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The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 244 ■ September 1, 2010 ■ ■ 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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Month ends with spike in bloodshed 5 more Americans die in Afghan fighting

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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. “I loved all my students and I have a special place in my heart for the class of 1960,� 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 — 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 — that sets meeting times, rules and committees for the full body — is suggested

Night of Mercy fundraiser for SMARM to be Saturday Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE — In one night, local businesses can make a difference in the lives of struggling Sevier County families. “One Night Of Mercy� 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

Blalock Natatorium to reopen next week Submitted Report SEVIERVILLE — 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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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 â—† The Mountain Press

First aid, CPR classes offered

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.

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.


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.


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.

Women’s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace women’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 Green’s medical expenses. To donate items call 286-5542.

friday, sept. 3 MOPS

JOY Club

American Legion

American Legion Post 104 dinner meeting, 6 p.m. 908-4310 or

Just Older Youth Club meets at Pigeon Forge Community Center. Bingo 10:30 a.m., covered dish lunch 11:30. 429-7373.

Kindness Counts

Sunny View Church

Kindness Counts, formerly Feral Cat Friends, meets 7 p.m.. 654-2684.

Scrapbook Club

Scrapbook Club meets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m., Whispering Winds on Snapp Road. 429-3721.

Dishdodgers Bowling

Dishdodgers bowling league start-up meeting 6 p.m., Sevierville Bowling Center. 453-6724 or 9089622.

Blood Drive

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.

Women’s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge

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.

Anna Porter Public Library’s free showing of “Nine� 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

Farmers Markets

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 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.

Price Reunion

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

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.

Farmers Market

GATLINBURG — 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

Adoptable pets


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 Richardson’s Cove Baptist Church, and a musician. He was retired from Cherokee Textile Mills with the mill’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

In Memoriam

William “Robert� Broyhill William “Robert� 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 Caton’s Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Ronnie Messer officiating and military honors provided by American Legion Post 104. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n


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

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

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 God’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.

In Memoriam

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.

DALLAS (AP) — 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 sheriff’s spokeswoman


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vant she knows with what it appears he’s done. “Joe is always so happy and nice,� Clabo says. “He was probably as good a public servant as any official in this courthouse before this happened. He went beyond his means to help you.� 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. “He’s been a good officeholder,� says Temple, quickly adding, “but 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.� Temple points out Keener extended the department’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 Keener’s punishment. With Keener’s departure, Chief Deputy Clerk Karen Cotter has taken over, a move dictated by state law. Keener’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 who’s running the office, the comptrolGraveside service only will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday ler’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 Keener’s office a couple years ago, Waters says neither man let any negative feelings fester. “In this business you have disagreements with different folks, but you know that’s just part of the job, and Joe always saw it that way, too,� Waters explains. “Joe 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.� When Waters heard the man he describes as “very friendly and easygoing� may have mishandled money in his office, he says he was shocked. Disappointment came soon after, followed by another powerful emotion. “There is an extreme amount of sadness,� Waters says. “I just hate this happened.�

department remain closed for a time to allow its auditors to check the cash on hand. Essentially that’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 clerk’s office that read, “Office closed until further notice.� Apparently no effort was made to let folks like Donna Kirby know they wouldn’t be able to get services like vehicle registration renewals. “I’ve been here since 10:30,� Kirby said as she stood in a line of folks Tuesday afternoon waiting for the office to open — a line that snaked back for quite a distance through the courthouse halls. “I 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. It’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 they’re closed.� 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 sheriff’s deputies trying to keep the crowd orderly offered some assurances that turned out not to be exactly accurate. “They keep saying it’ll just be a few more minutes. They’ve been saying that for a while now,� Abbott said. “I’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 can’t even get it done.� Both women said they hadn’t heard anything about the turmoil in the clerk’s office until the word started spreading among those waiting. “I guess this was a surprise for most people,� Abbott said.






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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A powerful Hurricane Earl threatened to sideswipe much of the East Coast just ahead of Labor Day, worrying countless vacationers who planned to spend the traditional last week of summer at the beach. The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned people along the Eastern Seaboard to prepare for possible evacuations and islanders in the Turks and Caicos hunkered down in their homes Tuesday as the Category 4 hurricane steamed across the Caribbean with winds of 135 mph. Earl was expected to remain over the open ocean before turning north and running parallel to the East Coast, bringing high winds and heavy rain to North Carolina’s Outer Banks by late Thursday or early Friday. From there, forecasters said, it could curve away from the coast somewhat as it makes it way north, perhaps hitting Massachusetts’ Cape Cod and the Maine shoreline on Friday night and Saturday. “My guests are calling and they don’t know what to do and I don’t know what to tell them,� said Dave Dawson, owner of the oceanfront Cape Hatteras Motel in Buxton, N.C. Forecasters cautioned that it was still too early to tell how close Earl might come to land. But not since Hurricane Bob in 1991 has such a powerful storm had such a large swath of the East Coast in its sights, said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.


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bought at a package store, at least it’s consumed at home,� he said. People who want to buy bottled spirits currently have to drive to Gatlinburg or out of Sevier County, he said. Even though they’re consuming the alcohol in Sevierville, they’re buying it somewhere else and the revenues aren’t staying here. He’s been seeking petition signers in a variety of ways, including mailing out copies with a return envelope addressed to “vote� and using a Sevierville post office box. The deadline for putting those signatures in the mail is today. Duckworth said he understands the deadline for submitting the peti-


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er cables to bypass an electronic system that would have disabled the ride unless all the restraints were secured. Judge Ogle found that Zamperla Inc., the Italian manufacturer of “the Hawk,� did not share in liability for the incident because a working safety system had been bypassed. The appellate court issued a ruling affirming Ogle’s judgment, saying, “We agree defendants had no apparent reason to believe the manager of an amusement park, especially this manager, would criminally bypass the ride’s safety system and place the park’s guests in peril.� A Sevier County jury eventually found that the park manager, Charles Stan Martin, was responsible for maintenance of the ride and was the only person working at the park with the technical expertise to disable the safety measure. Martin’s background included working on electronic systems on missiles for the Air Force and on nuclear reactors for TVA, as well as training by Zamperla. The district attorney general’s office charged Martin with second-degree murder,





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Ovary removal benefits seen for high-risk women CHICAGO (AP) — Surgery to remove healthy ovaries gives a triple benefit to high-risk women: It lowers their threat of breast and ovarian cancer, and boosts their chances of living longer, new research suggests. The study is the largest to date to find advantages for preventive surgery for women who carry BRCA gene mutations. Women with the faulty genes have a dramatically higher cancer risk than other women — five times greater for breast cancer and at least 10 times greater for ovarian cancer. The study, appearing in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association, found benefits for women with two different BRCA gene variants whether they had previously had breast cancer or not. The results offer more tailored evidence for women considering ovary removal, a surgery that ends fertility, fast-forwards them into early menopause and may con-

tion to the Sevier County Election Commission is Friday; Administrator of Elections Ronee Flynn said Tuesday she wasn’t sure if that was the correct deadline in this case because there is no municipal election. Duckworth was optimistic that he would have enough signatures to get the referendum on the ballot. “I think we’re going to get more than enough,� he said. There hasn’t been any negative feedback so far,

tribute to osteoporosis or heart problems later in life. “It’s really critical to have the best information when making such a profound decision,� said senior author Timothy Rebbeck of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The researchers followed nearly 2,500 women with BRCA mutations in Austria, England, the Netherlands and the United States. All the women were cancer-free at the start. They were watched for an average of four years. Most of the women were younger than 50 at the start of the study. They got counseling to help them choose between surgery or increased screening to watch for cancers early. Ten percent of the women chose mastectomy and 40 percent chose to have their ovaries removed; some had both. More than half the women had neither surgery.

he added, although he liquor by the drink did, anticipates there will be we’ve got it,� he said. some. Local business people have supported the idea, he said. “I talked to a lot of business owners before I even started checking into it,� Duckworth said. Mayor Bryan Atchley said he isn’t taking a position on the matter; he took the same view in 2008 when petitions surfaced to allow the sale of liquor by the drink in the city. “If it passes, just like

but the jury convicted him of the lesser count of reckless homicide. Ogle gave Martin an eight-year, suspended sentence, noting that while the conviction was serious it was the only criminal offense on Martin’s record. Alexander’s family sued Martin, the owners of the Rockin’ Raceway and Zamperla. They eventually settled with Martin and the park owners, but the compliant against Zamperla continued until Ogle issued a summary judgement in favor of the company. Ogle found that Zamperla could not have predicted Martin’s actions, and that Martin significantly altered the safety systems. Appellate judge John McClarty noted the plaintiffs were unable to find a single other incident where tampering with a ride by its owner or manager resulted in the death of a rider. “Under these circumstances, we must disagree wit the plaintiff’s portrayal of the park manager’s intentional conduct as reasonably foreseeable or presenting a trialbe issue of fact.� The ride’s safety system were complicated enough that it took “highly specialized technical expertise� to complete the alterations, the court found. n




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United Way to kick off drive

The Sevier County United Way will hold its kickoff for the 2010 campaign at 1 p.m. Thursday at The Inn at Christmas Place. For more information call 430-5727 or e-mail to Desserts will be served.



Heritage Day set Sept. 18

Pittman Center’s annual Heritage Day will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Town Hall. There will be some 70 arts and crafts vendors as well as demonstrations. At 1 p.m. there will be an auction to raise money for playground equipment and the scholarship fund. For more information call 436-5499.


