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The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 238 ■ August 26, 2010 ■ ■ 75 Cents



Clerk still in office — for now

Courthouse staffer says Keener has turned in his keys By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer

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

5Coach goes for milestone

SEVIERVILLE — Despite indications County Clerk Joe Keener might be set to leave his post while a state audit into his office’s finances proceeds, no such move was made Wednesday. County Mayor Larry

Waters said he had communications with Keener during the day and said Keener made no mention of resigning.

Joe Keener

Officials have confirmed investigators from the state’s Division of County Audit started looking into the financial records in Keener’s office after they found something that concerned them during the county’s regular annual audit, which is also ongoing. Reports indicate the audit

turned up money that is missing or unaccounted for, though there was no update available from the auditors. Keener did not answer calls seeking comment. Clerk’s office staffers, among them several who bore evidence they’d been crying, declined to comment on the goings-on

Local Kings reign

By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer

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Weather Today Mostly Sunny Submitted photos

Matt Cordell, left, placed fourth and performs at the Smith Family Theater; Kevin Mills, above, placed second and performs at the Tennessee Shindig.

Tonight Mostly Clear Low: 60° DETAILS, Page A6

Obituaries Michael McDonald, 57 Beatrice Taylor, 93 Wesley Wood, 77


Corrections County Clerk Joe Keener II served on the Mountain National Bank Advisory Board several years ago, but is not on that advisory board now and has not been for some time. His bio material on the county Web site shows he is a member of the BB&T Advisory Board. This information was reported incorrectly in a story in Wednesday’s paper. The Mountain Press is glad to set the record straight.

SEVIERVILLE — At least two of the female inmates who assaulted another woman in the Sevier County Jail are proving uncooperative as the woman’s attorney tries to prepare for the civil case involving them and the county. The woman has filed a civil complaint in the federal court in Knoxville over the incident, charging her civil rights were violated when the women assaulted her on Dec. 5, 2006, and that the jail should have prevented the assault. She is seeking $13.5 million. The Mountain Press does not generally identify the victims of sex crimes and is not doing so in this case. Court records show James A.H. Bell, the woman’s attorney, is seeking sanctions against Krystal Kawalski and Kandi Lee Arwood because they refused to cooperate as he deposed them for the civil case. Bell interviewed both women at the Tennessee Prison for Women on July 27, according to records. Neither has an attorney in the civil case; they were represented by court appointed attorneys in the criminal cases against them related to the incident. Kawalksi and Arwood pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery in the case, along with Megan Hudson. Vandy Morin and Michelle Gunter pleaded guilty to attempted rape. See assault, Page A4


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2 females in inmate assault not cooperating

G-P’s Hammonds goes for 300th win at Cosby

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Wednesday afternoon as auditors filtered in and out asking for records. However, one courthouse staffer did confirm Keener was not at work on the first day after news of the allegations surfaced, saying he had given his keys to Chief Deputy Clerk Karen Cotter

Three Elvis tribute artists rank in top five of Ultimate Contest By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer

Since then, he’s performed as an Elvis tribute artist. “I’m going to do my best to stay at Smith Family Theater,” he said. “I would like to find Three Elvis tribute artists who have Sevier enough stuff around here to keep me busy. I County connections recently placed in the top just want more.” five in Memphis’ Ultimate Elvis Contest. Mills has loved Elvis since he was nine years Kevin Mills, one of Tennessee Shindig’s mainstay Elvis artists, won second place; Matt Cordell, old. “I played in a rockabilly band in the late a Sevier County native and Smith Family Theater performer, placed fourth; and Dwight Icenhower, 1980s, and people said I sounded and looked a who will be appearing at Tennessee Shindig later lot like Elvis. A band member who is now my agent encouraged me to perform as a tribute this year, won fifth place. artist. It’s been about 21 years since then.” The Ultimate Elvis Contest, produced by Mills worked at the famous Legends Theater Elvis Presley Enterprises, included 23 Elvis in Las Vegas for 10 years. Since then, he has tribute artists who had won sanctioned Elvis performed at Tennessee Shindig, and like contests by EPE across the country and comCordell, hopes to do more theater in the Sevier peted for the $20,000 first place prize to a County area. sell-out crowd each night of 2,500 people for “I get more reaction from smaller theaters. two nights. There are regulars who even take me out to “They say that there are 30,000 Elvis tribute artists worldwide, so it’s nice to be considered lunch! The fans are amazing — they’re good people.” no. 4,” Cordell said with a laugh. “It’s very Other Sevier County connections in the conhumbling, a big opening for your career.” Cordell has long been an Elvis fan — in fact, test included Top 10 finalist Cody Slaughter, who made his debut at the Tennessee Shindig four of the first movies he ever saw starred when he was 17. Sevier County residents Eddie Presley. Miles and Rick Lenzi competed as well. When he auditioned at Dollywood in the early 1990s, he was told that he sounded like n the King of Rock.

Growing elk herd appears to have found Smokies home By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer NATIONAL PARK — It seems the Smokies’ most popular new residents have been given permission to move in permanently, with park officials announcing this week they’re making plans for the future of the elk herd there. The animals have flourished since they were reintroduced to the area in 2001, increasing their numbers from 52 to 135 with very few negative interactions with humans. Given that, biologists have decided the best move for the herd is to leave it be, with only minimal help from humans. Those officials are seeking public comments now on their plans to move the elk from an experiment to a long-term management strategy. That plan will likely include continuing to monitor at least a select few animals while working with state and tribal wildlife officials to deal with any animals that start causing problems outside the park’s boundaries, spokesman Bob Miller says. “It will be much like the way we deal with the bears now,” Miller explains. “If we have an issue in Gatlinburg or See elk, Page A4

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community calendar Editor’s Note: The community calendar is printed as space permits. Items must be submitted at least five days in advance. Only noncommercial, public events held in Sevier County will be considered. To place an item phone 428-0748, ext. 214, or e-mail to Items may be faxed to 453-4913.

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Restaurant, Highway 321. 659-0690.

SCHS Class Reunion

Sevier County High School Class of 1960 reunion 5 p.m., River Plantation Conference Center, Sevierville. 453-3688 or 453-9948.

School Yard Sale

New Center School Beta Club yard sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds benefit students going to the state convention.

Cat Adoptions

Blood Drive

Medic blood drives n 8-10 a.m. Baymont Inn and Suites, 2863 Winfeld Dunn Parkway n 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Smoky Mountain Park Service, 107 Park Headquarters n noon-5 p.m.. Walgreens, Pigeon Forge

Methodist Free Store

Free store for all 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, First UMC Outreach Center, Parkway at Cedar Street. Clothing, housewares, appliances, etc. All items are free.

Women’s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace women’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

Hot Meals

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


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

Mothers Day Out

Mothers Day Out, First Baptist Gatlinburg, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year for ages 1-4. 436-4685.


Midway Family, Community Education Club meets 1 p.m. at Mountain National Bank, Kodak. County Agent Linda Hyder to speak on arthritis.

friday, aug. 27

Cat Adoption Day 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Newport Animal Shelter, 420 Humane Road. Fees: kittens $35; young cats $20; older cats, $10. (423) 6231010.

Hall of Fame Dinner

Sevier County High School Athletic Hall of Fame dinner at school. Meal 6 p.m. and induction ceremony at 7. $25. 654-4337.

Methodist Free Store

Free store for all 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, First UMC Outreach Center, Parkway at Cedar Street. Clothing, housewares, appliances, etc. All items are free.

sunday, aug. 29 Boyds Creek Baptist

Service in song with the Partons, 7 p.m., Boyds Creek Baptist Church.

Union Valley Singing

Singing 7 p.m. at Union Valley Baptist Church with Parton Family.

Walnut Grove Baptist

Gospel singing with Locust Ridge Boys 7 p.m., Walnut Grove Baptist Church. 617-5380.

Gists Creek Singing

Gists Creek Baptist Church singing 6 p.m. with Joshua Generation.

Flea Market Fellowship Fellowship 8-9 a.m. inside Great Smokies Flea Market. Speaker Krista Atchley.

Absalom Allen Reunion Absalom Allen Reunion 12:30 p.m. Jones Chapel Church Fellowhsip hall. Bring covered dish. 4285698.

Gospel Concert

Glorybound gospel concert 9:30 a.m., Riverbend Campground. No admission charge.

St. Paul Lutheran

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


Johnnie is a 12-week-old boxer mix puppy. Jay is a 2-month-old domestic medium hair kitten. Adoption fee is $100 and covers the first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip. The Gnatty Branch Animal Shelter is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Park to celebrate Public Lands Day Submitted Report NATIONAL PARK — On Saturday, Sept. 25, many public lands across the country will be holding events to celebrate National Public Lands Day. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands. In recognition, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host two volunteer trail projects.

The park is recruiting for volunteers for two trail projects that are supported through the National Park Foundation and the Trails Forever Program: Cosby Nature Trail in the Cosby Campground and the Smokemont Nature Trail in Smokemont Campground of North Carolina. Work on both trails will involve installing waterbars, maintaining existing drainage structures, removing social trails, defining the

trail tread and installing trail signs. Work will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both projects, and staff will provide all the necessary equipment needed, including work gloves, for the projects. Volunteers should come prepared to work for a day in the woods and must be able to hike, safely perform manual labor, and be comfortable using hand tools. It is suggested that participants dress in

sturdy footwear and long pants. Since volunteers will be working a full day, it will be necessary to pack a lunch and plenty of water. To attend these projects, interested persons must be at least 12 years old and must RSVP by Sept. 17 to Christine Hoyer at (828) 497-1949 or e-mail to Christine_ At the time of RSVP volunteers will be provided with further project and trailhead information.

