The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 230 ■ August 18, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 75 Cents
Stabbed man charged with assault
Confrontation occurred between co-workers at Kodak stables By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer
5Vets get ducks in a Roe Congression tells Legion Post local VA hospital important to him LOCAL, Page A5
SEVIERVILLE — The man who allegedly drew a knife on a female co-worker and wound up getting stabbed himself is now facing an aggravated assault charge. Jesus S. Fernandez, 27, of 1006
Alex Bales Road in Kodak, was charged with the crime after he was released Monday from The University of Tennessee Medical Center. According to the criminal complaint, Fernandez and Jana Hinton were arguing when he drew a knife on Hinton, who “then took the knife away from
Jesus S. Fernandez at which time Fernandez did repeatedly attempt to attack (her) and was cut several times himself during the attack.” Fernandez was being held at the Sevier County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $7,500 bond. The Alex Bales Road address given for Fernandez is also the
address listed for Steve Woody Stables, which offers boarding and horseback riding. Calls to the business’s phone number went unanswered. The cause of the confrontation has not been released by police. n firstname.lastname@example.org
Movin’ on up
Election certified — or is it? Some candidates may have questions
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
Ball raises more than $158,000 for LeConte, medical agencies LOCAL, Page A2
NASCAR invades Sevierville Two Camping World drivers appear at Volunteer Chevrolet Page A8 Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press
The Election Commission staff office at the courthouse resembles that closet you would rather no one sees when they visit.
Election Commission may get new home at old library
Today Mostly cloudy
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
Tonight Mostly cloudy Low: 69° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Lew Stamm, 71 Gearldene Dykes, 72 Eula Sutton, 70 Frances Hicks, 81 Keith Biggs, 48 Donald Sweitzer, 76 Blanche Rhinehart, 89 Margie Pancake, 87 Margaret Lester Otis Nelson, 93 DETAILS, Pages A4, A5
Index Local & State . . . . A1-A6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A3 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . A8-A12 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A16 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A16 Classifieds . . . . . A12-A15 Nation . . . . . . . . A17,A18
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SEVIERVILLE — Lately it seems the County Commission’s Intergovernmental Committee would be better named the Construction and Musical Chairs Committee. In just the last couple years it’s overseen moving the finance office downstairs in the courthouse, the assistant mayor upstairs and part of County Clerk Joe Keener’s staff across the hall, as well as supervising renovation on the old post office. The newest project may be relo-
cating the Election Commission staff from the courthouse to the now-empty library. It’s a move that, if made, would likely be some time in the future, with plenty of work to be done on the former library. “We need it for sure,” Administrator of Elections Ronée Flynn says of the new space. “We’ve got six people, six desks, all the paperwork, registration printers and everything else it takes to run this office. We’re on top of each other. “There’s only one place in this office where two people can be on the floor at once. The rest of it
KSB reaches out to students to help keep Sevier beautiful
there’s only room for one person to pass.” Flynn isn’t exaggerating. The six staff members are crammed into space barely larger than an average bedroom, sharing their tight space with filing cabinets and beige shelves that hold records for every voter. At the front of the courthouse space are a pair of desks that limit movement by the counter where voters and candidates register. The women who sit at them barely have room to move in their chairs before they’re knocking into a shelf See COMMISSION, Page A17
Just around the corner
By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer One of Keep Sevier Beautiful’s most important missions is to educate youth on taking care of the environment, KSB executive director Elizabeth Reed said. “We tell second-graders that we’re kind of like their mom and dad,” she said. “When we visit them at the schools, we ask if they like to clean their rooms. Of course, they don’t — but then we ask them how they feel when it’s clean. “I say, ‘I’m kind of like the mom of Sevier County, and I want you to picture the county as your room. I want you to get your room cleaned up — because we have 14 million people who are going to visit your room.’ “Their eyes get really big at that,” Reed said with a laugh. Along with second grade, KSB visits fourth and sixth grades to talk about how they can help protect Mother Earth. “In second grade, we give them a coloring book, crayons and packet of seeds and use the cleaning your room example,” she said. “In fourth and sixth grade, we give them items like reusable water bottles. It’s all about making choices: We have ‘Fred the Fish’ and talk about stormwater in fourth grade, and ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ in See BEAUTIFUL, Page A17
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You know it’s getting close when the Sevier County Fair signs start going up around major intersections. As the sign says the fair runs Labor Day week.
SEVIERVILLE — Well, the numbers from the county’s Aug. 5 voting have been certified, but that doesn’t mean the election will be written in ink in the history books just yet. That’s because there may be some candidates who want to question the outcome of the balloting and there remain at least two legal actions seeking to declare several men elected Aug. 5 ineligible to serve. The Election Commission voted unanimously to certify the vote, with each member of the group affixing a signature to five copies of each set of results. However, Administrator of Elections Ronée Flynn told them there may be some questions ahead. “We have had some of the normal phone calls from candidates about the results,” Flynn said. “Some of them are asking about contesting the election and what it takes to do that, though.” What it takes, according to Tennessee law, is filing a petition with the secretary of state’s office within five days of the certification. Because that deadline falls on a Saturday based on the date of Monday’s meeting, Flynn said a staffer in the Nashville office recommended the group cut off contests by Friday, something that she said is supported by several court rulings. Flynn wouldn’t elaborate on who was questioning the results or on what grounds. However, a couple candidates apparently were upset about a glitch poll workers encountered on election day. “We know exactly what happened as far as the list,” Flynn told the group, saying the software used to create the rolls of voters poll workers checked on Aug. 5 somehow picked up names from the May early voting list, designating those folks as early voters. “It was just a very strange thing. We’re looking into it and working on it. I want to get to the bottom of it and not have any issues in November.” Flynn said those who voted prior to the Aug. 5 election were correctly denoted as having done so. However, somehow 1,000 of the 3,000 or so on the list of those who cast ballots early in May also ended up on that list. That meant some See ELECTION, Page A17
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Amazing Elegance Ball raises $158K for LeConte, health-related nonprofit agencies
