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PIGEON FORGE — It looks like diners in Pigeon Forge won’t be able to take a tall, cold one outside eateries in the city any time soon. The matter of beer sales on patios at restaurants came up during the City Commission’s
recent retreat after some business owners asked to be allowed the option. Despite their support, the matter appears to be dead in the water. City attorney Jim Gass said there have been some requests to allow the sales, with restaurateurs complaining they think they’re losing money to nearby cities that do permit outdoor imbibing. However, the argu-
ment worked as well in that discussion as it did during the recent push to get voters in Pigeon Forge to approve liquor by the drink sales. “We have some folks who are concerned they’re losing revenue because people are going to other places where they can get a drink outside a restaurant,” Gass said. The suggestion brought com-
ments in opposition from each of the commissioners, with several of them voicing concerns about what the move could mean. Commissioner David Wear, a former Pigeon Forge police officer, worried the move could make the city’s open container laws, which prohibit individuals walking around while drinkSee Beer, Page A4
5Bears take on Patriots Bears host district rival Jefferson County Patriots Sports, Page A8
Working the routes School system continually evaluating school bus routes Page A3
Weather Today Mostly sunny High: 86° Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press
Tonight Partly cloudy Low: 63° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Marjorie Bates, 73 Susie Maxwell, 61 Sue Shelley Parton, 79 Bob Pickle, 60 Faye Whaley, 71 DETAILS, Page A4
Index Local & State . . . . . A1-6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . A8-11 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Classifieds . . . . . . A12-14 Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . A5
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Dolly Parton, with her uncle Bill Owens, stand behind a newly planted hybrid American Chestnut tree, planted in Owens’ honor.
Parton plants tree, entertains guests during visit home By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer Sevierville’s favorite hometown girl, Dolly Parton, wrapped up her role as ambassador of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s 75th anniversary Friday by planting a new hybrid American Chestnut Tree
at Dollywood’s Backporch Theater. Parton planted the tree in honor of her uncle, Bill Owens, who has been working with the American Chestnut Foundation for 25 years to ensure the protection of the tree for future genSee Parton, Page A4
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Sabrina Taylor, left, and business partner Tabitha Hall recount “the amazing” time, food, and company they experienced at Dolly Parton’s home as the winning bidders at the recent Robert F. Thomas Ball. They spent Friday evening and Saturday morning with Parton at her Tennessee Mountain Home. The two women won the visit when they bid $75,000 at the foundation’s “Evening of Elegance” auction last month.
Fire department flea market closing; sale this weekend From Submitted Reports PITTMAN CENTER — A fund-raising tradition for over 20 years, the Pittman Center Volunteer Fire Department’s Station 1 Flea Market will be closing following a sale this weekend, according to Chief Jeff Submitted Nichols. During the department’s Thousands of items in the Pittman Center Volunteer Fire Department’s Labor Day weekend roadflea market will be sold for 25 cents an item during this weekend’s block fundraiser today and fundraiser.
Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., all items in the flea market will be sold for 25 cents each, he said. “Whether it is an ink pen, an item of clothing or a full size sofa, the cost will be the same, 25 cents each,” said Nichols. Over the years the market, which occupies the large basement below the See Market, Page A3
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Community Calendar Editor’s Note: The community calendar is printed as space permits. Only noncommercial, public events held in Sevier County will be considered. They are listed by date. To place an item phone 4280748, ext. 214, or e-mail to editor@themountainpress. com. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.
noon at family cemetery in Greenbrier.
Saturday, Sept. 5
Monday, Sept. 7
Co-op Farmers Market
Farmers Market open 8-11 a.m., Sevier Co-op on Chapman Highway.
Richardson’s Cove Baptist Church operates clothes closet each Saturday from 9-noon, 3238 Pittman Center Road in old church building.
William E. Parton reunion at noon at Twin Creek picnic area.
Shape Note Singings
Old Harp shape note singing 2 p.m., Wears Valley United Methodist. 4539328.
