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Kim Caviness of Dandridge arranges the beaded jewelry she makes for sale at the St. Joseph Carpenter Episcopal Church Pig Roast and Pow-Wow on Saturday.
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“It’s just blossomed every year into helping more and more people in the community,” said church attendee Rick Gibson, who was busy serving up fried potatoes and onions. Thirteen-year-old Alexis Edge was selling hot chocolate and other drinks during the festivities to raise money for the church’s youth to attend summer camp. “I’ve been going to this ever since I was 2,” Edge said of the pig roast. “I like all of the events,
PIGEON FORGE — It appears the owners of the Waldens Landing shopping center are moving ahead with their plans to locate a theater inside the development, despite complaints and even a lawsuit from some tenants. The matter is on the agenda for the Pigeon Forge Planning Commission’s meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. Up for discussion in that session is a revised site plan from Ned Vickers, who manages the property for Holrob Investments LLC, for the proposed theater. The subject of the venue first became public early this year, when the owners of some of the other businesses in the development began protesting the move. Those folks claim such construction would hamper their shops’ visibility from all-important Parkway traffic. Beyond just the potential that could slow their business, they contend the move would violate the terms of their leases, which dictate no such move blocking the lines of sight of passing motorists can be made. One of the tenants was so concerned about the potential that a lawsuit was filed in Sevier County Chancery Court in December seeking to stop the plan. Chase Properties, which operates Calhoun’s and Smoky Mountain Brewery in Waldens Landing, brought the legal action, claiming not just the lease term violations, but also arguing the site plan for the property dictates the middle of the development will be left open. A miniature golf course, currently operating in the space,
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Cookin’ up tradition Pow-wow becomes part of church’s annual pig roast By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — St. Joseph the Carpenter Episcopal Church added something new to its annual pig roast Friday and Saturday — a powwow. It all began with a friendship formed between the church’s pastor, Rob Henley, and Native American Ray Heird, also known as “Gray Hawk.” “We became sidewalk friends,” Henley said of their meeting outside of the church’s building. Heird had told him about the history and tradition of pow wows, and Henley invited him to have his own on the church’s property. Teli Shepard, who owns Native Memories in the Glades, and Melissa Reynolds helped Heird coordinate the event, which included music, dancing and honoring veterans. “I think it’s a good thing,” said Tony Walkingstick, a Native American from Cherokee, N.C., who is also a U.S. Air Force veteran. “It enlightens the public. We’re not pagan, and we have never been pagan. We still hold on to our stories, passed down from generation to generation.” The church’s pig roast, which also included various local vendors, benefited Safe Space, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, Sevier County Food Ministries, Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries and Head Start. It was Charlie Fuller, a late member of the church, who created the idea for the fundraiser.
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Rick Gibson prepares fried potatoes and onions at the event.
New Center Baptist reaches out with festival By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer
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Lexus Breeden, 10, and Kennedy Shaahan, 9, browse handmade bags sold at New Center Baptist Church’s fall festival on Saturday.
New Center Baptist Church has been hosting its fall festival for five years, but this year church members wanted to expand a little more. “We wanted to involve more of the community,” pastor Tony Sutton said of the added vendors and activities. Saturday’s festival, held on the church’s grounds, included a costume contest, games, talent show, crafts and gospel singing group. This was also the first year Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals, Constable Billy Seagle and County Commissioner Tommy McGaha were put in “jail.” “I got to arrest the sheriff,” 12-yearold Logan Breeden, dressed as Batman, said with a grin. “It was fun.”
Tammy Sutton and Lisa Simcox had been planning the festival for two months. “This was something our youth suggested,” Simcox said. “This year we’re trying to do more outreach (with the festival).” When Lydia Nelson contacted the church about selling her crafts at the event, it was happy to oblige. “The people are very nice and friendly here,” said Nelson, who brought handmade bags, dolls, Christmas stockings and other gifts to sell. Lorene Chance, who has a sister who is a member of the church, was also pleased at the opportunity to sell the various holiday decorations she crafted. See FESTIVAL, Page A4
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Two people were injured in a three-vehicle accident on Newport Highway Sunday morning at approximately 10 o’clock. One person was taken by LifeStar to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, the other to the local hospital by ambulance. Responding to the scene were Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department, Sevier County Volunteer Rescue, Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol.
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Sevier County Bank opens new Gatlinburg office From Submitted Reports GATLINBURG â€” With Mondayâ€™s grand opening of Sevier County Bankâ€™s Gatlinburg office, the bank continues a year full of growth and expansion. Earlier this year, the bank opened a new building for its Seymour banking operations, and with the opening of the Gatlinburg office, Sevier County Bank now has seven locations across the county and plans for an eighth in Kodak. â€œThis is another exciting day in the history of Sevier County Bank and yet another great accomplishment for the bank and our customers this year,â€? R.B. Summitt II, bank president, said at the ribbon cutting. â€œWe hope to continue to expand our reach in Sevier County with the opening of this office while also making it more convenient for our
customers in Gatlinburg to bank with us.â€? A number of Sevier County and Gatlinburg officials were on hand for the ribbon cutting celebration and Business During Hours, including Gatlinburg Mayor Jerry Hays, City Manager Cindy Ogle, CityCommissioner Mike Helton and Vicki Simms, executive director of the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce. Ogle, Hays and Simms spoke to the crowd before Bill Black of Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries offered a blessing. Later in the program, the board of directors, staff of the Gatlinburg office and other officers were introduced. Longtime bank patron and Gatlinburg resident Irene Mize was also recognized. Her husband George served as director for the bank for 20 years and his father,
Top, Sevier County Bank Chairman Ross Summitt cuts the ribbon at the Gatlinburg office grand opening. Also pictured are members of the Board of Directors and other local dignitaries. Above, Chris Plemons, branch manager of Sevier County Bankâ€™s newest office in Gatlinburg, is pictured with long-time bank patron and Gatlinburg resident Irene Mize.
