11U, and 12U teams. 11U and 12U teams will tryout from 9-11 a.m., while the 9U and 10U teams will tryout from noon-2 p.m.. Please contact Mitch Rader at (865) 368-1837, Mike Henry at (865) 604-9367, or Billy Archer at (865) 441-5343 for more information. The try-outs are for competitive tournament/travel baseball teams playing approximately 40 to 60 games.

SCHS cross country team practice

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.

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.


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Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and most recently the Cleveland Cavaliers with 17 games in the 2008-09 season. Wright left the University of Memphis early for the NBA, and the Clippers made him a lottery pick with the No. 7 selection overall. He averaged 8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 778 career games. Former NBA star Penny Hardaway, who played at Memphis two years before Wright, said he heard the news from a friend and went to the


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Pitino agreed and made the arrangements. A few weeks later, Sypher, then known as Karen Wise, called and said she was pregnant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe at the time it was my child,â&#x20AC;? Pitino said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She said she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what she was going to do.â&#x20AC;? Sypher said she had no health insurance, Pitino said, so he offered $3,000. He thought the money was for counseling and medical needs but Sypher later said she had an abortion, Pitino


(14.48), first in the high jump (4â&#x20AC;&#x2122;) and first in the long jump (13â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1 1/25â&#x20AC;?). Camden Johnson, 7, in his first year with the team, also earned a spot with his strong performance at the National Qualifier. He recorded a long jump of 9â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 9 1/2â&#x20AC;? and threw the fourpound shot put 19â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 6 1/2â&#x20AC;?. He is the son of P.J. and Keisha Burden. Luke Etherton, 8, is in his second year with KTC and will be headed toward

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downs, a lot of personalities, a lot of egos. He definitely is another personality. I had a chance to work with him. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been very easy to work with, very coachable.â&#x20AC;? Palmer worked out with Owens in California over the last month and told coach Marvin Lewis that he looked really good. The scouting report helped persuade the Bengals to make an offer. Owens gets a $2 million salary and a chance to make another $2 million in bonuses. It will be a bargain if Owens can help revive a passing game that finished 26th in the NFL last season â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and do it without causing problems in the locker room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming with no nonsense, no idiotacy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; how about that one?â&#x20AC;? Williams said, inventing a new term for something the

scene near where the body was found. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cried. The emotions hit me immediately. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just sad because we lost a good person and a brother,â&#x20AC;? Hardaway said. Elliot Perry, another friend and former Memphis player, also was at the scene. Wendy Wilson, who once worked as Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal assistant, also was there and said Wright often used the road police had cordoned off as a shortcut to his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a good person. He did not deserve to die this way. God is not pleased with this,â&#x20AC;? Wilson said.

Lorenzen Wright, pictured here on June 27, 1996 after being picked seventh in the NBA draft, was found dead in Memphis. Wright played at Memphis State before a 13-year NBA career.

said. Less than a year later, Pitinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant, Tim Sypher, married Karen Wise. Threats to reveal the fling came nearly six years after it took place, Pitino said. On Feb. 26, 2009, he listened to a cell phone message of a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice describing details of the encounter at the restaurant and calling it a violent assault, Pitino told the jury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He mentioned the word rape. I got very sick to my stomach,â&#x20AC;? Pitino said. He said he felt threatened and frightened. Jurors earlier heard testimony from Lester Goetzinger

of Louisville, who acknowledged making the calls in exchange for sexual favors from Sypher. Pitino also testified he received a handwritten note from Sypher in March 2009 that asked for cars, housing and money. Jurors also heard an hour-long recording Sypher secretly made of a meeting with Pitino. Pitino is heard repeatedly asking Sypher who made the calls and how someone would have known details of their 2003 encounter. Sypher never accuses Pitino of rape. She complains that her husband does little to make her life better.

Pitino received a third threatening call two days later telling him that the sexual relationship would be made public unless he did â&#x20AC;&#x153;the right thing.â&#x20AC;? Pitino said in March 2009, he received a letter from attorney Dana Kolter of Louisville, who was representing Sypher. In the letter, which jurors saw Wednesday, Kolter accused Pitino of rape and forcing Sypher to have an abortion and demanded a settlement to prevent a lawsuit. Kolter, who is expected to testify later in the trial, sought $10 million, but Pitino said, reduced that amount to $5 million.

his second Junior Olympic Games. Etherton brought home a bronze medal last year in the four-pound shot will return this year to throw the six-pound shot. He took second at the District meet with a throw of 18â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and bettered that at the National Qualifier with a toss of 19â&#x20AC;&#x2122;3â&#x20AC;? which was good for first place. Josh Peak, 15, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be outdone by his younger siblings Alyssa and Chase Smith. In his first year with KTC, Peak had an outstanding performance in two of the relays

he ran at the District meet. His 4x400 team (4:19.23) took first place, and his 4x100 team finished in second place with a time of 45.41. Peak and his team secured their spot at the Junior Olympic Games with a time of 45.23, which was good for third, at the National Qualifier. Brianna Stopplebein, 13, daughter of Lloyd and Karen Stoppelbein, qualified in her first year with the club as a member of the sub-youth 4x100 relay team. They secured a spot with a time of 52.84 at the National Qualifier.

Finally, Katherine Lenhard, 17, daughter of Marvin and Kendra Lenhart, punched her ticket to the Junior Olympics in her first year competing with the KTC. Lenhart showed strength in both the shot and discus with first double place finishes at the Districts with throws of 33â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 8â&#x20AC;? in the shot and 117â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 8â&#x20AC;? in the discus. She again brought home a first at the National Qualifier, tossing the discus 109â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 10â&#x20AC;?.

