The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 25, No. 277 ■ October 4, 2009 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ $1.25
Out of sight, not out of mind
5Death toll rises in quake Count gets higher as responders reach rural villages World, Page A12
5Dream comes true Communities miles away help fulfill wish Mountain Life, Page B1 Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press
More construction is planned in the area surrounding the Events Center at Bridgemont, including a second golf course at Ealge’s Landing Golf Club.
Kidnapped baby found Alabama woman arrested in case Page A6
Weather Today Mostly sunny High: 73°
Tonight Mostly cloudy Low: 51° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Ted Myers, 66 Mary Evelyn “Bo” Trotter Helen D. Worsham, 86
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Index Local & State . . . . . A1-6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . A8-10 Classifieds . . . . . . . . B5-7 Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 World . . . . . . . . . . . . A12
Work continues on developments By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — Work may not be visible on the construction sites right now for the major commercials projects in the Central business Improvement District, but developers say behind the scenes things are still moving ahead. The Central Business Improvement District is the largest project in the city’s history. Sevierville officials have gained access to about $200 million in bond funding, which will be repaid using sales tax revenues from within an area that runs from Interstate 40 along Highway 66 to downtown. The city has used some of those funds to pay for its new Events Center, which is a major component of the districts under state law, as well as road improvements and other projects. City officials have said they are waiting to draw the remaining funds until they see construction started on major commercial projects in the district. Under state law, a city can use sales tax funds from the district to pay the bond, including funds that would ordinarily go to the state and other local governments. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Kodak was one of first commercial projects to commit to coming to the district; several new hotels have also opened in the region. Wilderness at the Smokies was another of the first major business components to be finished, and officials there have announced they are already investing another $1 million
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Dirt hasn’t moved in a while on the Dumplin Creek development at Exit 407, but developers say work has been going on to get funding for road projects and recruiting retailers. to add a new ride to their indoor water park. Runaway Canyon is expected to pen this fall. ““It’s going to start pretty quick,” spokesperson Rick Laney said. In addition to the Events Center, the city is also adding a second course at Eagles Landing Golf Club. Developers have said the economic downturn has slowed their efforts to recruit new businesses to the area. Interest has remained strong, but most retail chains in particular have been reducing rather than expanding during the recession. While they’re waiting for further action on some fronts, officials have been looking to move ahead on some other public projects. After years of waiting, work is under way on the expansion of Highway 66 from four lanes
to six. And both city officials and developers have been lobbying for improvements to Exit 407 from Interstate 40 to Highway 66, the only interstate access in Sevier County. “What we’ve been doing is when the (economic) slowdown hit last year we stopped moving dirt and we went to work getting stimulus money for 66 which we were successful doing,” said developer John Turley, who oversaw the Turkey Creek project in West Knoxville and is planning the Dumplin Creek development along the interstate here in Sevier County. Turley said they also had gone to get an earmark for upgrades at 407, and for a new See Developments, Page A4
Homecoming celebrates Smoky Mountain Heritage By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer
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Robert Tino’s Annual Smoky Mountain Homecoming, which began as more of a “fall open house” 17 years ago, has grown into more of a “heritage festival” over the past six years, said the artist’s wife, Mary John Tino. “It all really began with neighbors sitting around and talking,” Mary John said Saturday at event, held at her family’s farm off of Highway 66. “We said, ‘Why don’t we take this fall festival and do something bigger for the community?’ Sevier County has really embraced Robert. Not everyone gets to live their dream, to make it as an artist. This is for the people who live here and the tourists who visit here. It helps us to remember where we came from.” This year’s event, which continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes the debut of Robert’s fall limited edition release “Silent Moon” and a juried antique show and sale, as well as live bluegrass music, barbecue, funnel cakes, an old-fashion farmer’s market and pottery making for children. There’s also white oak basket makEllen Brown/The Mountain Press ing, sheep-shearing and wool spinning, antique trac- Briley Sweat, 2, of Lafollette, keeps the beat to the live bluegrass music at Robert Tino’s Annual Smoky Mountain Homecoming, held Saturday and See Homecoming, Page A4 today at the Tino’s farm.
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C o m m u n i t y C a l en d ar 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.
Sunday, Oct. 4 Pet Blessing
Our Savior Lutheran Church pet blessing service 10:30 a.m., 423 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg. 436-5641.
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
Roaring Fork Concert
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.
Monday, Oct. 5 Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church, Chapman and Boyds Creek Highway, Seymour n 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn, Gatlinburg
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. 9081245.
Sevier County Beekeepers Assn. meets 7 p.m. at courthouse. Topic is medication. 453-1997.
Seymour Story Time
Preschool story time 11 a.m. at Seymour Library. 573-0728.
Gold Wing Riders
Gold Wing Road Riders Assn., 6:30 p.m. Monday at IHOP Sevierville. 6604400.
Weight Loss Surgery
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 email to Nsg4Him@aol.com.
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
Menâ€™s Bible Study
Gatekeepers menâ€™s community Bible study, 1328 Old Newport Highway, Sevierville. 436-0313.
HopeWorks Bipolar/ Depression support group meets 7 p.m. at Seymour Heights Christian Church. 981-4291 or 724-3755.
Alzheimerâ€™s Support group meets 6 to 7 p.m. at MountainBrook Village, 700 Markhill Drive, Sevierville. 428-2445.
Kindness Counts meets 7 p.m. at Pigeon Forge Community Park, pavilion 1. 654-2684.
Northview Kodak Optimist Club installation dinner 6:30 p.m. at clubhouse.
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. 9081245.
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assistance, call 933-0078.
TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
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
Pancake supper sponsored by Sevierville Kiwanis, 4-7:30 p.m. Flapjacks Pancake Cabin, 1016 Parkway. $5. 932-8591.
Crewettes Rummage Sale
Sevier County Crewettes rummage sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday at Sevier County Rescue Squad Building.
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. 4360313.
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. 9081245.
Friday, Oct. 9 Wears Valley Festival
LeConte Photographic Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Robert Epperson to discuss photographing wildflowers.
Wears Valley Methodist Church annual fall festival 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Oct. 10, with yard sale items, pottery and other crafts, baked goods, lunch and more. 429-4412.
Sevierville Story Time
Craft Bazaar Benefit
Wednesday, Oct. 7 Photographic Society
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. 9081245.
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.
Northview/Kodak Optimist Club yard sale at clubhouse Oct. 10. Bring items beginning today. To schedule
Holy Family Catholic Church craft bazaar benefit 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday and after Mass on Sunday, 307 Black Oak Ridge Road, Seymour. Refreshments sold. 429-3999 or 983-6611.
