The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 244 ■ September 1, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 75 Cents
TBI launches probe of office ‘Embezzlement investigation’ is confirmed
5Teams tee off in tournament
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
Local athletes compete for prep golf crown
words you would use,” she says. “I’ve known Joe for a long time and he’s a good guy, but I guess good guys make mistakes. Joe’s made a big one and we don’t know why he did it. I can’t imagine what kind of situation he must have been in to decide to do something like that.” Clabo is far from excusing Keener’s behavior; she’s just having trouble reconciling the man and public ser-
SEVIERVILLE — Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed Tuesday they have launched a “theft and embezzlement investigation” into the Sevier County clerk’s office. Spokeswoman Kristin Helm said the probe is still in its early stages and may take a few days, though having a completed audit will help things along. “We received a request for an investigation on the 26th of August from the district attorney general’s office,” Helm said. TBI was informed by the local prosecutor there was money found to be missing during an audit of the clerk’s office, Helm said. That audit led to Monday’s resignation by County Clerk Joe Keener II. That TBI was called in suggests there may have been suspected criminal violations of the law. Blake Fontenay, the spokesman for the state comptroller’s office that includes the Division of County Audit, said the investigation into the clerk’s office books continues. At this point no report has been released to the public or to local officials, Fontenay said. On Monday, District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn said he did not know of any criminal investigation being done by TBI. Dunn did not return a message seeking comment Tuesday. Auditors doing the regular annual check of the county’s books found something that raised questions in the clerk’s office. That led to four additional investigators being called in to determine how much cash was missing and how long.
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5Fear felt by celebs after theft Secret testimony reveals stars’ loss in “Bling Ring” Entertainment, Page A9
Month ends with spike in bloodshed 5 more Americans die in Afghan fighting
Weather Today Mostly Sunny High: 93°
Tonight Mostly Clear Low: 59° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Ruth Klein, 72 Ella Ivey Nancy Russell, 69 Thomas Perry, 86 Ruby Rainwater, 97 Earl Todd, 82 Arthur Myers Jr., 75 William Broyhill, 65 DETAILS, Page A4
Index Local & State . . . . . A1-6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A10 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A10 Nation . . . . . . . . . . A8-12 World . . . . . . . . . . . . A11 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . B1-3 Classifieds . . . . . . . . B3-7
Corrections The Mountain Press is committed to accuracy. Please report factual errors by calling 428-0748 Ext. 214.
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A line that snakes down the hallway waits for service after the clerks office opened back up Tuesday afternoon.
Keener’s friends sad, disappointed By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — Local officials who worked with Joe Keener II through his 18 years as county clerk spoke of a good man who made a bad mistake and, while they fully expect him to be punished if it’s found his actions were criminal, they hope for redemption. Since last week, as news spread that Keener may have gotten himself into trouble due to money missing from his office, many at the courthouse have found themselves mourning for a man they say was jovial and a hard worker for local citizens. The language they use is what most people reserve for describing someone who has died, catching themselves sometimes using words like “was” to describe him. Indeed, several have said it feels like someone has died at the courthouse, with the somber mood in there lately. “I couldn’t believe it when I first heard,” County Trustee Jettie Clabo says. “I kept thinking, ‘This just can’t be happening.’ It just kind of breaks
‘Hawk’ ruling upheld
“He’s made a terrible mistake. He can’t blame anyone but himself. He’s got to pull himself up, and he’s got to rely on his friends and family to help him get through this. He may come out of this a better man. We’ll just have to see.” — County Commissioner Jimmie Temple
your heart. I feel for Joe and especially his family. They all need our love and support now.” Clabo says she called Keener last week to offer her support and prayers, but he didn’t answer the phone and hasn’t returned the message she left. While she would like the opportunity to talk to a man she considers a friend, Clabo’s not really sure what she would say other than what she already said in that voicemail. “It’s just hard to think of what
Good Samaritans to the rescue
By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer
By JEFF FARRELL Staff writer SEVIERVILLE — Appeals court judges have upheld a ruling by Circuit Judge Rex Henry Ogle dismissing the manufacturers of “The Hawk” ride from a complaint filed by family members of a woman who fell to her death while riding on it at a Pigeon Forge amusement park. June Alexander died March 14, 2004, while her son and another relative watched in horror. The safety restraints on the ride fell while their seats were upside down dozens of feet above the pavement of the Rockin’ Raceway park. After the incident, inspectors found that safety measures on the ride had been disabled — specifically, that someone used jumpSee ruling, Page A5
Businessman starts petition for package stores in city
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Above, Good Samaritans help emergency personnel get the second toddler up the embankment after an accident on Pittman Center Road Tuesday afternoon. The female driver lost control of the minivan she was driving and left the road down an embankment. The mother had minor injuries and two toddlers appeared unhurt but scared. At right, a large tree stopped the van, which would likely have rolled and ended upside down in the river.