Bengals know so well. Bengals players are fully aware of Owensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; run-ins with previous quarterbacks, but arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too worried about the possibility he could divide the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chad â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think nobody else can do it,â&#x20AC;? receiver Andre Caldwell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough. If Chad canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disrupt this team, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think TO can.â&#x20AC;? There are more immediate issues to settle. Bryant got No. 81 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Owensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; number â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when he signed with the Bengals. He could give the number to the newcomer, or keep it for himself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually when a player comes from another team, he offers money to that player to have that jersey number,â&#x20AC;? Ochocinco said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure how thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to work. TO and Antonio will work that situation out. The number doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the man, the man makes the number. This is a fresh start

for TO. Maybe heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to go for something new.â&#x20AC;? The coaches have to figure out how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to use Owens, who has been an outside receiver throughout his career. Bryant was expected to start opposite Ochocinco on the outside before Owens was signed. Bryant lined up at an inside slot position during offseason workouts, something heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never done. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adjusting,â&#x20AC;? Sheppard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new to him. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anxious to do it because he knows in our structure, a lot of catches

come there. His being familiar with the inside is going to be helpful for us.â&#x20AC;? Ochocinco thinks thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all secondary stuff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;all donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even understand whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen this year,â&#x20AC;? Ochocinco said, wearing a gray shirt that had â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;? written across the front in bright green letters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think to myself: Whenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the last time you had two receivers on the same field of this caliber on the same team at the same time? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is going to be scary.â&#x20AC;?

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SCOREBOARD MLB AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB New York 63 36 .636 — Tampa Bay 61 38 .616 2 Boston 58 44 .569 6 1/2 Toronto 52 49 .515 12 Baltimore 31 69 .310 32 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Chicago 55 44 .556 — Minnesota 56 46 .549 1/2 Detroit 51 48 .515 4 Cleveland 42 58 .420 13 1/2 KC 42 59 .416 14 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 59 41 .590 — Oakland 50 49 .505 8 1/2 LAA 52 52 .500 9 Seattle 39 62 .386 20 1/2 ——— NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 57 42 .576 — Philadelphia 54 46 .540 3 1/2 New York 51 49 .510 6 1/2 Florida 50 50 .500 7 1/2 Washington 43 57 .430 14 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Cincinnati 57 46 .553 — St. Louis 55 45 .550 1/2 Milwaukee 48 55 .466 9 Chicago 46 56 .451 10 1/2 Houston 42 59 .416 14 Pittsburgh 35 64 .354 20 West Division W L Pct GB San Diego 58 40 .592 — SF 57 44 .564 2 1/2 LAD 54 46 .540 5 Colorado 51 49 .510 8 Arizona 37 63 .370 22 ——— AMERICAN LEAGUE Tuesday’s Games Cleveland 4, N.Y. Yankees 1 Toronto 8, Baltimore 2 Tampa Bay 3, Detroit 2 Texas 3, Oakland 1, 10 innings Minnesota 11, Kansas City 2 Chicago White Sox 11, Seattle 0 Boston 4, L.A. Angels 2 Wednesday’s Games Minnesota 6, Kansas City 4 Boston 7, L.A. Angels 3 N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games Detroit (Porcello 4-8) at Tampa Bay (Price 13-5), 12:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Moseley 0-0) at Cleveland (Talbot 8-9), 7:05 p.m. Oakland (Mazzaro 6-2) at Texas (C.Wilson 9-5), 8:05 p.m. Baltimore (Matusz 3-11) at Kansas City (Davies 5-6), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (Pauley 0-2) at Chicago White Sox (F.Garcia 9-4), 8:10 p.m. Friday’s Games Cleveland at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Detroit at Boston, 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Baltimore at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. Oakland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Seattle at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. ——— NATIONAL LEAGUE Tuesday’s Games Philadelphia 9, Arizona 5 Washington 3, Atlanta 0 N.Y. Mets 8, St. Louis 2 Houston 6, Chicago Cubs 1 Cincinnati 12, Milwaukee 4 Pittsburgh 4, Colorado 2 L.A. Dodgers 2, San Diego 0 San Francisco 6, Florida 4 Wednesday’s Games Houston 8, Chicago Cubs 1 Cincinnati 10, Milwaukee 2 Arizona at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Atlanta at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Florida at San Francisco, 7:05 p.m. St. Louis at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. Thursday’s Games St. Louis (Hawksworth 4-6) at N.Y. Mets (Dickey 6-4), 12:10 p.m. Atlanta (D.Lowe 10-8) at Washington (Olsen 2-2), 12:35 p.m. Pittsburgh (Maholm 6-8) at Colorado (Jimenez 15-2), 3:10 p.m. Florida (Ani.Sanchez 7-6) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 4-2), 3:45 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Padilla 4-3) at San Diego (Latos 11-4), 6:35 p.m. Arizona (J.Saunders 0-0) at Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 6-4), 7:05 p.m. Friday’s Games Philadelphia at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Arizona at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Atlanta at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee at Houston, 8:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Colorado, 9:10 p.m. Florida at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

