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Local man’s innocence claimed Attorney says DNA doesn’t match in 1985 Ohio kidnap, rape, murder By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer The attorney representing a local man who was arrested this summer and charged in a 1985 murder says his DNA does not match DNA taken from the crime scene. Walter Edward Zimbeck, who was living on Navaho Lane, was arrested in July and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Swanton, Ohio. Zimbeck had been living
in this area for some time; Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals said Ohio law enforcement offiZimbeck cials contacted him last year to say there was a person of interest in regard to one of their investigations living in Sevier County. Officers from Ohio came to the area several times
to interview Zimbeck and collect evidence, including DNA, Seals said. Zimbeck’s defense attorney told an Ohio television station this week that DNA from her client did not match evidence from the crime scene. “I’ve never been more convinced in my 10 years of law practice that this man is innocent. He should be released from jail based on the evidence that has finally come forth,” attorney Amber VanGunten told WNWO,
an NBC affiliate in Toledo, Ohio. Zimbeck had dated the victim, and authorities focused on him as a suspect early in the investigation, according to the station. VanGunten told The Knoxville NewsSentinel that interest waned after he cooperated with investigators and passed a polygraph test. She told the Sentinel police began looking at him again after a tip from his estranged wife; the couple is in the middle of a divorce
and contesting custody of their 2-year-old daughter. She told WNWO she believes the charges against Zimbeck should be dropped immediately. “I’ve never been more convinced in my 10 years of law practice that this man is innocent. He should be released from jail based on the evidence that has finally come forth.” For the time being, however, Zimbeck remains in an Ohio jail. n email@example.com
‘Twenty years and counting’ INSIDE
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The entire Duggar family performs a holiday song for the crowd.
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Duggars highlight evening of Forge festivities By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
Tonight Mostly Clear Low: 33° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Nicole Smith, 27 Edwin Thomas, 72 Irene Collins, 71 Dianna Grove, 40 Vontriece Ottinger, 92 Gregory Chapman, 59 Hazle Nimmer, 100 DETAILS, Page A4
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Corrections Robert Portier is pastor of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Sevierville. Due to an editing error his church affiliation was incorrect with his letter to the editor in Thursday’s edition. The Mountain Press regrets the error and is glad to set the record straight.
PIGEON FORGE — With fanfare, a flourish of fireworks and a famous family, Pigeon Forge on Thursday became the third and final city to kick off Winterfest’s 20th anniversary celebration. The stage at the annual event in Patriot Park seemed almost too small as the Duggar family, stars of the TLC reality Curt Habraken/The Mountain Press television Show “18 Kids and Counting,” joined city officials The Pigeon Forge High School and Middle School dance and Special Events Volunteer teams perform. of the Year Bob Fowler in flipping the switch that marked the festivities. is cause to celebrate,” Mayor start of the four-months-long “Anything that lasts 20 years Keith Whaley said. “We’re cer-
tainly doing that tonight and we’re so glad you’re all here to help us do that. It seems appropriate that we have a family that really understands the significance of the number 20 here with us.” In the core group of Duggars there are 20 family members total, including 18 children and parents Jim Bob and Michelle. In all, there were actually 24 members of the Duggar family taking part in Thursday’s event, though. That includes eldest son Josh, his wife Anna and their new daughter and the family’s first granddaughter Mackynzie, See duggars, Page A5
Future Sevier County industry puts ‘I’ in I-40 Newton: New industry should be near interstate By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer The director of the Sevier County Economic Development Council said Wednesday the effort to find new sites for future industrial growth has
zeroed in on two potential areas, both with access to Interstate 40. County leaders have determined in recent months they need to find new areas for such development after the deal to bring Lisega Inc. here nearly collapsed while the company struggled to find a workable site. Even before that, though, there remained only about 35 acres of buildable land in the county’s existing
industrial parks. “For all intents and purposes we are out of industrial property,” Allen Newton told the group’s board of directors during their monthly meeting. “It is important for us to be by the interstate. It’s very, very important.” The push forward on finding a suitable site comes at a time when Newton has begun seeing a renewed interest from businesses looking to
locate in Sevier County. “We now have two manufacturing prospects that are talking to me,” Newton said. “Things are starting to pick up a little bit. We’ve been pleased.” Both the sites now being eyed by council officials are near the property Lisega eventually settled on east of Exit 407 and both are near the interstate. They also include several parcels and may add up to as much as 170 acres of new
space for industrial development. Newton has scoped out the properties with the help of Ed Cooper, a staffer with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which provides free assistance to communities looking to purchase new industrial sites. Cooper said he has looked at both the properties being considered and believes See I-40, Page A5
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Brenda McCroskey, director of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, and Bob Parker, director of the Sevierville department of parks and recreation, talk about the trees planted as memorials for recipients of the John Sevier Award.