United Way of Sevier County is gearing up for its seventh annual Great Gatlinburg Shark Race, set for 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The $10 tickets are available at Ripley’s Aquarium, Food City, Gatlinburg Welcome centers and other participating area businesses. Each ticket purchased will be represented by a rubber shark racing down the river — with the winner awarded $10,000 in cash. Tickets can also be ordered online at www. For more information, call 430-5727. SEVIER COUNTY

Night of Mercy helps SMARM

In one night, local businesses can make a difference in the lives of struggling Sevier County families. “One Night Of Mercy” on Saturday is a way local lodging businesses can help Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. SMARM is asking each business to donate $1 for each room rental on Saturday. This donation will assist in keeping a family from homelessness. For more information, call SMARM Director Dick Wellons at 908-3153 or visit

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Server challenges guns in bars law Claim says it creates an unsafe workplace NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville server has filed a complaint with the state claiming that a new law allowing guns in bars creates an unsafe workplace. The state Legislature passed the law this year after an earlier law that tried to limit guns to establishments that primarily sold food was

struck down as unconstitutionally vague. The Tennessean reports the complaint was filed by an anonymous server at Jackson’s Bar and Bistro. The complaint alleges the law violates Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. According to the complaint, the server has seen handguns carried into the restaurant and


School praised for Monday reaction

A Northeast Tennessee education official says a school resource officer, staff members and students reacted “phenomenally well” to a gun-wielding man before he was fatally shot at Sullivan Central High School. Deputies fatally shot 62-year-old Thomas Richard Cowan when he refused to drop a loaded pistol at the school Monday. No one else was hurt. Sullivan County schools director Jubal Yennie said resource officer Carolyn Gudger and principal Melanie Riden confronted Cowan and kept him away from students until the arrival of deputies who shot Cowan. Investigators have not said why Cowan went to the school where his brother is a janitor. Gudger was on administrative leave Tuesday along with other deputies present at the shooting.

patrons forcefully ejected from the property. Nashville attorney David Randolph Smith represents the server. He was also behind the successful lawsuit that struck down the earlier law. Smith said his client would consider a federal lawsuit if the complaint is unsuccessful. “The general duty clause of TOSHA says that an employer has a duty to protect and

safeguard employees against recognized hazards to human health, safety and life,” said Smith. “The only question is, ’Are armed gunmen a hazard in a bar?’ “ A spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Work force Development confirmed the complaint had been received and said an inspection would take place in the coming weeks.

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“ ...The main message I have to you is congratulations on a job well done. The country appreciates you. I appreciate you. And the most pride I take in my job is being your Commander-inChief. ...” — President Barack Obama in remarks to soldiers at Fort Bliss, marking the official end to combat activities in Iraq

“Because they caught La Barbie alive, he will be a very important source of information against El Chapo. La Barbie was once the bodyguard of El Chapo Guzman.” — Raul Benitez, a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico who studies the drug trade after police captured Mexican drug kingpin Edgar Valdez Villarreal on Tuesday

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McCain win not really too inspiring Let’s be blunt: John McCain’s winning campaign over former GOP Rep. J.D. Hayworth in the recent Arizona Republican Senate primary was neither edifying nor inspiring. In the language of sports, McCain “won ugly” in that home-state primary dominated by conservative voters who distrusted him for his original opposition to George W. Bush’s tax cuts, his leadership on campaign finance reform and his collaboration with the late Sen. Edward Kennedy on an immigration bill that would have provided a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already working in the U.S. OK, so in the summer of 2010 John McCain failed to write a new chapter in “Profiles in Courage.” But, as one who has disagreed with him on many issues, I want to say a few words in behalf of John McCain and why he deserves to be cut a little slack. First, McCain is today one of only seven living Americans — the others being George McGovern, Walter Mondale, Bob Dole, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore and John Kerry — who knows firsthand how painfully public and publicly painful it is to become the presidential nominee of his party and to fail to win the White House. What it means for starters is that the first line of your obituary, “(fill in the blank), defeated presidential nominee, died yesterday at the age of,” has already been written. Having seen up-close that awful sense of loss and disappointment, I offer this story about this tiny brotherhood of misery. In 1988, four years after he had lost to Ronald Reagan in a landslide, Walter “Fritz” Mondale bumped into George McGovern, who in 1972 had lost in another landslide to Richard Nixon. Mondale reportedly asked McGovern, “Please tell me, George, when does it stop hurting?” McGovern’s revealing response, some 16 years after his own defeat: “I’ll let you know, Fritz, I’ll let you know.” Frequently over the years, I have been criticized -- usually by liberals, but also by conservatives — for going “soft” on John McCain. I plead guilty. I have been impressed by McCain’s lonely Senate crusades — working with Democrats — to successfully rid national campaigns of unrestricted seven-figure “soft money” donations from corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals. I knew it was not easy for him to be just one of two GOP senators willing to oppose President George W. Bush’s $1.35 trillion in tax cuts in 2001 or to be one of three to oppose Bush’s second round of tax cuts in 2003. Yes, he later switched his position. But John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign reminded those of us who cover politics and those who care about the country and how we choose our leaders just what politics at its best can be. In the eight months before the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, McCain — overwhelmingly outspent and outgunned by George W. Bush’s establishment-fueled machine — held 114 town meetings where he stood and answered, with candor and humor, voters’ questions. He listened respectfully to the voters, and they listened to his answers. The more voters saw of him, the more they liked him. He won an 18 percent upset victory over Bush. He also gave reporters covering his campaign unmatched access. He was unscripted with the press, almost all of whom respected his frankness in 2000 by resisting the competitive urge to embarrass the candidate by printing some out-of-context gaffe. Did that make us complicit? I think instead it contributed to better coverage of the campaign and the candidates. I do know that John McCain’s 2000 campaign in New Hampshire taught all of us how politics at its best can serve the nation. And for this alone, I give him the benefit of the doubt. — Mark Shields is a veteran political campaign manager and frequent television talk show commentator. Column distributed by Creators Syndicate. (C)2009 Mark Shields.


The sacred public trust Violate it, as Joe Keener apparently did, and there have to be consequences By all accounts Joe Keener was a nice guy, liked by everyone he worked with in his role as county clerk. Since his appointment in 1992 to fill an unexpired term, he had breezed through five re-election contests, including this year unopposed. In the end, it really doesn’t matter how many people liked Joe Keener and respected his work as clerk. The public trust is sacred. Violate it, and you either get caught and disgraced, or you try to live with the shame of the misdeed. Joe Keener got caught, and today he is out of office, an embarrassment to many, and facing the possibility of criminal charges. He apparently mishandled a reported $100,000 in public money. Auditors discovered it, called in more auditors, and in the midst of an audit investigation into the financial operations of the office, Keener took a leave, then on

Monday resigned. In his letter of resignation he indicated any missing money had been repaid, which surely will work in his favor should criminal charges be brought. And even if he did repay the money, a criminal investigation simply has to be done. The public is owed not just repayment of missing funds. It must be assured that the justice system will not forgive or ignore wrongdoing simply because missing funds were paid back. For now, it’s mostly speculation and rumor. The audit results have not been released. Many of those who seem to know what’s going on don’t want to be quoted or to speak on the record. If Keener took money that wasn’t his, we don’t know why. It’s been a story difficult to get one’s hands around, but there is enough there to know something wrong hap-

pened, and a man lost his elected job because of it. It’s a shame. A tragedy. No one can or should be happy about any of this. People in the courthouse are saddened. A good man is out of office. Yes, a good man. Joe Keener made a mistake, it appears, and there have to be consequences. But not everyone who violates the public trust is evil or nefarious. People get caught up in things, they make bad judgments, they screw up, they get in the middle of impossible and difficult situations and then do the wrong thing to try to get out of them. That doesn’t make them bad people. Just flawed, like all of us. The Joe Keener story isn’t over. We don’t know how it will play out. We only know he has left the office he loved, his fate in the hands of others. He really needs family and friends now.

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Public forum Editorial cartoon in paper makes inappropriate statement

Editor: I take some exception to the editorial cartoon you printed Aug. 30 on Page A7. The cartoon depicts two characters sitting on a bench. One says to the other, “Putting a mosque at Ground Zero would be like putting a McDonald’s in Mecca.” The other character responds, “Actually Mecca has four McDonald’s.” This is apples and oranges. A McDonald’s has no relationship to a mosque. A more appropriate statement would have been, “Putting a mosque at Ground Zero would be like putting a Baptist church in Mecca.” Saudi Arabia, the country in which Mecca is located, allows no churches in the

entire country, not only in Mecca. In fact, non-Muslims may not even enter the city of Mecca. When one looks at the question in this context, one wonders why the idea of tolerance is a one-way street. Carolyn H. Genc Pigeon Forge

Nobody ever offered a thank you when donating books to library

Editor: I read a recent letter regarding book donations to our new library. I agree with the writer in part. We should all donate books that we do not need any more to the library. They can certainly use them, and perhaps other people will benefit from them.

The part of the letter that I did not find true, at least in my case, was the part about being thanked by the staff. My wife and I have donated several hundred books in recent months, from novels to cookbooks, and have never been thanked even once. When I donated books, I told a lady inside that I had books and she sent someone to open the back door. I backed my car up to the back door and someone unlocked the door from the inside, wheeled a cart out for me to put the books on and disappeared back into the building. Once I finished loading my books on the cart, I wheeled it inside, walked out, closed the door behind me, and drove off. Never a word from any staff member. Ronald Pickell Sevierville

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The Mountain Press â—† Wednesday, September 1, 2010

AP Poll: Most attuned voters tilt toward GOP By ALAN FRAM Associated Press Writer

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A sign discouraging marijuana growing sits on property next to what was once a egg farm near Longmont, Colo., on Monday.

Rocky Mountain high? Proposed pot farm in Colorado angers residents By IVAN MORENO Associated Press Writer LONGMONT, Colo. — The investor saw potential in the scrubby 67 acres tucked away amid multimillion dollar homes: He would turn the land into a vast pot farm and capitalize on the booming medical marijuana industry. But Scott Mullner, a city councilman from Laramie, Wyo., infuriated his Colorado neighbors with his plan to place a marijuana farm in the midst of their idyllic Northern Colorado countryside. They say the project will damage property values and attract more unwanted attention than the previous business at the location — an organic egg farm. “Nobody is going to come out and steal a chicken,� said Lance Messinger, 56, who lives less than a mile from the proposed marijuana site. “So it was pretty benign to the neighborhood, is what I’m saying.� Despite a flurry of e-mails and calls from residents opposed to the idea, Boulder County commissioners decided against holding a public hearing on the issue on Tuesday, allowing Mullner’s application to proceed. The county banned medical marijuana growing operations in agricultural areas in June but Mullner was able to get his application in before that. Commissioners said they had to abide by the rules at the time. Mullner still must proceed through the rest of the regulatory process and opponents say they’ll continue the fight.