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OFFICE — Suspended Detroit manager Jim Leyland one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for his inappropriate and aggressive conduct during Monday’s game against Tampa Bay. Fined San Francisco RHP Brian Wilson $1,000 for violating the league’s dress code during Tuesday’s game against Florida. American League DETROIT TIGERS — Assigned RHP Casey Fien outright to Toledo (IL). Traded LHP Giovanni Soto to Cleveland for INF Jhonny Peralta. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Recalled RHP Bryan Bullington from Omaha (PCL). Optioned RHP Victor Marte to Omaha. SEATTLE MARINERS — Recalled LHP Luke French from Tacoma (PCL). Placed LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith on the 15-day DL. National League PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Placed OF Shane Victorino on the 15-day DL. Selected the contract of OF Domonic Brown from Lehigh Valley (IL). PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Promoted RHP Derek Hawkins from Altoona (EL) to Indianapolis (IL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Purchased the contract of RHP Mike MacDougal from Memphis (PCL). Optioned RHP Fernando Salas to Memphis. Southern League CAROLINA MUDCATS — Released OF Sean Danielson. American Association SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CAPTAINS — Released INF Randall Johnson. WICHITA WINGNUTS — Released INF Jake Bradshaw. Can-Am League SUSSEX SKYHAWKS — Signed RHP Ulysses Roque. Frontier League EVANSVILLE OTTERS — Traded 1B Brandon Cohen and INF Patrick Rose to Florence for RHP Cameron Aspaas and RHP Jacinto Gonell. FLORENCE FREEDOM — Signed RHP Kevin Whittaker. Signed 1B Brandon Cohen and INF Patrick Rose to contract extensions. GATEWAY GRIZZLES — Sent RHP David Goodenough to Oakland County to complete an earlier trade. Signed INF Tyler Rogers. KALAMAZOO KINGS — Signed LHP Alex Szymanski. Sent RHP Bernard Robert to Oakland County for RHP David Goodenough to complete an earlier trade. TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUMS — Released LHP Jonathan Runnels. WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS — Signed SS Brad Jackson. Voided the contract of SS

Angel Nicolas. United League AMARILLO DILLAS — Placed RHP Chris Holguin on the suspended list. EDINBURG ROADRUNNERS — Signed OF Nelson Teilon. RIO GRANDE VALLEY WHITEWINGS — Signed RHP Matt Morris. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association ATLANTA HAWKS — Named Kenny Gattison assistant coach. HOUSTON ROCKETS — Traded C David Anderson to Toronto for cash and a future second-round draft pick. FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS — Agreed to terms with DT Torell Troup. CAROLINA PANTHERS — Agreed to terms with QB Jimmy Clausen on a fouryear contract. Waived LB Brett Warren. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Placed DL Shaun Rogers, DL C.J. Mosley and CB Coye Francies on physicallyunable-to-perform list. HOUSTON TEXANS — Signed TE Garrett Graham. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Released LB Shawn Crable. Signed CB Devin McCourty. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Signed TE Jimmy Graham. Agreed to terms with QB Patrick Ramsey on a one-year contract. NEW YORK JETS — Signed QB Mark Brunell to a twoyear contract. PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Signed director of football operations Kevin Colbert to a five-year contract extension. ST. LOUIS RAMS — Agreed to terms with OT Rodger Saffold. Signed TE Fendi Onobun. HOCKEY National Hockey League ANAHEIM DUCKS — Signed D Cam Fowler to a three-year contract. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Re-signed LW Bryan Bickell to a three-year contract and RW Jack Skille to a one-year contract. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Agreed to terms with D Anton Stralman on a one-year contract. NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Agreed to terms with D Mark Fraser on a one-year contract. OTTAWA SENATORS — Named Rick Wamsley goaltending coach. ST. LOUIS BLUES — Signed F D.J. King and traded him to Washington for F Stefan Della Rovere. American Hockey League CHICAGO WOLVES — Signed F Darren Haydar. HARTFORD WOLF PACK — Signed D Blake Parlett.

Nats’ Strasburg first felt tightness a ‘couple days ago’ By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON — Nationals rookie righthander Stephen Strasburg first sensed tightness in his pitching shoulder “a couple days ago,” he said Wednesday, chalking it up to “kind of hitting the wall a little bit.” A day after being scratched minutes before what was supposed to be the 10th major league start of his much-hyped career, Strasburg said he felt “a lot better” and his range of motion is “starting to come back.” Washington general manager Mike Rizzo and trainer Lee Kuntz said Strasburg did not indicate he had a problem before Tuesday, when his pregame bullpen session was stopped about a half-dozen throws in. “I wasn’t really scared, because it’s kind of something that I’ve had happen to me before,” Strasburg said, referring to feeling stiffness in his right shoulder while in college at San Diego State. “It wasn’t on just one pitch, so that’s obviously a big thing.” He took anti-inflammatory medicine Wednesday and underwent treatment that Kuntz said included “stretching, strengthening ... using heat, using ice.” But the No. 1 overall pick in the June 2009 amateur draft did not toss a ball. Instead, during batting practice, Strasburg stood in the right-field grass, chatting with pitching coach Steve McCatty. The plan is for Strasburg to go at least two days — and perhaps three or four — without throwing at all. It’s not clear when he will next pitch in a game; his

next scheduled appearance would be Sunday. “We don’t have an update whether he’s going to pitch Sunday or when he’ll pitch again, if not Sunday,” manager Jim Riggleman said. “We’re just really going to give it another day or two before we do anything.” The Nationals have been quite careful in the way they have brought along Strasburg since giving him a record $15.1 million contract right before the August 2009 deadline for getting deals done. Even though Strasburg was dominant at times during spring training, he was moved to minor league camp in Florida, then began the season at Double-A Harrisburg. The righty was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse in early May, before making his highly anticipated major league debut June 8 — and, somehow, surpassing expectations by striking out 14 batters in a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He left that game after seven innings, part of a pattern of being eased into the rigors of the major leagues. The Nationals have said they would end Strasburg’s season when he reaches 160 innings, even if that cap were to come in late August or early September. So far in 2010, he’s thrown 109 2-3 innings total, including in the minors, which essentially matches his count in his final college season at San Diego State: 109 innings. COMBS CONSTRUCTION