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Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters, left, and his wife Terri, second from left, Knoxville Mayor Mike Ragsdale and Allison Wagley were among the dapper revelers who turned out for Saturday evening’s Evening of Elegance benefiting the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation. think it would go for that. It’s almost like it happened in the blink of an eye. I heard them start the bidding and the next thing I knew, they were looking for $100,000.” Fortunately for Sabrina Taylor, Tabitha Hall and Diane Blount — three of those who went in to bid on the item the last two years — no one dared tread into the six-figure range. A couple of members of the group, which includes several local residents, took to Facebook Monday to celebrate their victory, with one joking, “The countdown is on.” Before their winning bids for a second sleep over at Parton’s, Taylor and Hall mistakenly called the first Backwoods Barbie-Q (the name’s a play on the “Backwoods Barbie” CD Parton released in 2008) a
“once in a lifetime experience.” “It was beyond incredible,” Hall said. “To see Dolly’s Tennessee Mountain Home through her eyes was beyond my expectations.” “We pushed our plates back, sat on the lawn and swapped stories with one of the best storytellers in the world,” Taylor added. “The Backwoods Barbie-Q was a moment in time that we’ll never forget.” When the bidding was completed, the women and some friends jumped up to celebrate their victory, receiving a standing ovation from many in the audience and hugs from Covenant Health CEO Tony Spezia. “Thank you so much,” Spezia told the group. Spezia has reason to be
BOMA OKs grant for interchange improvements By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE —The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Monday to approve use of a $100,000 grant to work on improvements to the Interstate 40/Highway 66 interchange. The city has the required $47,500 in matching funds set aside in the budget. The Tennessee Energy Efficiency and Conservation block
grant will be used to improve traffic flow at the interchange, officials said. Also Monday, the board: n Voted on first reading to rezone property near Mount Road and
Winfield Dunn Parkway down Finchum Hollow from low density resi- Road dential use to intermen email@example.com diate commercial use. n Abandoned a right of way for a portion of Middle Creek Road n Agreed to extend water lines 4,113 feet
thankful. The foundation has raised money for LeConte Medical Center — formerly Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center and still part of the Covenant Health system — for nearly three decades. That money has helped pay for things like construction of the new hospital, which opened earlier this year. Additionally, it’s used to fund any number of local charities that deal with health issues. This year’s event was chaired by State Rep. Richard Montgomery and his wife Anna. Its theme of preceding generations watching out for those who come after them offered a touching way to
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pay tribute to the late Grant Cantwell, a local resident who was a major supporter of the foundation. The cover of the program for the evening bore a picture of Cantwell’s hand holding that of his infant grandson. On Cantwell’s wrist is a hospital identification bracelet, the picture taken just a short time before he passed away. “Grant was just a true blue friend of the foundation. He was as good a man as you could ever meet,” Dowling said. “We thought this would be an appropriate tribute to him.”
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GATLINBURG — LeConte Medical Center and other local health-related nonprofits will get a considerable shot in the arm thanks to proceeds from Saturday’s Evening of Elegance, including a record $90,000 paid for a barbecue at Dolly Parton’s Tennessee Mountain Home. Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation Director Debbie Dowling, who organized the event, said she was astounded at the success of this year’s ball, which raised more than $158,000. She particularly mentioned the amount a handful of local folks paid for an auction item that includes a night’s stay at Parton’s home. “It was beyond anything we ever dreamed of,” Dowling said. “There is so much work that goes into an event like this and to have it culminate in such a wonderful evening is really special.” About 430 people attended the annual gathering at Mills Convention Center, filling one of the massive ballrooms. They dined, danced the night away and bid on a host of items offered in silent and live auctions. Of course, the topper for the evening was Parton’s
Backwoods Barbie-Q II, a sequel to a similar offering from last year. The winning bidder was promised a tour of Parton’s home and a barbecue for 10 people on the grounds with live bluegrass music. Further, two people will be given a night’s stay at a guest house on the property, with Parton preparing them breakfast the following morning. Lastyearitbrought$75,000, a figure that astounded everyone involved, including Parton herself. “I never in my wildest dreams imagined somebody paying $75,000 to eat supper with me,” she said. Parton serves as the group’s honorary chairwoman. With last year’s high bid, Dowling says organizers knew the gift could draw attention again, with last year’s winners promising to bid and another group vowing to outdo them. Still, they had no idea the tally would run up so high or as quickly as it did. “We knew because of the great response last year and because the winners had a great time that there would be a great deal of interest in this, but I really didn’t even know if we could expect to match the $75,000 from last year,” Dowling said. “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever
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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18 Farmers Market
Farmers market 8-11:30 a.m., Sevier Farmers Co-Op, 321 W. Main, Sevierville. 453-7101.
St. Paul Lutheran
Events at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road, Sevierville. 429-6063. n Ten Commandments sermon series, 7 p.m. n Ice cream social following 7 p.m. service n Bible study in Exodus
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Sugar Tree Road, Wears Valley. 428-4932, n 9 a.m. Wellington Place. 429-5131
THURSDAY, AUG. 19 Submarine Veterans
Smoky Mountain submarine vets meet at 6 p.m., Bass Pro Shops restaurant. www. SmokyMountainBase.com, 429-0465 or 692-3368.
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30-6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Sevierville and Kodak United Methodist. 933-5996.
TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.
Alzheimerâ€™s Support Group meets 3 p.m. Wellington Place. Sherry Woten, 7742221.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge n 2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road n 6:30 p.m. Sevierville UMC, Conference Room
Sevier County Emergency Radio Service, 7:30 p.m., EOC office on Bruce Street. 314-0899. www.freewebs. com/aresradio
Anna Porter Public Library free showing of â€œThe Lovely Bonesâ€? 6:30 p.m. 436-5588.
FRIDAY, AUG. 20 MOPS
Mothers of Preschoolers through kindergarten and expectant mothers, 9:30-noon, first and third Friday. Childcare provided. Evergreen Church. 4283001.
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Womenâ€™s Friday Bible study 10 a.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road, Sevierville. 429-6063.
Roberts UMC Supper
Community supper and fellowship 5 p.m. followed by singing 6:30 p.m., Roberts UMC. 1810 Jayell Road, Sevierville. 453-2292.
Relay for Life a country/ gospel/bluegrass musical event with Dean Townsend and Phil Campbell, 8 p.m., Sevierville Civic Center. $10 at door, 13/under free. 4530415, ext. 148.
Wal-Mart Heroes and Team Dress Barn will have Relay For Life burger/hot dog cookout starting at 10 a.m. at Wal-Mart today and Aug. 21-22. E-mail to earl1969@ charter.net.
SATURDAY, AUG. 21 Farmers Markets
n 8-11:30 a.m., Sevier Farmers Co-Op, 321 W. Main, Sevierville. 453-7101. n First Baptist Church on Chapman Highway, 7-11 a.m. 579-5433. n Gatlinburg Farmers Market, 8:30-11 a.m., parking lot of Alamo Restaurant, Highway 321. 659-0690.
River Terrace Reunion
Reunion of River Terrace employees, noon, Mynatt Park in Gatlinburg. Bring family, friends and photos. Burgers/hot dogs provided; bring side dish. (423) 4873445.
