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Kodak man held for questioning
No charged filed in woman’s slaying as of late Sunday afternoon By BOB MAYES Managing Editor
5Looking for a boost Kiffin hopes win over Georgia jumpstarts team, recruiting SPORTS, Page A8
5New saints go marching in Five, including one from Hawaii, cannonized on Sunday WORLD, Page A15
Doctors open new practices Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center welcome Dill, McWhirter Page A2
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Obituaries Amos Ownby, 73 Robert Loveday, 85 Raymond Galyon, 67
A Sevier County man was being held for questioning Sunday night in the Blount County Jail in connection with the death of a 76-year Knox County woman, authorities said. “He is being held for questioning — he has not
been charged,” a woman who answered the phone at the Blount County Corrections Department said late Sunday afternoon. “He has not been charged.” Blount County investigators said Tracy Lyn Fox, 37, of Kodak, was located in Chattanooga at 5:15 a.m. Sunday. Fox became
a “person of interest” in the slaying of Wanda Britt when he was seen driving the Fox murdered woman’s 2009 Dodge Caliber in Knox County on
Saturday afternoon. Authorities said Fox was in possession of the vehicle when authorities located him. Blount County authorities said Fox has a criminal record in Sevier and Knox counties. Britt’s body was reportedly found by a man on a four-wheeler at around
11 a.m. on Quayle Hollow Road in Friendsville on Saturday morning. As of Sunday afternoon, authorities had not released how she had been killed. Sevier County dispatchers received a call early Saturday afternoon saying the SUV had been seen on See QUESTIONING, Page A4
Military ‘sale-lute’ American Legion tries unique fundraiser to raise money for post By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — The men and women of American Legion Post 104 are proud to post the colors anytime and anywhere, bringing the flag they fought for and some of their friends died for to events from veterans’ funerals to presidential addresses. They who answered the call to serve their country still respond when they’re called on to help their fellow man, offering assistance to local veterans in need. The group’s members say they’re happy to serve in any way they can. “We do a lot,” Air Force veteran Tommy Thompson said. “If a vet’s in need, they can contact (county Veterans Services Officer) Paul Whaley and he’ll contact us. We bring the colors when local veterans ask us to for funerals. We help stateside families of men and women who are currently serving. We just try to do whatever we can to help those who served or are serving our country.” All that effort doesn’t come cheap. Between paying for transportation, the upkeep of the post home and even uniforms for the Honor Guard, the tab for all the post’s activities can be considerable. “We’re always looking for ways to raise money,” Thompson said. That’s why he helped organize the first Crafts Derek Hodges/The Mountain Press and Collectables Sale and Eats, a sort of meldRobin Zaleski sifts through a box of military patches, medals and other memorabilia during American Legion Post 104’s first Crafts and See ‘sale-lute,’ Page A4 Collectables Sale and Eats on Saturday.
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Meeting at 5:30 today By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer PIGEON FORGE — City leaders seem to be ready to accede to a request from a Knoxville developer that he be allowed to revise an agreement he and the city
reached just a few months ago. On the agenda for the City Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in City Hall is consideration of a revised version of that deal between the municipality and Darby Campbell, owner of Premier Media. Campbell came before the group early this year, asking that
he be allowed to move one side each of billboards he owns in front of O’Charley’s and Texas Roadhouse on the Parkway to a pair of new locations. After considerable debate and some vocal opposition, the commission eventually approved relocating the other sign face. The OK was also given to plans to make the
new sign digital. That latter part of the deal seemed most distasteful not only to those on the board, but also to the Biggs family, owners of The Incredible Christmas Place and its associated inn. While the business owners worried Campbell See PF, Page A5
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Andy Madson didn’t ‘book’ regular route to library career
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SEVIERVILLE — It took a long journey for librarian Andy Madson to wind up at the Sevier County Public Library. “I’m from Minnesota by way of a lot of different places,” Madson said. Those places include Seattle, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Madson grew up in small farming community in southern Minnesota — the rolling hills were quite a bit different from the Smoky Mountains, he said. But his childhood might not sound that different from a lot of people here.
“Especially in the summer, I was either on the ball field or in the library.” Both his parents were teachers, and his father also coached several sports, so it’s easy to see where he could develop those interests. Growing up in a small town — especially in an age where there weren’t hundreds of digital channels and access to the Internet — made trips to the library a must for a kid with a fertile imagination. “The library was a gateway to a larger world,” Madson said. Still, he didn’t grow up thinking he’d See NEIGHBOR, Page A4
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Cardiologist Stephen Dill opens practice at LeConte C enter campus
BOMA honors Amos Marshall
From Submitted Reports Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center announces Stephen Dill, M.D., cardiologist, has opened a new pracDill tice in the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Professional Building on the LeConte Medical Center campus, where he is now accepting new patients.
Sevierville Mayor Bryan Atchley presents a plaque to Sevierville resident Amos Marshall who was appointed member emeritus to the city of Sevierville Recreation Advisory Committee at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Monday, Oct. 5, 2009.
Marshall appointed member emeritus to Recreation Advisory Committee From Submitted Reports Lifelong Sevierville resident Amos Marshall was appointed member emeritus to the City of Sevierville Recreation Advisory Committee at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Monday, Oct. 5. Amos’ public service to the city of Sevierville spanned 35 years. In addition to being involved with the Parks and Recreation Department
since 1974, Amos also served as a city alderman from 1972-1996. For a part of his service as Alderman, he served as the Vice Mayor (1988-1996). Amos has served as a volunteer member of the Recreation Advisory Committee since 1997. During his time as a Recreation Advisory Committee member, the city built the Community Center, City Park, Eagle’s Landing Golf Club, and
started their Greenway system. Amos followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who were both city of Sevierville mayors. He has been married to his wife, Edna, for 67 years and has two sons and four grandchildren.
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the Knoxville Heart Group since 1985. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 4469575. Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center is a 79-bed acute care hospital and a 54-bed nursing home that has been serving the healthcare needs of Sevier County residents and visitors since 1965. Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center is a member of Covenant Health, Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center.