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1100 Sq. Ft. House. 1 BR + loft. Beautiful view in Pigeon Forge. $800 mo. 865-696-6900 1BR 1BA Waldens Creek. Private, convenient, fully furn. $200 wk incl utilties & cable TV. 850-8867 1BR fully furnished Cabin home Pigeon Forge $600 mth. 865-712-3026 2BR/1BA , 2 car garage on 1 acre with garden spot. $800 mo + dep. 865-216-7104 3BD/2BA Private Country Seting off Dixon Branch Rd $900 mth. 865-712-3026 Belle Meadows Available in Aug. 3BR 2BA w/ 2 car garage Approx. 1800 Sq ft. $1200 865-429-2962 Charming home in Wears Valley 3/2, $800-$900 mth, furniture w/ storage on site. 865-963-5524 Field Crest Subdivision 3BR/2BA w/2 car garage Large lot, approx. 1500 sq ft. $1,095 mo. 865-429-4470

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Homes for Rent

House for rent off Douglas Dam Rd. Close to new Sev convention center and Dumplin Creek Dev. 2BR/1BA, no pets inside or out, landlord provides lawn maint. & monthly pest control. $650/mo, first mo + $400 damage dep. References needed, call 865-428-4752 M-F 7-4. Quiet & convenient 2BR, 1BA Farmhouse. Bonus room, country kitchen, screened porch. Includes mowing. No pets. $700 mo. First, last & deposit. Call Rebecca 865-621-6615. R e a lly nic e spacious 2BR/2BA, close in on river, nice lawn, furn. or unfurn. $799/mo. Cable included. Call 865-453-5363. Sevierville 2 blocks off Dolly Parton Pkwy. 3BR 1BA 2 car garage $600 mth $400 damage dep. 1 yr lease. Must have refs. No inside pets. Day 428-1465 Night/Wknd 453-8187 Small House in Seymour: 3BR/1BA, LR, kit. on deadend street. NO PETS! Quiet neighborhood. $650/mo. $500 deposit + 1st & last mo. rent required. References req. Call 865-577-3869.


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


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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.)

Estate of J.C. JOHNSON Late of Sevier County, Tennessee

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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 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.


$650 month 5000 sf Warehouse $1500 month

865-850-3874 GATLINBURG: OFFICE or SHOP, 1600 to 800 SF, water incl., sign space 621-3015. OFFICE SPACE - 5 30x20 units. 5 entrances, 5BA, $525 each or neg. for more than one. Call Bill 865-654-9001. 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.


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Kodak 2+2 $450, 2+1 $425 + dep. Very nice. Absolutely no pets. 933-6544. 1BR mobile home. Also 40 footer with room built on. 865-654-8702 2BD/1BA Mobile Home. Water inc. No house pets. King Branch Rd. $475 mo. 865-654-2927.

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Homes for Sale

Long Term Rental Houses for sale. 2 Long Term rental houses in Sevierville on 2 separate lots for sale. Located on new bypass in Sevierville. Just a 1/4 mile from Hwy 66. Both rented with long term renters and producing income. May consider selling just one. Both houses priced at $155,000. Don Clayton Barnes Real Estate Company. 865-548-5181.


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Beautiful 2br, 2.5 bath condo in Sevierville w/ garage. All appliances, Call Rob @ 865-803-9806 for price. New condo for sale $10,000 down. $189,000. Owner financing available. 865-654-3667 or 865-429-5065


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ABANDONED VEHICLE YEAR: 1988 MAKE: Ford MODEL: Ranger VIN: 1FTCR15T6JPA51989 NAME: Carr's Auto Service ADDRESS: 2901 Hickory Dr CITY: Pigeon Forge STATE: TN ZIP CODE: 37863 7/29 ABANDONED VEHICLE YEAR: 1998 MAKE: Ford MODEL: Windstar VIN: 2FMZA5140WBC31616 NAME: Carr's Auto Service ADDRESS: 2901 Hickory Dr CITY: Pigeon Forge STATE: TN ZIP CODE: 37863 7/29 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of ALMA JEAN WILLIAMS Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 23 day of JULY 2010, Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of ALMA JEAN WILLIAMS, 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 23 day of July, 2010. (Signed) Carolyn Williams Executrix Estate of ALMA JEAN WILLIAMS By: none Attorney By: Joe T. Keener County Clerk 07-29-10 08-05-10 PUBLIC NOTICE UNCLAIMED ITEMS R & E STORAGE 1633 Jayell Rd. Sevierville, TN 37862 Friday 8-12 865-429-0948

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of J.C. JOHNSON Late of Sevier County, Tennessee