Covered dish supper 6:30 p.m. followed by gospel singing at Hurst Hollow Road on Jones Cove Road. Donations benefit Martha Jett medical expenses. (423) 623-5710; 453-0687; 774-9435; 774-0656.
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By JANE FORAKER A trip to Dollywood is scheduled for Wednesday leaving at 10 a.m. Plan on taking in some shows, having lunch and leaving the park at 4 p.m. If you are not a season pass holder, tickets can be purchased at the park. Transportation is $2 and limited to 14. The Sevier County Sparklers Club has planned a trip to Carverâ€™s Applehouse Restaurant and Farmerâ€™s Market on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The bus costs $3 per person so sign up as soon as possible. Some of our club members will be following the bus or meeting us there. Also, on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bob Ross painting instructor Rick Le Beau will offer a class entitled â€œGolden Sunset.â€? Participants will finish a painting, and no experience is needed. There is a charge for supplies, and registration is required. Call (423) 623-7361 to register. Upcoming events: On Oct. 20, Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center will be offering flu shots at the center from 9 a.m. to noon. It is open to the public. On Nov. 7 is our second annual Pre-Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Jewelry, ceramics, floral, wood crafts and more will be offered from over 50 vendors. There also will be food and baked goods. The community is invited. For more information, or if you are a crafter and would like more information regarding booth rentals, call 453-8080, ext. 107 or e-mail to jforaker@ seviercountytn.org. Senior Center menu: Monday: honey pot roast, potatoes and carrots, bread, banana pudding; Tuesday: Chefâ€™s Salad (lettuce, tomato, onion, ham, cheese, eggs), bread sticks, cinnamon roll;
Wednesday: grilled ham and cheese, pasta salad, cole slaw, dirty pudding; Thursday: cheeseburger on bun, cottage cheese, peaches, chocolate chip cookies; Friday: spaghetti w/meat sauce, salad, garlic toast and cinnamon roll. Beverage is included. Meal costs $4. Call to make reservations. Friendly Bridge scores: Cindy McCann 4,990; Donna Legg 4,860; Tony George 4,760; Barbara Leith 3,790. The weekly schedule: Mondays: Piecemakers Quilt Guild at 9 a.m.; painting with LaViolet Bird at 9 a..m.; 50+ Fitness at 10 a.m.; blood pressure checks 11 a.m.; Sit B Fit (gentle exercise) 11 a.m.; Bible study 12:30 p.m.; and bingo at 2 p.m. Tuesdays: Manicures and pedicures by appointment, 9 a.m.; Woodshop and painting, 9 a.m.; 10 a.m. pottery class; 10 a.m. ballroom dance class; 1 p.m. square dance class; 1 p.m.
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friendly bridge group and bunco players. Wednesdays: 10 a.m. 50+ Fitness and Stitch and Chatter Club; 10 a.m. horseshoes; 12:30 p.m. rummy, pinochle, poker and movie party; 2:30 p.m. dominoes. Thursdays: Woodshop opens at 9 a.m.; body sculpting class 10 a.m.; Sit B Fit 11 a.m.; duplicate bridge 12:30 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. pottery class; 1 p.m. ballroom dance class; Tripoley 1 p.m. Fridays: Ceramics 9 a.m.; 50+ Fitness; 10 a.m.; horseshoes, 10 a.m.; yoga-pilates class is offered at 11 a.m. The Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center and Sevier County Office on Aging is located at 1220 W. Main St. in Sevierville. To make reservations for upcoming events or for more information, contact us. â€” Jane Foraker is program coordinator at Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center. She may be reached at 453-8080, ext. 108.
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Governor, VW executives to visit Tenn. plant site CHATTANOOGA (AP) â€” Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen will join top Volkswagen executives and officials on Sunday when they visit the construction site of the companyâ€™s assembly plant in Chattanooga. Jochem Heizmann, the German companyâ€™s board member in charge of worldwide production, along with Christian Wulff, governor of Lower Saxony, where VW is headquartered, are also expected in the city. Officials have said production at the $1 billion plant near Interstate 75 in southeastern Tennessee is scheduled to start in early 2011. Jay Baron, president of the Center for Automotive
Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that could be a good time because the economy may be much better by then. VW is third in world sales behind Toyota and General Motors. However, Kristin Dziczek, director of the centerâ€™s labor and industry group, said there are chinks in Toyotaâ€™s armor now. Toyota reported Thursday that Septemberâ€™s U.S. sales were off 13 percent from a year ago. For the year so far, sales are down 28 percent. Meanwhile, VW posted sales up 1.5 percent over the same period in 2008. For the year, VW is down 8.9 percent, the company reported.
Medical premiums could still be a â€˜heavy liftâ€™ WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Many middle-class Americans would still struggle to pay for health insurance despite efforts by President Barack Obama and Democrats to make coverage more affordable. The legislation advancing in Congress would require all Americans to get insurance â€” through an employer, a government program or by buying it themselves. But new tax credits to help with premiums wonâ€™t go far enough for everyone. Some middle-class families purchasing their own coverage through new insurance exchanges could find it out of reach. Lawmakers recognize the problem. â€œFor some people itâ€™s going to be a heavy lift,â€? said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. â€œWeâ€™re doing our best to make sure itâ€™s not an impossible lift.â€? Added Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine: â€œWe have no certainty as to whether or not these plans are going to be affordable.â€? Both are on the Senate Finance Committee, which finished writing a health care bill on Friday.
