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Three seek votes in sheriff race By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer With two challengers taking on a Republican incumbent, the race for sheriff is one of the most contested of the remaining campaigns. Sheriff Ron Seals, a Republican, faces Democrat Kim Pierce and independent candidate Jerry Grubb.
Sevier County voters ment as a selected Seals to finish strength the uncompleted term while Pierce of Bruce Montgomery and Grubb after Montgomery’s say the death. He’s worked with department the sheriff’s department can use the most of his life, at 35 fresh peryears. spective they Grubb Pierce Seals Pierce is a former could proSevier County sheriff’s Service. vide. Not surprisingly, Seals deputy, while Grubb Grubb said he would has served as a Ranger presents his lifetime of bring new vision verwith the National Park work within the depart- sus “the same ole same
ole.” He said the department needs a significant overhaul, and he’d like to implement new hiring and personnel policies. Pierce also said she would like to make changes, including the addition of Civil Service protection for officers. Seals said he doesn’t believe there need to be any changes to See Sheriff, Page A4
One year later 5Eagles soar in 1st scrimmage Seymour’s Trevor Wallace breaks into the open field for a nice gain. sports, Page A8
Community pulls together Wagon train brings family, neighbors together to help others
Hercutt family still looking for answers in woman’s death By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer It’s been a year without answers for the family of Shannon Hercutt, whose body was found in her SUV at the bottom of a ravine off Walker Trail Road Aug. 3, 2009. Authorities first believed Hercutt died when her 2007 Cadillac Escalade swerved off the road and went down the 125-foot embankment where she was found. A few days later, they announced they were investigat-
ing her death as a homicide; they found evidence she was murdered in her home and someone put her in the SUV and drove it off the cliff to cover up the crime. In the year since, Hercutt’s family has had to come to terms with her loss and the fact that law enforcement authorities so far can’t tell them who killed her and why. It’s caused a split in the family — Hercutt’s father, Ted Hercutt, and her sister, Penny Stephens, are at odds over it. That’s difficult for Stephens, who lost her mother the year before
Shannon died. “After the fact of her murder, there were things that happened between me and my dad and it’s caused a separation between me and my dad and that’s very sad to me,” Stephens said. “That’s not how I wanted it.” Ted Hercutt said he hadn’t talked to his daughter in a year. They were together on a vacation to Myrtle Beach when Shannon died, but the split started before her funeral and has continued ever since. Ted Hercutt was in what every-
one admits was a contentious dispute with Shannon over business at the time of her death. He’s said that he believed law enforcement considered him a suspect, although no law enforcement officer has called him a suspect or person of interest. One of the biggest splits between father and daughter has been their view of how law enforcement handled the investigation into Shannon’s death. Ted Hercutt maintains he had See Hercutt, Page A2
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Obituaries John R. Anders 62 Mary Jones, 79 Robert Rines, 64 Jerry Smith, 73 “Bobby” Webster, Sr. DETAILS, Page A4
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Penny Stephens, sister of Shannon Hercutt (pictured above), who was murdered Aug. 3 2009, visits her grave. Their mother Patricia, who died in November 2008, is buried next to Shannon.
Dollywood abuzz about new ride
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An artist’s rendering gives an idea of what the new Barnstormer ride will be like when it’s introduced in 2011 at Dollywood. The ride will be the centerpiece of a barnyard-themed area replacing the area currently housing the Dreamland Forest.
PIGEON FORGE — Dollywood is preparing for a barn raising, quickly followed by the arrival of their newest attraction in 2011 — the Barnstormer. The $5.5 million giant swing will be situated in a barnyardthemed area which will also include play area for younger guests. The Barnstormer pays homage to the daring aerialists and stunt pilots of the 1920s and is designed to give its riders an idea of what being a passenger in one of the planes would be like. “I remember my daddy and granddaddy talking about the old barnstormers that used to do all kinds of crazy stunts above the fields where they’d work crops,” See Dollywood, Page A4
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to insist on an autopsy for Shannon. Her death was first announced as the result of a traffic accident; he said the Tennessee highway patrolman who investigated the case ignored statements from medical personnel that her injuries were not consistent with an accident. Hercuttâ€™s said that authorities didnâ€™t begin to investigate until he told them the details of the wreck â€” Shannon not wearing a seat belt and having the window of the car down werenâ€™t consistent with his daughterâ€™s behavior. He said she always wore a seat belt and never would have driven with the window down because she didnâ€™t like the wind to mess up her hair. Sheriff Ron Seals has said officers started the investigation before Hercuttâ€™s claims, although Seals has said they could have started sooner if the initial THP investigation hadnâ€™t called it an accident. They had ordered an autopsy, the sheriff said, and it confirmed Shannonâ€™s injuries were inconsistent what would have happened in the wreck. Penny Stephens said she believes authorities are closing in on the killer. â€œThe sheriffâ€™s department and detectives have done a wonderful job of getting things to send off to forensics, and theyâ€™re on it and I know weâ€™re going to get justice for Shannon,â€? Stephens said. Sheâ€™s realizes it can take time to build the case. â€œSadly to say, Iâ€™ve learned a lot about detective work and investigation work. It doesnâ€™t happen overnight,â€? she said. Her fatherâ€™s sentiments are the polar opposite of hers. Hercutt doesnâ€™t believe the killer will be
Ted Hercutt has been vocal on his thoughts of how the case has been handled.