Notice is Hereby Given that on the 23 day of JULY 2010, Letters Testamentary, of AdminLegals 0955 istration, in respect to the Estate of J.C. JOHNSON, deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County,Tennessee. All persons, WHEREAS, default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured resident to be paid and by having claims, that certain Deed of Trust executed on September 28, 2006, by Ronda F.non-resident, Rowe and Christian A. Rowe to matured unmatured, Michael A. Fearnley, Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office or of Sevier County, against her Estate are required Tennessee, under Book No. 2630, Page 605, (“Deed of Trust”); and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred andthe assigned Bank to file same toinU.S. triplicate National Association, as Trustee under Securitization Servicing Agreement dated of February 2007 with theas Clerk of the1, above Structured Asset Securities Corporation Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, named Series Court2007-BC2; within and four WHEREAS, U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee under Securitization Servicing Agreement dated months from the date of as the of February 1, 2007 Structured Asset Securities Corporation Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series first publication (or of the post2007-BC2, the current owner and holder of said Deed of Trust, (the “Owner Holder”), ing, and as the caseappointed may be)theof undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed for record in the this notice, otherwise their Register’s Office of Sevier County, Tennessee, with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original claim will be forever barred. Trustee named in said Deed of Trust; and Allbeenpersons to the NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has declared indebted due and payable Estate must come foras provided in said Deed of Trust by the Owner and Holder, and that the above undersigned, Nationwide Trustee ward by and make Services, Inc., Substitute Trustee, or his duly appointed attorneys or agents, virtue of proper the powersettleand with thesteps undersigned authority vested in him, will on Thursday, August 19, 2010, commencing atment 2:00 PM at the of the Mainat once. entrance of the Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the 23 day of July, 2010. to highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situatedThis in Sevier County, Tennessee,


wit: Situated in District No. 8 of Sevier County, Tennessee and being more particularly bounded and described as follows: Beginning on an iron pin in the northern right of way(Signed) of Johnson Road, said pin being located 653 feet more or less from the projected centerline of Bates Lane and cornerH.toJohnson Rocky W. Kirby, Jacqueline Warranty Deed Book 364, Page 475 in the Register’s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee; thence leaving Executor said right of way and with Kirby North 7 degrees 06 minutes West 124.03 feet to an iron pin; thence continuing with Kirby North 83 degrees 12 minutes east 162.87 feet to a steel postof in the line of M.D. Smith; Estate thence with Smith South 18 degrees 11 minutes East 144.15 feet to an iron pipe in the northern right of way J.C. JOHNSON of Johnson Road; thence with said right of way South 89 degrees 43 minutes West a chord distance of 170.23 feet to the Point of beginning and containing 0.49 acres, more or less, as shown by survey of Wade By: none B. Nance, 901 East Summit Hill Avenue, Suite LL100, Knoxville, Tennessee 37915, License #856 dated AttorneyBeing the same prope rty Junes 25, 1996 and bearing file #A-15872; said premises improved with dwelling. conveyed to Christian A. Rowe and Ronda F. Rowe, herein by cash deed dated 28th day of September, JoeTennessee. T. Keener 2006, of record in Book 2630, Page 603, in the Register’s Office for Sevier By: County,

0955 is Hereby GivenLegals Notice that on the 23 day of JULY 2010, Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of J.C. JOHNSON, 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 0955 Estate must come forabove ward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 23 day of July, 2010.

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 0955 notice, otherwise Legals this 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 23 day of July, 2010. (Signed) Jacqueline H. Johnson Executor Estate of J.C. JOHNSON By: none Attorney CLASSIFIEDS

(Signed) Jacqueline H. Johnson Executor

Classifieds  A13

Estate of 0955 J.C. JOHNSON


By: none Attorney By: Joe T. Keener County Clerk 07-29-10 08-05-10 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of JAMES VINCENT TURNER Late of Sevier County, Tennessee

Notice is Hereby Given that on the 15 day of JULY 2010, LetBy: Joe T.428-0746 Keener ters Testamentary, of AdminCounty Clerk istration, in respect to the Estate of JAMES VINCENT Legals 07-29-10 TURNER, deceased, were is08-05-10 sued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County,Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, (Signed) matured or unmatured, Jacqueline H. Johnson against her Estate are required Executor default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured to be paid by that to file the same in triplicate certain Deed of Trust executed on August 22, 2007, by TAMMY A. MALTEMPI AND JERRY MALTEMPI, with the Clerk of the above husband in the Register’s Office of Sevier Estate of and wife, to Anthony R. Steele, Trustee, as same appears of recordnamed Court within four County, Tennessee, at , (Deed of Trust); and J.C. JOHNSON months from thetodate of the the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned first publication (or of the postBy: none ing, as the granting case may be) of , the Grantor executed and delivered to Beneficiary a Security Agreement a security Attorney this notice, otherwise their interest in the hereafter described manufactured home to the Beneficiary; be forever barred. notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness hasclaim beenwill declared due and payable By: Joe T. Keener as provided in the Deed of Trust and that the Successor Trustee, or his duly appointed attorneys or agents, All persons indebted to by the County virtue ofClerk the power and authority vested in him will on August 16, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. local time, the front above Estate mustatcome forsteps of the Courthouse in Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, proceed to offerand for sale and sell at public ward make proper settle07-29-10 outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash or on such terms as may be announced at the the followingat ment with thesale, undersigned 08-05-10 described real property and manufactured home, as the case may be: once.This 15 day of July, SITUATE in the Fourteenth (14th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee,2010. and being Lot No. 138 of River Sell It, Find It, Place It!!!

Meadows Subdivision, Unit 2, Phase 2, as shown on Map Book 37, Page 271, in the Register’s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, to which plat reference is hereby made for a more particular description. (Signed) SUBJECT to restrictions, easements, conditions, map notations, and all other issues of record in Map Book 36, Scott Page 50; Map Book 35, Page 102; Map Book 37, Page3 271; Vol. Book 2044,Barbara Page 165; Vol. Book 2713, Page Mary F. amended, Harmon corrected or 677; Vol. Book 2457, Page 548; and as any of the foregoing may have been Co-Executors supplemented in the Register’s Office in Sevier County, Tennessee. BEING the same property conveyed to Tammy A. Maltempi and husband, Jerry Maltempi by Deed from Estate Kathryn Blalock et al dated August 22, 2007, and recorded in Book 2896, Page 574, inofthe Register’s Office for JAMES VINCENT TURNER Sevier County, Tennessee.