Five honored posthumously Trees planted as part of John Sevier Awards By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE â€” Five new trees growing at the Sevierville Visitors Center will help honor the memory of five notable citizens who died over the past year. Local officials joined members of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce and friends and relatives of the deceased Wednesday in a ceremony to honor the five recipients of the John Sevier Award for this year. The annual award recognizes people who had a major impact on the community and who died in the past year. This yearâ€™s honorees were Harold Atchley, William (Bill) Atchley, Grant Cantwell, R.B. â€œPeteâ€? Hailey and Dwight Wade Sr. â€œWeâ€™ve lost a lot of people who meant so much to the community,â€? Mayor Bryan Atchley said. The mayor was also there Wednesday to speak in honor of his father. Bill Atchley was the
Kodak Library hosts free movies for teens From Submitted Reports KODAK â€” The Kodak Library will host two free teen movie programs in November for the â€œReel Books: Book-into-Movieâ€? program. The first movie, â€œSmoke Signals,â€? is based on Sherman Alexieâ€™s â€œThe Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.â€? â€œSmoke Signals,â€? rated PG-13, was the first film written, directed and acted completely by American Indians. â€œSmoke Signalsâ€? will be shown on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. A Reel Books family movie, Walt Disneyâ€™s â€œPocahontas,â€? will be shown on Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Kelly Hamilton at 933-0078.
director of missions for the Sevier County Baptist Association from 1955 until 1987, served as a state representative on two occasions and was the countyâ€™s first veterans officer. His son said people still talk about things his father did for them, whether it was helping a veteran to get benefits or other accomplishments. â€œThat was his life, was a life of service,â€? Bryan said. Harold Atchley â€” brother to Bill Atchley â€” was longtime director of Atchley Funeral Home, served in county government and helped start the county hospital. His daughter, Patsy Wallace, said he believed in giving back to the community he loved. â€œMy father and my mother felt like they were the most blessed people to be Sevier Countians,â€? she said. Cantwell was a founding member of the board of directors for Citizens National Bank. He helped to start the Boys and Girls Club of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Robert F. Thomas Foundation. â€œYou had an ambassador in him you wouldnâ€™t believe,â€? said his niece, Millie Mauk. â€œHe sold
Sevierville in his sleep.â€? Wade was a local businessman, owner of Wade Department Store, and a charter member of the Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce. He served on the board of directors for Sevier County Bank for more than 50 years. One of his sons, Gary Wade, currently serves on the Tennessee Supreme Court. â€œ(Dwight) was an outstanding citizen and raised a fine family,â€? said John Waters, a family friend who spoke because Dwight Wade Sr.â€™s grandson, Zach, was sick Wednesday and unable to attend. Hailey served as a local attorney for 55 years, was an active member of the Robert F. Thomas Foundation and helped to have the Veterans Memorial placed at the Sevier County Courthouse. His wife, Mary Louise Hailey, said he would have been proud to have a tree planted in his memory â€” he loved trying to grow plans, she said, and loved anything that helped improve his community. â€œWe traveled to a lot of places ... and we thought Sevier County was the most beautiful of all.â€? n firstname.lastname@example.org
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LONDON (AP) â€” Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and country music singer Dolly Parton will be featured in a new BBC series exploring how faith shapes lives. Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu also will be interviewed on the program, which explores the role religious belief plays in the lives of high-profile figures. Blair will talk about his conversion to Catholicism, while Parton will explain how she balances her faith with her flirtatious stage image. Tutu, who has long campaigned against injustice in South Africa, jokes in his segment that he would like to ask God, â€œwhose side are you on?â€? â€œAll the interviewees come from very different backgrounds, but what binds them together is the fact that, although their faith has been challenged, theyâ€™ve emerged with strong spiritual beliefs,â€? said Fern Britton, the showâ€™s presenter.
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arrests Editorâ€™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 Noel Armando Castro, 29, of 1705 Ogle Road Apt. 1 in Gatlinburg, was charged Nov. 5 with DUI and speeding. He was being held in lieu of $1,500 bond. u Eddie Lee Cline, 29, of 1078 Center View Road in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 4 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u William Robert Collins, 22, of 1229 Wilson Road in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 4 with DUI and simple possession of mari-
juana. He was released on $2,000 bond. u Timothy Ray Hardin, 43, of 1511 S. Delozier Road in Seymour, was charged Nov. 4 with violation of probation. He was released. u Ronnie Edward Helton, 42, of 769 Pollard Road in Kodak, was charged Nov. 4 with violation of probation. He was released. u James Allen Sims, 44, of 1934 Seagle Hollow Road in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 4 with theft of property worth $1,000 to $10,000. He was released on $1,000 bond.
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Members of the Duggar familty from TVâ€™s â€œ18 Kids and Countingâ€? will be part of Cowboy Church services Sunday at Country Tonite.
