The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 25, No. 305 ■ November 1, 2009 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ $1.25
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Tourism officials: Slide shouldn’t have too great an impact locally By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer
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SEVIERVILLE — Local officials say the closure of Interstate 40 will impact traffic coming to Sevier County, but with alternative routes that keep travelers on interstates the entire way they think it might not be a major hit. The interstate has been closed near in North Carolina near the border with Tennessee since a rock slide early in the morning of Oct. 25. Boulders covered both lanes, and officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation now say it could be four months before they can restore any lanes of traffic on the important route. The traffic going through that area of Interstate 40 is about 25,000 vehicles a day, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Travelers are being advised of alternative routes; the main route for tourists who would have used Interstate 40 to travel west toward Sevier County will involve taking I-26 over to I-81 back to I-40. That route — essentially coming through the Tri-City area — adds about 53 miles to the trip. The last time I-40 was closed for an extended period of time came in the summer of 1997. There are few hard figures available for how that impacted the local economy, but officials at Dollywood kept track of the impact on customers coming from the areas most affected, like Asheville, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Charlotte, N.C. and See road block, Page A3
Obituaries Ronald Boling, 85 Ralph Houser, 79 Beulah Maples, 85 Delphia Miller, 55 DETAILS, Page A4
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A rock slide is seen from the west side of the slide on Interstate 40 in Haywood County, west of Asheville, N.C., Sunday. Authorities estimate they will need three to four months to clear debris from the rock slide that has closed I-40 in both directions at the North Carolina-Tennessee state line.
Alternate travel routes available around slide By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — There are plenty of routes to take into North Carolina while Interstate 40 is closed. The road has been closed since early Oct. 25, when a massive rock slide just over the border with North Carolina covered all lanes in both directions with boulders and debris. North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has declared the site an emergency; state officials have said it could AP Photo/Bill Sanders, Asheville Citizen-Times North Carolina Department of Transportation be four months or longer before any lanes on the geologist John Pilipchuk, left, and division interstate are opened. engineer Joel Setzer discuss the rock slide Early estimates for the on Interstate 40 in Haywood County, west of cost run up to $10 milAsheville, N.C., Sunday.
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lion. The last time the road faced a major closure of that nature was 1997. The Tennessee and North Carolina departments of transportation are recommending that most through traffic take Interstate 81 north up to the Tri-Cities area and Interstate 26 east back to Asheville, where they can reconnect with Interstate 40. That route See alternate, Page A3
Caring for Alzheimer’s patients requires patience, understanding By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer
Cecil Overbeck knows firsthand how difficult it can be when a loved one’s illness changes who they are. Overbeck is a Kentucky native who works as a caregiver in MountainBrook Village’s The Lodge, the retirement home’s Alzheimer’s unit. Her first experience with a dementia-related disease, however, was when her mother was diagnosed with Sundowner’s Syndrome, an ailment that causes symptoms of confusion after sundown. “She would sleep all day but wouldn’t
sleep at night,” Overbeck said. “She would also start to say something but then wouldn’t be able to finish.” Overbeck also had a lot of sleepless nights after her mother was diagnosed. “It was basically like dealing with a child.” Symptoms of Sundowner’s Syndrome appear in people who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia — although not all patients who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s exhibit Sundowner’s symptoms, according to Sundownerfacts.com. See patients, Page A4
Cecil Overbeck, a caregiver at The Lodge at MountainBrook Village in Sevierville, is joined by James Rogers (left) and WIVK radio announcer Gunter in April at the Caring Hearts Banquet in Knoxville, where she was recognized.
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State comptroller proposes rules for municipal finances NASHVILLE (AP) — State Comptroller Justin Wilson is planning to roll out a new policy to help regulate the murky world of municipal finance. The Tennessean reported Saturday that Wilson’s plan is an aggressive approach that comes after a year of turmoil in the markets. He intends for the 19-page policy will help cities and counties avoid risky transactions with taxpayer dollars and ensure that local governments make informed decisions about financing projects. “I want everybody to know who’s involved, what their role is and what they are getting paid,” Wilson said. “As the saying goes ’Sunshine is a wonderful disinfectant.”’ The policy would serve as a template for hundreds of cities and counties across Tennessee. It will be available for public comment until December and then he plans to submit final guidelines to the State Funding Board for adoption. Local governments would be required to create their own policies using the guidelines, but Wilson intends for the proposal to be mandatory for local governments. An investigation by the newspaper earlier this year found that found that top officials at the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund benefited from “sponsorship” deals with vendors. The report revealed that the fund’s president and CEO, Charles “Bones” Seivers, was paid undisclosed amounts for consulting work with vendors, and Bank of America, which earned large fees for underwriting the fund’s loans, paid $500,000 annually back to the bond fund to pay bonuses for employees.
arrests Editor’s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed within this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. u Daniel Scott Allen, 26, of 515 Cool Hollow Ave., Pigeon Forge, was charged Oct. 30 with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, financial responsibility law, vandalism: $500 to $1,000 and driving on a suspended license. He was released on $3,500 bond. u Jamie Scott Baker, 36, of 247 Delta Way #27, Sevierville, was charged Oct. 30 with public intoxication and violation of probation. He was being held. u Ricky Eugene Burgess, 44, of Newport, was charged Oct. 31 with theft of property worth $500 to $1,000. He was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u Melanie Ann Buttry, 29, of Dandridge, was charged Oct. 30 with public intoxication and possession of a schedule IV substance. She was being held. u Glenda Burress Cole, 58, of 806 Union Dell Court, Sevierville, was charged Oct. 30 with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. She was being held in lieu of $5,000 bond. u Jason F. Heth, 33, of 776 Thomas Road, Sevierville, was charged Oct. 30 with domestic violence assault. He was being held. u Stefan Michael Howard, 24, of 913 Columbine Lea, Sevierville, was charged Oct. 30 with violation of an order of protection. He was being held in lieu of $15,000 bond. u Zack Milton Jones,
35, of Covington, Ga., was charged Oct. 31 with domestic violence assault. He was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u Brandy S. Marcoux, 34, of Chapman Heights Apt. 28, Sevierville, was charged Oct. 30 with driving on a suspended license. She was being held in lieu of $500 bond. u Judy Marie McGill, 55, of Strawberry Plains, was charged Oct. 31 with aggravated domestic assault. She was being held in lieu of $15,000 bond. u Morgan Brooks Miller, 23, of Knoxville, was charged Oct. 30 with child abuse: neglect. She was released on $1,500 bond. u Michael David Ogle, 32, of 4241 Boogertown Road, Sevierville, was charged Oct. 30 with public intoxication. He was released on $250 bond. u Patricia Hardwick Parrish, 46, of 1821 Valleywoods Drive, Sevierville, was charged Oct. 30 with violation of probation. She was being held. u Benjamin D. Rayborn, 20, of 974 Fine Glen Drive in Sevierville, was charged Oct. 31 with underage driving while impaired, underage consumption of alcohol and traffic violations. He was being held in lieu of $3,500 bond u Gordon C. Teffeteller, 62, of 4842 Shady Road in Kodak, was charged Oct. 31 with aggravated domestic assault. He was being held in lieu of $15,000 bond. u Billy Richard Wickey, 49, of 624 Teaster Road in Sevierville, was charged Oct. 31 with DUI. He was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond.
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state briefs Lobbyists can give through PACs NASHVILLE (AP) — Lobbyists banned from making personal contributions to lawmakers are still finding a way to get money to them through political action committees. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that lawmakers left open avenues for lobbyists to give money through political action committees when they enacted the ban on personal contributions in 2006. For example, husbandand-wife lobbying team Nathan and Laura Robinson Green on June 29 gave $1,000 each to their nearly depleted PAC which on the same day gave $2,000
to Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey’s gubernatorial campaign. Drew Rawlins, executive director of the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, said it is legal to set up PACs that donate to candidates. The practice has existed since before the 2006 changes to state ethics laws.
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the pilot, who died in the Friday afternoon crash, or a woman who died in the house. The woman’s husband was also inside the Lawrenceville house at the time of the crash but managed to escape.
Letters may be part of trial
NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville judge will decide whether a jury will see LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. letters and phone calls (AP) — Authorities say the made by an Illinois truck pilot of a small plane that driver accused of killing at crashed into a suburban least four women in three Atlanta house was headed states. to Tennessee to see his six Bruce Mendenhall, a daughters. truck driver from Albion, At a news conferIll., is charged with killing ence Saturday Butch two women in Tennessee, Wilson of the National one in Indianapolis and Transportation Safety one in Birmingham, Ala. Board declined to identify He was indicted in
August 2008 for allegedly trying to hire inmates to kill police officers and witnesses and is scheduled for trial on Nov. 16 in Nashville on the solicitation of murder charges.
Vietnam vet gets bronze star
CLINTON (AP) — A Vietnam Veteran has just received a bronze star. WBIR-TV reports Bill Wright got a citation for the medal in 1970 but the paperwork never made it into his personnel file or discharge file. On Friday, the former Marine was finally honored at a ceremony outside the Anderson County Courthouse, 40 years after his service as a machine gunner in Vietnam.
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adds about 53 miles to the trips that would have gone along Interstate 40 for the 19W Plan ahead before driving by visiting the NCDOT Traveler average traveler, said Travis Information Management System Web site at Brickey of TDOT. Johnson City www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel/ or calling 511, the stateâ€™s free â€œOn average it adds 50 81 travel information line, for current travel conditions. minutes to the drive,â€? he 26 said. If it normally took 19E you 2 hours to go from Knoxville to Asheville, itâ€™ll 75 take 2 hours 50 minutes.â€? 421 They have reported an 640 M 75 itc increase in traffic along 226 40 he 19W 19E the detour, naturally, but l 40 l Newport 407 432 so far it doesnâ€™t appear to 40/75 25 435 Knoxville 70 be straining the alternative 411 26 66 route, Brickey said. 19E 80 There are other alterna226 9 Sevierille Yancey tive routes for people will451 25 ing to get off the interstate Madison 70 Pigeon Forge x and enjoy a more scenic NO COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC Slide Area trip, he said â€” chiefly by Gatlinburg 80 taking Highway 25-70, 40 321 Buncombe 1923 441 National Park Service Road which was the primary 15 70 NO COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC route for traffic in 1997, 20 240 Asheville because Interstate 26 didnâ€™t 276 McDowell 221 40 Haywood connect Asheville and 53 Blue Ridge Parkway 74A 9 Johnson City. Swain Waynesville â€œIf youâ€™re local and you Cherokee 215 276 donâ€™t have a large vehicle, 19 Bat Cave 23 64 74A a lot of people are taking 74 Legend advantage of U.S. 25-70 Official Alternate Route for I-40, 53 miles through Newport and Hot Graham longer than I-40 Jackson Map not drawn to scale. Springs,â€? Brickey said. Polk I-40 Closed Hendersonville 26 74 Tuckasegee 23 64 Tractor trailers arenâ€™t 441 281 Local Traffic Only 57A
allowed along that route, but itâ€™s still mostly a two-lane road that winds through the mountains and can back up quickly. â€œItâ€™s a good road but itâ€™s mainly a two-lane road so itâ€™s susceptible to slowdowns.â€? Local people also have the option of traveling over Newfound Gap into Cherokee, N.C. and Highway 74 back to Interstate 40, but that route isnâ€™t being recommended for a variety of reasons. With winter weather already starting in the mountains, the road can close at any time and could remain closed for extended periods of time, Brickey said, and even when itâ€™s open itâ€™s likely to be congested with visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. n email@example.com
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Director Allen Newton said. Officials believe the impact 3From Page A1 this year could be even less because the alternative routes have improved since others. â€œIn 1997 we were off about 1997. â€œPeople can still get here 20 percent from those marby interstate,â€? said Leon kets,â€? spokesperson Pete Downey, director of the tourOwens said. ism department for Pigeon â€œThat slide happened just Forge. â€œI sort of equate it to prior to peak season in the when they were working on summer. In this case, weâ€™re Interstate 40 in Knoxville. going into Winterfest and Smoky Mountain Christmas. As long as the traffic is still moving, I think itâ€™ll be all While itâ€™s a significant festiright.â€? val for us, it will likely have During the 1997 closure, a lesser impact than the â€˜97 workers were able to get slide did.â€? some lanes open more Data from the Economic quickly than anticipated, but Development Council so far the estimated durashowed the closure didnâ€™t cause a reduction so much as tion of the closure has been a slowdown in growth of the growing. In the meantime, officials tourist economy. are working with Triple A Total expenditures and and other travel agencies to payroll generated by tourmake sure travelers know ism actually increased, but travel generated employment about alternative routes to the area. dropped slightly that year, â€œThatâ€™s just really imporfrom 15,400 to 15,290 jobs. tant, for people to know â€œCertainly when one of that they can get here,â€? the main roads that bring said Brenda McCroskey of our visitors is blocked itâ€™s the Sevierville Chamber of going to have some impact, but we hope that people will Commerce. In Sevierville, the impact take the alternate routes and come through the mountains might be felt more than in the other communities. The and just enjoy the views,â€? ALLWEATHER AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING
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holidays are a prime time for travel to the Tanger Five Oaks, one of the cityâ€™s main economic engines. â€œWe actually donâ€™t slow down that much in November and December right now. It would have been better if it happened in January,â€? she said. â€œWith people coming to see the fall colors, then Winterfest lights and holiday shopping at the outlet malls, the months are no longer as slow as they used to be.â€? Still, McCroskey said she believes the impact will not be serious. â€œI donâ€™t remember exactly how it affected tourism in 1997, but Iâ€™ve talked to some other people and as they recall it didnâ€™t affect it in a major way because people found alternate routes to get here. â€œI think weâ€™re going to be OK. To say it wonâ€™t have any impact at all would probably be unrealistic.â€? n firstname.lastname@example.org
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obituaries Beulah Maples
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This image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows a Coast Guard aircrew member from Sector San Diego conducting search patterns east of San Clemente Island Friday to search for survivors of a mid-air collision that occurred Thursday.
