The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 261 ■ September 18, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 75 Cents
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By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
5Battle of Top 10 teams How did G-P fare vs. Gibbs? Sports, Page A8
SEVIERVILLE — Police and sheriff detectives are looking for a trio they say have been cleaning up at local laundromats. They’re not sure how they’re doing it, but they say the three have been opening the change receptacles and machines at the wash rooms, taking amounts ranging from a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000. County investigators know of at least four times they’ve hit without being caught, but they’ve been marked with the criminal stain thanks to surveillance pictures from one of the places they’ve pulled jobs.
The shots show the alleged burglars on two consecutive Sundays at Wash House Laundry on Long Springs Road. There are several surprising things about the way they operate, including that they do their work in the daylight, don’t mind if there are patrons in the building at the time and seem to have a tool that allows them access to the locked boxes. “They’re pretty brazen,” Sevier County Sheriff’s Detective Johnny Bohanan says. “We have them on video where they’ve been working on some machines and somebody comes in, so they just sit down and act like nothing’s going on. They look just like regular laundromat customers to the other people. Then, when the people leave, they’re right back to
work.” Perhaps most interesting to Bohanan isn’t that the thieves are working in plain sight but that piece of equipment they’re using to get into the machines. Bohanan says he and investigators from other departments — the burglars have also hit laundromats inside the cities, though Bohanan’s work is focused on Wash House since it’s the only one in the county — can’t figure out what the “batterylike” item is. “It seems they have some kind of tool they’re using to unlock them and lock them back. No one can figure that out because these are difSee Suspects, Page A4
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six months. We have the all new Grand Cherokee, Town and Country and Durango. It’s a very exciting time.” He noted that after a difficult period in the auto-
PIGEON FORGE — It looks like the city’s wedding industry will get the representation at least one of its members has been pushing for. The City Commission voted to appoint two new members to what’s commonly called the Tourism Advisory Board, a group of citizens and business people who give the Department of Tourism direction in its marketing strategies. The two folks given a post are Brad Ivens for the vacation lodging industry and Bruce Johnson, owner of several restaurants including Mama’s Farmhouse and Alamo Steakhouse, to an at-large post. While Ivens’ appointment was made based mainly on the fact he manages some rental accommodations, commissioners also pointed out he owns Mountain Valley Wedding Chapel and should, therefore, be able to offer a voice for the matrimony industry. “I think he could do double duty there,” Mayor Keith Whaley said before the group voted unanimously to approve the recommendations made by Tourism Director Leon Downey. Among those in the audience for the session was Laurie Holmes, the co-owner of Wedding Bell Chapel. Holmes has attended every gathering of the commission for the last two months, each time reminding them of the wedding industry’s desire to have some representation on the tourism board. She has pointed out those who walk down
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Karen Estep prepares the silent auction items in advance of today’s third annual Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center Summer Spectacular. The event is from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m. with a variety of local entertainers, food, live and silent auctions, door prizes and bingo.
Llewellyn to keep dealership ‘local’ By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer
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Obituaries Jeff Blackburn, 42 Jeremy S. England, 29 Linda Gail Gann, 57 Harrison Gibson, 93 Lucille M. Grant, 82 DETAILS, Page A4
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Corrections A story in Thursday’s Mountain Press titled, “County posts clerk position” had the wrong deadline for application submissions for the job. The last day they can be turned in is Sept. 24.
Longtime car businessman Richard Llewellyn had been visiting the Smoky Mountains for years — so when his friend Steve Burgin told him he wanted to sell his Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership in Kodak, he jumped at the opportunity to make Sevier County his home. “I’ve always loved the area,” said Llewellyn, who is now president and CEO of the dealership. “I started coming here to get out of the Florida heat.” Thomas Hill Burgin Dodge, located off of Winfield Dunn Parkway, became Rocky Top Chrysler Jeep Dodge on Sept. 1. “It was important to me to keep things local. We’ve only lost one employee in
the acquisition. We have the same great people who have the same great way of fixing and dealing with cars. When you’re in a small community, that’s really important. My goal is to create a family culture.” Changing hands in the dealership was a long process, he added. “We had been working on it for about six months, and the dealer has to approve the deal. I had a house up here, so I was here two or three days a week throughout the summer.” Llewellyn has been in the car business for 30 years. “I was a CPA and a had a client who was a car dealer, and I liked the business model. And I’m a car guy — I like to race them, build them.”