A new online tool from the Kaiser Family Foundation illustrates the predicament. The Health Reform Subsidy Calculator provides ballpark estimates of what households of varying incomes and ages would pay under the different Democratic health care bills. The legislation is still a work in progress and the calculator only a rough guide. Nonetheless, the results are revealing. A family of four headed by a 45-year-old making $63,000 a year is in the middle of the middle class. But that family would pay $7,110 to buy its own health insurance under the plan from the committee chairman, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
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Bridgemont project itself is being received and spe3From Page A1 cific interest from (businesses), that is bigger than it’s ever been,” Calk said. interchange in the 408 area. Congressman John J. “We’re in the middle of some letters of intent and Duncan’s Web site shows they’re going very well. that he has included a “We’re optimistic we’ll request for $31.7 million in have some announcethe new Highway Bill for improvements to 407 and ments over the next two or three months.” study of a the proposed Mary Evelyn “Bo” Trotter, the member of a He said at this point he new interchange. pioneer Gatlinburg hotel family and a prominent hopes to see construction For now, it appears Sevier County Realtor, died Thursday, October on the retail and enterTurley’s development 1, 2009, at the age of 84. She was the daughter of tainment project across could be the next to see Steve and Pearl Whaley, who built the Riverside Gists Creek Road to start construction start up Hotel in the 1920s. The Whaley family operated in the summer of next again. His project has the Riverside for five decades as the Great Smoky year, with a completion generated a lot of pubMountains National Park and Gatlinburg became date in 2011 or 2012. lic attention, as workers the tourist mecca that they are today. When her The Goodman Company removed a large portion of husband, James T. “Big Jim” Trotter died in 1985, had also purchased addia familiar hill at Exit 407 Mrs. Trotter went back to school and became a tional land that it had before work stopped. highly successful Realtor. She was a life-long membeen marketing across He announced earlier ber of the First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg. She Highway 66 from the this year that Walmart loved the Tennessee Vols, fishing, and playing gin Events Center, but that signed a purchase agreerummy with family and friends. property currently is not ment on a 20-acre piece Mrs. Trotter is survived by her sister, Nancy B. listed on the company’s of property in the develCooper of Gatlinburg; her sons Jim Trotter Jr. and Web site. opment. The chain has his wife, Sharon, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Bob Trotter Long-term plans for since presented a site and his wife, Peggy, of Eagle, Colo.; her grandplan for a 155,289 square the area show additional children, Shelley Trotter of Atlanta; Laura Trotter resort style housing near foot Supercenter to the Gheesling and her husband, Carl, of Gatlinburg; the Events Center; Calkin Sevierville Planning James Trotter III and his wife, Kelsey, of Golden, said that will likely be Commission. Colo. and John Gregory Trotter and his wife, Kerry, part of a later phase of the “They’re trying to close of Springfield, Missouri, and her great-grandchilproject. at the end of October on dren, Isabella and Carlton Gheesling of Gatlinburg, He said he remains their site,” Turley said. and Savannah Trotter of Golden. In the meantime, other committed to plans for Funeral service 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist businesses have been call- a nature preserve that Church of Gatlinburg with Rev. Larry Burcham would be ceded to the city. ing to express interest. officiating. Graveside prayer and interment will “I think we’re demon“We’re overwhelmed with follow in White Oak Flats Cemetery in Gatlinburg. potential tenants,” Turley strating this is the way to The family will receive friends in the sanctuary of do major developments said. First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg from 1-2 p.m. in East Tennessee, where “This is just one more Tuesday. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, we’re devoting 15 percent addition to that interSevierville. of our development to change that’s going to make it a real destination.” green space.” n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com That, he said, is symbolWhile he wasn’t set to ic of the relationship he’s announce a commitment developed with the city. from a retail chain yet, “I don’t think there is a lifetime and I’ll never be Developer John Turley anywhere in the Untied said he is also hoping to able to capture it all.’” 3From Page A1 States that yo could have a “It’s true,” Robert said see some commitments with a grin. “You have the soon on the retail portion better city to work in with tors and a 9:30 a.m. “down four seasons here, and every of his development, which this type of project, which is quite ambitions, than home” Sunday morning day is different. It’s a gor- is being overseen by The the city of Sevierville.” Goodman Company out of geous area, always changchurch service followed by Florida. ing.” gospel music. n firstname.lastname@example.org “As far as how the For Mary John and “It’s great to have this for the community,” Robert said Robert, the event is all about as he signed a guest’s copy celebrating home. Chapter 7 • BANKRUPTCY • Chapter 13 “This is my Mayberry,” of the Sevier Leadership FREE CONSULTATION / PAYMENT PLANS Cookbook, of which he Mary John said. “My grandSTOP: RELIEF: designed the cover. “I enjoy mother (who owned and FORECLOSURES SAVE HOME-AUTO lived in what is now the people coming out and LAWSUITS / COLLECTIONS GET A FRESH START art gallery) had tourists stay meeting them.” REPOSSESSIONS DEBT ELIMINATE & CONSOLIDATE The self-taught artist also with her because the desk PAYCHECK GARNISHMENT DEBT has plenty of old friends clerk at a hotel would call CREDITOR CALLS who visit him during the and say, ‘We have the nic(865) 428-5263 festivities, such as Vella est looking people here. Do www.GoBankruptToday.com Taylor of Seymour. Taylor you have a place for them 320 Wears Valley Road Catherine B. Sandifer, Esq. has collected Robert’s work to stay?’ This enables me to admitted in Tennessee & Florida Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 carry on the heritage.” since he was in high school. “We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Code” “You look younger than you used to!” she told him. The Tinos are celebrating the 25th year of the Robert Tino Gallery, which has another location in Highlands, N.C. “Robert has been here since he was 14,” Mary John said. “He was born in Bristol and has lived all around the Carolinas, but this is his home. He says, ‘I’ll paint
Obituaries In Memoriam
Helen D. Worsham
Helen D. Worsham, age 86 of Pigeon Forge, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2009. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge. She was a very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She had many friends and will be greatly missed. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, and family. She loved sewing for her three daughters, and gardening. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Babs; father and mother, Tom and Ella Dempsey; great-granddaughter, Laura Helen Loy; sister, Blanch Ingram; and brothers, Robert, Keith and Henry Dempsey. Survived by beloved husband of 63 years, George A. Worsham; daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy & Mike Palmer and Georgette & Ronnie McCroskey; grandchildren, Alan & Nichole Loy, David & Emily Loy, Tammy & Jeff Brewster, Michael & Kat Palmer, Tonya & Joe Keener and Travis & Cynthia McCroskey; great grandchildren, Dawson & Dylan Loy, Ella & Autumn Loy, Cory Brewster, Ali, Maddie, & June Palmer, Caleb & Wil Keener and Spencer, Shelby, & Sylas McCroskey; brother, T.A. Dempsey; host of much loved nephews and nieces; caregivers, Connie, Thursia, Laurie and Amy. Funeral service at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Walker officiating. Interment will follow in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 11a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Ted Myers, age 66, of Sevierville, passed away Friday, October 2, 2009. Ted was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting and fly tying. He was employed for many years at Wynn’s in Sevierville, and later with Little River Outfitters, in Townsend where he was currently working parttime. He was preceded in death by his son, Randy Myers, parents, Wayne and Luna Myers, and his mother-in-law, Glenda Atchley. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Myers; daughter, Kim Bean; daughter-in-law, Elaine Myers; grandchildren who he loved dearly and enjoyed sports with, Katie Myers, Blake Myers, John Myers, and Ali Bean; brother and sister-inlaw, Phil and Darlene Myers; sister and brotherin-law, Pam and David Stiles; sisters-in-law, Sue (Jackie) Ownby and Diane (Ronnie) Yates; Father-in-law, Cecil Atchley; Special aunts, Beulah Lafollette and Nell Parton. Graveside service 10 a.m. Wednesday in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens with Rev. Preston Joslin officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
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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 until proven guilty by a court of law. u Monica P. Bryan, 19, of 454 Cottage Dr. Apt. 2, Gatlinburg, was charged Oct. 2, with violation of probation and a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court and was being held u Thomas James Dockery, 24, of Maryville, will be charged Oct. 2 with violation community corrections and was released on $2,500 bond. u Nathan S. Earls, 23 of Rockholds, Ky., was charged Oct. 2 with public intoxication and was being held. u Matthew B. Jones, 23, of Williamsburg, Ky., charged Oct. 3 with public intoxication. He was being held. u Zachary Jones, 20, of 3210 Odaham Creek Rd., Sevierville, was charged Oct. 2 with assault. He was released. u Daniel Rubin, 24, of 451 W. Mill Creek, Lot #5, was charged Oct. 2 with assault. He was released on $1,000 bond. u Joseph Thomas Spurr, 19 of 1474 Black Oak Dr., Sevierville, was charged Oct. 2 with two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of DUI, reckless endangerment and underage consumption of alcohol. He was released on $50,000 bond. u Kathy Stephenson, 42, of Newport, was charged Oct. 2 with theft forgery (credit card). She was being held on $10,000 bond. u Justin Watson, 22, of 418 Apt. 7 Hwy. 411, was charged Oct. 2 with aggravated assault. He was released on $7,500 bond.