McWhirter opens sleep disorders office at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center From Submitted Reports Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center announces that Dewey McWhirter, M.D., has opened a practice at the Sleep Disorders Center at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center, where he is now accepting new patients. Dr. McWhirter is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Inc., a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine; completed
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Dr. Dill is board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Medical School at Memphis; completed his residency with the University of Tennessee at the City of Memphis Hospital; and completed a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Dill joins the medical staff at Fort Sanders Sevier, after serving with
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The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member and Gatlinburg business Walgreens at the ribbon cutting for their new office location on the Parkway downtown. Scot Stinnett, store manager, cut the ribbon and opened the doors to Walgreens Gatlinburg. Pictured from left: Dale Adams, Walgreens Executive Assistant; Michael Simonis, Chamber Ambassador; Paula King, Chamber Director; Jerry Morton, Chamber President; Vicki Simms, Chamber Executive Director; Cindy Ogle, Gatlinburg City Manager; Scot Stinnett, Walgreens General Manager; Bridget Bourne, Walgreens Assistant Manager; Mike Helton, Gatlinburg Vice-Mayor; Cassie Newman, Walgreens Pharmacy Manager; Doug Hamburger, Walgreens District Manager; Josh Frye, Walgreens Executive Assistant.
Aflacâ€™s Beeler wins Coffee Talk Friendship Award From Submitted Reports SEVIERVILLE â€” Greta Beeler of Aflac earned the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Friendship Award for August 2009 at the recent Coffee Talk event. Beeler is a coordinator in training with Aflac. She has been with the company for 15 months. â€œIt was certainly unexpected. I promote the Sevierville Chamber because they do a wonderful job,â€? says Beeler. â€œIâ€™ve been a member of a lot of chambers and this is definitely one of the best Iâ€™ve ever been part of.â€? As a thank-you for her dedication to the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, Beeler received two $50 savings bonds from Home Federal Bank and a plaque courtesy of Sign Master. â€œGreta is a very savvy networker,â€? says membership coordinator Jim McGill. â€œShe always makes sure to attend as many meetings as she can and never hesitates to talk with other Chamber members. I really think her
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Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Friendship Awards are based on points accumulated monthly from attending Chamber functions and volunteering as well as bringing inactive members and potential new members to Chamber events. Monthly points will go towards determining the Chamber
Talk on Oct. 20, sponsored by Eastman Credit Union and presented by Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. Coffee Talk begins at 8 a.m. at the Sevierville Civic Center. Guests are welcome to attend and learn more about the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact McGill at 453-6411.
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SEVIERVILLE â€” Jesse Cook and his plan to build apartments in Seymourâ€™s Shooks Gap subdivision will give it another go before the Planning Commission when that group meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the courthouse. The proposal has faced considerable opposition from neighbors of the site, who worry such construction may have a considerable negative impact on their own properties. It seems likely those folks will continue their crusade against the plan during Tuesdayâ€™s session. It wasnâ€™t those boisterous opponents but some technicalities with Cookâ€™s submission and questions from the planning staff that took the matter off the Planning Commissionâ€™s agenda last month. It appears heâ€™s fixed those problems and is ready to move ahead with getting the approval he needs to move ahead with building the three apartment buildings, which are set to house eight units each.
If the group does vote to approve the plan, the neighbors have promised to file a lawsuit to stop the construction. Also on the agenda: Rezoning Request n From Charles Atchley for property at an unspecified address on Douglas Dam Road from A-1 (agricultural) to C-1 (rural commercial) for apartments and a restaurant Concept Extension n Bearwallow Mountain, a 15-lot development on 55.13 acres off Richardson Cove Road Minor Plat Review n Marjorie Velma Floyd property Final Plat Reviews n Vista at Hodges Bend, Phase 1 of a two-phase development off Hodges Bend Road n Alpine Vista/Wears Valley Estates, a 14-lot subdivision on 39.18 acres off Happy Hollow Road Site Plan Review n Plan for a commercial building on the Jack Goode property at the intersection of New Center Road and Newport Highway. n firstname.lastname@example.org
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Amos Mitchell (Glen) Ownby
Amos Mitchell (Glen) Ownby, age 73, of Gatlinburg, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2009. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church and was a lifetime craftsman in the art of wood carving and basket weaving. He was preceded in death by his son, David Carl Ownby; daughter, Mary Ann Ownby; father, Charlie Harim Ownby; mother, Sophie Florence Ownby; brothers, Carl, Loy and Ralph Ownby; sisters, Evelyn King, Dell Reed, and Viola Mathis Survivors: wife, Betty Faye Ownby; sons and daughters-in-law: Wayne and Gail Ownby, James Lenn Ownby, Harold and Kathy Ownby, Christopher and Terri Ball; daughters and sons-in-law: Glenda and Doug Price, Della and Kirk Eastin, Dianne Rimel and friend Tom Corley; grandchildren: Matthew and Ashley Price, Jon and Sara Ownby, Robin, Ashley, Mitchell, Adam, Daniel, Steven and Kyle Ownby, Amelia and Jeremy Carrigan, Janet and Aaron Medlin, Jimmy and Jamie Jermain; great-grandchildren: Cody Blassingame, Jaden Jermain, Eli and Sonya Ownby, Xavier, Zander and Yalija Ball; brothers and sister-in-law: Eugene and Sue Ownby, Earl Ownby; great-nephews and special friends: Michael McGill and Ronnie Bohanan; special pets: Baby and Stumpy Funeral service 7 PM Monday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Ownby, Rev. Lenn Ownby, and Rev. John Ownby officiating. Family and friends will meet 10 AM Tuesday in Glades Cemetery for graveside service and interment. The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Monday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