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Richard Llewellyn is the new president and CEO of Rocky Top Chrysler Dodge, formerly Thomas Hill Burgin Dodge. He has owned as many as 14 franchises at one time, including two other Chrysler stores. “I love the product and think it’s got an awesome future,” he said of Chrysler. “Eleven new models will be released in the next
Exterminators see rise in number of bed bug calls By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer You’ve long heard the saying “don’t let the bed bugs bite” — and according to news outlets across the country, it’s worthy advice these days. There’s been a resurgence of these pesky little insects, which Wikipedia describes as small parasites that feed on human blood. Although they’re not strictly nocturnal, they’re mainly active at night and are capable of
feeding unnoticed on their hosts. “These are ‘bugs without borders,’ which is how (a pest control) association magazine recently described them,” said Ray Johnson, owner of Johnson Pest Control. “It’s really getting overwhelm-
ing. We used to get one or two calls a month for bed bugs — now we’re getting three or four calls a week.” “We don’t really know why they’re exploding, but we know how: They’re great hitchhikers. They move from home to home, with people picking them up in hotels or by picking up used things outside like old furniture,” added Tony Beasley of Beasley Pest Control. “They really just move around from host to host.”
Both Johnson and Beasley agree that bed bugs have especially been on the rise in tourist areas such as the Smoky Mountains. “A lot of hotels and apartments deny that they have a problem, and it’s unbelievable the problems that dormitories are having with bed bugs,” Johnson said. “More and more lawsuits are showing up, and places have had to shut down to fumigate. We’re sending one of our employees up to New
Jersey next week for intensive bed bug training.” He said that while Johnson Pest Control has been using steam to kill the bugs and eggs, the company is looking at investing in heat treatment, which could cost anywhere from $60,000 to $80,000. Beasley and Johnson both say that there has been no correlation between bed bugs and any kind of illness or disease. People also shouldn’t be See Bugs, Page A4
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Lane shifts expected next week on Hwy. 66 Submitted report The contractor working on Highway 66 widening will continue the five-minute stoppages weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to pull electric and other overhead utility cable from King Street to Boyds Creek Highway. AT&T is working on site and may be pulling wire across S66 in this section next week as well. The contractor will also be shifting traffic on the south end of the project next week, in this manner: Southbound traffic from
The Diner to the Atchley bridge will be shifted Monday night. This will require closing the left southbound lane from CVS to Main Street from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday. On Tuesday night, northbound traffic will be shifted in the same section. This will require that they close the left northbound lane from Main Street to Buddy’s BBQ from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday. Shifting lanes will allow the contractor to work on the storm drain, grading, base stone, curb and gutter, sidewalk, and paving for the new outside north-
bound lanes from King Street to Allensville. Progress made last week includes paving the new outside southbound lanes and constructing the sidewalk along them from Allensville to King Street; construction of the parapet atop the retaining walls; installing storm drain and utilities north of Douglas Dam Road; fine grading the base stone north of Douglas Dam Road; and constructing sections of curb and gutter. For questions regarding the project, call 4294509.