Cosby couple faces multiple drug charges From The Newport Plain Talk Johnny Carl Grooms, 58, and Rosalba Ibarra Grooms, 32, of Cosby were arrested by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and United States Marshals Service after the couple was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges involving drug trafficking, firearms violations, illegal trafficking in ginseng. The 19-count indictment charges the couple with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II drug. The couple and others are alleged to have traveled by com-

mercial airlines and automobiles to Florida to obtain oxycodone and other drugs for distribution in eastern Tennessee. The indictment also charges Johnny Grooms with conspiring with others to distribute cocaine and distributing cocaine on two occasions in February 2009. He is also charged with possessing firearms as a convicted felon and possessing firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking crimes. Additionally, Johnny Grooms is charged with illegally trafficking in American ginseng in violation of the Lacey Act, a century-old federal law enacted to combat the illegal trafficking in wildlife, fish and plants.

He is charged with trafficking in both ginseng taken in violation of Tennessee state law as well as ginseng taken illegally from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in violation of federal law. The indictment alleges that he conducted his criminal activities from the Park Entrance Grocery in Cosby, often trading oxycodone for ginseng and firearms. If convicted, Johnny Grooms faces penalties of up to life in prison and fines of up to $4 million. Rosalba Grooms faces penalties of up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of property used in the drug trafficking, firearms, and Lacey Act violations.

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School Yard Sale

New Center School Beta Club yard sale 5-7 p.m. today, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds benefit students going to convention.

Methodist Free Store

Free store for all 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, First UMC Outreach Center, Parkway at Cedar Street. Clothing, housewares, appliances, etc. All items are free.

saturday, aug. 28 Covemont Singing

Singing 7 p.m. at Covemont Baptist Church, Covemont Road, Wears Valley.

Riverbend Concert

J. P. Miller in concert 8 p.m., Riverbend Campground. No admission charge.

Farmers Markets

Adoptable pets

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

Glades Lebanon Baptist Church singing 7 p.m. Guest singers, Straight and Narrow and others. 4303970.

Mission Presentation

Abundant Life Christian Church, 707 N. Main Street, Sevierville, will host Professor Brent Brewer at 10 a.m. as he presents a program on his summer mission trip to Kenya and Zimbabwe. 9087727.

monday, aug. 30 Women’s Bible Study

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

Hot Meals

Hot Meals For Hungry Hearts 5:30-6:30 p.m., Henderson Chapel Baptist Church, 407 Henderson Road, Pigeon Forge. Sponsored by SMARM.

tuesday, aug. 31 Blood Drive

Medic blood drive 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Food City Seymour.




arrests Editor’s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed within this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. u Michael David Allen, 33, of Knoxville, was charged Aug. 24 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court and violation of probation. He was being held. u Crystal Dee Borchert, 26, of Gatlinburg, was charged Aug. 24 with violation of probation. She was released. u Donald Cole, 23, of 4109 Osk Lane in Kodak, was charged Aug. 24 with vandalism. He was being held in lieu of $2,000 bond. u Benny Darrell Duncan, 30, of 925 Beverly Hills Drive in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 24 with violation of probation. He was released on $1,500

bond. u Jordan Scott Lowe, 25, of 1512 Alpine Road in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 24 with driving on a suspended license and simple possession. He was being held in lieu of $2,000 bond. u Ashley Kaye Massey, 18, of Strawberry Plains, was charged Aug. 24 with theft forgery (credit card). She was released on $1,500 bond. u Eprhaim James Nielson, 18, of 3135 Fortenberry Road Lot 14 in Kodak, was charged Aug. 24 with theft forgery (credit card) and theft of property. He was released on $1,800 bond. u Daniel Ownby, 27, of 233 Lafollette Way in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 25 with violation of probation. He was being held. u Simitro Vierre Perez, 34, of 629 Ski Mountain Road in Gatlinburg, was charged Aug. 24 with domestic violence

assault. He was released on $3,500 bond. u Mickey Eugene Perryman, 40, of White Pine, was charged Aug. 24 with theft of property. He was being held. u Donald Cleveland Potter, 33, of 336 Baskins Creek Road in Gatlinburg, was charged Aug. 24 with theft of property $1,000 to $10,000 and aggravated burglary. He was being held in lieu of $17,500 bond. u David Lee Sifford, 25, of 205 Cherokee Trail in Seymour, was charged Aug. 25 with forgery. He was being held. u Tyler Keith Stevens, 19, of Dandridge, was charged Aug. 24 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held.

u Clay Suttles, 56, of Gnatty Branch Road in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 24 with public intoxication. He was being held in lieu of $500 bond. u Robert Elder Webb, 40, of 562 Sugarloaf Road in Seymour, was charged Aug. 24 with contempt of court. He was released on $1,451.39 bond. u Eddie Allen Whaley, 44, of Dandridge, was charged Aug. 24 with contempt of court. He was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u Josef Karl Zverina, 74, of 215 Lemar Drive in Sevierville, was charged Aug .24 with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. He was released on $2,000 bond.

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Energy loan program to help state businesses reduce costs By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE — Gov. Phil Bredesen on Wednesday announced the launch of a $50 million energy efficiency loan program to help Tennessee businesses reduce costs. Bredesen said at a news conference that the program will be administered by Pathway Lending, a community development financial institution that provides loans to businesses lacking access to traditional financing. He said the company will offer belowmarket-rate loans, financing up to 100 percent of improvements aimed at reducing energy consumption, lowering overall costs and improving profitability. The loans can be repaid with the energy cost savings derived from each project. The loans — ranging from $20,000 to $1 million — will be offered at a 5 percent rate with terms extending to 10 years and will support projects that include building retrofits, equipment replacements or

Bad news on homes, goods adds to the feel of recession

upgrades, lighting and renewable generation projects. Officials said the program is available to any Tennessee business seeking to reduce energy consumption. To be eligible, the business must have an energy audit, assessment or vendor proposal with detailed project energy savings. Once verified, the energy savings determine the amount and term of the loan and the applicant’s ability to repay the loan with those savings. “Energy costs continue to rise while operating budgets continue to shrink, so now more than ever it is critical for businesses in our communities to have access to low-cost energy efficiency financing,� said Clint Gwin, president of Pathway Lending. Besides the state of Tennessee and Pathway Lending, others in the program’s collaborative effort include the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Pinnacle Financial Partners and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

WASHINGTON — It’s starting to feel like another recession. Businesses are ordering fewer goods. Home sales are the slowest in decades. Jobs are scarce, and unemployment claims are rising. Perhaps most worrisome, manufacturing activity, which had been one of the economy’s few bright spots, is faltering. “The odds of a doubledip are rising and uncomfortably high,� said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, referring to the possibility that the nation will tip back into recession. “Nothing else can go wrong. There is no cushion left.� On Wednesday, the government offered the latest dose of grim news about the economic recovery: Companies cut back last month on their investments in equipment and machines. And Americans bought new homes at the weakest pace in nearly half a century. Earlier this week came news that sales of previously occupied homes fell last month to the lowest level in 15 years. Unemployment remains near double digits because job growth in the private sector has slowed. The economy has grown for a full year now, and many experts believe the recession technically ended in July 2009. But the pace of expansion has slowed significantly in the past six months. Economists are predicting the government will announce Friday that the economy grew from April to June even more slowly than previously thought, at an annual rate below 2 percent — weak for normal times and especially anemic right after a recession. Of course, for most Americans, the numbers are strictly academic. For Tim Reardon, a sales executive at a small

Massachusetts company that installs kitchen counters and floors, August is shaping up to be the worst month of business in 11 years. His company cut a third of its staff and is placing factory orders a job at a time. “You definitely watch the pennies a little closer — everything from advertising to tools,� he said. “This is feeling like another recession.� For the average household, whether the economy is growing slightly or not at all may not matter much. Two gauges that matter more are the unemployment rate, which is stuck at 9.5 percent, and home values, which are down about 30 percent from their 2006 peak. “Who cares if it’s a second recession or a double-dip?� said William Dunkelberg, an economics professor at Temple University’s School of Business and Management and chief economist of the

National Federation of Independent Business. “Either way, things are not going well.� Overall orders for big-ticket manufactured goods did rise for July, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. But that was only because demand for commercial aircraft surged by 76 percent. Taking out the volatile transportation category, orders for durable goods fell at the steepest rate since January. And business investment took its sharpest drop since the economic dark days of early 2009. The decline is particularly troubling because manufacturers had been helping to lead the economy on its comeback, filling orders for businesses that were rebuilding their stockrooms. “Take it away, throw in a relapse in housing and you don’t have much left,� said Paul Ashworth, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a foreign spy agency pulled off the most serious breach of Defense Department computer networks ever by inserting a flash drive into a U.S. military laptop. The previously classified incident took place in 2008 in the Middle East and was disclosed in a magazine article by Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn and released by the Pentagon Wednesday. The Pentagon did not say what nation’s spy agency was involved. He said a “malicious code� on the flash drive spread undetected on both classified and unclassified Pentagon systems, “establishing what amounted to a digital beachhead,� for stealing military secrets He did not say what, if any, information was taken.

22 indicted in Memphis heroin case

MEMPHIS (AP) — Twenty-two people have been indicted in Memphis on heroin distribution charges. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Wednesday a 30-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury Aug. 11. Law enforcement officers executed several search warrants Wednesday, resulting in the seizure of multiple firearms, vehicles, substantial cash and heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana. No value was released.