SUNDAY, AUG. 22 Laurel Branch
Laurel Branch Baptist Church homecoming service 10:30 a.m. following Sunday School at 9:30.
Descendants of Jake & Elizabeth Chambers reunion 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 104, Sevierville. Bring covered dish. 661-5627.
Thomas Houston Lawson and Winnie Texanna Tuck Lawson reunion, 12:30 p.m., Metcalf Bottoms picnic area. Bring lunch. 774-7440.
Helton reunion Waldens Creek UMC. Lunch served 12:30 p.m. Preston Joslyn to give service.
Flea Market Fellowship
Fellowship 8-9 a.m. inside Great Smokies Flea Market, W. Dumplin Valley Road. Speaker Krista Atchley.
Maples Branch Baptist
Maples Branch Baptist Church singing 6:30 p.m. with guest, Danny Pierce. Rocjy Ball, Pastor.
MONDAY, AUG. 23
Angel Food pick-up: n 8-11 a.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd. 429-2508. n 8-10 a.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245.
Carry Permit Class
Handgun carry permit class 8:30 a.m., Dandridge Police Department. To register (865) 397-8862 ext. 26, or 356-7423.
Daughters of 1812
Thomas Ogle Chapter, United States Daughters of 1812, meets 2 p.m. at King Family Library. Program by Laura Bales on Fort McHenry,
Scuba Class 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Gatlinburg Community Center. $100, includes equipment. 654-5373 to register.
Hot Meals For Hungry Hearts 5:30-6:30 p.m., Henderson Chapel Baptist Church, 407 Henderson Road, Pigeon Forge. Sponsored by SMARM.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace Womenâ€™s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn. 436-0313. n 1 p.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church, Chapman and Boyds Creek n 6:30 p.m., Gatlinburg Call 436-0313 for location
Look Good ... Feel Better for women who are undergoing cancer treatment meets 10 a.m., LeConte Medical Center. 446-8775.
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Mothers Day Out, First Baptist Church, Gatlinburg, fall classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year for ages 1-4. 436-4685.
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Sevier County High Soccer Boosters Club banquet 6:30 p.m., River Plantation. $250 for two guests. 868-1598. Banner Baptist Church, 209 Beech Branch Road off Spur, supper and auction 5 p.m. to benefit Youth Charities Fund. Adults $5, children 6-12 $2.50.
PIGEON FORGE â€” The location changed, but the sound remained the same as Stringtime in the Smokies settled into a new home at the Old Mill Square this weekend. The annual event, sponsored by the Old Mill Square and local radio station WDVX, was held for years in neighboring Patriot Park. Itâ€™s now moved entirely to the Old Mill Square, where merchants hope it will stay for many years to come. â€œThis is a partnership between WDVX and the Old Mill Square,â€? said radio personality Freddy Smith. â€œWe really appreciate them.â€? Stringtime has always been a good draw for the square, and the bluegrass music goes handin-hand with the atmosphere they offer, said Marvelle Sewell, events coordinator. â€œWe decided we wanted to keep having it,â€? she said. The two-day event includes music, clogging, food and this year included a cornhole tournament that drew 15 teams. The proceeds benefited the radio station, but the winners werenâ€™t going away
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OBITUARIES In Memoriam
Gearldene Reagan Dykes
Lew Lee Stamm
Gearldene “Tootsie” Reagan Dykes, age 72 of Seymour, passed away Monday, August 16, 2010. She was born February 27, 1938 and was baptized October 1970 in Gatlinburg, TN. Gearldene was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Belle Reagan, brother, Neil Wendell Reagan, sister, Billie Jean Gilbert Survivors: husband, Roy Dykes, of over 52 years; children, Michael Dykes, Tammy Dykes and long time boyfriend Darrell Gross; grandchildren, Crystal and Eric Dykes; greatgrandchildren, Malachi and Matthias; brother, Dale “Tiny” Reagan; special uncle and aunts Bill and Wilma Hicks, Lesal (Reagan) Thomas; several special nieces and nephews; special Grandpup “Taco.” “I love all my family very much. I want to thank them for being the most caring, loving, kindest during my long illness. My hope is to live in a paradise on earth someday, and to see all my family and friends, and brothers and sisters again.” Funeral service 7 p.m. Wednesday in Atchley’s Seymour chapel with Brother Augustus Hughes officiating. Family and friends will meet 2 p.m. Thursday at Dripping Springs Cemetery for interment. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour, 122 Peacock Court. 577-2807
Lew Lee Stamm, age 71 of Seymour TN, Fought the Good Fight, Kept the Faith, and Finished His Course. His spirit departed this life Friday, August 13th, 2010 to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born in Cincinnati, OH on September 12, 1938. Member of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN. Preceeded in death by parents Lewis George and Daisy Price Stamm, first wife Wilma Blevins Stamm, son Anthony, daughters Charlene and Candace Clementine. Survived by brothers Jim and Joe, son and daughter-in-law Charles and Sherry Stamm, daughter and son-in-law Susan and Kenneth Mears, son Lewis George Stamm III, daughter and son-in-law Charlotte and Greg Jones, son Michael Stamm, daughter Grace Stamm, step-children Fe’, Kate, C.J., Ben. Grandchildren Chris, Eric, Alison, Amber, Tiffany, Joshua, Matthew, Sammy, Ashley, Stephanie, Tim, Justin, Hope, Ryan. 15 great-grandchildren. He was a well respected local artist, illustrator, and designer who resided in Sevier County since 1968. Many of his art and design works can be seen at Dollywood, Dixie Stampede, The Christmas Place, and other local attractions. A memorial service will be held for family and friends at Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, 4615 Asheville Highway, on Thursday August 19th at 7p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Road Ministries at 4100 Fulton Road, Corryton, TN 37721.