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Robert Andrew Loveday, age 85 of Sevierville, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Pigeon Forge Care and Rehab. He retired after 47 years of service from A.J. King Lumber Company. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilburn T. and Betty Hicks Loveday; son, Ronnie Dale Loveday. Survivors: wife: Agnes Ruth Breeden Loveday; sons and daughters-in-law: Andy and Betty Loveday, Ray and Sue Fox Loveday; daughters: Betty L. Wade, Cathie M. Loveday; grandchildren: De De Williams, Jeremy Loveday, Nikole Reagan, Megan Zabel, Tony Wade, Elizabeth Wade, Matthew Loveday; great-randchildren: Morgan Williams, Hunter Williams, Zak Zabel, Bella Townsend, Serina Struth, Maggie Townsend In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern Tennessee Chapter, 2200 Sutherland Ave., Suite H102, Knoxville, TN, 37919 Family and friends will meet 10 AM Thursday at Walnut Grove cemetery for graveside service and inurnment with Rev. Ben Whitted officiating. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Zaleski’s praise is encouraging to the legion members. 3From Page A1 Though the turnout was somewhat light Saturday – with the event striving ing between snack bar and against a number of other indoor yard sale the group similar ones, rain and its held Saturday at the post own newness – Thompson home on Chapman Highway. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com said he’s hopeful the group The event brought out folks will agree to make the sale a offering everything from handcrafts to animal skins to monthly happening. That could go a long way military memorabilia. Raymond Bishop Galyon “There’s some unique stuff toward helping provide Raymond Bishop Galyon, 67 of Seymour, died Friday, Oct. 9, here,” said Robin Zaleski. services for the more than 2009. 7,000 local veterans. Zaleski was among those Survivors: wife, Shirley Galyon; children, Bobby Galyon and wife who operated a booth at the “It’s a real honor to serve Sandra, and Tammy Floyd and husband Roger; stepchildren, Lyn sale, offering her own crafts those veterans and to be Stalnaker and husband Matthew, Kelle Castleberry and husband part of these funerals, but but also taking the chance Randy, and Henry Gilbert; nine grandchildren; siblings, Joanne, we have to get to them, and to look around at the other Eula, Nancy, Janie, Tammy and Lisa; stepmother, Dixie Galyon. pay for uniforms and other offerings. Funeral service 2 p.m. Monday in Atchley’s Seymour Chapel with equipment,” Thompson said. “I usually go to craft the Revs. Bobby Ray Galyon, Dallas Moore and Randy Lemmings “That all takes money, but shows and garage sales to officiating. Interment will follow in Knob Creek Baptist Church as long as we can manage it, get the stuff I use in my Cemetery. we’re going to be there doing wind chimes. These would make some unique chimes,” it.” n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com Zaleski said as she rumn email@example.com maged through a box of military medals and memoing. Her cell phone was apparently found in a rabilia brought in by one post 3From Page A1 Dumpster at a store in member. “This is a good sale. Everybody had nice things Maryville. and it’s nice to have it inside Styles Road just north of on a rainy day like this.” I-40 in Kodak. As police n firstname.lastname@example.org closed in on the area, another motorist apparently turned around after seeing the vehicle and pursued it. The SUV, however, eluded police and the motorist. It was reported that Scrap Gold, Class Rings, Broken Chains, etc. the SUV was also seen in Straw Plains before being 213 Forks of the River Parkway located in Chattanooga. Sevierville Authorities also said Britt’s credit card was 865-774-3443 reportedly used in Blount County and then later in Kodak on Saturday mornAnnual Indoor
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OAK RIDGE (AP) — A Tennessee landfill could receive very low-level radioactive soil from a closed plutonium extraction plant in New York under plans by the U.S. Department of Energy. It was reported that the Chestnut Ridge Landfill in Anderson County was mentioned as the likely destination for the dirt during a conference call Thursday organized by DOE. The Department of Energy is excavating about 6,000 cubic yards of soil that contains Cesium-137 and detectable levels of Strontium-90 and Plutonium-239/240 from the New York site starting in mid-October. That’s the equivalent of some 200 dump truck loads of waste.
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make a living by working in one. In fact, he majored in East Asian studies. A trip to China with a relative when Madson was a teen fueled his interest in China, and he initially thought he’d turn that into a calling. At some point, though, he became burned out on the topic as the classes wore on. And in the meantime, he’d started taking jobs working at libraries. He worked at several as he moved around, before finally going to get a degree in information services at Hodges Library. He came to East Tennessee, he explained, because his wife, Knoxvillenative Amanda Bell Madson, got a job in the area. She is currently pastor at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. People might think that being a librarian is all about checking books in and out, and making sure they’re returned to the proper spot in the shelves. There’s a lot more to it than that, Madson said, and a lot more that they can get by visiting their library.
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For the sum of $6.5M, a ranch fit for a King MEMPHIS (AP) â€” For $6.5 million, you can own a piece of property fit for a King. The famous Circle G Ranch, better known as the Elvis Ranch near Memphis, is available â€” and people have been inquiring from all over the world. Prudential CollinsMaury Realtors agent Rodger Motz, who is handling the sale, told The Memphis Commercial Appeal that calls have come from as far away as Denmark. â€œI knew before I listed the property that there were a lot of Elvis fans out there,â€? Motz said. â€œBut I have to admit, I was surprised to get a call from that far away.â€? Elvis Presley owned the 155-acre ranch, just across the TennesseeMississippi state line in Horn Lake, Miss., from 1966-71. He and Priscilla honeymooned there in 1968, and the building known as the â€œhoneymoon cottageâ€? still stands today. Motz said the ranch is zoned for planned unit development, but itâ€™s anyoneâ€™s guess what will become of the property once itâ€™s sold. â€œWhen it was for sale a few years back, we were trying to make a Starz Resort out of it,â€? Motz said. â€œWe tried two different times to get that done with two different buyers, but they never came through with the money.â€? Horn Lake planning director Anita Rainey said large-scale developments would be a failure. â€œThere has been talk of a development that would be sort of a cross between Branson, Mo.,
â€œI knew before I listed the property that there were a lot of Elvis fans out there. But I have to admit, I was surprised to get a call from that far away (Denmark).â€? â€”Realtor Rodger Motz
and Las Vegas,â€? Rainey said. â€œSome people have had visions of high-rise condos and honeymoon cottages â€” even a replica of the White House. But I donâ€™t see that happening.â€? Rainey said a large number of tourists find the ranch during annual Elvis Week festivities, and she believes it could be an even bigger draw if itâ€™s developed properly. Rainey hopes a buyer puts together a combination of residential and commercial development with certain elements of Elvis history preserved as the centerpiece. â€œI think they should maintain certain parts of the ranch like the honeymoon house and the bridge across the lake,â€? Rainey said. â€œThereâ€™s also a cross out there that was
built before Elvis bought the property, and I believe that should stay.â€? Rainey said the area needs some outlets for tourists to spend money while taking in some Elvis history. Such a combination would be good for Horn Lake, she said. â€œDuring Elvis Week, itâ€™s always hard for me to believe the number of people out there taking pictures of a pasture,â€? Rainey said. â€œIf there were restaurants and hotels out there, it could certainly be a very positive thing for the city.â€?
