The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 25, No. 276 ■ October 3, 2009 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Bush to visit Sevier County
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By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — Former President George W. Bush couldn’t make it to Sevier County during his two terms in office, but he’s scheduled to be here Wednesday as part of a Christian conference. Bush will speak at the Sevierville Events Center Wednesday evening as a guest speaker for
the “Celebrate America!” day in the Celebrators conference. Literature on their event calls Celebrators “the leading Christian conference for Bush older adults and mature believers.” It is an outreach of Phi Waldrep Ministries. The event is sold out and will be closed to the news media, said Sam McElroy, executive director of Phil Waldrep Ministries. “The event’s been sold out for months,” he said. “People really responded well to it.”
Bush spokesman David Sherzer confirmed the president is scheduled to make the trip. “He’ll offer some reflecting from his presidency as well as lessons he learned about leadership and decision making, and I’m sure he’ll talk about the impact of his faith on his decision to run for the presidency and on his decisions as president,” Sherzer said. Bush was scheduled to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for Earth Day in 2005, but canceled the visit due to bad weather. He spoke at the Knoxville airport instead. The Celebrators conference has been coming to Sevier County for
many years. “It’s a Christian conference that we have annually,” McElroy said. “We used to have it in Gatlinburg.” Next week’s conference runs from Monday through Thursday. In addition to the address from Bush, it will feature a concert by singer Sandi Patty, music from worship leader Charles Billingsley and daily addresses by David Jeremiah. Celebrators will host a second event here Oct. 19 to 22 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. n email@example.com
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Austin Green sits and waits for the next bear at his general store in Pittman Center. Green runs the tagging and checking station for the bear hunt in Sevier County. The gun, muzzleloader and archery season is Sept. 28-Oct. 4 in Sevier County, dogs permitted. As of 11 a.m. on Friday Green has tagged 24 bears killed during the hunt.
Low: 45° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Mamie Davenport, 98 Mary Evelyn “Bo” Trotter Miriam Joyce White, 74
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Index Local & State . . . . . A1-6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . B1-3 Money . . . . . . . . . . . A10 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . B7 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B7 Classifieds . . . . . . . . B3-6 Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 World . . . . . . . . . . . . . A9
SMARM celebrates miracles at banquet By DEREK HODGES Staff writer SEVIERVILLE — It’s been a year of challenges for the supporters of Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries, just as it has been for the local residents the agency serves. Like social service organizations across the nation, the ministry has seen demand for its offerings skyrocket as the recession drags on. Summer has turned into holidays, and the holidays have turned into something entirely new. That means SMARM has seen as many requests for help during the sum-
mers — the traditional slower time — as it usually sees during the busy winter months. It also means the staff members and volunteers have found themselves running on fumes. Still, boundless optimism ran over Thursday evening as they held their eighth annual Streams of Mercy banquet at the Events Center. “Our cup is never halfempty; it’s always halffull,” SMARM Executive Director Dick Wellons said. “We’re thankful that we’re able to minister to these folks. This is just a great community to work in. We are so blessed to be able to serve the people of
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Former WBIR-TV anchor Bill Williams talks to Sevierville First Baptist pastor Randy Davis and Judge Dwight Stokes during SMARM’s annual Streams of Mercy banquet. this community.” If anyone involved with SMARM deserved to be discouraged about the state of things every once in a while, it’s Wellons. He’s been with the agen-
cy since it was started in 2001 and has had the opportunity to reach out a hand to each of the nearly 23,000 people who have See SMARM, Page A4
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Association surpasses recruiting goal By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer The Smoky Mountain Memory Walk is still two weeks away, and the Eastern Tennessee Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has already surpassed its goal of recruiting 38 teams to participate. “We have 46 teams registered now, and we’re hoping to have even more,” said Kay Watson, Alzheimer’s Association public relations director. “We’re trying to
with Collier Restaurant and just finished up its first “Spirit Week,” which provided Memory Walk n When: Oct. 17 participants with daily incentives. n Where: Pigeon Forge High School Participants who registered online, n Phone: 544-6288 recruited more walkers and met n Web: alz.org fundraising benchmarks had the chance to win free barbecue sandwiches, pizzas, pancakes and burggenerate more awareness about the ers from Collier’s five restaurants. disease and about the event.” There’s still plenty of time to preThe Smoky Mountain Memory register for the walk, Watson said. Walk is set for Saturday, Oct. 17 “People can go online (alz.org) at Pigeon Forge High School. The See Goal, Page A4 Alzheimer’s Association partnered
Mary Evelyn “Bo” Trotter, the member of a pioneer Gatlinburg hotel family and a prominent Sevier County Realtor, died Thursday at the age of 84. She was the daughter of Steve and Pearl Whaley, who built the Riverside Hotel in the 1920s, a decade before the coming of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Whaley family operated the Riverside for five decades as the park and Gatlinburg became the tourist mecca that it is today. Trotter’s brother, Austin “Dick” Whaley, was the first mayor of Gatlinburg when the town incorporated in 1945. She and her husband, James T. “Big Jim” Trotter, and her brother, Bruce J. Whaley, developed the River Terrace motel across the Little Pigeon River from the Riverside in downtown Gatlinburg, beginning in 1958. The Trotters were active in state and national hotel association circles. After Mr. Trotter’s death in 1985, she became See Trotter, Page A4
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The Mountain Press â—† Saturday, October 3, 2009
Community Calendar Editorâ€™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.