SEVIERVILLE — A man who said he’s a local businessman is behind a petition to place a referendum on the Nov. 2 ballot that would allow package stores in Sevierville selling liquor. Tony Duckworth said he’s been working on the idea for several months and collecting signatures for several weeks. He said he is a local businessman, but didn’t want to identify his business interests in the city. The city approved the sale of liquor by the drink in 2008, Duckworth said, and allowing the sale of wine and alcohol in stores for off-premise consumption would allow people to buy them without a long drive. “Right now, it’s legal to go out at your restaurants and you can get a mixed drink, or two, or three, or whatever. If it’s See petition, Page A5
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The Mountain Press â—† Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Class of 1960 reunion
The Sevier County High Class of 1960 held its 50th reunion recently at the River Plantation Convention Center. A total of 132 guests were present, including 75 class members. The only surviving sponsor/teacher, Kate Latham, was in attendance. â€œI loved all my students and I have a special place in my heart for the class of 1960,â€? she said. There was a discussion among the class that the reunions should be more frequent, possibly every two years.
New county elected officials to take oath of office today By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
Oath of office/commission meeting
SEVIERVILLE â€” Those who were elected or reelected to county office during the Aug. 5 balloting will take their oaths tomorrow at the courthouse in a ceremony set to start at 10 a.m. Those who won posts including mayor, sheriff and court clerk, among others, will be installed during the formalities that will be held in the third floor multi-purpose room. Additionally, the County Commission is set to get an overhaul as four new members are given their seats and the entire group reorganizes. While the board annually makes some minor shifts in things like committee memberships, every four years it is required to do a bit more following the results of elections for its seats. It will take that step
What: County elected officials to be sworn in for new terms n When: 10 a.m. today n Where: Third floor of courtroom n What else: Special meeting of the Sevier C0unty Commission to approve some procedures and elect a chairman n
during a special session at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the same space. On the agenda for the meeting are a number of procedural moves that have to be considered, including: n A resolution to adopt the Rules of Procedure of the Sevier County Commission Legislative Body and Commission Committees n Election of a chairman for the Sevier County Commission Legislative Body for the year n Election of a chairman pro temp for the Sevier County Commission
Legislative Body for the year n A resolution on a recommendation for the Sevier County Commission Steering Committee n Approval of statutory bonds for public officials. That resolution from the Steering Committee will include recommendations on who should sit on each commission committee with the exception of the Steering Committee itself. Membership for that group â€” that sets meeting times, rules and committees for the full body â€” is suggested
Night of Mercy fundraiser for SMARM to be Saturday Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE â€” In one night, local businesses can make a difference in the lives of struggling Sevier County families. â€œOne Night Of Mercyâ€? on Saturday is a way local lodging businesses can help Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. SMARM provides rental assistance, emergency shelter, utility bills, counseling, clothing, emergency food and more to the less fortunate of Sevier
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by the chairman of the board. That post has been filled for more than three decades now by County Mayor Larry Waters, who is also set to be sworn in tomorrow. He has only once in recent memory faced a challenge for the seat. Likewise, long-time Commissioner Jimmie Temple has held the chairman pro temp job for as long as many people on the board can remember, with no one ever challenging the venerable leader for it. While the commission itself will be largely composed of returning faces, there will be four new folks taking seats there. Tommy Watts, Randy Williams, Tim Hurst and Marty Loveday will officially assume their posts after the swearing-in. n email@example.com
Blalock Natatorium to reopen next week Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE â€” The Sevierville Department of Parks and Recreation will observe the reopening of the Blalock Natatorium at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The natatorium will reopen for public use at 6 a.m. Sept. 8 and will remain open seven days per week. The Blalock Natatorium has been closed for several months for improvements. No major improvements had been made since it was opened in 1982. The city set aside $350,000 this year to do the work. The improvements include a new zero-wake guttering system that will improve lap swimming and competitive meets; competitive diving blocks and backstroke flags; a colored concrete deck; pool furniture; and major upgrades and improvements to the system that regulates the air and water temperatures.