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Donald Eugene Schweitzer Donald Eugene Schweitzer, 76 of Seymour, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. He resided in Palatka, Fla., for 62 years. He retired from Georgia Pacific after 44 years of service and was an auctioneer before moving to Seymour in 2006. He attended First Baptist Church of Seymour. Survivors: fourth wife Lola, her daughters Janie P Mooney and husband Wayne, and Joan M. Harris and husband Ron, and her sons William W. Estep, James R. Estep; wife Helen, and Tony J. Estep and wife Christy, nine grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; first wife, Carolyn, her daughters Tammy and Teri Schweitzer, Donna Owens and husband Gary, Dawn Burley and husband James, and Tracy Estes and husband Christopher Jason, six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; second wife, Jackie; sister, Dolores and brotherin-law Edward Brooks. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society: c/o: Judy Stearley, 411 Ashley Avenue, Pigeon Forge,
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Margie M. Pancake Margie M. Pancake, 87 of Gatlinburg, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, Survivors: son, Gregory S. Pancake; grandchildren, Mary Grace Pancake Pruitt and husband Ben, Blair Pancake and husband Wade, Debbie Pancake, Brook Pancake, and Alexis Pancake; three great-grandchildren. Funeral service 2 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley’s Smoky Mountain Chapel in Pigeon Forge with the Rev. Bill Merritt officiating. Interment will follow in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends noon2 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley’s Smoky Mountain Chapel, 220 Emert St., Pigeon Forge. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
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Eula Rhea Sutton, age 70, of Sevierville, departed this life and entered into eternity with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. She was a beloved and devoted daughter, mother, sister, grandmother and greatgrandmother. She was a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church and was retired from Dan Rivers Textile Mills with 40 years of service. Mrs. Sutton is preceded in death by her parents Austin and Reba Carr, husband Frank P. Sutton, twin sister Mary Faye Carr Sutton, brothers Johnny and Hugh Carr. She is survived by sons and daughtersin-law, Joel and Karen Sutton, James and Michelle Sutton; daughters and sons-inlaw, Wanda and Bill Williams, Pauline and Carroll Shoemaker; grandchildren and spouses, Janice Hoffner and Ben, Billy Williams and Monika, Jodi Lamb and Chad, Amber Alfonso and James, Morgan Sutton, Paige Smelcer and Colby Robertson; great-grandchildren, Whitley and Kennedy Hoffner, Karlee and Katelyn Alfonso, Sophi Lamb, Dalton Shoemaker; brothers and sisters-in-law, Elmer and Evelyn Carr, Mayford and Cleta Carr; sisters and brothers-inlaw, Sue and Homer Ogle, Paulette and Fred Ogle, Dorothy Reagan, Vida Reagan; sister-in-law, Doris Carr; special nieces and great-nieces, Shirley and Megan Burchfiel, Linda and Lynsey Seaton; special friends, Dr. Thomas Prince, Evelyn Corum, Pat and Patty Shoemaker. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday with funeral service beginning at 7 p.m. in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home. Rev. Ed Parton will officiate. Family and friends will meet 10 a.m. Thursday in Walnut Grove Cemetery for interment. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Frances Brown Hicks, 81, a life-long resident of Cleveland, Tenn., passed away Monday, August 16 in Sevierville, Tennessee. Frances retired from Magic Chef where she was employed for 36 years. She was a former member and Sunday School teacher at Unity Methodist Church and a current member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Much can be said about Frances. Most importantly, she achieved holiness in her life and was a living example of what Christ wants us to be. She was a great mother and wife, hard worker, and loyal and wonderful soul to friends and family alike. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Alvin Hicks. She is survived by one son, Ron Hicks and his wife, Leigh of Sevierville; grandson, Ryan Hicks of Knoxville; granddaughter, Erin Hicks Lehmkuhl of Palm Beach, Florida; two great-grandchildren, Riley and Rylan Hicks of Knoxville. In addition, her favorite nieces and nephews, William (Sonny) Hicks, Becky Kennedy, Libby Eldridge, Lisa Patterson, Bill Green and David Green also survive, A Remembrance of Life Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Cleveland with Pastor Robert L. Smith officiating. The body will be at the church for viewing one hour prior to service. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 at the North Ocoee Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes who is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Mrs. Hicks memorial book may be signed at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.
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By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE —It didn’t take long for a room full of veterans at American Legion Post 104 to remind Republican Congressman Phil Roe that the most important thing on the agenda for them is getting a clinic in Sevier County. Roe was at the post Tuesday to talk about a number of issues, but when he opened the floor for comments or ideas, the clinic was the first thing that came up. It came up again later, as the veterans made it clear the issue is important to them. They have to travel to Kingsport to visit a VA hospital, and to surrounding counties to visit a walk-in clinic. They’ve been promised one for years, and the latest promise from the Department of Veterans Affairs called for it to open Jan. 1, 2012. “I’m going to push hard on this,” he said. “This is a priority for me.” Roe spent an hour with the veterans, giving them a rundown on the last two years in Washington and asking them for input on what they’d like to see done.
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Ervin Douglas, left, shakes hands with Congressman Phil Roe as Don Lundstrom waits to speak to Roe. The congressman spent an hour visiting veterans at American Legion Post 104 in Sevierville. He said he believes the nation remains in the same recession that had started before President Barak Obama and the Democratic majority approved an economic stimulus package. Controlling spending, he said, was one of the top issues the next Congress will face. “We’ve got to stop spending money like we’re drunk in Washington,” he said. Roe told the group he doesn’t believe that the health care debate is finished, although Obama
has pushed through major health care legislation. Immigration was among the top issues to come up, both with Roe and when he opened the floor. He said he believes the United States has the duty and the capability to control its border, making the comparison of the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea. The border must be secured, he said, before there’s a real benefit in stronger efforts to deport illegal immigrants. He also said that there need
to be more penalties for businesses that hire illegal immigrants. Asked about the controversial Arizona state law that gives state and local officials more power to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally, Roe said he is “100 percent behind Arizona.” The Obama administration has opposed the law, and a federal judge has blocked implementation while it’s under review. n firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed within this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
u Amy Ann Adams, 38, of 2724 Florence Drive in Pigeon Forge, was charged Aug. 17 with violation of probation. She was being held. u Brandon Scott Holloway, 24, of Dandridge, was charged aug. 16 with violation of probation. He was being held. u Hector Noel Lago, 20, of 1255 Smithwood Drive in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 16 with underage consumption of alcohol. He was being held in lieu of $1,500 bond. u Curtis Logan Lawson,
28, of Connelly St. Apt. 3 in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 16 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u Eddie Lee Reed, 31, of 953 Goose Gap Road in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 16 with aggravated burglary. He was being held. u Charles Thomas Stedding, 42, of 239 E. Dumplin Valley Road in Kodak, was charged Aug. 17 with violation of an order of protection, driving while revoked and violation of seat belt law. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. u Vickie Onneta Yazel, 44, of 1547 Shady Grove Road in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 16 with simple possession. She was being held in lieu of $1,475 bond.