Women’s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church n 2 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn
Sevierville Community Center closed for Labor Day. Center will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday. 453-5441.
Pigeon Forge Center
Farmers Market open 7-11 a.m., First Baptist Church, Seymour.
Eastgate Homes multifamily yard sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 7, 800 Eastgate Road behind Food City, Sevierville. 9648161.
Coats and Blankets
New Center Baptist Church will accept donations for a coat and blanket drive for mission trip to South Dakota, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in front of Kroger in Sevierville and Food City in Kodak.
Sunday, Sept. 6 Reagan Reunion
Amos Reagan family reunion 3-6 p.m., Sevierville Park. 774-1133.
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Pigeon Forge Community Center closed for Labor Day. Center will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Anna Porter Public Library will be closed for Labor Day. The library will close at 5 p.m. on Sept. 10 for the luau and be closed on Sept. 11 for staff training.
Gold Wing Riders
Gold Wing Road Riders meets at IHOP, 1802 Parkway in Sevierville, 6 p.m. meal, 7:30 p.m. meeting.
Tuesday, Sept. 8 Angel Food
Angel Food Orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 908-
1245. n 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kodak United Methodist Church. 933-5996.
Seniors In Touch
Seniors In Touch (S.I.T.) meets 6-7:30 p.m. at MountainBrook Village, 700 Markhill Drive, Sevierville. 428-2445.
Wednesday, Sept. 9 Sevierville Story Time Sevier County Main Library story time 10:30 a.m. 453-3532.
First Baptist Sevierville luncheon honoring veterans 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16. RSVP by today to 453-9001. Speaker Bobby Welch, Vietnam vet.
Inspirational Reading Club meets at 1 p.m., Seymour Library. 573-0728.
Sevierville Garden Club meets at noon, Room 133 at the Sevier Senior Center. Greg Johnson freelance opinion columnist will speak on the Great Smoky Mountains 75th Anniversary. Lunch provided.
Angel Food Orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kodak United Methodist Church. 933-5996.
Thursday, Sept. 10 Hot Meals
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sevierville.
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Women’s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge n 2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road
Angel Food Orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 to 7 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kodak United Methodist Church. 933-5996.
Video Game Night
Family Video Game Night, 4-7 p.m., Seymour Library. 577-7511.
Anna Porter Public Library will close at 5 p.m. so staff can attend the luau, and be closed on Sept. 11 for staff training.
United Way Picnic
City of Pigeon Forge United Way picnic 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., City Park. Hot dogs/hamburgers, chips, drink and dessert for $5. To-go boxes available.
Friday, Sept. 11 Kodak Story Time
Kodak Library story time 11 a.m. 933-0078.
Alzheimer’s fundraiser yard sale and craft booths 9-4, inside MountainBrook Village, 700 Markhill Drive,
Fireside Book Club
Sevier County Public Library Fireside book club meets 10 a.m. at the Senior Center, 1220 W. Main. 774-6033.
Angel Food Orders: n 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 to 7 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n 4 to 6 p.m. Glades Lebanon Baptist Church, 820 E. Highland Dr. off Glades Road. 659-3443.
Just Older Youth Club meets at Pigeon Forge Community Center. Bring covered side dishes. Bingo 10:30 a.m., lunch 11:30. Wear school colors. 4297373.
Saturday, Sept. 12 Angel Food
Angel Food Orders: n 10-3, Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. River of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road, 679-6796. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 to 7 p.m., First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245.
Snyder family reunion 11:30 a.m., Northview Optimist pavilion. Bring covered dish. Lunch 12:30 p.m. 933-9372, 687-6304 or 933-1210.
Seymour Library Forum Jeff Foster will dis-
Yard/bake sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Northview Primary School. Preregistration, 5672377. $10 per vehicle. Concessions available.
River of Life Outreach community cookout 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 110 Simmons Road, Seymour. Free food, activities for children. Donations go to Angel Food Ministries, Royal Rangers and Missionettes. 679-6796.