Other improvements include an improved outdoor deck area that will be fenced and landscaped. In addition, the new deck will allow for better venues for pool parties and social functions. Additional storage has been added. The city has also purchased a handicap pool lift and new steps for those swimmers that are physically challenged. Barber McMurry Architects of Knoxville designed the improvements, and D&S Contractors of Sevierville served as general contractor. Staff from both the Facility Maintenance and Parks and Recreation departments assisted. As part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, the city will introduce the new Safe Access for Everyone (SAFE) program. In order to improve safety in the Community Center; the city will require membership to certain parts of the building, including the Natatorium, by Oct. 1.
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First aid, CPR classes offered
community calendar Editorâ€™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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.
2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road n 6:30 p.m. Sevierville UMC, Conference Room
wednesday, sept. 1
TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.
Medic Blood Drive
Medic blood drive noon-6 p.m., Walgreens Sevierville.
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30-6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Sevierville and Kodak United Methodist. 9335996.
Farmers market 8-11:30 a.m., Sevier Farmers Co-Op, 321 W. Main, Sevierville. 453-7101.
Church Block Party
Free Library Movie
Community block party at Parkway Church of God, by Belk, 6 p.m. Free food, face painting, police fingerprinting for children. 654-7878.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Sugar Tree Road, Wears Valley. 4284932, n 9 a.m. Wellington Place. 429-5131
thursday, sept. 2 Democratic Party
Sevier County Democratic Party meets 7 p.m. at courthouse.
Yard Sale Benefit
Benefit yard sale, 8 a.m., 418 McMahan Ave., Sevierville, today-Saturday. Benefits Andy Greenâ€™s medical expenses. To donate items call 286-5542.
friday, sept. 3 MOPS
American Legion Post 104 dinner meeting, 6 p.m. 908-4310 or www.amlgnp104tn.org.
Just Older Youth Club meets at Pigeon Forge Community Center. Bingo 10:30 a.m., covered dish lunch 11:30. 429-7373.
Sunny View Church
Kindness Counts, formerly Feral Cat Friends, meets 7 p.m.. 654-2684.
Scrapbook Club meets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m., Whispering Winds on Snapp Road. 429-3721.
Dishdodgers bowling league start-up meeting 6 p.m., Sevierville Bowling Center. 453-6724 or 9089622.
Medic blood drive 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Knife Works.
Gatlinburg Garden Club Gatlinburg Garden Club meets 1 p.m. at Community Center. Refreshments served.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge
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.
Anna Porter Public Libraryâ€™s free showing of â€œNineâ€? at 6:30 p.m. 436-5588.
Mothers Of Preschoolers and expecting, 9:30-noon, first and third Friday. Childcare provided. Evergreen Church, PCA. 428-3001.
Singing 7 p.m., Sunny View Church.
saturday, sept. 4 Ogles Chapel
Ogles Chapel Community Church on Jayell, 5 p.m., bean supper and singing featuring the Parton Boys. 453-0763
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 Restaurant, Highway 321. 659-0690.
Yard Sale Benefit
Benefit yard sale, 8 a.m. 418 McMahan Ave., Sevierville. to help with Andy Green medical expenses. Information/ donations, 286-5542.
Sally is a year-old terrier mix. Tiger is a yearold orange and white domestic short hair mix. The adoption fee for cats and dogs is $100 and covers their first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip. The Gnatty Branch Animal Shelter is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For a complete list of available pets go to www.sevierhumane.org and click on adopt.
sunday, sept. 5 Walnut Grove Baptist
Walnut Grove Baptist Church singing 7 p.m., featuring Zambian Vocal Group from Africa. 6175380.
Old Harp Singing
Wears Valley United Methodist Church Old Harp singing 2 p.m. 428-2239.
Descendants and relatives of John and Miranda Price reunion at Price Family Cemetery in Emerts Cove off Highway 321, Pittman Center. Covered dish lunch served at noon.
Flea Market Fellowship Fellowship 8-9 a.m.
inside Great Smokies Flea Market. Speaker, Judge Dwight Stokes.
monday, sept. 6 Gold Wing Riders
Gold Wing Road Riders Assn. meets 6:30 p.m. I-HOP Sevierville. 6604400.
Hot Meals For Hungry Hearts 5:30-6:30 p.m., Henderson Chapel Baptist Church, 407 Henderson Road, Pigeon Forge. Sponsored by SMARM.