may want to make a pair of billboards he owns with sides facing their hotel digital, the city officials were more concerned approving the plan may set a precedent of allowing the digital boards. The city currently has no regulations on the lighted signs, though officials have no fewer than five times expressed a desire to have some drafted, but have never moved forward. Though Campbell promised the group he likely wouldnâ€™t be making many requests for digital boards, even suggesting those two might be the only ones he would want, commissioners still wanted to find a way to hold him to that. In the agreement allowing the signs to be moved, the commissioners asked City Attorney Jim Gass to include provisions that stipulate Campbell wonâ€™t ask to make similar moves in the future and wonâ€™t seek further digital board approvals. At the time the matter was considered during a July 13 meeting, Campbell said he was amicable to the deal, even agreeing when he was asked specifically if he could abide by the documentâ€™s strict rules. However, since then, Campbell told the City Commission during a work session last week, he has reviewed the agreement and found the provisions too restricting. He said he did not fully read it before the July meeting and did not understand the limiting rules. Though some city leaders questioned that in a previous work session, pointing out their own memories of Campbell agreeing to the restrictions, they seemed more amicable when Campbell was actually in the room during the recent meeting. In that session, Campbell
presented one revised paragraph heâ€™d like to see replace the one in the existing document, which Campbell has never signed. That amendment would remove the restrictions on Premier moving boards or seeking new digital permits, though it would prohibit Campbell moving single board faces in the future and his changing the boards near the Bigssesâ€™ businesses to digital. In the work session, Keith Biggs said he appreciates the prohibition as it relates to his properties, but still thinks the city should limit or even prohibit digital boards. City commissioners, on the other hand, seemed ready to vote for Campbellâ€™s version of the agreement they drafted and approved. Also on the agenda for todayâ€™s session is: n Ordinance No. 898 to amend the zoning map by rezoning the proposed Mountain Reflections development between the Spur and Upper Middle Creek Road from R-1 (low-density residential) to C-4 (planned unit commercial) (second reading n Ordinance No. 899 to amend the cityâ€™s ordinances on C-4 zones n Resolution No. 766 to authorize the issuance of General Obligation Refunding Bonds, in aggregate principal amount of not to exceed $37.5 million for the purpose of prepaying all or a portion of several city loans and providing for the levy of taxes for the payment of principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the
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The Gatlinburg Rotary Club will hold a golf tournament at Bent Creek on Wednesday to benefit the Gatlinburg Rotary Foundation for community projects. Fax request for registration to 430-4488.
Coffee Talk offers flu shots Oct. 20 Flu shots will be offered for $20 apiece at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Coffee Talk on Oct. 20 at the Sevierville Civic Center. Flu shots will be given from 7 a.m. until the program begins at 8:30 a.m. and again after the meeting ends at 9:30 if there is still vaccine available. Mobile Diagnosis Inc will be giving the flu shots. Proceeds go to Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.
Senior flu shot clinic on Oct. 20
Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center and Covenant are holding a senior flu shot clinic Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center, 1220 West Main St. Flu shots will be available on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Only the seasonal flu shot will be offered. No H1N1 vaccinations will be available. Those who have Medicare, TennCare, Cariten, Secure Horizons or Blue Cross Blue Shield can file their insurance at the time of the shot. Members must present their insurance cards when they register. If insurance cannot be filed, shots are $30 (cash only). For further details, call 453-9355.
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New defense against annoying robocalls CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Those telemarketing calls with a recorded voice making the pitch are mostly illegal and can now be stopped. Since Sept. 1, most such calls to residential and cell phones have been banned by federal law, unless the person answering has given written permission. Chattanooga Better Business Bureau President Jim Winslett told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the so-called robocalls frequently seem to happen during dinner or other important times.
The best way to avoid them is sign up on state and federal do-not-call registries. Businesses are not eligible. The Tennessee Regulatory Authority defines the calls as those made with automated dialing devices and recorded messages. Tennessee’s online registration is http://www. state.tn.us/tra/donotcall/ dnccomplaint.html The federal government’s site is: https://www.donotcall. gov/ Placing a phone number on the national reg-
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Gumstand Baptist having sing Oct. 23 Andrew Whaley and Friends present The Faith Trio and The Camerons, singing gospel music at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Gumstand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd.. The concert is free. An offering will be taken to help John and Sharon Sutton fund the ministry of Missionaries For Christ. They distribute free Bibles and other items including toys to children in areas of need.
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This day in history Today is Monday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2009. There are 80 days left in the year. This is Columbus Day in the United States, as well as Thanksgiving Day in Canada. n Locally a year ago:
The nonprofit Southern Highland Craft Guild has managed Arrowcraft Shop in Gatlinburg since 1994 and has a strict process of certifying that the items sold meet the highest standards in quality and authenticity. Not just anyone can make stuff with their hands and sell it through Arrowcraft. There has been no official word on the future of the land housing Arrowcraft and Arrowmont although talks continue concerning sale of the property owned by Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.
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Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Council will host the Winterfest luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at Mills Auditorium. Gatlinburg is teaming up with Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Sevier County to celebrate the 20th season of Winterfest. The featured speaker will be Steve Morse of the University of Tennessee Tourism Institute, with remarks by Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, assistant commissioner of tourism for Tennessee. Tickets for the luncheon are $25 and can be purchased at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center on the Spur.
“American consumers have made it crystal clear that few things annoy them more than the billions of commercial telemarketing robocalls they receive every year,” Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement. Since the ban started, there has not been a noticeable increase in complaints, said Eddie Roberson, director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. He told the newspaper that about 45 complaints have been filed in the past month.
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istry will not stop calls by political organizations, charities, telephone surveyors and companies with which you have an existing business relationship. Most telemarketers should not call a number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If consumers continue to get calls, they should try to get as much information as possible and file a complaint, Roberson said. Under the new national law, companies that keep calling can be fined as much as $16,000 per call.
In 1870, Gen. Robert E. Lee died in Lexington, Va., at age 63. In 1960, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupted a U.N. General Assembly session by pounding his desk with a shoe when a speaker criticized his country.
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quote roundup “I will end ’don’t ask-don’t tell.’ I appreciate that many of you don’t believe progress has come fast enough. Do not doubt the direction we are heading and the destination we will reach.” — President Barack Obama in a speech Saturday night, reaffirming his vow to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the armed services
“The Israelis need to acknowledge that the 1967 borders are the borders between the two states, and this is the foundation of any negotiations.” — Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
“She is a stunning example of the cartoon form. ... .It’s so rare in today’s digital age where you have the opportunity to send people to the newsstand to pick something up.” — James Jellinek, Playboy editorial director, on Marge Simpson “posing” for the magazine’s November edition.
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A jury in Baton Rouge, La., took 80 minutes to find suspected serial killer Derrick Todd Lee guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Charlotte Murray Pace. (Lee was later sentenced to death for Pace’s killing.) n Thought for today:
“If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.” — Arthur J. Goldberg, American jurist and statesman (1908-1990).
