The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 239 ■ August 27, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 75 Cents
INSIDE August 27 - September 2, 2010
Clerk taking unpaid leave of absence Keener pens letter to mayor as financial probe continues
On Smoky Mountain Entertainment
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer On the tube
Jimmy Fallon hosts the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday on NBC.
5On the tube this Sunday Jimmy Fallon hosts the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC inside
SEVIERVILLE — County Clerk Joe Keener is taking an unpaid leave of absence as an investigation into the finances of his courthouse office proceeds. County Mayor Larry Waters announced the move Thursday, saying a note was hand-delivered — though not by Keener — to his office Wednesday. Despite some questions
about whether an elected official legally can take a leave of absence without pay, Waters said Keener has been on leave since the beginning of the week. “Sevier County Clerk Joe Keener informed the county mayor’s office he is taking a leave of absence,” Waters said in a prepared statement. “While on leave, he will remain county clerk. As the state audit continues, Chief Deputy Clerk
Karen Cotter is handling day-to-day operations of the Sevier County Clerk’s office.” Courthouse staffers said Keener handed the key over to Cotter several days ago as a thorough investigation was launched by the state’s Division of County Audit. During the county’s regular annual financial audit, the inspectors apparently found something in the books for Keener’s office that
raised red flags. They subsequently called in four investigators, in addition to the two who were already here, and they have been checking records in the department. The Mountain Press obtained a copy of the letter Keener submitted to the mayor’s office. Dated Aug. 25, the document is brief, to the point and not printed on official letterSee keener, Page A5
Bolze gets 27 years in fed prison
Motorcycle wipeout with injury
5Man on the run (or walk) Atchley participating in Man Run less than year after cancer diagnosis Mountain life, Page B1
Sentence amounts to life for 61-year-old swindler
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Obituaries Mary Loveday, 49 Michael McDonald, 57 David Partin, 41 Roland Payne, 90 G.H. Conner, 72 DETAILS, Page A4
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Emergency personnel transport the driver of a motorcycle after an accident on Jayell Road Thursday afternoon. The male driver lost control of the bike and hit a culvert and road sign. The driver was transferred to Lifestar helicopter.
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Ponzi-schemer: ‘It was the hugest mistake I ever made’
Alzheimer’s kicks off drive for 18th annual Memory Walk By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — The East Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association held its 2010 Memory Walk Kick-off Thursday at the Wilderness of the Smokies’ Stone Hill Lodge Hotel, where association supporters from Sevier, Cocke, Jefferson and Hamblen Counties gathered. “This is our 18th Memory Walk in the Smoky Mountains,” said Janice Wade Whitehead, Alzheimer’s Association executive director. “I want to remind you how successful we were last year — we raised $136,589 with 846 walkers. We had 54 teams, and 26 of those were new teams.”
KNOXVILLE — Despite a last-minute effort to get a break in his potential punishment, admitted swindler Dennis Bolze was given the maximum term of 27 years and 3 months by a Bolze U.S. District Court judge Thursday. Bolze sat still and silent as the ruling was announced by Judge Thomas Varlan, though several of his victims vigorously nodded agreement with the decision. Attorneys for both Bolze and the government pointed out the jail time, which must be served in full since there is no parole in the federal sys-
tem, amounts to a life sentence for the man who will turn 62 in November. The hearing stretched through the entire day as the lawyers wrangled over how serious Bolze’s crimes should be considered to be, with both sides winning victories at various times. The prosecution was denied a push to bump Bolze’s sentencing guidelines up two levels on claims the scammer wasn’t taking full responsibility for his actions, while the defense lost a bid to have Bolze released early to try to make restitution to his victims. “I’m responsible. It’s all me. It’s all here,” Bolze said as he claimed the scam that took $21 million from local and international investors. He previously pleaded guilty to three felony counts each of wire fraud and money
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Sherry Woten of Wellington Place and Dianne Hall of MountainBrook Village gather items to sell at the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk Kick-off on Thursday. This year’s goal is $147,500 with 914 walkers. The walk is set for Saturday, Oct. 16 at Pigeon Forge High School, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Carolyn Jensen, the association’s director of development, announced that the Memory Walk’s 41 sponsors have already raised $45,135.
