The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 25, No. 292 ■ October 19, 2009 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Forge group targets hillsides
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
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PIGEON FORGE — It appears there is at least one advantage to coming in last: borrowing. Though they’re really only one work session into their process, the Pigeon Forge Hillsides Committee seems poised to benefit from what’s already been done in the other cities and the county. In its brief existence, the group
has several times referenced similar efforts done by other committees, with a few members having served on those boards, including Chief Planner David Taylor. He served on the county’s Hillsides Taskforce. The various groups have studied recommendations from New Yorkbased engineering firm Saratoga Associates. That agency was hired by the cities and the county to conduct a study on local devel-
opment on hillsides and ridges, and to submit suggestions for new regulations. The proposed rules aren’t meant to stop development on those lands, but rather to ensure it is done in the best way. The Pigeon Forge group hasn’t yet voted on any of the recommendations. It seems likely the committee will suggest stricter rules apply to land at a lesser slope than was approved by Gatlinburg, where
most of the land is steep. Pigeon Forge’s committee has plenty of unique challenges. Though the city isn’t really thought of as having a lot of sloped property to regulate, Taylor showed the group a map that surprised many by suggesting that 30-40 percent of the city is on land at steeper than a 20 percent grade. The Saratoga engineers suggested See hillsides, Page A4
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Vietnam vets gather here to reminisce By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer PIGEON FORGE — Vietnam veterans didn’t exactly get a hero’s welcome when they first came back home. And they went through a lot of things they generally don’t like to talk about with people who weren’t there. That’s part of the importance of gatherings like this weekend’s reunion of the Tan Son Nhut Association, a group of veterans who served at Tan Son Nhut air base during the war. They gathered at the MainStay Suites in Pigeon Forge. “We weren’t welcomed back like most other soldiers who served in a war,” President Robert Gale said. “There’s this not-quite-subconscious effort to make our comrades feel appreciated.” Members offer seminars on topics from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to recollections of their encounters and overviews of battles fought at and around the base.
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Vietnam veterans Richard Carvell, Robert Gales, Dale Bryan and George Plunkett reminisce over some photographs during the reunion of the Tan Son Nhut Association held in Pigeon Forge. Members served at different times during the Vietnam war at the Tan Son Nhut airbase. It’s a chance to remember what it was like when they were young, but for many it’s also a chance to remember what it was like to be in harm’s way, too. And that’s something they don’t talk about easily to outsiders. Discussing the horrors of any war is difficult, and members said for many Vietnam vets it’s more difficult to talk to outsiders because of the way they were treated when they first returned. “We know what we went through,” Gale said. “It’s a
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Thornton, a Navy SEAL who won the Medal of Honor for running through enemy fire to rescue his commanding officer, Thomas R. Norris — himself a winner of the nation’s highest military honor. The association meets at different locations each year; it will meet next year in San Antonio, Texas. “It’s been a wonderful trip,” Carvell said. ““Everybody here has been really gracious.” n email@example.com
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association. “Some of us come here and find out we were probably 10 feet from each other, but we didn’t know each other back then,” said Dale Bryan, secretary for the association. “I didn’t know any of these guys when I was over there, but the thing we all have in common is, we were all there at one time or another,” added Richard Carvell, director of public relations. Their speakers included retired Lt. Michael
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very emotional thing for a lot of us.” Some members, he said, didn’t talk about it at all until they started having reunions in 1995. It was easier to do when they found themselves around people who shared their experiences. Their reunion lasted through Sunday, and Gales said some of them stayed up until midnight just poring over old maps and sharing stories. Few of them knew each other before joining the
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Nearly 700 participate in annual Memory walk By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer PIGEON FORGE — Neither the rain nor the down economy could dampen the spirits at the Smoky Mountain Memory Walk, held at Pigeon Forge High School. With 679 participants, last year’s event raised $110,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. This year saw more people signed up before it even started. “We had more people pre-registered this year than walked last year,’ said Kay Watson, director of public relations for the event. With the forecast calling for cold, damp weather See memory walk, Page A4
In her more than 30 years of employment with Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, Virginia Newman has done almost every job there is to do there. She recently took on one more after being chosen as the secretary/ treasurer of the board and office manager over the entire Sevier County operation. Newman, a Sevier County native, said January will mark her 31st year with the company. “I started out parttime,” she said, “posting payments mainly and it just went from there to here. I’ve done everything from filing, and I’m an agent now too.” Newman said she enjoys meeting people and helping them secure
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Virgnia Newman was recently chosen to serve as secretary/treasurer and office manager for Sevier County Farmers Mutual Insurance Company. their property. “It’s interesting to talk to different people and to try to work with people fill their claims and get what they need for insurance,” she said. As implied by its name, Farmers Mutual started
out as a way for local farmers to insure their property and crops. It got its start in 1913 and its policy holders are the owners of the company. As manager, Newman See neighbor, Page A4
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Medical center therapists now board-certified in orthopaedics From Submitted Reports
Pat Valentine was recently inducted into Tennessee School of Beautyâ€™s Hall of Fame. From left are George Sampsel, school vice-president/co-owner; Pat Valentine; and Adam Brown, school president/co-owner.
State School of Beauty recognizes Valentine From Submitted Reports Pat Valentine has been inducted into Tennessee School of Beautyâ€™s Hall of Fame. Valentine, a long-time resident of Sevier County, becomes the seventh person in the schoolâ€™s 79-year existence to receive the honor. The award, presented at the schoolâ€™s graduation ceremony, goes to an individual who has had a significant impact on the cosmetology profession,
specifically education. According to Adam Brown, president of the school, â€œFor the past 18 years, there has not been a single student, graduate, teacher, or salon owner who has walked through our doors that has not been helped, touched and positively affected by Ms. V. She has overseen the growth of TSB from 80 students to its current enrollment of more than 250 students, making the school one of the five larg-
est cosmetology schools in the Southeast. â€œShe continues to put the best interests of the school and the students at the front of every decision and curriculum change she makes. This school would not be what it is today without Ms. V.â€? Valentine is the wife of the late Jimmy Valentine and the mother of Rick Valentine of Sevier County. Her picture will be permanently displayed at the school.
Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Centerâ€™s Mike Ray and David Ellis, both physical therapists at the therapy center in Seymour, for becoming board-certified physical therapy clinical specialists in orthopaedics. Ray and Ellis are two of 66 physical therapists in Tennessee who achieved certification for 2009. Ray, who is the supervisor of the Seymour clinic, received his physical therapy degree from UT Chattanooga, and his masterâ€™s in biomechanics at UT Knoxville in 2006. He has worked for Fort Sanders Sevier since 1997. Ellis received his masterâ€™s of physical therapy from ETSU in 2001, and has been employed with Fort Sanders Sevier since then. He has been a certified athletic trainer since 1996. To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in a specialty area and complete a written examination. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association has awarded specialist certification to 1,001 therapists this year. Fort Sanders Sevier Therapy Services offers outpatient therapy services at the Seymour clinic, 127 W. Macon Lane, and adjacent to the medical center at 709 Middle Creek Road in Sevierville.
Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center recognizes Mike Ray, right, and David Ellis, both physical therapists in Seymour, for becoming board-certified physical therapy clinical specialists in orthopaedics.
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Threatt opens new insurance agency From Submitted Reports SEVIERVILLE â€” Timothy Threatt has opened Threatt Insurance Group, located at 400 Park Road, Suite 105. He was raised in Castlewood, Va. He is licensed in Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina, and now resides in Kodak. He is also a notary. Threatt Threatt has owned restaurants in the area but left the restaurant business to pursue a career in insurance. â€œI want to help people understand their policies because I was misled a few times on policies I have had,â€? said Threatt. â€œI decided to become an independent agent so I could have more freedom to be able to help people.â€? Threatt represents numerous companies and can insure just about anything, including commercial and bonds. A free quote is available without obligation. For more information call 428-5027, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. threattinsurancegroup. com.
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McClarens restaurant targets local residents Submitted reports SEVIERVILLE â€” McClarens restaurant has opened at 737 Dolly Parton Parkway, near Food City. Owned by Clyde Rennie Sr. and his son, Clyde Jr., the restaurant was opened to serve locals. Clyde Rennie Sr. moved to Sevier County in 1982. He has always owned his own
businesses, including auto repair, a car wash, laundromats, tanning salon, construction, concessions and now a restaurant. He is a founding member and past president of the Sevierville Sunrise Rotary Club. Clyde Jr. grew up in Michigan. â€œI spent every summer here when I was a kid and Sevierville has always been my
second home,â€? Clyde Rennie Jr. said. â€œAfter attending college at West Point, I lived here for a year and then moved to New York City where I spent 11 years. I worked in the music business with independent artists and then for a big record company doing sales and marketing. â€œAfter five years I left the music business and opened my first bar in Manhattan. I then
opened a second bar and that is what kept me busy until I moved here three years ago so Dad and I could work together.â€? He said a lot of chain restaurants are here mainly for tourists, but the Rennies saw a need for a neighborhood momand-pop restaurant and bar, one that would give people a place to meet for good food and a good drink.
â€œWe focus on quality food,â€? Clyde Rennie Jr. said. â€œEverything is made fresh in house in a cozy atmosphere with good service. We are thrilled that the community has embraced us and are happy that we are getting a great cross section of Sevier county residents.â€? McClarens is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. For more information call 429-9889.
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Joseph Lewis Irwin Joseph Lewis Irwin, age 82, of Seymour, passed away Friday, October 16, 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Josephine Irwin. He is survived by special friends Missy & Greg Hunt, Brittany Hunt, Emma Booth, Dustin Booth, Robin Brewer, Dale â€œTinyâ€? Reagan, Lisa Boyer, and Gordon Galyon. Funeral service 7 p.m. Monday at Atchleyâ€™s Seymour Chapel with Rev. Lee Gibson officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Tuesday in Magnolia Cemetery. Friends will be received 5-7 p.m. Monday at Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour, 122 Peacock Court, Seymour, TN 37865, (865) 577-2807. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Teresa Koontz Teresa Koontz, 47, of Strawberry Plains died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Atchley Funeral Home.
Robert A. Perry Robert A. Perry, 76, of Seymour, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Seymour, and retired from TVA and Dollywood. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Alec and Theresa Perry. Survivors: Wife Violet Perry; stepdaughter Donna Smith and husband Michael; stepgrandsons Kevin and Wesley Smith. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 871 E. Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, Tenn. 37909. Family and friends will gather 2 p.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Cemetery for graveside service and interment, with Pastor Bruce Yates officiating. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, 122 Peacock Court, Seymour 37865. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Willadean M. Moncy Willadean M. Moncy, 71, of Seymour, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward Moncy; parents, Charlie and Anna Haun Melton; sister, Irene Armes; brothers Russell and Floyd Melton. Survivors: Husband Thomas (Tom) Ogle Sr.; stepson Thomas Ogle Jr.; brother and sister-in-law James (Jay) C. Melton; sister and brother-inlaw Marie Veal; sisters-in-law Linda Price and Cindy Ogle; several nieces and nephews Family and friends will meet 11 AM Wednesday at Highland South Cemetery for graveside service and interment with Rev. Chad Rittenhouse officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, 122 Peacock Court, Seymour (577-2807). n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
and Carolyn Roberts; daughter, Charlene Roberts; three grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; former husband, J. Ralph Roberts; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charlotte Oakley, Fred and Emily Oakley, Raymond and Dale Oakley, Doyle Oakley; sister, Dorothy Maples; sister-in-law, Ola Mae Roberts; brother-in-law and sister-inlaw, Butler and Jean Evelyn Roberts; many nieces and nephews; Funeral service 1 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge with Pastor Keith Walker officiating. Interment will follow in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. The family received friends Sunday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