OBITUARIES Margaret N. Lester
Margaret N. Lester, of Sevierville, died Aug. 2, 2010. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Sevierville. Survivors: husband of 60 years Charles F. Lester; son, Charles Jr. and his wife Sharon; sister-in-law, Hazel Harper; brothers-in-law, Howard Edwards and Alton Edwards; 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. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, Sevierville Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Jerry Hyder officiating. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Air Corps on the 23rd of March 1943 to Feb. 12, 1946 where he was given his separation at base McClellan Field, Calif. He earned the American Defense Service Medal and American Theater Service Medal of World War II Victory Medal and he received a Lapel Button issued Sept. 2, 1945. He also served in the Korean War. Survivors: son-in-law Roy Roger Webb; three great-grandchildren: sister, Rosemary Joyce Bottaro; two nieces; a host of special friends. A graveside service and inurnment were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug.14, at Middle Creek Cemetery with te Rev. Roy Gose officiating.
David Lawrence Sword Jr. David Lawrence Sword Jr., 25 of Sevierville, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010. Survivors: daughters, Kloe (5), Alyssa (3); mother, Tammy Buswell; siblings, Darcie McNutt, Donnie Sword and wife Skye, Desiree Sword, Carolann Clear, Matthew Howard; grandparents, Barbara DeFries, Thomas McNutt; aunts, Karrie Witty, Jodie McNutt; Uncles, Scott, Aron, Rob and Robert; fiancée, Jessica McMahan. The family will receive friends 1-4 p.m. Thursday with a funeral service beginning at 4 p.m. in the Chapel
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Gist Creek Road lane shifts set
Blalock & Sons has expedited its plan to shift southbound traffic from Gist Creek Road to Allensville Road. The contractor will close the right southbound lane of Highway 66 from Douglas Dam Road to Allensville Road from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday. Crews must also close Gist Creek Road at 66 Thursday rom 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.; Gist Creek Road traffic will be detoured to Old Knoxville Highway. Southbound traffic will be on the new outside lanes by 6 a.m. Friday.
Park in line to win $100,000
You can vote to help Great Smoky Mountains National Park win $100,000 through a partnership between the National Parks Foundation and Coca-Cola. Online votes will determine which park in America wins the $100,000. The Smokies are second in the voting, with an Aug. 31 deadline. To vote visit http:// www.livepositively. com/#/americasparks.
Benefit tonight for theater owner
A benefit show for Don MacPherson, owner and performer at Sweet Fanny Adams Theater in downtown Gatlinburg, will be today at the theater. Doors open at 7 with the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available by calling the box office at 436-4039. MacPherson is battling cancer a second time. The money raised will be used for expenses not covered by insurance. Magician Terry Evanswood will join the regular cast of the theater for the benefit show.
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Barge sinks in Tellico Lake
A 60-foot barge has become submerged in Tellico Lake and environmental officials are trying to contain fuel leaking from it. The Daily Times of Maryville reported the barge is owned by Marine Designs of Lenoir City and is used to install residential boat ramps. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put two 400-foot booms around the partly sunken barge to contain fuel that had leaked. The agency and the barge owner were formulating a plan to pump up to 125 gallons of fuel believed to be still in the barge’s tank. n NASHVILLE
Local governments lose $657,000-plus
A state comptroller report found outstanding cash shortages of more than half a million dollars in audits of local governments for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009. Most of the shortages were the result of employee theft, but the more than $657,000 shortage doesn’t reflect total theft. In cases where stolen money was either written off or later repaid, that money was not counted as a shortage. For instance, at the Bedford County Emergency Management Agency, an employee was convicted of embezzlement after $117,000 was discovered missing in fiscal year 2008.
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Study: Lottery shortfall not that bad NASHVILLE (AP) — A recent study shows the dollar shortfall between Tennessee lottery revenue and the scholarship programs it funds is much less than previously projected. The Commercial Appeal reported that the study by the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research was presented earlier this week at the Lottery Scholarship Stabilization Task Force’s inaugural meeting. The previous projections last year anticipated that the gap between revenue
and spending that started at $11 million in the 200809 school year would rise sharply to $110 million in 2013-14. The cumulative deficits threatened to consume the scholarship program’s $319 million in reserve funds by then. The new projections indicate the shortfall will total nearly $17 million in the school year that starts this month, rise to $22 million next year and then decline to $19 million in 2013-2014, leaving a healthy $240 million in the reserve fund at mid-2014.
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The earlier projections prompted the Legislature to create the 29-member task force to come up with a plan by next year to bring the scholarship program into fiscal balance. Legislators faced the unpopular choice of making it more difficult for students to qualify for the aid, reducing the amount of the grants, or both. Hope Scholarships now range up to $5,000 for an academic year. “I think we don’t have to make dramatic changes
for fiscal purposes like we were going to be forced to before,” said Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, a task force member and chairman of the House Finance Committee. The new numbers relieve the pressure to make such draconian moves as cutting basic Hope Scholarships from $4,000 a year to $3,000 — one of 20 different cost-cutting options presented — but there is still a need for some action to balance revenues with spending.
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The New Center Rockets Little League football program is looking for more players and for future help with field construction. The 150 players and cheerleaders had no true home field. The board sought out and received permission to build a field at New Center School. All that’s left is raising the funds to make the field of dreams a reality.