Lindsay White, last year’s top youth fundraiser, has another head start with $1,050 raised. She’s been saving aluminum cans since early June, and she has made notebooks to sell for $5 at Walgreens. She also talked her uncle into handing over an old car that doesn’t run and is too expensive See walk, Page A5
KNOXVILLE — For the first time in the nearly twoyear saga of the collapse of Gatlinburg resident Dennis Bolze’s Ponzi scheme, Bolze himself spoke out Thursday during his sentencing hearing on how the whole nasty business came to be. Though he said he takes full responsibility for the scam that robbed more than 100 people of tens of millions of dollars, Bolze took the opportunity to blame everyone from an unnamed man at a conference to a dead Spaniard to his own ego for pushing him to the crime. Bolze said he knew he was doing something wrong and called it “the hugest mistake (he) ever made.” The admitted swindler seemed to have recurring fits of emotion on the stand, at
“ ... They lost money, but money can be replaced. One thing they lost is trust, and that’s just something you can’t get back.” — Convicted swindler Dennis Bolze
times covering his face with a chain-shackled hand as he apologized to his victims, who sat stone-faced and staring in the front row. As in previous appearances, Bolze was bound at both the hands and feet, his restraints clanging as he was led around the courtroom by a U.S. marshal. He wore the drab, graystriped jumpsuit issued to prisoners in federal custody. On the stand, Bolze See ponzi-schemer, Page A4
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a rre s t s Editorâ€™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 Ray Lynn Carney, 25, of Knoxville, was charged Aug. 25 with a juvenile court warrant. He was being held in lieu of $3,300 bond. u Benjamin Lopez Deleon, 28, of 1585 Jasmin Trail in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 25 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u Suzanne Grace Elias, 32, of 1131 Tramel Road in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 26 with DUI, violation of implied consent law and carrying a prohibited weapon. She was being held. u Rusty Harpe, 30, of 142 Maple Ridge Lane in Seymour, was charged Aug. 25 with harassment: phone call. He was released. u Gustavo Hernandez, 26, of 466 Burden Hill in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 25 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u Adam Mason Hood, 30, of 2310 Quartz Court in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 25 with possession of a schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $1,000 bond. u Daniel Ownby, 27, of 233 Lafallette Way in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 25 with violation of probation. He was being held. u Michael Anthony Peardon, 27, of Acworth, Ga., was charged Aug. 25 with aggravated assault, two counts of evading arrest, three counts of burglary, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest. He was being held in lieu of $125,000 bond. u Alejo Pecina Perez, 44, of 201 Bogart Drive Apt. 37 in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 26 with public intoxication. He was being held. u Todd Adam Rigney, 40, of 3010 Hickory Drive in Pigeon Forge, was charged Aug. 25 with violation of probation. He was being held. u Andrew Scott Ruiz, 23, of 1049 Country Colonial St. in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 26 with theft of property worth $1,000 to $10,000. He was being held. u James Harold Russell, 38, of Knoxville, was charged Aug. 25 with a circuit court warrant. He was being held. u Michael Shane Ryan, 22, of 1059 Lela Way in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 26 with DUI. He was being held. u Ricky Paul Scott, 35, of 949 Laurel Lock Road apt. 1 in Pigeon forge, was charged Aug. 25 with evading arrest, domestic violence assault, theft of property worth $10,000 to $50,000, theft of property worth $1,000 to $10,000, aggravated burglary, forgery and bond revocation. He was being held. u Marsha Shelton, 27, of Del Rio, Tenn., was charged Aug. 26 with possession of drug paraphernalia. She was being held in lieu of $500 bond. u Teresa Michelle Shelton, 29, of Cosby, was charged Aug. 26 with driving while revoked. She was being held in lieu of $1,000 bond.