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June Davenport Shannon, 93, died Sept. 28, 2009, at her daughterâ€™s home in Seymour. A native of Atlanta, she worked in the Forest Park High School library, delivered meals with her husband, and served her church, being awarded the Presbyterian Womenâ€™s Life Membership. Survivors: daughter Colleen Shannon; son John Patrick Shannon; granddaughter and husband Lauren and Kevin Nunn; two great-grandsons; son-in-law and granddaughter, Richard and Margarite â€?Maggieâ€? Jacoby, Santa Cruz, Calif.; grandson Patrick Huss, Ashville, N.C., and fiancĂŠ Erica Whyte, Comfort Castle, Jamaica; and foster granddaughter and husband Tshepo and Dr. Lisly ChĂŠry, Seattle. Her ashes will be interred beside those of her husband of 61 years, John Purser Shannon, in Atlantaâ€™s Oakland Cemetery with a few scattered at the base of her late daughter Susan Anne Shannonâ€™s memorial redwood tree in California. A service in witness to the Resurrection will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. at Highland Presbyterian Church, 721 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, with the Rev. Wendy Neff officiating. Family will receive friends following the service. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865) 6WE-CARE (693-2273) n www.cremationoptionsinc.com
reports to the nine-member board of directors, three of whom were on the board when she started with the company three decades ago. â€œWe mainly insure homes and outbuildings,â€? Newman said, covering for fire, wind, lightning and hail damage. â€œWe have stepped up our coverage. We now have a theft policy we sell now.â€? Newman said she didnâ€™t know why she decided to seek the position of secretary/treasurer and office manager when it became available. â€œOne of the board members asked me that and I said, â€˜Well, you know, I really
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throughout the day, they decided to move many of the events to the schoolâ€™s gym. The walk itself was still outside â€” and so was the pet tent â€” but concessions, music and other activities were inside. â€œIt was like a big party,â€? Watson said. â€œIt was a great atmosphere.â€? The goal this year was to raise $115,000 â€” $5,000 more than last year. With more participants and more teams anticipating, they were hopeful Saturday they would
donâ€™t know.â€™ I had to think about that one a while,â€? she said. â€œBasically I was 23 years old when I came to work here; thatâ€™s all I ever knew, and I like what I do. Itâ€™s challenging.â€? The only thing she hadnâ€™t done before, she said, is settle claims. â€œThat may be my challenge,â€? she said, to walk that fine line of giving the client what they want and what the company can actually provide. Itâ€™s a talk she should be able to do, considering the commitment sheâ€™s already made the last 30 years. Newman, who grew up in Richardsonâ€™s Cove, attended Catonâ€™s Chapel Elementary and is a 1974 graduate of Gatlinburg-
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Participants begin to leave the gym to start the Memory Walk in Pigeon Forge. The festivities, entertainment and symbolic walk began indoors, but most walkers opted to do a quick loop around the school.
Ruby Oakley Roberts Ruby Oakley Roberts, 83, of Pigeon Forge, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, after years of congestive heart failure. She was a member of First Baptist Church Pigeon Forge and was vice president of LeConte View Motel Inc. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Dennis
the rules settle on property at 15 percent or greater, though so far no one has followed that guide. Developments on some of the cityâ€™s steepest land have prompted previous modifications of development rules. With concerns about infrastructure problems, landslides and emergency access increasing with the slope of the land, city leaders have made changes like forbidding planned unit developments that rely on septic systems and lessening the allowed grade of roads. In recent years building has crept up local hillsides. SRA Architects engineer Mike Smelcer said during a recent session that the cityâ€™s hillsides remain largely undeveloped. Planning staffer Karl Kreis suggested thatâ€™s quickly changing. â€œHistorically, but (developments are) getting pushed up the hillsides,â€? Kries said. As the group works its way through the Saratoga suggestions, it seems likely it will find some ordinances to change as well. After viewing a slide of a hillside development that was abandoned by its developers, City Commissioner David Wear suggested there be a requirement developers secure bonds that will pay to mitigate their work if they give up on a project. Meanwhile, Smelcer proposed the city consider setting an expiration date for site plans. Now, approvals given to proposals last forever. It seems likely the final product will be an attempt to balance Saratogaâ€™s strict suggestions with the East Tennessee dedication to property rights. â€œI would much rather us be more restrictive than too loose,â€? Wear said. â€œItâ€™s about finding that balance,â€? Smelcer said. It appears the group will have to work to find that balance. Proposals for the grade at which the rules should kick in range from Saratogaâ€™s 15 percent to 20 percent suggested by Smelcer and Planning Commission Chairman Bill Bradley; to 25 percent backed by firefighter Roger Price. The group is expected to take action on that matter during its next session at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10.
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) â€” A Colorado sheriff says it was hoax when parents reported that their 6-year-old son was in a flying saucer-like helium balloon hurtling away from their home. Sheriff Jim Alderden says no charges have been filed yet, and the parents arenâ€™t under arrest. He says he expects to recommend charges of conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, making a false report to authorities and attempting to influence a public servant. He says all three children knew of the Thursday hoax, but likely wonâ€™t face charges because of their ages.
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UConn player dies in dance stabbing STORRS, Conn. (AP) â€” A University of Connecticut football player died Sunday following a stabbing after an on-campus dance, hours after the teamâ€™s victory over Louisville. Twenty-year-old Jasper Howard of Miami, a junior and starting cornerback, and a second person were stabbed during a fight early Sunday after someone pulled a fire alarm during a dance at the UConn Student Union, police said. The dance was not related to the game, police said. Sunday afternoon, police were still looking for the perpetrator.
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SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) â€” WASHINGTON (AP) Authorities say an Air â€” White House advisForce pilot had no ers pledged on Sunday opportunity to eject after to book administration a collision between two officials on Fox News F-16 fighter jets offdespite claims by the shore, and Coast Guard presidentâ€™s inner circle searchers say theyâ€™ve that the cable network shifted efforts to finding is a GOP mouthpiece his body and recovering whose programming â€œis the planeâ€™s wreckage. geared toward making A search for Capt. money.â€? Nicholas Giglio, missLast week, White ing since Thursday House communications nightâ€™s crash, had director Anita Dunn involved Coast Guard said Fox News operhelicopters, ships and ates â€œalmost as either private volunteers the research arm or the scouring some 8,000 communications arm of square miles of Atlantic the Republican Party.â€? waters. Authorities said Fox News execuSaturday investigative Michael Clemente tors believe Giglio died accused the White House instantly during a night of continuing to â€œdeclare training exercise. war on a news organizationâ€? rather than focusObama undecided ing on issues.
