The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 214 ■ August 2, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 75 Cents
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5Chelsea Clinton says ‘I do’ Former first daughter marries longtime boyfriend in New York NATION, Page A10
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Cheri Brackins, Sevier County Election Commission deputy, surveys the crowd Saturday at the Voting Machine Warehouse while Melanie Mantooth, a volunteer and former election commission employee, assists voters entering the warehouse.
Popular early voting comes to a close By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer
CNB names new CEO Mark Comer promoted to executive VP by Citizens National Page A3
Weather Today Partly cloudy High: 92°
Tonight Partly cloudy Low: 69° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Lola Hale, 86 Ray Montgomery, 72 Maude Sisco,74 Tony Martin, 44 Emma Bowman, 90 John Anders, 62 Robert Webster Sr.,74
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Saturday was the last day for Sevier County citizens to vote early — and the large turnout proved voters were making the most of the opportunity. Sevier County’s early voting period ended Saturday. The county’s General Election Primaries will be held Thursday. “Everybody waits until the last minute,” Nathan Whaley, Sevier County Election Commission machine technician, said with a laugh. “But since the first day of early voting (July 16), the turnout has been pretty good. It’s been very heavy for the past three days. It’s gone smoothly; we haven’t had any complications.” Whaley said that within the first 30-40 minutes that the polls opened at the Voting Machine Warehouse
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Susan Sarten of Sevierville was one of many citizens who took advantage of Sevier County’s Early Voting on Saturday. on Dolly Parton Parkway, 68 voters had passed through. “I think it’s convenience more than anything,” Whaley said of early voting’s popularity. “I recognize a lot of the same people at the polls this time every
year.” Raymond Ayus, owner of Stogies in the Smokies in Sevierville, said it was important to get to the polls early so he could focus on his business. Early voting also comes
in handy for Rob Johnson of Sevierville, who travels frequently. “I may not be in town later — and the lines are shorter,” he said. n email@example.com
Little church with big heart has dual purpose yard sale
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NASHVILLE (AP) — During this year’s primary elections, some longtime Tennessee lawmakers are touting their experience and leadership over younger, politically savvy opponents seeking their seats. State Sen. Douglas Henry, an 84-year-old Democrat from Nashville, has been in the Senate longer than his challenger, Jeff Yarbro, has been alive. Henry was first elected to the seat representing southwestern Nashville in 1970 and previously served a single term in the state House beginning in 1955. Yarbro doesn’t shy away from recognizing the incumbent’s long history of service, even using an image of Henry from his 1954 campaign in one of Yarbro’s television ads. But the Harvardeducated attorney who has worked on Al Gore’s presidential campaign has criticized Henry on his positions on women’s issues and health care reform. Yarbro outspent Henry in the second quarter, but Henry unveiled a television ad with Gov. Phil Bredesen calling Henry “my Senator.” State Rep. Mary Pruitt of Nashville is facing a similar challenge by Steven Turner, a young, connected Democrat who earned praise for his voter registration efforts in 2008, to represent the 58th District that encompasses downtown and north Nashville. Pruitt, who took over her husband’s seat after he died, told The Associated Press that she is focusing on eduSee CHALLENGES, Page A5
Seymour man dies in 1-truck Knox crash Staff Report
By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene’s yard sale on Saturday was held to raise money — but it was also an opportunity for the little church to let the community know who they were. The church, next to Dunn’s Market on Upper Middle Creek Road, has around 25 people coming to its services each Sunday, pastor Owen Wetzel said. Twelve are fulltime members.
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Brenda Rios, a member of the First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, folds clothes during the church’s yard sale on Saturday.
KNOXVILLE — A Seymour man died after losing control of his pickup truck Saturday afternoon, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said. Officials said 42-yearold Carl McGill fell asleep at the wheel close to 1:45 p.m. Witnesses say his truck veered off John Sevier Highway and hit a tree near the Marishi Road intersection. McGill died at the scene.
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Tony Wilhelm has magical ministry By BOB MAYES Managing Editor PIGEON FORGE — Tony Wilhelm is a funny guy with a serious message. Most folks around here, along with thousands of tourists, know Wilhelm as the emcee for the two daily shows put on at Magic Beyond Belief. What most folks don’t know is that for two decades, Wilhelm and his wife Diana have had a children’s ministry that has taken them to 13 states. First, his role as emcee at Magic Beyond Belief, which he almost magically fell into from a
job with a computer company in Indiana in 2007. “The kind of persona I have here — I’m everybody’s favorite uncle and they’re going over to my house to have some fun,” said the 49-year-old, who is also Magic Beyond Belief’s general manager. “I’m (in the theater) for 30-45 minutes before the show, but I’m only on stage for about three minutes, trying to pull everybody together. “I try to use humor to do that. But what you really have to do is have a warm, genuine welcome.” Second, the role he and his wife have in their children’s ministry. He served for 17 years as a youth
minister at his home apostolic pentacostal church in Indiana. Then, in the mid 1990s, they attended a children’s ministry conference in St. Louis. “There were 2,000 people there just like me who had an inkling of what I wanted to do,” Wilhelm said. “My life was never the same after that.” He had picked up magic in a most serendipitous manner. His oldest son had become interested in magic, so the Wilhelms bought Bob Mayes/The Mountain Press him a magic kit — which he GM/Emcee Tony Wilhelm remained interested in for all of displays his magic rope while about three weeks. “hiding behind” the microphone onstage at Magic See NEIGHBOR, Page A5 Beyond Belief.
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Ten Thousand Villages set to open at Belz Outlets on Friday Submitted Report
Olga Wierbicki, president of SMWA, addresses the audience during the recent meeting of the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association.
Immanuel’s Farm observes Event Barn grand opening Submitted Report
learning more should visit the store. Ten Thousand Villages will be open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit pigeonforge.tenthousandvillages. com. Founded in 1946, the company has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler’s car to a network of more than 390 retail outlets throughout the United States. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, the company strives to improve the livelihood of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.
Bieritz’s Mountain Realty Group opens Wears Valley Road location
The Event Barn at Immanuel’s Farm in Wears Valley hosted a recent meeting of the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association. Maples Marr and Jim McGill from the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce told how the city of Sevierville is participating in bringing in more weddings to the area via www.visitsevierville.com and a download publication called Smoky Mountain Wedding Planner. Wierbicki told how association members have been able to get more exposure not only through networking, but also through www. smokymountainweddingassociation.com and how members have been able to advertise collectively in pub-
lications. The Event Barn at Immanuel’s Farm celebrated its grand opening. It is an authentic rustic barn newly renovated and available as a venue for events. It has more than 4,500 square feet of meeting space and 10 acres of gardens and mountain views. Chuck McGinnis, the owner of the barn, named the farm for his daughter’s lamb entry in the 4-H club. “Immanuel means God with us and we have all this because God is with us,” he said.