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Dwight Edward Green
Dwight Edward Green, age 48 of Sevierville, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2009. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Lee Ramsey Green, sister Clarabell Alice Bohanan, and niece Mary Ann Sawyer. Survivors: son: Michael Green; daughter: Felicia Melvin Green; father: Willard Green; brothers: Joe Green and wife Becky, Wendell Green and wife Betty; sister: Theresa Sinclair and husband Wesley; several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews including: Kathy, Rebecca, and Mary Green, Rickey Bohanan, Wesley and Corey Green, Melissa Derosia, Tina Broyhill, Kaitlyn, Alyssa, and Abby Bohanan; special friends: William Loveday, Junior Ownby, Tony Hawks, Len Ownby. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to benefit the family. Funeral service 11 AM Tuesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Collins officiating. Interment will follow in Oldhamâ€™s Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Mae Kimbrough Summitt Mae Kimbrough Summitt, 92 of Sevierville, died Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. Mrs. Summitt was a member of First United Methodist Church, Sevierville where she belonged to the Emily Thomas Circle and was a member of the Manthano Club for more than 50 years. She was a former teacher at Madisonville High School and a former private pilot. Survivors: husband, Ross B. Summitt; sons, R. B. Summitt, II and Joe Jim Summitt; daughters, Mary K. Summitt, JoAnne Summitt Williams and husband
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Other money raised at the festival will benefit the churchâ€™s youth program. â€œI like playing the games and seeing Tony,â€? Colton Shaahan, 6, of attending the event. â€œHeâ€™s his (Suttonâ€™s) shadow,â€? his 9-year-old sister, Kennedy, chimed in. Tammy and Tonyâ€™s 20-yearold daughter, Megan, and fellow church member Jamie Smith, 16, performed sign language to contemporary
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Christian music group Casting Crownsâ€™ â€œLifesongâ€? during the festivities. â€œWe had seen a couple of other churches do it and we wanted to learn,â€? Smith said of what is called â€œblack light drama,â€? with performers wearing black and bright white gloves during the interpretation. â€œWeâ€™ve been doing it for a year-and-a-half now.â€? The best part of the day? â€œJust everyone spending time together,â€? Simcox said. â€œWeâ€™ve shared a lot of laughs Submitted today.â€? Sheriff Ron Seals waits for Constable Billy Seagle to bail him out of jail at New Center n email@example.com Baptist Churchâ€™s fall festival on Saturday. ble, with a fairly high turnover rate among its tenants, with the exception of the restaurants and a few retail strongholds. Also on the agenda for Tuesdayâ€™s session is: Special Event n Belz Factory Outlet World truckload sale Oct. 29-Nov. 1 and Nov. 12-Nov. 15 at 2655 Teaster Lane from Amanda Fox Subdivision n Resubdivision of Pine Haven Lots 4-7 into Lots 1-3 on Wears Valley Road and Easy Street Site Plan n Johnstone Supply on Charlottes Court n Dollywoodâ€™s Splash Country Slick Rock Racer on Dollywood Parks Boulevard Rezoning Request n City of Pigeon Forge
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Study: FDA fails to follow up on unproven drugs WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The Food and Drug Administration has allowed drugs for cancer and other diseases to stay on the market even when follow-up studies showed they didnâ€™t save lives, say congressional investigators. And the agency has never pulled a drug off the market due to a lack of required follow-up about its actual benefits â€” even when such information is more than a decade overdue, according to a report due out Monday from the Government Accountability Office. When pressed about that policy, agency officials said they have no plans to get more aggressive. The GAO found that the FDA does little to track whether drugs approved based on preliminary results actually have lived up to their promise. In 1992, the FDA began granting â€œaccelerated approvalâ€? to novel drugs based on so-called surrogate endpoints, or laboratory measures that suggest the drug will make real improvements in patient health. HIV drugs, for example, are cleared based on their virus-
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CHICAGO (AP) â€” At least one in five U.S. children aged 1 to 11 donâ€™t get enough vitamin D and could be at risk for a variety of health problems including weak bones, the most recent national analysis suggests. By a looser measure, almost 90 percent of black children that age and 80 percent of Hispanic kids could be vitamin D deficient â€” â€œastounding numbersâ€? that should serve as a call to action, said Dr. Jonathan Mansbach, lead author of the new analysis and a researcher at Harvard Medical School and Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Boston. The findings add to mounting evidence about vitamin D deficiency in children, teens and adults, a concern because of recent studies suggesting the vitamin might help prevent serious diseases, including infections, diabetes and even some cancers. While hard evidence showing that low levels of vitamin D lead to disease or that high levels prevent it is lacking, itâ€™s a burgeoning area of research. Exactly how much vitamin D children and adults should get, and defining when they are deficient, is under debate. Doctors use different definitions, and many are waiting for guidance expected in an Institute of Medicine report on vitamin D due next year. The institute is a government advisory group that sets dietary standards. The new analysis, released online Monday by the journal Pediatrics, is the first assessment of varying vitamin D levels in children aged 1 through 11. Previous studies in the journal this year found low levels were prevalent in U.S. teens, and also showed kids with low levels had higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and were more likely to be overweight. The new analysis uses data from a 2001-06 government health survey of nearly 3,000 children. They had blood tests measuring vitamin D levels. Using the American Academy of Pediatricsâ€™ cutoff for healthy vitamin D levels, 6.4 million children â€” about 20 percent of kids that age â€” have blood levels that are too low. Applying a less strict, higher cutoff, two-thirds of children that age, including 90 percent of black kids and 80 percent of Hispanics, are deficient in vitamin D. A Pediatrics editorial says the strongest evidence about effects of vitamin D deficiency in kids involves rickets, a bone disease common a century ago but that continues to occur.