Morristown man dies in I-40 wreck Submitted Report A Morristown man was killed early Thursday morning in a twovehicle wreck on Interstate 40 near Exit 407. The Sevierville Police and Fire departments responded to the crash at approximately 2:50 a.m. According to police crash reconstructionist Preston Parrish, it appears that a 2001 Ford Focus was attempting to enter I-40 west when the vehicle left the on-ramp, struck a guardrail and proceeded into a grass and cement shoul-
By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer Moore Hallmark, Southeastern Regional director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, delivered a comprehensive look at current national issues affecting businesses to Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce members and guests on Tuesday at Calhounâ€™s in Gatlinburg. â€œCompanies, providers, seniors and states are still trying to figure out what this health care bill will mean for them,â€? said Hallmark, who noted it was estimated the bill would add more than $560 billion to the federal deficit. â€œMake no mistake â€” everyone is going to be paying higher premiums.â€? Hallmark referred to a study in which 46 percent of physicians said they would leave their profession or consider leaving their profession now that the bill has been passed into law. â€œSadly, this legislation was the wrong prescription and we must reform the reform. The health care debate is far from over.â€? Hallmark mentioned
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minor injuries and declined to be transported to a medical facility. All three westbound lanes of I-40 were closed until approximately 6:30 a.m. when one lane was reopened. The remaining two lanes were reopened at approximately 7 a.m. The accident is under investigation. The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Sevier County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Jefferson County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Sevier County Ambulance Service and Northview Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the crash scene.
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der area, before traveling into the westbound lanes where it collided with a U-Haul rental truck. Two occupants of the Focus were injured and transported via Lifestar air ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center; 31-year old Aaron A. Long of Oliver Springs and 32-year old Elizabeth G. Conroy of Knoxville. Another occupant of the Focus, 22-year old Timothy L. Johnson of Morristown, was pronounced dead at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville. The driver of the U-Haul received
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the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act, legislation that repeals a section of the new health care law that would impose tedious and costly reporting requirement on small business owners. Starting in 2012, Section 9006 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act mandates that small business owners file a 1099-MISC to the Internal Revenue Service for every business-tobusiness transaction totaling $600 or more in a tax year. Hallmark added that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has collectively raised strong concerns about the Clean Air Act, â€œwhich was not created to regulate greenhouse emissions,â€? and the negative impact the Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s endangerment findings would have on jobs and local economies. â€œWe do support climate legislation â€” we have for a number of years. But we support an international, global effort. Major greenhouse emitters like China must be included â€” we cannot fix the problem with the United States alone.â€?
Unemployment in the United States continues to hover around 10 percent, he said. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued its â€œStrategy for New American Jobs,â€? which lays out six policy strategies needed to accelerate growth and put U.S. citizens back to work. They include doubling U.S. exports in five years; rebuilding Americaâ€™s infrastructure; investing in energy and pursuing breakthrough technologies; promoting healthy credit marks; removing uncertainty regarding tax, health, environmental, labor, legal and fiscal policies; and educating and training American workers. There are many things that individuals can do to help, Hallmark said, including educating them-
selves on the issues and advocating their positions, supporting political candidates who are pro-business and joining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in campaigning for a free enterprise (www.freeenterprise.com). It was advice that Peggy Lilley, executive director of Seviervilleâ€™s MountainBrook Village, has already carried through: In February, she visited Washington to share her concerns over the health care bill with Congressman Phil Roe. â€œI learned that Congress is actually eager to hear from us,â€? Lilley said. For more information on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, visit www. uschamber.com. n email@example.com
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Foundation Executive Director Todd Rose, left, Jack Cook, Jamesena Miller, Danny King, Paul Duncan and Rex Henry Ogle at the Cherish the Child Foundation’s fifth annual donor dinner.
Cherish the Child holds 5th donor dinner Submitted Report Cherish the Child Foundation recently held its fifth annual donor dinner. Keynote speaker was former University of Tennessee basketball player Dane Bradshaw. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade served as master of ceremonies. Other government leaders participated in the event program includ-
ing Judge Rex Henry Ogle of the 4th Judicial District and District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn. “This event has grown in reputation over the last five years, and we are extremely grateful to the local community for allowing us to continue to pursue the mission of Cherish the Child Foundation by assisting us with their ongoing financial support,” said foundation executive director Todd Rose. Cherish the Child Foundation is a
nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise financial assistance and increase community awareness for the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home. Cherish the Child Foundation has given the home nearly $500,000 for over 50 different special projects, programs and services in the last six years. The children’s home remains one of the largest residential and foster care programs in Tennessee.
Cancer 5K, walk set for Knoxville Oct. 16 Submitted report Each year, lung cancer takes the lives of more men and women in Tennessee than any other cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tennessee’s lung cancer rates are among the high-
est in the U.S. Knoxville-area residents can help raise awareness and vital research funding for lung cancer at the first Knoxville Free to Breathe ® 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk on Oct. 16. All proceeds benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s research, education and
awareness programs. All proceeds help support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s vital research, education and awareness programs. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and the mile walk begins at 8:15 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 8:30. The vent begins at
Village Green Subdivision, Jamestowne Boulevard, Knoxville. Registration cost is $20 online, and closes Oct. 13. Visit FreeToBreathe.org. Cost is $25 for registration on event day. For more information or to register, visit www. FreeToBreathe.org.