â€˜Wild Thingsâ€™ tops movie box office LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” Movie fans are eagerly making the journey to â€œWhere the Wild Things Are.â€? The live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendakâ€™s beloved picture book led the box office with a $32.5 million opening weekend. â€œWhere the Wild Things Areâ€? was followed by Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butlerâ€™s vengeance thriller â€œLaw Abiding Citizen,â€? which debuted with $21.3 million. Expanding into wider release, the low-budget horror sensation â€œParanormal Activityâ€? moved up to No. 3 with $20.2 million.
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â€˜WASHINGTON (AP) â€” President Barack Obama will not commit more U.S. troops to Afghanistan until he is convinced that the central government can be a credible and effective U.S. partner, a senior White House aide said Sunday. But it was unclear whether Obama intends to accept the recommendation by Gen. Stanley McChrystal for thousands more troops and other resources in the 8-year-struggle to stabilize Afghanistan. The central ques-
tion, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said, is â€œnot how much troops you have, but whether in fact thereâ€™s an Afghan partner.â€?
Public option not Obama demand
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” President Barack Obama isnâ€™t demanding that health care legislation include a government-run insurance option even though he believes it would best meet his reform goals, White House advisers said Sunday. The White House and lawmakers are trying to blend five House and Senate committee versions of health care legislation into a bill that will pass both houses, where near unanimous Republican opposition was expected. House Democrats are insisting that there be a public option.
Gates seeks allies for Afghan battle
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The Pentagonâ€™s chief is undertaking the tricky task of trying to persuade allies to remain committed to the war in Afghanistan even as the Obama administration debates whether to send more troops to fight. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is undecided â€” at least publicly â€” on whether to order more forces to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, as his top commander there has requested, or to focus more narrowly on al-Qaida terrorists believed to be hiding in Pakistan. Gates departed Sunday on a weeklong mission to Japan, Korea and Slovakia.
Third person dies from sweat lodge
homicide investigation now includes three deaths after a woman died more than a week after participating in a sweat lodge ceremony that hospitalized nearly two dozen people. Liz Neuman of Minnesota died Saturday at a Flagstaff hospital, Yavapai County sheriffâ€™s spokesman Dwight Dâ€™Evelyn said. The 49-year-old suffered multiple organ damage during the Oct. 8 ceremony at a resort near Sedona, a resort town 115 miles north of Phoenix that draws many in the New Age spiritual movement.
Def Leppard ends American tour
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) â€” Rock band Def Leppard has canceled the final leg of its North American tour. The band said in a statement on its Web site that it canceled 23 shows in the U.S. and Canada â€œdue to unforeseen personal matters.â€? The last leg of the tour was to start Oct. 22 in Reno, Nevada, and wrap up Nov. 28 in Beaumont, Texas. The band said it â€œagonized over this decision.â€?
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State Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, has been appointed to the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Statewide Planning and Policy Council. The appointment was made by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. â€œI am very pleased to be appointed to this Council,â€? said Overbey, who serves on the Health and Human Resources Committee in the Senate. That committee oversees matters involving mental health and developmental disability issues. â€œI look forward to being a part of working with my colleagues on the council to improve opportunities for these citizens,â€? said Overbey, whose district includes all of Sevier and Blount counties. Overbey has introduced numerous bills related to mental health services, including a law passed this year that would ensure that crisis services continue to be available. That new law requires the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities to coordinate with other departments and agencies of state government to make sure that services for persons in psychiatric emergencies include a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week toll free telephone number, and walk-in triage screening, assessment, intervention and follow-up care. It also calls for access to inhouse crisis care. Overbey represents District 8 in the State Senate.
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Legislators to speak at lunch
The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce and the Hospitality Association will host a legislative luncheon on Tuesday at Mills Conference Center. State Sen. Doug Overbey and State Reps. Joe McCord and Richard Montgomery will speak. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will begin at noon. For reservations call 436-4178. The cost to attend is $20, or $15 for members of the Gatlinburg Chamber or of the Gatlinburg Hospitality Association. n
Craft festival now under way
The 33rd annual Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Festival runs through Oct. 31 and is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Patriot Park. Admission is by donation. Arts and craft items inside include woodworking, home decorations, Native American items and more. This is the biggest fundraiser for the Rotary Club, generating revenue through booth rental, concessions and donations. n
Tanger Outlet’s first 5K run/walk will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the shopping center. Preregistration costs $25 the day of the race. The first 350 registrants will receive a gift bag and T-shirt. Information about how to form a team or become involved is available from Charisse Tinker at 4531053, or at wwwtangeroutlet.com. PIGEON FORGE
Relay for Life kickoff Tuesday
The Relay For Life kickoff rally will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Tennessee State Bank, 2210 Parkway. The public may attend to hear about the new ideas and innovations planned for this year. Refreshments and prizes will also be offered. For more information about the kickoff rally, to register a team or to serve as a volunteer, contact Robin Kurtz at 908-5789. n
Wild game to be featured at event
On Nov. 14 from noon to 5 p.m., New Orleans on the River will host “The 407 Wild Game Cookout” benefiting the United Way of Sevier County. Area entertainers will perform and an auction will also be conducted. A variety of wild game dishes will be served with other traditional dishes. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the restaurant, BB&T Bank on Winfield Dunn Parkway and from various Sevierville 407 Merchants. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 10 and under. Call 933-7244 for additional information or to get tickets. n
Audit reveals flaws in TBI work NASHVILLE (AP) — A state audit of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has found the agency that runs background checks on teachers and gun buyers often lacks information about criminal convictions. The Tennessean reports a state comptroller’s report released recently found problems with court clerks forwarding the results of criminal cases. The problem stems from a long-standing argument about whether the courts
or police and sheriffs departments are responsible for informing the TBI about convictions. “Without accurate and up-to-date arrest disposition information, bureau activities such as background checks for law enforcement agencies and routine civil applicant and gun purchase background checks can be unnecessarily delayed or come to an erroneous conclusion,” the audit states. “Federal and local law enforcement agencies are also impeded in their
crime-fighting efforts.” TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said that when performing background checks the bureau often has to call local law enforcement agencies and courts to try to track down whether criminal charges have resulted in a conviction. She said the process is burdensome but the agency is confident it has not made mistakes that could result in felons purchasing guns or convicted child molesters teaching children. The agency is aware of all arrests in the
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state because local law enforcement agencies submit fingerprint information electronically to the bureau, she said. The state Administrative Office of the Courts claims that, by law, the responsibility for informing the TBI of criminal convictions falls to law enforcement. But the audit places the responsibility on the courts. “This is a repeat finding, an ongoing issue,” said auditor Dean Agouridis. “Levying fines is a possibility.”