Duggars to attend Cowboy Church From Submitted Reports PIGEON FORGE â€” Smoky Mountain Cowboy Church will host the Duggar family from Springdale, Ark., at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday at Country Tonite theater. The 20-member family group is in Pigeon Forge to help the city kick off the 20th annual Winterfest.
The family is probably best known for its TLC channel reality show â€œ18 Kids and Counting.â€? The Duggarsâ€™ lives are chronicled on the popular program. The Duggars have appeared on on numerous TV programs and in various magazine and newspapers. The Duggars are Christians who believe children are a blessing from
God. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were married July 21, 1984. Their first child was born four years later. Smoky Mountain Cowboy Church is held each Sunday at Country Tonite. There is no admission charge. Through the Internet and satellite radio, the service is beamed around the world.
â€˜Be a Santa to a Seniorâ€™ program under way From Submitted Reports An annual program to deliver Christmas gifts to needy seniors is under way. Area retailers, along with agencies that serve older adults, have partnered with a senior-care service to make sure that isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The local office of Home Instead Senior Care sponsors this program. The program will run through Nov. 23. Local nonprofit organizations and health care companies identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care. Ornaments with the seniorsâ€™ gift wishes then go up on Christmas trees at various locations.
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Nichole Lee Smith, age 27 of Sevierville, passed away Sunday, November 1, 2009. Nichole had a heart of gold and enjoyed life, especially her children. She was an avid Colts fan and was a member of Second Baptist Church, Sevierville. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Wayne and Betty McCarty and aunt Carmaleta Hoffman. Survivors: fiancĂŠ, Jeremy Rayburn; sons, Matthew and Anthony Rayburn; daughters, Erin and Ashley Rayburn; parents, Robert and Diana Weaver; brother, Dustin Smith and fiancĂŠe Amanda Boyer; sisters, Lori Scott and husband Steven, Anna Davis and husband Earskine Jr., Ivy Gray and husband John, Danielle Willis and husband Darrel; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; special friend, Kristie Wilson. Funeral service was held at 12 noon Thursday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Pastor Travis Russell and Rev. Jim Kitts officiating. The family received friends 10 a.m. to 12 noon Thursday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Dianna Lynn Ludwigsen Grove Dianna Lynn Ludwigsen Grove, age 40 of Sevierville, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2009. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers William Ludwigsen and Edgar Lockman. Survivors: husband, Larry Grove; parents, William and Linda Ludwigsen; daughters, Natasha and Jasmine Henshaw; grandmothers, Alice Lockman and Ethel Ludwigsen; sisters, Michele Ogle and husband Rick, Alicia Haynes and husband Randy; nephew, Joshua Haynes; niece, Jordan Ogle. The family will receive friends 12-1 p.m. Saturday with a memorial service beginning at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home. Carl Mays will officiate. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Gregory Alan Chapman, 59 of Kodak, formerly of Sarasota, Fla., died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. He worked at Smoky Mountain Knifeworks as a vintage knife collection consultant. Survivors include his wife, Lisa Chapman; daughter, Caylie Chapman; mother, Lucille Chapman and friend Jerry Barnes; brother, Mark Chapman and wife Beth. The family received friends Thursday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Hazle Nimmer Hazle Nimmer died at her home in Gatlinburg Nov. 1, 2009, at the age of 100. Survivors: children, Barbara and Dr. Harold N. Richardson of Perris, Calif.; Bruce and Diane Nimmer of Minnesota; Jenifer and Rodney Wilson of Minnesota; eight grandchildren; several greatgrandchildren. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Gatlinburg, and the churchâ€™s Pastor Janet Volk will officiate at a memorial service. The Nimmer family invites friends to the service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Nimmer home in Gatlinburg. For more information, call (865) 436-6247 or (607) 437-1529.