Boy, 9, has Titanic book published Submitted report PIGEON FORGE — Earlier this summer, 9-yearold Luke Copas toured the new Titanic Museum Attraction with his mother and father, Sabrina and Robby Copas. The fourth-grader at Northview Primary School in Kodak had already written a book about the ship, but his visit to the museum would lead to a huge surprise for the young writer. Last school year, then 8-year old Luke participated in the Child Authors’ Conference. An avid reader who loved learning about the past, Luke wanted his book to create a passion in other children for history. Sabrina Copas said, “Luke became a walking encyclopedia of all things Titanic. He was literally consumed by it. When it came time for him to actually write his book for the Child Authors’ Conference, it took him less than one week to write it because he knew the subject matter so well.” Luke showed his book to attraction co-owner Mary Kellogg-Joslyn. Impressed with the boy’s talent and driven by his enthusiasm, Kellogg-Joslyn secretly made a few phone calls and landed the boy a book
Jaynee, the Titanic Museum Attraction First Class Maid, presents Luke Copas with a copy of his own published book at Northview Primary School. deal. “He has an amazing talent,” Kellogg-Joslyn said. “The first time I read his book, I couldn’t believe my eyes. He writes so well and researched this book so deeply that I simply wanted to share it with others.” Recently, Luke’s entire class at Northview Primary was called to the school library, where KelloggJoslyn and First Class Maid
Jaynee made a surprise appearance. At first, Luke didn’t know why they were there, but when he saw the first copy of “Facts For Kids About the Titanic,” his face changed expressions. “That’s MY book!” Luke told his classmates and Cub Scout friends who had joined him. The book was released this week and is now available at the attraction gift shop.
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 Dawn Barrow, 38, of Pikeville, Tenn., was arrested Sept. 16 on a misdemeanor warrant and was being held. u David Bois, 20, of 230 Hardin Lane, Sevierville, was charged Sept. 16 with shoplifting under $100, first offense, and was released. u William Watson Cook, 67, of 312 Hansels Lea, Sevierville, was charged Sept. 17 with DUI and was being held. u Thomas Wayne Corley, 53, of 4336 Manis Hollow Road, Gatlinburg, was charged Sept. 16 with habitual offender motor vehicle, driving with revoked license, resisting arrest and traffic hazard and was being held in $3,000 bond. u Isidro Cruz, 29, of 310 Club Drive, Sevierville, was charged Sept. 16 with financial responsibility law and driving without a license and was released. u Jessie Marie Hendrix, 24, of 819 E. Highland Drive, Gatlinburg, was charged Sept. 17 with public intoxication and was being held. u Christopher Alan Inman, 26, of Taylorsville, N.C., was charged Sept. 16 with violation of probation and was released. u Shandy Brooke Justus, 31, of 4165 Cosby Highway, Cosby, was charged Sept. 16 with theft of property
$1,000-$10,000 and was released on $2,500 bond. u Tammy Sue Lane, 48, of Jefferson City was charged Sept. 17 with DUI and violation of the implied consent law and was being held. u Christopher Lee Malin, 20, of Panama City, Fla., was charged Sept. 16 with violation of probation and was released. u Tina Marie Mollere, 34, of 615 Wallun Way, Kodak, was arrested Sept. 16 on a misdemeanor warrant and was being held. u Dewitt Dennis Morgan, 40, of 240 Riverwalk Drive Apt 7309, Sevierville, was charged Sept. 16 with assault and was released on $1,000 bond. u John Edwards Roberts, 37, of White
Pine was charged Sept. 17 with theft of property $1,000-$10,000 and was released on $2,500 bond. u David James Sizemore, 26, of 109 Stonewall Way, Cosby, was charged Sept. 17 with driving on a revoked license and was released. u Corey Lee Skye, 20, of 1821 Country Meadows Drive, Sevierville, was charged with violation of probation and was released. u Ronald Wayne Smith, 47, of 510 Chilhowee School Road, Seymour, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant and was released. u Ralph Edward Stansberry, 45, of Andersonville, Tenn., was charged with simple possession and was released on $1,000 bond.
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Devin Keeler’s mother, left, Lt. Marla York, Devin Keeler and Capt. Sabrina Tarwater attend Keeler’s ceremony promoting him to to airman first class in the Civil Air Patrol.