“Every time Secretary Gates has seriously considered hanging it up for good, he ultimately has decided to keep serving. So my personal advice would be to wait for a real announcement or better yet wait to see what happens next year.” — Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell on Secretary of Defense Bill Gates making his intentions known to retire next year
“I believe there was an emotional rush. I think that the opportunity presented itself and she reacted to whatever condition presented itself for her to get rid of the children.” — Orangeburg, S.C. County Sheriff Larry Williams after a mother of two reported confessed to killing her children, then disguised it as an accidental drowning
“It’s saddening just to know that we still have to keep waiting for this basic human right. We were getting excited and then all of a sudden it’s like, ’Ugh.’ It’s a roller-coaster.” — Marcia Davalos, of Los Angeles, a health care advocate who had planned to marry her partner, Laurette Healey, said when a temporary stay on gay marriages was issued Monday in California
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U.S. needs leaders to help us laugh We are told hourly that our national mood grows even sourer. Referring to the meltdown of the flight attendant who, after allegedly enduring abuse from belligerent passengers, lost his temper and exited the aircraft by the emergency chute, Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart quipped: “I think it’s a ‘JetBlue’ election. Everyone is frustrated, and everyone is headed for the emergency exit.” In dark times, the nation needs to be able to have a good laugh. No recent American leader understood that better than former President Ronald Reagan. In 1987, when confidence in the president’s judgment, following the secret sending of arms to Iran, was slipping and the animosity between White House chief of staff Donald Regan and first lady Nancy Reagan was an open secret and there was press speculation about whether the 76-year-old president still had the required energy and stamina to handle the demands of the office, Mr. Reagan had this to say to the Gridiron dinner: “1986 was the year of hostile takeover attempts, inside maneuverings, highstakes intrigue — and that was just at the White House.” He continued: “Nancy and Don Regan at one point tried to patch things up. They met privately over lunch, just the two of them and their food tasters.” Then, to critics of his less than dawn-todusk work schedule, Reagan had this to say: “It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?” Humor, most especially self-deprecatory humor, where a political leader publicly kids his own perceived weaknesses and errors, sends an emphatically positive message about that leader’s emotional security. The politician who can laugh easily at himself tells his audience and the nation that “I’m really not that pompous or self-important. Even though I’m up here — in this office — on this elevated platform, I don’t consider myself any better than any of you sitting out there.” And no, it is not just a matter of hiring better joke writers. As someone who earlier worked writing humor for many politicians from both parties, I can testify that only a special handful are both comfortable and convincing poking fun at themselves. There was no gag writer present when Reagan, as a candidate, was asked by a political reporter to autograph a poster photo of him and his chimp co-star in “Bedtime for Bonzo.” Reagan wrote, “I’m the one with the watch.” During the 1980 campaign, after Reagan incorrectly insisted that trees cause more pollution than automobiles, he arrived for a speech on a California college campus, where some wiseguy grad student had hung a sign on a tree: “Cut me down before I kill again.” To his credit, Reagan laughed heartily at the needle. Once a political leader voluntarily lampoons his own liabilities, it becomes more difficult for adversaries or the press to continue to harp on them without sounding like scolds. John F. Kennedy was secure enough to answer a young child’s question on how JFK had become a naval hero in World War II this way: “It was involuntary. They sank my boat.” And facing charges that he was too young and too influenced by his willful millionaire father, candidate Kennedy told a Washington dinner: “I have just received the following telegram from my generous daddy. It says, ‘Dear Jack: Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.’” In the late summer of 2010, Americans desperately need leaders who can help us laugh again. Leaders like Reagan and JFK and the late beloved Arizona Rep. Morris K. “Mo” Udall, who joked after he lost 14 presidential primaries in 1976 to Jimmy Carter, just 12 years after Sen. Barry Goldwater had been trounced by Lyndon Johnson, that “Arizona is the only state where mothers don’t tell their children they can grow up to be president.” It would be a welcome antidote to the bitter, ill-tempered sourness now afflicting our body politic. — Mark Shields is a veteran political campaign manager and frequent television talk show commentator. Column distributed by Creators Syndicate. (C)2009 Mark Shields.
How sweet it is Benefit show for theater owner Don MacPherson a wonderful gesture Sevier County’s theater community is more like a family. Yes, they compete for audience and ticket sales, but there is a bond among performers and theaters that is unmatched in most professions. While the Parkway is dotted with all manner of performance venues, it wasn’t always that way. Until the mid to late 1970s, we had the mountains, we had the tourism attraction of downtown Gatlinburg. Then, in 1977, we got Sweet Fanny Adams Theater. This was the first and is the oldest continuing theater in all of Sevier County. It has remained under the ownership of Don and Pat MacPherson, who also were in front of the lights each night entertaining the audience in the intimate (165-
seat) theater. Their son Chris joined the show when he was about 10 and remains a key performer. Daughter Jennifer stays behind the scenes as theater manager. Sweet Fanny Adams Theater in downtown Gatlinburg has developed a loyal repeat business over the years, because the MacPhersons always refine and improve the show, and because its format is so pleasing to the audience. The closeness of audience to performers creates a bond, and the people have gotten to know the family over the years. And so it was with a heavy heart that it was learned a few weeks ago that Don MacPherson’s cancer had returned. Treatments are under way, and he has taken a leave from the show. To show support for him and his
33 years of entertainment in Sevier County, co-workers and friends have organized a benefit show tonight to raise money to help the family pay for out-of-pocket expenses not covered by health insurance. The doors open at 7, with the show at 8. You’ll see the typical Sweet Fanny Adams show, as well as a guest performance by Pigeon Forge magician Terry Evanswood. Tickets — if any are left — are just $25 and available by calling the theater box office at 436-4039. The benefit is a wonderful gesture, not put together by the MacPhersons but to their benefit. There is much affection for this first family of Sevier County theaters. Everyone wishes Don MacPherson the best as he battles his illness. To show your appreciation, attend the show.
Public forum New library’s great, but it needs to be filled with books
Editor: Reading The Mountain Press, you’d think Jesus Himself had returned with His flaming sword of righteousness to christen the new King Family Library. Umpteen articles, letters to the editor, editorials, info boxes, pullout quotes, etc. have been published on page after page, more or less proclaiming the new library the Greatest Library Ever Created by Man. Don’t get me a wrong, it’s a real gold star for the community, sitting right next to the new Highway 66 bypass and Dollywood’s zipline on impressive recent Sevier County achievements. Judge Rex Henry Ogle was even quoted in a recent article as saying, “I don’t know how anyone can walk into this building and not be inspired.” He was talking about the polished glass and cherry staircase (maybe, I don’t know much about wood). I am not inspired. Lost in the endless self-congratulatory cel-