caught, and he thinks investigators botched the investigation from the start. â€œI thought we would have better police than what we do,â€? he said. â€œEven if they do find out who killed her, theyâ€™ll never get a conviction.â€? He believes errors have been made throughout the investigation. He doesnâ€™t believe officers have pursued leads and suspects the way they should â€” including himself as a possible suspect. In an interview last week he reiterated that he heard shortly after Shannonâ€™s death that authorities thought he could be responsible. Authorities have never said publicly that Hercutt was a suspect or a person of interest. â€œI should have been under the heat lamp,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™m the number one suspect, Iâ€™ve been hearing that ever since.â€? He said there are other potential suspects that authorities havenâ€™t interrogated â€” at least not to the degree he thinks they should. He made it clear heâ€™s not supporting Seals for re-election. District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn said his office has not given up on the case, and neither has the Sevier County
The SUV Shannon Hercutt was found in on Aug. 3, 2009 pointed to several clues that what was first thought to be an accident was actually murder, including the fact she wasnâ€™t wearing a seat belt and that the window was down. Those are two things her family said were inconsistent with Shannonâ€™s habits. Sheriffâ€™s Office. Detectives from the sheriffâ€™s department work on the case daily, Dunn said. He confirmed they used grant money to send evidence for DNA testing. â€œWeâ€™re awaiting the results of that,â€? he said. He recently took the case to a Vidocq Society, a group that reviews unsolved crimes. The society includes experts like pathologists, criminologists and others who offer suggestions and a fresh perspective. In the meantime, Dunn said his office has not named a suspect or person of interest. While she didnâ€™t name her father, Penny Stephens made it clear she didnâ€™t believe her sisterâ€™s name should be used as an issue in the sheriffâ€™s race. â€œIt sickens me that my sisterâ€™s murder has kind of been used as a political issue by certain people,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s really just sad they think they have to use my sisterâ€™s murder
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for a political issue.â€? One of the few places where father and daughter agree is that Shannon loved Pennyâ€™s daughter, Shasta. Both said she was devoted to the girl and treated her like a daughter. Stephens said she and Shasta try to focus on the positive when they talk about Shannon. â€œWe talk about her all the time, the funny things my sister would do,â€? she said. Itâ€™s been difficult, Stephens said, to keep trying to live a normal life. â€œIt has been a very hard year,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s been a struggle to go on living your life somewhat normal, taking it one day at a time. â€œIt doesnâ€™t seem like itâ€™s been a year. It seems like it was just yesterday, but I keep in touch with the sheriffâ€™s department, with the detectives, and they keep me informed and Iâ€™m reassured that they will solve this case. I know in
my heart we will get justice for Shannon.â€? Stephens and a cousin has taken over management of her sisterâ€™s business: Auntie Belhamâ€™s Realty and Nightly
Rentals. â€œIt is doing wonderful. Weâ€™re just so excited,â€? she said. â€œThis economy is pretty bad for everybody, but for us it didnâ€™t affect us at all. Itâ€™s doing great and Iâ€™ve got to give my cousin credit and the Auntie Belhamâ€™s staff credit. Her spirit is with us and sheâ€™s still driving us.â€? Hercutt said heâ€™s also struggled since the murder. â€œItâ€™s been very rough for us to not have a girl like that around you, even though we had some problems in the past,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s been rougher that nothingâ€™s been done about it.â€? While they disagree about the investigation, both father and daughter say they want to see Shannonâ€™s killer caught. It wonâ€™t bring closure, Stephens said, but it could bring a small measure of additional peace. â€œI just canâ€™t imagine that itâ€™s a year later and that (the murderer is) living life like nothing happened,â€? Stephens said. n firstname.lastname@example.org
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Y’uns set to perform in Townsend Submitted Report TOWNSEND — Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s Sunset Music Series presents Y’uns at 7 p.m. Friday. Y’uns is an acoustic band that blends jugband music with elements of folk, swing, country and blues. They play music by
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Arrests Editor’s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed within this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. u Brian Scott Duncan, 39, of 426 Ski Mountain Rd., Apt. 153, Gatlinburg, was charged July 31 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court and driving while revoked. He was being held. u Brandon Lee Faubion, 20, of Knoxville, was charged July 30 with DUI (second offense), driving while revoked and financial responsibility law. He was being held on $12,000 bond. u Bill Veron Gibson, Jr., 30, of Knoxville, was charged July 31 with possession of schedule II drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held on $2,500 bond. u Jose Grevis, 24, of Sevierville, was charged July 31 with public intoxication. He was being held. u Verda Lynn Hall, 42, of London, Ky., was charged July 30 with a felony warrant from general sessions court. She was being held. u Fred Jackson King, 54, of 604 Eastgate Rd., Sevierville, was charged July 30 with DUI, financial responsibility law and traffic violations. He was being held on $2,000 bond. u Larry Eugene Mickalls, 50, of 449 Virginia Ave., Sevierville, was charged
July 30 with public intoxication. He was being held on $500 bond. u Marco Antonia Murillo, 22, of 3105 Clintwood Way 65, Pigeon Forge, was charged July 31 with driving without a license. He was being held on $1,500 bond. u Thomas Ray Myatt, 24, of Wendell, N.C., was charged July 31 with public intoxication. He was being held on $250 bond. u Jeremy Scott Parson, 26, of 2926 Grassy Branch Loop, Sevierville, was charged July 31 with DUI. He was being held on $2,500 bond. u Alesha Michelle Peterson, 31, of Knoxville, was charged July 31 with possession of schedule II drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was being held on $2,500 bond. u Cody Randall Pratt, 24, of Strawberry Plains,
was charged July 30 with vandalism. He was released on $500 bond. u Jose Luis Rodriguez, 19, of 234 Sycamore Lane, Gatlinburg, was charged July 31 with violation of probation. He was being held on $1,000 bond. u Ann Grace Smith, 57, of Oak Ridge, was charged July 31 with general theft. She was being held. u Charles Edward Stroud, 37, of Mohawk, Tenn., was charged July 30 with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of solicitation of a minor. He was released on $100,000 bond. u Benjamin Perry Way, 20, of Kingsport, was charged July 30 with underage driving while impaired and violation of implied consent law. He was released on $2,500 bond.
SEVIERVILLE — This week the contractor will continue the five-minute stoppages on Highway 66 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to pull electric and other overhead utility cable across the road from King Street to Catlettsburg. Comcast, Charter, and AT&T are working on site and may be pulling wire across 66 in this section as well. The work depends on good weather. Progress made last week includes paving on the new outside lanes between Allensville Road and Gist Creek; work on the retaining walls;
and installing storm drain and utilities north of Douglas Dam Road. What the contractor has placed through July 20: n 236,379 cubic yards of dirt moved on the site equaling around 23,638 truck loads n 88,980 ton of base stone n 19,283 tons of asphalt n 3,074 cubic yards of concrete n 19,402 feet of new storm drain pipe installed n 9,502 square feet of retaining walls constructed n 28,923 square feet of concrete sidewalk constructed For questions regarding the project, call MACTEC Engineering and Consulting Inc. at 429-4509.
SPD hosting free safety seminar for seniors The Sevierville Police Department will hold a free senior safety seminar at the Sevierville Civic Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The comprehensive seminar will cover numerous senior concerns, including: n Home safety and security. Topics include completing a home security review; helping emergency responders find your home; Med-Ray and Tel-A-Tend programs. n Neighborhood safety. How to establish a
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Obituaries In Memoriam
John R. Anders John R. Anders age 62 of Talbott, passed away July 29, 2010, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. He was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his wife, Julia Anders of Talbott; daughters, Lisa, Christy and husband Steve, and Ginger; three grandchildren, Sapphire, Gino, and Rocky; brothers, Carl, Dickie, and Ken Anders; four sisters, Nell, Patsy, Jackie, and Drucilla; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, in the chapel of Smith-Reagan Funeral Home in Rutledge with Rev. Troy Duncan officiating. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Monday evening prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements by Smith-Reagan Funeral Home of Rutledge, Tennessee.
Mary Etta Jones Mary Etta Jones, 79 of Pigeon Forge, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She was born in Williamsburg, Ky., and moved to Tennessee 18 years ago. She was a member of Henderson Chapel Church. Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Terry Oates, Donna and Steven Suftko, Debra and Bob Pelisek; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Linda Jones; sisters, Gail Harp, Lois Christensen, Naomi Hickey; brother, Danny Harp; eight grandchildren; 10 greatgrandchildren; one great-greatgrandson. A memorial service will be held at Henderson Chapel Church at a later date under the direction of her good friend, Agnes Bradley. Cremation services provided by McCarty Funeral Directors and Cremation Services, 607 Wall Street, Sevierville, 774-2950.