Promotions presented at Civil Air Patrol meeting Submitted Report Cadet Airman Devin Keeler was promoted to airman first class at a recent meeting at Civil Air Patrol headquarters at the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport. His mother assisted Capt. Sabrina Tarwater in pinning the lapel pins to signify his new rank, while Lt. Marla York looked on. Cadet Airman First Class Kyle Walker was recently promoted as well. Tennessee Chapter 93 was formed in Sevierville May 13, 1966. The CAP unit has been involved in search-andrescue missions. Over the years the Sevierville CAP squadron has received many accolades for its community service. Former President George W. Bush sent a letter thanking them. The unit has participated in training exercises with the Sevier County Rescue Squad and been in many parades and other events, including the Vietnam Memorial visit and other events at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation. The museum has a 1940s CAP uniform donated by Josh Stallard in 2009. The chapter is seeking people of all ages to join as senior members. New members will go through
Kyle Walker and Capt. Sabrina Tarwater. Walker was promoted to cadet first class. an orientation process to prepare them for the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. For more information contact Maj. Kevin Tarwater at 680-5303
or e-mail to ktarwater@ pobox.com, or visit www. GOCIVILAIRPATROL. com. Meeting are held Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. next to the old terminal building at the airport.
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Dems to voters: You may hate us, but GOP is worse By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — With just six weeks to avoid a possible election catastrophe, Democrats are trying to limit the damage with a closing argument that’s more plea than platform: We know you voters are furious with us, but just let us explain why the Republicans would be worse. The strategy requires an autumn influx of voters willing to view the election as a choice between two imperfect parties — and imperfect candidates on
each ballot line — rather than as a chance to slap the Washington establishment that the public seems to dislike so deeply. But the Democrats admit the Republicans have a big emotional advantage with voters who are fed up with high unemployment, soaring deficits and what many see as an arrogant Congress and administration that rammed a revolutionary health care plan down their throats. If voters keep burning with the throw-the-bums-out fever that animated so many primaries, Democrats would be likely to
lose more than 40 House seats, costing them the majority and positioning Republicans to block virtually any Obama initiatives in the next two years. Losing the Senate majority, which would require a 10-seat Republican gain, is less likely. Democratic candidates want to convince these voters that no matter how much they hate the status quo, they would be worse off under a Republican Party that hasn’t learned from its mistakes and is lurching ever harder to the right. “This needs to be a choice,
not a referendum” on the Democratic-led Congress and Obama administration, said Erik Smith, a Democratic campaign adviser. President Barack Obama, campaigning for a Senate contender in Connecticut on Thursday, said of Republicans: “All they are going to be feeding us is anger and resentment and not a lot of new ideas. But that’s a potent force when people are scared and they’re hurting.” Democrats already have given up on keeping several seats, including a House seat
Republicans try to bring tea party enthusiasm into fold
Mosque opponents sue to stop construction MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Opponents of a new mosque in Murfreesboro are asking for a temporary restraining order to stop construction at the site. A complaint filed in Rutherford County Chancery Court late Thursday names numerous county officials as defendants and claims they violated state law by not providing adequate notice of the meeting where the mosque was approved. The complaint also claims that a burial at the mosque site should have been the subject of a public meeting. County Attorney Jim Cope denied the claims. “We believe meeting notice was adequate and met the requirements of the law,” he said. Cope said a public hearing was not required to approve the site plan of the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro because the land was already zoned for it. As to the burial, Cope said state law doesn’t govern private burials. “We think that it was done appropriately,” he said. Kevin Fisher, who organized a march against the mosque, is one of the plaintiffs. Fisher also organized a petition drive asking the County Commission to rescind approval of the mosque. The suit claims that Fisher and other plaintiffs “have suffered mental anguish, fear, anxiety, loss of reputation, loss of earnings and emotional distress.” Several calls to Fisher went straight to voicemail and he did not immediately return them. Along with the request for a temporary restraining order, the suit asks that the court declare void the Rutherford County Planning Commission’s approval of the mosque’s site plan in May. The suit does not ask the court to void other decisions made by the Planning Commission using the same notice procedures. Plaintiffs’ attorney Joe Brandon Jr. said he did not know what effect a favorable ruling might have on other decisions.