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“While it’s the largest retailer in the United States, it’s not the dominant online retailer in the United States. And this appears to be an attempt to increase its position in the online space.” — Albert Greco, professor of marketing at New York City’s Fordham University, on Walmart’s price war with amazon. com over book prices
“The network has been trying privately and patiently for months to get Jon to honor the contract he signed and to comply with his obligations relating to public appearances and statements. Those efforts have been unsuccessful.” — TLC network on its lawsuit against Jon Gosselin for breach of his contract as star of the reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8”
“We believe at this time that it was a real event. Certainly people are free to speculate. (If the episode) turns out to be a hoax, we will seek restitution by whatever means we have available.” — Larimer County (Colo.) Sheriff Jim Alderden on his imvestigation into whether the boy-in-the-balloon story was a hoax
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This day in history Today is Monday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2009. There are 73 days left in the year. n
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Firefighters from four different departments battled a cabin fire in Brothers Cove off Waldens Creek Road. The fire broke out around 5 a.m. Members of Waldens Creek, Wears Valley, Pigeon Forge, and Sevier County departments responded and firefighters used a chain saw to help contain the blaze. There were no apparent injuries. n Today’s
On Oct. 19, 1781, British troops under General Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Va., as the American Revolution neared its end. this date:
In 1959, the William Gibson play “The Miracle Worker,” starring Patty Duke as Helen Keller and Anne Bancroft as Helen’s teacher, Annie Sullivan, opened on Broadway. In 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value.
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Insurgents in Iraq abducted Margaret Hassan, the local director of CARE International, from her car in Baghdad. (Hassan is believed to have been slain by her captors a month later; her body has never been found.) Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican who was President George W. Bush’s first secretary of state, broke with the party and endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, calling him a “transformational figure” during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” n Thought
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Conan O’Brien and Newark Mayor Cory Booker turned their frivolous feud about the gritty city into comedy on NBC’s “Tonight Show.” T h e chatty O’Brien 40-somethings worked off one another like a comic duo. But the jokes eventually gave way to a plug for Booker’s efforts to fashion a national blueprint for urban transformation in Newark, long an icon for urban decay, and a $100,000 donation to his Newark Now charity from O’Brien and NBC.
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Sale tax issue needs quick fix There has been some concern about the local sales tax increase that was voted for a few months back. The increase was .25 percent, or 25 cents on a $100 purchase. This money is to be used by the school board for capital expenditures only. Since my job is to give you some food for thought, here is my view of this situation. Someone from the State Department of Revenue has said that the cities of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville cannot earmark these funds for schools because of the formation of the TDZ in Pigeon Forge and the CBID in Sevierville. The Tourism Development Zone and the Central Business Improvement District — really the same thing — were established for the cities to be able to raise money, by issuing bonds, so that additional projects could be developed to attract more people, bringing more revenue to the area. The monies have been used to build the Events Center in Sevierville and improve the infrastructure to accommodate the additional traffic and other needs that development requires. In Pigeon Forge, the monies have been used to develop the infrastructure necessary to support Belle Island. That project is almost complete and at this point it is in bankruptcy. The national downturn in our economy has made it impossible to secure permanent financing, and no one really knows what will happen to the project. The hope is that it will be completed in the near future. Pigeon Forge is also required to build an events center, and the location and all the specifics are still under consideration. In the meantime, that money has not been used. When the tax increase was passed by the voters, resolutions were approved in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville that said the additional revenue would be given to the school board. At present all of that tax money is being paid as agreed. The state comptroller has said this is in compliance with the law. Charles Cagle, legal counsel for the school board, said that the increase was passed by the people and resolutions were then written to concur with the vote. State Sen. Doug Overbey and State Rep. Montgomery are working diligently to be sure that this matter is resolved, as it was intended, when the Legislature reconvenes. The Events Center in Sevierville is recognized nationally as one of the best in the country, and the number of weeks that have been booked in two years that it has been open is incredible. The Events Center is administered by the Public Building Authority. The establishment of these districts means that a substantial amount of the tax revenue sent to the state is returned to the cities to pay off the bonds. The monies to pay the bonds are put in a separate escrow account in each municipality. Here is the bottom line. Approximately $7 million will be raised by the sales tax increase this year, which is being paid by everyone that visits the county. The money that is in question is less than 1.5 percent of that amount, or about $100,000. The cities and the school board are working together to reconcile this matter. Could it be that one person, or one department in government, is, as Shakepeare would say, making “much ado about nothing?” Another issue that has reared its ugly head is the fact that the county is threatening to sue the cities over money that is owed to the water department. No one has said that some money is not owed; the controversy is over the amount, interest and penalties. Experience has proven that cooperation works better than controversy. We need to create a win/win situation, or everyone loses. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen made a great decision by appointing Steve Hendrix as city manager. He brings a great deal of experience, intelligence and integrity to the position. Our new hospital is looking great and Drs. Littleton, Huskey and Cole have moved in to the new Professional Office Building. The leaves are changing, traffic is increasing, and God’s beauty is all around us. We need to “rejoice and be glad in it.” — Dave Gorden of Sevierville is a member of the Speakers Hall of Fame, past president of the National Speakers Association and one of the Authors of “Chicken Soup For the Adopted Soul.” E-mail Dave@davegorden.com.