By: none Attorney By: Joe T. Keener

However, the property description shall control in the event of County Clerk any inconsistencies between the description and address or tax identification number). The affixed manufactured home to be sold to the extent applicable pursuant to T.C.A. ß47-9-604 includes one 07-22-10 (1) 2007 CMH Appalachia Manufactured Home bearing Serial Number CAP21741TNAB and all other property 07-29-10 of any kind of the Grantors’ attached thereto together with any and all accessories, parts, additions, accessions, and substitutions now in existence or after-acquired and otherwise available for sale with all proceeds or replacements thereof. This sale of personal property shall be conducted as a public sale pursuant to the aforesaid Security Agreement and the Uniform Commercial Code as adopted in the State of Tennessee at the time, place, date, and terms described herein. All sales of Property, both real and personal, are “AS IS” and “WHERE IS” without representation or warranty as to merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or of any kind, except as to title and authority to convey. The sale of the described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes, any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances, if any, as well as any other priority as may appear in the public records or as may be disclosed by an accurate survey of the property. All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waive d in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Successor Trustee. Title to any personal property shall be transferred by Bill of Sale or Certificate of Title, as the case may require. The right is preserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above.

This the 19th day of July, 2010.



Sale at public auction will be on at the front door, Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by Debra L. Butenko, A Married Woman, to Larry N. Westbrook, Esq., Trustee, on March 3, 2004 at Book Volume 1925, Page 118 conducted by Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee, all of record in the Sevier County Register’s Office. Owner of Debt: PHH Mortgage Corporation The following real estate located in Sevier County, Tennessee, will be sold to the highest call bidder subject to all unpaid taxes, prior liens and encumbrances of record: Described property located in Sevier County, Tennessee, to wit: Tract One: Described property locate d in the Tenth (10th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, being bounded on the North by Reagan Springs Road, on the East by Mayo and on the South and West by the remaining property of Loveday, more particularly described as follows: Beginning in the Northeast corner of the property hereinafter described at an iron pin a common corner to Mayo at the right-of-way of Reagan Springs Road, said point of beginning being located 750 feet, more or less, from the point of intersection of Reagan Springs Road with Dupont Road; thence from said point of beginning and with the line of Mayo, South 30 degrees 48 minutes 24 seconds West (crossing a branch) 343.74 feet to an iron pin a common corner to Loveday; thence leaving the line of Mayo and w ith the line of Loveday, North 29 degrees 32 minutes 26 seconds West, 120.04 feet to an iron pin; thence North 40 degrees 53 minutes 59 seconds East (crossing a branch) 295.59 feet to an iron pin at the right-of-way of Reagan Springs Road; thence leaving the line of Loveday and with the road right-of-way South 51 degrees 57 minutes 14 seconds East 52.94 feet to the point of beginning. Tract Two: Described property located in the Tenth (10th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, being bounded on the North by Reagan Springs Road, on the East by a 20 foot right of way, on the South by Valentine and on the West by the remaining property, more particularly described as follows: Beginning in the Northernmost corner of the property hereinafter described at an iron pin a common corner to Loveday at the right of way of Reagan Springs Road, said point of beginning being further located 750 feet, more or less, from the point of intersection of Reagan Springs Road with Dupont Road; thence from said point of beginning and with the right of way of Reagan Springs Road, South 53 degrees 01 minutes 13 seconds East, 147.92 feet to an iron pin at the point of intersections of Reagan Springs Road with a 20m foot right of way; thence leaving the road with of way and with approximate Western boundary of a 20 foot right of way, South 00 degrees 41 minutes 08 seconds West, (crossing a branch) 100.21 feet to an iron pin; thence South 19 degrees 34 minutes 45 seconds West, 155.44 feet to an iron pin at a twin 8-inch walnut a common corner to Valentine; thence leaving the edge of the right of way and with the line of Valentine, North 76 degrees 38 minutes 55 seconds West 203.89 feet to an iron pin; thence South 81 degrees 04 minutes 15 seconds West, 43.07 feet to an iron pin at a 15 inch walnut a common corner to Loveday; thence leaving the line of Valentine and with the remaining property of Loveday, North 30 degrees 48 minutes 24 seconds East, (crossing a branch) 343.74 feet to the point of beginning. Located upon the above described property is a 1980 Friendship II BW6028 manufactured home, Serial Number MY8917894AB, which is believed to be permanently affixed to said property.

County Clerk 07-29-10 08-05-10

The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. SUBORDINATE LIENHOLDERS: Equifirst Corporation OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: N/A All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

Other interested parties: Arrow Financial Services LLC c/o Buffaloe & Associates and Serge Butenko The street address of the above described property is believed to be 733 Reagan Springs Road, Seymour, TN 37865, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description herein shall control. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within twenty-four (24) hours of the sale, the next highest bidder, at their highest bid, will be deemed the successful bidder. This property is being sold with the express reservation that the sale is subject to confirmation by the lender or trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

Classifieds ď ľ A14 Notice is Hereby Given that on the 15 day of JULY 2010, Let0955 Legals ters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of JAMES VINCENT TURNER, 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 15 day of July, 2010. (Signed) Barbara Scott Mary F. Harmon Co-Executors Estate of JAMES VINCENT TURNER By: none Attorney By: Joe T. Keener County Clerk

(Signed) Barbara Scott Mary F. Harmon Co-Executors

0955 of Legals Estate JAMES VINCENT TURNER By: none Attorney By: Joe T. Keener County Clerk 07-22-10 07-29-10 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of TOMMY LEONARD SHELTON Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 19 day of JULY 2010, Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of TOM LEONARD SHELTON, 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 19 day of July, 2010.