ebration is the reason for the library: books. You know, why libraries have existed for however long libraries have existed. Buildings are basically boxes. Strip away the sentimentality and consider a house — it’s a box, for your stuff. A library is a box built to house books. I understand that’s changing, what with the Internet, e-readers, and the supposed age of non-reading about to descend on America. And I know Sevier County isn’t exactly a bastion of literacy. But, regardless, the book selection in the new library is paltry and pathetic. All Sevierville did was take the selection from the old library and place it in a nicer, newer, shinier, more adjectives back-pat inducing box. To be redundant and temper the criticism: The building is great. The architecture is clean and classy. The teen and children’s rooms are both functional and ascetically pleasing. It even smells fresh, which isn’t necessarily a compliment. I like my libraries musty, smelling of nostalgia and knowledge. You know how you get that smell? You fill a library with books — and
not just New York Times’ bestsellers and Oprah’s latest bookclub selection — meaningful books that change and enrich lives. Books that let the seekers among us, those looking for answers and commonality from brilliant voices throughout human history, hoping to expand our consciousness outward and realize the world is more than Sevier County. They may be fewer and fewer every year, these seekers, but they still exist. And they deserve a good library, one focused on what libraries should be focused on — teaching, broadening, enlightening, defeating the loneliness of the human condition. My suggestion: send a knowledgeable employee to McKay’s in Knoxville with $200. Or even use the power of Amazon to find cheap books. That’d be a great start. Books are inexpensive; they’re much cheaper than new buildings. So, yes, way to go Sevierville, the King family, all involved. You’ve built a beautiful box. But, please, fill that box with books. Ben Bartley Sevierville
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NASCAR NATIONWIDE AND TRUCK SERIES
NASCAR’s Carmichael, Buescher visit Sevierville Carmichael is a motocross legend, Buescher is on NASCAR’s Truck circuit SEVIERVILLE — Area racing fans were treated to an appearance from a pair of up-and-coming NASCAR drivers at Volunteer Chevrolet on Tuesday afternoon. Ricky Carmichael and James Buescher visited the dealership, a little slice of NASCAR to Sevier County’s rabid racing fans. Sevierville late model racer Blake Jones joined the pair at Volunteer Chevrolet. Carmichael, regarded by some as the best motocross racer ever, began racing cars full-time in 2008. In 2009 he was signed by the Kevin Harvick AllStars team to drive the Monster Energy-backed #4 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he enjoyed two top 10 finshes and won the year’s most popular driver award. For the 2010 season Carmichael will compete on the asphalt ovals for Turner Motorsports. Through a multi-year deal backed by Monster Energy, Carmichael will compete in the entire Camping World Series as well as nine ARCA races. Buescher, from Katy, Texas, has worked his way up through the ranks from the Bandolero Young Gun Series to the Nationwide Series to his current spot with Turner Motorsports on the Camping World Series. In his first full-time rac-
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Former motocross champion and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ricky Carmichael signs an autograph for an adoring motorcycle fan. Pictured to the left of Carmichael are local late model driver Blake Jones and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver James Buescher. ing in the truck series in 2009, Buescher, then 19, captured one top-five and three top-10 finishes. After starting 2010 in the Nationwide Series, he’s returned to the Camping World Series, where he’s scored five top-six finishes and climbed more than 30 places in the points standings. Blake Jones, the local driver in attendance at the event, hopes to one day be racing at the level of
Carmichael and Buescher. Like Buescher, Jones made an early mark in the Bandolero Young Guns Series. Currently, Jones is racing Limited Late Model and Late Model Stock classes around the region. This past Saturday at Newport Speedway Jones had success in both races. On the start of the 40 lap Limited race, Jones would quickly move up into third and would run there for the
first half of the race. Unfortunately for Jones, while other teams bolted on new tires for the start of the race, he hadn’t, causing him to use up his tires quite a bit sooner than others. As the caution came out on lap 31 with only nine laps remaining, Jones found himself still in the top five in fourth and was able to drive his car to its max capability to defend the position earning another strong top five finish.
Then in the Late Model Stock feature low air pressure would hurt Jones as starting from the pole his car bottomed out hard in turns one and two causing him to fall all the way from first back into eighth. Fighting tooth and nail, Jones worked his way back through the field and back into the top five in fourth. As the top four ran together for the remainder of the race, which went all 75 laps without a caution,
earning Jones a top five finish in his Late Model Stock debut at Newport. In two weeks Jones will return to action as he will make a return trip to Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Virginia on August 28 to continue his chase for the track championship in the Late Model Stock Car division, where he still holds a 20 point lead over veteran driver and former track champion, Wayne Hale.
SOUTHERN LEAGUE BASEBALL
Smokies’ streak is stopped at 3 wins CHATTANOOGA — The Tennessee Smokies saw their three-game winning streak come to an end on Monday night, falling 8-2 to the Chattanooga Lookouts in the finale of the fivegame series at AT&T Field. The Smokies still won the series over the Lookouts, taking three out of five games. Tennessee’s lead in the second half North Division standings is now at six games over the Huntsville Stars, with 19 games left in the season. Over the past 20 games, the Smokies went 15-5. Tennessee struck first with a run in the top of the fourth, as Matt Spencer scored Brandon Guyer on a sacrifice fly to give the Smokies a 1-0 advantage. Guyer tripled to get on base, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Aided by four walks, a wild pitch, and a tworun double by Eduardo Perez, the Lookouts scored seven runs against Tennessee starter Rafael Dolis in the bottom of the fourth to build a 7-1 lead. Dolis was lifted from the game prior to Perez’s double, but both runs were charged to him. In three and two-thirds innings, Dolis allowed
seven runs on five hits. He also walked four batters and struck out three, as he dropped to 3-3 in 2010. The Smokies scratched a second run off Lookouts starter Alberto Bastardo in the top of the sixth to trim the lead to 7-2 on a Tony Thomas RBI single. Bastardo took the victory for Chattanooga, pitching six innings as he improved to 6-3 in 2010. Against Tennessee’s Ryan Buchter, Lookouts catcher Matt Wallach hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot that put Chattanooga’s lead at 8-2. The Smokies will welcome in the Mississippi Braves for a five-game series at Smokies Park starting tonight at 7:15. Chris Carpenter will start for Tennessee on the mound. Carpenter is 8-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 2010. Julio Teheran (2-1, 2.70 ERA) will pitch for the Braves. The game begins at 7:15 p.m., and fans can listen to the contest on the Smokies Radio Network. From submitted reports
Pictured are nine of the 10 local Jr. Olympians. In the back row (left to right) are Katherine Lenhart, Josh Peak, Savannah Stair and Chandler Horne. In the front row are Luke Etherton, Chase Smith, Alyssa Smith, Jaden Mathews and Thomas Horne. Camden Johnson is not pictured. AAU JUNIOR OLYMPICS
Ten local kids compete at Jr. Olympics Over 22,000 children came from all over the United States to participate in this years AAU Jr. Olympics in Hampton, Va, July 31-Aug 8. Ten of those children reside here in Sevier County; and for five of them it was a family affair. Elbert and Julie Smith had the privilege of watching all three of their children compete with the Knoxville Track Club in the track and field portion of the 2010 AAU Jr. Olympics. Their oldest son, Josh Peak 15, ran in the 4 x 100 relay; which clocked a team record time of 44.9. Their son, Chase Smith 9,
started the week competing in the 100m running 14.8. He then went on to jump a personal best of 13’3” in the long jump. Smith finished the week strong with the high jump event, where he jumped 4’ earning the silver medal. Seven year old daughter, Alyssa Smith was not going to be out done by her older brothers as she threw a personal best of 17’2 1/2” in the four pound shot put division. Katherine Lenhart, 17, showed her strength in the discus where she threw 106’2”. She is the daughter of Marvin and Kendra Lenhart.