“We’re going to keep working on it, we’re going to make it difficult for them and we’re going to grow our numbers. It’s unconscionable, I cannot believe that they did that,� said resident Nancy Peters, 62, one of 40 opponents who attended the meeting. In addition to upsetting the locals, Mullner’s plan is raising questions about the future of growing medical pot in Colorado, one of 14 states where it is legal. One question is whether out-ofstate investors can profit from the state-regulated industry. Under state law, Mullner can’t grow the marijuana because he’s not a Colorado resident. But if his request is approved, he could make a profit by selling or leasing the land to someone who is eligible, or he could move to Colorado, wait two years to become eligible, then grow it himself. New state rules that went into effect this year state that a grower can supply only one dispensary. But, if the farm is divided into subplots, each serving a different dispensary business, it could theoretically serve many, said Brian Vicente, executive director of Sensible Colorado, a medical marijuana patients’ group. Dispensaries have a Wednesday deadline to meet a state requirement that they’re growing 70 percent of the marijuana they sell, and industry watchers see a potential for subdivided farms supplying pot shops. “I think this is the beginning of marijuana being treated more like a legitimate agriculture product,� said Vicente.

The proposed pot farm would be unprecedented in terms of its size and wide-open nature, even by national standards. In New Mexico and Washington state, for example, growing operations are secretly located. In California, the locales of growing operations are not publicly disclosed. The exception is the city of Oakland, which has approved a plan to authorize large-scale pot cultivation beginning in January, but the operations would be in industrial not residential areas. While Colorado has hundreds of medical marijuana plots, most of them are indoors in warehouses or in the grower’s basement, said Jeff Gard, a medical marijuana attorney in Boulder. “This will be the first one that will be out in the open for everyone to see,� Gard said. That doesn’t set well with the people who built their dream houses in the countryside about 40 miles north of Denver, Messinger said. The area offers small lakes and homes and land surrounded by white wooden fences. Residents grow alfalfa and sunflowers and advertise the sale of hay. Those who have written or called county officials are concerned that a marijuana farm will disrupt their tranquility and make them vulnerable to crime. One resident worried about the aroma the farm might produced. “My grandkids play outside here every day. I do not want them inhaling that. Please reconsider!!!�

Ex-President Clinton to stump for McWherter NASHVILLE (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Tennessee to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter. The McWherter campaign confirmed that Clinton is scheduled to be in Nashville on Sept. 9. Spokesman Shelby White said Monday that detailed plans for the visit were still being worked out. McWherter, the son of former Gov. Ned

WASHINGTON — Americans with the strongest opinions about the country’s most divisive issues are largely unhappy with how President Barack Obama is handling them, an ominous sign for Democrats hoping to retain control of Congress in the fall elections. In nine of 15 issues examined in an Associated Press-GfK Poll this month, more Americans who expressed intense interest in a problem voiced strong opposition to Obama’s work on it, including the economy, unemployment, federal deficits and terrorism. They were about evenly split over the president’s efforts on five issues and strongly approved of his direction on just one: U.S. relationships with other countries. In another danger sign for Democrats, most Americans extremely concerned about 10 of the issues say they will vote for the Republican candidate in their local House race. Only those highly interested in the environment lean toward the Democrats. The findings are troubling for Democrats struggling to protect their House and Senate majorities on Election Day. They suggest that many of the most involved voters — those with the deepest feelings about issues high on the nation’s agenda — are furious with the party in power and will take out their wrath at the polls. “I’m going to vote Republican, and hope there’s some kind of message sent to the administration that the public is unhappy with what’s happened the first two years of the Obama administration,� said Mark Milanese, 49, a building remodeler from Coatesville, Pa., who expressed strong disapproval for the president’s approach to many major issues. Congressional races often turn on local concerns and the candidates’ character, factors that may yet sway many races this year. But many analysts think the public’s widely sour mood — just 35 percent in the AP-GfK poll said the country is headed in the right direction — means this year’s campaigns could be widely influenced by national issues, especially the economy. “The economy is poor, we’re muddling through in Afghanistan, we’re not making much progress in the war on terror,� said Paul Goren, a University of Minnesota political scientist who studies voting behavior. “Every once in a while national issues can intrude. It looks like there’s a good chance this will be one of those elections.� To find people with the most intense views, the AP examined poll respondents who called an issue extremely important and compared those who strongly approved of Obama’s handling of that matter with those who strongly disapproved. By a 3-to-1 margin, more of these highly opinionated people strongly disapproved of the president’s effort on the economy than strongly approved. More strongly disapproved of Obama’s actions by a 2-to-1 ratio on unemployment, 2-1 on health care, 6-1 on the deficit and 2-1 on terrorism. His performance on Afghanistan, taxes, immigration and gas prices also drew strong disapproval.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 â—† The Mountain Press

Secret testimony reveals stars’ loss in ‘Bling Ring’ By ANTHONY McCARTNEY AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES — Roughly two weeks before a judge would sentence her to jail, Lindsay Lohan sat in a downtown courtroom and recounted to a grand jury how a burglar’s black fingerprints on her wall left her so unnerved that she had to move. Moments later, Orlando Bloom told the same panel how a break-in at his home had left him distrustful of those around him, especially after he realized his carefully hidden collection of watches had been plundered. The appearance of Lohan, Bloom and four other celebrities in late June before a Los Angeles County grand jury went unnoticed. Yet their testimony helped indict five young people who authorities claim desperately craved what the stars had and were willing to cut through fences and climb through a doggie door to get. The stars’ reactions revealed in recently unsealed testimony obtained by The Associated Press offers the most detailed account so far of the personal toll that resulted from the rash of celebrity break-ins by the so-called “Bling Ring� between October 2008 and August 2009. One ring member pleaded out and served time; the five others face trial later this year. Lohan’s testimony typified the fear felt by the celebrities whose homes had been targeted: “That night I went back to the house, I just felt, to be honest, so violated and uncomfortable that I literally packed as much stuff as I could,� Lohan told the jurors, “because it wasn’t about the things that were taken, it was just the fact that someone came into the only private space that I have in my life at this point.� One-by-one, Rachel Bilson, Audrina Patridge and Paris Hilton also recounted for grand jurors how they walked into their supposedly secure Hollywood Hills homes to find them ransacked and looted. Brian Austin Green told the jury how the burglary of his home — the last one targeted — was so stealthy that he thought his missing items were simply misplaced. It wasn’t until a detective called and told him his stolen Sig Sauer handgun had been recovered that he realized he’d been robbed. Some of the items stolen were eventually returned. But still outstanding are several irreplaceable personal items, including Bilson’s mother’s engagement

“We have always sort of lived a very, I guess, trusting lifestyle and we just didn’t set the alarm. I now do, every time I leave the house. Even if it’s for 20 minutes.� — Rachel Bilson

ring that she gave to “The O.C.� star. For a while, the actors told jurors, their belongings had been replaced with a sense of vulnerability and dread. “It took me a while to feel comfortable staying there,� Bilson said of her home. “I wouldn’t sleep in my bedroom for about a month. “And I was convinced that I needed to sell my house and get out of there, because I was very scared,� she told jurors. “But I’m still there.� Deputy District Attorney Sarika Kim, who is handling the prosecution, urged jurors to overlook the stars’ wealth and celebrity. “It doesn’t matter,� Kim told the grand jury in closing remarks. “The fact that you are able to replace property doesn’t matter. And in fact, we heard evidence in this case some of the folks weren’t able to replace any of the property. Some folks lost items of sentimental value.� “And I think the one thing that was abundantly clear from listening to the testimony of all of the victims was what they lost most importantly was a sense of security,� Kim said. None of the stars have testified in open court. Bloom likely would have been the first, but Alexis Neiers, who was charged with his break-in, took a plea deal before trial. An aspiring model and reality television star, Neiers served 30 days in jail. But the celebrities could still take the stand if any of the members of

the Bling Ring go to trial. The five remaining defendants had been previously charged and the actors’ grand jury testimony eliminated the need for a preliminary hearing. The testimony led to indictments for felony residential burglary against Nicholas Frank Prugo, Rachel Lee, Roy Lopez Jr., Courtney Leigh Ames and Diana Tamayo. All five pleaded not guilty on July 2 and are due back in court on Sept. 20 for a pretrial conference. Many of the details of the actual break-ins given to the grand jury have been revealed in search warrants and other court filings, but most of the stars have refrained from talking publicly about their losses. Lohan’s testimony came during a turbulent streak in her life. Her appearance on June 18 occurred about two weeks before a judge handling her criminal case sentenced the “Mean Girls� star to jail for a probation violation. For 40 minutes, Lohan described coming home with her sister early last August to find her rented house in complete disarray. “My front door wasn’t locked, and it usually always was,� Lohan said. “My alarm didn’t sound, and I usually had to turn it off. And everything that I had was kind of thrown, and everything was pretty much disheveled.� A fur coat, two paintings and other high-end jewelry and clothing were missing. When Lohan stepped into her closet, she told jurors, she saw her safe had been moved


Clockwise from top left, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton were among the celebrities who testified before a Los Angeles grand jury in June about burglaries to their homes. and black fingerprints were on her white walls. She said that after she packed up what she had left, she never returned to that house. “I don’t ever plan on going back to that house,� she said. “It was like, such an invasion of privacy, and it’s just eerie.� Bloom, who estimated his losses at half a million dollars or more, said he immediately suspected he’d been robbed by a close friend or someone who worked for him. “It’s just awful because you are suddenly secondguessing everything,�

Bloom told the jury. “You are like, ’Who has been in my house?’ You know, the value of things kind of fades away. It’s really about who is it, who am I starting to question?� The “Pirates of the Caribbean� star said only some of his items — mostly clothes and one of his prized watches — was ever returned. He testified that clothing of his thengirlfriend, model Miranda Kerr, was also stolen. Bloom and Kerr have since married. His house, which one detective likened to the “Bat Cave� because it

couldn’t be seen from the street or the air, was targeted in July 2009. Authorities estimate that there is at least $2 million of the stars’ property that has not been recovered. They suspect that Lee, one of the group’s alleged masterminds, may have hidden the goods before her arrest at her father’s home in Las Vegas. Lee allegedly offered to return some of the stolen property to detectives in exchange for leniency, according to transcripts and other court filings.