Chilean miners told to keep slim

COPIAPO, Chile (AP) — Just 35 inches around the waist — that’s how skinny Chile’s 33 trapped miners have been told they need to be to squeeze through the escape tunnel, the health minister said Wednesday. Dr. Jaime Manalich said rescuers are applying a holistic plan to support the miners’ well-being during the months it may take to carve out the tunnel, including exercise and other activities to keep them from gaining weight. Establishing a daily and nightly routine is important, the minister said, adding that having fun also will be critical. The rescue team is creating an entertainment program “that includes singing, games of movement, playing cards. We want them to record songs, to make videos, to create works of theater for the family.� What the team doesn’t want them to know is that they

Tropical Storm Earl forms in Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the open Atlantic Ocean, but the system is far from land. Earl has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is expected to become a hurricane by Friday. In the Pacific, Hurricane Frank developed off Mexico’s coast. Frank has maximum sustained winds near 75 mph. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Wednesday that Frank could get stronger as it moves away from Mexico’s southwestern coast. Frank is located about 240 miles (385 kilometers) south of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest. Also in the open Atlantic, Hurricane Danielle is moving northwest with winds of about 85 mph. The forecast track has Danielle heading toward Bermuda over the next several days.

More to travel this Labor Day

DENVER (AP) — More Americans will get away for the Labor Day weekend this year, yet stick closer to home as they try to get the most for their money, AAA said Wednesday. The auto club expects 34.4 million people to travel at least 50 miles from home between Sept. 2 and Sept. 6. That’s up nearly 10 percent from 2009 — one of the lowest Labor Day volumes in AAA’s record keeping history — and below the 45 million who traveled during the Labor Day weekend in 2008. It’s an indication that there is some pent-up demand for trips, but people are watching their budgets carefully as they worry about the sluggish economy, AAA Travel Services Director Glen MacDonell said. The average round trip — by air, car and other means — is expected to be about 635 miles, compared with 645

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Five critical after ammonia leak

THEODORE, Ala. (AP) — Five people were hospitalized in intensive care Tuesday as federal investigators sought the cause of an ammonia leak a day earlier in a plant that freezes chickens. An attorney for Millard Refrigerated Services, which operates the coastal Alabama plant, said there had been no similar problems at the site before. About 130 people sought help after a vapor cloud on Monday caused respiratory problems for those in the immediate area, authorities said. The plant is located near an industrial canal alongside Mobile Bay.

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obituaries In Memoriam

Michael J. McDonald

Michael J. McDonald, age 57 of Dandridge, TN, formerly of Kansas City, MO, passed away Thursday evening, August 19, 2010 at his home. Survived by his wife, Rita S. McDonald of Dandridge. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts (for expenses) be made to the Garrison Law Firm, 1142 Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862. A funeral mass will be held, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, 11 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Jefferson City, with Rev. Dan Whitman officiating. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, Dandridge, TN.

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Rescue squad members remove the body of a New York man from a hotel room in Pigeon Forge on Wednesday afternoon.


Beatrice Christine Taylor Beatrice Christine Taylor, 93 of Kodak, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010. She was the oldest and a founding member of Kodak Church of Christ and was a 50-year member of Kodak O.E.S. 460. Survivors: daughter, Estlina T. Wilson; sons and daughters-inlaw, Norman J. Taylor and wife Helen, Delmer C. Taylor Jr. and wife Cheryl, Merril R. Taylor and wife Marty; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Ella Donahue; nieces and nephews. The family received friends Tuesday, Aug. 24 with a funeral service following in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, Minister Randy Wells officiating. Family and friends met 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Thorngrove Cemetery for graveside service and interment.

N.Y. man found dead at Pigeon Forge inn By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer PIGEON FORGE — Police believe a New York man found dead in a local hotel room died of natural causes, but have requested an autopsy. The man’s identity has not been released because police had not yet

been able to reach his next of kin, Lt. Barbara Ward said Wednesday afternoon. The victim was believed to be in his 30s. Authorities found his body after friends traveling with him called police. His friends said he was staying in a room at the Rodeway Inn by himself and did not show up for breakfast in the morning or return

calls or text messages to his cell phone. There was no evidence of foul play, Ward said, but because no one was present when the man died and there is no clear cause of death, they have requested an autopsy and collected evidence from the room. n



Wesley S. Wood Wesley S. Wood, 77 of Strawberry Plains, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Humboldt, Tenn. Survivors: wife, Katherine Myers Wood; sons, Gary Wood and wife Vickie, Charles Wood; stepchildren, Steve Myers and wife Debbie, Susan Ownby and husband Tommy, Neil Myers; two step-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sevier County Humane Society, P.O. Box 976, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2200 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family received friends Wednesday followed by a funeral service at Atchley Funeral Home with the Rev. Craig Mintz officiating. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n


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and placed her in charge of the office. If Keener were to leave the post, state law dictates Cotter would take over the job until a replacement could be elected. Waters said he has no specific information on the audit, though he said in general terms that any time someone in elected office is found to have mishandled money, there are strong reactions to that. “When anybody with a public trust does that, it’s confusing and disappointing,� Waters said. “It would be a shock to everybody in the county and it certainly would be to me.� Officials are expected to continue discussions today about what the future may hold for the clerk’s office, Waters said. Throughout the courthouse, rumors and a somber mood filled the halls as many hoped what they have been told had happened in the clerk’s office actually didn’t. County Finance Director Cheryl Houston said her “heart breaks� for Keener’s “work family� and actual kin, understanding both were dealing with tough emotions Wednesday. Keener’s office has been named in audit reports from multiple years recently for issues with reporting income and turning that money over to the county trustee’s office. A former staffer in the office also was found to have taken money out of the courthouse, though that cash was finally repaid in 2008, according to the 2009 audit. The county has also been called on to implement central accounting in those documents, though Houston was quick to point out


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that move would not have changed the situation that is reported to have been created in the clerk’s office. That’s because the county already has one department — Houston’s — that handles spending and the trustee’s office that manages incoming cash for all the courthouse offices, including the clerk’s. Centralized accounting would only mean the finance and trustee’s offices would manage money for the Highway Department and Board of Education, not that any one department would oversee all money coming in and out, Houston said. She was also quick to point out there is no way she or the staff in her office could catch discrepancies in the books from other officials. That’s mainly because if someone was misappropriating funds, they could change the records before they’re submitted to Houston. Each elected official is expected to be able to keep accurate records and turn them in to the trustee and finance department. In the clerk’s office, money is constantly coming in from transactions such as vehicle registration renewals, marriage license fees and, now, passport orders. That cash is deposited into a bank account for that office and divided up between the trustee’s office and state departments that require payment from each service at the end of the month. District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn said any discovery of wrongdoing would have to come through his office to be forwarded on to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for a criminal probe. As of Wednesday he had not heard anything and said his understanding is it may be several weeks before the audit is completed.

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Cherokee with a problem bear, we’ll offer them assistance. We will be working with the wildlife officials in North Carolina and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and with those in Tennessee if the elk should eventually cross over, to train them on managing those issues.� The Environmental Assessment the park is asking people to evaluate includes two options for how the elk will be handled in the future, though both of them call for the herd to remain, something that wasn’t guaranteed even a year ago as biologists continued to evaluate how the animals fared here. Now, it seems they’re confident the elk can make it. “Based upon the slow growth in numbers from 52 to about 135, including 25 new calves in 2010, we have concluded that a sustainable elk population over the long term is viable,� Smokies Wildlife Biologist Kim Delozier says. The two alternative strategies laid out by the Environmental Assessment would demand very different things of Delozier and others who work with the animals. The one the park service prefers calls for the limited monitoring, which Miller


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Investigators with the sheriff’s department say that the five inmates held the woman down and searched her bodily because they believed she had brought drugs into the jail. Arwood answered many of Bell’s questions, saying at one point, “I don’t necessarily have to answer your questions, but I’m being real nice about it and answering some of them.� She stopped cooperating after he brought up a charge involving one of her children. She said she had been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after one of her children missed too many days at school. Before that, her testimony matched earlier accounts of the incident, saying they

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The number of elk, since they have been reintroduced into the area in 2001, has grown from 52 to 135. says would eventually include using radio tracking collars and other procedures to keep an eye on about 25 females, five males and all newborns. Officials would watch to determine if the elk are damaging any sensitive plant species and would take steps that promote good habitat for the animals, like controlled fires that create grassy meadows for the elk, as necessary. The other option, which the federal agency that oversees such reintroductions requires be included in the document, would leave the park’s involvement in the life of the herd at the current level. That would mean

what Miller calls the “very labor-intensive elk population management practices including radio collaring and replacing collars on all elk.� It would also require park staffers to respond when elk go astray. That’s called the, “No Action Alternative,� though the name is somewhat confusing since it actually calls for more involvement from the park than the other option. Miller says the name derives from the fact there is no action taken to change how things are currently running. The assessment will be available for comment for 30 days starting today.

While elk once roamed the Smokies, their numbers dwindled after humans started hunting the animals until there were none left here. Pulling animals from herds in parks on the Tennessee/Kentucky border and in Colorado, park biologists started to change that in 2001. A study of how the animals reacted to their new habitat was begun soon after and was given a pair of extensions that gave it eight years of life. The results of that effort have been used to draft the Environmental Assessment, Miller said.

were trying to get drugs from the victim. “She had drugs,� Arwood said. “She was handing out drugs to everybody ... She come in there with a bunch of drugs bragging about it, so therefore, we was wanting the drugs so we told her to give us the drugs.� Arwood said she held the woman down and looked in her face the entire time, but didn’t see a rag placed in her mouth — authorities have said a rag was placed in her mouth during the incident. The incident lasted seconds, she said. Kawalski immediately told Bell she wouldn’t be answering his questions, asserting she had a “Fifth Amendment� right not to answer him. “I don’t have nothing to say. I have a right to an attorney, and I don’t have an attorney present, and I believe it would be in my

best interest if I plead the Fifth.� Bell said they couldn’t use the Fifth Amendment in the case because of their plea agreement. It isn’t clear if this could delay the trial, which is set for Oct. 13. Bell filed for an extension of time to complete discovery and for sanctions to force the two to comply, but indicated he could still be ready for the October date. Court filings on behalf of

the county indicate it will argue that, while the jail was overcrowded at them time of the incident, jail personnel followed proper procedure and could not have known when the incident was taking place, and that they responded properly when they learned about it. The county has since opened a new minimum security facility to relieve overcrowding.