Bird of Paradise biplane in Sevierville Sept. 1-6 SEVIERVILLE — The Bird Of Paradise biplane will be in Sevierville Sept. 1-6. The biplane dates to the 1920s. Bar and Dannie Eisenhauer, with their dog Satchmoe, are flying
from Gulf Shores, Ala., to Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport. Rides of 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes will be available for purchase. Bar Eisenhauer has been in aviation for more than 40 years and, with Dannie, barnstorming for
15 of those years. ervations call 866-687The biplane holds two 8359. passengers and flies at an altitude of about 1,000 feet. Flights will be from noon to sunset. Reservations are recommended. For information/res-
Library offering ‘For Your Business’ classes Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE — The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, the Sevier County Economic Development Council and the Sevier County Public Library System are partnering to offer a series of classes titled “For Your Business.” The first class in the series focuses on mar-
keting a business using social media in a costeffective manner. Social Media for Your Business will cover how the small business community can use social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more to drive more traffic to a
business and increase revenue. The class will be offered from 8:30–10:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at King Family Library, 408 High St. Class is limited to 20 participants at a cost of $10 per person. Call 365-1419 by Sept. 27 to pre-register.
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PIGEON FORGE — Paul Green, the executive director of Children’s Rainbow Mountain Retreat, is asking the community to help the facility through an online voting contest. The organization is currently part of the Pepsi Refresh project that is giving away $1.3 million a month to worthy causes based on online votes. Anyone interested in helping these special children can vote for the program daily. There are only seven days left to vote. To vote, go to the following Web sites: n www.refresheverything.com/childrensrainbow for a chance for the retreat to win a $250,000 grant n www.refresheverything.com/childrensrainbow50 for chance to win a $50,000 grant n Starting Sept. 1, visit www.refreshev-
erything.com/crohnsretreat for a chance to win a $250,000 grant to help children with Crohn’s Disease Children’s Rainbow Mountain Retreat is a small nonprofit dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children who have been abused, have special needs or have a lifethreatening illness. Ttherapeutic retreats are provided for these children and families in Pigeon Forge, Green said, “We are so close to winning to be able to help more children. Will you please help us?” he said. For more information visit childrensrainbow. com.
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laundering in relation to his operation in which he conceded he took money from new investors to pay off existing ones without ever using those funds to trade stocks as he promised to do. Much of the time Thursday was spent talking about that plan, which Bolze himself presented a PowerPoint slideshow outlining. He told the court he has developed software that guarantees returns, even demonstrating in a video how the system works. His proposal for early release called for him to be allowed sell the program to brokerage firms in Chicago, with the royalties mostly going to a blind trust for his victims, though a small footnote pointed out he would also claim part of the cash to pay his living expenses. He also said he would have to be allowed to live in the Windy City for the plan to work because he would have to be able to maintain the program. Bolze also proposed to do community service, saying he would go on the lecture circuit, and use television, radio and the Internet to warn people how to avoid the type of scam he ran. He also offered to set up a Web site that could aggregate news stories and collect legal information on investors to inform people if they are legitimate. Prosecutor Trey Hamilton argued Bolzeâ€™s proposal was flawed from the start, pointing out the two daysâ€™ worth of trading he showed the court he had done from inside the Blount County jail using the system actually resulted in a net loss of $12.50, far from the returns he promised. Additionally, Hamilton said releasing Bolze to work in the same business he has admitted to using to defraud international victims didnâ€™t make sense, saying such a move would amount to the courtâ€™s sanctioning Bolze conning a new group of people. â€œSnake oil is snake oil, and at the end of the day thatâ€™s all this is â€” snake oil,â€? Hamilton said. Before the judge recessed the court to make his decision on the sentence, Bolze made one final plea for forgiveness from his victims and lenience from Varlan. â€œIt was never my intent to defraud you or for things to turn out the way they did,â€? he said. â€œI spent my entire life being the person people could look to for help. Iâ€™m just asking for this one opportunity â€” one last one â€” ton earn back your trust and show you the person I truly am. Iâ€™m truly, truly sorry. â€œPunish me any way you like, but donâ€™t punish the victims. To me, theyâ€™ve already been punished,â€? Bolze continued, turning to face Varlan. â€œIâ€™m just asking that you allow me the chance to help them. Think of them and do whatâ€™s right for them. This thing will work. And, if it doesnâ€™t work, Chapter 7 ,