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Dear Annie: I am a divorced male in my mid-50s. I cannot seem to find anyone to connect with. I am a fit, intelligent, successful businessman. I can prepare a gourmet meal, clean a bathroom and change the head gasket on a 1986 Pontiac. Most of the women my age tend to be rather fuddy-duddy. They are only interested in their grandchildren, quilting or gardening. Younger women seem to be looking for a mate to start a family. I have no interest in that. I keep myself active in social, theatrical and church activities. I live in a conservative community, and relocating is not an option. It would be easy to lower my standards, but after two divorces, I would like to find a life partner. -Alone in Casper, Wy. Dear Casper: Seriously? Women in their 50s are only interested in quilting and grandchildren? Did you travel back in time to find them? Such stereotyping will not endear you to any female. Women of all ages are interested in many things, including social, theatrical and church activities, just like you. They are sharp, smart, funny and compassionate. If you cannot locate any of them, you are looking in the wrong places. Casper is a decentsized city, and you may need to cast your net a little wider than your local community. Since you have already been

divorced twice, you might want to contemplate why you cannot seem to attract a compatible, appropriate partner. You sound like a nice catch. Dear Annie: I’ve been friends with “Charlotte” for years. We used to be “phone friends” but have recently started doing things together (walking, shopping, eating out, etc.). However, every time I ask whether she’s available, she always says, “I’ll have to let you know.” She never says “yes.” Most of the time she is unable to meet me, although she does eventually let me know. It makes me feel like she’ll spend time with me if nothing better comes along. Charlotte is retired but has a family that takes a lot of her time. I work two jobs, so my time is limited. Two weeks ago, I asked her to come to a lecture with me. I gave her plenty of notice, saying if she was unable to attend, I would do something with my sister instead. Charlotte said she would be out of town that morning and wasn’t sure when she’d return. Later, she left a message saying she was hoping to make it, but wasn’t certain. When I came home from work, I still hadn’t heard from Charlotte, so when

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 â—† The Mountain Press

nation/world briefs Rattlesnake escapes Atlanta zoo

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia wildlife officials will inspect an Atlanta zoo after a venomous rattlesnake was able to escape and slither around a city neighborhood. Zoo staff noticed the female tiger rattlesnake was missing during a routine check late Friday. The snake was found dead Monday after a nearby property owner killed it. Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Lauren Curry said Tuesday that an inspection team will be sent to Zoo Atlanta to investigate. Zoo officials have said a staff member did not properly secure a cage door.

Mexico captures ‘the Barbie’

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Texas-born fugitive known as “the Barbie� grinned Tuesday as police paraded him in handcuffs and described his alleged life of luxury and savagery — cut short when he became the third suspected drug lord to fall in Mexico in the past 10 months in a coup for President Felipe Calderon’s war on cartels. Edgar Valdez Villarreal, is a former Texas high school football player who allegedly jumped into the world of Mexican drug cartels and gradually rose through the ranks. He who got his improbable nickname for his green eyes and fair complexion, is wanted in the U.S. for allegedly smuggling tons of cocaine. In Mexico, he is blamed for a brutal turf war that has included bodies hung from bridges, decapitations and shootouts as he and a rival fought for control of the divided Beltran Leyva cartel.

Golfer’s swing sparks fire

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Forget “Fore!� “Fire!� was the cry of the day for a golfer whose off-target swing sparked a 12-acre blaze in Southern California. The golfer at the Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine landed a shot in the rough Saturday. On his next swing, his club snagged a rock, causing a spark that lit the rough ablaze and eventually attracted 150 firefighters to the scene. Fire officials say the fire burned through the rough, into vegetation next to the course and over two dry, brushy hillsides. No charges were filed against the golfer, whose name was withheld.

5 more Americans die in Afghan fighting KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Five more American troops were killed in action in Afghanistan on Tuesday, ending the month with a spike in bloodshed that has claimed the lives of 19 U.S. service members in only four days. The U.S. death toll for August stood at 55 — three-quarters of them in the second half of the month as the Taliban fight back against U.S. pressure in southern and eastern strongholds. American losses accounted for more than 70 percent of the 76 fatalities suffered by the entire NATO-led force. NATO said four of the Americans were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, while a fifth died in a gunfight with insurgents in the country’s south. No other details were released. Until the late month spike, it appeared that the death toll for August would be well below the

back-to-back monthly records of 66 in July and 60 in June. By the middle of August only 13 Americans had been killed — in part because of greater use of heavily armored vehicles and other defenses against roadside bombs, the Taliban weapon of choice. The reason behind the sudden spike in deaths was unclear because few details about the casualties are released for security reasons. Most of the U.S. deaths occurred in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar, longtime Taliban strongholds that are the focus of the American-led operation against the insurgents. As the U.S. formally ends its combat role in the Iraq war, NATO and Afghan forces are ramping up operations in Afghanistan, especially in the area around Kandahar City, the Taliban birthplace and



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LONDON (AP) — Author J.K. Rowling has given $15.4 million to set up a center to research multiple sclerosis, the disease that killed her mother. The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter said Tuesday that the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, named after her mother, will be based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. It will also study other degenerative neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Rowling said she hopes the clinic will become “a world center for excellence in the field of regenerative neurology.� The university said Rowling’s gift is the largest single donation it has received.

Violence mars peace talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian gunman opened fire Tuesday on an Israeli vehicle in the West Bank and killed four passengers on the eve of a new round of Mideast peace talks in Washington. The Islamic militant Hamas praised the shooting and claimed responsibility. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But in the past, militant groups have staged attacks in an effort to sabotage peace efforts. A spokesman said the gunman opened fire at a vehicle traveling near Hebron — a volatile city that has been a flash point of violence in the past. Some 500 ultranationalist Jewish settlers live in heavily fortified enclaves in the city amid more than 100,000 Palestinians.

their former headquarters until they were ousted from power in the U.S.-led invasion of 2001. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters in Copenhagen, Denmark, that higher casualties were inevitable because more troops have arrived in Afghanistan in recent weeks, bringing the overall alliance force to more than 140,000 — including 100,000 Americans. The U.S. figure is more than triple the number of American service members in Afghanistan at the beginning of last year. “Right now we see more fighting and unfortunately also more casualties,� Fogh Rasmussen said. “But that is the inevitable result of sending more troops ... On top of that, we now attack the Taliban strongholds in Helmand and Kandahar. That of course means more fighting and unfortunately also more casualties.�



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Obama: End of Iraq combat mission not victory lap By JULIE PACE Associated Press Writer FORT BLISS, Texas — Hours before addressing the nation, President Barack Obama told U.S. troops just back from Iraq that his speech outlining the withdrawal of combat forces “is not going to be a victory lap� nor a cause for celebration. “There’s still a lot of work that we’ve got to do to make sure that Iraq is an effective partner with us,� Obama said on Tuesday of his decision to end the nation’s combat mission in a war he once strongly opposed. “The main message I have tonight, and the main message I have to you, is congratulations on a job well done,� Obama said. He also noted that there remained “a tough fight ahead in Afghanistan ... A tough slog.� Before his visit, Obama telephoned former President George W. Bush, who ordered U.S. troops to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein in March 2003. Aides described the phone call from Air Force One as brief and declined to reveal what was said. “He did think it was important to reach out to President Bush, as he has done on occasion,� Denis McDonough, chief of staff for Obama’s National Security Council, told The Associated Press. Ending the combat mission fulfills Obama’s campaign promise to bring the war to a close. However a force of roughly 50,000 U.S. troops remains in a training and backup role. All forces are scheduled to be withdrawn by the end of 2011. Also, Iraq is still torn with violence, and rival political factions have yet to form a government more than six months

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President Barack Obama greets members of the military at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday. after national elections. Obama spoke at a dining hall on this Army base in El Paso, Texas, which has been central to the war effort. The soldiers were among troops who recently returned from Iraq. “Welcome home,� Obama said to shouts of “hooh-uh.� He thanked them for their sacrifice. Noting that the long and unpopular war was a source of “political disagreements� at home, Obama said “the one thing that we don’t argue about is the fact that we have the finest fighting force in the world.� “The fact of the matter is that because of the extraordinary service that all of you have done and so many people here at Fort Bliss have done, Iraq has an opportunity to create better future for itself and America is more secure,� Obama said. “The country appreciates you,� he said. Of his 8 p.m. EDT speech, Obama said, “It’s not going to be a victory

lap. It’s not going to be self-congratulatory.� It was part of a calculated White House effort not to encourage parallels to Bush’s premature “Mission Accomplished� speech aboard an aircraft carrier in 2003, just three months after the war began. “A million men and women in uniform have now served in Iraq,� Obama noted. After speaking, the president shook hands with each of the soldiers and family members gathered in the base dining hall, asking where they or their loved ones had served. He also met separately with families of deceased troops. As he left the room, Obama said, “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this time with you and see all of you face to face. Just know that we’re all thinking about you and all praying for your families.� To those who will face future missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama

said, “We will be relentless in making sure you have what you need to come home safely.� Fort Bliss has seen repeated troop deployments to Iraq. Some of its servicemen and women are among the troops who remain in Iraq. The administration has called the change of mission in Iraq an important milestone, but not a cause for celebration. “We are in transition,� Obama observed. Obama’s comments were echoed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who told an American Legion audience in Milwaukee, “This is not a time for premature victory parades or self-congratulation, even as we reflect with pride on what our troops and their Iraqi partners have accomplished.� “I am not saying all is, or necessarily will be, well in Iraq,� he continued, noting the continued violence and lack of a new government.

