The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 227 ■ August 15, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ $1.25
Seasonal record set By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
5Dribbling to the Hall of Fame Retired county teacher was a hoops star at Mercer University Sports, Page A8
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Greg Smelcer, dispatcher/operations for SCES, watches power usage at the Gist Creek and south Pigeon Forge sub stations. Smelcer can pull up any sub stations on the monitors and make power adjustments as needed.
SEVIERVILLE — The unmerciful heat of summer 2010 will go down in the record books, at least for now, for having pushed Sevier County residents to set a new record for warm-weather energy use. Sevier County Electric System Secretary/Treasurer Allen Robbins reports the utility hit its all-time summer peak on July 24, when the National Weather Service See Record, Page A3
5Healing and blessing Pastor receives kidney from church member Mountain Life, Page B1
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Weather Today Partly sunny High: 91° Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press
Tonight Mostly cloudy Low: 72° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Donna Jean Ayers, 55 Derik B. Campbell, 38 Harold W. Cooper, 79 Griffis E. DeNeen, 88 Dewey E. Large, 88 Margaret N. Lester Lloyd Murphy, 69 Pauline T. Parrott, 79 Margaret Romines, 81 H. Donald Shultz, 74 Jewell M. Trupiano DETAILS, Page A4-5
Index Local & State . . . . . A1-6 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . A8-12 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . B2 Classifieds . . . . . . B11-14
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Jill Roberts, with Snow Sign Works, makes repairs to the New Center School sign, hoping to have it fully operational for students today. The sign was hit by a car and knocked over during the summer.
School year offers ‘new beginning’ Officials quizzed about start of classes Debra Cline, director of curriculum and instruction, and Jim Wade, director of personnel and purchasing support services, discuss what lies ahead in the new academic year in Sevier County Schools. Director of Schools Jack Parton, who was recovering from arm surgery at the time of the interview, was not present but contributed information as well. The interview was conducted by staff writer Ellen Brown.
their child should ride — or over what school their child should attend — they should call the bus garage at 453-3568. We ask that people be patient with us. Parents also need to make sure they’re communicating with the schools about any allergies their child has and that they have an accurate phone number on file for our automated message system. We encourage all parents to look at the student handbooks and make use of our district Web site, www.sevier.org. Wade: There are very few changes MP: Monday starts the beginin Board of Education policies. The ning of the 2010-2011 school percentage of free and reduced lunch, year. What changes can parents, however, has increased — you’re talkstudents and others expect? ing hundreds. It has to do with the Cline: All state testing has been recession and families who are hurting realigned, and new benchmarks have financially. We didn’t use to have that been set. We’re in the second year of implementation of reading, math, arts (percentage) in Sevier County. We try to make sure that every child has propand science. We’ve done a complete er nutrition, and we haven’t increased set of lessons to help teachers as they meal charges for four years. work towards meeting curriculum MP: What have been some standards, and most importantly, to of the financial challenges the help improve student achievement. They’re able to really drill down in the school system has faced recently? Wade: The schools’ budget statewide classroom to meet specific skills of the and here in Sevier County is extremely kids. We feel good about what we’re tight. We just don’t have the money doing. to be adding new teachers. Debbie’s Wade: If parents remember what (Cline) actually lost staff members they were doing in the third grade, their child will be doing the same thing through retirement, and they have not been replaced. We didn’t cut any perin second grade. sonnel, and we’ve been able to mainCline: Another change is that tain. We were able to purchase textwe won’t be running buses from books this year for middle and secondCatlettsburg to Sevierville primary, ary language arts. Karen (King, schools elementary, middle and intermedifinance director) squeezes every dollar. ate schools (although they will go to Lots of people have made this possible. Sevier County High School). We ask It’s not magic, it’s hard work and coopthat parents complete all informaerativeness. This is the second year in tion before the first day of school so bus arrangements can go smoothly. If they have a question about which bus See Beginning, Page A3
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David Loy will move from the classroom to the office in his new position as assistant principal at Seymour Middle School.
Loy looks forward to new role as assistant principal By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer When David Loy applied for the position of assistant principal at Seymour Middle School, he had been a teacher with Sevier County Schools for the past 15 years. “I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do,” said the Jefferson County native, who received his Education Specialist degree in
supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. “I talked to friends I respected and admired, and I decided to throw my hat into the ring.” It was his mother who first interested him in a career in education. “She had been an educator, and I saw the advantages and rewards of her working with children. She was a good role model.” See Loy, Page A3
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Shelter to hold day for cat adoptions
Westgate donates school supplies
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Submitted Report NEWPORT — According to Newport Animal Shelter Director Carol Hood, there has recently been an overwhelming number of adult cats, adolescent cats and kittens coming into their shelter. To help them find a home, the shelter is sponsoring a cat adoption day, with lowered adoption fees, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 28. The Newport Animal Shelter is located at 420 Humane Way. Adoption fee for kittens is $35 which covers spay or neuter, feline distemper and rabies shots, microchip and deworming. For cats 6 months to 1 year, the adoption fee is $20, which covers spay or neuter, feline distemper and rabies shots, and deworming. Adoption fee for housecats is $10 which covers spay or neuter, feline distemper and rabies shots, and deworming. To see some of the cats available check petfinder.com and go to the Newport Animal Shelter Site. The shelter will have microchipping available for $15, and feline leukemia and feline aids testing for $25. For further information call (423) 6231010.
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Westgate Resorts has supported the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce school supplies effort. Carey Woods, Pi Beta Phi assistant principal, and Glenn Bogart, principal, accepted the recent donation of school supplies. Also pictured are some of the school supplies collected from Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort employees.