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Swingers” co-stars Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau buddied up for the weekend’s top movie as “Couples Retreat” debuted with $35.3 million, while the microbudgeted fright flick “Paranormal Activity” leaped into the top 10. Shot for a reported $15,000, “Paranormal Activity” came in at No. 5 with $7.1 million as distributor Paramount expanded it into daylong release after two weeks of midnight-only screenings. “Paranormal Activity” played in narrow release of just 160 cinemas, a fraction of the theater count for other top movies. It averaged a whopping $44,163 a theater, compared with $11,780 in 3,000 theaters for “Couples Retreat.”
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Truly blessed to live in area that we do
Vacations are basically over this year, for most people anyway. I never take a week-long one anyway, usually just a three or four day getaway. My last week-long vacation was back in 2002 when I traveled to the Outer Banks, N.C. It took longer than I thought it would; some ten to eleven hours. We had to stop and pick up my daughter and husband who had flown in from England to the RaleighDurham Airport. We took our dog with us as she loved to travel by car. When we got to the airport there, we took her in with us as we waited. I asked the local security if it would be OK to have her there and they gave us no problem. In fact, she became a hit with the personnel people there as they got to pet and play with her; she loved that, too. When I first moved here I picked up on some of the local sayings like a “coke” can mean any type of soft drink, not just a Coca-Cola. Up north we call them “pop.” Another saying is what they refer to when talking about the beach. “We’re going to the beach tomorrow.” I would ask,”which one?” They would look at me funny as if to say,”what do you mean, which one?” I later came to realize that it was Myrtle Beach they were talking about. I’m sure they go to other beachs, don’t they? When I go to the beach, I go to the Charleston area called the Isle of Palms. Sometimes I go to Hilton Head or Tybee Island near Savannah. I love history and these places feed me well with rich history. It’s been a while since I went to the beaches of Florida, but they’re very enjoyable as well. Have you noticed that people for the most part, like to go to or visit places that are the opposite of where they are from. I love these mountains and always will, but I have to get to the beach whenever I can. People in Florida and other coastal areas like to get up here to our mountains and enjoy something they don’t have. We as Americans love to get away, even to foreign countries. I’ve never been out of the country, but my family all has. Of course, foreigners love to get away from their countries and travel to America. I am fortunate to be able to meet many of these people in my everyday routine and talk with them as we share our different cultures. I can always pick out the ones from Scotland and Ireland as that is heritage. I’ve found that people are all very similar in this regard: They love to travel and go on vacation. We all want to experience other people’s way of life. We want to see their buildings; their rivers and lakes. We want to eat their foods. We want to learn about their history. We want to expand out horizons. When we’re done, we want to tell our friends of our experiences. After a year or so, we want to go do it again. Now there are exceptions to all of this. My side of the family up in Kentucky, did not want to travel and visit with other people. My uncle up in the Appalachian Mountains of Knox County, Ky., did come off of his mountain at least once back in the 1940s. He was drafted and was sent to North Africa to fight Germans in WWII. When he got back, he swore he would never leave his beloved mountains again. He pretty much kept that promise. I’m sure there are people right here who feel the same as my uncle. Americans are fortunate, in deed, to have such a beautiful country to travel and visit. We have been blessed to have an abundance of rich natural resources to get away to. We, in the surrounding counties of The Great Smoky Mountains, must truly be the most blessed. — Dan M. Smith is a Cincinnati native and Gatlinburg resident. He is the author of the forthcoming book “So Far from Forfar.” His son is serving in the Air Force. E-mail to danmakgow@ bellsouth.net.
Noble about Nobel
President rises above critics, shows humility after winning peace prize President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize and many conservatives are having a field day with it — so much so that perhaps they’d like a little cheese to go with their whine. Naturally, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh is at the forefront of the critics. “This fully exposes the illusion that is Barack Obama,” he told an online political newsletter in an e-mail. “And with this ‘award’ the elites of the world are urging Obama, the man of peace, to not do the surge in Afghanistan, not take action against Iran and its nuclear program and to basically continue his intentions to emasculate the United States.” Further, Limbaugh called it a “greater embarrassment” than losing the Olympics. Limbaugh was hardly alone among critics in firing salvos at the president. “ ... It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working toward peace and human rights,” Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said. “One thing is certain —
President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.” Those comments are just a very small sampling of the sour grapes — uh, unhappiness — shown by conservatives. Check the Web: If you know where to look, you can find politicians and talking heads around the world critical of the selection. Obama, for his part, said he was honored and humbled by the selection and even said during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden he wasn’t sure he had done enough to deserve the award or deserved to be in the company of previous winners. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Obama was deserving because of his creation of a “new climate in international politics” and his work on nuclear disarmament. There are critical issues all over the globe — Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, the West Bank, China, the HIV epidemic in Africa, hunger in the Third World — and the president used his platform as the newly named
Nobel winner as a “call to action” to work with other nations to solve those problems. Not all conservatives got on the Barack Bashing Bandwagon. Potential Republican presidential contenders Mike Huckabee and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty were among Republican leaders who urged conservatives to restrain their criticism. Surprisingly perhaps, what may have been the clearest voice of reason among Republicans, was that of Arizona Sen. John McCain, who lost to Obama in the bitter 2008 presidential race. Said McCain ... “I think part of their decision-making was expectations. And I am sure the president understands that he now has even more to live up to. “But as Americans, we’re proud when our president receives an award of that prestigious category.” Your views on Obama may come down closer to those voiced by Limbaugh and Steele, but you’ve got to admire the president’s ideology and applaud the graciousness of his onetime bitter rival.