Prayer in Action
Concerned Women of America Prayer in Action, 6-7 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC. 436-0313.
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The classes begin at 5:30 p.m. and last approximately three and one-half hours. A $10 registration fee must be paid at the Community Center by Tuesday before each class. The balance of $12.50 for CPR class must be paid on the day of the class. The same book and supplies will be used in the first aid class, if taken by the same person. For more information, contact Sherry Jochen at 436-4990.
Mothers Day Out
Mothers Day Out, First Baptist Church, Gatlinburg, fall classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year for ages 1-4. 436-4685.
GATLINBURG â€” The Gatlinburg Recreation Department announces Red Cross first aid and CPR classes to be held at the Community Center. Classes will be held Wednesdays according to the following schedule: n Sept. 15: Adult CPR n Sept. 29: First aid n Oct. 13: Child & Infant CPR n Oct. 27: Adult CPR n Nov. 10: First aid n Dec. 1: Child & Infant CPR
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u Vincent Joseph Bastanzi, 22, of 2859 Luther Catlett Circle in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 30 with vandalism: $500 to $1,000. He was being held in lieu of $1,500 bond. u Collin McCrae Bollinger, 31, of 310 Huskey Road Lot 19 in Seymour, was charged Aug. 30 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u Fabian Colon, 40, of Prairieville, La., was charged Aug. 30 with public intoxication. He was released on $500 bond. u Kenneth Grahm Doolittle, 43, of 330 Mount Drive in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 31 with aggravated domestic assault and violation of an order of protection. He was being held. u Rachel Olivia Fox, 23, of 1084 Berry Trail Drive in Sevierville, was charged Aug. 30 with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was released. u Joshua Lynn Gibson, 27, of 1437 Sugar Loaf Mountain Road in Sevierville, was charged
Aug. 30 with a two counts of violation of probation. He was released on $3,500 bond. u Herschel Ronald Givens, 36, of 390 E. Parkway in Gatlinburg, was charged Aug. 31 with domestic violence assault. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. u David Lee Mills, 44, of4025 Parkway Room #259 in Pigeon Forge, was charged Aug. 31 with violation of probation. He was being held. u Jacob Anthony Moak, 32, of 4929 Mathis Branch Road in Cosby, was charged Aug. 30 with driving while revoked. He was released on $1,500 bond. u Jigar Dhansukhla Patel, 27, of 3180 Hickory Drive #426 in Pigeon forge, was charged Aug. 30 with DUI. He was being held. u Pattie Anne Roe, 48, of 339 Stephens Road in Gatlinburg, was charged Aug. 31 with domestic violence assault. She was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u Cesar Vindel Rojas, 30, of 520 Reagan Drive in Gatlinburg, was charged Aug. 30 with public intoxication. He was released on $500 bond. u Sherry Renee Sinclair, 45, of 459 Asbury Drive in Pigeon Forge, was charged Aug. 30 with misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court, criminal trespass and theft of property. She was being held.
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The Mountain Press â—† Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Arthur Clifford Myers Jr. Arthur Clifford (A.C.) Myers, Jr., 75 of Sevierville, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. He was a member of Richardsonâ€™s Cove Baptist Church, and a musician. He was retired from Cherokee Textile Mills with the millâ€™s longest tenure of 51years. Survivors: wife Pauline Myers; daughter and son-in-law Cathy and Roger Ogle; son and daughter-in-law David and Jewel Myers; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one expected great-grandson; brother Jack Myers and wife Lissie; sisters, Eva Rhodes and Juanita Bishop. Family and friends will meet 10 a.m. Wednesday at Evans Chapel Cemetery for graveside service and interment with Dr. David Ayers officiating. The family received friends 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Texas man slits throat in court after sentencing
William â€œRobertâ€? Broyhill William â€œRobertâ€? Broyhill, age 65 of Sevierville, passed away Monday, August 30, 2010. Mr. Broyhill was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by his mother Della Hurst and aunt Elizabeth Breeden. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Jessica Broyhill; daughters and son-in-law, Dena and Adam Sutton, Tina Broyhill; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jasmine, Keith, Brittany, Angel, and C.J.; brothers, Jim Broyhill, Edward Hurst, Harold Hurst and wife Jennifer; special friends, Laura and Mike Walters. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley Funeral Home. Graveside service and interment 10 a.m. Thursday in Catonâ€™s Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Ronnie Messer officiating and military honors provided by American Legion Post 104. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Earl R. Todd Earl R. Todd, 82 of Sevierville, died Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2010 at the family home. He was preceded in death by one day, by his wife of 62 years Barbara Todd. Survivors: daughter and sonin-law, Kathy and Jim Brown of Sevierville; daughter, Cindy Mason of Demorest, Ga; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Kim Todd of Branson, Mo.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society. Cremation services provided by McCarty Funeral Directors and Cremation Services, 607 Wall Street, Sevierville, TN 37862, 774-2950.