Survivors: husband, D.L. Cole; children, Karen McElyea and husband Rick, Steve Cole and wife Linda, Lynn Cole and wife Peggy, Janet McClure and husband Bill, Marsha Huff, Glinda Hale and husband Dennis, Tony Cole and wife Stacy; grandchildren, Gary LaFollette Jr. and wife Tabitha, Drew LaFollette, Clint McElyea and wife Toni, Stephen Cole, II and wife Michelle, Milisa Huskey and husband Tom, Jamie Ledford, Josh Cole and wife Lea, Travis McClure and wife Shonda, Chad McClure, Brittany and Sierra Huff, Nathan, Aftin, Keri and Jared Hale, Kristi Murray, Petty Officer Second Class Tony Cole, II and wife Lola, Zachary, Autumn, Hayden and Preston Cole; greatgrandchildren, Blake LaFollette, Connor, Cole, Caden and Julia LaFollette, Kallen McElyea, Wesley, Jessica, Kayla, Noel and Mason Huskey, Taylor and Ethan Cole, Dylan Player, Phillip Bugg, Canon McClure, Randy Parker, Tristin and Thomas Hale, Kyle and Heather Murray, Kâ€™leb,
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Irene Collins, age 71 of Sevierville, TN, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She attended Freedom Fellowship Baptist Church. She was a dedicated employee of The Apple Barn. She was preceded in death by her father Dennis Melton, mother Inellie Jones Melton, and sister Jeanette Melton Knight. Left behind to cherish her memory are her: husband of 54 years, Harry Gene Collins; sons, Mike Collins and his wife Jama, Tony Collins; daughter, Debbie Brackins and her husband Gary; brothers and their wives, Floyd and Carolyn Melton of Greenville, Jackie and Sandy Melton of North Carolina; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Dorothy and Harold Reynolds of Tusculum, Judy and Ross Seaton of Afton; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; special aunt, Helen Ricker; and many special friends, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Special thanks to her coworkers at Apple Barn and her doctors and nurses at Fort Sanders Medical Center. Memorial donations may be made to benefit the family, c/o Atchley Funeral Home, 118 East Main Street, Sevierville, TN 37862. Pallbearers will be grandchildren Jason Brackins, Mark Brackins, Travis Collins, Chad Huskey, Mack Ellis and Mitchell Hodges. Funeral service 4 p.m. Saturday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Curtis Wells and Rev. Jimmy Boling officiating. Family and friends will meet 2 p.m. Sunday in Shiloh Cemetery for graveside service and interment with Rev. Bill Maples officiating. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Edwin Cary Thomas, 72, of Sevier County, Tenn., died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at UT Hospital. Born Jan. 31, 1937, he was the only child of the late Edwin Llewellyn Thomas Jr. and Eleanor Spence Thomas of Knoxville; grandson of General Cary Fletcher Spence and Edwin Llewellyn Thomas. Ed attended West High School and UT Knoxville, and pursued his great passion for history throughout his lifetime; also his love of the Smoky Mountains, music, sports cars, reading, and his wonderful dogs and horses. Most of all, he loved sharing these with friends and family. Ed is survived by his wife, Carol Knapp Thomas; and cousins: Fletcher Spence of Knoxville; Hannah Parten of Loudon; Shirley Davenport of Knoxville; Ran Hooper of Newport; Margaret Caraway of Missoula, MT; John Caraway of Salem, OR; Susan S. Herbert; Beverly Hamilton of Jacksonville, FL; Isabella Thomas-Heinsohn of Huntsville, AL; Margaret Hatcher of Conroe, TX; Edwin L. Thomas of Hesperia, CA; as well as their many children and grandchildren, and many very dear friends, who were family to him as well. Funeral service will be 2 p.m.. Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with the Reverend Chris Buice officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Foothills Land Conservancy, Old Gray Cemetery, or the Museum or Library of your choice. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. n www.rosemortuary.com
Vontriece Ottinger, age 92 of Parrottsville, passed away Wednesday November 4, 2009. She was a lifetime member of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, M. Glenn Ottinger; parents; three sisters and four brothers. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Charlene Ottinger, Kodak; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanenne and Roy Ownby, of Parrottsville; special grandson, Darryl Ownby of Parrottsville; other grandchildren, Julie Ownby of Parrottsville, Rhonda Mills and husband Derrick; great-granddaughter, Kendall Mills, all of Kodak; sisters-in-law, Betty, Dorothy and Elizabeth Hawk of Greeneville; special nephew-in-law, Bill Larkin, of Midway; also several nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Funeral services will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, November 7, 2009, in Manes Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Jack Wilder officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m., Sunday, November 8, 2009, in Luther Memorial Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, November 7, 2009, at Manes Funeral Home prior to the funeral services. Family and friends may sign the guest register on line at: www.manesfuneralhome.com. Manes Funeral Home in charge. Bryce and Kelsey Cole; brothers and sisters-in-law: Rev. Andy and Barbara Miller, Rev. Lewis and Betty Miller; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Annette Jennings and Peggy Rauhuff. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Gum Stand Baptist Church, P.O. Box 613, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37868. Funeral service 7 p.m. Friday at Gum Stand Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie Reagan, Rev. Andy Miller and Rev. Lewis Miller officiating. Special singers will be grandsons Hayden and Preston Cole. Family and friends will meet 11 a.m. Saturday
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Judge wonâ€™t act in voting machine case NASHVILLE (AP) â€” A Nashville judge is giving the state time to implement a state law requiring paper trails for voting machines for next yearâ€™s elections but said heâ€™s sensitive to issues raised by plaintiffs who sought a temporary injunction in the case. Chancellor Russell Perkins ruled Thursday in a suit brought by advocacy group Common Cause against Secretary of State Tre Hargett over Hargettâ€™s refusal to immediately implement the Tennessee Voter Confidence Act. The lawsuit filed in Nashville in October asked the judge to order Hargett and election officials to begin putting the optical scan voting machines into operation. Perkins refused to issue the injunction, saying â€œthe relief sought is sweeping and extraordinaryâ€? and â€œwould really be out of bounds.â€? â€œBut that doesnâ€™t excuse the defendants from complying with the statute,â€? Perkins said. â€œThe court is concerned about some of the slow progress that appears to be associated with this particular Act.â€? Hargett has argued that no machines meet 2005 standards envisioned by the law. But the Common Cause lawsuit claimed that the law would allow voting machines meeting the most recent federal standards from 2002. Plaintiff attorney Gerard Stranch said he was disappointed the judge didnâ€™t grant the injunction, but said heâ€™s pleased that the court noted the law does not require use of the 2005 standards alone, but that â€œthe 2002 standards are available and could be implemented prior to the November 2010 election.â€?