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Smoky Mountain Ducks Unlimited will have its first Sportsman’s Night Out Sept. 17 at River Plantation Conference Center. Social hour Begins At 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults; $15 for ages 17 and under. No tickets wll be sold at the door. Visit; call Brian H. Cagle, regional chairman, at 428-3443 or 423-237-3845; or e-mail to tn3530@pioneercredit. net.



Dollywood plans children auditions Dollywood’s entertainment department will conduct children’s auditions from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Connor-Short Center at Walters State Community College’s Sevierville campus. Roles require boys and girls who can appear to be approximately 8 to 12 years of age. Performers must be able to sing, act and move well. Each child should be prepared to sing three songs. For additional information, visit Requirements.aspx.


The Sevier County Tea Party will feature constitutional attorney Van Irion at its 6:30 p.m. meeting today at the Sevierville Civic Center. Irion will be speaking on a return to constitutional powers and a restrained role for the federal government. Irion has been a critic of the Obama administration’s legislative agenda. For more information visit, join their Facebook group at “Sevier County, TN Tea Party” or e-mail to info@seviercoteaparty. org. SEVIERVILLE

Helping Hearts event seeks input

Vendor space is still available for the Tennessee Helping Hearts Harvest Fest Celebration Oct 16 at Sevier County Fairgrounds. The agency would like a fire department to display trucks, K-9 units to do a demonstration and cheerleading squads to perform. The event will feature a children’s area, Miss Harvest Fest pageant, stage performances, farmers market, arts and craft vendors, food vendors and local businesses. Interested vendors should call 366-7224.

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UT trustees unhappy with Bredesen PIKEVILLE (AP) — University of Tennessee trustees scolded by Gov. Phil Bredesen about past hiring decisions showed signs of deadline pressure in their search for a new university president, and some want more interview time with finalists. Vice Chairman Jim Murphy said during a Tuesday discussion at Fall Creek Falls State Park that after finalists are announced by a search firm Oct. 6, there will be a two-week hiring window, it was reported.

Board member Karl Schledwitz suggested a second set of interviews, two days before an Oct. 22 meeting when the board is expected to choose the new president. Murphy said the short timetable is aimed at encouraging potential candidates to apply without worrying about jeopardizing their current jobs. Murphy asked trustees to attend interviews of about four to five candidates but some trustees said two days isn’t enough time.



“This is the biggest thing we do, maybe the only thing we do at the October board meeting and if we have anything else on the agenda we may put it on the consent agenda and pass it so that if we need to spend all day interviewing candidates and doing this then that’s what we’ll do,” Murphy told the board. The search committee would make any change in its timetable at its Oct. 6 meeting, Murphy said. In June, Bredesen told the board their past hir-

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Teen walks into train; is killed

An East Tennessee teen has been struck and killed by a train as he walked to work wearing ear buds. LaFollette Police Chief James Lynch said 19-year-old Zackery L. Garde apparently didn’t hear the whistle, which the train crew repeatedly sounded. Lynch said Garde apparently never even looked up as he walked straight toward the train about 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday. The CSX train struck Garde as he walked in the middle of the rails, on his way to work at a fast-food restaurant.

ing choices have slowed the university’s growth. Former UT President John Petersen abruptly resigned in February 2009 after haggling with the board over several issues, including donors and administration. Bredesen fired former UT President John W. Shumaker in 2003 over his lavish spending and misuse of the university airplane. Shumaker — recruited from the University of Louisville — was president for just 18 months.

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nation/world quote roundup “I promise you, I take nothing for granted and will fight with every ounce of strength and conviction I possess to make the case for my continued service in the Senate.” — Longtime U.S. Sen John McCain, after winning a tough Republican primary to keep his job in Arizona on Tuesday

“We’re working to determine a secure area where the miners can manage things. The space they’re in actually has about two kilometers of galleries to walk around in. We hope to define a secure area where they can establish various places — one for resting and sleeping, one for diversion, one for food, another for work.” — Chilean Health Minister Dr. Jaime Manalich describing procedures for what might be a months-long rescue of 33 trapped miners

“There was never any violence inside or outside our home. The speculation that I would have used a golf club to hit him is just truly ridiculous.” — Elin Nordgren, divorced wife of Tiger Woods, in an interview with People magazine

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Charles Blalock, founder of some of Sevier County’s oldest and most wellknown businesses died Monday. He was 98 years old. In 1935 he and his family started Blalock Lumber Company with a single, steam-powered portable saw mill. The Blalock companies now employ about 500 people. n

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Economy not being left alone “Corporate profits are soaring. Companies are sitting on billions of dollars of cash. And still, they’ve yet to amp up hiring or make major investments.” So writes The Washington Post about the recession’s stubborn refusal to go away. The statisticians at the National Bureau of Economic Research declared the Great Recession over — but tell that to people who can’t find jobs. Today, businesses replace equipment and inventory, but they are reluctant to hire new workers. Investment that does occur aims at replacing the use of labor by adopting advanced technology. In a growing economy, that’s a sign of progress. Freed-up workers are then available for new projects. But lately, those new projects aren’t being launched. The two wings of the establishment offer their usual remedies. Government-oriented types want more tax-financed “stimulus” spending, claiming last year’s nearly trilliondollar dose wasn’t enough. That’s dubious. As economist Mark Skousen writes, “(P)roduction and investment lead the economy into and out of a recession; retail demand is the most stable component of economic activity.” Business-oriented types want tax cuts. I’m sympathetic, but cuts should be accompanied by spending cuts, or the deficit will grow even uglier. There’s no free lunch. Deficit spending must be covered by government borrowing, which takes capital that could be used for investment out of the private sector. Why isn’t the economy recovering? After previous recessions, unemployment didn’t get stuck at close to 10 percent. If left alone, the economy can and does heal itself, as the mistakes of the previous inflationary boom are corrected. The problem today is that the economy is not being left alone. Instead, it is haunted by uncertainty on a hundred fronts. When rules are unintelligible and unpredictable, when new workers are potential threats because of Labor Department regulations, businesses have little confidence to hire. President Obama’s vaunted legislative record not only left entrepreneurs with the burden of bigger government, it also makes it impossible for them to accurately estimate the new burden. In at least three big areas — health insurance, financial regulation and taxes — no one can know what will happen. New intrusive rules for health insurance are yet to be written, and those rules will affect hiring, since most health insurance is provided by employers. Thanks to the new 2,300 page Dodd-Frank finance regulatory act, The Wall Street Journal reports, there will be “no fewer than 243 new formal rule-makings by 11 different federal agencies.” These as-yet unknown rules will govern lending to business and other key financial activity. The George W. Bush tax cuts might be allowed to expire. But maybe not. Social Security and Medicare are dangerously shaky. Will Congress raise the payroll tax? A “distinguished” deficit commission is meeting. What will it do? Recommend a value-added tax? Who knows? But few employers will commit to a big investment with those clouds hanging over our heads. “As much as I might want to hire new salespeople, engineers and marketing staff in an effort to grow, I would be increasing my company’s vulnerability to government,” Michael Fleischer, president of Bogen Communications Inc., wrote in The Wall Street Journal. Nothing more effectively freezes business in place than what economist and historian Robert Higgs calls “regime uncertainty.” “(A)ll of these unsettling possibilities and others of substantial significance must give pause to anyone considering a long-term investment, because any one of them has the potential to turn what seems to be a profitable investment into a big loser. In short, investors now face regime uncertainty to an extent that few have experienced in this country -- to find anything comparable, one must go back to the 1930s and 1940s, when the menacing clouds of the New Deal and World War II darkened the economic horizon.” Uncertainty created by Obama’s legislative “successes” are comparable to the Depression and World War II? This does not bode well for job growth. — John Stossel hosts a show on the Fox Business Channel and is the author of “Myth, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel — Why Everything You Know is Wrong.” (C)2009 JFS Productions Inc.


The name game Give public a chance to rename Eagle’s Landing The Sevierville Public Building Authority would do itself and this community a favor by involving the public in the selection of a new name for Eagle’s Landing Golf Club. That a new name is needed is not questioned. But to leave it in the hands of a consulting group and the PBA shuts out the very people who are paying for the expansion and who will use the course. The latest proposed name, “The Sevierville Golf Club in the Smokies,” was suggested by representatives from the William Charles Group, which is advising the PBA on the revival of the course. William Charles representative Gary Lewis said that title would cover everything he believes the city should say about its course, including use of the city’s name. Additionally, the phrase includes a reference to the mountains and connects to the city’s slogan of “Your hometown in the Smokies,” which Lewis praised. Maybe so, but do we really want our

golf course named by an outside consultant? Is a seven-word name really a god idea? This is a government owned- and -operated golf course. The taxpayers foot the bill for the original course and to expand it and build a clubhouse. Since it is a municipal course, it should be aimed first and foremost at locals, not visitors. A combination of users will be needed to make a go of it, of course, but don’t let a marketing strategy deter from the intent of the course and the people who paid for it. To that end, a contest inviting the public to come up with a name would be the right thing to do. Gary Lewis, for all is skills as a consultant, does not have naming rights. His suggestion should carry no more weight or influence than the average duffer who plays on Saturdays and is lucky to finish in double figures. That weekend golfer and hundreds like him pay the fees that operate

this course. Gary Lewis does not. The golfers who actually play Eagle’s Landing probably would can up with a far better name for this golf course. The voice of reason in all this came from City Administrator Steve Hendrix. “This is the community’s golf club. We want to let our community respond,” Hendrix said. “Let’s let the community know what we’re thinking.” One reason given for a quick renaming is to allow time to create products with the new name, products that can be sold in the gift shop and used in marketing campaigns, That’s fair, but not a strong enough reason to shut out the public in the naming of their golf course. A T-shirt or golf ball without the new name is a fair tradeoff if we are involving the community in a naming contest. It’s the Public Building Authority that will have the final say. Let’s hope its members remember the first word of their board’s name.