Tenn. woman on Coast Guard plane in mid-air collision SAN DIEGO (AP) â€” Families of nine military members lost at sea held out hope Saturday their loved ones survived a midair collision between a Coast Guard aircraft and a Marine Corps helicopter, even as a second full day of searching dragged on with no news. One of those missing included Petty Officer 2nd Class Monica L. Beacham, 29, Decaturville, Tenn., a radio operator on the Coast Guard C-130. Jennifer Wiegandt Seidman she said hopes her husband, Chief Petty Officer John Seidman, was wearing a protective drysuit when he entered the chilly Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego, where water temperatures have hovered in the lower 60s. Seidman is a flight engineer with a 23-year career in the Coast Guard. â€œI donâ€™t want to let my mind go to thinking the worst,â€? Seidman said from the coupleâ€™s home in Carmichael, Calif. â€œJohn knows what
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Four months after she was diagnosed, Overbeckâ€™s mother passed away. â€œMom had cirrhosis of the liver and she wasnâ€™t eligible for a transplant,â€? said Overbeck, who was a certified nursing assistant in a nursing home at the time. â€œI was also taking care of my mentally ill sister and my father who had pneumonia. We lost my parents within six months of each other.â€? Overbeck then quit her job at the nursing home, leaving healthcare all together and going to work in a fast food restaurant. â€œIt was more or less out of rebellion. I thought, â€˜If my parents couldnâ€™t be helped, what good is it?â€™â€? It was when she noticed an opening for a caregiver at The Lodge at MountainBrook Village that she felt the pull to return to the health field. â€œIâ€™ve been here a year and a half now. I take care of
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heâ€™s doing, and heâ€™s fit and heâ€™s very smart. Theyâ€™re saying that theyâ€™re still looking.â€? The Seidmans married in 2001 and Seidman, 43, is stepfather to her three children, aged 10, 12 and 13, she said. â€œI donâ€™t want to talk about him like heâ€™s gone,â€? she said, choking back tears. That possibility, however, loomed large over the rescue operation Saturday as Coast Guard helicopters came and went from a landing area near a popular waterside path that teemed with joggers and bikers â€” nearly 48 hours after the aircraft crashed at 7:10 p.m. Thursday. Six Coast Guard cutters, three Navy ships and multiple helicopters were searching 644 square miles of ocean, but rescuers were concentrating on a debris field 50 miles off the San Diego coast. Rescuers have found debris from both aircraft, but there was no sign of the crew members or their bodies.
four gentlemen (who are Alzheimerâ€™s patients).â€? Thereâ€™s not really such a thing as a â€œtypical day,â€? but Overbeck tries to incorporate as much routine as she can for her patients. They all eat their meals together and do activities like playing checkers or taking walks in the hallway. â€œIt depends on what their moods are that day. The biggest challenge is when theyâ€™re upset. You have to put your feelings aside and be very, very patient and understand-
ing with them.â€? It is also important to remember their illness has taken away the person they once were, she added. â€œYouâ€™re not dealing with who they were â€” youâ€™re dealing with who they have become.â€? For information on local Alzheimerâ€™s support groups, contact MountainBrook Village at 428-2445 or the Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center at 453-8080. n email@example.com
Ronald Wade Boling, age 85 of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2009. We celebrate his life and mourn his passing. Dr. Boling trained fighter pilots during World War II. He earned his graduate degree from University of Tennessee and his Doctorate of Engineering from Stanford University. He served on the faculty of the University of Tennessee until his retirement in 1989. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jane McConnaughey Boling; and his children, Robert Wade Boling, Dwight Christopher Boling, Douglas McConnaughey Boling, and Jane Buie Hancock. He is also survived by seven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army. A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Sunday at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville with a receiving of friends to follow at the church.
Ralph Houser Ralph Houser, age 79 of Seymour, passed away Friday October 30, 2009. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tim and Tilda Houser; sister, Georgie Johnson; and brother, Hubert Houser. Survivors: wife, Nancy Houser; sons and daughtersin-law, Don and Brenda Houser, and Bobby and Debbie Houser; grandchildren, Gary Scott Tallent, Randy Houser, Sherry Johnson and Crystal Darnell; 9 great grandchildren; special friends, Barbara and Ricky King, and Wanda and Hugh Lane. Funeral service 7 p.m. Monday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. W.A. Galyon and Rev. Travis Weeks officiating. Interment 1 p.m. Tuesday in Boydâ€™s Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Monday at Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville. n
Beulah Maples, 85, of Sevierville, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. She was a member of Richardsonâ€™s Cove Baptist Church, and was manager of the Fashion House in Sevierville for many years. Survivors: daughters and sonsin-law, Aileen and Bill Cardwell, Joyce and Coy Green; son and daughter-in-law, Paul (Pete) and Jennifer Maples Jr.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Emma Morrison; sisters-inlaw, Nellie Spence, Kate Maples. Funeral service 4 p.m. Sunday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with the Revs. Ben Whitted, Tom McMahan and Melvin Carr officiating. Interment 10 a.m. Monday in Catonâ€™s Chapel Cemetery where her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Delphia (Del) Elaine Miller Delphia (Del) Elaine Miller, 55, of Sevierville, died Oct. 30, 2009, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. Delphia was a member of Church of The Gathering. Survivors: husband, Robert â€œBobâ€? Miller of Sevierville; sons, Shannon McCostlin and wife, Debra, Jason McCostlin and wife, Kaice of Sevierville; stepchildren, Robin Renee Rodgers, Richard David Miller and Robert L. Miller Jr. all of Jacksonville, Fla.; brotherin-law, Charles Allen Miller; mother-in-law, Cleo C. Miller, Sevierville; brothers, Billy Lee Rhoden and Larry Earl Beaty, Jacksonville; sister, Teresa E. Crowder of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren. Funeral services 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Rawlings Funeral Home in Sevierville. The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Sunday prior to the service. Share thoughts and memories with family on the Web site. n www.rawlingsfuneralhome.com
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Ford workers reject contract changes DETROIT (AP) â€” Ford Motor Co. workers have overwhelmingly rejected contract changes that would have allowed the automaker to cut labor costs, leaving Ford at a disadvantage to its Detroit rivals as it continues its struggle to return to profitability. The United Auto Workers union had given local unions until Monday to complete voting. But a person briefed on the voting said Saturday that the contract changes have been rejected by large margins. The person asked not to be named because the UAW hasnâ€™t announced the results yet. The UAW and Ford agreed to the contract changes several weeks ago, but Ford workers needed to ratify them. Ford has 41,000 UAW-represented workers. Two large union locals in Kentucky and Fordâ€™s home city of Dearborn rejected the contract Friday, sealing its fate. Those unions together represent 13,000 Ford workers. Exact tallies werenâ€™t available, but at least 12 UAW locals representing about 27,500 workers so far have vetoed the deal, many overwhelmingly. Only about four locals with a total of 7,000 members favored the pact. Ford sought the deal to bring its labor costs in line with Detroit rivals Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors Co., both of which won concessions from the union as they headed into bankruptcy protection earlier this year. Under pattern bargaining, the three automakers usually match pay, benefits and other contract provisions.
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Assorted countryâ€™s flags fly outside Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. on Monday. Autoworkers in Missouri and Michigan overwhelmingly rejected a new contract with Ford Motor Co., a sign that the automaker and the United Auto Workers union are having trouble convincing some workers to accept changes that would lower Fordâ€™s labor costs.
Abdullah plans runoff boycott to delay vote KABUL (AP) â€” President Hamid Karzaiâ€™s challenger plans to call for a boycott of next weekendâ€™s runoff election in an attempt to force the voteâ€™s postponement until spring, his campaign manager said â€” a move that would dim U.S. hopes for a stable Afghan government for months. Karzai rejected Abdullah Abdullahâ€™s conditions for next Saturdayâ€™s vote, including removing top election officials whom the challenger accused of involvement in cheating in the first-round balloting in August.
Abdullah has called a press conference for 10 a.m. Sunday to announce his final decision after Afghans and Westerners close to the challenger said he would withdraw. His campaign manager Satar Murad said the candidate might still change his mind, but that â€œas of nowâ€? he planned to call for a boycott. A clouded electoral picture would further complicate the Obama administrationâ€™s efforts to decide whether to send tens of thousands more troops to Afghanistan to battle the Taliban and its al-Qaida
allies. The White House has been waiting for a new government in Kabul to announce a decision, but the war has intensified in the meantime. October was the deadliest month of the war for U.S. forces with at least 57 American deaths. Western officials hoped that Abdullah would make a gracious exit for the good of the country rather than denounce Karzai for fraud, a move that could sharpen tensions at a time the United States and its allies are seeking unity against the Taliban.
Obama tempers economic news with caution WASHINGTON (AP) â€” President Barack Obama on Saturday tempered excitement about a growing economy with a sober outlook that more people will lose their jobs. He called that a heartbreaking reality and cau-
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ic security that has not nearly returned. The good news of the week: The economy is on the rise for the first time in more than a year. Fro m July through September the economy grew by 3.5 percent, the
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strongest uptick in two years. Obama called the development no cause for celebration, but a welcome sign after so many months of distressing news.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Whatâ€™s all the fuss about? After all the noise over Democratsâ€™ push for a government insurance plan to compete with private carriers, coverage numbers are finally in: Two percent. Thatâ€™s the estimated share of Americans younger than 65 whoâ€™d sign up for the public option plan under the health care bill that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is steering toward House approval. The underwhelming statistic is raising questions about whether the government plan will be the iron-fisted competitor that private insurers warn will shut them down or a niche operator that becomes a haven for patients with health insurance horror stories. Some experts are wondering if lawmakers have
wasted too much time arguing about the public plan, giving short shrift to basics such as ensuring that new coverage will be affordable. â€œThe public option is a significant issue, but its place in the debate is completely out of proportion to its actual importance to consumers,â€? said Drew Altman, president of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. â€œIt has sucked all the oxygen out of the room and diverted attention from bread-and-butter consumer issues, such as affordable coverage and comprehensive benefits.â€? The Democratic health care bills would extend coverage to the uninsured by providing government help with premiums and prohibiting insurers from excluding people in poor health or charging them more.