all of whom surprised the rest of the family by flying in to be part of the vacation Thursday morning. Also present was Jim Bobâ€™s mother Mary, who moved in with the family after the February death of her husband J.L. Thursday would have been the coupleâ€™s 49th wedding anniversary and the family presented Mary with a vase of roses to mark the day. â€œThis is kind of a day for us to remember him and honor him,â€? Michelle said. The family has made vacationing in Pigeon Forge and Sevier County a tradition, though itâ€™s not been until recently that their trips have become so publicized thanks to the show. â€œOver the last 15 years weâ€™ve probably been to Pigeon Forge a dozen times,â€? Michelle told The Mountain Press earlier in the evening. â€œWe have pictures from a time we came here when Josh was just a little guy and we went on a picnic in Cades Cove. We actually got to see a bear. This is just one of our favorite places. We think of this as a home away from home.â€? The couple said the family has fallen in love with the area because it caters to folks like them. â€œPigeon Forge is a very family- and faith-oriented destination,â€? Jim Bob said. â€œWe encourage people to come to Pigeon Forge as a family. This really is a community of faith and itâ€™s a great place for families.â€? His wife agreed with his sentiment. â€œWeâ€™re careful about the influences that come into our childrenâ€™s lives and this is the kind of place where we can find plenty for them to do. And the people here are just wonderful. Itâ€™s just like being at home,â€? she said. After flipping the ceremonial switch with Fowler, the family stayed on stage for a while to serenade the
Wilson promised the flashy start will be mirrored in the coming years after a few years of somewhat meager Winterfest kickoff events in Pigeon Forge. â€œIt will continue in this style,â€? she said. â€œIt will continue to be amazing. There will be surprises every year and something new to see.â€?
each could work, despite concerns about hills, the need to extend infrastructure and a lack of appropriate road access at each site. The Mountain Press has opted not to disclose the locations of the two sites at this time since there are no firm plans for purchasing either one. Meanwhile, as that discussion progresses, Lisega has begun moving forward on getting ready to move to its new site, something company officials hope to be able to do as early as next year, Newton said. County leaders have secured state grants to help in bringing East Dumplin Valley Road up to the standards required for industrial access and extending infrastructure like water, sewer and electricity to the site. Knoxville engineering firm Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Canon is currently doing engineering on the road, which will have to be widened to 12-foot lanes with 4-foot gravel shoulders on each side. â€œItâ€™s taking a long time, but it is going,â€? Newton said.
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Jim Bob, Michelle, and their youngest child Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar help Pigeon Forge volunteer of the year Bob Fowler flip the switch. crowd with Christmas carols. As they sang â€œWe Wish You a Merry Christmasâ€? and the children played violins, snow machines cranked out fluffy white flakes over the crowd. For those who waited â€“ some for hours â€“ in the cold for the chance to see the family, which has gained a considerable following in part because of the strong Christian faith they rely on in the raising of their kids, just the chance to snap a few pictures of the family and interact with Jim Bob was a thrill. â€œWe love them,â€? Molly Spurlock said. â€œWe really admire the way theyâ€™re raising their family and their values,â€? mother Jenni Spurlock agreed. â€œTheyâ€™re just good people.â€? The two, along with friend Haley Cole, met the clan on its May visit. Still, they said that wasnâ€™t enough and came back to get autographed pictures and the chance to pass along a list
of suggested baby names, which may come in handy since Michelle is pregnant with the coupleâ€™s 19th child. â€œWe watch them all the time,â€? Cole said. â€œWe gave them a list of names they can use that has J names on the front and M names on the back because they only use J names for the kids and theyâ€™re using M names for the grandchildren.â€? Though the hoopla surrounded the Duggars, there was plenty of other entertainment to round out the night. Local dance groups, choirs and bands took to the stage throughout the evening, while Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier capped off the event. â€œIt has been amazing,â€? Wilson said. â€œThe weather couldnâ€™t be any more perfect. The crowd couldnâ€™t be any better. The entertainment couldnâ€™t be any more perfect. Weâ€™re kicking the 20th anniversary off in grand style.â€?