Jerry Smith Jerry Smith, 73 of Kodak, died Friday, July 30, 2010. Jerry was a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church. Survivors: wife, Gladys; sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Jan, Doug and Kay, Steve and Patty; 21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Nadine., The family received friends Saturday with a funeral service beginning at 7 p.m. in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home
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the organizational structure of the office. The three candidates also have differing views on the most pressing need is for the department. For Seals, it’s a manpower issue. The population of Sevier County is growing, and despite the downturn in the economy, and Sevier County remains one of the most visited tourist locations in the nation. “Additional manpower is needed
with the Rev. Brandon Cate officiating. Interment 2 p.m Sunday in Middle Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Robert Rines Robert Rines, 64 of Newport, died Friday, July 30, 2010, at Baptist Hospital of Cocke County. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Survivors: wife, Sarah Rines; daughters, Audrey Rines, Alisa Rines Mitchell; sons, Robbie Rines Mitchell, Ronald Kinzer; sisters, Virginia Rines, Anna Mae Woods and Betty Fisher; brother, Bill Rines;several grandchildren and greagrandchildren; stepchildren Carol, Terry, Connie, Ronnie and Vickie; special nieces and nephews; grandchildren; and adopted children, Anthony and Shawn Rines. Funeral service will be held 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at Manes Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Leon Large and Robert Williamson officiating. Family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, in Allens Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Family and friends may sign the guest register on line at www.manesfuneralhome.com Manes Funeral Home in charge.
to better serve the citizens of Sevier County,” he said. The department can add personnel without increasing taxes by obtaining grant funding, he added. Grubbs said if he’s elected the department would “focus on law enforcement and commu-
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Robert Lee Webster, Sr.
Robert Lee “Bobby” Webster, Sr. of Gatlinburg, TN (formerly of Vidette, GA) passed away on July 29, 2010, at the age of 74. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest Lee and Thelma Sturdivant Webster of Vidette, and his brother James Webster of Florence, AZ. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn S. Webster of Gatlinburg and four sons, Robert L. “Lee” Webster, Jr. (Gail) of Vidette, GA, Ken Webster (Kristine) of Gatlinburg, TN, Barry Webster (Yoon-Sun) of Germantown, MD, Terry Parten (Tina) of Gatlinburg. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Whitney, Beau, Brandon, Ellie, Aimee, and Zach Webster, Melinda and Layne Parten, Chase Beazley, April and Daniel Hagood, and Nichole Arnold and two great grandchildren. He was known as “Big Daddy” by all who knew and loved him. Until he retired to the mountains he loved, Bobby was a cotton farmer in Georgia for over 40 years and was a longtime member of the Georgia and Tennessee Farm Bureau. He was a major advocate for cotton which included being President of Southern Cotton Growers Association, Secretary of the board for Cotton, Inc., Chairman of the Georgia Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, Chairman of the Southeastern Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, Chairman of the Georgia Cotton Commission, on the research advisory board for the College of Agriculture at UGA, served on the Producers Steering Committee of the National Cotton Council and was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a Director on the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. Board. As a local leader in Burke County, GA, he was also a founding Director of Edmund Burke Academy, a county commissioner, and a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner. He was a lifelong Methodist and was a current member of First United Methodist Church in Gatlinburg. For all the people who knew him, his eternal optimism and big smile will always remain a wonderful tribute to the man he was. Receiving of Friends will be Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Gatlinburg. Rev. Jane Taylor and Rev. Eric Rieger will officiate. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 742 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, designated for Bread of Life Ministry or Van funds.
nity service and remove the good ole boy way of doing business.” Pierce said she would like to improve training for officers and especially corrections staff. She said she would rearrange the personnel in the department to put more officers on patrol. “The depart-
Dolly Parton said. “My new Barnstormer ride offers folks those same breathtaking moments, high in the sky above Dollywood. And I’ve recreated a critter-themed barnyard that reminds me of growing up on the farm here in the Smoky Mountains!” The ride features two pendulum arms with seating for 32 riders. Seated back to back, riders travel progressively higher on each swing of the Barnstormer’s massive arms, reaching a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation. At its peak, the Barnstormer reaches 81 feet in the air, taking riders high above the barn’s rooftop and the area’s treetops. The one-acre project will be located in the area currently occupied by Dreamland Forrest and adjacent to the Mountain Slidewinder, one of park’s most popular rides which opened in 1987. The Barnstormer will rest amid a traditional red barn on the Owens Farm, a nod to Parton’s family’s rural upbringing. While the Barnstormer fills the air above the barn, children’s play areas dot the landscape around the barn. With a fun, barnyard theme, children can enjoy a 22-foot by 16-foot biplane play area as well as a pig pen water play area. Chapter 7 ,
The Barnstormer has a ride capacity of 450 passengers per hour, and a 45-inch minimum height requirement. It also includes a customdesigned ADA seat. The new area opens in March 2011 to usher in Dollywood’s 26th operating season. The number one ticketed attraction in Tennessee, Dollywood is an award-winning 150-acre family adventure park located in Pigeon Forge near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Open nine months a year (late March to early January), Dollywood hosts four of the South’s largest festivals and offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including Thunderhead, twice named the world’s No. 1 wooden coaster, and Mystery Mine coaster, Theme Park Insider’s 2007 Best New Attraction. In addition to the 2009 Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows, Dollywood is the recipient of 15 Big E Awards in recognition of the park’s live entertainment which features country, bluegrass, gospel and Appalachian music. The Golden Tickets’ 2007 Publisher’s Pick for best theme park, Dollywood also is a two-time winner of the Golden Ticket Award for Best Christmas Event. In addition, a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region demonstrate daily. For more information, visit www.dollywood. com.
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Salazar keeps oil drill ban, for now By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press Writer ON THE GULF OF MEXICO â€” The helicopter passes over the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico â€” with surprisingly little oil visible on its surface â€” when out of the sea rises a skyscraper-like structure nearly 350 feet above the waves. The $600 million rig, nearly 100 miles off Louisianaâ€™s coast, has a hull larger than a football field and can drill more than 5 miles beneath the ocean floor. But the gleaming new rig sits idle, shut down by the governmentâ€™s freeze on drilling at 33 ocean wells. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited the colossal structure this past week while on a tour of three offshore oil rigs. It was his most extensive tour since the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig led to one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history and the unprecedented shutdown of offshore drilling. Salazar told The Associated Press, which
accompanied him on the trip, that heâ€™s gathering information to decide whether to revise or even lift the ban, which is scheduled to last until Nov. 30. Business groups and Gulf Coast political leaders say the shutdown is crippling the oil and gas industry and costing thousands of jobs, even aboard rigs not operated by BP PLC, which is responsible for the Gulf disaster. The freeze â€œis like punishing the whole classâ€? when a student does something wrong, oil executive John Breed told Salazar during a tour of the Noble Danny Adkins, one of the rigs Salazar visited Wednesday. Salazar told the AP he believes the industry-wide moratorium imposed after BPâ€™s Gulf oil spill was the correct call. â€œI think weâ€™re in the right direction,â€? he said, adding that the ultimate goal is to allow deepwater operations to resume safely. â€œWeâ€™re not there yet,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™ve got a lot of questions about drilling safety,â€? Salazar said.