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Workshop set on preservation
On Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance and Friends of Wears Valley will co-host the third Preservation Toolbox educational workshop at Wears Valley United Methodist Church. Bill Clabough, executive director of Foothills Land Conservancy, will speak about conservation easements and explain the range of such easements and their significance as a preservation resource. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Ethiel Garlington at (865) 523-8008 or e-mail to egarlington@ knoxheritage.org by Nov. 3 to attend the event. n
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 Monday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or on Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. To request an application and official rules, call 453-6411 or e-mail to marketing@scoc. org. Contestants are encouraged to register in advance. SEVIERVILLE
Silver Ring Thing event set today
The Silver Ring Thing that educates young people about remaining abstinent until marriage and the dangers of promiscuous behavior will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at Pathways Church, located on Wagner Drive across from Sevier County High School. The event blends comedy, drama, videos, special effects and speakers to motivate teenagers to choose abstinence. For more information contact J.C. Andrews at (412) 424-2419 and visit www.silverringthing. com. n
Campuses add buildings, despite recession NASHVILLE (AP) — Despite the recession, college campuses across Middle Tennessee are adding new buildings; but the construction boom would be even bigger if the economy hadn’t hit the skids. According to The Tennessean, at Middle Tennessee State University crews are breaking ground on a $77 million student center and a $29.8 million college of education building. And Vanderbilt, which just completed the first phase of a new health center, is
now building a $41 million parking garage. But Vanderbilt canceled all its planned new construction this year and MTSU has postponed the construction of a new science building. At the Tennessee Board of Regents, only one project won funding approval this year — an $8.7 million engineering facility at Austin Peay State University. In an average year, the board approves $30 million in construction projects. “This year has been a very slow year,” said Carl
Manka, senior director of research and planning. Most of the projects under construction now were approved and paid for before the current economic downturn. Tennessee State University is currently building a $3.2 million indoor practice field for its football team, but most of its construction budget this year is going toward projects that repair and improve the buildings it already has. Other projects have required extra effort and creativity to pull together
the funding. MTSU’s new student center will be paid for out of student fees. At Lipscomb University, the college’s strategic plan called for a $1 milliona-month construction budget that brought new dorms, classrooms and other facilities. “Then the recession came,” said Lipscomb spokeswoman Janel Shoun. Nonetheless, the university is about to begin building a $4 million classroom complex to house the art and engineering schools.
Seymour veterans program scheduled
Seymour High School will host its 16th annual Veterans Day program at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 1:30 p.m. Friday; and 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served to the veterans in the library following each program. For additional information, call Seymour High School at 577-7040 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. n SEVIERVILLE
BOMA plans workshop, meeting The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold a workshop at 4 p.m. Monday before its regular meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center. The only items listed are approval of the closing of a portion of Court Avenue on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day ceremonies and the purchase of six police vehicles.
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national quote roundup “This 1,990 pages of bureaucracy will centralize health care decision-making in Washington, D.C.” — House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, criticizing the Democrats’ proposal to overhaul health care.
“He poured them in her mouth like you would a bird.” — Statement from Anna Nicole Smith friend Gina Shelley presented as prosecution evidence alleging attorney Howard K. Stern fed drugs to the Playboy model.
“I wish they caught me six years ago, eight years ago.” — Bernard Madoff in interview with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Inspector General, part of an investigation into the SEC’s failure to detect Madoff’s fraudulent Ponzi scheme for 16 years.
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A few thoughts at random Random thoughts on a variety of things... Can you believe there are just two months left in this year? Christmas is less than eight weeks off, and Thanksgiving is this month.... Does it seem to you that the leaves are changing later and later in the fall? Now we are into late October and early November before we see peak color in the valley. ... Trying to get to the mountains to see the bright colors has become a real challenge. Last Sunday was such a beautiful day it seemed as if everyone had the same idea: heading to the Smokies. That, plus the 3 a.m. rock slide that blocked Interstate 40 near the CarolinaTennessee line, made traffic a mess. The Spur was backed almost to Pigeon Forge and at a crawl. The bypass was the same. If you persevered to reach Sugarlands and Newfound Gap, you had invested all day in it... Here’s what we need: A day or two set aside for local residents only. We are given special passes to show to gated entrances at our favorite spots, and everyone else is turned away. Whaddaya say? Are you with me on it?... One of the interesting aspects to attending the David Letterman show last month was bathroom access. When we first were allowed inside after standing in line in order to get a return time, we were told the bathrooms inside the Ed Sullivan Theater were open. Finding public bathrooms in New York City can be a challenge unless you eat lunch or buy a snack. When we returned to stand in line before entering the theater for the show, we were told the bathrooms were closed. If we felt we might need one during the show, we were asked to sit in the balcony. During the show, the woman sitting beside me motioned to an intern that she had to go, and was told to wait until the next commercial break. So it’s not as if they deny you going to the bathroom. When you get to be my age, access to bathrooms becomes much more important... The pumpkin display at Dollywood’s offices on the Parkway has become quite a tourist attraction on its own. People line up to have their photo made in front of the giant pumpkin sculpture. It’s really quite realistic. In fact the Harvest Festival displays throughout Pigeon Forge are remarkable and certainly a draw to visitors. ... Speaking of Pigeon Forge, if you’re looking for a quiet place for a family or group picnic, think about City Park next to the high school. The picnic tables are along the stream. Bonnie and I were in search of a spot for a picnic last Sunday and were surprised how hard that can be. There was no parking at Patriot Park and the traffic made it impossible to get to Sugarlands. Have you got a favorite picnic spot in the county? ... Ron Ramsey, the lieutenant governor who’s seeking the Republican nomination for governor, was in my office a couple of weeks ago and had on some black cowboy boots. “Do you wear those a lot?” I asked. “All the time,” he said, and meant that literally. He told me he had dozens of pairs of cowboy boots, from leather to ostrich to alligator. I have known men who swear by such footwear and the comfort they bring to their feet. I tried a pair years ago and not only were they uncomfortable, they were difficult to get on and off. Guess I’m just a city boy at heart... Looking forward to the Sevier County High School salute to veterans show this week. Year after year this is the best high school production I have ever seen, and I’ve been around a few of them. The 17th annual salute to veterans, this year called “Smoky Salutes: What We Are Fighting for?”, will be staged at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday at the school. Louise Mandrell always took part in the show when she had her theater here, but now it’s all students. Don’t miss it... — Stan Voit is editor of The Mountain Press. His column appears each Sunday. He can be reached at 428-0748, ext. 217, or e-mail to email@example.com.
Patience for the park Road work will be inconvenient, but ultimately worth it The three most important words in real estate: location, location, location. The three most important words for musicians wanting to get to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice. To that list, add the three most important words for Great Smoky Mountains National Park travelers next spring: patience, patience, patience. From February until Memorial Day and perhaps a little beyond, $44 million worth of road work will be done to improve 56 miles of roads, a campground and a trailhead within the park. It’s going to be downright inconvenient for folks who use the park regularly and to tourists who make it annual or occasional mecca. Money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, along with previously authorized federal highway funds made the project possible. On top of that, the park has announced its winter closing schedule which shuts down some trails, parking areas and roads until the weather gets better. This is done every year when visitation drops off and some areas are harder to get to and utilize.
As for next spring’s work ... sure, it is going to be a pain in the neck if areas you particularly enjoy are among those affected, but ultimately it will be worth it because, as Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson said, “When the projects are finished, our road system will be in the best shape it has been for decades and our visitors will find their travel safer as well as more pleasurable.” Note these seasonal closings as well as spring projects: n Clingmans Dome Road will be closed Feb. 15 through May 28. n Roaring Fork/Cherokee Orchard Road will be closed Feb. 1 through May 28. n Cosby Campground roads have been closed since September but will reopen in March. n The Sinks parking area and Meigs Creek Trailhead is closed through May 25. n Gatlinburg Bypass and Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg boundary to Sugarlands Visitors Center will be closed April 1 through May 28. The bypass will close for three weeks in March and April,
but Newfound Gap Road will be subject to managed lane closures. n Work on Newfound Gap Road from Collins picnic area to Cherokee began in March and will continue through Nov. 10. n Perhaps worst of all, Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed for all public use March 1 through May 21, although the campground, picnic area, store and horse stables will be open. There are other roads and areas that will be affected, but those are the highlights, and a calendar showing all of these projects is available at www.nps.gov/ grsm/planyourvisit/index.htm. Click on the Things to Know Before You come link. Fortunately, the park itself will remain open. Many areas will not be impacted at all. Ditmanson said every effort has been made to limit the inconvenience. Most would agree the makeover is much needed, aesthetically and infrastructurally. Three months is a small price to pay to bring the area’s pride and joy back to its best. Remember — patience, patience, patience.
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Comprise needed on both sides of health care debate From the vantage point of Red State Tennessee, it can be hard to see or even fathom, but all signs point to growing momentum in Congress for health care reform, including some form of a public option. While Tennessee political leadership leans very Republican these days, the Democrats control D.C., and after surviving a turbulent summer of raucous town halls and reclaiming control of the health care debate, the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress seem to be moving closer toward passage of comprehensive health care reform legislation.
Of course, this latest shift in the ever changing health care debate could just be the blip of the moment surrounding an issue that has confounded the nation for years. But what has clearly emerged is a consensus that something significant must be done to bring the cost of health care under control and extend basic health care coverage to those who currently lack affordable access to it. Skyrocketing health care costs have crippled too many families, and the health care industry, particularly the insurance industry, has been unable or unwilling to rein in costs. ... Compromise will be needed
as there will always be winners and losers in changing such a complex facet of our economy. Much is at stake for the state of Tennessee, as evidenced by Gov. Phil Bredesen’s recent break with the Democratic party line to express grave concerns over the potential $735 million in estimated added cost to Tennessee over a five-year period if the Senate’s Baucus bill makes its way into law. ... Tennessee Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander appear entrenched on the side of GOP Congressional opposition, but as this debate increasingly becomes dominated by Democrats — who appear
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TSSAA playoff chaos haunts G-P’s Highlanders By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor GATLINBURG — Despite a hectic Saturday morning and afternoon for TSSAA officials, which saw playoff brackets released, recalled and released again over the span of about eight hours, the state football playoff picture has
now come clear. Three Sevier County football teams have made this year’s postseason. Unfortunately for the Gatlinburg-Pittman Highlanders, a chaotic morning saw the team given two official playoff scenerios. “Mistakes” in the state’s governing body’s initial
playoff brackets, released early Saturday morning, had G-P a 1-seed in the 3A state playoffs. Hours later the TSSAA removed the brackets to “correct” the problem. When the new brackets were posted, G-P had dropped from a top seed to a 3-seed. The change will result in
G-P now hosting former rival Happy Valley (5-4, 3-2 in District 1-AA) instead of an Johnson County (5-5, 2-3 in District 2-AA) — the team the Highlanders were originally slated to host. Coach Benny Hammonds wasn’t pleased. “We just went from a No. 1 seed to a No. 3 seed,” Hammonds said.