Nine year old Luke Etherton, son of Charlie and Shawntal Etheron, competed in the six pound shot put division. Etherton threw a personal record of 21’9 1/2”. Savannah Stair, 12, competed in three events at this years AAU Jr. Olympics. She began her week running the 3000m in 11 :58.76. Stair went on to set a personal record in the 1500m with a time of 5:12.77 followed by yet another personal record in the 4 x 800 with a time of 10:57.65. She is the daughter of Alan and Debbie Stair. Seven year old Jaden
Mathews, daughter of Joey and Kristin Mathews, began her AAU Jr. Olympic journey by competing in the 4 x 100 relay. Mathews then moved on to the long jump where she jumped 9’2 3/4”. Camden Johnson 7, competed in the 4 pound shot put event. Johnson threw 16’11”. He is the son of P.J. and Keisha Burden. Tom and Sandye Horne are the proud parents of two AAU Jr. Olympic medalists: Chandler 12, and Thomas 8. This dynamic brother/sister duo made a big splash in the swimSee JR OLYMPICS, Page A9
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 â—† The Mountain Press SEC FOOTBALL
Depleted Vols looking for worthy D linemen By BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer KNOXVILLE â€” Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is looking for some tackles and ends to fill vacancies on his defensive line. But heâ€™s finding the guys competing for the jobs arenâ€™t very distinguishable from one another. â€œYou just shake them up and pull one out and throw another one in,â€? Dooley said. Gone are tackles Dan Williams and Wes Brown. Sophomore tackle Marlon Walls and senior end Ben Martin recently suffered Achillesâ€™ tendon injuries, and tackle John Brown couldnâ€™t qualify academically after transferring from a junior college. â€œI think we get the point,â€? junior defensive end Malik Jackson said. â€œThey expect more from us.â€? The biggest problem is at tackle, where only sophomore Montori Hughes has any significant experience. Hughes made 20 tackles in 13 games as a backup in 2009. The others are either undersized or inexperienced. Perhaps the only things that distinguishes the rest of the tackles are the twisted paths that has given each one a chance to compete for a starting role. Junior Rae Sykes and sophomore Steven Fowlkes have moved from end to tackle, but at 270 pounds and 253 pounds respectively, both are a bit undersized for tackles. Senior Victor Thomas spent the spring trying to bolster the depth on the
offensive line but is back at defensive tackle, where he sat for three seasons with very little opportunity to play. Senior Minor Bowens was a member of the practice squad last year while competing as a discus thrower for the track team and is now competing for a prime spot in the rotation. So is redshirt freshman Arthur Jeffery, who hasnâ€™t played for the past two years because of an ACL injury. So far none of them have impressed. â€œWeâ€™ve got to go out there and compete to our highest potential,â€? Sykes said. â€œWeâ€™ve got to give more effort and more competitiveness. We need to work on taking on the double teams and having relentless effort.â€? Defensive line coach Chuck Smith said heâ€™s teaching the inexperienced tackles how to run right at the offensive coverage, how to turn their hips and change direction and how to use their hands and leverage to tackle. With a lot of work, theyâ€™ll be ready to play, he said. â€œWeâ€™re working them and improving them everyday and we need to start taking some giant steps,â€? he said. â€œTheyâ€™ve made some small steps, but Iâ€™m waiting for one of them to truly step out and take that giant step.â€? The defensive end spot might hold up if no other players suffer injuries. Thereâ€™s senior Chris Walker, who is a preseason second team allSoutheastern Conference
SPORTS BRIEFS Vols want to eliminate UNC game
KNOXVILLE (AP) â€” Tennessee wants to eliminate a trip to North Carolina from its 2011 football schedule, even if it means paying a $750,000 buyout of a contract with the Tar Heels. The two schools have a contract to play in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2011 and in Knoxville in 2012, but Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton requested several months ago that the series be pushed back to future seasons. Hamilton says heâ€™s looking to break up the Volsâ€™ schedule in the first half of the 2011 season, which also includes contests against Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Alabama. North Carolina senior associate athletic director Larry Gallo says the final outcome hasnâ€™t been decided and the Tar Heels would prefer to play the series.
Tennis round-robin event upcoming
A tennis round robin event will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Don Watson Tennis Center in Mynatt Park in Gatlinburg. It will be a doubles format for players 16 and above. Players are asked to bring their favorite dessert or appetizer to share. Call G. Webb at 368-3433, or the Gatlinburg Tennis Office at 436-3389 to register for a guaranteed spot.
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In this 2009 file photo, Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty (2) is stopped by defenders Willie Bohannon (86), Montori Hughes (93) and Nick Reveiz (56) during the first half of the spring Orange and White l game in Knoxville. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is looking for some tackles and ends to fill vacancies on his defensive line. pick after having 43 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions in 12 starts last season. Senior Gerald Williams had 15 tackles mostly as a backup last season. Sophomore Willie Bohannon has plenty of experience as Walkerâ€™s backup, and Jackson is expected to contribute after recording 18 tackles
at Southern California last year. Even with the experience at end, Dooley has been clear that he expects more out of his entire defensive line. â€œThey need to be productive and disruptive, and take on blocks the right way, be in gaps the right way, play with great mental intensity,â€? he said.
The Sevier County High School Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner will be held 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at SCHS. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the induction ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. For tickets or more information, contact Bob Barnes at 654-4337.
Time for Young to mature as NFL QB
NASHVILLE (AP) â€” Vince Young finished a drill tossing a football up into the air. A teammate batted it back down, so Young picked it up and tossed the ball over the fence to a waiting fan. He later autographed the ball in a session where he sent every fan home happy. In the span of 90 minutes, Young displayed what he calls his goofy self along with the maturity expected from a fifth-year NFL quarterback. The challenge for both Young and the Tennessee Titans is this: Which shows up this season? Young is coming off a year in which he revived his career, coming off the bench to post an 8-2 record and his best passer rating yet. Coach Jeff Fisher isnâ€™t making it easy either. He notes the Titans have given Young his best supporting cast yet.
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ming events this year. Chandler Horne competed in seven events and had four top 8 finishes. She medaled in the individual 100m long course freestyle, coming in 4th. The silver medal was awarded to Horne in the 400m long course mixed relay division. She went on to take the bronze medal in the 200m long course mixed relay freestyle event. Her final medal came in the individual 200m long course freestyle, as she touched the wall in the 6th position. Thomas Horne competed and medaled in all of his events. In his first event, the 50m long course butterfly, he not only came in first earning a gold medal;
he set a new National AAU Record with a time of 39.75. Horne went on to take silver in the 50m long course backstroke under record time with 40.94. He then swam the 50m long course freestyle in 35.15, which was under record time earning him yet another silver medal. The 50m long course breaststroke is where
Horne earned his bronze medal. Horne finished out his AAU Jr. Olympic journey when he swam his way to a silver medal in the 200m long course mixed freestyle relay. Getting to the AAU Jr. Olympics is no cake walk, and for these families it means hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and determination. However, these
10 children are ready for those challenges and looking forward to 2011 AAU Jr. Olympics, which will be held in New Orleans, La.
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