County Court Clerk of Sevier County,Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, 0955 her Estate are required Legals against 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 19 day of July, 2010. (Signed) April Shelton Administratrix Estate of TOMMY LEONARD SHELTON By: none Attorney By: Joe T. Keener County Clerk 07-22-10 07-29-10


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The Mountain Press ď ľ Thursday, July 29, 2010 HUD PUBLISHERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTICE All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitations or discrimination. State laws forbid discrimination in the sale, rental or advertising of real estate based on factors in addition to those protected under federal law. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination, call HUD Toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, The Toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

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WHEREAS, on the 7th day of January, 2009, Jerry A. Simmerly and wife, Tina J. Simmerly conveyed to David T. Black, Trustee, the property herein described by Deed of Trust recorded in the Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, in Book 3264, page 17, for the purposes set forth in said Deed of Trust; and which note and Deed of Trust is payable to Foothills Bank & Trust; and WHEREAS, David T. Black, the Trustee named in said Deed of Trust, refuses or is unable to execute said trust, and Foothills Bank & Trust, the holder of the note secured thereby has appointed the undersigned, J. MICHAEL GARNER, SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE, by instrument recorded in. Book 3556, page 666, at the Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, in accordance with the terms of said Trust Deed therein referred to; and, WHEREAS, Foothills Bank & Trust is the true and lawful owner and holder of the note secured by said instrument and has advised me as Substitute Trustee, of default in the terms of said Note and Deed of Trust: NOW, THEREFORE: BY VIRTUE OF THE POWER vested in me as Substitute Trustee, under the terms of said Deed of Trust hereinabove referred to, I will on the 19 day of August, 2010 at 10:00 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock A.M. at the front door of the Sevier County Courthouse in Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, proceed to sell the property hereinafter described at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, free from homestead and dower and other exemptions and in bar of all homestead and rights, equity of redemption, and statutory right of redemption, the following described real estate SITUATE in the Sixteenth (16th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, and being all of Lot 68 of PHASE TWO of CEDAR FALLS (a Premier Mountain Resort) as the same appears on a plat of record in the Sevier County, Tennessee Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, in Large Map Book 6, page 47, to which reference is here made for exact legal description. SUBJECT to covenants, restrictions, limitations, easements and other derogations of title of record in Book 1798, page 787 at the Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. SUBJECT to all matters of survey and all other notations appearing on plat of record in Large Map Book 6, page 47, both of record in the Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. THIS CONVEYANCE is made subject to all applicable restrictions, easements and building setback lines of recording. BEING THE SAME PROPERTY conveyed to Jerry A. Simmerly and wife, Tina J. Simmerly from Billy Clemmer (married) by Quitclaim Deed dated January 6, 2009 and of record in Book 3256, page 758 at the Registerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee. THIS SALE is made subject to any unpaid property taxes.

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Comics ◆ A15

Thursday, July 29, 2010 ◆ The Mountain Press Family Circus

Close to Home


Neighbor’s constant loud stereo causing headache



Baby Blues

Beetle Bailey

Dear Annie: Over the past several years, surrounding neighbors have installed lovely swimming pools. But instead of the sounds of splashing, we hear their radios blasting. Sometimes they leave the music on when they go back inside and don’t return for hours. We turn our radio on when we’re in the backyard, but never so loud that it disturbs the neighbors. We have asked them to turn it down, and they have, but why do we have to be the ones to control the volume? -Missing Splashes and Laughter Dear Missing: Your neighbors will crank up the music until someone objects. Since they already know it bothers you, that is inconsiderate and rude, but there you have it. If you want the volume lowered, you’ll have to ask. Be grateful they comply. Too many neighbors do not. Dear Annie: My daughter, “Betty,” is having a terrible problem with her sister-in-law, “Linda” (her husband’s sister). Linda is very manipulative, thinks she’s never wrong and can be downright hateful. Recently, Linda’s husband was given a very bad diagnosis, and she used this situation as an opportunity to verbally attack Betty. She brought up things that were resolved years ago and wouldn’t shut up until my daughter agreed with her on everything. Linda also was angry that Betty and her kids went to our family reunion and mentioned having fun on

her Facebook page. She yelled at Betty, who took the abuse since she felt sorry for her. The very next day, Linda called my daughter and acted like nothing happened. Here’s the kicker: Betty recently had medical troubles of her own that were quite similar to the ones Linda’s husband is having. The compassion she feels is real. She genuinely wants to help in any way, but unless she bows and scrapes to Linda, her help is refused. What kind of wife refuses support for her husband? We understand that Linda is hurting, afraid and maybe insecure. Her world is out of control, and she is jealous of anyone who is living a “normal” life. But how much does one have to take? She’s always been ornery and now has a good excuse to be even more so. I want to help my daughter. What is the best way to deal with this situation? -- Repercussions for Caring Dear Caring: Linda’s personality is not going to change, no matter how helpful or sympathetic your daughter is. Betty’s husband might be able to get through to his sister, suggesting she speak to her husband’s doctor about coping with her stress levels.