Bikers for Babies event set for Aug. 28 Submitted Report PIGEON FORGE — The March of Dimes’ annual Bikers for Babies event features a scenic ride in the Smoky Mountains through Sevier and Cocke counties. The ride will be held Aug. 28 starting at Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the ride will leave at 11. The entry fee is $15 for single riders and $20 for double riders. Free T-shirts will be given to all riders. The ride ends at Smoky’s Sports Pub and Grub, 1151 Parkway, Gatlinburg,
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GATLINBURG — He owns the longest running theater in Sevier County. He has spearheaded an effort to spay and neuter pets. He has been an elected official. Don MacPherson has given a lot to his community. Now his friends and co-workers are giving some back. MacPherson is battling a second occurrence of cancer. A benefit show will be held at his Sweet Fanny Adams Theater to raise money to help defray some of his medical expenses. The show is set for 8 p.m. Wednesday at the theater in downtown Gatlinburg, Tickets are $25. To attend call the theater box office at 436-4039. “He had surgery last year, and they did chemo and radiation and it looked like everything was gone,” said Dennis Snider, family friend and emcee for the benefit show. “This year the cancer came back. Once again he’s trying to battle it.” MacPherson is going through cancer treatments and is not performing these days. The show is still performed six days a week. The benefit has been organized by friends and will include the Sweet Fanny Adams cast as well as Pigeon Forge magician Terry Evanswood. All of the proceeds will go to MacPherson’s medical expenses not covered by insurance. After years in show business, many of them running a stage show in Las Vegas, MacPherson and his wife Pat were
Don MacPherson benefit show What: Fundraiser to help defray medical expenses for Sweet Fanny Adams owner and performer Don MacPherson n When: 8 p.m. Wednesday (doors open at 7) n Where: Sweet Fanny Adams Theater, 461 Parkway, downtown Gatlinburg n Tickets: $25. Call 4364039. n
looking for a family-friendly place to settle down when they discovered Gatlinburg. He opened the theater in 1977. “Their two children were very young and they wanted to raise them away from Las Vegas,” Snider said. “They were used to traveling a lot.” No theater has been open in Sevier County as long as Sweet Fanny Adams, and it’s always been at 461 Parkway where 441 and 321 come together. It’s an intimate setting with just 164 seats for the audience. Don and Pat were soon joined on stage by son Chris, who started acting around age 10. He remains
a part of the show. His sister Jennifer used to perform, but now is the manager of the theater. Pat retired about five years ago to spend more time with her grandchildren. “This benefit is not being done by Don and Pat,” Snider said. “Everybody wanted to do something to help. You’ll see the same cast that performs at the theater, along with Terry Evanswood.” Snider’s wife Janice has long been active at the theater both on stage and off. Snider used to perform a little, but these days he works for the Sevier County Economic Development Council. Don MacPherson has been more than just a theater owner in Gatlinburg. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, served a stint on the City Commission and supported the One By One program that provides spay and neutering services to pets whose owners can’t afford to have that done. In addition to his theater work, MacPherson rewrote a stage show at the old Silver Dollar City and did some writing for Dixie Stampede when it first opened.
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recorded a high temperature of 100 degrees for the area. Though the 313,210 kilowatt hours used are still a long way from the winter peak of 402,110, itâ€™s a pretty impressive number. â€œWhen you consider that the average monthly usage for our 32,832 residential customers is 1,272 kilowatt hours, that really puts it into perspective,â€? Robbins says. â€œThatâ€™s a bunch of energy.â€? The peak easily eclipsed the previous record of 294,256 set back in the summer of 2007, another hot and dry season. With heating and cooling systems claiming 50 to 55 percent of average residential usage, Robbins says there is a to-be-expected correlation between energy use and higher or lower temperatures. However, just having the thermometer near the breaking point doesnâ€™t necessarily equal a recordusage day. â€œThere is a direct correlation between the heat and energy demand, but there are other factors that play into that,â€? Robbins says. As an example, there were two other days in July when the weather serviceâ€™s local gauges recorded a triple digit reading. The reason July 24 claimed the record is the low for the day was only 77, several degrees above 100-degree day July 8â€™s 71. â€œThe biggest issue weâ€™re seeing this summer is that weâ€™re not having that evening cool down that we usually see, so the heat has some longevity to it,â€? Robbins says. â€œThat means your air conditioner is also having to work through the overnight hours when it might otherwise shut off for a while.â€? Since June, the area has recorded 58 total days of 90 degree or greater heat, with the first 13 days of August so far handily topping that mark, including three days of 99 degree heat. Additionally, there has not been a single day this summer when the dayâ€™s average temperature has been lower than the normal for the day, with some days coming in double digits ahead of where the area might expect to be. Topping all that off, it looks unlikely July 24 will hold the record for long. Just about a week and a half after the mark was set, the area recorded a high temperature of 101
degrees on Aug. 4, with a low of only 78. While the data for August energy usage isnâ€™t yet available, Robbins says itâ€™s certainly reasonable to think there may be a new peak number when it is. For those who have opened their electric bills this summer and found themselves, for a change, lightheaded from something besides the heat, Robbins and Sevier County Electric offer some tips, including: n Turn your thermostat up as far as your comfort will allow you. Just a few degrees can make a huge difference when youâ€™re talking about 50 to 55 percent of your energy usage. n Donâ€™t turn your air conditioner off when youâ€™re away or push the temperature way up, only to demand it drop the temperature quickly several degrees when you return. This actually uses considerably more energy than just leaving the temperature steady. n However, if you can slowly lower the temperature or raise it only slightly when youâ€™re gone, allowing your home to get warmer while youâ€™re gone can save you money. n Turn off lights when youâ€™re not in a room. Contrary to the old myth, under normal circumstances it does not take more energy to turn a light on and off than it does to leave it running. n Make sure you shut down electronics when theyâ€™re not in use and, if possible, keep them on a power strip that you can switch off when theyâ€™re not needed. Unplugging cell phone and other charges when not in use can also help because, though they may be off or not charging, theyâ€™re still drawing power. Thatâ€™s called â€œphantom load.â€? n Take fewer baths and shorter showers. This is a tip often given for saving water but it also applies to conserving energy. Thatâ€™s because about 20 percent of an average homeâ€™s energy use is consumed in heating water. n email@example.com