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SpaceShipOne and X Prize team members posing with a U.S. flag carried aboard the spacecraft after its successful flight into space and landing at Mojave, Calif., Octo. 4, 2004. From left are prize sponsors Anousheh Ansari and her brother-in-law, Amir Ansari, Peter Diamandis, chairman of the Ansari X Prize Foundation, project backer Paul Allen, SpaceShipOne creator Burt Rutan, pilot Brian Binnie and Sir Richard Branson.
Space tourism yet to fly, 5 years since first flight LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a private spaceship soared over California to claim a $10 million prize, daredevil venture capitalist Alan Walton was 68 and thought he’d soon be on a rocket ride of his own. Walton plunked down $200,000 to be among the first space tourists to make a suborbital thrillride high above the Earth aboard a Virgin Galactic spaceship. Now he intends to ask for his deposit back if there’s no fixed launch date by his 74th birthday next April. “This was going to be the highlight of my old age,” he said. It has been five years since SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed manned spacecraft, captured the Ansari X Prize on Oct. 4, 2004, by demonstrating that a reusable rocket capable of carrying passengers could fly more than 62 miles high twice within two weeks — showing reliability and commercial viability. Enthusiasm over SpaceShipOne’s feats was so high that year that even before the prizewinning flight, British mogul Richard Branson announced an agreement
to use the technology in a second-generation design, SpaceShipTwo, to fly commercial passengers into space under the Virgin Galactic banner by 2007. It seemed that anyone who had the money would soon be experiencing what SpaceShipOne pilot Brian Binnie called “literally a rush — you light that motor off and the world wakes up around you.” And then the sensation of weightlessness and the sight of the world far below. Turning the dream into reality has taken longer than many expected in those days, and spaceflight remains the realm of government astronauts and a handful of extraordinarily wealthy people who have paid millions for rides on Russian rockets to the international space station. X Prize founder Peter Diamandis says, however, that things have not been at a standstill. More than $1 billion has been invested in the industry, regulatory roadblocks have been addressed and as many as three different passenger spaceships will emerge in the next 18 to 24 months and begin flying, he said.
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Administration eyes ways to help laid-off workers WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering steps to ease the burdens of laid-off workers, including possible extensions of unemployment and health benefits, officials said Saturday. The administration has stopped short of calling for a second economic stimulus package to augment the $787 billion measure approved this year. But with the jobless rate continuing to climb, President Barack Obama said Saturday he is exploring “additional options to promote job creation.” Administration aides said possibilities include: n Extending enhanced unemployment-insurance benefits beyond Dec. 31, when they are set to expire. n Extending a tax credit for laid-
off workers who buy health insurance through the COBRA program. That program allows workers to keep their company’s health insurance plan for 18 months after they leave their job, if they pay the premiums. n Extending a tax credit for firsttime home buyers. This credit also is set to expire soon. The administration has discussed these possibilities with congressional leaders, officials said, but no decisions have been made. White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers expressed interest in these ideas in an online interview with the Atlantic magazine. “I don’t know what the term ’second stimulus package’ exactly means,” Summers said. “We certainly need
to continue to support people who are in need, whether it’s unemployment insurance, or a COBRA program that for the first time provides that people who are laid off get supported in being able to maintain their health insurance.” In his weekly radio and Internet video address Saturday, Obama said his proposed health care overhaul would create jobs by making small business startups more affordable. If aspiring entrepreneurs believe they can stay insured while switching jobs, he said, they will start new businesses and hire workers. Dismissive Republicans blamed the continuing job losses on Democratic policies and said the president’s health proposals won’t help.
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Rotary Club golf tournament set
Gatlinburg Rotary Club golf tournament will be Oct. 14, at Bent Creek. Registration/check-in will be at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Corporate sponsorship is $400, hole sponsorship is $100, and single player fee is $75. There will be an $8,000 cash prize for a hole-inone on No. 5 and No. 7. All proceeds go toward the Gatlinburg Rotary Foundation. Fax a request for a registration form to 430-4488.
Sharon Drive to close two weeks
Sharon Drive in Pigeon Forge will be closed starting Monday for about two weeks. Crews from Charles Blalock & Sons Inc. will be completing sewer tie-ins. Detour signs will be in place to redirect traffic. For questions call 4532808, ext. 2844.
Church to host pet blessings
A pet blessing worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Each pet will be individually blessed. Treats for pets and their owners will be served following the service. A special offering will be taken for the Sevier County Humane Society. The service will be held on the church lawn. In case of rain, it will be moved to fellowship hall. The church is located at 423 Historic Nature Trail (traffic light No. 8). For information, call 4365641.
Episcopal church to bless animals
St. Paul Episcopal Church will celebrate St. Francis Day Blessing of Pets and Animals at 4 p.m. today. Persons may bring their properly caged or leashed pets to the church for the blessing. All animals may join the pet blessing at St. Paul’s Church. The offering taken will be given to the Sevier County Humane Society. The church is located at 1028 Boyd’s Creek Highway. For more information contact Pete Walburg at 5737253, or visit www. StPaulEpiscopalChurch. org.