“Now how do you do that, besides just saying ‘I don’t want it that way?” “I’m not crying about who we play, as much as you don’t do things that way,” he continued. “If (the TSSAA) had to go over it 100 times to get it right before it’s posted, that’s fine. But don’t post it and then listen to the
right people complaining and then change it to meet their needs.” Hammonds had already met the Johnson County coach and swapped films when he found out the bracket had changed. “It kind of goes on with (the TSSAA) format — kind See HIGHLANDERS, Page A9
TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS FOOTBALL
Trick or Treat Vols don black jerseys, upsets South Carolina’s Gamecocks By BETH RUCKER Associated Press Writer KNOXVILLE — Decked out in black jerseys, Tennessee took three South Carolina fumbles and turned them into touchdowns as the Volunteers beat the No. 21 Gamecocks 31-13 Saturday night. Jonathan Crompton threw two touchdowns, Montario Hardesty ran for two more and Rico McCoy forced two fumbles as coach Lane Kiffin grabbed his first win over a ranked opponent. After warming up in their traditional orange home jerseys, the Vols (4-4, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) seemed to take the Gamecocks by surprise as they took the field in Halloweeninspired uniforms. And how’s this for a twist: Tennessee’s victory helped Florida. The Gators clinched the SEC West when the Vols beat South Carolina. South Carolina (6-3, 3-3) fumbled on its first two drives on a rainy night, having entered the game with only five for the season. Tennessee, hampered by turnovers early in the season, did not give the ball away for the
first time this season. The Gamecocks began clicking on offense in the second half as the Vols sputtered. Stephen Garcia connected with Moe Brown on a 31-yard touchdown pass to cut the margin to 28-13 with 2:05 left in the third quarter, but it was too little too late. South Carolina outgained Tennessee on offense 365 yards to 341 and had four more first downs. Garcia completed 25 of 50 for 300 yards and an interception. Justice Cunningham coughed up the first fumble on the third play of the game, and 42 seconds later Crompton hit Austin Johnson on a 38-yard touchdown toss. Crompton completed 12 of 24 for 142 yards. On the second play of the following drive, Kenny Miles lost the first fumble of his career, and Tennessee answered with a 14-yard run by Hardesty, who finished with 121 yards rushing. Even when they weren’t fumbling, the Gamecocks couldn’t find much offense in the first half. They first made it to Tennessee territory with 9:29 left in the second quarter but See VOLUNTEERS, Page A9
Tennessee's Jonathan Crompton (8) celebrates with Kevin Cooper (45) after a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, in Knoxville.
Sevier County draws Bearden in playoffs’ first round, Seymour gets No. 1 team in 5A By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor
Freshman runner Hannah Pelham PREP CROSS COUNTRY
SC freshman Pelham makes state meet JOHNSON CITY — Hannah Pelham, a freshman runner on the Sevier County cross country team, qualified for the state meet this week with an impressive 7th place finish at the regional contest in Johnson City. “Hannah ran a remarkable race,” SCHS coach Dan Hanlon said, “considering she is a freshman and we are arguably in one of, if not the toughest region for cross country in the state.” Pelham will now run in the AAA state championship meet in Nashville on Saturday, Nov. 7. From submitted reports
SEVIERVILLE — Both the Sevier County Smoky Bears, who are the east quadrant’s No.1 seed in 6A, and the Seymour Eagles, the No.8 seed in 5A’s east quadrant, have a tough row to hoe to make way in this year’s TSSAA playoffs. Despite an undefeated season and a top seed, the District 2-AAA champion Smoky Bears will have to face the powerful Bearden Bulldogs (8-2, 5-2 in in District 4-AAA). The Bulldogs had success in 2008 against the Smoky Bears, as they rode then-sophomore running back Devrin Young for 270 yards and five touchdowns in a 46-29 win. Coach Steve Brewer said he thinks the Bears may be in the toughest bracket quadrant in the state playoffs. “I think if you look out our bracket, all eight teams (Sevier County, Bearden, Ooltewah, Farragut, McMinn Jason Davis/The Mountain Press County, Oak Ridge, DobynsSevier County defenders swarm Bearden’s all-state tailback Devrin Young late in last Bennett and Maryville), it’s year’s game at Burchfield Stadium. The game went to the Bulldogs 46-29, and Young just a tough region, a tough had a masterful night with 270 yards on the ground and five TDs. area to begin with. “All the teams in that bracket have been in the top five Seymour, the 8th-seeded team explosive, 8-2 Bearden team never have to get on a bus unless in the state at some point. So in the first round. And if we it’s many, many weeks away. As in their quadrant, drew the 10-0 that’s a tough draw, there’s no got past Bearden, we’d get the long as we keep winning, we will Tennessee High Vikings in the doubt about that. I think at opportunity to play the winner play at home. first round. this level, 6A, you’re going to of Ooltewah-Farragut. “Our players are excited about Tennessee High is the get a tough draw any time you “The good thing is, we’re at it, and we’re looking forward to See SCHS/Seymour, Page A9 play. We’re playing a very good, home,” Brewer said. “We’ll it.”
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HIGHLANDERS 3From Page A8
kind of messed up. I think thatâ€™s just unorganized, political and catering to a few members of the TSSAA, and thatâ€™s just about as bad as gets. â€œThatâ€™s one reason this system needs changed. Have a format and quit picking it the way they want to pick it. I donâ€™t care what they say, after you get by automatic qualifiers itâ€™s just a personal touch on which bracket they put you in and where youâ€™ll be seeded. And then, after itâ€™s posted, if (they) donâ€™t like it, whoeverâ€™s got the most complaints or most power can get it changed. It just aggravates me. Where are we living at, is this Russia?â€? Still, Highlandersâ€™ general said his team would be focused by the time the matchup with Happy Valley comes around. â€œWeâ€™re just going to do the best we can, and play whoever,â€? Hammonds said. â€œIt doesnâ€™t make any difference to me who we play.â€? One big difference created by the Highlandersâ€™ shifted spot is their potential matchup in the second round. Not only will they face a tougher opening matchup, theyâ€™re likely headed into a game with Austin-East in the playoffsâ€™ second week. In the earlier bracket, they would have faced the winner of Sullivan North and West Greene, either of which the Highlanders would have likely been favored against. The TSSAA, in a statement issued on their website offered apologies to teams, coaches, players and fans for all the confusion created by the mistakes in the earlier bracket. â€œOur staff was determined to get every bracket correct even if it took a week to complete,â€? the release, which appears
â€œIt just aggravates me. Where are we living at, is this Russia?â€? G-P coach Benny Hammonds on the TSSAAâ€™s changing of the 3A playoff bracket after its initial release
to be from Executive Director Bernard Childress, said. â€œThe errors made are totally unacceptable. â€œOur staff spent a minimum of three years studying this plan and felt comfortable going into the selection night that proper preparations had been made. After many hours working on and releasing brackets we felt comfortable were correct, we found several changes that had to be made in order to get each bracket set right.â€? In another part of the release, the TSSAA says the new playoff format â€œhas some flawsâ€? but they arenâ€™t willing to blame the bracket errors on the system itself. â€œWe are not willing to blame those errors on a new system which definitely has some flaws that must be worked out. The system did not fail â€” we did. As Director, I felt the right thing to do was the pull the brackets, make the correct changes, apologize to each of you, accept the well-deserved criticism, and move forward for the betterment of our student-athletes. This can also be used as a teachable moment for them.â€? Coach Hammonds wasnâ€™t the only local coach complaining about the confusion and human error caused by
the new playoff format. â€œWeâ€™ve got this mess where weâ€™ve never had one before,â€? Sevier County coach Steve Brewer said, despite his teamâ€™s possible benefit by the reclassification. â€œAnd thatâ€™s what I was afraid of and opposed to. Our playoff system was without a hitch. It was fair. And anytime you add a human element, youâ€™re going to have some mistakes, and we certainly had some today.â€? Seymour head coach Jim Moore agreed with his contemporaries. â€œ(Itâ€™s) totally screwed up,â€? Moore said. â€œFrom day one, this just exemplifies everything (coaches have warned of) from the start. â€œThey werenâ€™t ready to handle it, and it was ridiculous to go this way in the first place. â€œThere was nothing wrong with the way we had it Ââ€” it should have stayed that way, and maybe somebody with some common sense will finally figure that out. Itâ€™s been ridiculous.â€? The TSSAA does admit on their website that the new playoff format could be looked at when the organizationâ€™s Board of Control meets later this month.
VOLUNTEERS 3From Page A8
stalled at the Vols 47. An illegal block by D.J. Swearinger cost South Carolina a would-be 73-yard punt return for a touchdown by Stephon Gilmore. The Gamecocks drove 55 yards before halftime, but on third-and-3 at the Tennessee 25, Willie Bohannon dropped Miles for a 5-yard loss. Spencer Lanning kicked a careerlong 47-yard field goal to cut the margin to 21-3 at
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SEC stiffens penalties for complaining coaches By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) â€” Publicly griping about officials in the Southeastern Conference just got a lot more costly for Lane Kiffin and the rest of the leagueâ€™s coaches. After three SEC coaches in two weeks, including Tennesseeâ€™s Kiffin, received reprimands for ripping officials, the conference has decided that future punishment for similar antics will be fines and suspensions. A memorandum was sent by the league office on Friday to every school making them aware of the change, which is effective immediately. Commissioner Mike Slive, in his eighth season with the conference, was given full discretion by the leagueâ€™s athletic directors and presidents to hand out the punishment. He will determine the amount of fines and lengths of suspensions on a case-by-case basis. â€œOn rare occasions over the last seven years there were several private reprimands and that took care of the matter,â€? Slive told the AP in a telephone interview. â€œOn occasion there were public reprimands and that took care of it. It became clear to me after last week that I was no longer interested in reprimands. â€œWe will go right to suspensions and fines.â€? The Big 12, Big Ten, ACC, Pac-10 and Mountain West conferences also use public reprimands, fines and suspensions as penalties for coaches who are publicly critical of officiating. The SECâ€™s officiating, and public complaints by a few coaches about it, has
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Coach Lane Kiffin argues a call with an SEC official during the UT/Georgia game at Neyland Stadium earlier this month. drawn plenty of unwanted attention to Sliveâ€™s conference. Last week, an officiating crew was suspended after it called penalties the league said were not supported by video evidence in the LSUGeorgia game Oct. 3 and the Arkansas-Florida game Oct. 17. The SEC publicly announced the suspensions, an unprecedented move by the conference. Slive said that while he believes the SEC officiating has been good this season, the unusual circumstances with that one crew convinced him to go public with the punishment.
â€œIt had to do with a very unusual confluence of events that we have not seen before and I doubt we will see again, in that we had two calls by a crew over a relatively short period of time that the video evidence did not support,â€? Slive said. â€œAnd one of the rules in play was the excessive celebration rule that has long been a subject of public debate. â€œGiven all that, we felt it was important to say publicly the discipline we had imposed. That is not something we expect to have to do again.â€? The day after the crew
was suspended, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was reprimanded by Slive for making critical statements about officiating in the Razorbacksâ€™ 23-20 loss at Florida. Then on Sunday, Kiffin and Mississippi Stateâ€™s Dan Mullen each went off on the officiating in their Saturday games. Kiffinâ€™s Volunteers lost 12-10 at Alabama and Mullenâ€™s Bulldogs lost 29-19 to Florida in Starkville, Miss. The SEC responded Monday by reprimanding both coaches for violating league ethics rules.