that involves a partnership with 3From Page A1 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts? Cline: Weâ€™ve got some a row that our employees have received a step general conception, and now weâ€™re waiting on in pay grade. It can be information on funding. quite small â€” none of Outside funding is the them are large. There have been no 5 percent only way we could move forward. raises or anything like Wade: Thereâ€™s no that. Cline: In tough finan- money right now. MP: Whatâ€™s new cial times, if you have with construction in people doing their jobs and who are committed the schools? Wade: Catlettsburg to the school system, we will still deliver an effec- Elementary School tive educational system and Pittman Center Elementary School are that year. Through done. Weâ€™ve been given Jackâ€™s (Parton) leadertriple-wide classrooms ship, we know how to from a Presbyterian handle growth, how to school in Knoxville, build buildings, how but we had to transfer to get by with what we them. Various things have. The community understands that we try here and there are being fixed. With the heat to do the most we can. wave, there will be air MP: What is the conditioning problems, latest news on the but maintenance is preproposed Smoky pared. Mountain School Cline: Theyâ€™ve done of Appalachian a lot of air conditionCulture and Arts
and two brothers, one in Alaska and the other in South Carolina. â€œI really enjoy being Loy student-taught at with my kids in the sumSevierville Intermediate mer â€” itâ€™s the luxury School when John Enloe of being an educator. was principal. I used to play a lot of â€œHe helped me get in golf, but now I get a bigthere, and Iâ€™m forever ger kick out of watching indebted to him.â€? them play.â€? He ended up staying As for his new coat SIS for seven years workers, â€œTheyâ€™ve been before leaving to teach at great,â€? he said. Northview Middle School â€œPeople in Sevier for nine years. County are just so A huge Pittsburgh friendly. I canâ€™t tell you Steelers fan (he has how many people have several Super Bowl pen- walked through my nants in his new office), door, welcoming me he also coached football, to the building. I feel basketball and vollike Iâ€™m going to learn leyball when he was at a lot from (principal) Northview. Dr. (Faye) Nelson. Iâ€™m â€œI must have had 70 also very grateful to or 80 games last year! Jack Parton (director of Not coaching is going to schools) and everyone give me more time with at the schoolsâ€™ Central my family and more time Office. I consider this to focus on being a good position an honor.â€? assistant principal.â€? His philosophy on Family includes wife education is simple. Gina, a medical social â€œAny decision I make, worker for Covenant I want to make it with Home Health; children the children being first Andy, 11, and Emma, 10, who attend school in Jefferson County, where the family lives;
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Obituaries In Memoriam
Dewey Ernest Large
Griffis Earl DeNeen
Margaret N. Lester
Dewey Ernest Large, 88, died August 13, 2010 at the Ben Atchley Veterans’ Nursing facility in Knoxville, Tennessee. The receiving of friends (noon until 2 p.m.) and funeral service (2 p.m.) will be held on Monday, August 16 at Weatherford’s Mortuary, 158 S. Jefferson Circle, Oak Ridge, TN. Rev. Henry Lenoir of Solway United Methodist Church will officiate. Mr. Large was born May 11, 1922, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Sevier County, TN to Bernard and Flora Large. After graduating from Sevier County High School, he attended Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia. There he met the young lady who was to become his lifelong love, Annie Irene Owens. Dewey’s educational pursuits were interrupted by WW II, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps earning various medals of valor and the Purple Heart. Returning home to his family, he continued his education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus receiving the Bachelor of Science in 1947 and, later, the Master of Science in Chemistry and Physics. Mr. Large began his career as a high school principal in Gatlinburg, TN. He later moved to Oak Ridge, TN to work for the Institute of Nuclear Studies. Dewey then became the curator for the Museum of Atomic Energy. After that he worked for the Atomic Energy Commission (later known as the Dept. of Energy) until retirement. After retirement he developed the Scientific Ecology Group which was dedicated to research and development in the technology for safely containing and storage of nuclear and hazardous waste. Active in the religious life of his family and community, he held the positions of Sunday school teacher, Superintendant and Deacon at the Hurst Chapel Baptist Church, Mill Creek, TN and Pigeon Forge Baptist. In Oak Ridge, he was a Sunday school teacher and Deacon at the Robertsville Baptist Church. For many years, he was an active member of the Order of the Masons, Sevierville Lodge. Mr. Large was an avid supporter of Berry College, Mt. Berry, Georgia. He is survived by his three daughters and one son, nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Flora Large, his wife, Annie Irene Large, his sister, Edith Chambers-Hale, and one grandson. Along with flowers, donations may be made to organizations dedicated to the advancement of science and technology, Disabled American Veterans, and Berry College. An online guest book may be signed at weatherfordmortuary.com
Griffis Earl DeNeen, age 88 of Sevierville, TN, passed away Thursday, August 12, 2010. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served during World War II as a pilot and then in Korea with the 13th Bomb Squadron. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sevierville and the Sevierville Lions Club. After 25 years of service, Griff retired from the Detroit Police Force as Detective Sergeant and was also a member of the Berkley Masonic Lodge in Michigan. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Hope DeNeen; sons and daughters-inlaw, Roger and Carmen DeNeen, Jeff and Pam DeNeen, Brian and Linda DeNeen; daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Bob Zasowski; grandchildren, Andrea and husband Blake, Jason, Mathew and wife Lindsey, Justin, Suzanne, Ryan and wife Jamie, Brynne, Christopher, Kelley, Emily, Gail, Carole, and Peter; and six great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 500 Belle Ave., Sevierville, TN 37862, or to Covenant Hospice, 300 Lakebrook Blvd., Suite 201, Knoxville, TN 37909, or to the charity of your choice. Memorial service 11 a.m. Thursday, August 19th at First Presbyterian Church in Sevierville with Pastor Terrye McAnally officiating. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Margaret N. Lester, of Sevierville, went home to her Savior The Lord Jesus Christ August 2, 2010 at home. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Sevierville. She was at her best meeting people and making friends, telling them about Jesus or praying for some need they may share. She had the distinction of being born and married in the same house in Norfolk, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Salida Newton of Norfolk, VA and one brother Clarence Lee Newton, Jr. of California. She is survived by her husband of 60 years Charles F. Lester and a son Charles Jr. and his wife Sharon of Gloucester, VA, sister-in-law Hazel Harper of Virginia Beach and brothers-in-law Howard Edwards of Lebanon, MO and Alton Edwards of Virginia Beach and their extended families. Gifts in memory of Margaret would be accepted by First Baptist Church, Sevierville, Outreach Ministries, 317 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862. Burial was in Norfolk, VA in the family plot last Sunday. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, Sevierville on Tuesday August 17th at 4 p.m. with Rev. Jerry Hyder officiating. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Margaret Hazel Rainwater Romines Margaret Hazel Rainwater Romines, 81 of Knoxville, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010. She was a member of Bogart Chapel Methodist Church in Dandridge. Survivors: brothers Carl Rainwater (Brenda) and Kermit Rainwater; sisters Myrt Hagen, Janice Ford (Walter), Charlotte Worth (Carl); sister-in-law Ebbie Julie Dockery; nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug.14, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Alan McCarter officiating. The family will meet at Fox Cemetery in Sevierville for a 2 p.m. interment Sunday, Aug. 15. The family received friends Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bogart Chapel Methodist Church.