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Relay pageant to be meeting topic
The Mountain Press Relay For Life team will hold an informational meeting from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at the newspaper office, 119 Riverbend Drive, regarding the Nov. 21 Holiday of Hope Pageant. Persons may pick up or drop off registration forms and donations and get information about the pageant. For more information call 428-0748, ext. 215. n
Garden club to host fundraiser
The Gatlinburg Garden Club will have its first scholarship benefit concert, “An Elegant Affair,” Thursday at the home of Wilma Maples. There will be music by the Nashville Suzuki Players, and pianist Peggy Smith and clarinetist John Celestin. After the concert, guests will have dessert to the sounds of dulcimer performer Tim Simek. Tickets and information can be obtained by calling 436-2164.
Cookie contest part of Winterfest
Winterfest kickoff will include a cookie contest. Contestants may enter in several categories including some for children. Cookies and entry forms may be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce at 110 Gary Wade Blvd. on Nov. 2 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or on Nov. 3 from 1-3 p.m. To request an application and official rules, call 4536411 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contestants are encouraged to register in advance.
Luncheon kicks off Winterfest
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are teaming up with the county to host a Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration luncheon at 11:30 a.m. today at Mills Auditorium. The speaker will be Steve Morse of the University of Tennessee Tourism Institute, with comments from Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, assistant state commissioner of tourism. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, Gatlinburg Welcome Center on the Spur, Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism or the Sevier County Economic Development Office. For more info, call 453-6411.
High school jersey going to outer space
When Barry Wilmore goes into space next month, he’ll be taking a Mt. Juliet High School football jersey with him. The astronaut who will pilot an 11-day mission on the space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station now lives in Houston, but he hasn’t forgotten his Tennessee roots. Wilmore was born in Murfreesboro and graduated in 1981 from Mt. Juliet High School. He got a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Tennessee Tech University. And he holds a second master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Wilmore will carry No. 54, the jersey number he wore as a guard-linebacker, for the launch scheduled for Nov. 12.
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Study shows local taxes trend is up CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A study shows Tennessee’s average 9.4 cent tax on every $1 spent is the highest sales tax rate in America. Opponents of the sales tax say it’s most unfair to those least able to pay but others favor the sales tax over a state income tax. The author of the tax comparison study, Tax Foundation staff economist Kail Padgitt, said an increasing number of states are raising so-called “millionaire taxes” on income of the wealthiest
taxpayers and so-called “sin taxes” on cigarettes or beer. Padgitt told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the foundation is “definitely seeing more movement upward than downward in taxes on the state level, and the most popular seem to be to target particular types of tax groups.” The nonpartisan study group said the average 9.4 cents combined state and local sales taxes for every $1 spent by consumers in Tennessee is nearly 38
percent more than the median sales tax nationwide. By comparison, the combined state and local sales tax rate averages just over 7 percent in neighboring Georgia and 6.15 percent in Alabama. Although some localities in central Alabama have higher combined rates of up to 11 percent, Tennessee averaged the highest rate among all 50 states. The Tax Foundation said Tennessee derives nearly 57 percent of its tax revenue from sales taxes, third highest among the 50 states.
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quote roundup “I strongly condemn these outrageous attacks on the Iraqi people, and send my deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones. These bombings serve no purpose other than the murder of innocent men, women and children, and they only reveal the hateful and destructive agenda of those who would deny the Iraqi people the future that they deserve.” President Barack Obama on the twin suicide bomb— ings in downtown Baghdad that killed at least 136 and injured three American contractors
“I think the term emergency declaration sounds more dramatic than it really is.” “It’s largely an administrative move that’s more preemptive ...” — Dr. Peter Hotez, a research professor and chairman of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine at George Washington University on President Obama declaring the swine flu a national emergency
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Today is Monday, Oct. 26, the 299th day of 2009. There are 66 days left in the year.
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The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band used the Sevier County High School football field as a practice location before the big game against University of Tennessee Saturday night. “The school is gracious enough to let us practice every year (we come to Tennessee),” said Ronny Johnston president of the Million Dollar Band Association. Today’s highlight:
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In 1881, the “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” took place in Tombstone, Ariz., as Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and “Doc” Holliday confronted Ike Clanton’s gang. Three members of Clanton’s group were killed; Earp’s brothers and Holliday were wounded. n
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On Oct. 26, 1979, South Korean President Park Chung-hee was shot to death during a dinner party along with his chief bodyguard by the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, Kim Jae-kyu, who was later executed.