you should throw me under the bus.â€? Bolzeâ€™s victims clearly didnâ€™t buy the plea, with several shaking their heads as he produced what one of them later called, â€œcontrived tears.â€? Apparently the judge didnâ€™t either, dismissing the effort while likening it to someone addicted to pills asking that the court send him to work in a pharmacy as punishment. Varlan pointed to several factors that pushed him to give Bolze the maximum sentence allowed under federal guidelines for the level of crime he stood convicted of. Among those were the fact Bolze used charities to recruit new investors, and took advantage of the elderly and those close to retirement. The judge also indicated Bolzeâ€™s previous criminal record was a player in the decision. He read off the manâ€™s convictions, which started when he was just 24 with bank fraud and embezzlement in his native Pennsylvania. Three years later he was found guilty of theft and added another similar charge just two years after that, with a theft by exception conviction. After a 21-year hiatus, Bolze was back in the criminal system after not paying sales taxes for a pair of businesses he owned in Gatlinburg, then two years later he also admitted guilt to failing to file tax returns. He remained on probation for those crimes when he started his scheme, Varlan said. With high blood pressure and a heart condition, and 61 years and one heart attack already under his belt, the sentence may well mean Bolze is never again a free man. Incidentally, because of those health issues, Bolzeâ€™s attorney Kim Tollison asked that the government consider sending him to the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina. That just happens to be where fellow admitted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff was sent to spend his sentence. While Bolze didnâ€™t react to the decision and Tollison quickly left the courthouse, Hamilton was ready to talk about the ruling and the more than a year it took to get it. â€œWe hope that the sentence imposed today will bring (the victims) a sense of justice and will make it clear, certainly, this defendant wonâ€™t be able to hurt anyone else,â€? the prosecutor said. Bolze victim Carol Muszik said she does believe justice was served in Thursdayâ€™s hearing and dismissed Bolzeâ€™s apologies. â€œI think it was contrived,â€? she said. â€œIâ€™m very happy that Judge Varlan gave the highest end of the sentence. I hope that will become the norm across the country in this type of case. Iâ€™m also very pleased the judge said he sees what Dennis did as a violent crime. I hope that spreads, too.â€? Bolze has two weeks to appeal the sentence. n firstname.lastname@example.org
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recounted the entire situation from its start in 2005 and 2006, a time when he said he got out of a pair of retail businesses he owned in Gatlinburg â€” noticeably omitting the fact he was convicted of not paying taxes on them â€” because he wanted to get back into trading stocks. He said he worked in that industry as a young man and believed he had a fool-proof system for making money in it. Bolze testified he started with only his own money and that of one friend, with no thought of recruiting other investors. That changed when he went to lead a seminar on some daytrading software in Florida and was convinced by a man there to recruit others to what he was doing. Bolze said his first lie was telling the man he had some clients, a rather small untruth â€” but his second was a doozy. â€œI started telling people I was starting a fund that we hoped would have a 15- to 18-percent annual return,â€? Bolze said. â€œThat was the second lie. The next thing I knew, people wanted in.â€? Bolze seemed almost surprised folks would want a piece of that pie, saying he quickly became overwhelmed when he suddenly found himself managing investments for 50 people. He told the court he was told by a mental health expert he was good at planning, but not at execution. He testified he was constantly stressed about handling othersâ€™ money and didnâ€™t know what to do. He recalled a moment when he realized there was a way out, saying he considered withdrawing the maximum amount on his credit cards, mortgaging the house and giving people all their money back. â€œI knew what was right and wrong. To say that Iâ€™m sorry that I didnâ€™t take that chance ...,â€? Bolze said, trailing off. â€œIt was the hugest mistake I ever made. Once Pandoraâ€™s box gets open, itâ€™s just impossible to get it shut.â€? Though he was already in over his head, Bolze said it wasnâ€™t until 2006 when things â€œreally exploded.â€? Thatâ€™s when he started working with a man in Mallorca, Spain, by the name of Denys Dobbie. Bolze testified Dobbie recruited new investors there, though he never intended to expand outside East Tennessee. He also said he told Dobbie on several occasions he was ready to get out but that Dobbie prodded him on. â€œMr. Dobbie knew