H. Donald Shultz H. Donald Shultz, 74 of Gatlinburg, died Aug. 12, 2010, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. He was a member and deacon of Hills Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors: wife, Ethel Shultz; sons, Garry Shultz and wife Diana, Mike Shultz; daughter, Jennifer Bush and husband Tommy; sister, Janella Roop; four grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; one great-greatgrandchild. Services were held Saturday, Aug. 14 at Rawlings Funeral Home with the Rev. Lowell Wilson and Brian Huff officiating. Interment followed in Webbs Creek Cemetery. n www.rawlingsfuneralhome.com
Pauline Thomas Parrott
Pauline Thomas Parrott, 79, widow of Herbert D. Parrott, died August 13, 2010 at her residence. A native of Sevierville, TN, Mrs. Parrott was a daughter of the late John and Myrtle E. Manning Thomas. She was a longtime resident of New Ellenton, S.C. She was a member of Corinth Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters; Pamela P. (Richard G.) Willard, Aiken, Deborah Winburn, New Ellenton, two grandchildren; Richard (Vanessa) Willard and Ryan Willard and a great-granddaughter, Raegan Willard. Mrs. Parrott was preceded in death by her husband Herbert, daughter, Vicki Ann Parrott and son, Larry Rex Parrott. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church with The Rev.’s Brancie Stephens and Michael Bell officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery, officiated by Rev. Kirby Bunton. Please visit the online guest register at www.shellhouseriversfuneralhome.com.
Donna Jean Ayers Donna Jean Ayers, 55 of Sevierville, died Friday, Aug.13, 2010. She was an employee of the Grand Resort Hotel. She and Eric Ayers were spiritually wed Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Survivors: husband, Eric Ayers; daughters, Angela Reese and Tandy Dawn Jones; sisters, Debra Cates, Denise Townsend, Diana Jean and Dixie Shelton; brothers, James Anthony Jean, Kenneth Eugene Jean, Mark A. Jean, and Brent Shelton; mother and step-father, Delores and Benjamin Shelton; step-son, Mitchell Ayers. Cremation services provided by McCarty Funeral Directors and Cremation Services, 607 Wall Street, Sevierville.
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Jewell Marie Trupiano Jewell Marie Trupiano, of Sevierville, passed away Friday, August 13, 2010. She was preceded in death by her: parents, Lena B. and William R. Lynch; husband, Henry A. Trupiano; brother, James W. Lynch; sonin-law, Thomas M. Waroway; and first husband, John A. Secord. Survived by: daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer Waroway, Jill & Mike Rambo, and Jan & Hollis Williams; grandchildren and spouses, Matthew & Jurgita Waroway, Todd Waroway, Holli Williams Bates & husband Jeremy, Bryan & Andrea Rambo, Dustin Rambo, Katie Williams, and Austin Williams; brother and sister-in-law, Robert D. & Joan Lynch; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Phyllis Perkowski, Betty & Dooley May, and Ellen Chambers. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Tuesday with a service to follow at 7 p.m. in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville with Rev. Bobby Ely officiating. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Harold Wallace Cooper Harold Wallace Cooper, age 79 of Sevierville, passed away Thursday, August 12, 2010. Death due to complications from a fall that occurred in June. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Postal Service. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert H. and Bessie Cooper, brothers James and Robert Cooper, and sisters Pauline Marler, Ollie Vaughn, Evelyn Cooper, Mildred Cooper, and Irene Cooper. Survivors include his wife, Helen R. Cooper; daughter, Carol Richardson and husband Bill of Hot Springs, AR; son, Wally Cooper and wife Ashley of Knoxville; grandsons, Seth Richardson and wife Caralisa, Barret Richardson, Brian Cooper, Kendall Cooper; sister, Altha Ball; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Family and friends will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Tennessee Veterans Cemetery for graveside service with Rev. Bruce Adams officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
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Join Pastor Bruce Yates, members from First Baptist Seymour, and friends from the greater Knoxville area on an incredible journey! Walk where our Lord Jesus walked. Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, be baptized in the Jordan River, float in the Dead Sea. Visit Bethlehem, Jericho, Nazareth, Capernaum, Qumran, Masada, Mt. Carmel and other biblical sites. In Jerusalem, visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Upper Room, Calvary, the Garden Tomb and walk the Via Dolorosa. Stay at a working kibbutz, dine with Bedouins. This uniquely planned tour includes many spiritually rewarding opportunities not available on a shorter tour.
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Lloyd Murphy, age 69, of Sevierville, went to be with the Lord Friday, August 13, 2010. He was preceded in death by his daughter Anita Murphy, parents, Charles and Mary Hale Murphy. Brother Lyle Murphy, and sisters Wanita and Virginia Murphy. Survivors: children, Nina Thomas and husband Davy, Chuck Murphy and wife Penny, Michelle Murphy, David Murphy and wife Judy, Brydie Murphy; grandchildren, Makenzie Thomas, Madison Thomas, Anthony Murphy, Travis Prater, Jim McCollum, Matthew Alexander, Richard Landis, Naomi Shagaby; brother, Eugene Murphy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee, 4450 Walker Boulevard, Suite 2, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917-1523. Family and friends will meet 9 a.m. Monday at Atchley’s Seymour Memory Gardens for graveside service and interment. Friends may call at their convenience after 12 p.m. Sunday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Derik Bret Campbell, age 38 of Sevierville, died suddenly of a heart attack on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Stanley Henry and Bernie Campbell and uncle Michael Henry. Survivors include his father, Wes Campbell; mother, Patsy Campbell Ownby; brothers, Michael, Douglas, and James Campbell; grandmothers, Betty Campbell, Cecile Henry; special friend and life partner, Stephanie Paulson; extended family, Michael Ownby; and special friends, Glen Shaulis, Joe Maurice. Memorial service 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Jones Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Dan King officiating.