Paperwork nightmare: A struggle to fix new law By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON â€” Tucked into the new health care law is a requirement that could become a paperwork nightmare for nearly 40 million businesses. They must file tax forms for every vendor that sells them more than $600 in goods. The goal is to prevent vendors from underreporting their income to the Internal Revenue Service. The government must think vendors are omitting a lot because the filing requirement is estimated to bring in $19 billion over the next decade. Business groups say it will swamp their members in paperwork, and Congress is listening. Democrats and Republicans want to repeal it, but getting them to work together on the issue is proving difficult in an election year.
The House rejected a bill Friday that would have repealed the provision. The two parties disagreed on how to make up the lost revenue. â€œThis foolish policy hammers our business community when we should be supporting their job growth,â€? Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska said in the Republicansâ€™ weekly radio and Internet address Saturday. â€œItâ€™s only one example of how the administrationâ€™s promise to support small businesses really rings hollow.â€? Democrats blamed Republicans for Fridayâ€™s failure. â€œDespite all of their rhetoric about the need to eliminate this reporting requirement, Republicans walked away from small businesses when it mattered most,â€? said Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the taxwriting House Ways and Means Committee.
Wildfire smolders in desert north of Los Angeles Some 1,300 firefighters were assigned to the fire near Palmdale, and the city of 139,000 was filled with thick smoke. Crews hoped to close the fireâ€™s south flank near Portal Ridge, Rancho Vista and Ana Verde as temperatures rose into the 90s and dry winds whipped up again as predicted. â€œWeâ€™re getting a handle on it,â€? Padilla said. â€œAs soon as we contain that south end weâ€™ll be in better shape.â€?
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PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) â€” A wildfire smoldered in the high desert north of Los Angeles Saturday, spewing plumes of thick smoke into a nearby town as hundreds of firefighters worked to contain the 2-day-old blaze. The fire has charred nearly 22 square miles of brush in the Antelope Valley. It was 62 percent contained Saturday afternoon and no structures were threatened, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Sam Padilla.
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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, second from right, looks at blowout preventer controls as he tours the Murphy Front Runner deep water oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, Wednesday. Second left is Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes, and partially visible at right is Director of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) Michael R. Bromwich.
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Legion creates motorcycle group
Riders 104 is a new group formed by American Legion Post 104 for veterans who enjoy motorcycles. If interested in finding out more, attend the Post 104 annual picnic on Tuesday at Douglas Dam Overlook picnic area. Legion members will be there starting at 1 p.m. with the meal served at 6. The ride planned from the Post to the picnic has been cancelled. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Post 104 chaplain Clifford Negrete at 405-0776 by July 30, if possible. For more information visit http://www.amlgnp104tn. org, call 428-0704 or e-mail to email@example.com. n
Roe staffers to meet with citizens U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, whose district includes most of Sevier County, will send staff to hold office hours in Sevierville from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday and again Aug. 17 at the Sheriff’s Department.
Police to be in local communities
The Sevierville Police Department, as part of the National Night Out program, will be offering services to several area communities from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday. n Gateway: child fingerprinting, child car safety seat checks, and general safety information n Robert S. Howard and Eastgate: child fingerprinting and general safety information. For information, contact Sgt. Rebecca Cowan at 8681866 or e-mail to rcowan@ seviervilletn.org. n
Fingerprinting, seat checks set
The Sevierville Police Department has scheduled a child car safety seat checkpoint and child fingerprinting event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Knoxville TVA Credit Union, 1037 Middle Creek Road. Officers will fingerprint children of all ages and provide parents with ID kit. Certified officers will be available to perform inspections of safety seats, demonstrate proper installation techniques and offer general assistance.
GPHS Class of 2000 plans reunion
Gatlinburg-Pittman Class of 2000 reunion is 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Calhoun’s Banquet Hall. Cost is $28 per person/ adults only. Registration deadline has been extended to Aug. 10. Send payment to Leanne David. For further information call 436-3729. Friday, Sept.10, meet at 6 p.m. and tour the school before the G-P home game.
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Wamp not happy with Haslam mailer By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE — Zach Wamp is denouncing rival Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam’s latest mail piece, saying Haslam doctored his image and used what he calls Middle Eastern imagery. The mail piece features a fuzzy picture of Wamp with a backdrop of what appears to be a wall with crumbling yellow paint. The reverse side has text about Wamp’s congressional record written over an image of the U.S. Capitol. The Chattanooga congressman called the mailer “demonic” during a campaign stop in Arlington on
Friday. “They painted up my face, created a beard, used all this Middle Eastern looking imagery, and it’s awful,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “What kind of gutter politics is that?” Asked Saturday what part of the mailer he considers to be Middle Eastern, Wamp didn’t cite anything specific. “All of that, just the whole — I don’t know, I think it’s just ugly,” he said. “It’s like they painted you up to make you look like you’re from a foreign country.” Haslam laughed off the suggestion that the mailer contained Middle Eastern themes during a campaign
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A newly opened paintball course in Montana had to shut down after odor from disintegrated paintballs was luring possibly dangerous guests: bears. Big Sky Marketing Director Dax Schieffer says the resort tried to find an environmentally friendly paintball. It turned out the one selected contains a vegetable oil that can attract grizzly and black bears.
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World quote roundup “The level of devastation is so widespread, so large. It is quite possible that in many areas there is damage, deaths, which may not have been reported.” — Pakistani army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas of flooding that killed more than 800
“Let me take him water-skiing out here and see if he comes up black.” Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser of BP Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley of reports less oil on surface after oil spill
“I knew her since she was a baby so this is a big moment. She’s a lovely, lovely girl.” — Actress Mary Steenbergen of Chelsea Clinton, whose wedding she and husband Ted Danson were set to attend Saturday
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event at a Nashville restaurant. “I don’t think so,” he said. “I’m proud of the campaign we’ve run.” Haslam also denied that the photo was manipulated to create the appearance of facial hair. Wamp, Haslam and state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville are the main candidates seeking the GOP nomination on Thursday. Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen can’t run again because of term limits. Wamp on Saturday also dismissed Haslam as a “weak leader” who as governor would do the bidding of his father Jim and brother Jimmy, the founder and top executive of the family-owned Pilot Corp. chain of truck stops.