Stott family reunion 1 p.m. at the home of Grace and Bill James on Forge Hideaway Loop, Pigeon Forge. Bring covered dish. 310-6627 or ((770) 2352824.
Christians Reaching Out Serving Seymour auction 10 a.m., the Barn, Maryville Highway, Seymour, one mile south of Chapman Highway on Highway 411. Donations are needed and tax deductible. For info or pick up of donated item, call 579-6192. Auctioneer services provided by auctioneer Dick Rose of Seymour.
Sunday, Sept. 13 Moses Lane Reunion
Descendants of Moses Lane reunion beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Thompson/ Carr Auction Center on Dolly Parton Parkway. Bring covered dish. 933-4612.
Shape Note Singings
Old Harp shape note singing 2 p.m., Wears Valley United Methodist. 9827777.
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Schools’ transportation Strawberry Plains man continually evaluated charged with burglary By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer Sevier County Schools’ bus routes have gone smoothly during the first few weeks of school, including the brand new routes planned for Catlettsburg Elementary School, transportation coordinator Jim Keener reported. Working in school transportation, however, is like working on a huge puzzle that never quite gets completed. “We work all the time on these routes; all the time we’re re-evaluating,” Keener said. “The first two weeks we were just getting everyone figured out, including new families who had moved to the area. It’s the third week of school now, and we’re still making adjustments.” Sevier County Schools has more than 140 buses transporting students to and from school. The geographical makeup of the bus routes is determined by the number of students living in a community, Keener said. “As far as we’re concerned, we are zoned — busing-wise. The routes can expand and contract as needed. You can go to school anywhere, you just can’t get bus transportation — and most people are pretty reasonable about that. If people are
living in a certain area and want transportation for their child, we try hard to meet that, but the bus routes have to be limited.” In determining bus routes, the transportation department examines the problematic areas first from the previous school year and looks at trends in growth. “We try to avoid second routes. It’s bad for kids to be sitting and waiting, as well as for teachers. We’ve been able to eliminate a lot of second runs, but if a bus can make a quick run and be back at the school in a few minutes, that’s a situation that would probably get a second run if there’s an overcrowding issue. It’s about maximizing the routes as best as you can.” Keener said depending on bus size, as many as 48 to “seventy-something” students could technically fit on a bus. “If you get up in the 60s, you’ve got a load. We’ll get reports that kids are standing, and we act quickly. Our first priority is always their safety.” Conduct is also an issue, he added. “Our employees love kids. If a child is being bullied on their bus, they report it. We have video recorders on the buses, but it’s so hard for the driver to look in their
mirror and pick out the kid who’s misbehaving. The bus is an extension of the classroom, and it’s important that parents teach their children courtesy and how to act on the bus.” Keener has strong faith in his bus drivers, who he says “do a good job.” “The phones start being answered at the bus garage at 6:30 a.m., and someone is there until 5 p.m. We know there will be parents calling. This morning, a bus broke down on a narrow county road. Within minutes, we had five or six drivers calling and offering to take extra routes.” Keener, who has a bachelor’s degree in management, went back to school four years ago to get his master’s degree in education. In the meantime, a position for transportation coordinator became available and Keener was hired. It’s something he “never dreamed” of doing several years ago, but he thoroughly enjoys his job. “We have a good relationship with the schools. If we didn’t, we couldn’t get it done. I don’t know what I would do without the principals and teachers. “(The transportation department) is always trying to find new ways, better ways.” n email@example.com