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Wienermobile to be at Kroger
The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, a 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels, will be at Kroger on Wears Valley Road from 1 to 4:30 p.m. today. The drivers will be taking free pictures and handing out Wiener Whistles and coupons.
Roe to speak at GOP meeting
U.S. Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District will be the featured guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Sevier County Republican Party. Roe’s remarks will follow a reception in his honor at the Sevier County courthouse beginning at 6 p.m. Sevier County Republicans are celebrating a sweep in all contested county elections on Aug. 5.
Repaving project to affect traffic
Traffic will be affected at the north end of town for the milling and paving of Parkway (Highway 441) from the city Limits south through traffic light 3. The state project will require temporary rerouting of traffic lanes. The Parkway will be reduced to two lanes between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. MondayThursday this week and maybe Aug. 23-26. All four lanes of traffic will be reopened at 7 a.m. daily.
Rep. Roe to speak to area veterans U.S. Rep. Phil Rowe will speak to veterans and their families at 4 p.m. Tuesday at American Legion Post 104. Membership in the American Legion is not required to attend the meeting. The Post is located at 403 W. Main St. next to the Highlands Union Bank.
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. For more information contact Patrick Oxley at 755-9045 or 453-5441, also by e-mail to poxley@ seviervilletn.org.
Jar removed from bear cub’s head
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A black bear cub in Florida affectionately known as “jarhead” can finally enjoy a good meal. A clear plastic container was removed from the 6-month-old cub’s head after being stuck for at least 10 days. The cub poked its head into the jar when digging through trash in a neighborhood in central Florida. Biologists say the cub was days away from death because the jar made it impossible to eat or drink. The team had to tranquilize the mother bear and then grab the cub to remove the jar from the bear’s head.
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Haslam praises Dems in TV ad By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE — Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Haslam’s first television ad of the general election campaign pledges to continue the legacy of four prominent Tennessee politicians, including two who have endorsed his Democratic opponent Mike McWherter. The one-minute ad launching statewide Sunday says Haslam will follow the model of “great leaders” like Republican U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and of current and former Govs. Phil Bredesen and Ned McWherter, both Democrats.
Mike McWherter, a Jackson beer distributor, has been endorsed by his father and by Bredesen, who can’t run again because of term limits. The four politicians depicted in the ad are “people who take our natural good and give it a shine,” the narrator says. “There’s another good man from Tennessee. Thinks he can make a difference.” Including Alexander, who was governor before Ned McWherter, the ad refers to three of the last four Tennessee governors. It does not mention the most recent Republican Gov. Don Sundquist, who is reviled in GOP circles because of his support for a state income tax.
McWherter spokesman Shelby White said Haslam’s ad “fails to address the fact that his family strongly supported Don Sundquist and raised millions of dollars to support their quest for a state income tax. “Haslam is desperately trying to hijack the legacies of Ned McWherter and Phil Bredesen, legacies that his family initially opposed,” he said. Haslam’s father, Jim Haslam, was a board member of Citizens for Fair Taxes, a group formed in 1999 with a budget of $1.8 million to advocate for tax reform. The group did not support any particular plan among the several proposed by lawmakers and Sundquist.
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National quote roundup “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.” — President Barack Obama of mosque that group wants to build near ground zero in New York.
“An occasion that should have been a joyous one, a happy one, turned tragic.” — Buffalo, N.Y. Mayor Byron Brown of Saturday morning shooting that killed four, including a man celebrating his first wedding anniversary
“So much of the story has been the bad guys this and the bad guys that… but we don’t want people to forget the human side of this.” Cathy Byus, daughter of Gary and Linda Haas, who are believed to be the latest victim of escaped Arizona conviccts John McCluskey and Tracy Province and their alleged accomplice Casslyn Welch
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Sevier County football fans were treated to a showcase of local talent Friday night at SCHS’s Burchfield Stadium.Thousandspacked the stands as Sevier County High, Seymour, Pigeon Forge and GatlinburgPittman high schools brought their athletes, cheerleaders and bands for the first Smoky Mountain Kidckoff Jamboree.
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Democrats stirred memories of President John F. Kennedy at their national convention in Los Angeles, with his daughter Caroline beckoning delegates to turn the New Frontier into a “timeless call” that would send Al Gore to the White House.
James Dougherty, the retired Los Angeles detective who was the first husband of Marilyn Monroe, died in San Rafael, Calif. at age 84.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zsa Zsa Gabor’s publicist says the actress returned to a Los Angeles hospital because she experienced complications while recuperating from a broken hip. Publicist J o h n Blanchette says an ambulance Gabor took Gabor from her home to an emergency room Friday afternoon. Blanchette says Gabor’s husband told him that the 93-year-old actress is bleeding and in a lot of pain. He says she was diagnosed with a blood clot and will be treated at the hospital for the next several days.