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Ailey hopes to be winner election day Not many people in Sevier County can match loyalty to the Republican Party of Rob Ailey. His grandfather was a Republican before it was cool to be one in the South. His uncle ran for public offices in the 1970s, and young Ailey often tagged along on campaign trips handing out literature. Ailey served three years as Sevier County Republican Party chairman, ran as a pledged delegate to Fred Thompson in 2008, and cast his first ever vote for Richard Nixon in 1972. Ailey, who has lived in Seymour almost all of his life, is on the ballot Thursday, but you may not be aware of it. He’s a candidate for the State Republican Executive Committee from Senate District 8. The executive committee, consisting of a man and woman from each senatorial district, is the governing body for the Tennessee Republican Party, sort of its board of directors. The committee oversees the policies that govern the party and works with local Republicans to increase GOP participation as well as candidates. For Ailey, running for the office comes with a heavy heart. He lost both parents within a five-month period. His mother died last October and his dad died in March of this year. They had been married 63 years, and Ailey says he is sure his father died in part from a broken heart. Both lived in Seymour. “After they got sick I began to pull away from a lot of things,” he said, including membership on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. He was instrumental in getting a club opened in Seymour two years ago. “I had to clear my mind,” he said of his self-imposed sabbatical. Then, the idea of running for a seat on the Executive Committee came to him. He is sure his parents would have wanted him to go for it. It won’t be easy to get elected. The district includes all of Sevier and Blount counties, but most of the population are in Blount. He has one opponent: Chad Bowling of Maryville. Allen Bray, who is active in the Sevier County Republican Party, appears on the ballot but has withdrawn from the race. “One thing I feel has helped me is the fact he (Bowling) has not been involved in Republican politics. As far as I know this is his first real involvement in politics at all. Through the years I’ve been able to meet a lot of people in Blount County. I think that puts me on an even playing field.” Ailey is entering his last year as a public school educator. He will retire sometime in the upcoming school year from his post as counselor at Seymour High. His older brother Ric has already retired as a government and social studies teacher at Seymour. Ailey’s GOP credentials cannot be questioned, but he says he has never let his personal politics interfere with his teaching responsibilities, He has taught government and social studies as well, “but I don’t feel it is my place as an educator to try to sway students in a particular direction.” He is proud to note that among his Facebook page friends are a number of former students. “It makes me realize that somewhere along the line they paid attention to me when I told them to be involved and be concerned enough about the country to vote.” Ailey would take office in September if he wins. He won’t say publicly who he’s backing for governor, although he did support Bill Gibbons, the Memphis DA, until Gibbons dropped out of the race earlier this year. He says Executive Committee members shouldn’t show partisanship toward particular candidates until one emerges from the primary. Whomever wins the GOP gubernatorial primary on Thursday will have a solid friend and campaign worker in Rob Ailey. He just hopes his support will be from a position as committeeman. — Stan Voit is editor of The Mountain Press. His column appears each Sunday. He can be reached at 428-0748, ext. 217, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not feeling the pressure Shady Grove water system must work harder, faster to meet customers’ expectations When you live outside of a city served by a full-time fire department, you take certain chances. You enjoy the relative peace and quiet of rural areas, but you give up more accessible police and fire protection. Volunteer fire departments do the best they can and are served by dedicated individuals, but they can only do so much when they hold down their own paying jobs and are not always at the station when the trucks are needed. That’s a challenge in itself, but when rural residents are served by a water system that isn’t adequate to let firefighters do their job when they have to, that’s a different set of problems. A fire last week in Kodak is a good example. Volunteers in the Northview/Kodak department tried to fight a house fire on Woodrow Circle, but were hindered because the pressure through the hydrants wasn’t sufficient. They say if
they had had enough water pressure, they probably could have saved the house from being destroyed.
“You’ve taken the time to lay the line thinking you’ve got a viable water source, and you don’t,” Fire Chief John Satterfield said. Low pressure also allows more air to get into the truck’s pumps.
The Shady Grove water system serves this part of the county, and to its credit its manager acknowledges the problem. Mike Jones says the water system is doing all it can to improve water pressure. The water line in question was built before new state rules requiring a certain level of pressure in the lines. Woodrow Circle is at the end of the water line, and that adds to the pressure woes. That explanation is little comfort to the family that lost its home and the volunteer firefighters who are called out to battle blazes but are rendered
less than effective because of situations beyond their control. If you buy a home anywhere that is served by a water hydrant, you have an expectation that in case of a fire the firefighters will be able to tie into that hydrant and battle the blaze. That’s an assumption that doesn’t meet the test for many of Shady Grove’s customers. Those who choose to live outside of a municipality served by a full-time fire department give up some things while enjoying the features that drew them to the countryside. That said, they shouldn’t have to give up minimum water pressure from their water system that installs hydrants in the neighborhood. Shady Grove manager Mike Jones says the system is doing everything it can to improve the situation, Looks like it needs to work a lot harder on that.
O t h e r v i e w s — T h e C o m m e r c i a l App e a l , M e m p h i s In the early days of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, Tennessee set modest, easy-toachieve goals for public school students to meet on standardized tests. Those days are over. Tennessee has joined more than 30 other states to make those tests more meaningful measures of student progress. It was the right decision, but there will be pain involved. It probably could be better described as anguish among conscientious students and engaged parents when the next set of scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program tests — given to students in grades 3-8 — are released in late September. Huge drops in scores are predicted as the questions get harder in an effort to match tests administered to students in the National
Assessment of Educational Progress. Gov. Phil Bredesen and other state and local education officials toured Tennessee recently to warn the public about what to expect and explain why expectations for Tennessee students are suddenly being matched with those of students across the nation. Bredesen made a persuasive case for the rapid change. Getting the bad news out of the way and shifting the focus to loftier goals seems not only more politically expeditious but potentially more effective. It will tend to catch the public’s attention more dramatically than gradually turning the screw and eliminate wasted time. ... There will, no doubt, be some pushback from students, teachers and parents. ...
Fortunately, officials will get help on the sales job from a coalition of business, community and education organizations that support public education reform. And Tennessee’s $500 million federal Race to the Top grant will be used to cover expenses from the improvement effort. Of course, average scores on standardized tests don’t turn around on short notice. It will take a few years before reform begins to show tangible results. In the meantime, families might want to stock up on tissues. Tears will flow among students who care. Putting public education in Tennessee on a par with states with long, established records of educational achievement, however, will be worth a good cry.
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SEVIER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
A Smoky Bear matriarch gets called to the Hall A fixture in the stands since the 1940s, Atchley bleeds Sevier County Purple By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor SEVIERVILLE -- For over 60 years Emma Atchley has been one of the Sevier County Smoky Bears’ biggest fans. Since she moved to Sevierville Emma Atchley with her late husband, Bill, in 1945, Atchley has had Purple in her veins. The couple attended literally hundreds of games over the years, regularly attending from 1947 up until today. Atchley also taught at SCHS for 30 years, from 1954 to 1994, teaching many of Sevier County’s most prominent citizens along the way. But when it comes to Atchley’s selection to the 2010 Sevier County High School Athletic Hall of Fame, it’s mostly her dedication to school’s sports programs that gets her in. See ATCHLEY, Page A9
PF Tigers show some heart in 1st scrimmage By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer
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Trevor Wallace makes the most of a carry during a scrimmage with the Toppers at Seymour Friday. For more action shots, see page A13.