Thomas F. Perry Thomas F. Perry, 86 of Sevierville, formerly of Rumford, Me., died Sunday, Aug. 29. 2010. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the air offensive in Europe, Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland until June of 1945. He flew 65 missions during that time period. He was a member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, Shriners, American Legion, Elks and a lifetime member in Veterans of Foreign War. Survivors: wife Lee Rowley Perry; sister-in-law and husband, Jackelyn and Tom Schafer; several nieces and nephews of Rumford, including Michael Bean and wife Heidi Bean. A private memorial service will be held. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Nancy Stinnett Russell Nancy Stinnett Russell, 69 of Kodak, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010 at Jefferson County Nursing Home. She was a member of Martha Davis Baptist Church. Survivors: sons and daughtersin-law, David Russell and fiance Renee Mayerchak Bryan Russell, Paul and Darlene Russell; special son, Stephen Perry; three grandchildren; sisters, Patsy Moore, Joy Foley. Funeral service 7 p.m. Wednesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Nathaniel Wilson officiating. Interment 10 a.m. Thursday in Beech Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Charlie Harkleroad officiating. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Ruth (Noland) Klein Ruth (Noland) Klein, 72 of Sevierville, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010. Survivors: daughter, Kim Klein Cusick and husband Al; son, Scott Klein and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Aaron Klein, Megan Klein, and Alysyn Cusick Williams and husband Randy; great-grandchildren, Taten McGill and Kendall Williams. Ruth was a prayer warrior, studied Godâ€™s word faithfully, a talented seamstress and a master quilter. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Sevier County Food Ministry.
Ruby Seaton Rainwater
Ruby Seaton Rainwater, age 97, Knoxville, TN, born Aug. 24, 1913, in Sevier County, entered eternal life Aug. 29, 2010. A resident at Heritage Assisted Living and Shannondale Health Care Center. She was a graduate of Murphy Collegiate Institute, Sevierville, TN, and upon marriage became a lifelong resident of Knoxville, being a volunteer in many organizations in support of her sons and family. A member of Macedonia United Methodist Church she was preceded in death by husband of 73 years Clyde B. Rainwater, Knoxville; parents, George Washington and Daisy Ogle Seaton, Sevier County, TN; grandsons, Todd Howard Rainwater, Longwood, FL, and James Wiley Rainwater, Knoxville; brothers, Clyde, Buford and Roy Seaton, and sister, Trula S. Sutton, all of Sevierville; and nephews, David and Ronnie Seaton, Sevierville; and survived by sons, Earl (Virginia) and Burl [Ilene], of Knoxville, and Carl [Ruth Ann] of Longwood, FL; grandchildren, Sheri R. [Derwin] Hagood, Knoxville, Sissie R. [Glenn] Hargreaves, Franklin, TN, and Douglas B. Rainwater, New York, NY; and seven great grandchildren, Haley E., Taylor G.., Hannah E. and Holly E. Hagood, Knoxville, TN, Megan L. and Matthew G. Hargreaves, Franklin, TN, and Kaley R. Rainwater, Winter Springs, FL; nieces, Charlene S. Leatherwood, Sevierville, TN, and Glenda E. Arnold, Marietta, GA, and nephews, Charles C. and George R. Seaton, and Rex and Max Sutton, Sevierville, TN. The family has appreciated the caregiving services of Beulah Morgan and Melba Cummings and her daughter, Christy. Family and friends will meet at the Middle Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery, Sevierville, TN, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4th, 2010, for a graveside memorial service and interment with Rev. Bobby Ely officiating. In lieu of flowers, gifts and memorials may be made to Macedonia United Methodist Church, 4630 Holston Dr., Knoxville, TN 37914, or Middle Creek United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 4163, Sevierville, TN 37864. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at Rose Mortuary Broadway, Knoxville, TN. Online condolences may be made at www. rosemortuary.com
DALLAS (AP) â€” A suburban Dallas man used a thin blade from a safety razor to slit his throat in an apparent suicide attempt Tuesday in the courtroom where a judge had just sentenced him to 40 years in prison. Marcial Anguiano, 47, of Duncanville, was taken from the Dallas County courthouse on a stretcher with his neck covered in bandages, state District Judge Larry Mitchell said. Anguiano, who was talking as he was carried out, was hospitalized in stable condition, Dallas County sheriffâ€™s spokeswoman