The combat mission in Iraq has left more than 4,400 U.S. troops dead and thousands more wounded. Obama was an early critic of the war, speaking out against it during the U.S. invasion and promising during his presidential campaign to bring the conflict to an end. The White House sees Tuesday’s benchmark as a promise kept and has gone to great lengths to promote it as such, dispatching Vice President Joe Biden to Iraq to preside over a formal change-ofcommand ceremony and raising Tuesday night’s remarks to the level of an Oval Office address, something Obama has only done once before. Appearing on nationally broadcast interviews Tuesday morning, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs repeatedly brushed aside questions about whether Obama would credit Bush’s troop surge with helping to

pave the way for the withdrawal. However, McDonough, the Obama national security adviser, told the AP Obama will “recognize the surge as one among many issues that contributed to our ability to protect our interests� in Iraq. Top Republicans were dubious. “Some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth-and-nail to stop the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results,� House GOP leader John Boehner said, in excerpts of a speech he was to give to the American Legion convention in Milwaukee. “Today we mark not the defeat those voices anticipated — but progress.� Since the start of the war, 200,000 personnel from Fort Bliss have deployed to Iraq, serving in every major phase of the war. Fifty-one soldiers from the base died there and many more were wounded.






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County golfers tee off in championship Seymour boys, PF girls hold early lead in McNelly-Whaley Championship By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer SEVIERVILLE — The Seymour Eagles boys’ golf team holds a narrow one-shot edge over Pigeon Forge, and the Lady Tigers hold a commanding 15-stroke lead over the Lady Eagles after Tuesday afternoon’s opening round of the McNelly-Whaley Sevier County Prep Golf Championship at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club in Sevierville. In boys’ action, Seymour posted a 175 on the backs of Parker Rudder and Michael Bennett, who both turned in a 41 on the day. Justice Murphy and Andrew Boling added a 45 and 48 respectively. Pigeon Forge trails by just one stoke with a team score of 176. Chase McCown led all golfers with a 39, while Tyler Watts, Cody Vaught and Jordan Thomas shot a 43, 46 and 48 respectively. See GOLF, Page B2 PREP FOOTBALL

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Pigeon Forge’s Sunni McAllister, who is the McNelly-Whaley Sevier County Prep Golf Championship individual leader on the girls’ side after Tuesday’s Round 1 at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club, chips onto the green at Hole 8.


Seymour Lesson learned, US will need more from its subs football coach optimistic By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer

By RICH HAILEY Sports Correspondent “I’d like to be 2-0 right now and to tell you the truth we aren’t too far from being 2-0” That was Seymour Eagles head Coach Jim Moore’s assessment of his team’s performance following a 35-19 loss to the CAK Warriors, an assessment that might seem overly optimistic until you look a little more closely. Seymour lost to both Daniel Boone and CAK last year, but the Eagles arguably played better this year, scoring more against both teams. That’s no accident. “I’m proud of the way the offense improved,” said Moore. “We worked hard on that all week and I think they did a very good job.” While the offense showed signs of good things to come, on defense consistency was a problem. Coach Moore made it clear that the problem wasn’t a lack of talent, but a function of inexperience. “D.J. [Griffin] had a couple of good pass plays, and then, you know, he made some mistakes. And Hayden [Brooks] was on the other side and made a couple of good plays, and then mistakes… all three are sophomores … we’ve got a lot of young kids and that’s what we told people from the start.” Friday the Eagles head out to Newport to face conference rival Cocke County, a team coming off a 30-7 loss at the hands of South Greene. First year coach Greg Hacker will be looking for his first conference win while Moore and the Eagles are preparing for their first conference contest. As Moore said last Friday night, “We’ve improved tremendously since last week and we’ll improve even more before next week’s game … It’s a whole new season.”

ISTANBUL — The last U.S. basketball team was so stacked that Dwyane Wade was the sixth man. Chris Paul and Chris Bosh were also part of that second unit, one good enough to beat any starting five in the world. When Mike Krzyzewski looked down at the bench he has now Monday, it sure didn’t seem he liked what he saw. After the reserves faltered, the U.S. coach stuck with the starters for nearly the entire second half to pull out a 70-68 victory over Brazil that kept the Americans unbeaten in the world championship. Krzyzewski and his players said they learned something from their first test in this tournament. But was one of those lessons this: All these youngsters on the U.S. roster can’t be trusted when times get tough. “I don’t know if they tensed up, but they honestly didn’t play as much tonight as they did in the last few games,” veteran guard Chauncey Billups said.

starting with Iran on Wednesday before closing against winless Tunisia. Things should become more difficult with the arrival of the knockout round, which means the starters are going to need some help. Krzyzewski believes all his players now see what it takes to provide it. “We’ve only been together for a few weeks. I don’t know until you’re in these situations if we’re going to have the character to win when you can’t hit a shot, when someone is playing such good defense,” he said after the game. “Tonight I found that and that’s a good thing. That’s a really good thing to find out about our team.” Krzyzewski made his normal early substitutions in the first half, but the subs struggled to Mark J. Terrill/AP defend Brazil’s pick-and-rolls. USA’s Kevin Durant, left, congratulates Derrick Rose Realizing the game was going after scoring during the preliminary round of the World to be won with defense, he had Basketball Championship, Monday, Aug. 30, in Istanbul, starters Billups, Kevin Durant, Turkey. Derrick Rose, Lamar Odom and “But they’ll have more opportu- Tuesday, the reserves should get Andre Iguodala on the floor for nities and they’ll do a better job plenty of time in the Americans’ at least 15 minutes apiece after next time.” final two group games. They face See US HOOPS, Page B2 After Group B’s off day the bottom two teams in the pool,


Alabama’s Ingram to miss opener with knee injury Backup Richardson will carry the load TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram will miss No. 1 Alabama’s season opener against San Jose State after injuring his left knee during practice. He was hurt Monday and coach Nick Saban said in a statement the star tailback had an arthroscopic procedure Tuesday. The coach says Ingram should make a full recovery in a “relatively short time.” “Mark will definitely be out for this week’s game against San Jose State and we will manage this on a week to week basis beyond this week,” Saban said. San Jose State went 2-10 last season, but the Crimson Tide face a much stiffer test in the second week of the season. No. 19 Penn State visits Tuscaloosa on Sept. 11. Alabama does have a talented backup in sophomore Trent Richardson, who ran for 751 yards and scored eight touchdowns last season, including 109 yards and a 49-yard touch-

down against Texas in the national title game. He and Ingram were picked as the preseason first-team all-Southeastern Conference tailbacks. Ingram became Alabama’s first Heisman winner as a sophomore after rushing for a school-record 1,658 yards and catching 32 passes. He’s the first running back since Pittsburgh’s Tony Dorsett in 1976 to win both a Heisman and a national title in the same season. He was the third consecutive sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy and missing games would be a setback toward becoming the second player to win two Heismans. Archie Griffin of Ohio State is the only player to win the Heisman twice. There’s not much experience behind Richardson while Ingram is out. Redshirt freshman Eddie Lacy is listed as the third-teamer. “Eddie’s a little bit taller than all the other running backs,” Ingram said Monday. “He’s a physical runner. He can make you miss. He can catch good out of the backfield. He’s another great back. He’ll be real special here as well.”


In this Oct. 17, 2009, file photo, Bama’s Mark Ingram (22) runs away from South Carolina defenders at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

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Seymour’s Parker Rudder, who is tied for second in the McNellyWhaley Sevier County Prep Golf Championship with a 41 after Round 1 at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club on Tuesday, admires his drive at Hole 9. Photo courtesy Dave Lenox

Sevier County freshman QB Luke Manning runs one of his three rushing TDs in the SCHS/Halls freshman game. He also scored a touchdown on an interception return, and then intercepted yet another pass in the junior-varsity game. FRESHMAN AND JV FOOTBALL

Bears freshman, JV roll vs. Halls SEVIERVILLE — he Sevier County High School freshman football team destroyed Halls’ ninth graders Monday night, outscoing the Red Devils 41-6. Quarterback Luke Manning had a monster game for the Bears, scoring four tourdowns — three rushing and one on an interception return on defense. That INT return came early on in the first quarter, as Manning went 35 yards to paydirt. A Dustin Sutton point-after kick put the score at 7-0. Before the end of the quarter Manning was at it again. This time the big freshman was running 55 yards to score his second TD of the night. Again the Sutton PAT was true, and SCHS led 14-0. The second quarter featured yet another Manning

score, this time on a 37-yard run. After the PAT, the Bears were up 21-0. Another Bears’ player added a highlight before halftime, as Austin Sides picked off a pass to cut another Red Devils’ possession short. After halftime Manning put the Bears up by four scores with a seven-yard jaunt into the endzone. Another Sutton PAT made it 28-0. After a Jacob Whaley interception, Peyton Otis scored another TD for the Bears, rushing in from 25 yards out. This time the PAT was no good, but Sevier County still led 34-0. Whaley capped off the SCHS scoring in the fourth with a 65-yard punt return TD, which was followed by a Sutton kick. The Red Devils did add a late touchdown, but not

before Sutton grabbed the Bears’ fourth interception of the game. In JV action the Bears won 12-7. Casey Carr got the momentum headed the right way for SCHS, picking off a pass to keep Halls ahead by just one TD early. Defensive back Jeffrey Henry also intercepted a pass, taking the second quarter turnover 90 yards for a TD. The Bears’ twopoint attempt failed, however, leaving Halls up 7-6. After Tyler Hansen recovered a fumble, Luke Trentham rushed in from 24 yards out to give the Bears the lead for good. Brayden Culp and Luke Manning would seal the SCHS win with a two big fourth quarter, drive killing interceptions.