Seymour soars in 1st scrimmage By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer SEYMOUR — After just four days of work in pads, the Seymour Eagles football team played unexpectedly well in Friday’s home scrimmage against the Science Hill Hilltoppers and the Campbell County Cougars. “Yes, I was surprised,” said second-year Seymour head football coach Jim Moore. “I told our kids, ‘guys, you all did better than what I expected.’ “It was great, but the thing is we just have to keep getting better. We have to be that much better this coming Friday than we were this past Friday. “But it was just a good day. Everything didn’t go
well, and we did give up some plays, but for a first scrimmage ... we were really pleased with the boys.” The Eagles controlled the contest against Campbell County with three Seymour scores to none for the Cougars. Seymour also played right with the Hilltoppers and either won 3-2 or tied 2-2. “I can’t really remember if we scored three or two against Science Hill,” said Moore. “There was so much going on, and nobody was really keeping score.” Moore was keeping up with how both his defensive and offensive units were playing, however. “Our defense played pretty good,” the Seymour coach said. “We’ve got a lot of new guys out there
playing, and we saw a lot of different things going up against different types of offenses. And our boys responded well.” “And offensively, we moved the ball consistently, and we finished some drives off.” Rising senior QB Dustin Fain, who started eight games at the position for Seymour last year, is the entrenched Eagles starter for 2010. But there are also several up-and-coming sophomore QBs on the squad. Moore said he generally liked what he saw from the field general position on Friday. “All the quarterbacks played well,” said Moore. “Dustin has got the experience, but we also liked
what we saw from our three sophomores.” Hayden Brooks threw a 65-yard TD against Science Hill and had a nice scramble that netted over 30 yards. “And Troy Houk had a couple of nice passes and made a couple of nice runs,” said Moore. “And Corbin Ogle read the field well. “All of them did some nice things, and that’s very good to see. We’ve never been in a situation where we’ve had this many kids we feel comfortable with at quarterback.” Up next for Seymour is a 5:30 p.m. Friday scrimmage against Powell at Householder Field. email@example.com
PIGEON FORGE — The Pigeon Forge Tigers gridiron gang had some success in its first scrimmage action of the season Friday night against the visiting Claiborne County Bulldogs and the Oakdale Mustangs, winning both contests by 2-1 and 6-1 finals respectively. But despite the victories, there is still much work to be done for the Orange and Black this season, specifically at the receiver position. “It was a good scrimmage for us,” said fourth-year Pigeon Forge head football coach Lee Hammonds, while watching film of the scrimmage on Saturday evening. “Watching film, I think we’re ahead of where we were last year at this time. “But we’ve still got a lot of work to do and a lot of mistakes we’ve got to correct. “We had guys open in our passing game, and (rising sophomore and current No.1 QB) Cory Fox threw the ball well. We just had way too many dropped passes. “We feel like we’ve got a quarterback in place who’s throwing a good, catchable football. But we dropped too many balls, including two touchdown passes. “We’ve got to settle in on two or three or four receivers who are willing to work extra on their own, and who are willing to catch the football. We’re looking for receivers who are willing to come a little before practice or to stay after to put in some extra work. We’re looking for some receivers willing to set themselves apart from the other guys and show that they want to play.” Also, Hammonds announced a couple weeks ago that the quarterback position will be an open competition this preseason, primarily between Fox and fellow rising sophomore Shane Sharp, a transfer student from Alabama. Following the first scrimmage of the season, Fox still holds the edge for the starting job, although Sharp also did some nice things on Friday. “Shane played with the No.2s, and he threw a touchdown pass,” said Hammonds. “He threw the ball pretty decent, but his release has got to get quicker, and his timing has got to get better. “But his accuracy and his command of the offense has gotten better since spring, so that’s a plus.” Rising sophomore Caleb Black, who started nine games at quarterback last season for the Tigers, is relishing his new role as a slot receiver/running back. “Caleb did a good job,” said Hammonds. “He’s a little quicker than he was last year, and he’s just got really good vision and does a good job running the ball when he gets his hands on it.” Rising junior RB Chase Travis again figures to be the workhouse for the Orange-and-Black offense this season. He’s gained 20 pounds from last year and currently weighs in at 190, which is a suitable playing weight for him, although his conditioning isn’t quite where it needs to be yet. “Chase scored on a 70-yard run on the first play, and he score on a 30-yard sweep later on,” said Hammonds. “And he got some of those tough yards we need from him. “But we’ve got to get him in shape along with some of the other skill position guys, but it’s still early and we’ve got time to get our conditioning in. We’ve got four more See TIGERS, Page A10
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Atchley estimates that -- subtracting the games from 1951 to 1954, when Bill moved the family to Texas, where he attended divinity school -- sheâ€™s probably attended well over 500 games SCHS gridiron games. â€œI wanted to go because I taught the boys, and they were in my class,â€? Atchley said this week from her Sevierville home. â€œI expected them to do their work and I expected to back them.â€? And back them she did. Along with her husband and James and Julia Householder, Atchley attended away games as fervently as the home contests. Perhaps more impressive is the Atchley familyâ€™s record for producing Bear athletes. After their daughter Barbara Atchley played in the SCHS band, Emma and Bill had five sons that strapped on helmets for the Smoky Bears. Beginning in 1961 with Bill Jr., the Atchleys had at least one player on the Bearsâ€™ roster for 11-straight seasons. â€œFor 11 years I had one or two boys on the football team, and of course I didnâ€™t miss any games (over those years),â€? Atchley said. She quickly recalled several great memories from her years watching the teams. â€œBill played all his games at the old field, and Bob (the Atchleysâ€™ second son) all of his except for one year. Old Alumni Field, which was mud down in one end if it rained,â€? Atchley said. â€œOne game I remember they didnâ€™t call off (despite the storm), I guess it didnâ€™t lightning, it was down at the old fairgrounds. We were standing over in one of the cattle barns and watching the ballgame and having to wade water up ankle-deep,â€? she said with a laugh. Other memories then came quicker and quicker. From the battles in the old KIL with teams like Central and old Young High, to proud defeats of powerful teams from Oak Ridge and Bristol, Atchley can tell the stories like they happened last Friday. She even remembers the tough times, after Billâ€™s QB glory years, when Bob took over the No. 10 jersey and quarterback position. â€œThere was a period in there that we were having great success with coach Sweeney, and then we had the down side, when we had some troubles and difficulties, but I didnâ€™t miss a game. It wasnâ€™t win or lose (that was important), it was to be there to support the team. And we need to remember to realize that the team needs support, whether theyâ€™re winning or losing.â€? Though Bobâ€™s teams didnâ€™t fare as well as Billâ€™s had, his individual play did earn him one year with the Vanderbilt Commodores. Following in Bill and
Bobâ€™s footsteps was current Sevierville mayor Bryan Atchley, who also played QB and wore the number 10. â€œBob was outstanding, and Bryan had to follow his big brother, but he had a good senior year,â€? Atchley said, recalling one particular game. â€œIt was that year that we knew we werenâ€™t going to be in any playoffs or anything, but that team that was leading the conference (had to play us). And it snowed. My twins, Bruce and Brent, were freshmen and the freshmen had to go up and scrape the snow off so they could play,â€? Atchley said. â€œThey got some lime down that had purple color in it so (the players) could see the lines. It was 22 degrees, and I was in the stands until the last whistle blew,â€? Atchley said with a giggle. Atchleyâ€™s two youngest boys, the twins, broke the familyâ€™s QB tradition as Brent played running back and Bruce played on the line for the Smoky Bears. â€œI got use to watching the quarterbacks,â€? Atchley said. â€œSo (when the twins played) I had to get used to watching somebody besides just the quarterbacks.â€? In 1973 the twins graduated, ending the string of Atchley players at SCHS. â€œ(Back then) we would have pep rallies before the game. The boys would come marching in and take their seat, and weâ€™d cheer and all,â€? Atchley said. â€œIn 1973 Bruce and Brent graduated, and that fall we were standing in the gym facing where the team would march in, and Mrs. (Julia) Householder and myself almost had tears because there wasnâ€™t an Atchley in the ones that marched in. â€œBut that did not change our support for the team. From then on they were my boys. And to this day, through the Jim Bateses and the Jason Laymans and all the ones that I had in class, I followed them since,â€? Atchley said. She didnâ€™t limit herself to football, though it was her most-attended sport. â€œThe first ballgame I remember going to was a basketball game,â€? Atchley said. â€œWeâ€™d moved into a little house out on High Street, which is still there, and of course the old high school was right across the street, where the middle school is now. â€œThe gym was a white, barn-like building that was detached from the main building. So that was the first ballgame that I attended, and from there I got started with football.â€? Having grown up in the first half of the 20th century, well before Title IX, Atchley said there werenâ€™t many opportunities for her to forge her own athletic
When their children were still young Bill and Emma Atchley probably had no idea that Barbara (band), Bill, Bob, Bryan, Brent and Bruce would all be heavily involved with Smoky Bears athletics. In fact, from 1961 to 1973, the Atchleys always had at least one football player on the Bearsâ€™ roster.