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H1N1 shots to be on Saturday
The Sevier County Health Department will offer free H1N1 flu vaccine from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the department, Cedar Street downtown, by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 453-1032. Appointments will be scheduled only for pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months, health care and emergency medical services personnel, all people from 6 months through 24 years of age, and persons 25-64 years who have certain health conditions. For more information call the department or the Tennessee Flu Information Line at 877-252-3432. n
Christ in Smokies has free admission
Christ in the Smokies will offer free admission during November and December. Local residents are asked to bring nonperishable food items or a near new coat for the Sevier County Food Ministries. Christ in the Smokies is a retelling of the biblical story in 11 scenes using over 100 life-sized figures, special effects and narration. It is located on River Road and is open each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 436-5155 or visit www. christinthesmokies.com. n
SCHS veterans program today
The 17th annual salute to veterans will be held at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today at Sevier County High. “What Are We Fighting for?” is the heme of the student program, showing the freedoms and rights in the First Amendment as well as honoring veterans. The program will include music and dance. Admission is free. For more information call 4535525. n
Charity auction set for Nov. 14
The Glitzi Glamour Gals is preparing for its fourth annual auction for charities at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at Seymour First Baptist Church. A silent auction will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. A $12 dinner is available by reservations. Craig Hodges will sing, and Joe Fannon will serve as auctioneer. For information call Jo Pratt at 573-5410 or Fran Harper at 379-2738. n
Diabetes topic of special event
Fort Sanders Diabetes Center and Covenant Passport will hold a luncheon on Thursday to increase diabetes awareness. Carolyn Zibas and Ellen McPherson of the Fort Sanders Diabetes Center will talk about learning about living with diabetes. The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m., at the Senior Center. Registration is $5 for Covenant Passport members and $10 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. Call 453-9355 for more information or to register. n
Store serves as collection point
Cash Express, 230 Forks of the River Parkway, is serving as a collection point through Dec. 11 for donations of food, toys, coats and shoes to be delivered to the needy for Christmas.
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Legislators pan $70M biofuels project NASHVILLE (AP) — Some state lawmakers say they were misled in approving $70 million for an initiative to turn switchgrass into ethanol and have delayed approval on part of the project. The Fiscal Review Committee, a joint House-Senate panel, on Wednesday heard a report on the University of Tennessee’s Biofuels Initiative that said the project cannot be selfsufficient as originally promised. The committee delayed its approval of an
amendment to a contract on operation of the facility that involves about $11 million of the funding. Sen. Bill Ketron, a Murfreesboro Republican who chairs the committee, said the project was approved at a time when the state was “flush with cash.” Now, the state faces major revenue shortfalls with prospects of state employee layoffs and more budget cuts coming next year. “This program may need re-evaluation,” Ketron said. “We’re going
to have to turn over every rock to balance this next budget.” The report was presented by Jim White, the executive director of the committee’s staff, and included videos of officials describing the plan in 2007, when it was approved at the urging of Gov. Phil Bredesen. Those statements were contrasted to the status of the project now, which has undergone changes including a new developer and a scaling down of the expected production.
The pilot project refinery in rural Vonore, in East Tennessee, is scheduled to open next month. The original projection of a facility producing 5 million gallons of ethanol per year was based on Department of Energy estimates for the size needed to be commercially viable. Under the current plan, the research refinery will produce about 250,000 gallons of ethanol, enough to determine whether the processes will work for a full-size refinery.
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Manthano Club meeting was hosted by Deane Williams, Marian Oates and Faye Hochnedel. The three members had the opportunity to tour Israel in March. Travels included two days in Petra to view ancient ruins where visitors must still make the choice of walking one kilometer, riding a carriage, riding a camel or riding a horse.
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national quote roundup “It was very emotional for us, because once got her to the hospital, we called our wives and every one of us was crying. Grown men crying. It’s just such a relief. We’ve had missing children cases in the past, but nothing like this.” — Washington County (Fla.) Sheriff Bobby Haddock after investigators found 7-month-old Shannon Dedrick alive under her baby sitter’s bed after she was missing for five days.
“Will you now be complicit in establishing a precedent and expectation that teenagers should engage in behaviors heretofore associated primarily with adult films?” — Parents Television Council president Tim Winter in a letter to CW network affiliate stations about an upcoming episode of “Gossip Girl” in which a sexual threesome is promoted on-air.
“It feels better than I remember it, man. It’s been a long time.” — Yankees captain Derek Jeter after New York beat Philadelphia to capture its first World Series title since 2000.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Green Day already has N e w Year’s Eve plans: They’ll be ringing in 2010 with Carson Daly. T h e p u n k Armstrong rock trio led by lead singer Billy Joe Armstrong, is slated to perform during “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.” The show is to air live from Times Square. Daly says he’s “beyond excited” to have the Grammy winners as his guests. Green Day’s latest CD “21st Century Breakdown” has sold over 800,000 copies.