The league made no public admonishment of the calls that Kiffin and Mullen complained about. Kiffin made it clear Sunday that he was not
worried about getting a reprimand for his comments: â€œIâ€™m sure weâ€™ll get one of those letters that really means nothing as Bobby got last week, but Florida and Alabama live on.â€? Tennessee spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter said Friday that Kiffin and athletic director Mike Hamilton would not comment on the SECâ€™s stiffer penalties. â€œWe fully expect and anticipate that we will have the full cooperation of our coaches from this day forward,â€? Slive said. Kiffin received his first reprimand in February for accusing Florida coach Urban Meyer of violating recruiting rules. Kiffin and Meyer tossed a few verbal jabs at each other in the following months and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier even weighed in about Kiffin at one point. Slive twice this year has talked to Meyer and Kiffin about all the chatter. Slive said he is always available to speak to coaches about concerns about officiating, but he does not feel the need to speak to any coaches individually on the subject. â€œI think the memo is crystal clear,â€? Slive said. â€œIt needs no embellishment.â€?
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL
Tebow, No. 1 Gators continue dominance vs. Georgia QB sets SEC career rushing TD record By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida receiver David Nelson stared across the field, saw all the Georgia players jumping up and down, hooting and hollering after a touchdown and thought, “Here we go again.” “Seeing them do that kind of brought back the memory, just hit us hard,” Nelson said. The top-ranked Gators responded pretty much the same way they did last season — by pounding the Bulldogs. Tim Tebow accounted for four touchdowns, A.J. Jones had two huge interceptions and Florida beat the Bulldogs 41-17 Saturday for its 17th win in the last 20 meetings between the Southeastern Conference rivals. The Gators (8-0, 6-0) played its most well-rounded game in weeks, extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games and clinched at least a share of the SEC East title. Florida can secure a spot in the conference title game if Tennessee beats South Carolina later Saturday. The Bulldogs (4-4, 3-3) lost for the third time in four games.
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This one hurt more than the others. Georgia spent the last 12 months stewing about last year’s 49-10 loss, a game in which Florida coach Urban Meyer called two timeouts in the final 44 seconds to prolong their misery. The Dawgs placed pictures of Meyer signaling timeout all around their facility for motivation. Players seemed to get a little extra oomph early Saturday when coach Mark Richt surprised them in the locker room with black pants and black helmets, a different look for a team that usually wears white jerseys, silver pants and red helmets on the road. The Bulldogs had never worn black helmets. It didn’t make much difference. “New helmets and black pants ain’t going to make you win the game,” said linebacker Ryan Stamper, who had one of Florida’s four interceptions. Stamper and his teammates were even less impressed by Georgia’s team-wide celebration fol-
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lowing Joe Cox’s 26-yard TD pass to Aron White that cut Florida’s lead to 14-10 in the second quarter. In 2007, the Bulldogs used a similar celebration — an end-zone stomp that drew flags and Florida’s ire — to propel them to a rare victory in the series. “That’s a bunch of fake juice, coaches trying to get their players going because it was a pretty close game,” Stamper said. Florida responded by taking a 24-10 into halftime, with Tebow scoring a recordbreaking touchdown, and essentially put the game out of reach on the opening possession of the second half. Tebow broke Herschel Walker’s SEC record for rushing touchdowns late in the first half. The 2007 Heisman winner slipped up the middle and ran mostly untouched for a 23-yard score — the 50th of his career — with 1:32 remaining in the first half.
Tebow broke the mark in his hometown, and maybe more fittingly, against Walker’s Bulldogs. “Breaking Herschel’s record means a lot,” Tebow said. “Just to be mentioned in the same breath as Herschel Walker, it’s extremely humbling and a little bit breathtaking because it’s Herschel Walker. How am I going to be in the same league as Herschel Walker? I still can’t understand it. It’s pretty cool and it’s really special.” It got worse for Georgia. The Bulldogs had a turnover on their opening possession of the second half for the third time in four years in this series. Jones deflected Cox’s pass at the line of scrimmage, then made a diving catch that put Florida in the red zone for the first time Saturday. The Gators have struggled inside the 20-yard line in conference play, and Meyer vowed his team would
make changes and improve. The result? Tebow lined up under center for three consecutive downs, scoring on an option play from 5 yards out on the last one. Tebow finished with 18 carries for 85 yards and two scores. He completed 15 of 21 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns, both to Riley Cooper. Cooper hauled in a 22-yard score to open the game and made an impressive one-handed catch for a 29-yarder on the next drive. For Tebow, it was the first
game in a while he has played like a Heisman Trophy contender. Cox was 11 of 20 for 165 yards, with two TDs and three INTs. “I lost the game with three picks,” Cox said. “That score does not reflect how we played, how we moved the ball. I mean, it’s the truth. Any time you turn the ball over that many times and give people chances to score, a good team is going to score and they did and that’s why we got beat.”
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Miss. St. topples Kentucky 31-24 By JEFFREY McMURRAY Associated Press Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. — Anthony Dixon rushed for two touchdowns and a school-record 252 yards as Mississippi State kept its bowl hopes alive by outlasting Kentucky 31-24 on Saturday night. Dixon broke Jerious Norwood’s single-game record of 247 yards just two weeks after he surpassed Norwood’s career rushing mark of 3,212 yards. Norwood set the one-game record in 2005 against Houston. Mississippi State (4-5, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) won its second straight matchup in Lexington against the Wildcats (4-4, 1-4), who defeated the Bulldogs last year in Starkville. Dixon scored his second touchdown from 3 yards out with a minute
left in the third quarter to give the Bulldogs their winning margin. Kentucky freshman quarterback Morgan Newton led the Wildcats inside the 20 in an attempt to tie, but turned the ball over on downs with 1 minute to go. Dixon was already the Bulldogs’ all-time leader in attempts, touchdowns and 100-yard games, and came into the game 15th in SEC history in rushing. Kentucky led 14-3 early, but the Bulldogs never let the Wildcats maintain momentum, answering big plays with bigger ones of their own. Kentucky led 17-10 at halftime on a 38-yard field goal by Lones Seiber. Randall Cobb gave the Wildcats an opportunity to tack on those points with a 46-yard punt return.
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The 2009-2010 youth AAU wrestling season in Pigeon Forge is nearing, and wrestlers wishing to participate should be at progam sign-ups on Nov. 2 or Nov. 9. The registration will take place at 6:30 p.m. on both days at the Pigeon Forge High School Wrestling Building (white building beside football field). Practice for the season, which lasts Nov. through March, will begin on Nov. 16. The second practice will be Nov. 23. Both practice will go from 6:30-8 p.m. All information (practice and event schedule, cost, gear, etc.) can be picked up at signup days. For further information, call coach Greg Foreman at 577-1950 or 774-5790.
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Puerto Rico a different experience My last vacation was probably abut as close as I can get to going to a foreign country without actually leaving the United States. I went to Puerto Rico. As some readers might recall, I like going someplace different on my vacations. Different from home, anyway. My trips usually involve a beach. At least once a year, I really need to hear the waves crashing, feel sand between my toes and relax in the sun. Which is not always a good idea for a pale man of Irish descent, but still true. But I also like going to somewhere that will be “different.” Different from home, and, more often than not, different from the previous places I’ve traveled. So this year when the itch really hit I went to Puerto Rico. Being a U.S. territory, it was about as “different” as it can get without leaving the country. And it was eye opening. First off, I was in San Juan. It’s actually pretty similar to Miami. Maybe not quite so large or cosmopolitan, but the merchants along the beach had some pretty similar concepts to the ones in South Beach, especially the restaurants – pretty girls trying to get you to stop walking and relax inside, food that might be slightly overpriced and drinks that most certainly are. Gambling is legal in Puerto Rico, so many of the resorts have small, Vegas style casinos attached. That led to my usual pattern in these situations: I had a set amount of money to gamble. I got up for a while, then down...then down further...and when, after a while, I realized any rational person would walk away, maybe play again later or spend the money on something else. So I bet the remainder of my gambling fund on one last bet. And lost. That never works. And that sums up my first night in San Juan. You’ll hear lots of Spanish spoken in Puerto Rico, but almost everybody I met also spoke English with little accent. And seeing as I’ve always liked a Spanish accent, it certainly wasn’t a problem. The city was clean, and, in fact, everywhere I went was clean. I spent most of one day on a trip to the rain forest, and during the drive up there I was struck by how little trash there was on the roads during the drive up there. Frankly, there are similar roads throughout the U.S. and East Tennessee that have a lot more trash strewn along them. That’s not to say there were no problems. In some spots you could see people sleeping on the sidewalk. The poverty rate in Puerto Rico, according to some estimates, is more than 40
percent. The forest itself was beautiful, although the hike nearly killed me. I’d like to thank the crew at Ecoquest for keeping me going. I don’t often get the chance to plug anyone, but if you’re going to Puerto Rico look those guys up. They’ll take you up along a river, repelling at a waterfall if you want (I didn’t) and to a zipline to get down (which beats walking). Despite my exhaustion, I figure the trip was a good initiation into tropical rain forests. There were hardly any bugs, and there are no major predators prowling the El Yunque rain forest, either. After coming back, we were treated to one of the best meals of the trip — a homemade dinner at a house near the spot where we left the car. The highlight for me was green bananas with garlic and onions. Try to imagine the look on my face when they set down bananas, with onions. And garlic. I thought they might have made a mistake. They didn’t. I’m an adventurous eater — there’s not many foods I won’t try — so I took a very cautious taste. My first thought was what I call the “Jello fruit cocktail rule ” — just because you like the ingredients separately doesn’t mean you’ll like them together. But in this case, I did. Green bananas have a different taste from the “desert bananas” we’re used to here — or I’m used to, here — and it took me by surprise. Anyway, after that, it was on to Old San Juan — one of the oldest European settlements in the Americas. It includes the Castillo San Cristobal, the largest Spanish fort in the New World — and quite a sight in the middle of a bustling town. Almost all of Old San Juan is actually a historic site; years ago they started some major efforts to get businesses to restore the buildings and the result is a blend of old style European style mixed with new businesses that feels a lot like the French Quarter of New Orleans. It was worth the walk around, especially since I was alone and not dragged into each shop. Also, Puerto Rico is proud to be the “rum capital of the world” and home to the Bacardi distillery. But that’s all I remember about that. — Jeff Farrell is a reporter for The Mountain Press. Call 428-0748, ext. 216, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Direct sales proves rewarding, profitable By GAIL CRUTCHFIELD Community Editor It may have started with makeup, cleaning supplies and Tupperware, but today’s direct sales industry has expanded to include a plethora of opportunities for the customer as well as the representative selling the products. In 2008, the direct sales industry recorded $29.6 billion in retail sales in the United States. The southern region, that stretches from Texas to Delaware, made up the most of the sales, accounting for 35.1 percent of those sales. For several local direct sales consultants, there are two main reasons they decided to go the route of direct sales: money and love of the products. “I was in college, so it was a good way to earn extra money,” said Colleen Brackins, who first started selling Mary Kay but is now a director for Thirty-One, a company that specializes in purses, wallets, totes and other gifts. “I didn’t know anything about direct sales until someone I knew began selling,” she said. “I had no idea there were other companies. I came across that one and liked the products.” Brackins, the Sevierville Civic Center supervisor, said she sold the makeup for several years, selling first to her college teachers, students and to some of their mothers. “At first it was a challenge,” she said of starting her direct sales
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Colleen Brackins, left, shows Kerry Mayfield and her children Isaac and Gracie, some items for sale at her thirty-one Red Carpet Reveal party at the Sevierville Civic Center. Brackins is a part-time sales consultant for the company. career at the age of 19. “But because Mary Kay had such a good product, it didn’t take long to build a customer base.” She said she still has some of those customers, even though she’s switched her focus over to the ThirtyOne products. Those, she said, she found quite by accident while looking on a friend’s Facebook page. “I was not looking for anything, but this shows exactly how beneficial Facebook can be to your business,” she said. “I’d just joined Facebook and didn’t even want to join, but
friends kept saying you’ve got to join Facebook. On one of my friend’s page, on the side there was a little ad that said faith-based company seeks consultant. You could actually say it was a God thing.” Brackins clicked on the link, which took her to the page of a consultant located out of state. Though she admits she wasn’t a “purse person,” when she saw the products Thirty-One offered she thought they were cute and appreciated the philosophy on which the company was founded. “Thirty-One is founded
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The Mountain Press ◆ Sunday, November 1, 2009
Petroglyph in the Smokies Well, this past week I was looking down into the holler toward Webb’s Creek thinking about a modern petroglyph chiseled on a hidden boulder in the Smokies. In the event you haven’t used that word in the last month or more so here is a refresher. A petroglyph is a drawing or image carved on a rock by prehistoric folks. Prehistoric drawings of bison and hunters have been discovered in caves in France and there are some cool Indian petroglyphs near the “Yoo-Hoo” ranch outside of Sedona, Arizona. Petroglyphs sometimes depict stories of life and sometimes include symbols that were important to the petroglypher (brand new word). There is a modern petroglyph in the Smokies that tells a bittersweet story that occurred nearly a century ago. If you journey into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the Greenbrier entrance... about six miles east of the Hard Rock Café, you will enter what was once a bustling farming community and home for more than 800 pioneers and settlers. There were schools, churches, stores, farms and even a hotel. Dolly Parton’s grandfather, Walter, lived in Greenbrier a couple of miles out on Grapeyard Ridge Trail and the birthsite of Mayor Glenn Cardwell, can still be found up along Injun Creek behind the ranger station. The rusted remains of a truck sits idly in the overgrowth along the gravel road to Ramsey Cascades and a settler’s bed springs has become a flower and weed bed amongst the rhododendron. There is even an old steam engine that rolled off a mountain into the creek over 80 years ago! It is still occupies the middle of the stream. Such artifacts of the 1800s and early 1900s are melting away into the landscape, but that important historic period should never be forgotten. The many cemeteries along Porter’s Creek in Greenbrier are filled with young children and mothers who died in childbirth and the markers seem to indicate that men often outlived a number of wives in those days. The headstones are mostly home-made, and faded etched messages with an occasional misspelled word speak of true love and grief. Greenbrier was once a vibrant farm community... before the establishment of the park forced the residents to move out. The forest has since reclaimed the farm fields and most of the artifacts
Winter Magic nighttime view of the Parkway.