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Leery of Americans Against Food Taxes Let’s get real about who the Americans Against Food Taxes really are. To see this group’s television ads, you might think it is a grassroots organization of working parents, pictured bringing their children home from school or sports practice. The “mother” in a frequently aired ad chides lawmakers who might consider raising taxes on soda or juice drinks. ... Fair enough. We’re certain many Americans buy these products for their families, and in an unrelenting recession, we all lament higher prices at the checkout. The group’s Web site says Americans Against Food Taxes is a “coalition of concerned citizens responsible individuals, financially strapped families, small and large businesses in commu-
nities across the country” who are opposed to a proposed tax on food and beverages, specifically a hike on soda, juice drinks and similar products. The truth? According to Sourcewatch, an online fact-checking group, the organization’s membership is mainly lobbying groups for soft drink manufacturers and distributors. ... Are they Americans who are against food taxes? Sure. But hardly are they average-Joe citizens who are worried about grocery bills and decided to launch a public information campaign. This is the beverage lobby protecting its livelihood. ... We’re not looking to exclusively blame
the nation’s obesity epidemic on soda, sports drinks and other sweetened drinks, but it is one way that too many people consume too many calories, too easily. ... Obesity-related diseases and programs to fight expanding waistlines cost an estimated $147 billion a year in the United States. A 3 cent tax on every can of soda would raise $50 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. ... A recent study from the University of Minnesota estimates that a 10 percent price increase would cut consumption by 8 percent to 10 percent. Obviously, the beverage industry would not want to see this kind of cut in profits. But from a public health perspective, that would be sweet news indeed.
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Cowboys 26, Chiefs 20 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miles Austin scored the winning touchdown in overtime on a 60-yard catchand-run to cap a huge game in place of the injured Roy Williams, and the Dallas Cowboys escaped with a 26-20 victory Sunday over Kansas City. Austin had 10 catches for 250 yards as the Cowboys survived numerous mistakes against the winless Chiefs. Austin also had a tackle-breaking 59-yard touchdown catch to give the Cowboys (3-2) a 20-13 lead with 2:16 left in the fourth quarter. On both plays, he slipped the grasp of cornerback Maurice Leggett and then made safety Mike Brown miss. The loss dropped the Chiefs (0-5) to 2-28 in their last 30 games. Kansas City, winless for 315 days, tied it 20-20 on Matt Cassel’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe with 24 seconds left. But Austin was unstoppable, rescuing Dallas, which was penalized 13 times for 90 yards. He erased the team record of 246 yards that Hall of Famer Bob Hayes set on Nov. 13, 1966 against Washington. Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel made his 11th career touchdown catch to give Kansas City a 10-0 lead. Bengals 17, Ravens 14 BALTIMORE (AP) — Carson Palmer threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell with 22 seconds left to cap an 80-yard drive fueled by Baltimore penalties. All five of Cincinnati’s games this season have been decided by seven points for fewer. It appeared the Bengals (4-1) were destined to come out on the short end of this one until Palmer masterfully directed the final drive — with the help of three yellow flags. An illegal contact penalty against Chris Carr and an unnecessary roughness call against Ray Lewis preceded the topper, a pass interference penalty against Frank Walker on third-and-16 from the Baltimore 30 — although the infraction was called by the officials against Ed Reed. On the next play, Palmer found Caldwell over the middle for the winning score. After the following kickoff, thousands of fans directed a derisive chant toward the referee crew. Baltimore (3-2) has lost two straight. The Ravens were limited to one offensive touchdown after averaging 32.5 points in their first four games. A 52-yard interception return for a touchdown by Reed gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Eagles 33, Buccaneers 14 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Donovan McNabb showed he was fine after missing two games with a broken rib, throwing for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie Jeremy Maclin had two TD catches and the lopsided score allowed Michael Vick to take extra snaps at quarterback in the fourth quarter. He completed his first pass in 33 months and had an 11-yard run. The Eagles (3-1) improved to 11-0 after a bye week under coach Andy Reid. The Buccaneers (0-5) remain winless under new coach Raheem Morris and extended their losing to streak to nine games, dating to an 0-4 December that cost them a playoff spot. McNabb was injured running for a score in the season opener at Carolina. He sat out the next two games while Kevin Kolb became the first quarterback to throw for 300 yards in his first two career starts. McNabb didn’t hesitate to run, scrambling for 13 yards on his first play from scrimmage. On the next one, he fired a perfect 51-yard TD pass to Maclin to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead. Steelers 28, Lions 20 DETROIT (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger had a season-high three touchdowns passes for the Steelers (3-2), supported by thousands of black-and-gold clad fans. They went ahead on Rashard Mendenhall’s TD run midway through the first quarter and took a 15-point lead in the third on Roethlisberger’s 47-yard pass to rookie Mike Wallace. Detroit (1-4) drove into Pittsburgh territory on the ensuing series, but Daunte Culpepper’s up-forgrabs pass was intercepted by Ryan Clark. Culpepper bounced back with a 25-yard TD to Dennis Northcutt to pull within eight with 4:57 to go. The Steelers’ three-and-out drive gave Detroit the ball back at its 29 with 3:07 to go and two timeouts, but it got to the Pittsburgh 21 before stalling. Steelers linebacker James Harrison had three sacks, matching the total he had entering the game, and forced a fumble, much to the delight of folks who filled Ford Field. The game drew 59,333 fans and at least half looked and sounded like they were rooting for the visitors. Panthers 20, Redskins 17 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Aided by a disputed call and Jake Delhomme’s bold third-down run, the Panthers (1-3) jump-started a sagging season at the expense of embattled Washington coach Jim Zorn. The Panthers scored the game’s final 18 points, with Jonathan Stewart’s 8-yard run with 9:21 left the go-ahead touchdown. The TD was set up when the Panthers recovered a muffed punt at the Washington 12. The maligned Delhomme later ran a bootleg for a first down with just under 2 minutes left to give the Panthers their first win. The Redskins (2-3) and Zorn took another defeat against a previously winless team despite leading 17-2 early in the third quarter. Giants 44, Raiders 7 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After a week of concern over whether Eli Manning would make his 83rd straight start, he threw two scoring passes and led the Giants on touchdown drives on their first four series. Then Manning rested his sore heel. Manning tossed touchdown passes of 30 yards to Mario Manningham and 9 yards to first-round draft pick Hakeem Nicks. He finished 8 of 10 for 173 yards on a day the Giants gained 483 yards. New York (5-0) is off to its best start since winning the Super Bowl in 1990. Backup halfback Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 110 yards and scored on runs of 1 and 9 yards.
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SCHS senior RB Kel McCarter (25) found some rare running room on this first-half play Friday night at Morristown West. McCarter led the Smoky Bears rushing attack with just 30 net yards on 10 carries, but he was effective in the Red Zone with two TD carries of one and three yards respectively.