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U.S. reforms unlike those in Canada
AUSTIN, Texas — A guy walks up to you in a bar here and asks, “Are you a Republican, conservative or independent?” You can’t tell if he’s kidding. After all, this is the most liberal place in the state. It’s also where I first heard about Shona Holmes, the Canadian lady. Holmes, a 45-year-old citizen of a place called Waterdown in Ontario, has become the Joan of Arc of the battle against health care reform in the United States. As she tells it, OHIP, the acronym for the “free” (taxes pay for it) Canadian health care system, sentenced her to burn at the stake by putting her on a waiting list for analysis and treatment of what she calls a “brain tumor.” Actually, it was a benign cyst near the brain. The technical name is Rathke’s cleft cyst, a fluid-filled sac that grows near the pituitary gland. It can be painful and affect vision, but it is not life-threatening. A group called Patients United Now — “people just like you,” says its Web site — is sponsoring television commercials featuring Shona Holmes in all 50 states. (I don’t know if he is just like me, but an industrialist named David Koch is the principal financier of the Holmes campaign.) She is traveling our country making speeches and television appearances comparing the Canadian system to the Inquisition, saying she would have died waiting to see a doctor in her country. Instead, she says, she mortgaged her house, borrowed from neighbors, crossed the border and had the cyst removed at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Cost: $95,000. She seems to be, right now, the most hated woman in Canada. Newspapers are defending OHIP; bloggers are saying if she doesn’t like Canada she can (and should) get out. A few voices are calling for Holmes to be deported. The Ottawa Citizen called her “disgusting.” Canadians apparently love their system. A columnist for the Calgary Sun, Stephen Lautens, attended a conservative forum in Florida and sent back this report: “When hearing the horrors of the Canadian health-care system being described last weekend, all I could do was wince. ... ‘Would (you) like to speak to a real, live Canadian about our health care,’ I asked (two ladies in a bar)? “’Can you pick your own doctor?’ was the first question. ‘Because we hear the government assigns you a doctor in Canada.’ “You indeed pick your own doctor, I assured them. ... It was also not true, I said, that it takes months to see your doctor. Mine complains she doesn’t see me enough. There are gaps in our system, I confessed, where there are unacceptable wait lists for some kinds of surgery -- hips and knees and other things in demand. “’What’s your health-care premium?’ they wanted to know. They quoted theirs as being a couple thousand dollars a month. Their jaws dropped when I told them there really isn’t one and everyone is covered from birth. “At this point, a small crowd had gathered around me at the bar to hear the Canadian tell his magical tale of health-care coverage. I told the story of breaking my shoulder in a fall, having one of the best shoulder specialists in Canada put it back together, a few days at the hospital and nine months of physiotherapy. The cost? “Thirty-five dollars, because the sling I went home in wasn’t covered.” The “disgusting” thing from an American perspective is the low level of the health-care debate. Or is it the gullibility of millions of Americans? The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, along with Fox News, has used the Shona Holmes story to attack health-care reform. True or not, it is interesting stuff, except for one thing: The American reforms being discussed are not at all like the Canadian singlepayer system. So, Canadians, with longer, healthier lives, are yelling at Shona Holmes and laughing at us. — Richard Reeves, a presidential scholar and expert on six presidents, is the author of several books, including profiles of Richard Nixon and John Kennedy. Column distributed by Universal Syndicate.
Standing tall Our national park has major economic impact on community The figures released last week by a researcher at Michigan State University are as impressive as the Great Smoky Mountains themselves. A survey of economic information from getaway communities around 391 national park units showed that our park puts all of the others to shame. Last year, the figures show, more than nine million visited the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, generating some $800 million in revenue for communities from Sevier County to Cherokee, N.C. Here’s what makes those figures so staggering: Grand Canyon National Park, perhaps even more famous than our park, was next highest, with little more than half the revenue at $423 million. Yellowstone generated $345 million, Blue Ridge Parkway $342 million and Yosemite $292 million. You like apples? Well, how do you like them apples? Pretty sweet, huh? How much of that $800 million is spent in Sevier isn’t clear, but the national park clearly is one of the top economic
drivers in the area. Who knows how many tourists come to visit the national park, then make a side trip to Dollywood, Cirque de Chine, the outlet malls or one of the many theaters or other attractions? Conversely, how many folks come for one or more of those attractions and take a side trip to the national park? According to www.Gatlinburg.com, the national park is located within a twoday drive of half the nation’s population — making it accessible to roughly 150 million people. It’s certainly an advantage the western parks such as Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite cannot boast. University of Tennessee Tourism Institute Director Steve Morse said that tourism, other attractions and the park bring about $1.5 billion in revenue to the area annually. And, he said, more that there are 14,500 jobs in the tourism industry in the getaway communities that otherwise wouldn’t exist. The popularity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park isn’t a prod-
uct soley of its location, although that certainly helps. Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson has a first-rate staff that does a great job with its programs and is aggressive in procuring money for projects such as the $44 million in stimulus funds that will be used to improve roads, trailheads and campgrounds next spring, thus making its infrastructure modern and second to none. It also doesn’t hurt having an icon such as Dolly Parton as an ambassador for the park and an actor the magnitude of Knoxville’s David Keith, who was willing to volunteer his time to play President Franklin Roosevelt during the Gatlinburg Fourth of July Parade this year. That the national park produced $800 million in revenue for the region and is nearly twice the amount of its nearest peer is an amazing figure bordering on staggering. What is more important, however, is the impact it has on the local economy, not only in tourism dollars but also in the support jobs created.