PIGEON FORGE — Mountain Realty Group, a new real estate sales agency, is open for business. Steve Bieritz, principal broker and owner, said the main office is located at 3240 Wears Valley Road and shares space with another of Bieritz’ companies, Wears Valley Realty Group. “By starting Mountain Realty Group, we will be able to expand our great service and professional experience beyond Wears Valley with a brand that is conducive to our entire area,” Bieritz said. Cyndie Cornelius, last year’s top affiliate broker in Townsend for the Blount County Association of Realtors, has joined the firm and brought her team of former FedEx attorney Bill Rahner and Cornelius’ attor-
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PIGEON FORGE — A grand opening was observed recently at The Event Barn at Immanuel’s Farm in Wears Valley when it hosted an association’s meeting. The Smoky Mountain Wedding Association, one of Sevier County’s newest groups, observed its one-year anniversary by announcing it had attracted 50 members, up from the original five. The SMWA is an alliance of local wedding vendors that network on a bimonthly basis seeking to bring more marriages to the Smoky Mountains. “It is a win win for everyone as the wedding business brings in over $2.2 million a year to the tourism industry. When we all work together we all win,” said Olga Wierbicki, president of the SMWA. More than 80 people who attended the meeting heard music by Bearfoot Entertainment and Rex Gibson and dined on food from First Fruits Catering and chef Tony McClanahan. Guest speakers Amanda
PIGEON FORGE — Ten Thousand Villages, a retailer of artisan-crafted home décor and gifts, will open its newest retail location in Belz Outlets, 2654 Teaster Lane, on Friday. “This is a great opportunity to expand the mission of Ten Thousand Villages,” said Craig Schloneger, U.S. chief executive officer. “We look forward to working with Belz Outlets to spread the mission of fair trade throughout eastern Tennessee.” Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in 38 countries, the
store will offer handcrafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items. The store manager is Michelle Jestice. There are 71 Ten Thousand Villages stores across the country and a network of more than 390 retail locations selling its products. For more than 60 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing longterm buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. A variety of opportunities to volunteer at the Pigeon Forge store is available. Individuals and organizations interested in
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Spa at Bear Run Falls opens
The Spa at Bear Run Falls has opened. The full-service day spa is located on the property of Bear Run Falls and Golf View Resort in Pigeon Forge, next to the Gatlinburg Golf Course. The toll-free phone number is (877) 908-1342. Staff members from left are massage therapist Lisa Mannarino; aesthetic therapists Leah Blalock and Lorraine Pickens; nail therapist Suzanne Baldin; office manager Holly Byrd; and owner Wendi Tunny.
Comer named executive VP, CEO of Citizens National Bank Submitted Report The Board of Directors of Citizens National Bank announces the promotion of Michael G. Comer to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Comer is a 1982 graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelorâ€™s degree in business administration, concentration in finance. He is a graduate of the National Commercial Lending School in Norman, Okla., the Graduate School of Banking of the South in Baton Rouge and numerous other financial schools and seminars. Comer began his financial services career in 1982 in Charleston, W.Va. After working with United Bank for more than 21 years, he was responsible for the West Virginia franchise of Huntington National Bank
before coming to work at Citizens National Bank. â€œBefore moving to this area, I wanted to live where Comer other people vacationed. Then, I discovered CNBâ€™s dramatic historyÂ of performance, growth and commitment to the community,â€? he said. Â â€œI knew I wanted to learn how they were able to achieve these results. I now know these results are due the efforts of a unique team of very talented people.â€? He frequently is asked to provide presentations to groups and organizations regarding a variety of banking and business topics. Community Involvement includes serving on the
Board of Directors of the Greater East Tennessee Better Business Bureau. He is a graduate of the 2009 class of Leadership Sevier and is sergeant-at-arms of the Sevierville Rotary Club. Comer also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard and is a member of the Tennessee Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee. â€œOur Board of Directors and I are extremely pleased to have Mike as an addition to the Executive Management team,â€? David C. Verble, president and CEO, said. â€œMike is committed to serving our communities with his active involvement in many organizations in the area.â€? Citizens National Bank has served the community since 1973 and has $880 million in assets.
ETTAC moving to new location Aug. 9 Submitted Report KNOXVILLE â€” The East Tennessee Technology Access Center is moving to a new location effective Aug. 9. The new address will be 116 Childress St., Knoxville 37920. ETTACâ€™s phone number will remain the same: (865) 219-0130. Childress Street is less than a quarter of a mile on the right, going south on Chapman Highway, after the intersection with Martin Hill Pike. It is also about one mile south of the Henley Street Bridge.The Web
site www.discoveret. org/ettac will have more specific directions and information. ETTAC is the regionâ€™s only nonprofit assistive technology center whose
mission is to enable people with disabilities in 24 counties to reach their potential for participating in the mainstream of society through uses of technology.
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GATLINBURG â€” The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is partnering with the Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation and Anna Porter Public Library for monthly business classes at the library on subjects such as accounting and marketing. The first class in this series will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 10 on â€œUsing Social Media to Market Your Business.â€? It costs $10 per person. Classes are offered at a discount when purchased in advance: all five classes are $40, or three classes for $25. A single class is available at any time for $10. The Sept. 14 class topic will be â€œCreating Buzz: Marketing on a Small Budget.â€? Classes to follow will be â€œPricing Strategy and Tactics,â€? â€œMarketing 101 Fundamentals,â€? and â€œUnderstanding Advertising and Promotions.â€? Each of these classes is worth 0.4 continuing education units, and certificates will be printed at the end of the class. For childcare workers, each class is worth four hours of DHS licensure professional development hours plus 0.4 CEU credits. Spaces for these classes are limited, but more is available to those who can bring their own laptops. Reserve a spot by calling 436-4178. Gatlinburg Chamber members can register online in the Members Only area of Gatlinburg.com. For more information on â€œBusiness Learning in the Libraryâ€? contact Erin Moran at 436-4178 or e-mail to erin@ gatlinburg.com.
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OBITUARIES In Memoriam
Lola “Mama Bell” Hale
Lola “Mama Bell” Hale, 86, of Knoxville passed away Saturday July 31, 2010 at U T Hospital. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt. Lola is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 68 years: Jim Hale, Sr.; Children: Jim Hale, Jr. and wife Pam; Jama Hale O’Connell and husband Jim; Son-inlaw: Aud Berry and deceased but reunited daughter Barbara Berry; Grandsons: Scott Berry and wife Keri, Todd Berry and wife Trudie, Dustin Hale, Robbie Reed and wife Debby, Chad Reed, Chris Galbreath and wife Keri; 10 great grandchildren; Sisters: Ollie Hale, Shirley Higginson, Sarah Atkins and Clare Satterfield. She was Mama Bell to many children she loved and kept over the years. Funeral service 7 PM Tuesday at Atchley’s Seymour Chapel with Rev. Freddie Gibson officiating. Interment 10 AM Wednesday in Shiloh Cemetery with Rev. Ray Williams officiating. Grandsons will serve as Pall Bearers. The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home Seymour, 122 Peacock Court, Seymour, TN (577-2807). n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Maude Elsie Smith Sisco
Maude Elsie Smith Sisco, age 74 of Sevierville, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2010 at her home. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Sevierville, and owner and tour operator of Good News Travels and Tours. Mrs. Sisco enjoyed gardening and travel. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Clower and Verna Cain Smith and sister and brother-in-law, Margaret (Smith) and Jeff Smith. Survivors: Husband: Hollis L. Sisco of Sevierville, Tennessee; Sons and Daughters-inlaw: Alan M. Sisco of Gulf Shores, Alabama, Phillip R. and Keely (Anthony) Sisco of Sugar Mountain, North Carolina; Daughters and Sonsin-law: Selena K. (Sisco) Gerstner of Sevierville, Tennessee, Miranda Jane (Sisco) and Clark Gibson of Black Creek, Georgia, Celesta Gwen (Sisco) and Steve Brown of Canton, Georgia; Grandchildren: Jason Gerstner, Austin Gerstner, Carrie Gerstner, Benjamin Gibson, Andrew Gibson, Susan Liana Gibson, Clay Gibson, Molly Elizabeth Gibson, Love Marie Sisco, Grace Sisco, Goldie Sisco, Sabbath Sisco, Olive Sisco, Audrey Brown, Evan Brown Great Grandchild: Emeri Gerstner; Brothers and Sister-in-law: Sidney Smith, Marshall and Elaine Smith; Sisters and Brothers-in-law: Jeff Smith, Hazel (Smith) and Howard Anderson, Virginia (Smith) and Willie Sisco. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, SeviervilleMission Fund, 317 Parkway, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862 Funeral service 11 AM Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Sevierville with Rev. Jerry Hyder officiating, eulogies delivered by Keely Sisco and David Goode, and music by Johnnie Faye Jackson. Interment will follow in Middle Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 10-11 AM Wednesday at the church. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
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“We’re a small church, but we’re a happy church,” said member Brenda Rios, a single mother of four. “We’d like to do more outreach because a lot of people don’t know we’re here.” Saturday’s sale included home decor, toys, books, clothes, kitchen utensils and more that were donated from church members and others in the area. “We started (the sale) yesterday inside the church and moved it outside today so people would know we were here,” Rios said. Rios had moved from New Jersey with her children, ages 7-19, to Sevier County when she joined the church almost two years ago. “I was saved at a nondenominational church in New Jersey, and I visited several churches when we came here,” she said. “I went to a lot of churches for Angel Food Ministries (which provides meals for families), and this was the only church that followed up with me.