Student projects to be presented
The East Tennessee Historical Society and Anna Porter Public Library will hold a public viewing of select winning projects from the 2009 National History Day competition from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the library. The featured student projects will highlight topics related to the history of Gatlinburg, Pittman Center and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Local middle and high school students will be present to tell about their projects and experiences.
Tino homecoming event ends today
The 17th annual Robert Tino Smoky Mountain Homecoming will be held today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The event is held at the Tino gallery on Highway 66. For additional information visit www.smokymountainhomecoming.com.
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Kidnapped newborn found safe NASHVILLE (AP) — A newborn boy abducted by a knife-wielding woman posing as an immigration agent was safe Saturday and being held by child welfare officials as authorities charged a woman with his kidnapping. Rob Johnson, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, said Maria Gurrolla got to hold her week-old baby, Yair Anthony Carillo, on Saturday afternoon, but was not being allowed to take him home yet. Gurrolla, 30, and her three other children — ages 3, 9 and 11 — visited with the baby, then all four of the children were taken into state custody, Johnson said. “Our focus is on the children, and
under the current situation right now, we think the safest thing to do is take the children into state custody,” said Johnson, who declined to elaborate. Joel Siskovic, an FBI special agent in the Memphis division, said he did not have details about whether the parents were also under protective custody. “As of now, there’s no indication that there’s an ongoing threat to the family,” he said. Nashville police said the baby was found in good health at a home in Ardmore, Ala., about 80 miles south of Nashville near the Tennessee line. Earlier Saturday, officials said the baby would remain with a foster family as authorities made arrange-
ments for Gurrolla to be reunited with her son. “This baby is a week old, and this child has spent half his life away from his family. I think it’s time we reunite them,” said My Harrison, a special agent with the FBI in Tennessee. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn identified the arrested woman as Tammy Renee Silas, 39, of Ardmore. Federal authorities formally charged her Saturday with kidnapping. The Morgan County Sheriff’s office said Silas was picked up by U.S. Marshals on Saturday morning, though it was not known where she was being taken.
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quote roundup “It is a time to address this imbalance. It is time to light the Olympic cauldron in a tropical country.” — Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, speaking to the International Olympic Committee before the committee chose Rio de Janeiro as the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Brazil had argued that it was unfair that South America has never hosted the games.
“This baby is a week old, and this child has spent half his life away from his family. I think it’s time we reunite them.” — FBI special agent My Harrison on recovering an infant in Alabama three days after the newborn was kidnapped from her mother in Tennessee.
“I think she’s probably sleeping more soundly tonight than she has since these videos surfaced.” — Attorney Marshall Grossman speaking about his client, ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, after Michael David Barrett was arrested for allegedly taping surreptitious nude videos of Andrews and then trying to sell them.
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An Illinois jury ordered State Farm to pay $456 million to 4.7 million customers in a class-action lawsuit accusing the nation’s largest car insurer of using inferior parts for auto body repairs.
The SpaceShipOne rocket plane broke through Earth’s atmosphere to the edge of space for the second time in five days, capturing the $10 million Ansari X prize aimed at opening the final frontier to tourists.
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CHICAGO (AP) — A man accused of taping surreptitious nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews while she was alone in hotel rooms appeared in federal court Saturday and was ordered Andrews returned to California. Michael David Barrett made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys, who ordered him returned to Los Angeles, where charges against him were filed. Keys set another hearing for Monday to determine if Barrett will be freed on bond or remain in custody.
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Sevierville history rich with stories When you move to a new town, you don’t know much about its history, its leadership, the people who made it what it is today. Heading toward my fifth anniversary as a resident of Sevierville, last week’s Chamber of Commerce banquet provided a lot of insight and information about just how far the city has come over the last 50 years and what it took to reach this point. A 40-minute video highlighted progress during the last half-century, and mayors dating to Jimmie Temple in 1959 talked in recorded interviews about their experiences and what challenges they faced. Their comments were interesting, but their anecdotes were funny and compelling. Here is some of what they said: Gary Wade was elected mayor at 28 in 1977, and among his early chores was serving a day as garbage collector. These were the days before plastic trash bags and roll-away cans, so he had to lift the cans and empty the trash himself. He noticed an incredible number of beer cans in the debris he dumped into the truck. Sevierville was dry then; no legal alcohol sales. So how could so many people be tossing away beer cans in a dry city? He figured more than half the garbage cans he emptied had beer throwaways. The other garbage men estimated 90 percent. Wade wanted to do a lot of things in Sevierville, including build a community center second to none. How to pay for it? Maybe, just maybe, the resistance to legal beer sales was less than he thought and had been told. Maybe people would approve such sales if presented to them in the right way. Especially considering how many of them were drinking beer anyway. Of course, beer sales were eventually approved, and a new community center was built with massive local contributions. Wade served for 10 years before being appointed to the Tennessee Court of Civil Appeals.
It was a great idea Burns documentary shows the importance and beauty of our national parks One of the great things about a Ken Burns documentary is that you are entertained while you learn. The research he and his staff do into the subjects he chooses is remarkable. If you watched any or all of his just completed 12-hour series on the national parks, you know just how complicated, difficult and challenging it was for this great country to adopt the idea of national protected lands. No other country had done that. Throughout the world many of the shrines and historic sites are privately owned, or were at the time the first national park, Yellowstone, was created in 1872. Yosemite came along in 1890, but much of Yosemite was still under the control of the state of California. It took decades for the United States to work its way through the creation of parks, the control of parks and the administration of them. The Burns series reveals so many heroes, so many individuals who fought for their particular interests and prevailed only through perseverance and determina-
tion. The series devotes considerable time to the Smokies and to the key role played by Horace Kephart and his friend George Masa. Both worked hard to have Congress declare Great Smoky Mountains a national park and to do it before lumber companies could cut down all the trees in the mountains, as they were prepared to do. The series reported on the fundraising efforts throughout the Tennessee and North Carolina communities around the mountains and how Congress had agreed to create the park only if the communities raised $10 million to buy the land. They raised only $5 million, but two men came through: John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Franklin Roosevelt. The real story of the national parks is how each of the early ones was established, and how it almost always was a single person or small group that pushed for it, and how entrenched special interests often stood in the way to fight against it. Who knows what might have hap-
pened to Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone or even the Smokies without champions like John Muir, Stephen Mather, Horace Albright, and, of course, George Masa and Horace Kephart. Who knows what might have happened had not the National Park Service been formed in 1916 to oversee the growing number of national parks, and if that agency had not had Stephen Mather at its helm. Those who love and loved our parks evoke a higher spiritual power in their comments during the Burns documentary. That’s no surprise. To see Yosemite or Bryce Canyon or Jackson Hole or Mammoth Cave or Glacier or Acadia is to know proof positive there is a God. To see the wonder of the Grand Canyon is to know someone of a higher power was involved, even with the science that explains it all. If you missed the Burns series, catch it in reruns or buy a DVD of it. Be proud of our national parks and the people who were there at the beginning to see them formed.