Chili, Marvelettes, fireworks highlights of Winter Magic From Submitted Reports
Fall scene at Greenbrier by G. Webb. are now hidden in the overgrowth or returned to the soil. Rock walls stand guard as visible reminders that this area was once populated with hundreds of neighbors, friends and relatives. Leaving Greenbrier to make way for the national park was for many, a painful and heart-wrenching eviction. Anger, tears and sadness traveled on those wagons and mules as the settlers left the hollers and flatlands of Greenbrier so we could have a national park. It was a sad exodus. If you travel past the ranger station to the picnic area on the left side of the road you can find that modern day petroglyph. Count 19 steps south from the men’s restroom door... parallel to the river and then six steps to the left and find the petroglyph hidden on the backside of a boulder situated at the former site of a mill. It is easy to visualize the re-routed stream as it rushed past the mill, turning wheels that turned the corn into meal. If you rub some dirt on the
petroglyph it will be easier to see. A settler chiseled that now worn, but touching image of that mill as a loving remembrance. I’m taking a good guess it was created with bittersweet feelings of love and grief. It was a really nice looking mill. In a way that modern petroglyph is a fitting symbol for an entire mountain community that once shared the struggles, joys and beauty of a magnificent place still known as Greenbrier. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is nearing the end of its 75th year celebration and we should never forget those who sacrificed so much for us and future generations. Yep, I can still see that Greenbrier farmer and petroglypher in his bib overalls and worn hi-top boots. With weathered hands and a firm grip on hammer and chisel he captured a memory and a piece of his and our history in stone. I’m grateful. That is just how it looks from my log cabin.
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GATLINBURG — Home-style chili is part of the City of Gatlinburg’s 20th annual Winter Magic kickoff and chili cookoff on Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. on the downtown Parkway. Highlighted by the allLED Gatlinburg Winter Magict lights program and entertainment headlined by the Marvelettes, up to 20 vendors will serve chili. The event makes the jump to the Parkway between traffic light No. 6 and Riverside Motor Lodge. The fireworks show is held at dusk during the opening ceremony. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the gate (children $4), with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Pi Beta Phi Elementary School PTA. Tickets are available at Gatlinburg welcome centers and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies plaza. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 436-4178. Chili will be served to ticket holders starting at 5 p.m. They will vote for the People’s Choice Award. Judges will select winners in several categories. The Marvelettes are known for “Please Mr. Postman,” “Don’t Mess
The main stage will feature the Marvelettes and the musical group Soulfinger from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. with Bill,” “Beechwood 4-5789” and “Playboy.” The main stage will also feature Soulfinger. Confirmed vendors: Citizens National Bank, Corky’s Bar-B-Q, Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Bar, Dixie Stampede, Flat Hollow Marina & Resort, Fox & Parrot Tavern, Gatlinburg Elks Lodge, Gatlinburg Fire Department, Gatlinburg Mass Transit and Parking Department, Gatlinburg Police Department, Gatlinburg
Town Square, Hilton Garden Inn, Mountain Brook Village, Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg, Puckers Sports Bar & Grill, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, River Stone Resort, Shabby’s Coffee & Tea House Cafe, Sevier County Utility District, Tennessee State Bank and TGI Friday’s. Gatlinburg Winter Magic is the $1.5 million lighting display which now features all LED, energy-efficient bulbs.
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Local ◆ B3
Sunday, November 1, 2009 ◆ The Mountain Press
Stiner to deliver Veteran’s Day address
Bohanan/ Carr Lora Nichole Bohanan of Seymour and Hugh Junior Carr of Sevierville announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is a 1998 graduate of Seymour High School and received degrees from Walters State Community College in 2001 and 2005. She is employed by Sevier County Bank and actively supports the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, Relay For Life and Second Harvest. She is also a member of the Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2010. The future groom is a 1992 graduate of Sevier County High School, attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville and has degrees from both Walters State Community College and South College. He is currently employed at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center
From Submitted Reports
Lora Nichole Bohanan and Hugh Junior Carr are engaged to be married. in the Medical Imaging Department. The wedding will take place in Seymour at the bride-elect’s home church, Bells Chapel Baptist, in fall 2009. Invitations are being sent.
wedding policy The Mountain Press publishes wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements and photos free of charge to subscribers of the newspaper. There is a $25 charge, payable in advance, for others wishing to publish announcements. Deluxe (enlarged) photos for anniversaries and engagements are available for an additional $15 charge, payable in advance. ■ Wedding, engagement and anniversary announcement forms are available. Announcements must be on appropriate forms. ■ Responses should be typed or neatly printed in blue or black ink and must include a contact phone number. The phone number is not for publication. ■ Announcements are published only on Sunday. Forms must be submitted no later than nine days prior to desired publication date. Announcements sent in after that may not be published in the next Sunday paper. Only anniversaries of at least 50 years will be published.
■ Wedding announcements received more than six months after the ceremony will not be published. ■ If a wedding date has not been set, announcements must state the anticipated month or season of the year, not to exceed 12 months out. ■ Announcements may include a photograph of the bride/bride-elect or the wedding/anniversary couple. Color photos can be submitted, but the should be of professional quality. Photos will not be printed in color. If we judge a photo to be of questionable quality or content, we will not print. ■ After publication, photos can be picked up at The Mountain Press front office or be returned be mail is a self-addressed, stamped envelope of appropriate size is provided. Please do not submit originals because the paper can not guarantee return. Photos should be labeled. ■ Studio photographs of the woman or couple should be from the waist up, not full length; 5x7 is preferred. No photo credit will be published.
GATLINBURG — Gen. Carl Stiner will serve as keynote speaker for Gatlinburg’s seventh annual Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 11 at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza. During his very distinguished career, which lasted from 1958 until 1993, Stiner’s commands included 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, the Joint Special Operations Command and Commander in Chief of United States Special Operations Command. The retired four-star general lists among his most remarkable operations the capture of the terrorists in the Achille Lauro hijacking, and Operation Just Cause — the invasion of Panama and capture of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, along with all special operations activities during Operation Desert Storm. Every year since 2000, Gatlinburg hosts a very special event on Nov. 11 to honor our nation’s veterans in a fitting and appropriate
Breakfast: Choice of juice/fruit, cereal (hot/ cold), toast, chicken biscuit; milk. Lunch: Choice of hamburger, cheeseburger, salad bar or bowl; baked potato wedge, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, green beans, fruit cup/ applesauce or manager’s choice; fresh fruit/cookie; milk.
Breakfast: Choice of juice/fruit, cereal (hot/ cold), pancakes/waffles, toast, sausage biscuit; milk. Lunch: Choice of Beefa-Roni, lasagna/spaghetti, baked ziti, salad bar or bowl; salad bowl, Italian style vegetables,
corn, fruit or manager’s choice; fruit; milk.
Wednesday Breakfast: Choice of juice/fruit, cereal (hot/ cold), sausage/biscuit, French toast sticks, eggs; milk Lunch: Choice of ham, roast beef, salad bar or bowl; whipped potatoes, peas/green beans, combination salad, orange wedges or manager’s choice; homemade rolls; Jello with fruit; milk.
Breakfast: Choice of juice/fruit, cereal (hot/ cold), sausage biscuit, breakfast burrito,
manner. An official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day as designated by Veterans Day National Committee, the festivities at Ripley’s Aquarium of the
Smokies Plaza will start with a KC-135 Stratotanker flyover at 11 a.m., during which master of ceremonies Carl Mays will explain the global role of the Tennessee Air National
National Park announces winter schedule From Submitted Reports
as indicated: Balsam Mountain/Heintooga Roads Nov. 1, Parson Great Smoky Branch and Rich Mountains National Mountain Roads Nov. Park has announced its 16, Roundbottom/ winter season facility Straight Fork Nov. 10, closings schedule. and Clingmans Dome Visitor Centers and Roaring Fork Motor Through November, Nature Trail, Dec. 1. Sugarlands Visitor During winter, Center will open daily Newfound Gap (U.S. 441) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Little River roads will Oconaluftee will serve remain open. visitors from 8:30 a.m. The Gatlinburg Bypass, to 4:30 p.m. The Cades Cove Visitor Cades Cove Loop Road, Cosby Road, Greenbrier Center will be opened Road, Upper Tremont, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 Forge Creek, Lakeview p.m. The visitor center Drive, and Foothills hours for the winter Parkway (East and West) months are posted at will open and close as www.nps.gov/grsm. road conditions mandate. Roads For more information Several secondcall 436-1200. ary roads will close
school lunch menu Sevier County School breakfast and lunch menus for Monday through Friday are as follows:
General Carl Stiner from LaFollette, will serve as keynote speaker following a decorated military career, for Gatlinburg’s seventh annual Veterans Day Celebration on Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza.
Guard Air Refueling Wing based in nearby Knoxville. The free-admission event is held on the Plaza, which features flag poles large enough to display a giant 20-by-30-foot American flag, along with seating for hundreds of attendees. Community involvement includes Gatlinburg Police Department Captain Jim Maples, a Vietnam veteran who will present the MIA/POW Table; and the American Eagle Foundation display of “Mr. Lincoln,” an American Bald Eagle in its care. In addition to the GatlinburgPittman High School Band, music will include the cast of Grand Majestic Theater and singer/violinist Abbey Sinders. Programs will be distributed by groups of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts who typically stay for the entire event. High-school age youths will participate with music presented by the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Band. An honor detail of University of Tennessee Army ROTC Rangers will serve as ushers for the event.
Danish/sweet roll; milk. Lunch: Choice of pizza, cheese bread sticks, salad bar or bowl; tossed salad, okra, broccoli, fruit cup, marinara sauce or manager’s choice; cookie/fruit; milk.