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in Tennessee and a Senate seat in North Dakota. Party insiders aren’t quite in full panic mode. But they are intensely debating how to frame the final message, which candidates to help with last-minute spending, and where to focus ground troops. Senate campaign officials said they have made no final decisions about how to allocate money, but Democrat Brad Ellsworth is no longer airing TV ads in his bid to hold the Indiana Senate seat left open by retiring Democrat Evan Bayh. Republican nominee Dan Coats leads in polls there.
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Commander Marla Schuman, left, Police Chief Clifford Cook and Sgt. Scott Creager with the Vancouver police office address members of the media about the Bethany Storro case Thursday.
Few in Wash. city of are angry at acid hoax woman VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The scars on her face were real, but her story about being splashed with acid was a horrific hoax. A day after Bethany Storro’s revelation turned the victim who drew worldwide sympathy into a curiosity and the object of much derision, few who banded together here to collect money for her medical bills were angry with her on Friday. They were just puzzled: What could bring the 28-year-old grocery store worker to disfigure herself in such a public way, and invent a tale about a black woman assaulting her with a cup of acid? Storro’s mother is “just worried about her mental health,” said friend John Pax, whose gym hosted a fundraiser that netted nearly $1,000. “But no one’s asked for their money back yet. No one’s angry. “We just worry about her,” he said. Some in the black community in this leafy city on the banks of the Columbia River were saddened that someone claiming to be a crime
victim had again placed an African-American in the role of villain. “I’m not angry at all, and the reason is that this has happened many times before, unfortunately,” said Margo Bryant, president of the Vancouver branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Bryant praised the police, and said she didn’t hear of any blacks in the area being questioned. “At least (police) were willing to accept that this individual was not telling the truth, or not automatically accept she was telling the truth because she is white,” Bryant said. Police on Friday were planning to turn the case over to prosecutors. Storro could face charges of filing a false police report. Storro told police a stranger in a ponytail accosted her near a small park on Aug. 30, uttering the now-infamous words — “Hey, pretty girl, want something to drink?” — before scorching her face. Instantly, her tale grabbed the headlines.
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And only grew when she appeared before reporters, her head bandaged and alongside her parents, to ask a nameless, faceless attacker: Why? Storro said it was only chance and, perhaps, divine providence that led her to purchase a pair of sunglasses just minutes earlier.
WASHINGTON — Can this political marriage survive? More than a half dozen tea party-backed candidates have captured Republican Senate nominations, and now the GOP is trying to bring their rebel supporters’ enthusiasm into the fold for November. Republicans have little choice but to at least put on a show of unity: Alienating the antiestablishment tea party could undercut GOP efforts to post big Senate gains, perhaps even win control outright. Judging by how quickly the GOP establishment embraced tea party nominees after earlier primaries in Kentucky, Colorado and Nevada, it may not take long for them to consider insurgent Christine
O’Donnell one of their own in Delaware. The state’s Senate primary was the freshest source of Republican division after O’Donnell’s stunning upset of nineterm Rep. Mike Castle. He hasn’t yet rallied behind her but others have, including once and maybe future presidential candidate Mitt Romney. And, after an initial curt reaction, Sen. John Cornyn’s committee to elect Senate Republicans made its support clear. “Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee — and I personally as the committee’s chairman — strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware,” said the Texas lawmaker. He also sent her $42,000. The message: The GOP has heard the tea party and is listening.