Saturday, Oct. 3 Book Sale
Sevier County Public Library System fall book sale 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Main Library, 314 Court Ave.
Blessing of Pets
Murphys Chapel United Methodist Church blessing of pets, 3 p.m. Bring pets on leash or in carrier. 4532657. Donations accepted for Sevier County Humane Society.
Lon and Pearl Breeden family reunion, 1 p.m. at home place (Light Pink Road, Louisville, Tenn.). Bring chair and a covered dish, dessert or drinks. (865) 363-8767 or 983-8465.
Church Yard Sale
Foxhill Studios Gourd Day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Glades Road. Children can paint gourds to take home. Event is free.
Smoky Mountain Christian Church craft show, 9-3, 125 South Blvd. 235-5724. Proceeds go to SafeSpace. Tables $10-$15. Set-up 8-9 a.m.
Singing at Pentecostal Church of God 7 p.m., with Alan McBride of Oklahoma.
Sunday, Oct. 4 Pet Blessing
Our Savior Lutheran Church pet blessing service 10:30 a.m., 423 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg. 436-5641.
Pittman Center Elementary, Highway 321, pancake breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. $5. Sponsored by first-grade class.
Sevier County Emergency Radio Services class for technician license 10-4 at EOC building, Bruce Street. Test follows class. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 429-2422.
Benefit rummage sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1610 Pullen Road between Jayell and Ernest McMahan Roads; rain or shine.
Burchfield Memorial UMC fall festival and auction. Country store 10 a.m., lunch 11 a.m., auction 12:30 p.m., 3858 Byrds Cross Road off Highway 411. Includes display.
Yard sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pigeon Forge United Methodist, next to Food City. Rain or shine.
Free children and adult clothing, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Community First Church of God, 139 Palette Lane, Seymour. 774-5983.
Heights Christian Church, Chapman and Boyds Creek Highway, Seymour n 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn, Gatlinburg
Tuesday, Oct. 6 Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Fox Trot B&B, Garrett Road, Gatlinburg n 6:30 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC n 6:30 p.m. Home Cents, Old Newport Highway, Sevierville
Youth Book Sale
Youth book sale in Classroom 1 at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. sponsored by hospital volunteers. Proceeds benefit new LeConte Medical Center.
Menâ€™s Bible Study
Gatekeepers menâ€™s community Bible study, 1328 Old Newport Highway, Sevierville. 436-0313.
Angel Food Orders: n 2 to 5 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. 9081234.
HopeWorks Bipolar/ Depression support group meets 7 p.m. at Seymour Heights Christian Church. 981-4291 or 724-3755.
Sevier County Beekeepers Assn. meets 7 p.m. at courthouse. Topic is medication. 453-1997.
Alzheimerâ€™s Support group meets 6 to 7 p.m. at MountainBrook Village, 700 Markhill Drive, Sevierville. 4282445.
Seymour Story Time
Preschool story time 11 a.m. at Seymour Library. 573-0728.
Kindness Counts meets 7 p.m. at Pigeon Forge Community Park, pavilion 1. 654-2684.
St. Paul Episcopal Church, Seymour, to bless pets at 4 p.m. Only caged or leashed pets. Offering benefits Sevier County Humane Society.Â Â Â
Gold Wing Riders
Roaring Fork Concert
Smoky Mountain Weight Loss Surgery Support Group meets 6:30-8 p.m. at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center, Classrooms 2 and 3. 250-9354 or e-mail to Nsg4Him@aol. com.
Roaring Fork Baptist Church hosts gospel singer Shannon Bunch at 6 p.m.
Free gospel concert with Rocky Morris, 7:30 p.m., Riverbend Campground.
Brannam Family reunion and covered dish lunch at noon, Hills Creek Baptist Church Fellowship building.
New Era Baptist
New Era Baptist Church revival today through Wednesday. T. A. Lester, speaker. 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. today; 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
Gold Wing Road Riders Assn., 6:30 p.m. Monday at IHOP Sevierville. 6604400.
Northview Kodak Optimist Club installation dinner 6:30 p.m. at clubhouse.
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New Era Baptist
New Era Baptist Church revival, 7 p.m. through Wednesday. T. A. Lester, speaker.
Angel Food Orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 4292508. 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. 9081234.
LeConte Photographic Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Robert Epperson to discuss photographing wildflowers.
TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Uniform sale 7 to 4 p.m., in the classrooms at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center. Proceeds benefit the new LeConte Medical Center.
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge n 2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road, Sevierville
Sevierville Story Time
Preschool story time 10:30 a.m., Sevier County Main Library. 453-3532.
Angel Food Orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081234.
Crewettes Rummage Sale
Sevier County Crewettes rummage sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday at Sevier County Rescue Squad Building.
Thursday, Oct. 8 Hot Meals
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sevierville.
Uniform sale 7 to 2 p.m., in the classrooms at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center. Proceeds benefit the new LeConte Medical Center.
Pancake supper sponsored by Sevierville Kiwanis, 4-7:30 p.m. Flapjacks Pancake Cabin, 1016 Parkway. $5. 932-8591.
Northview/Kodak Optimist Club yard sale at clubhouse Oct. 10. Bring items beginning today. To schedule assistance, call 933-0078.
Gatekeepers Menâ€™s Community Bible studies: n 6:30 p.m., 2445 Scenic Mountain Drive, Sevierville. 310-7831. n 6:30 p.m. Seymour UMC, Chapman Highway. 436-0313.
Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 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. 9081234.
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