“We don’t get lost in the crowd here — we’re like family. I like the humbleness of the church. We just want to learn the Word and fellowship.” Wetzel and his wife, Pat, moved to Sevier County in December 2005, having before visited the area for retreats. They soon began the First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene with only the money from their own pockets. Donations from local organizations and businesses have since helped furnish the church. “We lost three families in the past year due to the economy — but you can’t deter us,” Wetzel said. “A church is only a body of believers.” The congregation, which recently started a food pantry, is planning a sports-themed Vacation Bible School for the second week in August. It is also hosting a “Back to School” clothes giveaway in a couple of weeks. For more information on the First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, call 908-1245. n firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Montgomery, age 72, of Kodak, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Cynthia Montgomery, five sisters, one brother, and two great grandchildren. Survivors: Daughters and sons-in-law: Connie Rae and Gregg Webber of Toledo, Ohio; Annette Montgomery-Garcia and Ernie Garcia of Kodak, TN; Cynthia and Joe Bell of Maryville, TN.; Brother: Kenneth Montgomery; Sister: Mary Lou Montgomery; 8 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; Several nieces and nephew; Special friends: Randy Thomas, Vannessa Clark, Tony and Shelly Shultz The family would like to send a special thank you to Det. John Brown and officer Anthony Moore. Funeral service 2 PM Tuesday in the chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Baker officiating. Interment will follow in Little Cove Cemetery. The family will receive friends 12-2 PM Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Tony Lewis Martin
Tony Lewis Martin, age 44 of Sevierville, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2010. He was employed by Blalock and Sons. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Floyd Loveday, Pearl Loveday, and Joyce Martin, Aunt, Kaye Dockery Survivors: Parents: Gary and Billie Sue Martin; Brother: Keith Martin; Grandfather: James Lewis Martin; Uncles and Aunts: Gene and Sherry Loveday, Glenda Maples, Jim and Neva Martin, Phyllis Wilkins, and Nancy Steadman, Johnny and Donna Martin. Funeral service 7 PM Monday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Burkett officiating. Interment 10 AM Tuesday in Middle Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Monday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Emma L. Bowman
Emma L. Bowman, age 90 of Sevierville passed away Saturday July, 31, 2010. She was a faithful member of Alder Branch Baptist Church. Emma was preceded in death by her husband Ulys Bowman, son, Leroy Overbay. Survivors: Sisters: Eitha Wilson, Zella Davis, Mildred Harris; Brother: Arthur Hill; Daughter-in-law: Jean Kyle; Special friends: Henry and Peggy Burgraff; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral service 7 PM Tuesday in the chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Hutson officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. The family will also have a funeral service 2 PM Wednesday at Martin-Wilson Funeral Home, Lafollette, TN with interment to follow in Bakers Ford Cemetery. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
John R. Anders
First United Methodist Church, 742 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN John R. Anders, 62 of Talbott, 37738, designated for Bread of died July 29, 2010, at Jefferson Life Ministry or Van funds. Memorial Hospital. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors: wife, Julia Anders of Talbott; daughters, Lisa, Christy and husband Steve, and Ginger; three grandchildren; 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 the Rev. Troy Duncan officiating. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Monday evening prior to services at the funeral home. Arrangements by SmithReagan Funeral Home of Rutledge, Tenn.
Robert Lee Webster Sr. Robert Lee “Bobby” Webster Sr., 74 of Gatlinburg, (formerly of Vidette, Ga.) died July 29, 2010. Survivors: wife, Marilyn S. Webster of Gatlinburg; four sons, Robert L. “Lee” Webster, Jr. (Gail) of Vidette, Ga., Ken Webster (Kristine) of Gatlinburg, Barry Webster (Yoon-Sun) of Germantown, Md., Terry Parten (Tina) of Gatlinburg; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. 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. Receiving of Friends will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at First United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at First United Methodist Church, Gatlinburg, the Revs. Jane Taylor and Eric Rieger officiating Memorials may be made to
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“I picked it up to see what I could do with it,” Wilhelm said, and he was hooked. He saw the magic as a tool to reach the children — ages 5-12 is his primary target group — to whom he was reaching out. “It’s not so much about the magic as it is about how you can use it to connect with the people in your audience,” he said. ... “There are different objectives, obviously. Here, I’m trying to entertain. It’s a business. In the youth ministry, the desired objective is to help someone change their life.” The decision to minister to the preteen set was a conscious one he and his wife made long ago. “You try to get to them early,” Wilhelm said, “you get them when they’re young enough so they don’t have any baggage when they’re teenagers. Magic is so powerful it can bust down doors. You do a magic trick and you get their attention. “In the end, you always make the connection to God — you want to them to take Jesus home in their heart.” That the Wilhelms wound up in Sevier County from Central Indiana was something of a magic carpet ride in itself. He was working as a department manager at a computer company, installing forms for hospitals and doc-
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cation and job creation, two issues that are on the minds of residents in her district, which was heavily impacted by flooding in May. “In Nashville, with the flooding, that has put a negative tone on what we can do,” she said. The state primary is Thursday and heavy turnout during early voting indicates high voter interest in this election. John Vile, the dean of the UIn District 17 covering all of Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon and Smith counties, and parts of Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson counties, state Sen. Mae Beavers had initially said she was not going to run again because she wanted to run for Wilson County mayor. State Rep. Susan Lynn announced her intention to run for the Senate seat only to have Beavers decide to abandon the bid and seek reelection. The two Mt. Juliet Republicans have been feuding publicly over a proposed debate and voting records and both have gone after tea party supporters with separate versions of bills opposing
“In the end, you always make the connection to God — you want to them to take Jesus home in their heart.”