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house. When she confronted him, however, he fled to the truck and left. Shortly after she called dispatchers, Deputy Todd Williams stopped a pickup matching the description provided by the woman, who later identified the driver as By JEFF FARRELL the man who had entered her home. Staff Writer James Kevin Blevins, 24, of Strawberry SEYMOUR — A Strawberry Plains man Plains, was charged with aggravated is in jail after allegedly breaking into a burglary. He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bond. home while the owner was A 19-year-old Seymour woman was ridinside. ing in the truck, but has not been charged A homeowner on Valley at this time. Estates Road told sheriff’s Deputies are still investigating the incideputies that she heard a dent, and said they found other times knock at the door Thursday they believe were taken in additional night, but by the time she burglaries in the truck. got to the door no one was They asked for anyone with informathere. A short time later, tion on the case to call the criminal invesshe saw a Dodge pickup Blevins tigation division at 428-1899. back into her driveway. A man exited the vehicle and pried the home’s front door open, entering the n firstname.lastname@example.org
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department’s Station No. 1 on Highway 321, has been staffed by retired family members of department firefighters and other volunteers. In the last few years the number of people who could watch the market has dwindled. Now, the market is only open two or three days a week. “The department roadblock events and the flea market have been our two main sources of fund raising,” said Nichols. “But people nowadays work two or three jobs so it has been
hard for folks to find the time to volunteer their time to watch the flea market.” In the past, the market would raise from $12,000 to $15,000 a year. But the last couple of years have seen sales fall to “a fraction of that,” said Nichols. Beginning Monday, any items not sold during the Labor Day weekend sale will be removed, and the space they once occupied
will become an indoor training facility for firefighters. While the department’s flea market will soon be a memory, Nichols says he and department members are be grateful to those who volunteered over the years to operate it. “We couldn’t have done it without them,” he said. “They are one of the reasons the department is still here.”
Arrests Editor’s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed within this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. u David Allen Anderson, 35, of Knoxville, was charged Sept. 3 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u Dinah Lynn Bays, 58, of 308 Ownby Apt. 4 in Gatlinburg, was charged Sept. 4 with a circuit court warrant. She was being held. u Matthew Keith Beckner, 18, of Knoxville, was charged Sept. 4 with underage consumption of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $250 bond. u James Kevin Blevins, 25, of Strawberry Plains, was charged Sept. 4 with aggravated burglary. He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bond. u Jamie Brown, 31, of Huntsville, Tenn., was charged Sept. 4 with a circuit court warrant. He was being held. u Fred Wayne Canter, 44, of Bristol, Va., was charged Sept. 4 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u Tim Ramone Contessa, 24, of 203 Yates Road in Seymour, was charged Sept. 3 with domestic violence assault. He was being held in lieu of
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Sevierville, was charged Sept. 3 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court and general theft. She was being held. u Jeffrey Davis Rich, 27, of 3020 Kathy Drive in Kodak, was charged Sept. 4 with possession of burglary tools and aggravated burglary. He was being held in lieu of $11,000 bond. u Tony Lee Roark, 24, of 108 Chapman Highway Apt. 8 in Seymour, was charged Sept. 3 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u Zachary Scott Sexton, 19, of 1024 Boyds Creek Highway in Seymour, was charged Sept. 3 with theft forgery (credit card). He was released on $1,000 bond. u Justin Daniel Stoffels, 20, of 1416 Abiding Lane Way in Sevierville, was charged Sept. 4 with underage consumption of alcohol and contributing
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Obituaries In Memoriam
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Sue Shelley Parton, 79, of Seymour died Thursday Sept. 3, 2009. She attended First Baptist Church of Seymour. Sue graduated from CarsonNewman College and in the late 1950s she worked as secretary to the President of Carson-Newman College; was business manager at Harrison Chilhowee Baptist Academy; and later taught general business courses at HCBA. Survivors: husband, Lloyd Ray Parton; sons, Daniel Ray Parton and wife Shirley, Joel Dean Parton and wife Rachel; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Irene (Brownie) Williams and Ruby McCulley. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Seymour, 11621 Chapman Highway, Seymour, TN 37865 or St. Maryâ€™s Hospice 7447 Andersonville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37938 The family will receive friends noon to 2 p.m. Saturday with funeral service at 2 p.m., First Baptist Church of Seymour with Merwyn Borders officiating. Interment will follow in Atchleyâ€™s Seymour Memory Gardens. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home Seymour, 122 Peacock Court, Seymour. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Robert Wesley (Bob) Pickle, age 60 of Sevierville, passed away on Thursday morning, Sept. 3, 2009, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Bob was born on April 2, 1949, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Rachel and Wesley Pickle and graduated from Fulton High School in 1967. He was a member of St. Lukeâ€™s United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, and previously an active member for more than 20 years of Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church in Knoxville. Bobâ€™s primary career was in truck leasing. After retiring from Rollins Truck Leasing, he became co-owner of Volunteer Truck Leasing and later worked other jobs as his health permitted, always in positions using his gift of salesmanship. The memories of Bobâ€™s good nature and sense of humor are cherished by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Wesley Pickle and his grandparents William Amos and Ada Tarwater Pickle and Samuel Houston and Christina Cusick Pickens. He is survived by his: mother: Rachel Pickle of Seymour; four children and their families: Kevin Pickle and wife Caoilte of Knoxville, Angie Merriman of Jefferson City and her children Brynn, Cody, and Kori, Kristi Pruitt and husband George of Dandridge and their children Dustin and Kristopher, Mandi Forrester of Jefferson City and her children Jacob, Erica, and Brian; great-grandson: Caylek; Previous wife and mother of his children: Terry Pickle of Dandridge; sisters and brothers-in-law: Frances and Terry Harper of Seymour, Janie and Jim Porter of Knoxville; brother: William Pickle of Knoxville; aunt: Cusick (Toots) Clow of Clearwater, FL; uncle: Ben Barbee of Knoxville; and several loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and many close friends. A very special thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff working with Dr. Hanna and the nurses of University of Tennessee Hospital on 12 East who provided excellent care and concern for Bob as his health declined. We are also grateful to the hospice nurses who helped his family care for him the last few weeks of his life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shiloh Memorial Cemetery Association, 113 Joy Street, Sevierville, TN 37862, or St. Maryâ€™s Hospice, 747 Andersonville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37938. Pallbearers will be Kevin Pickle, Cody Pickle, Dustin Pruitt, Ashley Hurst, Wesley Hurst, and Rodney Lewellyn. Funeral service 7 p.m. Saturday in the East Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Stan Knight officiating. He will be laid to rest beside his great-grandfather in Shiloh Cemetery at 1 p.m. Sunday. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Faye Whaley, 71 of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. Ms. Whaley was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was born in Sevierville. Survivors: daughters Debbie Dennis, Donna and husband Michael Frazier, Karen Harris; eight grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; brother Paul Whaley; sister-in-law Jama
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ing alcohol, harder to enforce. Commissioner Randal Robinson, meanwhile, said allowing the drink to be served outside could cause a problem during large events like car shows. With plenty of people in town looking to sit somewhere they can see and hear the autos cruising the Parkway, restaurants along the busy strip might have to deal with large, unruly crowds, Robinson said. Beyond that, Vice Mayor Kevin McClure wondered aloud about the parsing and semantics of the issue. â€œWhat do you define as a patio?â€? he asked. While the question might seem like a stumbling block to McClure, itâ€™s not an insurmountable one. Officials in Sevierville earlier this year considered an ordinance that defines patio and allows beer sales on such a restaurant structure. In the end, McClure brought up the specter of that failed liquor vote, which was defeated by hundreds of votes in the May city elections, in suggesting the group not consider the matter now.
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â€œI donâ€™t know if itâ€™s the right time to be discussing this right now,â€? McClure said. â€œWith the way the liquor vote failed, Iâ€™m just not sure this is something the people of the city would want us to be considering at this time.â€?
Whaley; many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. Memorial services were held 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the First Baptist Church in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. She will be laid to rest in Gists Creek Cemetery, Sevierville. A graveside service announcement will be made at a later date.
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