Bryan Atchley, elected in 1995 and still mayor, has made his living running Sevier County Nursing Home for years. When he was elected he instructed the staff at City Hall to give out his home, office and cell numbers to anyone who called to talk to him. He still does. One day someone needed to speak to him and was given his office number. The call was placed. “Sevier County Nursing Home,” the caller was told by someone answering. “Uh, I need to speak to the mayor of Sevierville,” the caller said. “He’s here,” the staff member said. “You mean to tell me,” the caller said, “that Sevierville has elected someone who lives in a nursing home?” n
Jimmie Temple, now 82, was in his early 30s when elected mayor in 1959. At the time Sevierville had no city hall, a volunteer fire department, no police station and no public parks. Temple wanted to expand the city limits and add paved streets as well as water and sewer service to more people. There was resistance. So he called for a public meeting to talk about it. The meeting was to be held at the courthouse, and the crowd overflowed into the sidewalks and lawn. Most of the people there were opposed to expanding the city limits, and Temple was stuck on how to address such large and resistant crowd and how to convince them he was right. Then up to the microphone stepped insurance agent W.N. Burchfiel, who asked to talk to the audience. Burchfiel proceeded to tell everyone that their drop in their home insurance rates as a result of expansion and utility services would be so much that it would offset any increase in property taxes. People agreed and, satisfied, started to drift sway. Temple got it done.
Home builders group not against FEMA flood insurance
Editor: As I was reading your Sept. 27 issue, I came to read a letter sent to you concerning flood insurance in our area. I believe the letter writer is right when he said, “County government should approve FEMA.” Where his is mistaken in his letter is by adding that home builders here petition to stop flood insurance. Nothing could be further from the truth. I and the Sevier County Home Builder’s Association have been to many County Commission meetings and we have always been for flood insurance. I suggest the letter writer attend any of the meetings and ask why this has not taken place. Bob Gillespie
Public forum Past President, Sevier County expound. It is on a major highway (Boyds Creek) Home Builder’s Assn. where many very nice homes are located and where tourists travel. It is worse than an Alternative school facility eyesore, it is dangerous for our children. It is worse than the terrorists were provided. is in deplorable condition What kind of food do they get and why Editor: doesn’t our tax money not paint and clean the We take our garbage to the dump off Boyds place? Is that supposed to be a deterrent so Creek by the Alternative School. I want to they won’t commit their “sins” again? know how many kids are in the Alternative So why aren’t major court-adjudicated School, on average. Why are they there? What did they do? Miss school, playing hookey, juveniles provided such a deterrent? I would like to go over there and investigate it and stealing somebody’s lunch money, what? We have a brand new up-to-date deten- put together a support group to see that these tion facility at the fairgrounds with mod- kids receive decent care with their punishern conveniences, toilets, nice windows, nice ment, for whatever they did. Who cares besides me? Who will go with interior and exterior. So why do kids that me and at least check out why that building is have done very minor infractions have to be ready to fall down with our children in it? housed in a place worse than a dump? It is a Joyce Gilpin firetrap. Windows are broken, rust and mold Seviervilie
When the late Herbert Lawson was mayor from 1971 to 1973 he had a store right across the street from the courthouse. There was no city hall, just a fire hall where meetings were held. People learned to go see Lawson at his store, where most of the city’s business was conducted. At the time, the population of Sevierville was less than 3,000. n
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Vols keep it close in Saturday loss UT falls 26-22 to Auburn By BETH RUCKER Associated Press Writer KNOXVILLE — Chris Todd threw for 218 yards and a touchdown, and Ben Tate ran for 128 yards and a score to help Auburn beat Tennessee 26-22 on Saturday night. Auburn (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), which has come from behind in its other four games this season, never trailed and has now won five straight over the Vols — its longest streak in the series. The Tigers met some resistance early from Tennessee’s defense, but slowly wore it down as they held the ball nearly 10 minutes longer than the Vols. Auburn’s third-ranked offense racked up 459 yards. Tennessee (2-3, 0-2) did little to help itself on offense. Jonathan Crompton overthrew and underthrew receivers, hitting them on their heads and feet. Receivers dropped passes too. Crompton finished 20 of 43 for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Montario Hardesty had a touchdown on the ground and another by air and finished with 90 yards rushing.
Tennessee ‘s Nu’Keese Richardson (7) is tackled by Auburn’s Neiko Thorpe (15) Saturday in Knoxville.
It’s Favre vs. Pack
SCHS freshman kicker hits winner
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By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer SEVIERVILLE — Sevier County High School Smoky Bears freshman kicker Jared Baxter has proved to be cool in the clutch, providing the winning point in Thursday’s classic 24-23 double-overtime affair against visiting county and District 2-AAA rival Seymour Eagles on Thursday night in Jared Baxter Sevierville. Although three consecu- game-winning 26 yarder by tive kicks had been missed Seymour’s Stephen Martin — a potential game-win- in OT No.1, and an overtime ning 20 yarder in regulation by Baxter, a potential See Baxter, Page A9
Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Brett Favre drops back to pass last Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in Minneapolis.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — It’s supposed to be Brett Favre versus the Green Bay Packers, an intense onegame referendum on whether Favre’s former team made the right choice when it sent the three-time MVP packing last season. And if Aaron Rodgers steals the show with a big performance against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome on Monday night, he could take a huge step toward proving the Packers right. If Rodgers feels any extra incentive this week, he’s not letting on. The secondyear starter insisted it’s just another game between the bitter NFC North rivals. He didn’t even have an
opinion to share on Favre’s last-minute, 32-yard zinger to beat San Francisco last Sunday. “I didn’t watch the film of him,” Rodgers said. “I just watched the Vikings’ defense.” But one of Rodgers’ best friends in football, former Packers receiver Ruvell Martin, knows Rodgers can handle the pressure. “I’m sure he’s going to be fine,” said Martin, who signed with St. Louis when the Packers cut him before the season. “I guess the bad thing is, it’s not just going to be, ’Oh, hey, Aaron, you had a good game.’ It’s going to be, what did he do compared to Brett Favre?” Favre and Rodgers weren’t particularly close during See FAVRE, Page A9
Lions lose homecoming heartbreaker, 34-28
TKA QB Dane Hoffmeister, right, runs for some yards against visiting Sunbright during Friday night’s homecoming game in Seymour. The Lions lost the heartbreaker 34-28 on a last-second score by the Blue-and-Gold Tigers.