GOP looks to erase Democrats’ comfortable majority in House
Tony Wilhelm, magician, youth minister
tors’ offices after they had bought systems. About three years ago, after the economy went south the Wilhelms decided to do likewise. He submitted resumes to businesses in the vicinity of his relatives in Illinois and her relatives in Tennessee. Long story short, he landed a job with a time-share company, where he wasn’t terribly happy. While in Indiana, he had talked to a human resources person for Fee-Hedrick Entertainment Group after he had found a job listing for a box office/sales manager online. Initially that didn’t work out. A month into his time-share job, he got a call from Fee-Hedrick. “They saw ‘sales, management and magic’ and they said, ‘We might have something for you,’” Wilhelm said. Wilhelm had already seen the shown, then featuring another magician still performing in the area, when he was offered the job and came on board strictly as general manager in 2007. When the theater manager who had been the emcee had a motorcycle accident a few months later, Wilhelm filled in briefly, then took over full-time
when that man left the company several months later. The days are long. He arrives at the theater in early afternoon well ahead of the matinee and is there sometimes almost midnight. Although most know Wilhelm as the “favoriteuncle” emcee, he said the job is actually about 90 percent GM and 10 percent performer. “Being the emcee is the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down,” he said with a laugh. If there is a drawback to the heavy workload, it’s that Tony and Diana aren’t getting to travel as much with their children’s ministry. He’s in his second year as youth minister at New Life Deliverance Church in Knoxville and the only evangelistic trip they have been on their schedule is in Panama City, Fla., in October. Still, Wilhelm thinks the man upstairs pushed him from Indiana to Pigeon Forge on a magic carpet ride. “I know God has a plan for me,” he said. “There’s no doubt this is where I’m supposed to be.”
federally mandated health insurance. Beavers said the economy may have voters feeling fed up with leadership on the federal level, but she wants people to understand that state lawmakers have an important impact on the local economy. “I’ve been telling Tennesseans, my voters, that the stimulus funds ended up being a mandate from the federal government to change state laws and leaving a big hole in the budget next year,” she said. The reason that candidates may be going after tea party supporters is because primaries can have a low turnout
rate compared to general elections, Vile said. “The people most likely to turn out are invigorated on some other issue,” he said. “If they care enough to be out there in the tea party movement, the chances are they care enough to vote in a primary.” There’s also a contest on the Democratic side between two well-known candidates: newspaper chain CEO Sam Hatcher and prominent farmer George McDonald. Each has raised a fair amount of campaign money, indicating whoever wins the Democratic nomination could put up a fight for the seat in the November election.
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By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — No fewer than 65 House seats across the country — an overwhelming majority held by Democrats — are at risk of changing political hands this fall, enough to bolster Republican hopes of regaining power and stoke fears in President Barack Obama’s party of losing it. Even more races from California to New York could become competitive by November as voters look to blame someone for the sluggish economic recovery and take out their frustration on the Democrats who run the government. As of now, enough seats are in play that Republicans could gain the 39 they need to reclaim the House, dealing a blow to Obama in the first midterm elections of his presidency. Primary outcomes and national polls show a restless electorate and energized Republicans. Independents who propelled the Democrats to power in 2006 and 2008 in scores of swing districts are leaning toward the GOP, expressing concerns about excessive spending, government overreach and the spiraling national debt. Every part of the country features close House contests. At least six are in Pennsylvania and at least five in Ohio. Three apiece or more are in Arizona, Indiana, Florida and Illinois. New Hampshire has two, as does Arkansas. Democrats say 70 at most are up for grabs; the GOP says the number is closer to 80. In interviews with The Associated Press, lawmakers and party officials from both sides agree that at least 65 of the 435 races are hotly contested — and Democrats are on defense in most. Democrats just reserved nearly $50 million in TV advertising time for the fall in 60 districts, mostly to protect seats held by their own members. “Republicans are on offense and Democrats are running for cover,” said House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio. “The Democrats are running from their own record.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other party leaders insist they will hold onto the House. Democrats are counting on their money advantage to stem the losses. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has nearly $17 million more available than the National Republican Congressional
Committee to spend this fall. And most of the Democrats’ threatened incumbents have a 2-to-1 cash advantage over their GOP challengers. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic House campaign effort, said his party is confident it will retain its majority. Still, he said keeping such a comfortable majority will be difficult. The current breakdown is 255 Democrats, 178 Republicans and two vacancies. One of those is a Republicanheld seat in Indiana; the other is a New York seat that likely will end up in GOP control. “We’ve won 55 seats over the last two cycles, and we hold virtually every swing seat in the country. That’s what makes it a very challenging cycle but that being said we will win the majority,” said Van Hollen, D-Md. In 1994, the first midterms for Democratic President Bill Clinton, the party was stunned as Republicans swept to power, capturing the House after 40 years. Van Hollen said that unlike 1994, Democrats knew from the moment Obama got elected that they would face a difficult 2010 election because they won seats in a slew of conservative districts. In fact, dozens of Democrats were elected in 2006 and 2008 in swingvoting districts in a wave that booted Republicans. Now that the political landscape is tilting toward the GOP, most of those freshmen and sophomores are vulnerable. Among the top GOP targets in districts Republican presidential nominee John McCain won two years ago are Democratic Reps. Betsey Markey of Colorado, Tom Perriello of Virginia and Walter Minnick of Idaho. Also, given the anti-Washington strain coursing through a recessionweary electorate, some of the most senior Democrats who long have held conservative districts also are risk. They include 17-term Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton and 14-term South Carolina Rep. John Spratt. Another worry for the party is the political fallout of a likely September trial for New York Rep. Charles Rangel on 13 charges of tax and disclosure violations. “I’m not nervous at all” about Democrats’ prospects in November, Pelosi told ABC’s “This Week” in an interview broadcast Sunday. Her party, she said, is “very proud” of his legislative record.
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The Sevierville Police Department will offer several services to seniors from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Officers will be at Woodland Park, LeConte Terrace and Breckenridge apartments to offer information on the MEDRAY and Tel-A-Tend programs and general safety. The MEDRAY program provides emergency caregivers with essential information in the event the patient is incapacitated. The Tel-A-Tend program is a computerized monitoring system. For additional information on this event, contact Sgt. Rebecca Cowan at 868-1866.
Coed softball league forming
Sevierville Parks and Recreation is now registering teams for the upcoming fall coed softball season. Fee for the league will be $300 per team. Games will be played on Monday and Thursday nights starting Aug. 23. There will be a captain’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at City Park. Registration packets can be picked up at the Community Center. For more information contact Patrick Oxley at 755-9045 or 453-5441, also by e-mail to email@example.com.
Parenting class to be held here
“1,2,3,4 Parents,” a program for parents with children from birth to age 5, will be held Aug. 3, 12, 19 and 26 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Sevier County Board of Education, Room 17, 300 Cedar St. Registration starts at 5 p.m. The cost is $25 for one parent and $40 for couples. Parents must attend all four sessions. All parents are welcome to attend, but space is limited. No childcare is available. To pre-register, call the Family Resource Center at 428-7999.
Commodity food to be distributed
USDA commodity food will be distributed by Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority at the Sevier County Fairgrounds Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (closed noon-1). Proof of household income for the past 13 weeks must be presented. If there is no income, obtain a form at the Neighborhood Center prior on Old Knoxville Highway. Food stamp cards may be used. If food is being picked up for someone else, a permission slip must be brought to the distribution. For information call 453-7131.