It is a lot of young players, I think the first time that they come to the world championships,� said Brazil guard Leandro Barbosa, citing everything from the ball to the calls as differences from the NBA game. “I think that causes a little problem for them, being different games. So in that situation, we’ve got a little advantage, so it’s good for us.� Neither of the remaining pool opponents has the talent to exploit that. The main interest in the Iran game comes from local journalists trying to hype it because of the political tensions between the countries, but Krzyzewski downplayed that. “This is a sporting event,�

he said. “We have respect for Iran. I actually played in Iran in the 1970s when I was on the U.S. Armed Forces team. I have great feelings for their country. They’re sportsmen and so are we. We’ll have a great game.� It shouldn’t be close, but another might be later in the tournament. The Olympic team never had that concern, but these Americans say they don’t mind. “We can’t worry about how much we win by, winning the same fashion as other USA teams. All of that’s out the window,� Billups said. “All we need to do is get wins. Win every game we can and we’ll worry about everything else later.�

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halftime to win a thriller. “Wow what a game USA vs Brazil. Way to find a way to get that W y’all. Keep it going,� LeBron James, a starter on the Olympic team, wrote on his Twitter page. To do so, the guys who were on the floor realize they’ll need the ones on the bench. After all, depth is supposed to be one of this team’s strengths. “We just have to take the last two games again one at a time try to get something done,� Iguodala said. “Give everybody some key minutes in the next two games and everybody get their confidence where it needs to be going into the elimination round.� The Americans are inexperienced internationally beyond Billups, Odom and Tyson Chandler. They’re still adjusting to the nuances of the game, such as the traveling violations they’ve repeatedly committed. The entire Olympic team had competed previously and was well-versed in FIBA play. The current group lags far behind a team such as Brazil, which played together last summer while winning the regional qualifier for the world championship. “It is a different team.


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Sevier Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grace Huskey, left, and Seymourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kreistyn Baldridge share a laugh moments before teeing off Hole 6 at Eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing Golf Club for Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening round of the McNelly-Whaley Sevier County Prep Golf Championship


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Sevier County is in third with a 182, led by J.P. Caylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 41. The Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy is in fourth with a 196, led by Bobby Ivensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 42. And Gatlinburg-Pittman is in fifth with a 225, led by

Garrett Barnett and Shade Treadway, who both turned in 42s. In girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; action, Pigeon Forge is running away with it with a 91. All three Lady Tigers golfers are in the top five for the day, including Sunni McAllisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low round of 41, Hali Combsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 50 and Mikayla Trombleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 59.

Seymour is a distant second with a 106, led by Megan Gambleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 49. SCHS is in third with a 126, led by Grace Huskeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 61. And G-P is in fourth, led by Chelsey Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 61. Round 2 of the three-day tourney is noon today at Creekside Plantation in Seymour.

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Lost Beagle, brown & white, Douglas Dam Area, 84 Lumber co, Please call 453-5862



FOUND 3 DOGS, 2 walkers, male, neutered, 1 small gray dog w/collar that says Princess. By Ray's Gap & Union Valley rd. 865-850-5517.




Garage/Estate Sales

ESTATE SALE Antiqs', orig art, collectibles, piano, stnd gls lamps, wl rugs, artists pntd furn. 429-3128, Th-Sat 10-2. 3308 Thomaswood Trl Sevrvle Huge yard sale, Thur & Fri, 9-4. In Sev past SC Park, turn on W Paine St across from Park Mrkt. Kids clthg & shoes, toys, adult clthg $ shoes, hshld items. Rain or Shine.


Garage/Estate Sales

Big Home Decor, Clearance & Remodeling Sale. Turn off Hwy. 66 on Douglas Dam Rd. go about 1 mile turn right onto Swaggerty's Subdivision. Turn right on Bradley Court. Quilts, rugs, jeans & clothes, household items, microwaves & more. Everything must go. 1032 Bradley Court. Thurs. Sept. 2nd, 8:00A.M. to 6:00 P.M. & Fri Sept. 3rd 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.





Timeshare In-House Sales Pro Needed for Gatlinburg area. 30 year old Company needs top in house sales pro. We offer a great working environment, limited supervision and a great commission plan with many opportunities for a bonus. Draw against a commission available for the first 60 days. Currently we have only 1 opening so you must act quickly. You need to be a Tennessee Licensed Real Estate Agent, self starter, able to work alone and be a real pro. Call Paul while this great opportunity is still available 843-267-0767. Jewels by Parklane now hiring. Parklane opportunity-can be a fun PT job with FT profits Or a FT career with big time income. Want to be your own boss, Call for more info. 865-850-2207.



Dental Assistant needed for high tech/high quality office. Must have excellent clinical and computer skills. Please send resume to PO Box 516, Seymour, TN 37865. Managing position & billing specialist needed at a busy medical practice in Morristown. Fax resume 423-318-1015

Oral Surgery Office in Seymour seeks FT Receptionist for the following: scheduling, check-in, data entry, ins verif, min 1yr exp in dental/medical setting req. Fax Resume to 865-977-4132



PART-TIME ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT, must be proficient in Excel & Great Plains. A/P experience required, Hours Tue-Thurs 8 to 2. Non-smokers only. PLEASE FAX RESUMES TO 865-277-2935,


General Help

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


General Help

100+ Tax Preparers Needed Enroll in our tax school if you are not experienced. We offer a $500 signing bonus for qualified experienced tax preparers and qualified bilingual applicants. Visit for more information or fax your resume to 865.938.2938. Cabin company seeks part-time inspector, must have good references and driving record. Fax resumes to (865) 436-5617. Full Time position available for Office Support Staff for up and coming retail store, must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word and Quickbooks with the ability to multi-task in quick paced environment. Salary based on experience. Light bookkeeping experience a plus. Email Resume Help Wanted at Firewood lot in Kodak. Chainsaw Exp & valid D.L. a must. call 865-654-5514. Leading Rental Company in Sevierville/Pigeon Forge Area Now Hiring For Multiple Positions Maintenance Housekeeping Front Desk Call Center/Reservations All Positions offer Full-Time Employment With Benefits Apply in person at: 100 E. Main St. Suite 402 Sevierville, TN 37862 Resumes May be Faxed to: (865)365-0434 Attn: Human Resources Local Title Company looking for experienced Office Coordinator. Prior Title Company experience REQUIRED, Salary DOE. Please fax resume to 908-8308 or email it to NO PHONE CALLS. NOW HIRING Gatlinburg Package Store. Sale/Stock position. Full time. Year round. Please call 436-7806 to apply in person between 10am-4pm. SEAMSTRESS NEED EXP IN FACTORY SEWING 9-5:30 LID'L DOLLY'S LITE #4 TURN YOUR JUNK CARS INTO CASH. 865-908-6207


Skilled Trade

Auto Mechanic needed immediately, must have own tools, minimum 5 years working time. Top wages paid to the right person. (865) 908-4939



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 & Walden's Landing, Pigeon Forge Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30


People Seeking Employment

Licensed Experienced Nurse, will care for you or your family in your home. Good References. 865-654-8115




Farm Market

Concord Grapes, for table, wine, jelly. Morning Glory Farm 865-217-4082.




Household Goods

For Sale-Leather & fabric easy chair. Custom made. A Must See- $300. 4 green glass-top tables, very nice-$50 ea. 2 sea grass rugs, green brdrs, 6x9-$75, 3x5-$50. 865-908-2352



New 4pc.

Bedroom Group

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



Misc. Items for Sale

For Sale

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






Lower Your Electric Bill TUNE UP $49.95 + FREON Service/Repair/Install LESS WATTZ AIR CONDITIONING


1162 Home Improvement & Repair


Painting/Remodeling & Handyman SeRvice no Job too Small call derich 865-599-1258


865-680-4678 865-428-3151


Quality Work - Reasonable Prices Carpentry â&#x20AC;˘ Electrical â&#x20AC;˘ Plumbing Kitchens â&#x20AC;˘ Bathrooms â&#x20AC;˘ Painting Licensed & Insured

Call Ty 368-2361

All for Your Cabin Caulking, Re-staining, Pressure Washing, Carpentry, Floors, Remodeling High Quality, Good Price

865-621-7847 1198


24 Hour Emergency Service

Remodeling? Combs Construction 25 years experience fully licensed and insured

We do everything from decks to building your house All work guaranteed No job too small






McKinney Lawn Service Landscaping, All Drain Work, Mulching, Mowing, Pressure Washing. We Do It ALL. Quality Work. Senior Discount 20 yrs exp.





Bushhogging-Clearing, DumptruCk graDing, BaCkhoe. Lic. & ins.


RDC Lawn Care and Maintenance We treat your yard as if it was our own. Mowing, mulching, weed-eating, planting, pressure washing, clean gutters, fall leaf removal and much more. 25 yrs exp.

Call for a free estimate 556-4952


Unfurnished Apartments

RIVERWALK - Sevierville


Quiet country setting 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.

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


Visit us at 240 Riverwalk Dr. 429-4470



Call 428-5161

2 BR & 2 1/2 BA

Nice, River-front Apartment 2 BDR/2 BA, W/D hook-up, FINCHUM PROPERTIES 1 year Noapts. Pets Leasinglease, 1 & 2 BR $550 Month, $550 Deposit Hardwood floors, plus many extras,


2 bedroom 1.5 bath townhomes



1 year lease, no pets. 932-2613 TVA energy efficient


865-453-8947 â&#x20AC;˘ 865-740-3514


Beautiful, newly redecorated 2BR/1BA. $550 mo & $400 dep. Sevierville. 865-712-0254. Gateway Village Apartments Affordable family housing 1, 2, 3 BR aparts. Appliances, on-site laundry, convenient to city park. 120 West Paine St. Sevierville 865-453-1729. Income limits apply. Section 8, elderly, mobility impaired encouraged to apply. EHO/Handicap Accessible. 1 & 2 BR avail. Some Pets OK. $400 UP â&#x20AC;˘ WATER INCLUDED Murrell Meadows 1/8 mile from Walters State College Allensville Road â&#x20AC;˘ Walk to lake Reasonable Rates â&#x20AC;˘ 654-7033

Newly remodeled - 2BR/1BA Apartments. Near Dollywood. 865-712-4545.


Convenient Location SEVIERVILLE



Furnished Apartments/Houses

1BR Furnished Apt. Utilities included, 1 person, non smoker, No pets, proof of employment. Very nice. Refs. required. $150 wk + $400 dam. dep. Call: 428-2190

Walk to Walmart, Large 1 or 2 Bedroom/1 Bath, Furn or Unfurn, Washer & Dryer, Only $200 Dep. Call 865-789-1427


Homes for Rent

4 Bedroom, 3 Car Garage, Luxury Home, Sevier. $1600 (865) 654-4696

1 & 2 Bedroom near Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg

$450 & up

Discount on 1st monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rent.