Auction company should pay its obligations to city, car owners The city of Sevierville’s action against Kruse International may all turn out to be a big misunderstanding, but it sure doesn’t look like it. Kruse is a well-known brand in the auto auction world, whose sales are often featured on TV programs. The company held an auction at the Events Center on June 20 and still hasn’t paid the $12,500 rent it owes for using the facility. It issued an $8,500 check to the city for partial payment that didn’t clear the bank. The city has been forced to file a court claim against the company. That’s not all. The city is investigating complaints that some of the people whose cars were auctioned here haven’t been paid yet. The company, based in Auburn, Ind., said through a spokesman that everything will be OK and the company
is making good on its debt to the city. The spokesman says he’s not aware of any people not paid for car sales. Kruse, like so many businesses, has suffered through the recession, Vice President Fred Gittins told The Mountain Press. Because so many dealerships have closed, kruse has had fewer buyers for the autos its auctions. That makes sense. But that is no excuse for spreading bad paper, not paying your bills and not telling your creditors what’s going on. Sevierville spokesman Bob Stahlke apparently told some media outlets in Indiana that the U.S. Secret Service is conducting a fraud investigation into Kruse, though he didn’t repeat that to this newspaper. If true, it suggests the company has been ducking its obligations in more than just Sevieriville.
The Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana has given the company an “F,” its lowest rating. It cited 36 complaints against the company, 21 of which went unanswered. Several message boards concerning collectible car auctions also have posts complaining that Kruse International has been slow in repaying consignors. This looks bad, but may all turn out to be OK. Slow payments are better than no payments. However, if this is all a symptom of the company’s status and business practices, then Kruse had better not book the Events Center for an auction next year, as Gittins says it wants to do. The city wants all the business it can generate for the Events Center, but not if those who use it don’t pay their bills.
Public forum Waldrep praises community for support of recent visit by Bush Editor: On behalf of the staff of Phil Waldrep Ministries, I wish to express my appreciation to the Sevierville community for their support during the recent visit by former President George W. Bush.
Special thanks goes to the men and women of the Sevierville Police Department, Sevier County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the United States Secret Service. In particular, I wish to express my gratitude to Capt. Terry Bryan of the Sevierville Police Department for coordinating with the federal authorities. The attendees enjoyed their time in
Sevierville and surrounding areas. It was refreshing to see the hotels, restaurants and shopping areas full during our time. The citizens of Sevierville and Sevier County can be proud of the Events Center at Bridgemont and their staff. Their hard work is bringing conventions and tourism to the area. Phil Waldrep Trinity, Ala.
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Vols to face No. 1 team NEW YORK (AP) — After a steady climb, Alabama has reached the top of the AP poll. The Crimson Tide, which hosts Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Tuscaloosa, jumped Florida and landed at No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday. The unbeaten Gators had been in the top spot since the preseason, but the Crimson Tide has been gaining ground for weeks by winning more convincingly than the Gators. The final surge came after Alabama beat South Carolina 20-6 and Florida needed a field goal in the waning seconds to beat Arkansas 23-20 at home. The Crimson Tide, which received 10 first-place votes last week, got 39 out of 59 from the media panel. Florida received the other 20 firstplace votes. Texas is No. 3, followed by Southern California, Cincinnati and Boise State
at No. 6. The Broncos dropped a spot. Unbeaten Iowa moved up four places after beating Wisconsin 20-10 on the road. Miami, LSU and TCU round out the top 10. Alabama started the season ranked fifth, then immediately moved up a spot to fourth after beating Virginia Tech to start the season. After two weeks at No. 4, the Crimson Tide moved up another spot to No. 3. After three weeks behind Florida and Texas, Alabama jumped the Longhorns last week and finished the climb to No. 1 on Sunday. Alabama was No. 1 for five weeks in the second half of last season, including two weeks when SEC rival Florida was No. 2. The Gators, the defending national champions, came into the season as an overwhelming No. 1, receiving the highest of percentage of first-place
votes ever in the preseason poll. But Tim Tebow and the Gators have sputtered offensively and had trouble putting away the better teams on their schedule. They had 10-point victories against Tennessee and LSU before beating Arkansas on a field goal with 9 seconds left. Alabama’s four SEC victories have been by an average of 19 points, with the closest margin being 14 against South Carolina. Florida’s four SEC wins have been by an average of 14 points, but that was padded by a 34-point victory against Kentucky. Alabama also has a nonconference victory against No. 15 Virginia Tech. Florida has played only one ranked team, LSU. Georgia Tech made the biggest jump in the rankings this week, moving up eight spots to No. 11 after beating Virginia Tech 28-23.
The AP Top 25 By The Associated Press The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with firstplace votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Alabama (39) 7-0 1,447 2 2. Florida (20) 6-0 1,434 1 3. Texas 6-0 1,365 3 4. Southern Cal 5-1 1,213 6 5. Cincinnati 6-0 1,163 8 6. Boise St. 6-0 1,156 5 7. Iowa 7-0 1,092 11 8. Miami 5-1 1,056 9 9. LSU 5-1 1,014 10 10. TCU 6-0 1,001 12 11. Georgia Tech 6-1 861 19 12. Oregon 5-1 849 13 13. Penn St. 6-1 753 14 14. Oklahoma St. 5-1 690 16 15. Virginia Tech 5-2 684 4 16. BYU 6-1 601 18 17. Houston 5-1 478 23 18. Ohio St. 5-2 373 7 19. Utah 5-1 350 24 20. Pittsburgh 6-1 330 — 21. Texas Tech 5-2 286 — 22. West Virginia 5-1 205 — 23. South Carolina 5-2 159 22 24. Kansas 5-1 120 17 25. Oklahoma 3-3 117 20 Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 61, Mississippi 59, South Florida 57, Nebraska 52, Michigan 41, Cent. Michigan 39, Arizona 25, California 9, Arkansas 8, Oregon St. 5, Idaho 4, Missouri 4, Navy 4, Wisconsin 4, Auburn 3, Boston College 3.