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The Mountain Press â—† Sunday, August 1, 2010 SOUTHERN LEAGUE HARDBALL
Spencerâ€™s blast propels Smokies to 5-4 win
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weeks to get them in shape.â€? Another encouraging sign in Fridayâ€™s scrimmage was shown from the defensive side of the ball. â€œOur defense played better,â€? said Hammonds. â€œWe didnâ€™t give up the big plays that weâ€™ve been known to give up in the past. Obviously that helps out a lot. â€œAnd we were physical Friday night, but weâ€™ve still got to get more physical, and I think they have the ability to do that.â€? The improvements shown by the Orange and Black this year are a direct result of a now-established offseason program at Pigeon Forge. â€œOur offseason program is showing up a little bit now,â€? said Hammonds. â€œWeâ€™re a little stronger and a little quicker than weâ€™ve been before. â€œBut weâ€™re still breaking down little places here and there that could result in either making a big play or coming up short. â€œWeâ€™ve got to correct some things up front with our offensive line. But weâ€™re ahead of where we were, and itâ€™s still early. We have a little bit of time â€” four weeks â€” to get some of these things corrected before the season starts, and thatâ€™s a good thing.â€? The Tigers are not only building up for the present, but theyâ€™re also keeping an eye on the future at the same time. â€œOur young guys got a ton of work Friday night, a ton of work,â€? said Hammonds. Pigeon Forge next travels to Rockwood for a 6 p.m. scrimmage Thursday.
SEVIERVILLE â€” For the second consecutive night, the Tennessee Smokies homered their way past the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. Matt Spencerâ€™s seventh inning home run drove the Smokies to a 5-4 victory over the Diamond Jaxx in front of 5,112 fans at Smokies Park on Friday night. The win puts Tennessee at 62-41 overall, 20-14 in the seasonâ€™s second half. Both starting pitchers were at the top of their game, not allowing a run through the first two frames. The Smokies jumped on West Tenn and starter Mauricio Robles (6-6) in the third inning. Jonathan Mota and Nate Samson led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Tony Campana then doubled to right-center, scoring Mota from second base. Spencer then reached base after being hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Samson scored on a passed ball, and Campana scored on a Russ Canzler sacrifice fly. Robinson Chirinos ended the Smokies rally by singling up the middle scoring Spencer, giving the Smokies a 4-0 lead. West Tenn came right back scoring three times in the top of the fourth inning off Smokies starter Jeremy Papelbon, closing the gap to 4-3. Reliever Jake Muyco entered the game in the fifth inning and held the Diamond Jaxx hitless for two innings. The Diamond Jaxx tacked on a run in the seventh inning. Leury Bonilla walked to start the inning and scored on a Matt Lawson single, tying the game at four. Tennessee came right back in the bottom of the frame on Spencerâ€™s two-out solo home run, giving the Smokies all the breathing room they needed for the 5-4
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career as a student at Rhea Central High School in Dayton, Tenn. The extent of her athletic career in Dayton mainly involved her keeping the scorebook for her brothersâ€™ baseball games. Once she went to CarsonNewman, where she met her future husband, things changed. Though there were no girlsâ€™ varsity sports at C-N, Atchley earned a letter and was president of the Letter Club, thanks to the love of athletics which propelled her into intramural sports, where she regularly participated. Following graduation, Atchley married Bill, who was in the Navy in 1943. Once he was discharged in 1945, the couple settled in Sevierville. Atchley was a stay-at-home mom for several years until she put her teaching certification to use by taking a job as a substitute teacher in 1956. After eight years of subbing, Atchley decided sheâ€™d like to go back to full-time teaching. â€œThe last year I did substituting I lacked one or two days from working half the time,â€? Atchley said. â€œAnd at $6 a day I said if I spend that much time teaching, Iâ€™m going to draw my salary. I went to Jack Ogle and I said â€˜Jack, Iâ€™m ready to go back to full-time teaching.â€? She taught Algebra, Algebra II and Geometry to most of
Sevierville for the next 30 years. Now Atchley is enjoying retirement -- and still attending Smoky Bears home football games. â€œItâ€™s important that we support our sports. It would be no fun if those boys had to practice out there all week and go out and have a handful of people in the stands,â€? Atchley said sternly. â€œIt takes the whole community to back our sports.â€? Two of Atchleyâ€™s 10 grandchildren are now involved with Bear athletics. Her grandson, Bryan, is the Bears head boys soccer coach and an assistant coach of the football team. Her youngest granddaughter, Kayla, will start her freshman year on the Bearettes soccer team this fall. â€œI just think that (sports) are a wonderful way to get out energy and to (learn to) give and take, win and lose, and learn that things donâ€™t always go your way.â€? As for this seasonâ€™s version of the Smoky Bears football team, Atchley, who should be as much an expert on the Purple and White as anyone,
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Tennesseeâ€™s Matt Spencer drives a shot against Carolina earlier this season. victory. Papelbon struck out four, allowing three runs on six hits in four innings pitched. The Smokiesâ€™ bullpen kept the Diamond Jaxx close all game. Muyco (4-2) earned the victory, going three innings and allowing just one run on one hit while striking out two.