Senior safety seminar planned
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 safety concerns. Registration is not required. For additional information, contact Sgt. Rebecca Cowan at 8681866.
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Prison dogs to sniff out illegal phones NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee prison system is turning to man’s best friend for some help sniffing out mobile phones that have been smuggled in to inmates. Tennessee corrections officers have confiscated 1,684 cell phones at 12 state prisons in the past year. Regularly searching inmates, their cells and their visitors hasn’t been enough to stop the contraband. “We probably will find one at least once a week here, sometimes more often,” said Ricky Bell, warden of Riverbend Maximum
Security Institution, a prison that hosts Tennessee’s most dangerous inmates. “We get reports from people in the community that they’re getting threatening phone calls. That happens pretty often,” Bell told The Tennessean. Some inmates get cell phones from friends or relatives who toss a unit over the prison fence. “People have used some creative ways to get them in, by hiding them, how do I say this, in certain parts of their bodies,” said Dorinda Carter, spokeswoman for the department.
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The state is spending as much as $21,000 to train three dogs already at work finding drugs inside the prisons to also detect cell phones. There’s one dog each in East, Middle and West Tennessee. Rhode Island already uses dogs this way, said John Shaffer, former executive deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and a consultant with ITT Defense. When dogs have the right training, they are “very effective at sniffing out the odor of cell phones,” Shaffer said. “Most handlers believe it has
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— House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio on this fall’s elections
“They painted up my face, created a beard, used all this Middle Eastern looking imagery, and it’s awful. What kind of gutter politics is that?” — Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Zach Wamp on rival candidate Bill Haslam’s latest mail advertisements
“Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends. We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family.” — Bill and Hillary Clinton in a joint statement after former first daughter Chelsea married longtime boyfriend Mark Mezvinsky on Saturday night
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to do with the battery in the cell phone.” Shaffer prefers cell phone tracking software, like the Cell Hound software created by ITT Defense. He said the software allows corrections officers to monitor in real time where calls are coming from to pinpoint where they need to search. Inmates also have used cell phones to plot crimes and prison breakouts. Metro police Sgt. Mark Chesnut was shot last year after a Mississippi prison break that officials said was orchestrated with the help of a smuggled cell phone.
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Republicans awarded Texas Gov. George W. Bush their 2000 presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Philadelphia and ratified Dick Cheney as his running mate. n
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An Air France jetliner from Paris skidded off a runway at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and burst into flames; all 309 people aboard survived. n
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“A beautiful soul has no other merit than its own existence.” — Friedrich von Schiller, German author (1759-1805).
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LOS ANGELES — “Inception,” which really hasn’t had a slow day since it opened on July 16, won this week’s contest with an estimated $27.5 million. Despite competition from the new releases and from fellow action attraction ‘Salt,’ its business fell only a third from last weekend. Thanks in large part to repeat business from viewers trying to untangle its plot, the Christopher Nolan sci-fi thriller has grossed $193.3 million in 17 days, with the $200 million mark likely to fall today or Tuesday. “Schmucks,” opening in 2,911 venues, wasn’t the widest new release of the week but it was the best reviewed. The comedy’s estimated $23.3 million debut fell just shy of the $25.2 million opening of Steve Carell’s last live-action comedy.
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Mandatory service is just slavery What do you think about compulsory community service or mandatory service for about three months for Americans aged 18-42? Does this sound American? Is this something that we’ve overlooked in growing up or have skimmed over in the U.S. Constitution? On July 15, U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, New York Democrat, actually introduced H.R. 7541. This bill will give the president the authority “to require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in a civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.” A year before this bill, we had H.R. 1444, which was supposed to form a Congressional Commission on Civil Service “to study methods of improving and promoting volunteerism and national service and for other purposes.” Those “other services” scare me even more than the whole idea of this thing in the first place. With more and more unemployment happening each year, it seems as if many people’s minds will be made up for them. Has this been part of the plan all along? If you remember back in Febuary 2009, President Obama asked Congress to send him a bipartisan bill in the spirit of national service. Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel outlined a similar idea in his book, “The Plan.” He only called for ages 18-25 to do service, while the new version pushes it up to age 42, sentencing able-bodied Americans to forced labor. By the way, it will be mandatory; you won’t have a choice. So much for volunteerism. If you’re thinking of using conscientious objector status (section 109), it won’t work. You will still have to go under the non-combatant service section and serve your time. This modern day slavery bill is currently in debate in the House Commitee on Armed Services, chaired by Rep. Ike Skelton. Many bills die in committee, so if you oppose this one, get in contact with this representative and voice your opinion. As for Rangel, he’s been charged with ethics violations based on the following: accepting four luxury rent-controlled apartments from a New York developer — he only paid rent of $4,000 a month instead of the usual $8,000 a month; helped one of his donors save $500 million in taxes; failed to pay taxes on income from a Caribbean villa. It seems to me that we hear of the hypocrisy of the controlling party more than the other one because the one in power is usually in the spotlight. The same things happened under Bush when the Republicans were in power. You live in a glass house and the media are watching everything and every decision that is made. Right now the Democrats are taking the heat as every rock and stump is being overturned to find dirt on them. Dirt should come out, though, no matter which party is in. We as citizens have to be ever-vigilant to keep our politicians in check and under the guidence of the Constitution. What makes this current party in power seem so ridiculous is what Nancy Pelosi said Nov. 8. 2006: “We will make this the most honest and open Congress in history.” Again, so much for honesty. I could go on and on about Rangel — there’s still lots more info on him, but only so much space. My point is, politics never seems to change for the better. Most of the bills and laws that come down from Washington never help the common folk. It always restricts our freedoms or costs us money in some form or another. What happened to the concepts of the founding fathers? People in this great country have to realize that the more government grows, the smaller we get. How about some legislation that puts Americans back to work, that really creates jobs and allows the people to have self-drive to achieve their dreams and goals? How about stopping the interference in foreign countries and instead, put our energies to good use at home? It’s costing us our life savings to invade the world. Thursday is voting day: Stop playing their game. — Dan M. Smith is a Cincinnati native and Gatlinburg resident. He is the author of the forthcoming book “So Far from Forfar.” His son is serving in the Air Force. E-mail to dan0729@ yahoo.com.
Lines in the sand
Pigeon Forge right to move ahead with Dry Fork sewer project The city of Pigeon Forge wants to grow and wants to serve its residents as well as it can. It instituted a full-time fire department two years ago, with plans for a new station near Dollywood. Now it is moving ahead with a sewer interceptor line to serve an area where lift stations now are the norm. The City Commission approved engineering services last week for the Dry Fork Sewer Interceptor Project in the Kings Hills area. Plans are to construct more than 4,000 feet of gravitypropelled sewer lines, at a cost of some $800,000. This will surely spark more residential development in the area and better serve the residents who already live there.
There are five sewer lift stations in the Kings Hills area — three privately owed. So what’s the big deal? For one, lift stations require electricity to run. The new line will be gravity-powered. Not only that, but lift stations can generate an odor that underground sewer lines do not. They can produce sewer gases that can be toxic. When they get overheated they can cause sewage to spill out. The pumps can malfunction. In short, there are many more inherent problems with lift stations than with gravity-powered sewer lines. Developers would much prefer to build homes in areas served by gravitypowered sewer lines than lift stations. The Dry Fork project will eliminate
five such lift stations, and that’s a good thing. Tony Glenn Rast, for one, has a development encompassing 26 acres and 142 residential units that he hopes will become a reality as soon as the lift stations are removed and the new sewer line installed. City officials in Pigeon Forge are to be commended for moving ahead with this project. Yes, it is expensive, and budgets are tight these days. However, sometimes you just have to make room in the budget for worthwhile and necessary projects like Dry Fork. Pigeon Forge needs more housing in order to grow and attract new residents. This project seems destined to help that to happen.