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Vaughan has warm feelings for Neal, center It started with what everyone assumed was laryngitis. Harry Vaughan was working the polls in 1985 as he often did in Sevier County elections. But he couldn’t seem to shake that gravely voice. With his wife Ruth’s encouragement, Harry went to have it checked. That’s when doctors discovered the cancer. It was devastating news. Ruth and Harry had been married just a couple of years. He and his family had a successful plumbing/electrical business here. Ruth had moved down from Ohio in 1975, met Harry and eventually married him. He had his business, and she was a deputy sheriff under Carmen Townsend. After the diagnosis and for the next two months, five days a week, Ruth drove Harry to Knoxville for radiation treatments on the cancer. Everyone hoped it would be effective. But it wasn’t. Doctors felt they had no choice except to go in and remove the tumor, which probably meant he’d lose his voice box. That’s a depressing thought to anyone. Even if the surgery fixed the cancer, it likely would mean he’d never be able to communicate in his actual voice again. The surgery was performed at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. The voice box was removed. Doctors believed they had removed the cancer and felt good about Harry’s future. But what about his ability to speak? How would this thriving, busy man be able to work, to volunteer at the polls, to tell his wife he loved her? That’s where the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center comes in. While still recovering from surgery, therapists at the center visited Harry Vaughan and talked to him about what they would do to help him learn to speak with electronic devices. There were several options. We’ve all seen how people speak when they lose their voice boxes. Some press a device to their throat to make the sounds. Others have a device under their tongues. The therapists were reassuring and comforting, Ruth Vaughan remembers. “He never gave up,” she said as she talked about her husband and what the Patricia Neal center did for him. “A lot of patients give up and stop treatments and therapy. Harry didn’t do it. I tried to help him stay positive. I told him, God gave you a new voice and a new way to communicate with your family.” Speech therapy began while he was still a patient. It continued after he was discharged. Ruth would drive him to Knoxville for the two-hour therapy sessions, as he learned to use the new device to help him speak. “They were just wonderful,” Ruth said of the staff at the center. “We were so grateful to have them.” One day she just missed seeing Patricia Neal herself. The actress was at the hospital filming some promotional spots, and Ruth saw the set that was used. “You almost got to meet her,” a staff member told her. “I saw a plastic coffee cup she probably had used,” Ruth said. “I wish I had taken it as a souvenir.” The memories of the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center flooded back in recent days when Neal died Aug. 1 of cancer. A series of strokes in 1965 nearly killed the Knoxville-born actress, and after her recovery and resumption of her acting career, she lent her name to the rehab center as a way of spotlighting how treatment and therapy can help victims of stroke and brain injuries to live more productive lives. Ruth Vaughan lost her husband in 1998, when cancer returned in other parts of his body. But she had him for 13 more years after his throat cancer, and thanks to the rehab center he lived those lives fulfilled, productive and able to communicate with everybody. Ruth Vaughan spends most of her days at the Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center, Now 71, she was so moved by Patricia Neal’s death and what the center that bears her name did for her late husband that she wanted people to know. She and Harry were married for just 15 years. However, she knows it would have been far shorter and less enjoyable without the work of the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center. — 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.
Island dreams Future really looks dim now for Belle Island Village And so yet another setback for Belle Island — maybe the last one it can absorb. The path to finishing this Pigeon Forge development appeared to rest with a state bond issue, and that was killed when the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development rejected the project for $70 million in state bonds. It was a disappointment to local officials, especially Allen Newton of the Sevier County Economic Development Council who had pushed for local approval to seek the bonds. Newton had told the County Commission in the spring that the county wouldn’t have to pay for the bond issue if something happened and the developer defaulted. That convinced the county to give its permission to seek the state bonds. The state bonding agency didn’t think much of the project and told local officials last week it wouldn’t approve the bond issue. That couldn’t have been a big surprise. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community
Development usually finances manufacturing or industrial projects, not commercial developments. Belle Island was passed over by all local banks when developers were seeking a loan, and while the construction is at least 80 percent completed, its viability has long been questioned. Yes, the recession hurt, but without it, would Belle Island ever have been a thriving commercial center? We may never know. The people who were trying to buy it from the bank, which bought it back at auction, were counting on the bond issue to pay for finishing the project. Getting bank financing to complete it appears to be a long shot. Of course, as the economy improves and money loosens up again, some deep-pocketed financial people may take a chance on it. For all its inherent weaknesses and problems, Belle Island is close to being finished and could be had for a fraction of the investment. If it ever could open, anchored by the Darrell Waltrip NASCAR attraction and the Debbie
Reynolds Hollywood museum, it could turn into something really special and be the draw its backers had thought it would be. That city-paid-for parking lot adjacent to it is a nice amenity, though for now an albatross around the necks of the Pigeon Forge officials who sank millions into it. Look, nobody wants Belle Island to be a failure. At least nobody with a conscience and a love of this community. There are a lot of jobs to be filled out there, a lot of diversity to draw tourists and locals. It would be a unique attraction. However, to be finished, opened and thriving is not going to happen as long as those in a position to take it over are skeptical about its future and its viability. The longer it sits empty and unfinished, the more it deteriorates and loses its attractiveness. The state bond issue might have been the last hope for Belle Island. The officials of the state bonding agency passed on it. That’s not a good sign for Belle Island ever welcoming visitors.