how to stroke my ego,â€? Bolze said. â€œI had an ego.â€? Throughout the proceedings, Bolze has several times been attacked by his victims as a monster, in part because they considered him a friend and he betrayed that. The man returned to that theme several times as he spoke, again saying his ego wouldnâ€™t let him stop. â€œThese were friends of mine. I just didnâ€™t want to let them down,â€? he said. â€œTheyâ€™ve lost a friend now, but you can find new friends. They lost money, but money can be replaced. One thing they lost is trust, and thatâ€™s just something you canâ€™t get back.â€? Bolze talked about how important those friendships were to him, largely because they provided him validation in that if someone likes him, he must be the good person he liked to think he is. He testified losing those relationships has been the hardest part of his ordeal. â€œI can say Iâ€™m sorry until whenever, but there are just not enough words that could ever make things right,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™d just like to dedicate the rest of my life to making it right for them. Iâ€™d like to show everyone that Iâ€™m not the monster they think I am. Iâ€™d like to show them I am the man they though I was. They may never be my friend again and they may never trust me again, but I need to do what I can do.â€? That statement sent Bolze sobbing into his hand, as did his recounting of the last 17 months heâ€™s spent in the Blount County jail. â€œYou think youâ€™ve hit a new low and a few days last you find out that wasnâ€™t the low,â€? said Bolze, who admitted during the hearing his wife has recently divorced him. â€œWhen youâ€™re sitting there, youâ€™d be amazed at what you think of. Itâ€™s about who you are. Itâ€™s about who you really are. Youâ€™re the only one who knows who you really are down deep. At least I found myself.â€? As he spoke to his attorney, Bolze clearly emoted misery, but that tone changed drastically as he was questioned by prosecutor Trey Hamilton. He was argumentative with the governmentâ€™s lawyer and seemed to be figuring out the best way to answer each questions, making Hamilton restate each query several times. After a few minutes of Hamilton pushing to show Bolze was trying to dodge admitting to some of his crime, Bolze became obviously frustrated. â€œIâ€™m accepting full responsibility, so whatever it takes to do that, fine,â€? Bolze thundered.
obituaries In Memoriam
Roland Payne, age 90 of Sevierville, passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2010. He was of the Methodist faith. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired after 22 years of service. He served his community as a plumber and electrician until March 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents Judge H. and Velma Covington Payne. Survivors: sister, Ruth Payne; cousin, Elizabeth Chadwell; several other cousins. Funeral service 7 p.m. Friday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Adams officiating. Entombment 10 a.m. Saturday in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 104. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
David Brian Partin
David Brian Partin, age 41 of Dandridge, passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Survivors: fiancĂŠe, Ann Smith of Dandridge; Michaela and Abby of Dandridge; mother, Elizabeth Powers of Sevierville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tim and Carolyn Partin of Newport, Chris and Julie Partin of Homestead Falls, Ohio; brother, Tommy Partin of Ohio; sister and brotherin-law, Teresa and Danny Lovejoy of Midkiff, W.Va.; sister, Sherry Clayton of Sevierville. Additional survivors, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Additional survivors also include Max and Feebie. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 28, 2010 at the Costner-Maloy Funeral Home Chapel, Pastor Donnie Dunn officiating. Interment Union Cemetery. The family will receive friends 3-4 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Costner-Maloy Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.costnermaloyfuneralhome.com
Michael J. McDonald Michael J. McDonald, 57 of Dandridge, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. Survivors: 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 at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Jefferson City, with the Rev. Dan Whitman officiating. Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home, Dandridge, TN. n www.farrarfuneralhome.com
G.H. Conner G.H. Conner, age 72, of Sevierville, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Mary Loveday Mary Loveday, 49 of Dandridge, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010. Survivors: brothers, Earl, Ralph, Fred, Buster and Howard; sister, Shirley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to offset funeral expenses in care of Ralph Loveday, 560 North Cunningham, Seymour, TN 37865. Graveside service, noon Saturday in Chilhowee Cemetery.
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