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Park will soon be ablaze with fall color Every other week, The Mountain Press offers an eclectic mix of newsy tidbits, anecdotes and other one-liners: It’s the first week of August and that means the national park will soon be ablaze with its glorious foliage. Spokesman Bob Miller says that in the higher elevations, the peak could come as early as the third week of September, while in Gatlinburg and Sugarlands the peak season comes usually the middle of October. ... Remember all the fuss and controversy generated by the owners of Cupid’s Outlet attempting to open an adult novelties store on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge? Quietly, with little apparent objection, a Cupid’s Outlet has opened in downtown Gatlinburg at 702 Parkway. Pedestrians can look right inside. ... Jim and June Gerding own Pancake Pantry in downtown Gatlinburg, but like most of us, they enjoy a nice meal out. They were among the guests on a recent Friday
night enjoying the new Partridge and Pear Restaurant next to The Incredible Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge. This is a terrific new restaurant, with wonderful decor and gourmet food prepared under the direction of chef Aaron Ward. ... Mountain Press Advertising Director Joi Whaley and her husband, Aaron, welcomed a new addition to their family on July 22. Noah Austin Whaley weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Mother and son are doing well. ... Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg, who skippered the Smokies to the finals of the Southern League playoffs in 2009 and is currently at Iowa, is almost certain to get some consideration to become the Chicago Cubs’ next manager now that Lou Piniella has announced he will retire at season’s end. ... The Travel Channel’s “Bert the Conqueror” recently visited the new Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge. Bert travels the country looking for the best
attractions and adventures and says he will stop at nothing to showcase what the locals do for fun. His segment about the Titanic Museum Attraction can be viewed at: www. travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Bert_the_ Conqueror/Video/Bert_Sinks_Into_The_ Titanic ... It occurs to us that anyone who complained about the bitter cold last winter shouldn’t be mouthing off about the miserable heat we’re having now. You can’t have it both ways. ... Be sure to attend “Drums Across America” at Sevier County High School today: Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. General Admission is $17. ... Sevier County’s Promise is collecting educational materials such as spiral notebooks, pencils, pens and clear or mesh backpacks (with no wheels). Collection locations include all public libraries and any branch of Tennessee State Bank, Sevier County Bank, Home Federal Bank and Citizens National Bank. ...
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Appleby shoots 59 for win at Greenbrier WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Stuart Appleby hit golf’s magic number Sunday, shooting a 59 to win the Greenbrier Classic. Appleby’s 11-under round put him at 22 under to end a four-year winless drought. Thirdround leader Jeff Overton finished second by one stroke after his birdie try slid by the hole on the par-3 18th. Appleby is the fifth PGA Tour player to reach the milestone. The Australian’s round came less than a month after Paul Goydos had a 59 at John Deere Classic. The others to shoot 59 were Al Geiberger at the 1977 Memphis Classic, Chip Beck at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational and David Duval at the 1999 Bob Hope Classic.
Langer pulls away to win U.S. Senior Open SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) — Bernhard Langer shot a final round 3-under 67 and took advantage of Fred Couples’ critical mistake to complete a daunting trans-Atlantic double and win the U.S. Senior Open championship Sunday. Coming off a victory at the Senior British Open last week at Carnoustie, Langer finished at 8 under for the tournament, fighting off jet lag and a partisan hometown crowd hoping Couples could pull out victory just 20 miles east of where he grew up. Just like a dozen years ago when the PGA Championship was played at Sahalee Country Club, it wasn’t to be for Couples. Tied with Langer starting the day, Couples birdied the opening hole before his undoing on No. 2, a par 5 and the easiest hole on the course. Couples plopped his third shot in the greenside pond and by the time he walked off with a triple bogey, he was in chase mode. Langer didn’t let him catch up.
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Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow, top, second from left, gathers with t eammates after practice Sunday in Englewood, Colo.
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, center, pauses with teammates following the morning session of the first day of NFL football training camp at Broncos headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Sunday.
Tebow a big draw at Broncos training camp By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Sports Writer
“I thought it was Bannan. Isn’t that what they’re out here for? No, obviously, it’s Tebow. Everyone’s out here to see him and it ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — No looks like he’s doing all right.” insubordination. No contract consternation. No split locker room. No more bad karma — just a bit of bad luck. The Denver Broncos kicked off training camp without the negativity that enveloped them a year ago, when their two first-round draft picks were holdouts and the man wearing No. 15 was recalcitrant receiver Brandon Marshall. With Marshall in Miami, rookie quarterback Tim Tebow is donning that number now, and his presence was a big reason the Broncos drew 3,103 fans to the start of training camp, a record for the first day at Dove Valley. The only damper? Running backs Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter got hurt. That might have been the only two times many in the crowd took their eyes off Tebow, the two-time national champion from Florida and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner. “Guy was a great player in college,” Champ Bailey said. “He’s going to do some great things for us.” Fans serenaded Tebow with cheers when he walked onto the field and when he stretched, then chanted his name when he walked off after winning every single one of the post-practice sideline sprints. “I thought it was Bannan,” cracked defensive lineman Justin Bannan. “Isn’t that what they’re out here for? No, obviously, it’s Tebow. Everyone’s out here to see him and it looks like he’s doing all right.” Bannan said the veterans don’t mind that Tebow’s stealing the show. “Obviously, he’s a special case
Denver Broncos defensive lineman Justin Bannan
and he had an unbelievable collegiate career. He’s the only guy to have a career like that, so it kind of demands that kind of attention,” Bannan said. Tebow is certainly accustomed to this adoration. “We had some pretty passionate fans at Florida, too,” he said. Tebowmania is everywhere, from the jerseys in the crowd to the hand-painted signs kids held up. Even wide receiver Brandon Stokley’s house is abuzz over Tebow. “He surpassed me as my son’s favorite player on the Broncos,” Stokley conceded. The crowd even burst into applause when Tebow scrambled out of the pocket in 7-on-7 drills without the rush of any linemen. For all the adulation, Tebow remains a raw rookie buried not only in the playbook but in the film room studying ways to improve his mechanics as he adjusts to the pro game. “I’m still working on footwork and my drops and things like that but as far as just my throwing motion, it’s more of just getting my feet in place,” he said. Tebow is working behind starter Kyle Orton and fellow newcomer Brady Quinn and throwing to a deep stable of 10 receivers, including fellow first-round pick Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos’ backfield is another story. Moreno injured his hamstring and could miss the rest of camp,
a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t confirmed the injury. Moreno, who missed the start of last year’s camp as a holdout, was carted off the field midway through the two-hour morning practice after hurting his right leg, and Buckhalter hurt his back minutes later and limped off favoring his left leg. Coach Josh McDaniels, who 48 hours earlier traded veteran running back J.J. Arrington to Philadelphia for special teams stud Joe Mays, said he didn’t know the extent of their injuries. “Certainly, you don’t want to see two of your guys that you really count on at the same position come off the field on the first day of training camp,” McDaniels said. The Broncos’ backfield now looks like this: waiver wire pickup Kolby Smith, undrafted rookie Toney Baker and second-year pros Lance Ball and Bruce Hall. Moreno caught a pass in 7-on7 drills and turned upfield when his leg buckled. He grimaced as he hopped into the team’s headquarters for tests. Buckhalter got hurt about 10 minutes later during the same drill and limped off the field. “One guy goes down, a guy moves up,” Ball said. “Chance to get more reps, get on film and impress the coaches.”
CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Phillips made the most of one of the few scoring opportunities for the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Phillips hit a tying triple with two out in the fifth inning and scored the tiebreaking run on shortstop Alex Gonzalez’s error, helping the Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 in the rubber game of the weekend series. Ramon Hernandez was on first when Phillips lifted a fly ball down the right-field line that eluded a diving Jason Heyward and bounced into the corner. Orlando Cabrera followed with a routine grounder to Gonzalez, but the former Reds infielder dropped the ball, and Phillips scored while Cabrera easily beat the throw to first. “I thought Heyward was going to catch it,” Phillips said. “I said, ’Watch him catch it. Watch him catch hit. Ooh, snap, it’s time to run.’ I knew if he didn’t catch it, it would be a triple. I knew, when I got in, that it was game over. ’Gonzie’ never makes an error.” The NL East-leading Braves have lost three of four and went 3-6 on their 10-day trip, earning one win at each stop. They wasted a solid outing by Tommy Hanson (8-8), who allowed an earned run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings. The Reds have won three of four and open a six-game trip on Monday in Pittsburgh. They remained a half-game behind NL Central-leading St. Louis, which beat Pittsburgh 9-1. “We haven’t had a 2-1 victory here in a long, long time,” Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. Rick Ankiel started in center field and went 0 for 3 with a walk in his first game with Atlanta. The Braves acquired Ankiel and reliever Kyle Farnsworth from Kansas City on Saturday. Edinson Volquez was wild in five effective innings for Cincinnati, walking five and hitting a batter but yielding just one run. The right-hander also struck out seven and allowed three hits while throwing 96 pitches in his fourth major league start since undergoing elbow surgery last August. “I think it’s coming,” Volquez said. “I feel good.”
Biffle wins for injured owner Roush at Pocono LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Greg Biffle won it for Jack Roush. Biffle raced to victory in an oftendelayed Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday to snap a 64-race winless streak and take the checkered flag for his injured team owner. Biffle hadn’t won since the first two races in the 2008 Chase for the Cup championship. But with Roush in the Mayo Clinic for injuries sustained in a plane crash in Wisconsin, Biffle found Victory Lane. “We know he’s watching,” Biffle said. “It’s been really tough. We worked so hard.” It was also the first win of the season for both a Ford and Roush Fenway Racing. Tony Stewart was second and Roush driver Carl Edwards was third. Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, who won the last two Pocono races, round out the top five. Edwards spoke with Roush on Sunday
morning and said his boss sounded in good spirits. “He was Jack,” Edwards said. “Don’t mess anything up. Don’t wreck. He’s been through a lot this last week. He really needed that victory. That’s pretty cool. I’m sure he’s really hard to handle for all those nurses in the hospital.” The start of the 500-mile race was delayed by rain, then had two lengthy red flag stops that totaled nearly 50 minutes. Elliott Sadler and Kurt Busch both walked away from scary wrecks that knocked them out of the race. Biffle’s crew kept the same car after Associated Press driving the No. 16 Ford to a seasonGreg Biffle, top right, celebrates in victory lane with his crew after winhigh third-place finish last week at ning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 500 on Sunday. Indianapolis. That finish put Biffle in 11th place in the points standings and now he’s strongly positioned himself with five drought. Biffle was winless last year for crew chief Greg Erwin said. “I can’t really explain what this means. I know races for a spot in the 12-driver field for the first full season of his career. He won’t be shut out in back-to-back (Roush) is with us. This is a brand new the championship chase. He won Chase car at Indianapolis and we brought it here races at New Hampshire and Dover in seasons. “The whole company needed it,” Biffle because we liked it so much.” 2008 before falling into this winless
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Kicked off at Oregon, QB Masoli will be a walk-on at Mississippi
Former professional baseball player Emilio “Millito” Navarro, 104, poses with his memorabilia in his home in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Navarro, believed to be the last surviving player of the Negro American League, was chosen to be honored as America’s Outstanding Oldest Male
Ex-Puerto Rico baseball star still working at 104 By DANICA COTO Associated Press Writer PONCE, Puerto Rico — Emilio Navarro swivels his hips several times, then bends down to touch his toes. Not bad for someone who’s 104 years old. He doesn’t need a cane to get about and is known to go out dancing now and then. He doesn’t use glasses, either. “And I don’t have many wrinkles,” he says in Spanish. He smiles, then allows in English: “Just a little bit.” But the former professional baseball player isn’t being honored for his spryness. He is being honored as America’s Outstanding Oldest Male Worker for 2010 — Navarro still keeps the books and controls the finances at the game machine business he started. Navarro, believed to be the last surviving player of the Negro American League, was chosen for the honor over dozens of candidates nominated in 30 U.S. states by Experience Works, the United States’ largest nonprofit training center for older workers. Navarro, known affectionately as “Millito,” began working at age 12. He cleaned shoes, sold newspapers and hawked “dulce de coco,” a popular coconut treat in Puerto Rico, to help his mother financially. “She didn’t know how to read or write,” he said. He didn’t particularly enjoy those jobs, but eventually his passion — baseball — gave him a living. At 17, the 5-foot-5 Navarro signed with the Ponce Lions in Puerto Rico and went on to play for the New York Cuban Stars in one of the black leagues in the U.S. He later played in the Dominican Republic and in Venezuela. Navarro then worked as a coach and athletic teacher at schools in Ponce and Caguas. He also managed a baseball stadium in Ponce for 10 years — the job that proved his least favorite. “To be in that place and not be able to play ...” he said, his voice trailing off. “I didn’t like it.” Navarro later opened the game machine business, Shuffle Alley, which his sons now run. But Navarro still works, keeping the books in order and making financial decisions.
“My sons work for me now,” he said with a laugh, pretending to rake in cash with his hands. “I count it and I divide it into equal parts. And there’s a little bit for Millito, too.” Navarro does not have any secrets to staying young. He just follows two rules: Help those who need it and show respect to everyone. “That is very important,” he said. One of his sons, Eric Navarro, 61, cleared his throat. “Love God above all things,” he reminded his father with a smile. “Ah, yes,” the elder Navarro responded. As a guilty pleasure, Navarro enjoys a bit of whiskey now and then. During a recent public appearance, Navarro stood for almost two hours while he posed for pictures with fans. Finally, he sat down exhausted and asked Jose Bibiloni, a coordinator with Experience Works, for a little whiskey. Bibiloni brought water instead. “Did I ask for this? I didn’t ask for this,” Bibiloni recalled him saying. Navarro lives alone in the house that he built for his family in the late 1950s. His wife died more than two decades ago at age 62 from breast cancer, and Navarro’s sons sometimes mention the benefits of a nursing home. “He makes a face and we leave,” Eric Navarro said. “He defends his privacy.” Lillian Ruiz cooks for Navarro every day and cleans the house, arriving at 8 a.m. and leaving by 2 p.m. “He likes to be alone,” she said. “He is very clean. He tidies his room every day.” Navarro likes to sit on the balcony and sometimes asks Ruiz to bring a couple of $1 bills, which he floats down to a pleading homeless person below. He also likes to dance and favors blondes if he goes out in search of some danzon, a Cuban dance that incorporates mambo. Navarro, whose 105th birthday is September 26, got a pacemaker 15 years ago and has had new ones put in at least twice, his son said. He has high blood pressure, yet he doesn’t need glasses and walks easily.