t o d ay ’ s p u z z l e


Barney Google and Snuffy Smith

For Better Or Worse

Tina’s Groove

But even so, it may not be enough. Betty needs to accept Linda as she is and respond as if the negativity doesn’t exist. That means ignoring her barbs, pretending to be oblivious, changing the subject and smiling sympathetically while saying, “You must be so frazzled. I’m so sorry.” Repeat as needed. Dear Annie: Here’s a news flash for “Stiffed in Iowa,” who objected that her parents are only leaving the kids half their estate instead of all of it. She is entitled to exactly zero of her parents’ money, now or after their demise. If they are so kind, loving and generous as to believe she deserves anything, it will be a gift, not an entitlement. Some children are fortunate enough to have parents who can afford to leave an inheritance. For others, the inheritance comes from knowing they were loved unconditionally and that their parents left a legacy of good deeds and kindness. You can outlive your wealth, but decency and love stay with us forever. -- Never Got a Cent in Omaha Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

A16 ◆ World

The Mountain Press ◆ Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hundreds of Chinese killed, missing; 30,000 trapped BEIJING (AP) — Floods caused by heavy rains in northeastern China stranded tens of thousands of residents without power Wednesday, as the worst flooding in more than a decade continued to besiege many areas of the country. Floods this year have killed at least 928 people with 477 missing and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, the State Flood Control and Drought Prevention office reported. More heavy rains were expected for the southeast, southwest and northeast parts of the country through Thursday. About 30,000 residents in Kouqian town were trapped in their homes after torrential rains drenched the northeastern province of Jilin on Wednesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Water began flooding the town after the nearby

Xingshan Reservoir and the Wende and Songhua rivers overflowed and rescue crews were delivering supplies by boat and moving people to higher ground, state television reported. Flooding has hit areas all over China. Thousands of workers sandbagged riverbanks and checked reservoirs in preparation for potential floods expected to flow from the swollen Yangtze and Han rivers, an official with the Yangtze Water Resources Commission said Wednesday. He gave only his surname, Zhang, as is common with Chinese officials. “Right now, the Han river in Hubei province is on the verge breaching warning levels,” Zhang said. The Han is expected to rise this week to its highest level in two decades, Xinhua reported. The flood threat

Associated Press

Rescue workers evacuate villagers trapped by flood waters in Anqing in central China’s Anhui province. was greater than usual because the Yangtze, into which the Han flows, was also reaching peak levels, it said. Workers were prepared to blast holes in the Han

embankment to divert flood waters into a low-lying area of farms and fish ponds, from which more than 5,000 people were evacuated, Xinhua said. Although China experi-

ences heavy rains every summer, flooding this year is the worst in more than a decade because the floodprone Yangtze River Basin has seen 15 percent more rain than in an average year, Duan Yihong, director of the National Meteorological Center, said in a transcript of an interview Wednesday posted on the Xinhua website. “Rains should begin to slow down in August, but it is hard to predict now what exactly will happen, said Duan. “We have to be vigilant and closely monitor the weather ... do a better job of forecasting.” Thousands of rescuers in central China’s Henan province searched for survivors Wednesday after a bridge collapsed from heaving flooding in the Yi River over the weekend, killing 37 people with 29

missing, Xinhua reported. Floods have also put China’s massive Three Gorges Dam to the test. On Wednesday morning, the dam’s water flow reached 1.96 million cubic feet (56,000 cubic meters) per second, the biggest peak flow this year, with the water level reaching 518 feet (158 meters), Xinhua said, about 10 percent less than the dam’s maximum capacity. Chinese officials have for years boasted the dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project, would end centuries of devastating floods along the Yangtze. Around China, a total of 875,000 homes have been destroyed, 9.61 million people evacuated, and 22 million acres (8.76 million hectares) of crops ruined in this year’s flooding, according to the state flood control office.

Pakistani airplane crash kills all 152 aboard ISLAMABAD (AP) — A passenger jet crashed into the hills overlooking Pakistan’s capital amid poor weather Wednesday, killing all 152 people on board and blazing a path of devastation strewn with body parts and twisted metal wreckage. It was the worst plane crash ever in Pakistan, and rescue workers battled fires and muddy conditions as they searched in vain to find survivors on the densely wooded hillside where the flight went down. “The situation at the site of the crash is heartbreaking,” said Imtiaz Elahi, chairman of the Capital Development Authority, which deals with emergencies and reports to the Interior Ministry. “It is a great tragedy, and I confirm it with pain that there

are no survivors.” The dead included two U.S. citizens, said the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad without providing further details. The crash left twisted metal wreckage hanging from trees and scattered across the ground on a bed of broken branches. Clouds of dense gray smoke rose up from the burning wreckage as a helicopter hovered above. “I’m seeing only body parts,” Dawar Adnan, a rescue worker with the Pakistan Red Crescent, said by telephone from the crash site. “This is a very horrible scene. We have scanned almost all the area, but there is no chance of any survivors.” The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar

said the government does not suspect terrorism. The plane left the southern city of Karachi at 7:45 a.m. for a two-hour Airblue flight to Islamabad and was trying to land during cloudy and rainy weather, said Pervez George, a civil aviation official. Airblue is a private service based in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, and Wednesday’s flight was believed to be carrying

mostly Pakistanis. Rescue workers scouring the heavily forested hills recovered nearly 80 bodies from the wreckage, said Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority in a statement. The flight was carrying 146 passengers and six crew members, said George. The aircraft was an Airbus A321, and the flight number was ED202, he said.


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