Only those who are born again will escape the coming wrath
Editor: In an editorial letter printed in your Aug. 8 edition, the writer refers to gay marriage, abortion and illegal immigration as “pointless issues.” This, I believe, is the epitome of ignorance. Two of the “pointless issues,” homosexuality and abortion, are such an abomination that they have caused the imminent downfall of the United States, which actually began in 1973. On Jan. 22, 1973, abortion was legalized and on Dec. 15, 1973, the American Psychiatric Association declared that homosexuality was no longer a mental disorder, but what was to become known as an “alternate lifestyle.” These two abominations were declared legal and moral in 1973, and our country began its
Public forum massive decline which became catastrophic in the mid-1990s. In the late 1980s into the early 1990s, America went from being a creditor nation to the world’s largest debtor nation, with the U.S. Commerce Department reporting that America owed foreign investors $555.7 billion in 1993. Government statistics show that since 1973 there has been a great increase in violent crimes which includes teenage violence, an increase in murder rate, also in prison population. The real GNP of the U.S. economy from 1973, except for just a few years of upturn, has been in a very deep decline. The dividing line, 1973, between decreasing and increasing poverty, plus God’s judgment through economic and natural disasters since this date, make it clear that the American
society and especially the economy, peaked in 1973, the year that the two major abominations were accepted, even exalted, in our society. It is quite possible that on Jan. 22, the day that the Supreme Court legalized child killing, which the writer of the editorial letter printed on Aug. 8 refers to a “pointless issue,” was literally the day that economic judgment fell in the U.S. What is the final outcome, or the “last chapter” of this scenario? The answer can be found in God’s Word, the Holy Bible, in the last chapter, the Book of Revelation, which details the horrors of the last days which we are rapidly approaching. Only those who are truly born again, i.e., saved, will escape the coming wrath. (Revelation 3:10) Dick Dierenbach Sevierville
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SEVIER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
Put Myrel’s name in the Hall of Fame Former Bearette is 4th on Mercer’s All-Time scoring list By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor SEVIERVILLE — A trip on a whim set up both a Hall of Fame athletic career and a 30-year teaching career for 2010 Sevier County High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Myrel Huskey. Huskey, who’d started her senior basketball season at SCHS under then-head coach Jack McMahan, said she wasn’t even planning on going to college before a phone call from her coach got the ball rolling. “He called me one day at home — I think he did cattle and farmed stuff and was going down to Mercer (University in Macon, Ga.) to see a friend — and he wanted me Sybil Blalock to go down there and play a little ball during the day while he was gone. So we went with him.” That short session of playing basketball at Mercer University earned the two friends an offer to play with the “Teddy Bears” — the nickname given to the newly formed varsity women’s basketball program at Mercer. “They said they would like for us to come to Mercer and play, and that’s what we did. Me and Sybil went together,” Huskey said earlier this week from her home in Sevierville. “I probably wasn’t even going to college. I was probably just going to work around here, so it’s all (thanks) to Jack McMahan.”
Myrle Huskey is pictured in the 1971 copy of the Sevierian. After finishing up at SCHS, Huskey went on to star at Mercer University, where she left as the all-time leading scorer of the womens’ team.
Having played in a great program at Sevier County with other future college players like Blalock and fellow 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Pam Peek, things came easy for Huskey at Mercer. “It was a time when Georgia hadn’t played a lot of (women’s) basketball, and I think it was mainly intramurals (at colleges),” Huskey said. “I think Mercer may had had one team the year before. So (it wasn’t) like it was up here, where everybody played. Everybody See HUSKEY, Page A9
SEVIER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
Keselowski wins Nationwide at Michigan By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer
Local athletes (clockwise, from left) Lynn Cartee, Hollyce Kirkland, Hillary Hunter and Rhonda Ratcliff all won medals at the Tennessee Senior Olympics State Finals in Williamson County last month, along with Sally Worden and Lisa Reagan (see page A10 for photos).
Local athletes excel in Tennessee Senior Olympics By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Eleven local athletes proved last month that when it comes to athletics, age is no boundary. The 11 athletes converged in Williamson County July 23-29 to compete in the annual Tennessee Senior Olympics State Finals. While all 11 won medals at the event, six won multiple medals, led by Rhonda Ratcliff of Sevierville, who won an amazing 13 top
four finishes over a wide variety of events. Fellow Sevierville resident Hollyce Kirkland also had an incredible performance at the games, winning six first-place medals in the 90-94 age bracket. Next was Lynn Cartee of Gatlinburg, who also won six medals. Other multiple medal winners were Sally Worden of Sevierville, with three, Hillary Hunter of Gatlinburg, with two, and Gary Joines of Sevierville, with two.
Also winning medals were William Mellor, of Sevierville, Ernestine James, of Sevierville, Gerald Schmitt of Pigeon Forge, Forrest Lux of Pigeon Forge and Lisa Reagan of Gatlinburg. Rhonda Ratcliff’s most impressive feat might not have been the sheer volume of medals she won, but the range of events in which she won them. Ratcliff, 55, won firstplace medals in the 100 See SENIORS, Page A10
BROOKLYN, Mich. — A bum clutch didn’t trip up Brad Keselowski. Neither did racing in close proximity with nemesis Carl Edwards. Keselowski managed to make it through pit stops despite mechanical problems, then grabbed the lead on a restart with eight laps to go and pulled away to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. “The clutch issue was something I was really nervous about,” said Keselowski, a Michigan native who also won last year’s Nationwide race here. “I didn’t know if that was going to cost us the race. I tried to be cool about that, but it’s easy to get upset.” Edwards finished second, barely edging out a charging Kyle Busch. Edwards and Keselowski raced side-toside for a large portion of the race without incident. Both drivers are on probation for a high-profile confrontation at Gateway International Raceway last month. “It’s like both of us are probably thinking the same thing, don’t be the guy that messes this up,” Edwards said. “But he raced me very cleanly, I thought we raced very well together, and that’s the kind of racing that I’m sure both of us want to be doing.” Meanwhile, it was another rough day at the racetrack for Danica Patrick, who went down a lap to the leaders early on
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brad Keselowski celebrates in the winner’s circle afte winning the Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 14. and struggled to a 27thplace finish. Patrick said her car was extremely loose early on — “I hope I don’t crash,” she remembered thinking — but the team got a handle on the car’s handling late in the race. “If we could have started the race the way we finished it, it would have been a very different story,” Patrick said. “It’s all right. It’s all part of it.”
Justin Allgaier was fourth, followed by Paul Menard. Driver Robert Richardson Jr. was transported to a local hospital with an undisclosed medical issue after a crash. It was the fourth Nationwide victory of the season and 10th of his career for Keselowski, who holds a dominant 347-point lead in the series standings. See NATIONWIDE, Page A9
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Myrel Huskey and her husband Dale (left) on a recent hike; Huskeyâ€™s high school yearbook picture (above) from her senior year in 1971; Huskey fires up a shot (right) during her playing days at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., in the mid-1970s.