Big plays keep SCHS perfect By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer MORRISTOWN — Big plays turned in by the Sevier County Smoky Bears defense and special teams were key in SCHS’s big 31-3 upset at No.6 state-ranked Morristown West Trojans on Friday night. A closely fought battle turned in a big way for the Smoky Bears (7-0, 4-0) late in the first half and early in the third quarter, dictating West’s strategy for the remainder of the contest and playing against the Trojans (5-2, 3-1) own strength as a team. For the majority of the first half, both teams had trouble putting points on the board. Sevier County managed a 29-yard Jared Baxter field goal on its opening possession, but as the clock ticked inside the 2-minute mark of the first half, the score remained 3-0 Bears. But on a soggy night, the Sevier County offense finally caught fire again late in the first half. SCHS senior QB Zach Flynn completed four straight passes to gain momentum for a six-play, 79-yard scoring drive capped by senior RB Kel McCarter’s three-yard TD run with just 1:24 remaining until intermission, giving the Bears a 10-0 lead.
That drive was big, but SCHS junior DB Josh Johnson’s 36-yard interception return to paydirt just 36 seconds later was even bigger. “When Josh picked that ball off and scored ... that was huge ... that was huge,” said 18th-year SCHS head football coach Steve Brewer. Morristown West responded immediately with what turned out to be its only point-producing drive of the night — a 29-yard field goal with just 1 second on the second-quarter clock, cutting the Bear edge to 17-3 just before the half — but Sevier County still held all the momentum heading into the locker rooms. The Smoky Bear defense kept that momentum to start the third quarter, forcing West into a 4th-and-24 punt from its own 11. And that’s when junior Brandon Tinker and senior Jeremiah Foster combined to block the Trojan kick. Foster scooped up the loose ball and returned it three yards for a TD with 9:51 in the third, but the game was all but over after the play gave Sevier County a 24-3 edge. Trailing by three scores, West suddenly had to abandon its gameplan and team strength in a desperate effort to play catch up. “Jeremiah’s score really gave us some cushion,” said Brewer. “At that point, Morristown was going to
have to throw the football, and they are known more for running than throwing. “So I felt good that we were going to make them put the ball in the air a little bit.” But the West passing game went nowhere against the Smoky Bear defense. The Trojans managed just one 13-yard completion the entire second half and finished the game with just 35 passing yards. “It was just a complete team effort,” said Brewer about the win. “It was just a good night for us, and I hope we can keep things going.” The win not only keeps the Bears unblemished, it also puts them in firm control of District 2-AAA, the IMAC Conference. With just three regular-season games left this season — all of them district clashes against Cherokee, South-Doyle and Morristown East — many in Sevier County are beginning to talk of a perfect 10-0 season. But that’s something you won’t hear from this 2009 Smoky Bears team. “Our goal is to go 8-0 now,” said Brewer. “We can’t afford to look down the road, and we certainly aren’t good enough to overlook anybody.” n email@example.com
Kiffin, Vols looking for ‘mo’ after ’Dawgs By BETH RUCKER Associated Press Writer KNOXVILLE — Ask Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin who his Volunteers’ biggest rival is, and he won’t tell you Florida or Alabama. “Georgia, because of what we need to do recruiting, will be the biggest matchup for this staff and for our team,” he said. Kiffin and his staff hope to use momentum from a 45-19 win Saturday over their new biggest rival to land a few recruits during their bye week. One of the first-year coach’s first pledges was that he would do whatever it took to land the best prospects in the country. He delivered on that promise this season, landing a top 10 class just months after being hired. “We’ll be recruiting from tomorrow for the whole week,” Kiffin said. “We’ll have our maximum guys out. We’ll be everywhere and we’re going to find the best players in the country.” Kiffin emphasized the Georgia game to his players due to its importance in recruiting. Tennessee doesn’t produce many elite prospects, and 12 current Vols hail from the bordering state. Kiffin also promised his Vols (3-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) they’d never lose to the Bulldogs while he was coach. He got off to a good start
Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, right, talks to quarterback Jonathan Crompton (8) during the first half of a NCAA college football game against Georgia on Saturday in Knoxville. Tennessee won 45-19. in what turned out to be his first SEC victory thanks to some help from Jonathan Crompton, who passed for a career-high 310 yards and threw for four touchdowns. The Vols’ passing game had faltered at times this season, with Crompton struggling with his accuracy and his receivers often dropping passes when he was on target. But by halftime Saturday,
Crompton had already thrown for 205 yards and three touchdowns. He finished 20-for-27. Crompton was a perfect 4-for-4 for 67 yards on a drive late in the first half, finding Marsalis Teague on a 5-yard touchdown pass for a 21-10 lead with 2:40 left. He also connected with Gerald Jones on a 51-yard score, the Vols’ longest pass of the season.
“They ran it to the exact depth, broke it off when we expected and then you get the ball to them and let them make plays,” Crompton said. Despite being Tennessee’s most productive receiver returning from last season, Jones had struggled with drops and mistakes while recovering from an ankle injury and wrist surgery.
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SEC 1-2 after Tide slides past Longhorns By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Alabamaâ€™s steady rise in the rankings has left the Crimson Tide with a clear view of No. 1 Florida. Alabama jumped Texas into second-place behind top-ranked Florida in the AP Top 25 on Sunday, giving the Southeastern Conference the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the country. The Crimson Tide moved up one spot after rolling over Mississippi 22-3. Texas, which had been No. 2 all season, slipped a spot after sputtering early in a 38-14 victory against Colorado. The Gators and Tim Tebow beat LSU 13-3. They have been an overwhelming No. 1 since the preseason, but support for Alabama has steadily grown. Florida received 50 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel, a season low. The Crimson Tide received 10 first-place votes, up from five last week. Itâ€™s the second time in the past two seasons that Alabama and Florida have held the top two spots in the rankings. Last year, the Crimson Tide was No. 1 and the Gators No. 2 for two weeks before they played in the SEC title game. Texas for the first time this season did not receive a first-place vote. The Longhorns might be able to get some support back by beating No. 20 Oklahoma on Saturday in the Red River Rivalry. No. 4 Virginia Tech, No. 5 Boise State and No. 6 Southern California each moved up one spot. In the battle for Ohio, Ohio State moved up to No. 7 and ahead of No. 8 Cincinnati after a 31-13 victory over previously unbeaten Wisconsin. The Bearcats, who were idle Saturday and have a Big East showdown with No. 21 South Florida on Thursday night, were ahead of the Buckeyes in the rankings last week for the first time since 1951. Miami is No. 9 and LSU dropped six spots to No. 10 after its first loss. In the USA Today coachesâ€™ poll, Florida is No. 1, Texas is No. 2 and Alabama is No. 3. In the Harris Poll, the top three is the same as the AP poll. The coachesâ€™ poll and Harris poll are used in the BCS standings, which will be released next week for the first time this season. In the AP Top 25, No. 11 Iowa had another narrow escape, beating Michigan 30-28 to stay unbeaten. No. 12 TCU also had a close call, but stayed undefeated with a 20-17 victory in the cold and wind against Air Force. No. 13 is Oregon followed by Penn State and Nebraska, which vaulted six spots to 15th after beating Missouri on the road. After the Cornhuskers are Big 12 rivals Oklahoma State and Kansas. No. 18 is BYU, Georgia Tech is 19th and Oklahoma No. 20. The final five has South Florida and South Carolina, then three teams that reentered the rankings this week. No. 23 Houston moved back into the rankings after beating Mississippi State 31-28 in Starkville. No. 24 Utah rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Colorado State 24-17 and No. 25 Notre Dame got back into the AP rankings on an off week. The Fighting Irish host USC on Saturday, with a chance to drop out or make a big move back up the rankings. While the SEC holds the top two spots in the Top 25, the conference only has four ranked teams this week, down from six last week. The Big 12 has the most ranked teams with five.