865-430-9671 865-228-7533 423-276-5678

*WEARS VALLEY 1 BR/1BA $525/ Mo. + Dep. Walk-In Closet All kit. Appl. + W/D Conn. Some pets okay (865) 654-6507

Townhouse Newly Updated 2BR/1.5BA Covered Parking W/D Conn â&#x20AC;˘ $625 mth

Call 865-384-4054

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

â&#x20AC;˘ Spacious 2 Bedrooms â&#x20AC;˘ Washer/Dryer Hookups â&#x20AC;˘ Ceiling Fans

â&#x20AC;˘ Fully Equipped Kitchen â&#x20AC;˘ Club House â&#x20AC;˘ Swimming Pool

â&#x20AC;˘ Mini Blinds â&#x20AC;˘ Pets/Ask

River Country Apartments Old Newport Hwy., Sevierville, TN 428-5186

ABSOLUTE AUCTION 45 Acre Farm (Divided in 6 tracts) + 1008 SF Home

Saturday, September 4, 10:30 a.m.

Estate of Herman & Margaret Smith., Late Directions: From Sevierville, west on I-40, to exit 402, follow auction signs 3 miles to farm & home on Curtis Road.

OPEN HOUSE: SUN. AUG. 29th or Call Selling Agent for appt. Go to: for more details

EAST TENNESSEE REALTY & AUCTION CO. 3036 Highway 33, Maynardville, TN - 865-992-8981 Lic. #46

Two Unique Properties RAIN OR SHINE ON SITE



#1 ROUTE TO THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS TWO HOMES WITH ACREAGE IN GATLINBURG/ PITTMAN Land has been in same family over 60 years A very rare opportunity to buy CENTER COMMUNITY Land sells in 1 tract to highest bidder

Trees trimmed/ cut/removed/ landscaping

Our Price will not be beat! Full insured. 14+ years exp.

Unfurnished Apartments


A&Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tree Experts


Comm., and Residential Glass repair, Showers, Doors, Insulated Glass

Lawn/Landscape/ Tree Svc

Lawn/Landscape/ Tree Svc

Yard Mowing & Weedeating, Yard Clean Up, Hauling Trash & Brush, Trees Cut & Removal & Trimmed

Tri-County Glass and Door


The Mountain Press â&#x2122;Ś Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Unfurnished Apartments

2BR/1.5BA C/H, stove, frig, furn. Sevierville NO PETS, patio -$500+. 453-5079

The p/up #, 250451, is not in our system. Please give valid p/up attach pdf of ad. 1162 Home Improvement & 1156 orHeating/Cooling Thanks. Repair


METAL ROOFING 247-6044 All types of Roofing Commercial Roofing Rubber Roofing Roof Leak Experts Metal Roofing

247-6044 1306


Child Care & After School Care. CDA, A BEKA Curriculum, $85 wk, 257-4292 or 257-4274 House cleaning-17 yrs exp. Weekly or bi-weekly. Call Kathy 865-428-1724

1342 Storage, Indoor/ Outdoor 10X10 or 10X20 SELF STORAGE Convenient Location! 411 South, left on Robert Henderson Rd., 1/4 mile on right at Riverwalk Apts.


ESTATE AUCTION SALE #1SATURDAY, SAT. 10:30 AMJULY 10th, 2010, 10:30 A.M. ,%6%,4/()'(7!9s-/34/&3)4%2%!$94/"5),$/.s42!#4&2/.43!,$%2"2!.#(2/!$&4 DIANNA OGLE ESTATE :/.%$# ).#")$s!,3/3%,,).'15!,)49!.4)15%42!#4/23!.$-/2% DIRECTIONS: On East side of Hwy. 66, Winfield Dunn Parkway, between Downtown Sevierville and Exit 407 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twin Falls Ranchâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Secluded of I-40 across from Clarion Inn. Creekfront Property10% in 3Deposit Tractsday â&#x20AC;˘ 4ofBR, TERMS: REAL ESTATE: sale, balance due at closing within 30 days. All successful bidders will be required to sign a note for the deposit amount with the contract, in addition to deposit paid day of 3BA Home â&#x20AC;˘ Horse Barn w/Riding Arena sale. Note shall become null and void when buyer shall& complete all requirements for closing as set out in their contract. PERSONAL PROPERTY: Cash or Flats good check Outbuildings â&#x20AC;˘ Located in Rocky Areaday of sale. 10% BUYERS PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO EACH SUCCESSFUL BID only 2 mi. off Hwy. 321

3140 Newport Hwy. Sevierville, TN 37876 AUCTIONEERS: Edd McCarter ChuckTERMS McCarter, OWNER Auctioneers Keith McGregor, NO QUALIFYING Apprentice Auctioneer


Toll Free: 1-877-282-8467


Real Est. Lic.P #214075 SALE #2: SAT. 1:00 .M. Keith Shults Brent Shults When Can You EverLisa Buy Property SEVIERVILLE, TN M. Carroll (865) 453-1600 Megan McCarter Cates Inside the National Park? PREMIER COMMERCIAL Amanda M. Williams Scott E. McCarter, CAI WE SELL THE EARTH

13.63 ACRE FRONTS HIGHWAY 66 5BR,TRACT 5-1/2 BA FULLy FURNISHEd #1 ROUTE TO THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS Land has been in same family over 60 years A very rare opportunity to buy Land sells in 1 tract to highest bidder

Smoky Mountain Retreat w/Large Indoor Pool on 20+ AC in 2 Tracts â&#x20AC;˘ Just off Hwy 321 SATURDAY, JULY 10th, 2010, 10:30 A.M. â&#x20AC;˘ A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity! ,%6%,4/()'(7!9s-/34/&3)4%2%!$94/"5),$/.s42!#4&2/.43!,$%2"2!.#(2/!$&4 :/.%$# ).#")$s!,3/3%,,).'15!,)49!.4)15%42!#4/23!.$-/2%

dIRECTIONS #1 &side #2: of From downtown Gatlinburg turn off Hwy. 441 Parkway andSevierville take Hwy. and 321 North 8.7 DIRECTIONS:SALES On East Hwy. 66, Winfield Dunn Parkway, between Downtown Exit 407 mi. turnacross right on Soak Ash Creek of I-40 from Clarion Inn. Rd. and follow through Great Smoky Mountains National Park to SALE SITE #2. FOR SALE #1 continue on Hwy. 5.5 Turnofleft onto Rockydue Flats & gowithin 1 mi. Turn left onto Mathis Branch TERMS: REAL ESTATE: 10%321 Deposit sale, balance at Rd. closing 30 days. All successful biddersand willgo be1 required to sign note deposit amount with the contract, addition to Way, deposit paid dayTN. of Rd. mi. to SALE SITEa #1 on for left.the SALE #1 PROPERTy AddRESS: 469 in Bobcat Ridge Gatlinburg, sale. Note shall become null and void buyer shallRd., complete all requirements for closing as set out in their SALE #2 PROPERTy AddRESS: 199when Soak Ash Creek Gatlinburg, TN contract. PERSONAL PROPERTY: Cash or good check day of sale.



3140 Newport Hwy. Sevierville, TN 37876 AUCTIONEERS: Edd McCarter Chuck McCarter, Auctioneers Keith McGregor, Apprentice Auctioneer

Toll Free: 1-877-282-8467 Auc. Lic. #335 Real Est. Lic. #214075


(865) 453-1600 Scott E. McCarter, CAI

Keith Shults Brent Shults Lisa M. Carroll Megan McCarter Cates Amanda M. Williams

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Homes for Rent

2 Homes For Rent: Each one 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath. One is near Five Oaks Mall and the other is near the Old Mill. No pets, 1 year lease, $800/mo. Call Mark between 7:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. 865-453-5500. 2-Story 3BD/3.5BA xtra lrg 2 car garage. Close to Sev & PF. No pets, $1100mo. 865-654-8894 3 BD/2BA House for rent in Kodak, like new, two car garage, $800 MO. $800 Dep. (865) 323-3457 Belle Meadows 3BR 2BA w/ 2 car garage Approx. 1800 Sq ft. $1200 865-429-2962

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

$925 + deposit 865-428-5212

Field Crest Subdivision 3BR/2BA w/2 car garage Large lot, approx. 1500 sq ft. $1,095 mo. 865-429-4470 Home on hill with a view, by woods, 4BDR/3 BA, 3 car gar. 2 decks, Screen Porch, $1,595 Month, No Pets 865-805-6598

New 1 BDR unfurnished home, creek, pond, Wears Valley, custom cabinets, great room, $725 mo. 228-8414


Condominiums for Rent

RESORT CONDO FOR RENT. 1 BR and 2 BR furnished and unfurnished. Includes W/D, water, cable, WIFI, local phone, indoor/outdoor pool. From $550/month + deposit. 865-908-1342


Duplexes for Rent

Duplex 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (each side) in Gatlinburg city limits, no pets, one side is $600/MO, one side is $500/Mo. (865) 428-7575 Like New Duplex 2 BDR/ 1 Bath, All Appliances, W/D include Between P.F. & Sev. off Veteran's Blvd. $625 Mo. $500 Damage Deposit. 654-6505

0635 Rooms for Rent

For Rent

Beautiful Creekside Rooms in Gatlinburg

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


Private Motel Room Great for 1 person! 1 bed, full size frig. microwave, cable TV $120 weekly $50 deposit 436-7745 • Gatlinburg


near trolley stop

Includes All Utilities.

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


Room for Rent, weekly $140-$165. 1 to 2 person. For info call 865-436-4561

Gatlinburg Rooms for Rent Furnished All Utilities, Cable and Tax included

$100 per week 865-621-2941 0670 Business Places/ Offices

Gatlinburg/Dudley Creek

Nice Office with Warehouse Bay. Sevierville Reasonable Rent 453-6289 or 548-6838


2BD/1BA mobile home, Seymour $400dep/$485mo with water incl. No pets. 388-3119.