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Critics of Tennessee’s reliance upon consumer taxes say it is unfair to the poor and sends consumers to border states to shop. “Tennessee’s sales tax is regressive tax so those that can least afford it have to pay the most,” said Samantha Maples, a community organizer for Tennesseans for Fair Taxation, a pro-income tax group. “In addition to being unfair, the sales tax also hurts businesses along our borders and it is simply inadequate to fund our government.”
Ten years ago:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study which said the number of Americans considered obese had soared from about one in eight in 1991 to nearly one in five in 1998. n
Five years ago:
The FCC gave its approval to Cingular Wireless LLC’s $41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services Inc. Israel’s parliament approved Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan for withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank. n
Thought for today:
“Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret.” — Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman (1804-1881).
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Paranormal Activity” has won a weekend battle of fright films over part six of the “Saw” franchise. Paramount’s upstart chiller “Paranormal Activity” went into nationwide release and took over the No. 1 spot with $22 million. That compares to just $14.8 million for the debut of “Saw VI,” a franchise that has been an annual Halloween fixture since 2004. It was the worst opening ever for Lionsgate’s “Saw” series, whose previous low was $18.3 million for the original movie. Subsequent installments of the “Saw” franchise all opened at $30 million or better.
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■ The Mountain Press ■ Page A7 ■ Monday, October 26, 2009
Association works to keep Park strong Have you ever wandered into one of the local welcome centers to pick up a book or a map on the Smoky Mountains? Maybe you wanted to go on a hike and wanted to see where a certain trail led to or how to get to a historical location. If you did, you were making your purchase to help the Great Smoky Mountains Association. The Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA) is a nonprofit organization that operates in and around the Park and has been doing so since 1953. Since its creation, GSMA has contributed over $20 million to the Park. A lot has transpired since those early days of the organization. Along with the ever-increasing tourist trade to the area came an increase in the operating budget as revenues grew. Gross sales for the first year were $3,341.27 for such items as postcards, books on flowers, birds and trees, and an Appalachian Trail Guide. Some of the highlights of the years from 195363: Started the sorghum molasses demonstration at Cades Cove and the milling Demonstration at Cable Mill Funded research in the park Funded photographic equipment and film processing expenses for the Park Developed an annual essay contest Published its first book, which is still in print today, entitled “Mountain Makins in the Smokies” (1957) Shirley McHan Boykin hired as business manager (1958) Began selling photographic film (1959) By 1963, gross sales had climbed to $89,271. Aid to the Park during the first decade totaled $24,742. The next 10 years were even busier than the previous 10 as each preceding decade will only add to the accomplishments of GSMA. I will not be able to list all the new additions to the park that GSMA has made possible, simply because they are numerous. 1964-73: Purchased the Walker Sisters’ historical furnishings Hired a part-time librarian Refurbished Mingus Mill and started demonstrations there. Gross sales for 1973 were $299,113. Aid to the Park in the second decade: $290,326. 1974-83: Assumed operation of Tremont Environmental Education Center; previously administered by Maryville College Purchased first computer for a backcountry reservation system Gross sales for 1983 were $503,205. Aid to the Park for the third decade was $1,019,501. 1984-93: Gross sales for 1993 were $1.8 million. Aid to the Park for the fourth decade was $2.5 million. 1994-2003: Gross sales for 2003 were $4.7 million. Aid to the Park was $1.25 million. 2005-Present: Gross sales for 2004 were $5 million. Aid to the Park was $1.26 million. The executive director of the GSMA is Terry Maddox. He has held this position since 1990. He oversees 75 employees; 36 of whom are fulltime. One of the biggest projects he has overseen was the expansion of Sugarlands Visitor Center in 1999. With the influx of tourists over the years, the old spaces just couldn’t contain the throngs of people who wanted to be a part of this great national park. For those of you who had never seen the old welcome center, you would have been amazed at how small the gift store was. With the new theater also came a brand new film that plays every day at Sugarlands. I asked Maddox what else is planned for the near future to enhance the experience for the visitors. He mentioned a new visitor center at Oconoluftee near Cherokee, with the GSMA taking on the role of general contractor. Like most of the buildings in the Park, it was constructed by the CCC in the 1930s and is outdated due to limited space. The other project is a new mini-visitor center at Clingmans Dome near the walkway on the paved path from the parking lot. Both of these projects will be finished in 2010. Members of GSMA — some 12,000 strong — can be proud of what the organization has accomplished with the donations and purchases made through the years. Your money has been put to good use by this very capable organization. With the celebration of the Park’s 75th anniversary this year, I wondered how things might go for the next 75. With projects like the two scheduled for next year, I think that has been answered. — 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.