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Obituaries In Memoriam
Jeff Blackburn Jeff Blackburn, age 42 of Sevierville, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2010. He is survived by his wife Bertha Blackburn; children Hope Smith, Kathy Smith and Dalton Blackburn; brother Joel Blackburn and wife Sabrina; nephew and niece Shannon and Kayla Blackburn. Private services will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Linda Gail Gann Linda Gail Gann, 57 of Sevierville, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. She had worked for ETHRA and Douglas Adult Cooperative for many years. Survivors: husband, Joe Gann Sr.; son, Joe Edwin Gann Jr. and wife Jessica; son, Eric Gann; daughters, Darlene and Cristal Gann; four grandchildren; parents, Marvin and Maxine Smith; mother-in-law and father-inlaw, W. M. “Dub” and Marcia Gann; brothers-in-law, Larris Gann and wife Carolyn, Jeff Gann; nieces and nephew and special friends. Family and friends will meet 10 a.m. Friday in Beech Grove (Caney) Cemetery for graveside service and interment with Rev. Ernie Coleman officiating. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Harrison Gibson Harrison Gibson, 93 of Seymour, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. Survivors: sons and daughters-in-law, Doyle Gibson and wife Vickie, Verlin Gibson and wife Teresia, and Jerry Gibson; five grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; daughter-inlaw, Retta Gibson; nieces and nephews. Funeral service 7 p.m. Friday in Atchley’s Seymour chapel with the Rev. W. A. Galyon officiating. Family and friends will meet 1 p.m. Saturday for interment at Highland South Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
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mobile industry, things should be beginning to look up. “Sales have been around $10 million in the last three years. I think we’ve bottomed out and it’s a good time to be in the business. There’s a lot of pent-up demand, where people weren’t buying cars for a while, and now it’s almost where they have to do something. I think that in the next 26-34 months, we should be in the $14 million market, which is
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afraid to sleep at night, since they “are less likely to have bed bugs than to not have them,” Beasley said. “Just be aware of your surroundings and realize that they like cool, dry places.” Johnson said that good inspection always helps. “Before you set your things down in a hotel room, look around the mattress for any red
Jeremy Stephen England Jeremy Stephen England (Lurch), 29 of Seymour, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. He was a member of Stock Creek Baptist Church. He was a manager, family and friend at Huck Finn’s Catfish, Pigeon Forge for nine years. Survivors: wife, Chrystal England; parents, Bernie and Terry England; sister and brother-in-law, Juli and Ryan Thomas; nephew, Isaac Thomas; grandmother, Lillard England; other extended family. The family received friends Friday at Stock Creek Baptist Church in Knoxville. Funeral service followed with Pastor and friend Benji Fowler and Pastor Buddy Johnson officiating. Interment services 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at Highland South Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stock Creek Baptist Church Food Pantry, 8106 Martin Mill Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920. Guestbook may be signed at www.highlandmemorialparks.com. Highland South Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations (865) 573-7300, is providing arrangements.
Lucille M. Grant Lucille M. Grant, 82 of Gatlinburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. She devoted herself and her work to her beloved Great Smoky Mountains. In her 70s, she hiked to Mt. LeConte. Memorials may be made in her honor to the GSMA or The World Wildlife Fund. Cremation Services provided by McCarty Funeral Directors and Cremation Services, 607 Wall Street.