Ho-hum: Johnson wins another NASCAR race
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Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Banking 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday night.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has a commanding lead in the race for the Sprint Cup title. He’s practically on cruise control to a NASCARrecord fourth consecutive championship. Yet he refuses to claim this title, even after a “perfect weekend” at Lowe’s Motor Speedway gave Johnson his third win in five Chase for the championship races this season. He has a 90-point lead over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin at the halfway point of the 10-race Chase. “I think it’s a nice points lead, but there’s no need for anybody to get too excited yet,” Johnson said. “We’re excited and optimistic, but at the same time, there’s a lot of danger out there. One flat tire, one mechanical (problem), Talladega ... I’m not trying to downplay where we’re at, but there’s five races left. “There’s a lot of races left.” But on a night where most of the championship contenders struggled to stay out of trouble, Johnson was ran another flawless race. He grabbed yet another impressive career milestone Saturday night by closing out a weekend in which he led every practice session and started from the pole with his sixth career victory at Lowe’s. “This was a personal goal of mine, we’ve been close twice,” said crew chief Chad Knaus, who got the Lowe’s-sponsored No. 48 back to Victory Lane at Charlotte for the first time since 2005. The win, Johnson’s sixth of the sea-
son and 46th overall, moved the Lowe’ssponsored driver into a tie with Buck Baker for 13th on the career victory list. More importantly, it extended his lead in the standings to 90 points over teammate Mark Martin at the halfway point in the 10-race Chase. And in more bad news for the competition? They head next to Martinsville Speedway, where Johnson has won five of the last six races. “It’s definitely not over,” third-place finisher Kasey Kahne said. “I mean, anything can happen the rest of the year. But if it doesn’t, I think Jimmie is the guy to beat.” So does everyone else. Matt Kenseth was second, followed by Kahne and Jeff Gordon, Johnson’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports. Martin, who started the race 12 points behind his teammate in the standings, finished 17th in part because of front-end damage received when he ran into the back of Juan Pablo Montoya on an early restart. It was that kind of night for several title contenders, as eight of the 12 finished outside the top 10 in a rare off night for the Chase drivers. Montoya, who was third in the standings and just 58 points out of the lead at the start of the race, dropped to sixth and is now 195 points out. He damaged the front and back ends of his car on the restart problem with Martin and Clint Bowyer, and fell two laps down trying to get pit road for repairs.
A-Rod finds self as Yankees take 2-0 series lead NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is putting all those playoff failures behind him. The Los Angeles Angels are turning the AL championship series into a defensive debacle. Coming through under pressure once again, Rodriguez hit a tying homer in the 11th inning and the New York Yankees edged Los Angeles 4-3 Saturday night on Maicer Izturis’ error in the 13th for a 2-0 lead in the bestof-seven series. “Wow, what a game,” Rodriguez said. After the rain came and went on another chilly night, New York pulled out its latest late-inning thriller and remained unbeaten in this year’s playoffs. The game ended at 1:07 a.m. when Izturis threw away Melky Cabrera’s grounder to second base. “Izzy just tried to do too much,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “You’re
not going to turn two.” Pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston Jr. opened the 13th with a single off losing pitcher Ervin Santana in his first postseason at-bat. Brett Gardner sacrificed and Robinson Cano was intentionally walked as the crowd chanted “Melky! Melky!” Cabrera hit a bouncer in the hole between first and second, and Izturis made an ill-advised attempt to throw back across his body for a force at second. The low toss skipped past shortstop Erick Aybar and rolled behind third, where Chone Figgins tried to pick it up. Figgins fumbled the ball and Hairston, who had slowed up, sped home and slid in with the winning run. “It hit my glove and kind of kicked off,” Figgins said.” It’s one of those crazy things that I was backing up but the ball slipped out of my hands.”
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Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Napoli, left, walks away as New York Yankees’ Jerry Hairston Jr. reacts after scoring on a throwing error by Los Angeles Angels’ Maicer Izturis during the 13th inning of Game 2 of the American League Championship baseball series. The Yankees won 4-3 to lead the series 2-0.