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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Kicked off the team at Oregon, Jeremiah Masoli has found a new football home at Mississippi. The former Ducks quarterback, dismissed from the team after two run-ins with the law, visited the Ole Miss campus in Oxford this weekend and coach Houston Nutt offered him a place on the team as a walk-on. Masoli, a California native, posted on his website Sunday that he intends to take up the offer. He can play immediately under NCAA rules because he has earned his undergraduate degree and is enrolling in graduate school. He said on his website he will enter the parks and recreation management program. Masoli figured to be a possible Heisman Trophy contender this season after a breakout 2009 for the Ducks. His status quickly changed after the season when he was charged for his role in stealing a pair of laptop computers and a guitar from a fraternity house. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor second-degree burglary and Oregon coach Chip Kelly suspended him for the 2010 season. He still practiced with the team during spring drills and was expected to redshirt. Kelly dismissed him in June, though, after he was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and two other noncriminal violations following a traffic
stop. Masoli could still enroll at another school should he change his mind. Rebels newcomers report Aug. 8. He says on his website he’ll return to Oxford on Wednesday to begin conditioning workouts. “I am very excited about this opportunity and very thankful Ole Miss is giving me this chance,” Masoli wrote on the home page of www.jeremiahmasoli.net. “I really want to thank Coach Nutt for believing in me.” Nutt, who cannot talk about recruiting Masoli under NCAA rules until the player is camp, initially told reporters in July he was not interested in expanding the roster. But when backup Raymond Cotton, who was expected to push Nate Stanley for the starting job, left the team, Nutt began the search for depth at a position already thin from the departure of Jevan Snead to the NFL. Nutt could take a public relations hit by bringing in the troubled player but he also may have improved a team picked to finish near or at the bottom in the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division. Stanley played sparingly last season, but looked good standing in for an injured Snead in part of the Cotton Bowl last January. He earned his spot atop the depth chart in spring drills. The only other quarterback on the roster currently is Randall Mackey, a junior college transfer who has participated in summer workouts but otherwise has no experience.
Rodman unhurt after Land Rover flips FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman walked away unhurt after riding in an SUV that flipped over on an interstate in South Florida. Sgt. Mark Wysocky of the Florida Highway Patrol said Rodman and another passenger weren’t injured in the single-vehicle crash on Saturday on Interstate 95 near Fort Lauderdale. The driver was taken to a hospital. Wysocky said the Land Rover flipped over after having a tire problem. No charges are expected. Rodman’s agent, Darren Prince, said he spoke with his client on Sunday, and
he confirmed that he was unhurt. Rodman had just returned to the U.S. from the Caribbean island of St. Tropez, where he had a disc-jockey gig. “Thank God he’s OK,” Prince said. “He walked out with a little scratch on his finger.” Prince said that Rodman told him, “’I’m still living brother. They can’t get rid of me.”’
Rodman told his agent that the driver had a gash in his head and was in stable condition. Known for his flamboyance on and off the court, Rodman won three NBA championships with Chicago and two with Detroit. He led the league in rebounding seven consecutive seasons in the 1990s and was named defensive player of the year twice.
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Chelsea says â€˜I doâ€™ to longtime boyfriend By MICHAEL HILL Associated Press Writer RHINEBECK, N.Y. â€” It was high society inside and high security outside as Chelsea Clinton wed her longtime boyfriend at an elegant estate in a Hudson River village where several prominent guests were spotted beforehand, but the husband-and-wife-tobe stayed out of sight. The wedding site, a Beaux Arts riverside estate called Astor Courts, was sealed off from the general public. Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a statement announcing that their daughter exchanged vows Saturday evening with investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, and a few photographs were later released to media outlets. â€œToday, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends,â€? the Clintons said. â€œWe could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family. On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day.â€? Chelsea Clinton, wearing a strapless white gown with a full skirt and silver beading around the waist and carrying a bouquet of white flowers, was escorted down the aisle by her father. The former president and the groom wore dark suits, while the mother of the bride wore a fuchsia dress. The event was the culmination of weeks of secrecy and buildup that drew onlookers to the small village of Rhinebeck, 90 miles north of New York City. It is estimated that hundreds of guests gathered at the historic estate near the end of a near-perfect summer day of warm temperatures, blue skies and cottony clouds. The ceremony was conducted by a rabbi and a reverend as Chelsea Clinton is Methodist and Mezvinsky is Jewish, and included a poem by Leo
Marks titled, â€œThe Life That I Have,â€? according to the family. The road to Astor Courts was blocked off Saturday â€” neighbors received bottle of wine for their troubles â€” and the sky above was declared a no-fly zone by federal aviation officials. Police and security guards fanned out around this usually sleepy town. Consistent with Chelsea Clintonâ€™s desire for privacy, the family had released no details of the wedding beyond the date. But the scope of the event became apparent when more than a half-dozen busloads of wedding guests â€” men in black tie, women in dresses â€” were transported from a hotel in the village to the riverside ceremony as gawkers looked on. Celebrities spotted in Rhinebeck for the event included actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen; fashion designer Vera Wang, believed to have designed the wedding gown; Madeleine Albright, who was secretary of state during Bill Clintonâ€™s second term as president; and Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee chairman. The former presidentâ€™s half brother, Roger Clinton, was spotted early Saturday afternoon with his son Tyler, picking up food at a restaurant. Reporters, who had been searching for celebrities in vain for most of the day, quickly zeroed in on Danson and Steenburgen, prompting Danson to ask, â€œAre we the only celebrities in town?â€? Celebrity seekers jockeyed with reporters for sidewalk space over most of the day too. Donna Vena drove 50 miles to Rhinebeck from her home of Mount Kisco, N.Y., in the hopes of spotting a
Former President Bill Clinton walks his daughter Chelsea down the isle for her wedding Saturday in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
celebrity. â€œWhy not?â€? she asked Saturday morning, a camera slung over her shoulder. â€œBig story. Maybe see Oprah.â€? Nearby, two young women passed out slices of pizza with â€œI doâ€? written in pepperoni. On Friday, there were sightings of Bill Clinton and his wife, a former U.S. senator from New York and current secretary of state. Chelsea Clinton and Mezvinsky were friends as teenagers in Washington, and both attended Stanford University. They now live in New York, where Mezvinsky works at G3 Capital, a Manhattan hedge Associated Press fund. Mezvinsky worked Marc Mezvinsky, left, is pictured with his new mother-in-law Hillary previously at Goldman Rodham Clinton, his bride Chelsea and father-in-law former President Sachs as an investment Bill Clinton after the coupleâ€™s wedding Saturday. banker. Mezvinsky is a son of Ed Mezvinsky of Iowa, Thereâ€™s been no word yet Clinton completed her former U.S. Reps. Marjorie longtime friends of the on where the newly marmasterâ€™s degree in public health earlier this year M a r g o l i e s - M e z v i n s k y Clintons. His parents are ried couple plans to honeymoon. at the Mailman School of of Pennsylvania and divorced. Public Health at Columbia University.
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