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

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0635 Rooms for Rent


Mobile Homes for Rent

NEW HOMES FOR RENT $650-$1,000 Monthly

865-850-3874 On the river: 2BD/1BA, clean, No Pets, $625 Mo. + Dep. (865) 680-9443


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

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Mobile Homes for Rent

2BD/2BA partly furn, no pets, $550 mo + $300 dam dep. 865-428-1724 3BR on Upper Middle Creek. $500 mth $300 security dep. No pets. 453-2648 40 footer with room built on. Also year round camper lots. Call 865-654-8702


4 Lines 2 Days $10.76 plus FREE signs and balloons! 428-0746

Clean & Quiet, 2BR 2 BA, large master, W/In Closet, sep.laundry rm, Stove, fridge, D/W. Mowing included. No pets. Close to Sev. $575 mo. First, last & deposit. Call Rebecca 865-621-6615 Kodak 3/1 mobile home, yard maintenance, city water, $595mo. Darin 770-335-7008.

2 & 3BR mobile homes for rent Must have refs. No Pets. Call for info


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



Apartment For Rent 1 BR/1BA $450 includes water/sewer 865-908-6789 0734

Lots & Acreage

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

3/4 Acre for only $18,000! $2,000 below appraisal value! Robert 361-386-0454

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.

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

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

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

0773 Income Property





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

Friday between the hours of The Mountain Press â&#x2122;Ś Wednesday, September 1, 2010 8:00 a.m. tp 4:30 p.m. or on 0856 Sport Utility line 0955 Legals at the following web Vehicles address: 2003 GMC Yukon V8 SLT 4WD. Rear ent ctr. 107000mi, $13,000. 865-621-2578 The City of Pigeon Forge re0868 Cars for Sale serves the right to reject any or all bids or to accept the bid deemed most favorable to the 2002 NISSAN SENTRA, 4 City. We also reserve the right cyl., AT, AC, 4 Dr., black to accept any portion or all of a w/gray interior. 110,000 bid. miles. $3600. Call Benny 865-607-6542. Bids will be received by the 2009 CONVERTIBLE VW City until 2:10 p.m., September BEETLE. Loaded. Excellent 17, 2010, at which time they will be opened and read aloud. condition. Beige with tan top. 24K. $18,500. 654-4544. All bids must be dated, signed and the words "UNIFORM EGALS BID" shall be prominently displayed on the outside of the envelope.




PUBLIC NOTICE The Pigeon Forge Police Department is requesting bids from qualified vendors for Police Officer uniforms. Bid specifications may be obtained at the Pigeon Forge Police Department Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. tp 4:30 p.m. or on line at the following web address: The City of Pigeon Forge reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to accept the bid deemed most favorable to the City. We also reserve the right to accept any portion or all of a bid. Bids will be received by the City until 2:10 p.m., September 17, 2010, at which time they will be opened and read aloud. All bids must be dated, signed and the words "UNIFORM BID" shall be prominently displayed on the outside of the envelope. Address all bids to: Pigeon Forge Police Department Attn: Sgt. Shane Rector P.O. Box 1350 Pigeon Forge, TN 37868-1350 This the 1st Day of September, 2010

Address all bids to: Pigeon Forge Police Department Attn: Sgt. Shane Rector P.O. Box 1350 Pigeon Forge, TN 37868-1350 This the 1st Day of September, 2010


CLUSTER WOODROW The Mountain Press ♦ Wednesday, September 1, 2010 ALLRED



NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of CLUSTER WOODROW ALLRED Late of Sevier County, Tennessee

Notice is Hereby Given that on the 20 day of Aug 2010, Letters Testamentary, of Administration, in respect to the Estate of CLUSTER WOODROW ALLRED , 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 six 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 20 day of August, 2010.



By: None Attorney By: Joe T. Keener County Clerk 8-25-10 9-1-10

NOTICE CAUSE NO. 2010-099 IN THE CHANCERY COURT FOR BLOUNT COUNTY, TENNESSEE Adoption of Finley Elle Galloway, DOB: January 5, 2008 (Birth Mother: Rebecca Leigh Galloway) By: Jeffrey Earl Conrad And Amy Alicia Conrad, Petitioners Vs. Unknown Birth Father (Possibly known as "Curley" "Kerley" or "Curlee" First Name May be Justin,) Respondent.

388, Strawberry Plains, TN 37871, within 30 days from the 0955 Legals last date of publication, exclusive of the last date of publication, or a judgment by default may be entered and the cause set for hearing on November 17, 2010 at 9:00 a.m., ex parte as to said Respondent. Failure to appear may result in the termination of Respondent's parental rights. This 27 day of July 2010. Stephen S. Ogle Clerk and Master 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8


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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

HUD PUBLISHER’S NOTICE All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitations or discrimination. State laws forbid discrimination in the sale, rental or advertising of real estate based on factors in addition to those protected under federal law. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination, call HUD Toll-free at 1-800-669-9777, The Toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

In this cause, it appearing from the Order of Publication, that the Respondent, Unknown Birth Father's, identity and residence is unknown and (Signed) cannot be ascertained upon James M. Miller diligent inquiry, it is ordered Executor that publication be made for four successive weeks, in The Estate of Mountain Press, Sevierville, CLUSTER WOODROW ALLTennessee, notifying ResponRED dent, Unknown Birth Father, to file an answer with this court By: None and sending a copy to PetitionAttorney ers' attorney, Dawn Coppock, Make your classified ads work harder whose address is P.O. Box By: Joe T. Keener 388, Strawberry Plains, TN for you with features like... County Clerk 37871, within 30 days from the BOLDING, last date of publication, exclu8-25-10 Ad Borders & Eye-catching graphics sive of the last date of publica9-1-10 tion, or a judgment by default may be entered and the cause SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE set for hearing on November 17, 2010 at 9:00 a.m., ex parte Sale at public auction will be on at the front door, Sevier as to said Respondent. Failure County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by Bobbie Lei Ring, as a to appear may result in the tersingle woman, to NLC, Inc., Trustee, on December 23, 2003 at Book Volume 1870, Page 613conducted by mination of Respondent's paShapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee, all of record in the Sevier County Register’s Office. rights. as Trustee for the registered holders of GSAMP Trust Owner of Debt: Deutsche Bank Nationalrental Trust Company,

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THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME by Mike Argirion and Jeff Knurek

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

BOYTO The street address of the above described property is believed to be 203 Nichols Street, Sevierville, TN 37862, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description herein shall control. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within twenty-four (24) hours of the sale, the next highest bidder, at their highest bid, will be deemed the successful bidder. This property is being sold with the express reservation that the sale is subject to confirmation by the lender or trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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NEW BIBLE Jumble Books Go To:

2004-HE1, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2004-HE1 This 27 day of July 2010. The following real estate located in Sevier County, Tennessee, will be sold to the highest call bidder subject to all unpaid taxes, prior liens and encumbrances of record: Stephen S. Ogle Described property located in the Fifth (5th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, to wit:Lot 2 of the Blalock, Townsend and Sarten Addition, as shown on plat of record in Map Book 2, Page 82, in the Register’s Clerk and Master Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described as follows:BEGINNING on a stake on Nichols Street at the northwest corner of Lot 1; thence west9/8 with Nichols Street 64 feet to a stake, said 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, street at the northeast corner of Lot 3; thence South 6 degrees West 235 feet to stake on the East Pigeon River and at the southeast corner of Lot 3; thence South 78 degrees East with said river a distance of 89 feet to a stake on said river at the southwest corner of Lot 1; thence North 1 degree East 249 feet to a stake on Nichols Street, the point of beginning.

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

Answer: HE

WHEREAS, default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured by that certain Real Estate Deed of Trust for Tennessee executed on March 22, 1999, by Kelvin Hopewell and wife Sonya Hopewell to David Seivers, Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of Sevier County, Tennessee in Book T761, Page 515-521, recorded March 23, 1999 (ÅgDeed of TrustÅh); and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed(s) of Trust is the United States of America, acting by and through the United States Department of Agriculture (ÅgUSDAÅh); and WHEREAS, USDA, the current owner and holder of said Deed(s) of Trust appointed Jerry Amonett as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed for record in the RegisterÅfs Office of Sevier County, Tennessee, with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed(s) of Trust; and NOW THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed(s) of Trust by USDA, and Jerry Amonett as Substitute Trustee, or duly appointed agent, pursuant to the power, duty, and authorization in and conferred by said Deed(s) of Trust, will on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 commencing at 10:00 A.M. at the north door at the Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest bidder either for cash or 10 percent of the high bid price as a non-refundable deposit with balance due within ten (10) days of sale, (and if such balance goes unpaid, USDA will retain the deposit and re-foreclose) the following described property lying and being in the 5th Civil District in Sevier County, Tennessee to wit: BEGINNING at an iron rod at a power pole on the Northern right-of-way line of Edgar Drive, a common corner to property of Lyle Overbay; said beginning point being located 1,300 feet more or less from the intersection of Edgar Drive and Love Road; THENCE FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING and with the line of Overbay, North 20 deg. 58 min. 36 sec. East 76.89 feet to an iron rod, corner to property of Walter Styles; thence with the line of Styles, North 24 deg. 49 min. 38 sec. East 78.33 feet to an iron rod, corner to property of Dale Proffitt; thence with the line of Proffitt, South 61 deg. 23 min. 40 sec. East 153.68 feet to an iro n rod; thence South 28 deg. 40 min. 3 sec. West 93.35 feet to an iron rod; thence leaving Proffitt North 85 deg. 12 min. 57 sec. West 151.08 feet to the point of BEGINNING. Being the same property conveyed to Kelvin Hopewell and wife, Sonya Hopewell by deed of record in De ed Book 652, Page 264-265 in the said RegisterÅfs Office. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 125 Cedar Hills Road Sevierville TN 37862 CURRENT OWNERS: Kelvin Hopewell and Sonya A. Hopewell The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or setback lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed(s) of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above.


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