The bear facts
They may be cute and adorable, but feeding the wild beasts is dangerous They’re so cute and so cuddly. It seems as if they’re everywhere. Fuzzy little facsimiles can be found in gift shops and breakfast nooks across the county. Artists paint them, craftsmen sculpt them out of wood. Images of them adorn T-shirts, sweaters and jackets that promote the Great Smoky Mountains. Sevier County High School even honors them by having them as its mascot. We are, of course, talking about the bears that are so much a part of national park and the ambiance of our area. And as proud we are to have them we, and the millions of tourists who visit annually, forget how dangerous the burly beasts can be. They are born aggressive wild creatures and can be killers if a human crosses them the wrong way. A report in Sunday’s Mountain Press pointed out that between 1,500 and 1,600 live within the boundaries of the national park and there are mul-
titudes more in the areas surrounding it. Motorists traveling Newfound Gap Road or other areas such as Cades Cove often snarl traffic after stopping their cars to take pictures if one happens to come into sight. Nothing wrong with taking pictures, although it probably doesn’t sit too well with those more interesting in getting to their destination than waiting five minutes while some stranger gets a few snapshots for their scrapbooks and photo albums. The rub comes when the shutterbugs put down their cameras and think they’re doing the bears a favor by feeding them. Problem is, these well-meaning people don’t realize this isn’t the same thing as tossing slivers of bread to ducks at their local ponds. Smokies Supervisory Biologist Kim DeLozier says the chances of human encounters with bears in this area are high. The national park staff wants to keep the bears wild — for their safety
and for the humans with which they may make contact. Some residents don’t find the bears to be so comically cute and curious. They find them to be a downright nuisance. Hungry and unafraid of humans, they come into their neighborhoods foraging for food. One Gatlinburg resident sent a letter to the newspaper saying that a 3-year-old bear was recently found dead on her street, directly across from Dorchester Apartments. Seeing no blood, the reader fears the young bear may have been poisoned. Sad. Just through the likenesses of them that are sold in our stores, the bears enhance our economy. There’s no question that spotting one in the national park or other scenic areas they inhabit births memories that will last a lifetime. A photograph taken from a safe distance from the side of the road is a cherished memento. But please don’t feed the bears — for their sake and for yours.
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Editor: The deeper needs of human life cannot be supplied by education, philosophy, theology or by science. The time comes to everyone when the answers of all intellectualism and science fall flat. Only the answers of a robust faith can comfort, console and sustain. When and where the established scientist stops, the established man of believing begins. All the actual facts of the five senses are not sufficient; they will let you down in a crisis. Only the knowledge of God, His son and the Scriptures suffice, for Jesus Christ said, “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” A minister once said, “My church has the articles of faith, but most of us lack the faith the articles attest to. They lie resident in my intellect, but are not resident in my heart.”
If your life is not of God-dependence, it is of self-dependence, and that will fail you sooner or later. From the standpoint of successful endurance through life, hope is the prominent virtue. There are men in the underworld who have sunk lower than beasts and women who have sunk to life’s lowest degradation. Seldom has a man or woman sunk so utterly lost that there was not a spark of hope left. Their faith was shattered, their believing vain; yet even in the breast of the ragged, burnedout derelict there was the hopeful dream of emancipation. Of the three — faith, hope, love — hope is like the balancing rod or pole carried by the one walking the tightrope. Hope is in the center between faith and love and is the redemptive link between them. If faith is lost, love will be shattered; yet hope remains and “springs eternal in the human breast.” In our modern, animalistic and paganism
wilderness of actualism, materialism, superficial education, unethical competition and idolatry of senses worship, life becomes an enduring, unredemptive mess, a meaningless reflection, a living death. A work of hope on occasions is but waiting. For most people, our times have brought a warped and twisted faith, a faith read out of existence; people are nearly bankrupt in faith. Faith goes beyond our experience, logic and reason. The Scriptures keep hammering home to us the points of faith and believing as the absolutely essential and needful appropriations for life. No obstruction or limitation can stand against the invisible power and dynamic of a robust faith built on the integrity and accuracy of God’s Word in living reality. This faith is not a creed or article; it is living dynamically and virtuously. William A. Vuto Pigeon Forge
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, right, drops back to pass under pressure from St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little, left, during the first quarter Sunday in St. Louis.
Manning, Colts stay on a roll ST. LOUIS (AP) — About the only thing missing from Peyton Manning’s day was a sixth straight 300-yard passing game. It wouldn’t have been appropriate for the Indianapolis Colts quarterback to try to tie the NFL record the way his unbeaten team was beating up on the woeful St. Louis Rams. Manning was 23 for 34 for 235 yards and three touchdown passes and the defense got its first score of the year on rookie Jacob Lacey’s 35-yard interception return in a 42-6 rout Sunday. Looking fresh coming off their bye, the Colts won their 15th straight regular-season
game and set a franchise record with their eighth straight road victory. There were plenty of cheers from a sellout crowd that included a healthy contingent of Indianapolis fans, many who lingered to salute players after the game. The Colts are 6-0 for the fourth time in five seasons. The Rams (0-7) lost their 17th straight regular-season game, wasting a season-best 134 yards on 23 carries by Steven Jackson. St. Louis’ highlight came on its opening drive, a 50-yard fleaflicker from Marc Bulger to Donnie Avery to the Colts 14, but the drive fiz-
zled and the Colts forced a short field goal. The Colts intercepted Bulger twice and Dwight Freeney ran his sack streak to seven straight games — three off the NFL record — by beating rookie Jason Smith. Safety Bob Sanders got out of his season debut unscathed. Indianapolis’ offense had plenty despite losing Reggie Wayne (groin) for a quarter and Donald Brown (shoulder) for most of the last three quarters. And without big numbers from Manning, who missed a chance to tie Steve Young, Kurt Warner and Rich Gannon for the longest string of 300-yard games in NFL history.
Manning wasn’t sacked and rarely touched. He did hit one milestone, passing Warren Moon for fourth on the career completion list. Wayne had seven catches for 83 yards with a 6-yard scoring reception on the opening drive, but seemed to lack burst after returning and had one catch for 7 yards the rest of the way. There’s been no suspense to the Colts’ last four games, won by a total of 138-42. That no doubt hurt Manning, who had 24 yards passing in the fourth quarter, although that total included an 8-yard scoring pass to Austin Collie.