sees good things in store. â€œI think theyâ€™re going to do well. Theyâ€™ve got some good coaches out there, and thatâ€™s one thing the boys have been lucky. Weâ€™ve had lots of good coaching,â€? Atchley said. â€œI think the spirit is there and I think theyâ€™ll do well. Lots of these kids I see out there I was friends with their grandparents and taught their parents.â€? Atchley said she was pleased to find out sheâ€™d been selected for this yearâ€™s Hall of Fame class and even a little taken aback. â€œI felt honored and I thought -- why (would I be selected)?â€? Atchley wondered. â€œThey said Iâ€™d been loyal and been a supporter. â€œIâ€™d like to be representative of the people that support Sevier County High, and hope that I have been a good influence on somebody by showing them the importance of supporting the good things in our community. All I can say is thanks for the memories, and when you live as long as I have, you need them -- and Iâ€™ve got them.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke Sommer and Marcos Mateo closed the door for the Smokies, tossing a combined two scoreless innings and allowing three hits and striking out one. Mateo picked up his third save of the season. From submitted reports
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Matchpoint Volleyball Camp
The Matchpoint Volleyball Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 10 and 11, at Catlettsburg Elementary School. The camp is open to rising 6ththrough 8th-grade girls, and the cost is $90. For more information or to register, call Christie at 360-9333. There are only a few remaining spots left.
PF Boysâ€™ and Girlsâ€™ Club golf tourney The Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association will hold a benefit golf tournament at River Islands Golf Club to help sponsor the Boysâ€™ and Girlsâ€™ Club. The tournament is Thursday, Aug. 12, and there will be morning and afternoon flights available beginning with shotgun starts at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively. The format will be a four-person scramble, and the cost is $125 per person or $400 per four-person team. There will be prizes for several accomplishments, including holes-in-one, closest to the pin, longest drive among many others. Also, event sponsors, corporate sponsors and promotional sponsors â€” along with other sponsorship opportunities â€” are being sought. For more information, call 286-2738, 850-3978, 8680525 or 453-3717. Or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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Hoops and racing: Two-sport Tony Stewart? By GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer LONG POND, Pa. â€” Smoke was on a hot streak at the free-throw line. Tony Stewart, the pole-sitter for Sundayâ€™s Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway, got a chance to show his skills on the hardwood during a recent appeararnce at Syracuse University. He had teamed Wednesday with Orange coach Jim Boeheim for a shooting contest. The two-time Sprint Cup champion called the visit â€œreally cool,â€? though he did admit to being a little rattled on the basketball court. â€œItâ€™s pretty intimidating when you go to somebody elseâ€™s venue and youâ€™re in their house and then get in a competition with them,â€? Stewart said this weekend. Stewart, who is from Columbus, Ind., banked some basketball credibility
for when he returns to his basketball-crazy home state. â€œIâ€™m happy to say that we tied four out of five on the free-throw side, so I held my own as an Indiana kid,â€? Stewart said. â€œHopefully now when I go back to Indiana, I wonâ€™t get thrown out for not being good at basketball.â€? Stewart has also had to deal this year with finding a new sponsor for Old Spice, which will not renew its deal after this season. He hasnâ€™t been too involved on that front yet. â€œKeep in mind, every race team has a marketing staff and that marketing staff is who is out trying to get the leads on sponsors and once they get so far down the road with each sponsor, thatâ€™s when I get involved,â€? Stewart said. â€œEvery major race team has a marketing staff that is out there beating those doors down before it gets to my level.â€?
â€”â€”â€” ROUSH REAX: Jeff Burton hopes NASCAR team owner Jack Roush doesnâ€™t stop flying. Roush is recovering from facial injuries sustained in a plane crash last week in Wisconsin. The aviation buff was at the controls of the business jet registered to Roush Fenway Racing when the plane crashed while attempting to land. â€œObviously, he has a passion for racing, but I think when he is flying, heâ€™s the driver,â€? said Burton, a driver for Richard Childress Racing who once raced for Roush. â€œI certainly hope he continues flying.â€? Roush had another close call eight years ago, when he crashed into a lake in Alabama and nearly drowned before being rescued by an ex-Marine who lived nearby. â€œIt does make you think
Friday. â€œIâ€™m doing very well. I hope to get back in the car next year.â€? He wasnâ€™t at Pocono Raceway, where the Sprint Cup series stops Sunday for a 500-mile race, though he was impressed with the new solar energy system formally unveiled this weekend. The 25-acre installation across the street from the Pocono track may be the worldâ€™s largest solar-powered sports facility, providing enough energy for the track as well as 1,000 homes. Vickers said he hopes Poconoâ€™s $16 million solar farm makes fans aware of the environmental initiatives in a sport that burns about 135,000 gallons of fuel per Sprint Cup series. â€œMost important is that yes, NASCAR is going to do a lot more things, such as what Pocono is doing on the solar farm, but a lot of times,
people forget what theyâ€™ve already done,â€? Vickers said. â€”â€”â€” TV DEAL: ARCA has extended its TV deal with the Speed channel for 2011. As with this season, 10 ARCA races will be televised by the cable network next year, either live or on sameday tape. Speed has shown ARCA races since 1997. Itâ€™s the earliest that two sides have been able to finalize an extension annoucement, ARCA president Ron Drager said Saturday. The 2010 schedule has 20 events running on 17 tracks. â€œIt gives us some good news at a time when thereâ€™s not much good economic news going on out there,â€? Drager said. â€œWe think itâ€™s a significant amount for us to have 10 events televised on Speed. Above and beyond that, weâ€™re always looking for exposure.â€?
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Volsâ€™ Dooley wonâ€™t release Brown from scholarship KNOXVILLE (AP) â€” Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has decided not to grant running back Bryce Brown a release from his scholarship. Brown is expected to transfer to Kansas State, but without a release he is not eligible for a scholarship this season while he sits out under NCAA transfer rules. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Dooley made the decision Friday night. Dooley says Brown does not meet the criteria he requires to grant a
about your vulnerability and what we do as far as flying,â€? Burton said. â€œWe fly a lot and it is dangerous. Jackâ€™s a very, very, very good pilot.â€? News of the accident also made Kyle Busch recall the fear of flying of his fiance, Samantha Sarcinella. Busch said he was thankful that Roush survived. â€œI donâ€™t if this is his second or third time, but heâ€™s made it through,â€? Busch said. â€œA couple of people this week were mentioning that he needs to go to Vegas and try his luck there because he has some pretty good luck.â€? â€”â€” SUN POWER: Brian Vickers says heâ€™s doing well as he receives treatments for blood clots that have kept him off the track since May. Heâ€™s out for the season. â€œEverything is great,â€? Vickers told The Associated Press in a phone interview
release. Brown was considered by some scouting services to be the top high school recruit in 2009.
He played behind Montario Hardesty last season, rushing for 460 yards and three touchdowns.
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