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Public forum Experience in hospital’s ER leaves patient with questions

Editor: After reading the letter headlined “Service, attitude at hospital in Sevierville draw criticism,” I agree very much with what it days. A few months ago I became very ill. My husband took me to the ER in the early morning hours. At the time we were the only ones in the waiting room and we were told we should get in fast since we were are the only ones here right now. When the clerk put my name band on I informed her this is not the correct name that I am registered under (I had re-married and this had my old last name on the name band). I was told it’s OK, they would correct it (and they never did fix it).

We did get into the ER Department quickly. That is when the waiting begins. When the doctor came in and we reviewed my symptoms we began to wait and wait and wait. They did do a CT of my brain to see if I maybe I had had a stroke or something of that nature, and then again we wait and wait and wait. There was never one drop of blood drawn to see if they could find anything that way; no one informing us of what was going on; nothing. After several hours of waiting, a nurse came in and was so rude. When I asked any questions she acted as if I was not even there. I asked my husband, ‘Is my speech impaired or something?” After hearing me say that, she finally acknowledged that I was talking to her.

After hours of laying there in pain, with what we felt like was very poor service, we left and I went to my primary care provider to find out what was going on. I did write the hospital with my complaints, with no response from them. I did receive an ER follow-up call to see if I received “excellent” care. When I told them what happened, I was told someone would follow up with this. Again, no one ever called. I feel like I was sick enough to need an emergency room, a reliable ER. I was out of work a month sick and recovering. I feel like, why have such a nice big building? If this is the way it operates, it’s simply “same ole circus with a big new tent.” Susan VanHoose Sevierville

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Smokies drop 5-4 finale to Jaxx

G-P’s Hammonds goes for 300th win at Cosby

JACKSON — The West Tenn Diamond Jaxx rallied for a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to walk off a winner over the Tennessee Smokies with a 5-4 decision to take the three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Pringles Park. The Smokies won their lone contest in the matchup 9-6 on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, Alex Liddi hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth off Smokies reliever Kyle Smit to score the winning run for West Tenn. Smit took the loss for the Smokies, while Cesar Jimenez took the victory for the Diamond Jaxx. Despite the loss, Tennessee — the North Division champs of the first half of the season — still lead the second-half North standings by seven full games over Huntsville, the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. West Tenn scored just once on spot starter Jeremy Papelbon, who was fresh off the disabled list and activated just prior to Wednesday’s game, pitched in place of regularly scheduled starter Craig Muschko. Papelbon’s afternoon was done after three innings. He gave up the one run on three hits, and also walked two batters while striking out two in his seventh start of the season. Tennessee next returns to Smokies Park for a four-game series against the Birmingham Barons. Tonight’s 7:15 p.m. opener will feature Chris Archer (8-1, 1.45 ERA) on the hill against Birmingham’s Charlie Leesman, who is 6-7 this season with a 3.02 ERA.


NFL moving forward with 18-game season ATLANTA (AP) — NFL owners have shown widespread support for going to an 18-game schedule but want to implement the change as part of a new labor agreement. Commissioner Roger Goodell says owners see two more regular-season games — and two fewer preseason games — as the most logical way to enhance revenues in a difficult economic environment. He says it will be one of the main issues in talks on reaching a new collective bargaining agreement. The current deal runs out after this season. Players are eager to see how much of the additional revenue they will receive with an expanded schedule, especially since it could increase the risk of injuries or health problems after they retire. Goodell says the league is targeting 2012 for the 18-game season.


Regular season n SCHS hosts Knox Catholic, 6 p.m. n Gatlinburg-Pittman at Jefferson Co., 6 p.m. n Seymour at Mo. East, 6:30 p.m. PREP VOLLEYBALL

Regular season n Seymour at Bearden vs. Clinton/Halls n Sevier County hosts Gibbs/Mo. East, 6 p.m.

By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer GATLINBURG — He almost got the shot for his 300th win on the field named after him. But despite offering the Cosby Eagles football team the opportunity to collect all of the gate money in exchange for a change in venue to Hammonds Field for Friday night’s gridiron battle, 39th-year Gatlinburg-Pittman Highlanders coach Benny Hammonds will have to go for his personal milestone on the road after all. “We tried to get them to play over here, and we nearly had them over here,” said Hammonds. “They talked all weekend like they’d come over here to play ..., but they decided Monday at lunch that they’d just keep it over there.” According to Hammonds, the attempt to change game sites had nothing to do with it potentially being his milestone win. “We haven’t given a thought to (it being my 300th win) whatsoever,” said Hammonds. “I haven’t even mentioned that to the kids, and I won’t be. “We just think we’ll have 200300 fans who won’t go over there to watch the game, just because there are not a whole lot of seats over there. I think (Cosby) could have

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G-P senior QB Tye Marshall (15), delivers a fake handoff to G-P senior FB Walter Barber (7) before rolling out and delivering a strike to a receiver during practice this week. made a whole lot more money, but that’s their call and that’s fine.” Although the Highlanders are coming off a 28-10 win at Oneida and the Eagles are limping in after a 28-0 loss at Claiborne, Hammonds doesn’t expect his 300th win to come easy. He said Cosby has

standouts on offense and defense. “(Cosby’s Robert) Herzog is a good scrambler and a real good athlete back there at quarterback,” said Hammonds. “They run a lot of shotgun with a spread offense, and we’re going to have our hands full trying to keep him hemmed up. He

has a lot of speed and he’s tough. “And defensively, they like to blitz, especially from the middle with (Nick) Koenig, and that presents us some problems. They’re a scrappy team with some scrappy players, and they’re going to fight us. They want to win.”


Vols secondary in better shape heading into season By BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer KNOXVILLE — Tennessee doesn’t have Eric Berry anymore. The Volunteers do have redshirt freshman cornerback Eric Gordon, and he’s ready to prove he’s just as aggressive as the two-time AllAmerican safety. “Honestly, I’m trying to take their heads off every play. On the field, you’ve got to be pretty mean. You’ve got to be aggressive. I love it. That’s my style,” Gordon said. Gordon and fellow defensive backs Janzen Jackson, Art Evans and Marsalis Teague may not be as celebrated as Berry, who’s now playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. Their presence on the field still makes coach Derek Dooley feel much more comfortable about the Vols’ secondary heading into the Sept. 4 season opener against Tennessee-Martin than he felt a month ago. Dooley certainly had every reason to be concerned.

Berry, a three-year starter, and two-year starting cornerback Dennis Rogan both skipped their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft in April. Evans, a junior who started 12 games at cornerback last year, missed spring practice recovering from shoulder surgery. Things became more uncertain over the summer. Sophomore Darren Myles Jr., who was expected to replace Berry at strong safety, was dismissed in July following a bar brawl. Jackson, a sophomore who started nine games last year at free safety, hurt his hamstring and missed the first half of fall camp. “Compared to where we were (before camp), we’re light years ahead,” Dooley said. Part of that improvement comes simply from Evans and Jackson being back on the field. Though the two were a little rusty after returning, they both feel comfortable with their roles again. “I’m a hundred percent now, and I’m ready to hit some people,” Jackson said. “I’ve been waiting too

long.” Perhaps even more comforting is the development of young players like Gordon and Teague, a sophomore who’s trying out cornerback after spending last season as a wide receiver and his high school career as a quarterback. Teague has only been playing as a defensive back since the beginning of August but has been a natural fit, quickly learning the playbook and adapting. His teammates say he’s a big threat in Tennessee’s nickel package. Gordon earned the Vols’ 2010 “Big Lick Award” during the team’s spring practice for consistently playing with the most physical toughness on the team. Fall has given him a chance to improve his knowledge of the cornerback position, making him more dangerous than ever. Quarterback Matt Simms has seen enough of Gordon to know not to throw in his direction. Wide receiver Gerald Jones has been hit by him enough to want to stay out

of his way. “Nobody I’ve ever played against is like Eric Gordon. He’s the most physical guy I’ve ever faced,” Jones said. “Now he’s being smart with it and still being physical. Now he’s picking and choosing ... and that’s made him a much better player.” Though things are looking up, the Tennessee secondary still isn’t in as good of shape as it needs to be. Sophomore Prentiss Wagner and freshman Brent Brewer — who’s spent the last four years playing minor league baseball — are now competing for Berry’s old spot. If anyone gets hurt during the season, the secondary could be back where it started with a big depth problem. But for now, Jackson isn’t too concerned. “It’s a factory here,” he said. “Players come in and players leave, and we’re just looking for the next big player, the next person to step up. That’s where we’re at now. We’re real young, but we’ve got a lot of talent.”


G-P Lady Highlanders soccer rules Carter 8-0 By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer KNOXVILLE — The GatlinburgPittman Lady Highlanders soccer team got off to a perfect start under new coach Whit Helton with a huge 8-0 domination at District 3A-AA rival Knoxville Carter Lady Green Hornets on Tuesday night. The Blue-and-Gold ladies controlled every aspect of the contest, not only offensively but defensively as well. By the end of the evening, the G-P girls had outshot Carter

35-1. “Our offense was really aggressive,” said Helton. “And our defenders just blocked them off and turned it around (on Carter). “I’m very pleased with how the girls played. I’m a very thankful guy, but it’s the girls’ team. It doesn’t matter what I do as a coach, it’s what the girls do on the field. And they were out there communicating well ... and basically just playing good, fundamental soccer.” G-P outshot Carter 21-0 in the first half and by intermission had built a 3-0 advantage.