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vant she knows with what it appears heâ€™s done. â€œJoe is always so happy and nice,â€? Clabo says. â€œHe was probably as good a public servant as any official in this courthouse before this happened. He went beyond his means to help you.â€? County Commissioner Jimmie Temple agrees Keener went above and beyond to serve people in the office the voters elected him to five times, including on Aug. 5. â€œHeâ€™s been a good officeholder,â€? says Temple, quickly adding, â€œbut things happen. When he came into office, he was young and energetic. He began to do a lot of things in his office to streamline.â€? Temple points out Keener extended the departmentâ€™s hours, modernized the systems for marriage and notary licenses, and started
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Keener handed in a resignation letter Monday addressed to County Mayor Larry Waters, who took the document in his role as chairman of the County Commission. In the letter, Keener cited the financial problems in the office and said he has worked to rectify them. Reports indicate Keener has made repayment of money that was missing. That repayment would not excuse him from criminal prosecution if the TBI determines that step is warranted, though it may help lessen Keenerâ€™s punishment. With Keenerâ€™s departure, Chief Deputy Clerk Karen Cotter has taken over, a move dictated by state law. Keenerâ€™s county-issued car has been sitting in its designated parking spot for the last few days. In the case of such a change in whoâ€™s running the office, the comptrolGraveside service only will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday lerâ€™s office requires that the held at 11 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 1 at Smoky Mountain Memory Garden in Pigeon Forge. Arrangements handled by McCarty Funeral Directors. McCarty Funeral Directors and Cremation Services, Sevierville, 774-2950.
prior to the services at Manes Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign on-line at www.manesfuenralhome. com. Manes Funeral Home is in charge.
office is just across the hall. While the mayor and the clerk had some spats over the years, including a very public battle over space for Keenerâ€™s office a couple years ago, Waters says neither man let any negative feelings fester. â€œIn this business you have disagreements with different folks, but you know thatâ€™s just part of the job, and Joe always saw it that way, too,â€? Waters explains. â€œJoe did his best to modernize his office and to institute additional services for the people he served. He certainly provided assistance to a lot of people in Sevier County.â€? When Waters heard the man he describes as â€œvery friendly and easygoingâ€? may have mishandled money in his office, he says he was shocked. Disappointment came soon after, followed by another powerful emotion. â€œThere is an extreme amount of sadness,â€? Waters says. â€œI just hate this happened.â€?
department remain closed for a time to allow its auditors to check the cash on hand. Essentially thatâ€™s an effort to record exactly how much money is there at the time of the turnover, a move that is meant to give the new officeholder a fresh start. The closure, which lasted from Tuesday morning through early afternoon, was announced only by some paper signs taped on the windows of the darkened clerkâ€™s office that read, â€œOffice closed until further notice.â€? Apparently no effort was made to let folks like Donna Kirby know they wouldnâ€™t be able to get services like vehicle registration renewals. â€œIâ€™ve been here since 10:30,â€? Kirby said as she stood in a line of folks Tuesday afternoon waiting for the office to open â€” a line that snaked back for quite a distance through the courthouse halls. â€œI was told earlier they were going to open at 12, then we were told it would be later than that. I have to wait because I have to get this renewed. Itâ€™s
the last day of the month. I never wait until the end of the month to do this, but this time I did. I guess it just serves me right that theyâ€™re closed.â€? While Kirby was trying to keep her sense of humor, Debby Abbott, who stood just behind Kirby in line, was a bit more frustrated. She said sheriffâ€™s deputies trying to keep the crowd orderly offered some assurances that turned out not to be exactly accurate. â€œThey keep saying itâ€™ll just be a few more minutes. Theyâ€™ve been saying that for a while now,â€? Abbott said. â€œIâ€™ve been without a vehicle for two years and this is the day I decided to buy one. I had to lose time from work to be here and I canâ€™t even get it done.â€? Both women said they hadnâ€™t heard anything about the turmoil in the clerkâ€™s office until the word started spreading among those waiting. â€œI guess this was a surprise for most people,â€? Abbott said.
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