Breakfast: Choice of juice/fruit, cereal (hot/ cold), sausage biscuit, toast/bagel, gravy; milk. Lunch: Choice of chili, cheese, chips, hot dog, salad bar or bowl; carrot/celery sticks, Mexican corn, shredded lettuce, salsa, fresh fruit or manager’s choice; baked fruit dessert; milk.
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Lodging LeConte Lodge will accommodate guests until Nov. 24, when it will close for the season. Camping Two of the three major campgrounds will remain open all year: Cades Cove and Smokemont. Starting Nov. 1, they will be on a self-registration basis with a reduced number of available sites. Elkmont will remain open through the Thanksgiving weekend. Balsam Mountain campground is already closed. Picnicking Seven picnic areas will remain open through the winter: Chimney Tops, Cades Cove, Cosby,
Greenbrier, Metcalf Bottoms, Big Creek, and Deep Creek. Picnic pavilions at Cosby, Greenbrier and Deep Creek will be open through the winter and can be reserved at www.recreation.gov. Picnic pavilions that will close Nov. 1: Twin Creeks, Collins Creek and Metcalf Bottoms. Horseback stables Smokemont is scheduled to close Nov. 2. Sugarlands and Smoky Mountain stables will close Nov. 30. Cades Cove will close Dec. 21, but will reopen Dec. 26 to Jan. 3. Horse camps All five horse camps are scheduled to close Nov. 9.
B4 ◆ Religion
The Mountain Press ◆ Sunday, November 1, 2009
Costly risks must be taken to stand up for Jesus Christ By ARNE WALKER Red! That color usually gets our attention. Hopefully the red light and sign achieves that for you. In the life of the church, red calls our attention to the Holy Spirit. Acts records that the Spirit descended like tongues of fire. To light a fire under someone is to urge them to get up and go. Reformation (Halloween to many people) is a season when liturgical churches use the color red. The focus is upon a vision or dream inspired by God, the motivation to get at it, and the power to see it through whatever the risk or cost. Luther rediscovered the one true foundation in Jesus Christ and the principles that kept him centered there. You recall them as faith alone, grace, alone, and Scripture alone. He took a risk and the potential cost was great. What costly risks have you taken lately? Lutheran history records that in a time of quietism in the face of Nazism, a man who was a pastor took part in an underground attempt to assassinate Adolph Hitler. This man was Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The attempt failed and he was jailed and later shot. One of his classic books is THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP. Again the question, what costly risks have you taken lately? What ism or ology have you stood up against in Christ’s Name? A student at the Air Force Academy wandered into a lifestyle that enabled him to make $10,000 per week. He brought his special connections back to Illinois until something went awry. The drug connection where money and drugs were to change hands had an uninvited third party intent on killing both with a double reward. Unbeknownst to anyone, there was also an uninvited fourth party who arrested the whole bunch before any mayhem came down. I called at the County Jail on the former Air Force Academy cadet. He told me in no uncertain terms where to go. I persisted
in visitation attempts and began shallow conversation which grew to reading and discussing “The Cost of Discipleship.” Move ahead in the story as he has prison time to do. The leading gang in the prison made it known that the former cadet was to get drugs to town and they would expedite getting them into the prison. He refused because of his new found Christian faith and a hit was put on him. I got him into protective custody and he did his entire sentence in solitary confinement. There is a lot more to this story but it sure illustrates taking costly risks. A classmate of mine served in the ghetto in Chicago during the time of the Democratic Convention and when the blacks rioted and burnt down their own community. This pastor had bars put on the windows of his parsonage after their sixth burglary. He literally gave his life for that community as he helped bring into being an Academy of high school drop-outs, an elementary school, senior citizen housing, job training and a youth center. Crisis were constant in his life. We were privileged to be yoked with them as a partner for 20 years. We may never have the opportunity to take such costly risks for our Lord but do you have a vision or dream, the motivation to get at it, and the power to see it through whatever the risk or cost. Do you know of a wrong that needs to be righted? Do you know of someone abused or neglected that needs a friend? Do you know of someone who is church homeless who needs a connection and an invitation? Do you know someone who is making bad choices that needs a loving confrontation? Do you know of a relationship that is going sour that needs a call to forgiveness and reconciliation? Vision, motivation and power are three keys to making way for grace, faith, and Scripture to do their work. Have the courage to truly pray: Spirit of the living
God, fall afresh on me. Who are you at the core? I close with the famous Bonhoeffer lines entitled “Who Am I?” Who am I? They often tell me I stepped from my cell’s confinement calmly, cheerfully, firmly like a squire from his country house. Who am I? They often tell me I used to speak to my wardens freely and friendly and clearly as though it were mine to command. Who am I? They also tell me I bore the days of misfortune equally, smilingly, proudly like one accustomed to win. Am I then really all that which other men tell of? Or am I only what I myself know of myself? Restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage. struggling for breath, as though hands were compressing my throat. Yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds, thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness, tossing in expectation of great events, powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance, weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making, faint and ready to say farewell to it all? Who am I? This or the other? Am I one person today and tomorrow another? Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others, and before myself a contemptibly woebegone weakling? Or is something within me still like a beaten army, fleeing army, fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved? Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine. Whoever I am. Thou knowest 0 God, I am Thine. God is calling for Spiritled disciples willingly to take costly risks to serve Him and people in need. Red is the color of the blood that forgives and frees us to live as imperfect instruments of our mighty God. Red is also the color that calls us to be on fire for Christ! — The Rev. Arne Walker is a semi-retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who resides in Gatlinburg.
Words of Life
“Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuaded men.....(II Cor. 5:11)” This should be our task is to persuade people! When I say “we”, I refer especially to those who compose the New Testament Church, known as the Church of Christ, and more specifically, the Cosby Church of Christ. Though small in number we realize, as Jesus said the fields are white unto harvest, but the laborers are few. And Jesus said (Mt. 13-14) the way to destruction is broad and many go in there at. But straight is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth into life, and few there be that find it. So, most people are lost! Yet they think they are saved. What a tragedy! And even worse, they don’t even want to talk about it, nor listen to the truth. And no wonder. Truth demands a response. Truth demands a conclusion! Daniel Webster was asked, “What is the most profound thought you’ve never had?” His reply was, “that someday I’ll bow before God and give an account for what I’ve done in this life.” The apostle Paul said in II Cor. 5:10 “for we must all appear before judgment seat of Christ that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” That’s why the “terror of the Lord” is such a dreadful thought. In Hebrew chapter 10 verse 31, the Bible says, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. And again in Matt 10:28, Jesus himself said, “Fear not them which can kill the body but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Is it any wonder then why we take this job seriously? We know the “terror of the Lord”, and therefore “persuade men”. That is, to learn the truth. And you’ll never learn the truth from a false teacher! The Church of Christ is the pillar and the ground of the truth (I Tim. 3:15) and our method of persuading men is to teach them the truth for only the truth can set you free. Paul said in Rom 1:16 “I’m not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation.” Jesus said not everyone that sayeth unto me Lord Lord shall be saved, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven. It’s critical therefore that people hear the word. We think that all God is, is love, and the Bible says God is love! Also verse 16 He’s the epitome of love. Love emanates from God without God love doesn’t exist. But, I Jn 5:3 says “This is the love of God that we keep His Commandments!” Yes, God loves us , and He’ll reward us if we keep his commandments. But He’ll also punish us if we don’t! You can’t believe one without the other! The thought of an accounting day makes all of us nervous. Man doesn’t like the idea of accountability. Preachers rarely preach “hell fire/damnation” because folks don’t want to hear it. Since we did away with that, mortality has gone down hill. If there’s no “final exam” students won’t study (try as hard) If there’s no final grade, no problem. We dread the employers evaluation of our job performance. ,But since we know its coming, we try harder. We dread an IRS audit! But because we know it could happen, we keep records, etc. To claim faith in Jesus Christ, yet deny that we’ll give an account at the final day of judgment, is ridiculous. Rom 14:12 So then everyone of us shall give account of himself to God. Am I trying to scare you? You bet! I’ll let you feel the heat of the fire! I’ll let you hear the screaming! I’ll let you feel the gnashing of teeth! I’ll do anything I can to jar you out of complacency. When you attend the Cosby Church of Christ you’ll hear the truth plainly and simple. We are willing to try to answer any Bible question with a Bible answer. We’re just country people trying to go to heaven and hopefully persuade you to come to our service. But when you leave, you will know what the Bible says you must do to go to heaven. But then it is up to you. We’re located about 15 miles from traffic light#3 in Gatlinburg on 321 N across from Jack’s Market. We meet on Sunday at 10 AM and 6 PM, and Wednesday at 7 PM for Bible study. Everyone is Welcome.
Olie Williamson, Minister Cosby Church of Christ 423-487-5540 for info or write to: 130 Spring Way Cosby, TN 37722
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for sexual misconduct with teenage female followers. The Supreme Court denied the petition without LONDON (AP) — A leadexplanation, as had the ing Jewish school asked Court of Appeals. Britain’s Supreme Court Bent is serving 10 years on Tuesday to overturn a for criminal sexual contact ruling that it racially disof a minor and two counts criminated against a boy High court denies of contributing to the delinwhen it refused to accept quency of a minor. him as a pupil because it did sect leader’s bond The leader of The Lord not recognize his mother as SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Our Righteousness Church Jewish. The state’s highest court has said the touching was part In June, the Court of denied a request from sect Appeal ruled that London’s leader Wayne Bent for pris- of a religious healing ritual and there was no sexual JFS, or Jews’ Free School, on release on bond while activity. racially discriminated he appeals his convictions
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Plans under way for Forks of the Little Pigeon cemetery walk From Submitted Reports
the founders of Sevierville including Spencer Clack, Revolutionary War soldier and his wife, Mary Beaver SEVIERVILLE â€” Sevierville has a Clack; the Rev. Elijah Rogers; George history that stretches back over two centuries. Come and explore that early McMahan, an African-American Civil War veteran; Elizabeth Lusk Reagan, history by walking through the Forks mother of John H. Reagan; James P. of the Little Pigeon Cemetery Park H. Porter, a major in the War of 1812, from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. and many others. The walking tour, sponsored by the Mountain National Bank, 300 East Spencer Clack DAR, will last about an hour and includes dramatizations done Main Street will provide overflow parking. For further information, conby various historical East Tennessee tact Theresa Williams, SCPLS History re-enactors dressed in period cosCenter genealogist and member of the tumes. Spencer Clack DAR at 908-7988. Attendees will be able to hear from
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Pigeon Forge High School band members hold their trophy won at the Appalachian Classic Band Festival held at Sullivan Central High School in Blountville.