Lady Highlanders sophomore Karsen Sims got things started with a corner kick score, freshman Courtney Malone made it 2-0 off an assist by sophomore Kasey Sumeriski, and Sumeriski made it the halftime score with an unassisted goal. The Blue and Gold continued their dominance in the second half, scoring five more goals and outshooting the Lady Green Hornets by a 14-1 margin in the process. Malone scored her second of the night with a header, and freshman Micki Werner made it 5-0 off an

assist by freshman Haley Hooker. G-P freshman Makenzie Thomas made it 6-0 off an assist by Sumeriski, and Werner made it the final and capped the night with a three-goal hat trick when she hit two straight scores off a header and off an assist by sophomore Shyanna Arnwine. The Lady Highlanders next play at Jefferson County 6 p.m. tonight, the second of four straight road contests to start the G-P season.


SCHS freshman, junior varsity split games The Sevier County High School Smoky Bears freshmen and junior varsity squads split a pair of contests against the William Blount Governors this week. The Purple-and-White freshmen put on a dominating performance in a 41-0 shellacking of the Govs, while the SCHS junior varsity squad was nipped in a 13-6 squeak-

er. Freshmen action: The Smoky Bears jumped out to a 14-0 edge by the end of the first quarter after SCHS QB Luke Manning connected on a 20-yard aerial score to Paden Pilgrim, and Peyton Otis scampered into the end zone from 12-yards out on another possession. Both PAT kicks by Dustin Sutton

were true. The Smoky Bears made it 28-0 by intermission after the Manning to Pilgrim connection completed a three-TD hat trick in the period. The first of two second-quarter TDs between the two came on another 20-yard pass, and the second was a six-yard hook-up. Sutton again was true with the PAT kicks. Sevier County made it

the eventual final in with two more scores in the third quarter. The first came on a 60-yard TD run by Manning, and Logan Brett made it the final with a 15-yard gallop to paydirt. Sutton’s first PAT kick of the second half was good, but the second sailed wide. Junior Varsity action: Despite a pair of fumble recoveries by junior

Tyler Hansen and sophomore Chase Yates, the Smoky Bears junior varsity squad’s offense just couldn’t find a way to capitalize in the seven-point loss to William Blount. Sevier County’s lone score came on a nine-yard TD pass from sophomore QB Mitchell Tarity to junior Brandon Cline. — From submitted reports

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Smokies activate Papelbon from DL, Sommer promoted to Triple-A Iowa

Steve Clevenger wins SL Hitter of the Week for Smokies’ 10th

JACKSON — The Tennessee Smokies, the Double-A minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, activated LHP Jeremy Papelbon to the active roster in advance of Wednesday afternoon’s rubber match at the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. In a related roster move, LHP Luke Sommer was promoted to Triple-A Iowa. Papelbon returned to the Smokies after being

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placed on the disabled list Aug. 18. He’s been with the Smokies all season, going 1-2 with a 5.12 ERA. In 27 appearances, six in a starting role, Papelbon has allowed 87 hits, 38 runs (37 earned) and 11 walks, while striking out 52. The Jacksonville, Fla., native was selected by the Cubs in the 19th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year

Player Draft. Sommer was 1-1 with a 2.02 ERA in 30 relief appearances for Tennessee this season, striking out 19 in 35-2/3 innings of work. He was named to the Southern League Mid-Season AllStar Team ealier this year. He was selected by the Cubs in the 30th round of the 2007 FirstYear Player Draft.

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The Eagle’s Landing members won the 2010 Wade Cup against rival Gatlinburg Country Club this past weekend at the Gatlinburg Country Club Golf Course. Pictured in the front row from left to right are Allen Blalock, Dan Whitson, Robby Howard, Greg Goddard and Ken Wade. Standing left to right are John Israel, Daryl Roberts, Kenny Cheek, Steve Knight, Rick Harrell, David Youell, Patrick Harrell, Robbie Esch and Gary Mays.

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Rick Harrell with 1 ž, Robby Howard with 1 ž, Patrick Harrell 1 ½, Dan Whitson 1 ½, Jerry Cameron 1 ½ and Gary Mays with 1 ½. Gatlinburg’s top scorers were Greg Nichols with 1 ž and captain Jeff Collart with 1 Ÿ points. Every Eagles Landing player scored some points. Ken Wade is Captain of the Eagles Landing Team. The Wade Cup is named after Dwight R. Wade, Sr., who passed away in November 2008 at age 101 years. After six years of play, Gatlinburg has won twice and tied once to hold the cup for three straight years from 2006 to 2009. Eagles won the inaugural match in 2005 and won in 2009 and now in 2010 for three wins and a tie. From submitted reports

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Seviervilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eagles Landing Golf Club members won the 6th Annual Wade Cup Match with Gatlinburg Golf Club Members August 21-22 with a series of thirtyone matches held at Gatlinburg GC with a score of 21-10. In the seven Foursome Matches (Alternate Shot) Eagles members took a 5-2 match lead on Saturday Morning in rain soaked play. The weather cleared but left a wet course for the four-ball matches that followed in the afternoon rounds and the Eagles team prevailed to win 7-of-8 matches to take a commanding 12-3 lead into the 16 Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singles matches. Always strong in the Singles matches, Gatlinburg fought back hard Sunday holding a lead half way through the matches. Gatlinburg members ended up winning six matches and two halves for seven points, but Eagles rebounded on the back nine to win eight matches and save two halves for nine points to win and retain possession of The Wade Cup. In scoring Greg Goddard lead Eagles Landing with a perfect two points winning all three matches. One point is awarded for winning a singles match, and a ½ point for winning a team event. Halved matches get one half the points for winning. Other top scorers were Allan Blalock with 1 ž,

SEVIERVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tennessee Smokies catcher Steve Clevenger on Monday was named the Hitter of the Week by the Southern League for the week of Aug. 16 through 22. The league award is the first of the year for the Southern League Midseason All-Star and the 10th overall for the Smokies as a team. Clevenger led the Southern League last week in seven offensive categories. His numbers were anchored by a career weekend against the Mississippi Braves





411 Motor Speedway Full results from Saturday and Sunday. Mod Mini (completed 8-21): 1.(1) #2-Terry Poore 2.(2) #19-Brad Pressley 3.(4) #99-Chuck McMahan 4.(3) #15-Dave Lewis 5.(5) #44-Tommy Metler 6.(7) #2-Mark Wallace 7.(6) #D2-Darren Goins Chris Breeden Realty Executives Topless Modified Shoot-Out: 1.(3) #15-Mike Lewis 2.(4) #23-Layne Clifton (Fast Time Qualifier - 15.918) 3.(2) #4-Wayne James 4.(1) #44-Keith Gregory 5.(5) #D00-Josh Driskill 6.(6) #420-Tyler James 7.(9) #12-Craig Gregg 8.(7) #3-Ronnie King Super Truck: 1.(5) #42-Robbie Comer 2.(2) #74-Clyde Stanton 3.(1) #92-Cory Cate 4.(4) #9-Rocky Ogle 5.(3) #2-Steve Hillard Street Stock: 1.(2) #9-Quinn Bender 2.(6) #0z-Jon Cook 3.(5) #88-Larry Rudd 4.(12) #11-Tracy Wolfe 5.(10) #59-Bryan McDaniel 6.(1) #11-Raymond Shepard 7.(13) #49-Jason Ogle 8.(3) #15-Jason Long 9.(15) #01-Anthony Dixon 10.(8) #70-Phil Davis 11.(7) #77-Billy Sands 12.(9) #52-Justin McCarter Classic: 1.(2) #98-Marvin Ray 2.(1) #7-Bart Baxter 3.(5) #3-Jay Eubanks

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performance with four RBIs in an 11-2 win on Sunday. In a 7-4 loss at the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx on Monday, Clevenger fell two shy of the Southern League record for consecutive at-bats with a hit (11), held by former Smokies teammate Tyler Colvin. On the year, Clevenger is hitting .303 with four home runs and 44 RBIs. The Baltimore, Md., native was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the seventh round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

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Seymour v-ball has sub-par day at KIL tourney KNOXVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Seymour Lady Eagles volley ball team finished the recent two-day KIL Tournament with a .500 performance with a win against Berean Christian and losses to Bearden and Halls on Tuesday night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went backwards tonight,â&#x20AC;? said Seymour coach Ed Irvin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After a decent first night, you would hope you could improve your floor game and gain some confidence. We did neither. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of room for improvement, so time will tell if we are going to be better than last season.â&#x20AC;? The Lady Eagles (3-3) dominated the match against Berean Christian with two 25-10 game wins. Senior Andrea Markowitz led the way with 20 sets, 16 points, seven assists and six aces. Junior JoJo Godsey added seven points and an ace in the victorious match. The Seymour ladies got off to a good start against Halls, but ended up dropping the match in three games by 25-17, 20-25 and 13-15 finals. Junior Madison Coker led the Lady Eagles with 13 spikes and eight kills, and senior Alexis Staley added 13 digs in the loss. The Lady Eagles were swept in two games by Bearden 21-25 and 14-25. Senior Ashley McCarter led the Seymour effort with 12 digs, seven spikes and a kill. Sophomore Kasey Norman added 10 spikes and six kills in the loss. In other county action: The Sevier County High School Smoky Bearettes volleyball team dropped a pair of matches Tuesday night against William Blount and Heritage. The Bearettes lone game win of the evening was against Heritage in a three-game match loss. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; From submitted reports

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Quality Plumbing & Mechanical is seeking HVAC & Plumbing Service Techs. Must have a min of 3yrs exp. Benefits & Bonuses. 405 Donovans Way, Kodak 865-932-6800

Huge 2 Family yard sale, Fri & Sat at 8am. Windswept subdiv. 1843 Harrisburg Mill Rd.