Steelers 27, Vikings 17 PITTSBURGH (AP) — LaMarr Woodley returned Brett Favre’s fumble 77 yards for a touchdown and Keyaron Fox ran back an interception 82 yards for another score during the closing minutes, and the Pittsburgh Steelers turned three major defensive stands into a 27-17 victory on Sunday to hand the Minnesota Vikings their first loss. Two goal-line stands helped turned the anticipated quarterback showdown between Favre and Ben Roethlisberger into a defensive duel. And the Super Bowl champion Steelers (5-2) are tough to beat in any game that’s decided by defense. The Vikings (6-1) had a first down inside the Steelers 1 during the third quarter but settled for a field goal. Texans 24, 49ers 21 HOUSTON (AP) — Steve Slaton scored two touchdowns and the Texans built a big lead then held on for the win. The Texans led 21-0 at halftime then withstood a rally led by backup quarterback Alex Smith. Eugene Wilson’s interception on fourth down halted a last-gasp drive by the 49ers (3-3). San Francisco benched Shaun Hill after a terrible first half, and Smith threw three touchdowns to Vernon Davis to close the gap. Michael Crabtree started in his NFL debut and had five receptions for 56 yards. The Texans (4-3) won consecutive games for the first time this season. Patriots 35, Buccaneers 7 WEMBLEY, England (AP) — Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and had more than 300 yards as the Patriots (5-2) beat the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium in the NFL’s third regular-season game at the iconic London venue. For the Bucs, who gave up a home game to play in London, the new surroundings didn’t help. They fell to 0-7 and saw their losing streak extended to 11 games overall. Packers 31, Browns 3 CLEVELAND (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, Ryan Grant rushed for 148 yards and Green Bay warmed up for Brett Favre’s first visit back to Lambeau Field next week with a laugher against the Cleveland Browns, who got over the flu but can’t shake other problems. It would have been understandable if the Packers (4-2) had overlooked an inferior opponent with their eyes on Favre’s hyped return to Wisconsin with the Minnesota Vikings. But Rodgers and his teammates took care of business against the Browns (1-6), who have scored just four offensive touchdowns and 72 points all season. Chargers 37, Chiefs 7 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Philip Rivers threw three touchdowns passes and LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 71 yards. Rivers was 18 for 30 for 268 yards and three TDs as the Chargers won their third in a row in Kansas City for the first time since 1981.
Bradford plans to enter draft after surgery ST. LOUIS (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford will have season-ending shoulder surgery and expects to enter the NFL draft in April. The Oklahoma quarterback injured his right, throwing shoulder twice this season, most recently against Texas on Oct. 10. The school announced Sunday that Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. Bradford is expected to address reporters following the Sooners’ practice on Monday night in Norman, Okla. “I dreamed about coming to Oklahoma my whole life,” Bradford said Sunday in a statement. “That’s the reason I came back for this season. And I came back to play, not sit on the bench. That’s the reason I tried to play after the injury. I’m very disappointed that it didn’t work out differently. “Under these circumstances, and after talking to several people, this is the right thing for me to do at this point.” Bradford passed up the chance to be a first-round NFL draft pick this year — he was projected as high as No. 1 overall — to play another season with the Sooners, who he grew up following as a child in Oklahoma City. After he was hurt against the Longhorns, reaggravating a sprain of the AC joint in his shoulder, Bradford initially said he was going to wait until the end of the season to make a decision about his future. He then called a news conference for Wednesday on campus, then canceled it about two hours before it was scheduled to take place. He accompanied Oklahoma to its 35-13 road win at Kansas on Saturday. According to his statement, Bradford expects his recovery time to be four to six months. As of Sunday, the April 22 draft was about six months away. “I’ll be up to the challenge,” Bradford said in the statement. Bradford led the Sooners to the BCS championship game last season as a sophomore, setting school records with 4,720 yards passing and 50 touchdowns while throwing only eight interceptions. Oklahoma lost to Florida 24-14 in the championship game, and Bradford announced less than a week later that he intended to return for his junior year — along with classmates and fellow NFL prospects Gerald McCoy, Jermaine Gresham and Trent Williams — for another chance at the title. It ended up being the exact opposite of what he expected.
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A fan salutes Denny Hamlin (11) as he does a burnout in front of the stands after winning the Tums 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., on Sunday.
Hamlin dominates late to win at Martinsville By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Denny Hamlin turned a dominant car into a winner at Martinsville Speedway, passing Jimmie Johnson with 138 laps to go Sunday and holding off the Chase leader on a series of late restarts. Helped by a long green-flag run that established him as the dominant car, Hamlin pulled away after a restart with 52 laps to go, ending Johnson’s remarkable run of five trips to Victory Lane in the last six races at the shortest circuit in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Hamlin easily pulled away again on another restart with 12 laps to go, and again when a late crash by Scott Speed forced a two-lap sprint to the finish of the 501-lap event. “The last run or two at the end, the 11 had their stuff right,” Johnson said of Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing team. “I was just a little too loose to do anything with them.”