substantial.” Llewellyn is looking to hire six or seven people at the dealership in different capacities, including technicians and sales people. “This won’t be a corporate office — it will have a small, local feel. We’ll get involved with high school athletics, the Chamber of Commerce and all of the things that make Sevier County special.” He also plans to be at the dealership every day. “My office is open to anybody.” n firstname.lastname@example.org
(blood) or dark (fecal) spots. Be wary of communal laundries, because you could get them just by setting your laundry down next to someone else’s. And if you go to a party, don’t hang up your coat with other people’s.” How to tell you’ve been bit by a bed bug? Beasley said the small bites itch and often appear in threes. “We call it breakfast, lunch and dinner.” n email@example.com
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ferent machines with different locks, but it seems to work in all of them,” Bohanan says. “I’d like to catch them just to see what kind of tool they’re using.” Bohanan may soon get his chance, if the suspicions of Wash House’s owner are correct. In addition to pictures of the thieves themselves, surveillance cameras at a laundromat in Pigeon Forge caught the cars they’re using, including a white Ford Mustang convertible from the mid1990s and an early-90s tan Ford Taurus. That may help wash the subjects up. “I think we’re going to see something on this in the next little bit,” says Steve Layman, director of the county’s Juvenile Detention Center and an owner of Wash House. “We’re working very hard to get these folks nailed down, to get them cornered.” Layman says he’s talked to laundromats in the cities that have been missing money since July. Like them, Layman says he’s also noticed some odd numbers when the machines were cashed out, but, also like them, he dismissed it as the regular ups and downs of business. “You just think, ‘Well, we haven’t had any business.’ You don’t think it was a burglary,” Layman says. “We’ve noticed our collections were down several times from where they should have been, but we just assumed business was off. We didn’t think it had been carried off.” All totalled Layman believes his business has been drained of “thousands of dollars,” including about $1,500 in two hits on recent Sundays, Aug. 29 and Sept.
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the aisle in the Smoky Mountains don’t normally come alone, bringing with them huge wedding parties, friends and family. Those folks stay in local hotels, eat in area restaurants and generally promote the Sevier County economy while they’re here, she told the commissioners. With all that and in the face of sharply declining numbers of those tying the knot here, Holmes pleaded with the group to make someone from the chapels a tourism advisor. She said after Monday’s meeting that she is pleased with Ivens’ appointment and hopes he’ll be a strong voice for a lucrative and oftenoverlooked part of the local tourism market. “I’m very happy they
12. Like Bohanan, he says he’s surprised at how wellorganized the crooks seem to be. “It’s a very sophisticated operation. It’s pretty smooth,” Layman says. “They’re opening these change boxes up, then putting them back so you think nothing’s happened. We’ve dealt with thieves before, but most of the time they’ve done damage, so we knew it had happened.” Layman says he’s seen evidence to suggest there may be more than just the three folks caught by the security cameras involved in the thefts. Until they’re all in custody, folks at the Wash House are being especially attentive to those cash boxes. “We’re just checking them every day and trying to keep an eye on things,” Layman says. Anyone with information on the burglars or the criminals is asked to call Bohanan or Detective Jimmy Huddleston at 4281899. n firstname.lastname@example.org
put Mr. Ivens on the board,” Holmes said. Holmes also revealed she has already heard movements inside city government and the Department of Tourism to promote the area as a destination for weddings. During the meeting, the group also voted to approve: n Ordinance 913 amending the Municipal Code by revising Title 12, Chapter 1, Section 12-101 and 12-102(2) on building, plumbing and mechanical codes for one and two family dwellings not used as overnight rentals (first reading) n Ordinance 914 amending the zoning map by rezoning a parcel approximately 500 feet northwest from the intersection of Walden’s Creek and Goose Gap roads from R-1 (low-density residential) to C-3 (neighborhood commer-
Surveillance photos from an area laundromat show the suspects alleged to be responsible for a series of thefts from change boxes at similar local facilities. cial) (first reading) n An agreement for sewer and water availability for Investment Investors Inc., Rast Family Partners and T&C Partners for property located on Sequoia Road n Request from the Sevier County Water Department to connect to the city’s water system for water service along Sharp Hollow Road, Ellis Lane and Mason Lane n Request from the Sevier County Water Department to connect to the city’s water system for water service along Wears Valley Road to Lyon Springs Road n Purchase of GIS ArcInfo software off the state contract for the Public Works Department at a cost of $8,415 n Amending the already awarded 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant by $20,465 to add equipment to the tanker ordered for the
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Fire Department, which requires a $2,046.50 local match n A bid from United Services Inc. for the replacement of the existing equipment for the Middle Creek Pump Station Control System at a cost of $6,525 n Appointing Tom Garner as the city’s representative on the Keep Sevier Beautiful Board of Directors. n email@example.com
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