Reservationists and Maintenance needed. Apply in person at 333 Ski Mtn Rd., Gat

Business Moving Sale Fixtures, carved Mexican furniture, Showcases, Etc, Sunglass Superstore at Governor's Crossing Thurs-Sun

SALES CLERK $10/hr. Lid'l Dolly's Light #4, PF

Moving Sale-Thur, Fri & Sat 9-5. Elegant 92" sofa-champagne Beige. Leather covered buffet, marble top. Beveled mirrors. 42" sq contemp wood dining table. 2 half round upholst chairs. Lennox Tartan china. Toddler furn. High-end ladies apparel size 8. 230 River Garden Ct. West on Main st to Hardin to lft on Hardin Ln. Lft on River Garden. Huge Sale Thursday Aug. 26 thru Saturday Aug. 28th, 9 A.M at 1436 Cherokee Dr. Big Yard Sale Aug 27th & 28th, 9am-3pm, 2820 Mary Ridge Farm Rd. next to Pigeon Forge Middle School. Signs on Walden Creek Rd.





CLARION INN WILLOW RIVER now hiring front desk agent. Computer skills, customer service, good work record. Apply in person 1990 Winfield Dunn Pkwy. Sevierville (Hwy 66). Cobbly Nob Rentals is now hiring Front Desk Clerk. Will work around college schedule. Please apply in person at 3722 E Parkway, Gatlinburg. Drug Free Workplace.

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Fairfield Inn & Suites in Gatlinburg is now hiring breakfast attendant. Please apply in person at 168 Parkway.

Front Desk Clerk Looking for friendly person with excellent people skills and some computer experience. Year round position with benefits. Tree Tops Resort of Gatlinburg 865-436-6559



Blaine's Bar & Grill & No Way Jose's now hiring Exp Servers & hosts. Please apply in person at stop light #8 or #5, Gatlinburg. Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30 Cracker Barrel is looking for friendly, energetic servers who enjoy a fast-paced atmosphere. Apply in person beside Krispy Kreme.


Businesses for Sale


Boyds Creek Market & Deli

Also Garage available.


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Unfurnished Apartments

FINCHUM PROPERTIES Leasing 1 & 2 BR apts. Hardwood floors, plus many extras, 1 year lease, no pets. TVA energy efficient

865-453-8947 • 865-740-3514

Nice, cleaN 1 Br / 1 BA in SevierviLLe $380.00 + DepoSit no petS 865-712-5238


After the first insertion, want ads scheduled to be published again on Tue., Wed., Thu., or Fri. may be cancelled or corrected between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on the day prior to publication. For ads on Sat., due Thu. prior to 3 p.m.; for Sun., Fri. prior to 10 a.m. and Mon., prior to 11 a.m. Notice of typographical or other errors must be given before 2nd insertion. The Mountain Press does not assume responsibility for an ad beyond the cost of the ad itself and shall not be liable for failure to publish an ad for a typographical error.


2BD/2BA house. Appl inc. Close to hospital & schools. Sev. $800mo/$800dep. 931-215-4614.

Available Sept 30, 3BD/2BA, Living rm, dining rm, kitchen, laundry, huge bonus rm with gas frplc, small bonus rm, gorgeous views from front porch, back patio or side deck. 2 lrg out bldgs on over 1 acre. Some pets ok. $995mo. owner, agent. 865-654-9972

3BR, 2BA, near Boyd’s Creek Elem. Garage, deck, fenced + other extras.


$925 + deposit 865-428-5212

2 bedroom 1.5 bath townhomes

Call 428-5161

House For rent. 3BR 2BA Boyds Creek area No Pets 850-5700

Beautiful, newly redecorated 2BR/1BA. $550 mo & $400 dep. Sevierville. 865-712-0254. RIVERWALK - Sevierville


**Nice, cleaN**

3 BR / 2 BA with GARAGe in KodAK AReA





New 4pc.

Bedroom Group

Dresser, mirror, 4 Drawer chest, headboard. $399 Cagles Furniture and Appliances



Machinery & Tools

175CFM Smith Diesel Compressor, Tow-able, Asking $4,500 933-0719 or 428-1314 Back Hoe IHI30JX, 12 IN Bucket, Diesel, 10 FT Digging Depth, Weight 6,340 LBS, Asking $8,500 933-0719 or 428-1314


Misc. Items for Sale

For Sale

A-1 pre-owned dryers, washers, ranges & refrigerators. All with warranty. Cagles Furniture and Appliances





Unfurnished Apartments

1 & 2 Bedroom near G’burg

$450 & up

Discount on 1st month’s rent.

865-430-9671 865-228-7533 423-276-5678 2BR/1.5BA C/H, stove, frig, furn. Sevierville NO PETS, patio -$500+. 453-5079 *WEARS VALLEY 1 BR/1BA $525/ Mo. + Dep. Walk-In Closet All kit. Appl. + W/D Conn. Some pets okay (865) 654-6507

TVA Energy Efficient for Low Cost Electric 1 BR/1 BA - 784 Sq. Ft. 2 BR/2 BA - 1114 Sq. Ft. $545 to $735 Screened Porches Professional Decor & Colors Washer/Dryer Connections or Use our on-site laundry Skylights & Vaulted Ceilings Some Pets Welcome Furnished Corporate Suites Available

$950.00/mo. + dep. no pets.


Kodak 3+2: 2,000 SQ. FT. 1 BLK. off 66, NO PETS $800 MO. 865-740-2525


Visit us at 240 Riverwalk Dr. 429-4470

$650-$1,000 Monthly





Condominiums for Rent Want to Live in Luxury?... Call Today!


3BR/3BA Executive Condos in Sevierville, 3100 sq. ft. swimming pool, pets welcome, loaded with all amenities.


Call 865-428-5161

865-774-5919 1 & 2 BR avail. Some Pets OK. $400 UP • WATER INCLUDED Murrell Meadows 1/8 mile from Walters State College Allensville Road • Walk to lake Reasonable Rates • 654-7033



0635 Rooms for Rent

For Rent

Furnished Apartments/Houses

New 1BR/1BA Kit & L.R. Private, in PF. Util & Cable incl. 1 person, nonsmoker, no pets. Proof of empl. $500mo $500dep. 865-389-5465

• Spacious 2 Bedrooms • Washer/Dryer Hookups • Ceiling Fans

2BR/1BA, stove, ref., D/W disposal/micro., W/D hook-up, club house/pool/picnic area 24hr. maint. Year lease, behind S.C.H.S. Great spacious place to live. Dogs ok with deposit.

428-5227 Apartment available new 2BD/1BA w/d hook-up. 1,000 sq ft. Sevierville. 429-3201

Summer Special: Creek Place Eff. Studio w/util. $100-$145 weekly/monthly. Clean, Trolley Rt. 436-2115, 865-567-9232.

Duplexes for Rent

2BR/1BA Sev. All appl. inc. 1 yr. lease, No Pets, $550 mo. $350 dep. 680-4290,428-1297

Beautiful Creekside Rooms in Gatlinburg

• Private Balcony • Jacuzzi, Very Quiet • No Pets, No Dep. • $150/week • Wifi & all utl. included


• Fully Equipped Kitchen • Club House • Swimming Pool

River Country Apartments Quiet country setting

Homes for Rent

Old Newport Hwy., Sevierville, TN 428-5186

• Mini Blinds • Pets/Ask

Classifieds â&#x2122;Ś A10

0635 Rooms for Rent Gatlinburg/Dudley Creek

Rent by the week, month, or year. Furnished, plus elec., cable & w/ sewer included. Call for appt.



near trolley stop

Includes All Utilities.

Free Wi-Fi, Cable, Laundry, Kitchens, Clean Rooms, NO PETS.


0670 Business Places/ Offices

Nice Office with Warehouse Bay. Sevierville Reasonable Rent 453-6289 or 548-6838 OFFICE SPACE - 5 30x20 units. 5 entrances, 5BA, $525 each or neg. for more than one. Call Bill 865-654-9001.


Mobile Homes for Rent

2 Bdrm, newly remodeled on Private Property, No pets. 2 mi from Chambers Mrkt on 411. $450 mon & deposit. 865-429-1527.

2BD/1BA mobile home $400dep/$485mo with water incl. No pets. 865-388-3119. Kodak 3/1 mobile home, yard maintenance, city water, $615mo. Darin 770-335-7008.

3BR/2BA $500-$700/mth Boyds Creek Area No pets. 908-8629




Homes for Sale

2BR/2BA jacq tub, FP, stove, refrig, microwv, dshwshr near schools & hospital. $98,900. 865-984-0141 or 919-4023.

Furnished cabin on 2.5 Acres with detached 2 car garage, workshop & hook up for motor home. Just $120,000 Call Elaine at Homes R Us 865-453-6923 Grandview Estates, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Brick Ranch, 2 car garage plus detached 2 car garage/workshop $225,000. for more information call 865-755-1708



Homes for Sale

Owner/Agent Moving Sale. Must Sell. 2800 SF Home in Pigeon Forge great subdivision. City water, paved road, 3 miles from Parkway, more information call Joe 865-428-6115 or 305-776-6206. Developer close out: Beautiful home site. Utilities, paved road. 2 miles Chapman Hwy. 1.41 ac. $36,000.00. Call Joe: 865-428-6115 or 305-776-6206.