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college scores By The Associated Press EAST Albany, N.Y. 20, Bryant 17 Albright 34, Kingâ€™s, Pa. 16 Allegheny 35, Denison 13 Bentley 28, Pace 27 Bloomsburg 28, Cheyney 6 Boston College 52, N.C. State 20 Bowdoin 21, Hamilton 7 Bridgewater, Mass. 27, Coast Guard 6 Brown 34, Princeton 17 Buffalo 21, Akron 17 C.W. Post 35, Millersville 3 California, Pa. 38, Edinboro 14 Cent. Connecticut St. 31, Duquesne 24 Colgate 31, Georgetown, D.C. 14 Connecticut 38, Louisville 25 Cortland St. 35, W. Connecticut 6 Curry 37, Endicott 6 Delaware 49, Towson 21 Fordham 39, Cornell 27 Hofstra 28, Rhode Island 16 Holy Cross 34, Dartmouth 14 Indiana, Pa. 45, Lock Haven 0 Lafayette 35, Harvard 18 Lebanon Valley 40, FDUFlorham 14 Maine Maritime 41, Mass. Maritime 34 Massachusetts 23, New Hampshire 17 McDaniel 16, Muhlenberg 9 Merrimack 48, New Haven 20 Monmouth, N.J. 42, Sacred Heart 20 Montclair St. 23, Buffalo St. 7 N.Y. Maritime 68, Becker 6 Northwood, Mich. 42, Tiffin 7 Penn 27, Columbia 13 Penn St. 20, Minnesota 0 Plymouth St. 48, Nichols 30 Richmond 38, Maine 21 Robert Morris 28, St. Francis, Pa. 0 Rochester 52, Merchant Marine 21 Salve Regina 49, Mass.Dartmouth 14 St. John Fisher 34, Utica 17 Susquehanna 35, RPI 30 Temple 27, Army 13 Trinity, Conn. 10, Tufts 3 Union, N.Y. 20, St. Lawrence 17 W. New England 59, MIT 21 Wesleyan, Conn. 28, Bates 20 West Virginia 24, Marshall 7 Westfield St. 21, Framingham St. 2 William Paterson 43, College of N.J. 28 Williams 37, Middlebury 27 Yale 7, Lehigh 0 SOUTH Alabama 20, South Carolina 6 Alcorn St. 34, Alabama A&M 16 Appalachian St. 44, Wofford 34 Averett 24, Maryville, Tenn. 21 Benedict 28, Kentucky St. 14 Bethune-Cookman 34, Savannah St. 24 Carson-Newman 17, LenoirRhyne 13 Catawba 41, Tusculum 27 Catholic 38, Gallaudet 13 Clemson 38, Wake Forest 3 Cumberland, Tenn. 27, Virginia-Wise 20 Delaware Valley 23, Wilkes 0 E. Kentucky 31, Tenn.-Martin 25 East Carolina 49, Rice 13 Florida 23, Arkansas 20
Franklin & Marshall 29, Moravian 13 Furman 26, Samford 24 Gardner-Webb 27, Charleston Southern 20 Georgetown, Ky. 23, Cumberlands 20 Georgia 34, Vanderbilt 10 Georgia Southern 30, Chattanooga 20 Georgia Tech 28, Virginia Tech 23 Gettysburg 59, Juniata 14 Grambling St. 23, Alabama St. 12 Grand View 24, Kentucky Wesleyan 12 Houston 44, Tulane 16 Jacksonville 39, Morehead St. 0 Kentucky 21, Auburn 14 LaGrange 37, Eureka 10 Liberty 58, Coastal Carolina 13 Louisiana College 42, E. Texas Baptist 28 Louisiana Tech 45, New Mexico St. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette 30, W. Kentucky 22 Lycoming 28, Widener 16 McNeese St. 51, Northwestern St. 23 Miami 27, UCF 7 Mississippi 48, UAB 13 Mississippi College 17, Mary Hardin-Baylor 14 Mississippi St. 27, Middle Tennessee 6 Morehouse 35, Lane 33 Murray St. 9, Tennessee St. 6 N.C. Central 52, Cent. Methodist 7 N.C. Wesleyan 35, Christopher Newport 7 Norfolk St. 46, Hampton 6 Old Dominion 28, Campbell 17 S. Carolina St. 35, Florida A&M 20 SE Louisiana 37, Sam Houston St. 21 Shaw 53, Chowan 20 Southern Miss. 36, Memphis 16 Southern U. 55, Fort Valley St. 23 St. Augustineâ€™s 31, Livingstone 7 Stillman 20, Miles 0 Stony Brook 27, VMI 20 Texas Southern 19, Jackson St. 17 Texas St. 34, Nicholls St. 28 Thomas More 17, Grove City 7 Trinity, Texas 40, Sewanee 0 Troy 42, Fla. International 33 Union, Ky. 21, Pikeville 6 Ursinus 16, Johns Hopkins 14 Villanova 27, James Madison 0 Virginia 20, Maryland 9 W. Carolina 14, The Citadel 10 West Alabama 33, Ark.Monticello 0 Westminster, Pa. 31, Bethany, W.Va. 28 MIDWEST Albion 17, Adrian 16 Alma 33, Kalamazoo 23 Angelo St. 42, SE Oklahoma 30 Arkansas Tech 62, West Georgia 30 Augsburg 27, Concordia,
Moor. 20, OT Augustana, S.D. 41, Upper Iowa 21 Baldwin-Wallace 27, Muskingum 14 Bemidji St. 46, Minn.Crookston 6 Benedictine, Ill. 32, Maranatha Baptist 6 Bethel, Minn. 20, Hamline 17 Bowling Green 31, Ball St. 17 Briar Cliff 33, Dakota Wesleyan 7 Buena Vista 24, Cornell, Iowa 17 Butler 23, Valparaiso 14 Cent. Michigan 34, W. Michigan 23 Cent. Oklahoma 41, SW Oklahoma 23 Central 35, Luther 17 Chicago 28, Macalester 24 Coe 35, Wartburg 21 Concordia, Ill. 41, Lakeland 32 Concordia, St.P. 29, SW Minnesota St. 17 Concordia, Wis. 24, Aurora 21 Dayton 17, Davidson 0 Defiance 28, Rose-Hulman 21 Dubuque 36, Simpson, Iowa 33 E. Illinois 23, Tennessee Tech 15 Fort Hays St. 31, NebraskaOmaha 20 Franklin 50, Anderson, Ind. 23 Grand Valley St. 38, Findlay 13 Gustavus 28, Carleton 21 Hastings 7, Nebraska Wesleyan 3 Hillsdale 28, N. Michigan 17 Illinois College 50, Beloit 42 Illinois St. 38, Indiana St. 21 Indiana 27, Illinois 14 Indianapolis 38, Michigan Tech 20 Iowa 20, Wisconsin 10 Iowa St. 24, Baylor 10 Kansas St. 62, Texas A&M 14 Kent St. 28, E. Michigan 6 Lawrence 17, Knox 13 Martin Luther 53, Crown, Minn. 35 Mary 20, Northern St., S.D. 16 Michigan 63, Delaware St. 6 Michigan St. 24, Northwestern 14 Minn. Duluth 31, St. Cloud St. 7 Minn. St., Mankato 59, Minn. St., Moorhead 14 Minot St. 28, Black Hills St. 9 Missouri S&T 31, NW Oklahoma 28 Missouri St. 17, W. Illinois 16 Monmouth, Ill. 35, Ripon 13 Mount St. Joseph 28, Hanover 13 Nebraska-Kearney 65, W. New Mexico 30 North Central 63, Carthage 48 Northwestern, Minn. 55, St. Scholastica 28 Ohio 28, Miami (Ohio) 7 Purdue 26, Ohio St. 18 S. Arkansas 15, Ouachita 7
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