Hamlin’s second career victory on the 0.526-mile oval kept the Virginia racer as the only driver besides Johnson to win on the paper clip-shaped track in the last seven races. Hamlin won the spring race last year, and was leading when Johnson nudged him aside with 15 laps to go earlier this year. But Hamlin needed no such tactics to avenge that defeat. He led three times for a race-high 206 laps, while Johnson led 164 circuits. Johnson, seeking his record fourth consecutive series title, held on for second and padded his lead in the series standings with four races to go. Mark Martin remained second in the standings, but his deficit went from 90 points to 118 when he finished eighth. Juan Pablo Montoya was third, followed by Kyle Busch, who passed Jeff Gordon on the final lap. Gordon, a fourtime series champion, remained third in points, 150 behind Johnson.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen called for disciplinary action against the Southeastern Conference replay official who worked the Bulldogs’ 29-19 loss to Florida after a Gators touchdown that might have been a fumble was not overturned. The play Mullen disputed happened in the fourth quarter with Florida up 23-13. Gators linebacker Dustin Doe returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown, but replays showed Brandon McRae might have stripped the ball from the celebrating linebacker short of the goal line. If the call had been overturned, the Bulldogs would have been given the ball at the 20 with 8:25 left in the fourth quarter. Instead, it was Florida’s second touchdown in 33 seconds and it effectively sealed the win. Mullen said it was the second time a replay official has cost his team this season. He was referring to a penalty called against Mississippi State in a loss to Houston that looked as if the play would have been overturned had it been reviewed. Mullen said Sunday it’s understandable if a field official makes a mistake because of the speed of the game, but the replay official can take his time and should be held accountable.
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Crowded theaters build momentum for 3-D at home By RYAN NAKASHIMA AP Business Writer
LOS ANGELES â€” Fans scrambled to see 3-D movies such as â€œCloudy with a Chance of Meatballsâ€? in theaters this year and new 3-D televisions could soon have home viewers feeling as if theyâ€™re surrounded by a spaghetti hurricane on their couches. Next year major electronics manufacturers Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. plan to introduce 3-D-capable high-definition televisions for the mass market. Youâ€™ll still need to wear special glasses, though. Movie studios hope 3-D can help lift the sagging home video market the same way it has pushed up box office results. The initial price of such sets is expected to be high â€” perhaps 20 percent more than normal sets of the same size. But costs should come down in the coming years. Depending on prices, 3-D-ready TVs could be in 28 million to 46 million homes worldwide by 2013, predicts Alfred Poor, an analyst with GigaOM Pro. He estimates that next year, as many as 2.5 million sets worldwide will be sold with 3-D capability. â€œWeâ€™re raising a whole generation of kids who expect to see this effect for their movies at home,â€? Poor said. â€œI think people want 3-D. I just donâ€™t think theyâ€™re going to want to pay a whole lot more for it.â€? To avoid the need for special screens, some manufacturers of TV sets are shunning the 3-D technology common in theaters in favor of whatâ€™s known as â€œactive shutter.â€? That uses an infrared emitter on the TV to tell battery-powered glasses when to flicker the left and right lenses in conjunction with the images on the screen, which gives the perception of three dimensions. The sets themselves will require relatively minor upgrades from todayâ€™s models, but the glasses will cost more, raising the price of the overall package. Thereâ€™s no question 3-D movies are popular. They generated more than $1 billion at box offices worldwide this year, and on a per-screen basis, 3-D showings typically bring in more than double the revenue of regular screenings when a movie is offered in both versions. For hits like Disney/ Pixarâ€™s â€œUpâ€? and 20th Century Foxâ€™s â€œIce Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,â€? more than half of ticket revenues came from 3-D screens, despite accounting for far fewer showings, according to research firm Screen Digest. Those screenings tend to fill up, and mov-
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Editorâ€™s Note: The community calendar is printed as space permits. Only noncommercial, public events held in Sevier County will be considered. They are listed by date. To place an item phone 4280748, ext. 214, or e-mail to editor@themountainpress. com. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.
Mountain National Bank silent auction to benefit Relay For Life through Oct. 30 at main office, Sevierville. 428-7990.
Gatlinburg Recreation Department free Halloween carnival at Community Center 5:30-8:30. Includes costume contest, food, games, bowling, dance and more. For preschool to eighth grade. 436-4990.
Wednesday, Oct. 28 Sevierville Story Time Preschool story time 10:30 a.m. Sevier County Main Library. 453-3532.
Friday, Oct. 30 Vampire Movie Night
Anna Porter Public Library, Gatlinburg, will hold Vampire Movie Night for teens at 5:30 p.m. 4365588.
Thursday, Oct. 29
Monday, Oct. 26
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church n 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn, Gatlinburg
Holiday of Hope
Mountain Press Relay For Life team meeting 3:306:30 p.m. at newspaper office, 119 Riverbend Drive, regarding Nov. 21 Holiday of Hope Pageant. Pick up or drop off registration forms and donations, and get info. 4280748, ext. 215.
Gatekeepers menâ€™s Bible study 6:30 p.m., 2445 Scenic Mountain Road, Sevierville. 310-7831.
Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Council hosts Winterfest luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Mills Auditorium. $25. Tickets at Welcome Center on Spur.
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sevierville.
Church of God
Sevier County Church of God Fall Festival 6-9 p.m. Includes games, talent show, cake walk, pumpkin painting, chili dinner and marshmallow roast. 4286794.
Free Halloween carnival 5:30-8:30 p.m., Gatlinburg Community Center. Includes costume contest, food, games, bowling. Preschool to eighth grade. 436-4990.