Little but loud, PFHS band wins at competitions From Submitted Reports
Class AA-2, highest score equipment and props. Like among all bands competthe indoor drumline, pering; first place Music Class formers consist of Pigeon PIGEON FORGE â€” The AA-2; first place band Class Forge students from grades Pigeon Forge High School AA-2; Class A/AA grand eight to 12. band is running low on champions for the third Anthony and Becky Terry money due to a number of year in a row are Pigeon Forge High reasons. This winter the band has School and Middle School The band is small this scheduled an indoor drum- band directors; Joshua year so less money in fees line and winter guard. Purvis is percussion instrucwas received. Parents are Indoor drumline is basitor (also director of Indoor having a difficult time paycally an indoor marching Drum Line); Karen Kelley ing fees. Expenses have band with only percussion and Whitney Lankford, gone up. There is a critical need for instruments. They perform Color Guard instructors; in the gym with a specially Whitney Lankford, Winter equipment for the middle made tarp that goes along Guard director. school and high school with the theme of the music Student positions: bands. covering the floor. The Autumn Bland, drum Results from band comperformers are all Pigeon major; Brennon Carpenter, petitions this year: Forge students from grades band captain; Shaleigh n Greeneville Band eight to 12. Williams, first lieutenant; Classic at Tusculum Winter Guard, like indoor Savannah Thomas, second College awards: second lieutenant; Nick Vuto, place band, Class A-2; first drumline, is performed in the gymnasium. The drum captain; Emily Hurst place percussion, Class performers do routines and Michelle Bennett, A-2; Audience Favorite to recorded music using Color Guard captains. Award n Appalachian Classic at Sullivan Central High School awards: Second =bhYfaYX]UhY?b]hh]b[ place Color Guard, Class 7EDNESDAYS n .OV TH TH $EC ND TH s PM AA-2; second place General Increase your knitting skills with projects teaching Effect, Class AA-2; first colorwork, simple lace and short rows place drum major, Class AA-2; first place percussion $OLLY 0ARTON 0ARKWAY 3EVIERVILLE s s -ON 3AT s www.terrisyarnsandcrafts.com
From Submitted Reports At the annual Bennettâ€™s Pit Bar-B-Que United Way Breakfast for Tips, $5,344.63 was raised, with all of it going to United Way. This annual event invites city officials, bank directors and others to wait tables at Bennettâ€™s. In addition to all the tips raised by the celebrity servers going directly to United Way, Bruce Johnson, owner of Bennettâ€™s, matches those tips and donates 100 percent of sales for the morning to United Way as well. This year Dwight Grizzell, president and CEO of Mountain National Bank, won first place in Breakfast for Tips, raising $1,367. Derek Hodges/The Mountain Press This was more than 50 percent of the Mountain National Bank total raised by everyone. Combined with President Dwight Grizzell, cenJohnsonâ€™s match of $2,201.72 and breakfast ter, claimed the prize once again sales of $931.19, a total of $5,344.63 was this year for collecting the most donated to the United Way. tips during the Bennettâ€™s Bar-BQue annual fundraiser breakfast for United Way.
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B6 ◆ Food
The Mountain Press ◆ Sunday, November 1, 2009
Lo mein: A healthy makeover to a takeout staple By JIM ROMANOFF For The Associated Press
lot less sodium.
Chinese takeout is always a treat, but it can be hard to sort out whether it’s a healthy one. Of course, with egg rolls, spareribs and fried rice, there’s not much guessing. But when it comes to the vegetable stir-fries and noodle dishes, the answer isn’t as obvious as we’d like. In principle, most Chinese stir-fries and noodle or rice dishes should be nutritionally sound. Lots of vegetables and carbohydrates and smaller amounts saturated fat from meat. But those ingredients usually are accompanied by plenty of oil and sodium in the wok. If you really want to enjoy the healthy balance of ingredients in Chinese dishes, you can take matters into your own hands. This chicken and shiitake mushroom lo mein has all the flavor of the restaurant version, but just 4 teaspoons of oil and a
Chicken and Shitake Mushroom Lo Mein Start to finish: 45 minutes Servings: 8 For the sauce: 1/2 c. reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 tsp. cornstarch 2 tsp. dark soy sauce 1 tsp. light brown sugar 1 tspl oyster sauce For the stir-fry: 16 oz. whole-wheat spaghetti 1 egg white 2 tsp. cornstarch 1 tsp. dark soy sauce 4 tsp. peanut oil, divided 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices 1 medium yellow onion, halved and cut into thin slices 8 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, sliced (about 2 cups) 2 medium carrots, peeled
and cut into matchsticks (about 1 cup) 1 red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced 6 scallions, cut into 3-inch pieces then sliced lengthwise 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger To make the sauce, in a small bowl whisk together the broth, cornstarch, dark soy sauce, brown sugar and oyster sauce. Set aside. To prepare the stir-fry, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the egg white, cornstarch, dark soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of the oil. Add the chicken and mix thoroughly. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, heat 1 teaspoon of the oil over medium-high. Swirl the oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the onion and stir-fry, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, carrots, bell pepper and scallions. Stir-fry until the veg-
etables are softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and set aside. Return the skillet to medium-high and add another teaspoon of the oil. Swirl the oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken in an even layer and cook for 3 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook, until no longer pink in the center, about the 3 minutes more. Push the chicken to the sides of the pan and add the last teaspoon of oil to the center. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir the reserved sauce to recombine and add to the center of the pan; cook until the sauce begins to bubble and thicken, about 2 minutes. Add the cooked spaghetti to the pan, along with the reserved vegetables. Toss to coat with sauce and continue cooking, until the lo mein is heat through, about 4 minutes more. Transfer to the serving platter.
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By taking control of the amount of sodium and oil, a home made Chinese dinner will give you the enjoyment of take-out with a healthier twist. Try a small amount of peanut oil in a nonstick skillet when stir frying this chicken and shiitake mushroom lo mein.
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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.
sunday, nov. 1 Silver Ring Thing
Silver Ring Thing, 5 p.m. Pathways Church in Sevierville. $5. Register at www.silverringthing.com. 428-6312.
n 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn, Gatlinburg, 310-7831
enâ€™s Bible study: n 1 p.m. Fox Trot B&B, Wiley Oakley, Gatlinburg, 436-3033 n 6:30 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC
Gatekeepers Menâ€™s Bible study 6:30 p.m., 2445 Scenic Mountain Road, Sevierville. 310-7831.
Gatekeepers menâ€™s Bible study, 1328 Old Newport Highway, Sevierville. 9080591.
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.
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.
Angel Food orders: n 2 to 5 p.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 908-1234.
Skate for Kids
Revival at Sevierville Church of God, 1018 Oak St., today through Wednesday. Speaker Bobby Williams.
Toys For Tots
Retired Citizens of the Smokies meets at 1 p.m. at Gatlinburg Community Center. Retired ranger Dwight McCarter to speak. 436-3010.
Gatlinburg chili cookoff and Winter Magic kickoff, downtown on Parkway. Chili vendors, the Marvelettes, fireworks show.
Sevier County Humane Society will be set up for adoption of pets from 1 to 5 p.m., Belk Department Store, 655 Parkway, Sevierville. 453-7000.
monday, nov. 2
HopeWorks Bipolar/ Depression support group meets at 7 p.m. at Seymour Heights Christian Church. 981-4291 or 7243755.
John Sevier Awards
John Sevier Awards presentation 3 p.m., Sevierville Visitors Center, Highway 66, honoring citizens who have died in the last year. 453-6411.
Alzheimerâ€™s Support group meets 6-7 p.m. at MountainBrook Village, 700 Markhill Drive, Sevierville. 428-2445.
National Assn. of Retired Federal Employees meets at 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge. 453-4174.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Kindness Counts meets 7 p.m. at Sevierville IHOP. 654-2684.
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church, Chapman and Boyds Creek Highway
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace wom-
Soul Sisters of Seymour United Methodist Church meets at 6:30 p.m. at 315 Warwick Way. Bring side dish or dessert. 579-1852 or 898-6077.
wednesday, nov. 4
tuesday, nov. 3
Murphyâ€™s Chapel United Methodist Church Fifth Sunday singing and covered dish dinner 5 p.m. Witness Band performs at 6 p.m.
Seviervilleâ€™s WInterfest kickoff 3-8 p.m. with music, lights and magic, free food, local entertainment and fireworks, Sevierville Municipal Complex.
Preschool story time 11 a.m., Seymour Library. 573-0728.
Murphyâ€™s Chapel Singing
Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 908-1234.
Seymour Story Time
Toys for Tots Bike Run starts from fairgrounds. Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $10 or a new unwrapped toy. Ride at 1 p.m. to Knoxvilleâ€™s Chilhowee Park. 429-9002 or e-mail to johnlinnert@ mcl1206.com.
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Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081234.
Sevierville Story Time
Preschool story time 10:30 a.m., Sevier County Main Library. Bring teddy bear for sleepover. 4533532.
little over a month ago. â€œI needed the money,â€? she said of one of her reasons for going into direct sales. â€œMy daughter started college, and I just have a passion for jewelry. Iâ€™ve always had that passion and I thought the jewelry would be easy to sell.â€? Torres said she attended about 10 Lia Sophia parties before she decided to sell the products. She hosted two of them and was a guest at the others. In the month and a half sheâ€™s been selling the jewelry, she said sheâ€™s had $3,500 in sales, for which she earns a 30 percent commission. â€œLast week I had a $1,000 party, so I made $300,â€? she said. Along with earning extra cash to supplement her income, Torres said she likes getting the wholesale discount for the jewelry and seeing those who host parties get free jewelry. Her biggest fear, she said, was speaking in front of people at the parties. â€œMy last one I did really well,â€? she said. â€œI was proud of myself. I think itâ€™s just practice, the more you do it the more comfortable you are.â€? Gail Stiles sells Pampered Chef, something she started about three and a half years ago. Sheâ€™s been a director for about a year and a half. As a director, she provides support and leadership to the other Pampered Chef consultants under her. The fourth-grade teacher at Pigeon Forge Primary School said she never had an interest in direct sales until a friendâ€™s cousin encouraged her to give it a try. As a single mother, she was working a second, parttime job at a local restaurant. â€œI loved it but it was hard work,â€? she said. When her friendâ€™s cousin told her she should give selling Pampered Chef a try, Stiles told her she wouldnâ€™t be able to sell anything. But she decided to give it a try anyway. â€œI basically got into it to make an extra $500, $600 a month,â€? she said. â€œYou can make a lot more than that.â€? Her favorite part of direct sales, Stiles said, is getting out
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Tara Hearl looks at the products available at a thirty-one Red Carpet Reveal party hosted by Colleen Brackins. and meeting new people. â€œIâ€™ve met so many new people and made new friends,â€? she said. â€œI had no idea it was going to be like that, and thereâ€™s a lot of recognition. They really know how to reward their consultants.â€? Sharon Hurst is familiar with the rewards of direct sales. A Mary Kay consultant since 1997, Hurst has been the recipient of one of the famous vehicles awarded to successful consultants. â€œI had been a user of Mary Kay for over 25 years at that time, and I had always had trouble finding or keeping a Mary Kay consultant. So the reason I joined was to get my product when I wanted it and get it at cost,â€? she said. When she and her late husband moved to East Tennessee from Kentucky in 1999, she continued selling Mary Kay. â€œI put my cards everywhere,â€? she said. â€œI did the parties and I promoted myself and I got to know people in Sevier County.â€? That led to a job at a local hotel. She now works for The Inn at Christmas Place. That salary, she said, covers her living expenses. The money she makes from Mary Kay she puts into savings. Her biggest reward, she said, is seeing consultants under her direction succeed and the support she gets from other consultants. â€œItâ€™s my social time,â€? she said. â€œThe women you meet and the meetings you go to are
so positive. You walk into a pink bubble.â€? When she battled cancer, she said her fellow consultants didnâ€™t overwhelm her with pity. â€œI felt loved but didnâ€™t feel pitied,â€? she said. The initial investment for all of the consultants seemed to be about $100 for kits that include products, supporting material and instructions. All of them provide all the necessary components to help the consultant be a success, they said. â€œItâ€™s a $100 investment that can change their lives,â€? Hurst said. â€œAnd for $100 they get everything they need, plus about $500 in bonus things to use for parties or sell and recoup their expense.â€? All of the consultants said a personâ€™s success depends on their commitment to the process. â€œIt requires you to be really dedicated,â€? Brackins said, adding that creating a business plan is a good idea. â€œIt is a business, and you have to treat it as a business. Thatâ€™s when you really see the benefits of being a direct seller.â€? Another common theme among the consultants is the confidence they get from direct sales. â€œIt is a confidence builder for women and gives them a sense of independence,â€? Brackins said. â€œIf youâ€™re willing to do what needs to be done, there are unlimited income opportunities.â€?
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