Condominiums for Sale

ABANDONED VEHICLE YEAR: 1997 MAKE: Pontiac MODEL: Grand Am VIN: 1G2NE12T3VC803965 NAME: Stooksbury's Towing ADDRESS: P.O. Box 5275 CITY: Sevierville STATE: TN ZIP CODE: 37864 PHONE NUMBER: 429-4090 8/26 ABANDONED VEHICLE

2 New condos for sale--$189,000, 1,700sf Living, 2 car gar, Jacuzzi, Fpl, Hardwood, All Appl. 865-654-3667 or 865-429-5065


Mobile Homes for Sale



YEAR: 2000 MAKE: Lincoln MODEL: LS VIN: 1LNHM87AXY752351 NAME: Southland Jeep Rentals ADDRESS: 1011 E. Parkway CITY: Gatlinburg STATE: TN ZIP CODE: 37738 PHONE NUMBER: (865) 436-9811 8/26, 9/02

Ready to Move-In

Call Joe 865-428-1978 0760


Business Properties

Established Gatlinburg Market & Grill for lease. Call 865-548-4565

0773 Income Property WANTED: Investor for income producing real estate. Short term, great return. Contact Jeri 863-381-7370.





2006 Honda BTX 1300 for sale. 3800mi like new. $1500 worth of extras. $6500. Call 865-365-7878 after 5pm.


Cars for Sale

1969 Camaro SS, perfect condition, original, unrestored, 396 Cubic Inch 350 Horsepower asking $5500, details at 615-216-4895.




The City of Gatlinburg will receive bids until 2:00 p.m. September 09, 2010 at Gatlinburg City Hall, 1230 Parkway East, Suite 2, for the painting of highway markings at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. The work shall consist of repainting existing centerline, shoulder and miscellaneous striping work. The colors shall match the existing. Specifications may be obtained from and questions referred to Robert L. Holt, Treasurer, Gatlinburg City Hall, 1230 Parkway East, Suite 2, P.O. Box 5, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738, Telephone Number (865) 436-1404. Email: All bidders must be licensed as required by the State of Tennessee. The bidder's name, license number, classification qualifying the bidder for this work and the expiration date shall be on the sealed envelope containing the bid. The words "Street Striping Contract Bid", along with the date and time of the bid listed above shall also be on the outside of the envelope. If the envelope containing the bid is not properly prepared, the bid will not be opened. The City of Gatlinburg reserves the right to waive any informalities in the bids and to reject any and all bids and to accept the bid deemed to be the most favorable to the interests of the City. 8/26

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8/26 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of JAMES HANSEL OGLE Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 23 day of Aug 2010, Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of JAMES HANSEL OGLE , deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County,Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 23 day of August, 2010. (Signed) Patricia Griffin Administrator Estate of JAMES HANSEL OGLE By: None Attorney By: Joe T. Keener County Clerk 8-26-10 9-2-10 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of MARIANNE B. WIGHTMAN Late of Sevier County, Tennessee Notice is Hereby Given that on the 23 day of Aug 2010, Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of MARIANNE B. WIGHTMAN , deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County,Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 23 day of August, 2010.

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County,Tennessee. of The Mountain PressEstate â&#x2122;Ś Thursday, August 26, 2010 All persons, resident and STELLA ANN COOPER 0955 0955 Legals non-resident, havingLegals claims, matured or unmatured, By: none against her Estate are required Attorney to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above By: Joe T. Keener named Court within four County Clerk months from the date of the first publication (or of the post8-19-10 ing, as the case may be) of 8-26-10 this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. 9999 filler ads All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settleHUD PUBLISHERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTICE ment with the undersigned at All real estate advertised herein once. is subject to the Federal Fair This 23 day of August, 2010. Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any (Signed) preference, limitation, or discrimination Robert W. Wightman based on race, color, religion, sex, Executor handicap, family status or national origin, Estate of or intention to make any such preferences, MARIANNE B. WIGHTMAN limitations or discrimination. State laws forbid discrimination in the sale, rental By: None or advertising of real estate based on Attorney factors in addition to those protected under federal law. We will not knowingly accept By: Joe T. Keener any advertising for real estate which is County Clerk in violation of the law. All persons hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are 8-26-10 available on an equal opportunity basis. 9-2-10 To complain of discrimination, call HUD Toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, The Toll-free NOTICE TO CREDITORS telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Estate of STELLA ANN COOPER Late of Sevier County, Tennessee

Notice is Hereby Given that on the 19 day of July 2010, Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of STELLA ANN COOPER , deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the County Court Clerk of Sevier County,Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk of the above named Court within four months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, otherwise their claim will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 19 day of July, 2010. (Signed) Joey Scott Cooper Administrator Estate of STELLA ANN COOPER By: none Attorney

In Print & By: Joe T. Keener Online County Clerk 8-19-10 8-26-10

(Signed) Robert W. Wightman 1198 Lawn/Landscape/ Executor



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1342 Storage, Indoor/ Outdoor

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0955 The City of GatlinburgLegals reserves the right to waive any informalities in the bids and to reject any and all bids and to accept the bid deemed to be the most favorable to the interests of the City.


Call Ty 368-2361


be opened.


NOW LEASING WAREHOUSE SPACE 1500-3100 sq ft. Great for distribution co. Please call for lease rate. Behind Riverchase Subdiv. Country Meadows Dr. 865-318-3415.

10X10 or 10X20 SELF STORAGE Convenient Location! 411 South, left on Robert Henderson Rd., 1/4 mile on right at Riverwalk Apts.


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Classifieds ♦ A11

Who YA GonnA CAll? If you have a problem with the delivery of your morning The Mountain Press, please call the Circulation Department at 428-0748, ext. 230 & 231 Monday - Friday and your paper will be delivered to you on the same day. Newspapers from calls after 10:00 a.m. will be delivered with the next day’s paper. On Saturday, Sunday and holidays you may dial 428-0748 extensions 230 & 231. If complaints are received between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m., papers will be delivered the same day. Newspapers from calls received after 10:00 a.m. will be delivered with the next day’s paper. This applies to in-county home delivery only. Sevier County’s Only Daily Newspaper


Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.

PIMSK ©2010 Tribune Media Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


NEW BIBLE Jumble Books Go To:

by Mike Argirion and Jeff Knurek

EWSUIN Ans: IT Yesterday’s

Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, as suggested by the above cartoon.

(Answers tomorrow) Jumbles: FAUNA BRIBE NOGGIN ADROIT Answer: When the shower dampened the coronation, it became a — “REIGN”

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The Mountain Press ◆ Thursday, August 26, 2010 Close to Home


Betrayal of sister still felt nine years later



Baby Blues

Dear Annie: I have three sisters, but the one who was my best friend in the whole world was “Michele.” Nine years ago, I found Michele and my husband of 19 years in bed together. They both said, “It’s not what you think,” but really, Annie, they were both naked in the bed. There was no mistaking what they were doing. I lost both my sister and my husband in one day, and I haven’t spoken to either of them since. My ex-husband moved out of state, but I cannot look at Michele without feeling betrayed. For nine years, my mother has been after me to forgive and forget. Am I wrong for still holding a grudge? Michele sees my daughters and tells them she misses me, and my kids are friendly with her children. They say she gets drunk and cries all the time. But I simply cannot be around her. She is dead to me. Should I forgive and forget? -Hurt and Confused Dear Hurt: Has Michele apologized to you for her terrible behavior? Do you miss having her in your life? Michele sounds remorseful, but without a direct apology, the rift cannot heal. And if she has an alcohol problem, it could partially explain her selfdestructive behavior, although it’s no excuse. Hanging onto bitterness and anger hurts you, as well as Michele. Please examine your feelings and decide if you’d like a repaired relationship. If so, working on forgiveness can be worthwhile. (Forgetting is probably unrealistic.) We recom-

mend having a neutral third party, such as a clergyperson or counselor, act as a mediator if you decide to try. Dear Annie: After 13 years with the man I love, we found we are pregnant. We are ecstatic! My pregnancy is high risk, and my doctor has ordered me not to lift anything over five pounds. He also is limiting exercise. I’m now five months along. The problem is, I am getting rude comments about my weight from friends, family and co-workers. Last week, a lady at church commented on how I need to be careful because I’m getting “way too big.” My mother-in-law said she’s concerned I’m eating too much. Annie, I’m watching my diet closely because I cannot exercise. I have gained 16 pounds, all belly weight, and my doctor says it’s fine. My doctor also said the reason I look large is partially due to the fact that I am very short. Please remind your readers that it’s never OK to comment on a woman’s weight, especially when she’s pregnant. -Not Fat Dear Not: We marvel at the audacity of people who think they are entitled to voice their opinion about anyone’s size, particularly that of a pregnant woman. The polite response is, “Thank

t o d ay ’ s p u z z l e Beetle Bailey


Barney Google and Snuffy Smith

For Better Or Worse

Tina’s Groove

you for your opinion. I’m happy to give you my doctor’s phone number if you want to discuss it with him.” Dear Annie: You printed a letter from “Washington,” whose boyfriend has two sisters who are overweight and have odor problems. When people become obese, they discover they can no longer reach certain body parts. For many, this is the cause of bad odor. Companies sell appliances that extend one’s reach. Your reader might want to make a gift of these arm extensions to her boyfriend’s sisters. She could also offer to help them with their bathing. When a person is obese, it is refreshing to be able to get clean, and it can be nearly impossible to clean yourself. Hope this helps. -- Been Heavy in Florida Dear Florida: We cannot imagine anyone giving her boyfriend’s sisters such a gift, nor offering to help with their bathing. It could be quite offensive to them. But we appreciate your letting our readers know that such items are available. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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