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thought me and Sybil were stars because we could play so much better than everybody down there. â€œWe played a lot of pickup games with the boys because there werenâ€™t many girls that played pick-up games when we first got down there.â€? The only things that proved tough for Huskey was being away from home and dealing with a tough coach. â€œI loved it,â€? Huskey said. â€œBut I did get homesick. I hadnâ€™t been away from home, so you know how that is, when youâ€™re homesick your first year.â€? To chase away the blues, she and Blalock would do something todayâ€™s NCAA
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Keselowski won despite clutch issues that gave him problems during pit stops â€” and during an attempt at a post-race victory burnout. â€œIt was an issue on the burnout,â€? Keselowski joked. â€œI think that was the most frustrating part.â€? Edwards was hoping he could â€œstealâ€? a victory, but acknowledged the best car won the race. â€œBrad was able to just launch out front on that last run,â€? Edwards said. â€œIt was just a battle for second then, and it was a pretty good battle. I had a pretty good time racing there that last lap.â€? It was the second race for NASCARâ€™s next-generation Nationwide car, which made its debut at Daytona. â€œI think it raced well,â€? Edwards said. â€œI think the safety improvements are good. The only thing I would wish for is just less downforce, more horsepower.â€?
investigators would surely disapprove of. â€œI did not have a car, that was before they would let you have a car at school. So me and Sybil were down there, didnâ€™t know anybody, and we were kind of homesick, so the security guards there at the school would let us borrow the station wagons and let us go out and drive around town and stuff,â€? she said with a laugh. â€œThey were really good (to us).â€? And Huskey was good to the program, too. Over her four years she teamed with Blalock to lead the Teddy Bears to a 87-13 record, including SWAC Conference regular-season and tournament titles, a Region III Tournament championship and a GAIAW Tournament title. By the time she gradu-
ated Mercer with a teaching degree in elementary education, Huskey had set a new career scoring record with 1,867 points, more than her longtime teammate Blalock. While the mark has since been passed, the pair still standout as the fourth and fifth-highest scorers in team history. Another foot note in Huskeyâ€™s storied career came on December 7, 1974. Thatâ€™s the night Mercer dealt new University of Tennessee womenâ€™s head coach Pat Head Summitt a loss in her first game at the helm of the Lady Vols. â€œWe came to Knoxville and played down there and beat her by one point (84-83), I think,â€? Huskey said. â€œThey say it was a barn-burner. I remember one of our players, a big girl Linda Callahan, she got hit
and they knocked one of her teeth (out). And they called and asked if there was a doctor in the house or a dentist. Granville Shields, that had came to all of my ballgames in high school, came out of the stands. He had come to watch from Sevier County, and he came out and helped her. And I thought, â€˜Gosh, thatâ€™s Granville!â€™â€? Eight years after graduation, in 1983, Huskey was selected for Mercerâ€™s Athletic Hall of Fame, and itâ€™s one of two times sheâ€™s been back to her alma mater. â€œThey put me in the Hall of Fame down there, so went back down there and looked at it,â€? Huskey said. â€œ(And) I went down here three years ago, they were putting our coach (Peggy Collins) in. She was tough, but a good coach. She liked to make us run and get in
â€œTheyâ€™ve all had their challenges, but I really felt like we were getting it at the end (of the race).â€?
stuck in the front end of his car. He finished 10th. Meanwhile, Patrick wasnâ€™t competitive. After going a lap down early, Patrick made a green-flag pit stop on lap 32 so her crew could make major suspension adjustments in an attempt to fix the carâ€™s handling. Patrick then made a mistake coming off pit road, going above the â€œblendâ€? line as she re-entered the racetrack, and had to serve a passthrough penalty on pit road. In six Nationwide series starts this season, Patrickâ€™s best finish is 24th at Chicagoland last month.
Danica Patrick, who finished 27th in the race
Keselowski said Edwards congratulated him in victory lane and downplayed the rivalry. â€œSometimes, cars just run into each other,â€? Keselowski said. â€œThere was the recipe for the same cake today, and it just didnâ€™t get baked.â€? Keselowski dominated the first half of the race, at one point holding a lead of more than 11 seconds. But his clutch acted up on a pit stop near the raceâ€™s halfway point, causing him to lose the lead to Menard. Edwards took the lead on lap 77, with Keselowski on his tail as Menard slipped to third. After some close racing through slower traffic, Keselowski then went back to the lead with 40 laps to go. Kevin Harvick pitted from third place with 24 laps to go, leaving
Keselowski and Edwards in the top two spots before they made their own final stops. Edwards pitted with 22 to go, and Keselowski one lap later. Still battling clutch problems, Keselowski had trouble getting out of his pits but managed to make it back on the track with only a minimal delay. Edwards held the lead after the final round of pit stops, as Harvick slid out of contention with a large piece of debris
shape mainly. When I first started she wouldnâ€™t let us drink any Cokes or anything like that, because we had to be in shape.â€? Huskey put her degree from Mercer to good use once she returned home to Sevier County. â€œI taught for 32 years in Sevier County,â€? Huskey said. â€œThe first two or three at Wearwood, followed by 28 or so at Pigeon Forge Primary.â€? While she retired three years ago after putting in three more years at Wearwood, Huskey has continued to have an influence on the lives of local children. â€œIâ€™ve (taught) for two maternity leaves for people that have asked me,â€? Huskey said. â€œSo this will be my first full year of being off.â€? Looking back on her
career and time in basketball, she gives a lot of credit for its direction to her old SCHS coach. â€œCoach McMahan was real tough,â€? Huskey said. â€œHe knew a lot about basketball. If you played for Jack McMahan you probably could have gone and played at the college level, because he was that good. He was the one who got me to go to Mercer, and if it wasnâ€™t for him I wouldnâ€™t have went. He got the ball rolling.â€? Today Huskey is enjoying retirement with her husband, Dale Huskey. The couple have two sons, Wesley and Daniel. Wesley is a fire-fighter in Pigeon Forge and has a son, Jackson West, Huskeyâ€™s first grandchild. email@example.com
Minor league team says Canseco signs LAREDO, Texas (AP) â€” The Laredo Broncos say they have signed Jose Canseco to a short-term contract. The independent minor league team said Saturday that Canseco will serve as bench coach and designated hitter during two Broncosâ€™ homestands starting Monday. The United League series
against the Rio Grande Valley White Wings is Aug. 16-18. Heâ€™ll also be there Aug. 28-30 against the Coastal Bend Thunder. The former American League MVP who admitted to using steroids and alleged that several other players did too, formerly played with two teams in the independent Golden League in 2006.
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