SEYMOUR — Highflying The King’s Academy Lions fell 34-28 in a homecoming heartbreaker Friday night against visiting Sunbright Tigers. The teams exploded for 56 combined first-half points, but the defenses reigned in the second half. The halftime score of 28-28 remained until Sunbright’s Justin Huseman pounded in the winning score from one-yard out with 1:18 remaining in the contest, making the disappointing final on the TKA homecoming night. The Lions (4-2) jumped out in front early, scoring off a 14-yard Dane Hoffmeister to David Lamon TD pass with 6:47 in the first quarter. Jordan Smith’s PAT kick was true, making it 7-0 TKA. Sunbright (4-2) answered moments later when Timmy Turner powered one in from one-yard out with 4:44 in the first. A Huseman two-point conversion run
suddenly put the Lions in an 8-7 hole. Hoffmeister put TKA back on top, however, at the 1:13 mark of the opening frame, this time scoring with his legs on a one-yard run of his own. Smith’s kick put the Lions in front 14-8. But the TKA lead didn’t last long. Huseman returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a score. The extra-point kick failed, but it was a new ball game knotted at 14s with 58 seconds in the first quarter. But a determined Lions offense answered when Hoffmeister took it in from 17 yards out on the final first-quarter play from scrimmage. Smith’s PAT kick gave the Lions a 21-14 edge heading into the second. Sunbright came back to tie it again at 21s when Jason Mason ran it in from five-yards out with 8:44 remaining in the half. The Lions regained the lead again with 5:06 until See LIONS, Page A9
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their time together in Green Bay. When asked this week if he had talked to Rodgers recently, Favre said, â€œFor what?â€?. Rodgers said any communication â€” or lack of same â€” between he and Favre was a private matter. After the Packers took Rodgers in the 2005 draft, Favre made it clear that he wasnâ€™t interested in mentoring a young quarterback. And when Favre went public with his last-minute desire to unretire last summer and the Packers decided not to take him back, Rogers was left to absorb most of the fan backlash. He even was booed during a scrimmage at Lambeau Field. It would have been hard to follow Favre in Green Bay under any circumstances, but did Favreâ€™s unretirement make it even tougher on Rodgers? â€œI donâ€™t know that answer for sure,â€? Favre said. â€œBut I think heâ€™s done a very good job, and Iâ€™m not surprised by it at all.â€? Rodgers had won over most of the fans by the end of the year, playing through a painful shoulder injury to start all 16 games, throwing for 4,038 yards with 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. â€œ(I) learned a lot on the fly, started to figure things out a little bit,â€? Rodgers said. â€œBut Iâ€™m just continually trying to be critical of myself every time I watch film, and continue to improve.â€? Vikings coach Brad Childress expects his defense to be challenged by Rodgersâ€™ strong
arm and underrated mobility. Rodgers rushed eight times for 38 yards in Sundayâ€™s win at St. Louis. â€œThose are demoralizing things for a defense thatâ€™s got everybody covered,â€? Childress said. â€œBut (he has) very good athleticism, and I just see him continue to grow in that system. Thereâ€™s not any indecisiveness that Iâ€™m able to tell.â€? Still, Favre will be the main attraction. Will his emotions get the best of him? Everybody remembers Favreâ€™s four-touchdown performance in Oakland after his father died in 2003. But when matched up against a Seattle team led by ex-Packers coach and Favre mentor Mike Holmgren in 1999, Favre threw four interceptions in a 27-7 loss. Current Packers coach Mike McCarthy was Favreâ€™s position coach at the time, and said he didnâ€™t do a very good job calming down Favre that day. â€œI could remember the first interception like it was yesterday because he tried to throw it through three people to the post down in the red zone,â€? McCarthy said. â€œHe was gunned up for that game. But frankly, he was in some tough spots in that game, too. Iâ€™m not just crying because I was his position coach and it didnâ€™t go very well. But that was a rough night.â€? Childress has talked to Favre about controlling his emotions this week, just as he would with any player facing his former team. For the Vikings to go far this year, Favre will have to stick to the system. â€œYou do yourself the best service staying within the sys-
tem,â€? Childress said. â€œThatâ€™s what itâ€™s there for. Youâ€™re going to get called on to make those off-schedule plays from time to time, but thereâ€™s a reason that systemâ€™s there.â€? Favre isnâ€™t worried about controlling his emotions or staying within the system, given the talent he has around him. â€œI think what helps here, obviously, is more than anything, is having a running game with Adrian Peterson,â€? Favre said. â€œThatâ€™s not to say he wonâ€™t be stopped. I thought San Francisco did a heck of a job. But you feel like thatâ€™s always kind of a crutch for you to fall back on. A pretty good one, too.â€? For all the Favre hype, this game could come down to each teamâ€™s apparent weaknesses. Neither has done a particularly good job protecting its quarterback, although the Packers could get a boost if veteran left tackle Chad Clifton returns from a right ankle injury. Beyond that, the Packersâ€™ new 3-4 defense needs to stop Peterson, and the Vikingsâ€™ improved pass defense needs to prevent Rodgers from getting the ball downfield to a talented group of receivers. But Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell, who also played in Green Bay, knows people will be tuning in for No. 4. â€œI told my kids that â€™High School Musicalâ€™ is the highestrated cable show ever,â€? Longwell said. â€œThis will probably beat it out.â€? â€” AP Sports Writers R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis and Dave Campbell and Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this report.