Reservations needed by today for Seniors In Touch free Thanksgiving banquet Nov. 10 at MountainBrook Village, Sevierville. RSVP to 428-2445, ext. 107.
TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.
Kodak Story Time
Preschool story time 11 a.m. Kodak Library. 9330078.
Senior Series, hosted by MountainBrook Village, 700 Markhill Drive, 6-7:30 p.m. Speakers Paul Whaley, veterans officer, and Ken Butler on Social Security disability. 428-2445.
Students for Appalachian Relief sponsoring a coat drive at Sevier County High School football game, 7 p.m. All sizes needed. 6549318.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Sevierville Community Center Pool to close at 3:30 p.m. for swim meet.
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge n 2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road, Sevierville
Seymour Story Time
Area youth pastors meet at 6 p.m. at Gum Stand Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge. 453-
Preschool story time 11 a.m., Seymour Library. 573-0728.
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Tuesday, Oct. 27 Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Fox Trot B&B, Gatlinburg, 436-0313 n 6:30 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC, 640-7904
Gatekeepers menâ€™s Bible study, 1328 Old Newport Highway, Sevierville. 9080591.
Fall Harvest Festival
American Legion Post 104 Fall Harvest Festival 6:30 p.m. $10. Includes meal, music from 1950s.
Wears Valley Chamber
Wears Valley Chamber of Commerce organizational meeting at 7 p.m. at the Wears Valley Ranch dining hall. 384-9884.
Mountain National Bank silent auction to benefit Relay for Life through today at main office, Sevierville. 428-7990.
Saturday, Oct. 31 Trunk or Treat
Trunk or treat 6:30-8:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Christian Church, 125 South Blvd. Includes candy, bounce house, free hot dogs.
Hallelujah Hoedown Halloween alternative 4:30-7:30 p.m., Henderson Chapel Baptist Church. Entertainment, games, food, booths. 453-0153.
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in Family Life Center at First Baptist Sevierville. For all ages. Free admission, hot dogs, candy.
Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd. in Pigeon Forge, hosting Hallelujah Party 4-7 p.m. Food, face painting, games, pumpkin painting, and trunk or treat.
Church Yard Sale
Luretta, Murphyâ€™s Chapel and Roberts UMC rummage/bake sale 7:30 a.m. at old Creswellâ€™s Market on Dolly Parton Parkway. Concessions available. 4532292.
Sunday, Nov. 1 Silver Ring Thing
Silver Ring Thing, 5 p.m. Pathways Church in Sevierville. $5. Register at www.silverringthing.com. 428-6312.
Skate for Kids
Skate for Kids at Spin City in Pigeon Forge benefits Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, 12:30-5:30 p.m. $8 per person or $20 for family of four. 774-1777.
Church of God Revival
Sevierville Church of God, 1018 Oak Street, revival today through Wednesday. Speaker, Evangelist Bobby Williams. Pastor, James McFalls.
Monday, Nov. 2 Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church, Chapman and Boyds Creek Highway n 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn, Gatlinburg, 310-7831
Gatekeepers Menâ€™s Bible study 6:30 p.m., 2445 Scenic Mountain Road, Sevierville. 310-7831.
LeConte Photographic Society meets at First Presbyterian in Sevierville. Meeting and competition 6:30 p.m. Program by Chad Carpenter of East Tennessee Photographic Society. Lecontephotographic.com.
Injured American security contractors leave the site of a massive bomb attack at the headquarters of the Baghdad provincial administration in Baghdad on Sunday. Three American security contractors were injured in the blasts after a pair of powerful explosions rocked downtown Baghdad.
Twin suicide car bombs in Baghdad claim 136 BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) â€” Two powerful suicide car bombs blew up outside the Justice Ministry and city government offices in downtown Baghdad Sunday, killing at least 136 people in the worst attack in more than two years. Iraqi leaders said the attacks aimed to disrupt political progress in the months leading up to Januaryâ€™s crucial elections. While violence has dropped dramatically in the country since the height of the sectarian tensions, the latest bombings underscored the precarious nature of the security gains and the insurgencyâ€™s abilities to still pull off devastating attacks in the center of what is supposed to be one of Baghdadâ€™s most secure areas. The street where the blasts occurred had just been reopened to vehicle traffic a few months ago when blast walls were repositioned to allow traffic closer to the government buildings. Such changes were touted by Iraqâ€™s prime minister as a sign that safety was returning to the city. â€œThe perpetrators of these treacherous and despicable acts are no longer hiding their objective but to the
contrary, they publicly declare that they are targeting the state ... and aiming at blocking the political process, halting it and destroying what we have achieved in the last six years,â€? President Jalal Talabani said. There have been no claims of responsibility so far, but massive car bombs have been the hallmark of the Sunni insurgents seeking to overthrow the countryâ€™s Shiite-dominated government. Black smoke billowed from the frantic scene, as emergency service vehicles sped to the area. Even civilian cars were being commandeered to transport the wounded to hospitals. â€œThe walls collapsed and we had to run out,â€? said Yasmeen Afdhal, 24, an employee of the Baghdad provincial administration, which was targeted by one of the car bombs. â€œThere are many wounded, and I saw them being taken away. They were pulling victims out of the rubble, and rushing them to ambulances.â€? At least 25 staff members of the Baghdad Provincial Council, which runs the city, were killed in the bombing, said council member Mohammed alRubaiey.
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