Los Angeles Angelsâ€™ Torii Hunter, left, Howie Kendrick, center, and Chone Figgins celebrate after the Angelsâ€™ 7-6 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of an American League baseball division series in Boston on Sunday.
Angels hammer Papelbon, finish sweep of Red Sox By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BOSTON â€” Torii Hunter emerged from the visitorsâ€™ clubhouse at Fenway Park to spray champagne over the fans and family gathered there. Erick Aybar did him one better, handing over bottles of bubbly to those who came from California to see the Los Angeles Angels go for the sweep. History gave no reason to hope for such a celebration. The Angels and Vladimir Guerrero shrugged off their postseason failures and swept away the Red Sox on Sunday, scoring three runs off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning to beat Boston 7-6 and advance to the AL championship series. It was the first postseason sweep in Angels franchise history. And they did it against the team that has knocked them out of the playoffs the previous four times they met. â€œI told you guys earlier: Itâ€™s going to be a different scene,â€? Hunter said in the clubhouse afterward. â€œVladdy came through. Thatâ€™s probably one of the biggest hits of his career. Theyâ€™ve been waiting for him to do it, and he did it.â€? Papelbon was one strike away from extending the series with three different batters, but Aybar singled on a two-strike pitch, Chone Figgins walked after fouling off a full-count offering and Bobby Abreu fouled off three straight pitches before doubling in one run. Hunterwaswalkedintentionally before Guerrero singled the first pitch to center and Figgins and Abreu raced home to give Los Angeles a 7-6 lead. Major league saves leader Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth,
and when Aybar caught Dustin Pedroiaâ€™s popup to end the game, pumping his right arm even as he tracked the ball with his left, the Angels advanced. â€œItâ€™s nice to be going home and playing again, instead of going home and itâ€™s over,â€? said pitcher John Lackey, who was part of the Angels teams that were eliminated by Boston in three times in the previous five years. â€œThis is the most fun for me, and Iâ€™ve got a ring. That says a lot.â€? Aneight-timeAll-Starand former AL MVP, Guerrero has a .321 career batting average, 407 regular-season homers and 1,318 RBIs. But heâ€™d managed only one extra-base hit in 69 at-bats going into Game 3, and he had one RBI in 19 playoff games since his grand slam against Boston in the 2004 division series. And he came through against Papelbon, who had never before allowed a run in 27 postseason innings.
â€œYouâ€™re not going to get to him too often. But we did this afternoon,â€? Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. â€œAnd I felt great for Vlad. hopefully, thatâ€™s a momentum-builder for him. ... I know heâ€™s relieved. Heâ€™s excited about contributing. And hopefully it will be the start of something good.â€? For the AL West champion Angels, it was a chance to extend their tribute to pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed in an April car crash with a man who has been charged with drunken driving. As they streamed out of the dugout to celebrate, and Jered Weaver carried Adenhartâ€™s jersey onto the field. â€œWhen it comes down to honoring Nick Adenhart, and what happened in April in Anaheim, yes, it probably was the biggest hit (of my career),â€? Guerrero said. â€œBecause Iâ€™m dedicating that to a former teammate, a guy that passed away.â€?
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) â€” Jimmie Johnson is back in control of NASCARâ€™s Chase for the championship. The three-time defending Sprint Cup champion easily pulled away from Jeff Gordon following a restart with three laps left to win the Pepsi 500 on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway for his fifth victory of the year and 45th overall. The win was Johnsonâ€™s fourth at the 2-mile oval and sent a message to the rest of the contenders he has no plans of giving up his spot atop the series easily. The native Californian took his time drinking in the moment, doing several burnouts and goofing off along the back straightaway before NASCAR officials reminded him he needed to make a stop in Victory Lane. â€œI just wanted to have a little fun with it,â€? Johnson said. He certainly earned it after another signature performance at a track he has turned into his own personal playground through the years. He won so effortlessly all Gordon could do afterward was shrug his shoulders. â€œWhat else can you say? Theyâ€™re the best out there,â€? Gordon said. â€œTheyâ€™ve won the last three championships. Theyâ€™re going to be hard to beat for this one. Really, unless they make a mistake, I donâ€™t see how they lose it.â€? Johnson, who led 126 laps, dominated the second half of the race but had to sweat out a series of doublefile restarts following a number of late-race collisions, including an eight-car pileup that forced a 22-minute red flag with six laps remaining. Waiting out the delay, Johnson worried he didnâ€™t have enough car to hold off Gordon. He shouldnâ€™t have. His No. 48 Chevrolet roared away from his Hendrick Motorsports teammate and he quickly put the rest of the field in his rearview mirror to propel him into the points lead for the first time all season. â€œThatâ€™s it, thatâ€™s what we want,â€? Johnson said. â€œWeâ€™ve just got to keep chipping away.â€? Juan Pablo Montoya was third, his fourth straight top-five finish. All that consistency, however, hasnâ€™t helped Montoya make up any ground on Johnson. â€œWe have four or five in a row and Iâ€™ve been losing points to the leader,â€? said Montoya, who trails Johnson by 58 points. â€œ(Youâ€™re not) going to make any points on anybody. Everybody that runs good is going to be there. You just got to make sure you donâ€™t lose any.â€? Mark Martin, who started the day with an 18-point lead over Johnson, was fourth and now trails Johnson by 12 points heading into Saturday nightâ€™s race at Charlotte.
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