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Tiger October 8K event to sponsor teams, cause PIGEON FORGE â€” The Tiger October 8K road race to benefit Sevier County Food Ministries and the Pigeon Forge High School Lady Tigers soccer and softball teams is quickly approaching, with the event scheduled for an 8 a.m. start this coming Saturday. The fund-raising event is the brainchild of Pigeon Forge teachers Carrie Hollingsworth and Sally Tate, who got the idea from a similar event that went to sponsor a neighboring county high school. â€œSally Tate â€” another teacher at the high school â€” and myself ran in a few road races this summer, and one of the races we ran in benefitted the Cocke County football team,â€? said Hollingsworth. â€œSo we decided if they can host a race for a high school, then we can too.â€? Registration for Saturdayâ€™s event begins 7 a.m. the same day at the high school. The cost to participate is $30, and there will be many door prizes â€” including gift certificates to area eateries, shopping, shows and attractions. Also, the overall winning male and female will receive a weekend in Pigeon Forge, including hotel stay, gift card to an area restaurant and tickets to shows and attractions. The top three winners of eight different age divisions, male and female, will also
receive nice prizes. There will also be food and fun for everyone at the finish line. Girls currently on the Lady Tigers rosters will be doing their part by lending their services during the event. â€œThe girls will handing out water to the runners at the water station, some at the half way point and some at the finish line cheering the runners on the entire way,â€? said Hollingsworth. Besides the Pigeon Forge sports programs, the event will help families in need through the Sevier County Food Ministries. â€œWe choose the Sevier County Food Ministries, because by the time this race is over, weâ€™ll be getting close to the Thanksgiving season,â€? said Hollingsworth. â€œWe wanted to give to their cause and help them during this particular season.â€? The race will begin 8 a.m. Saturday, starting in front of the high school, continuing to Walden Creek and finishing back at the high school. The certified course is fast and flat, good for personal record times. For more information, see the web at www.tiger8k.com or contact event organizers through e-mail at tiger8k@ gmail.com.
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intermission when Jon Rose broke a 25-yard run for a score. Smithâ€™s kick made it 28-21 TKA. But as they did at the end of the game, Sunbright scored just before the end of the first half. This one on a one-yard Jessie England TD run with just 7 seconds on the clock for the tying score, making it 28-28.
Rose led the Lions with 79 rushing yards and a score on eight attempts. David Lamon added 50 yards on 11 totes, and William Lakatosh had 48 yards on nine carries. The Lions had four players with at least 30 yards receiving, led by Rose with three catches for 57 yards. Kirkpatrick, Matt Turner and Lakatosh each had one grab for 38, 34 and 30 yards respectively. Hoffmeister was 7-of-11
for 163 yards and a score from under center. Defensively, Pierce Krupa led the Lions with 12 stops, including a tackle for loss. Jon Ogle added eight tackles, and Kirkpatrick and Rose had seven stops apiece, including a 12-yard sack for Kirkpatrick and a tackle for loss for Rose. TKA next travels to Unaka to take on the 3-3 Rangers on Thursday night.
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Winless Titans refuse to panic as they face Jags By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. â€” The Tennessee Titans probably would be more panicked, maybe even in desperation mode, if they werenâ€™t playing in Jacksonville this weekend. The Titans feel right at home here. Tennessee is 10-5 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, an impressive record that includes wins in five of the teamâ€™s last seven trips to the River City. If the Titans (0-3) are to avoid an even bigger hole, a seemingly insurmountable 0-4 start, they will need to extend their winning ways against the Jaguars (1-2) on Sunday. â€œThereâ€™s no time to panic,â€? Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck said. â€œItâ€™s just time to play. If you panic, you just might make the situation worse.â€? In an effort to stay positive and remind everyone that the season is far from lost, Bulluck and coach Jeff Fisher already have mentioned Tennesseeâ€™s 1-4 start in 2002 â€” a campaign that ended with a trip to the AFC championship game. Coincidentally, the Titans turned that season around with a victory against the Jaguars. â€œWe got tough, and we just kept playing,â€? Bulluck said. â€œWe still have a lot more to play for.â€? Tennessee opened this season with Super Bowl aspirations, but close losses to Pittsburgh, Houston and
ticket sales, so the game will be blacked out on local television. Tennesseeâ€™s record is much more surprising. The Titans, who earned home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs last season, have endured countless mistakes in their slow start. Dropped passes, missed field goals, turnovers and third-down woes, Fisher has seen his offense and his special teams contribute to losses. The defense might be even more alarming. The Titans have allowed 891 yards and seven touchdownsthroughtheair.Things could get worse against Jacksonville if Tennessee is without two defensive backs. Nickel back Vincent Fuller broke his right forearm last week and will miss at least a month, and standout cornerback Cortland Finnegan (hamstring) might not play. The injuries could force rookies Jason McCourty and Ryan Mouton onto the field against Jacksonville. Bulluck didnâ€™t seem worried. He even offered up the defensive game plan. â€œMaurice Jones-Drew has been doing a tremendous job, but the way we feel around here, I would tell all fantasy people to bench Maurice Jones-Drew this week because thatâ€™s our No. 1 task is to come out and stop him on defense and as a team to win the game,â€? Bulluck said. â€œIf itâ€™s bulletinboard material, itâ€™s bulletinboard material.â€? Maybe, but the Jaguars are more concerned about ending Tennesseeâ€™s winning
Titans RB Chris Johnson runs for a 57-yard touchdown against Houston in Nashville two weeks ago. ways in Jacksonville. JonesDrew even recalled Fisherâ€™s 10-year-old comments about this city providing his team an extra home-field advantage. â€œWeâ€™ve got to do what we can to win. Thatâ€™s the attitude you always have to have,â€? Jones-Drew said. â€œCoach Fisher has said many times before that Jacksonville is like a home game to them, so weâ€™ve got to come out and defend our home turf and do whatever we can to make plays and pull out a victory.â€?
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the New York Jets have the Titans reeling. â€œNo one wants to start off 0-3, but you have to be realistic, you have to look at it, you have to sort through it, get past each week and just do the best you can to get ready to win the next ballgame,â€? Fisher said. â€œYou canâ€™t dwell on it. If you walk around like a 0-3 team, youâ€™re going to be 0-4, and thatâ€™s almost assured. â€œItâ€™s not about the record right now. Everyone can dwell on the record all they want, weâ€™re not. ... You donâ€™t want to start off the way we did, but we canâ€™t change it. All we can do is look ahead and look to the next week.â€? The Jaguars are feeling much better about themselves after winning at Houston last week. The rebuilding team got its running game going behind Maurice Jones-Drew, didnâ€™t allow a sack for the first time in 16 games, and made enough big plays on defense to beat the Texans 31-24. It was just the second time in the last 22 games Jacksonville scored more than 30 points. â€œIt was big. It was huge for us,â€? receiver Torry Holt said. â€œIt erased the frown that we had for the past couple weeks and put a smile on our faces, I know that for sure. Now, weâ€™ll see what it has really done for us. We can obviously build momentum off this and go out and play with that much more confidence now that weâ€™ve got that win under our belt.â€? The victory might have given players and coaches a lift, but it did little to boost
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