Public forum Jones Cove principal grateful for Pioneer Day support, help
Editor: Recently, Jones Cove Elementary School held its annual Pioneer Day fundraising event. I would like to thank everyone involved in making our Pioneer Day a successful event. Thanks to the generous donations of local businesses and support from our community, we were able to raise $6,850 for our school. A special thank you goes out to the Jones Cove community for their support of our school. I would also like to thank the Jones Cove Elementary School faculty and staff for all of their hard work planning and preparing for the day. A great time was had by all that attended. Once again, thanks to everyone involved in making our Pioneer Day a sucess. Shannon Sullivan Principal Jones Cove Elementary
Flags flying at high school would look great year ’round
Editor: Just wanted to let everyone know how much I love the American flags flying at Sevier County High School. Every year I look forward to this display of patriotism. My only wish is that the flags would fly on Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and … well, you get the picture. The flags are great. Fly them year ’round. Julia Zahn Sevierville
been hooked by the “drop fee” charged by a local wrecker service, who lifted my car that was parked in a loading zone, for no more than five to seven minutes while I made a delivery, and charged a drop fee to set it down. I spoke with someone at the office who relayed my request for a refund to the owner, who said he couldn’t do anything. But when I need a tow, I won’t be calling him. Ron Duke Sevierville
Robert Portier is pastor of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Sevierville. Due to Wrecker service policy creates an editing error his church affiliation was incorrect with his letter to the editor in anger over ‘drop fee’ imposed Thursday’s edition. The Mountain Press Editor: regrets the error and is glad to set the Wrecker Service gone amok. I too have record straight.
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Bears fans prepare for white out tonight Team faces big challenge against 8-seed BHS Bulldogs By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer SEVIERVILLE — The Sevier County High School Smoky Bears are ranked No.2 in the state, flying high with a 10-0 record, but in order to keep their season alive for another week, they’ll again have to do something they’ve done all year ... prove themselves. In an unusually hard first-round match-up for a No.1-seeded team, the Smoky Bears will have to avoid the bite of the Bearden Bulldogs (8-2) this Friday night at Lon C. Birchfield stadium. Powering an offense on a team that lost just two games this season — to No.1 Maryville and No.7 Farragut — is RB Devrin Young, an All-State stud who rushed for 1,208 yards and 12 TDs this season to go along with 137 receiving yards. “When you look at Bearden, you obviously hear and see Devrin
There are other capable Bearden players, with QB Kyle Riemer passing for more than 1,200 yards and nine TDs this season, but even if Sevier County’s defense limits the potent Bulldog offense, the Smoky Bears offense has got to play its part by scoring some points against the tough Bearden defense, which has allowed an average of just eight points in its eight wins. In regards to the Smoky Bear offense, Brewer hopes to see a repeat performance from last week’s Morristown East battle. “Last week, offensively we had zero three-andouts, and I thought that was terrific,” said the coach. “That’s the kind of performance we need again (tonight). “We’ve got to be able to possess the ball and put points on the board.” Although the Smoky Photo submitted Bears accomplished the Sevier County High School’s Chucky McDaniel, Alex Byrd and Jordan Whaley prepare shirts for 10-0 regular season — a the white out for Friday night’s game at SCHS. The Bearden Bulldogs will travel to Sevier County first in school history — for the first round of the TSSAA playoffs. McDaniel is encouraging the SCHS fans to wear white they are now entering a for the game. The first 1,100 people attending the game will receive a free t-shirt. new phase of the season, a place not familiar to this current crop of Young,” said 18th- where he’s at all times, for us. We’ve got to stop that’s been able to stop Purple players. year SCHS coach Steve and you’ve got to have them offensively, and to him completely. “This is the first time “That will be a tall this group of players will Brewer. “(Young) is cer- bodies on him. He’s that do that we’ll have to containly not all (Bearden explosive, and he’s that tain Devrin Young, and order, because (Young) play a playoff game,” said I say contain because I is that outstanding of a is), but he’s a guy you’ve elusive. “That’s where it starts don’t know of anybody back.” got to be aware of and See SMOKY BEARS, Page A10
Eagles’ excited about playing state’s top team By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor Seymour — The Seymour Eagles (4-6, 3-4 in District 2-AAA) know they have their work cut out for them tonight against the state’s No.1-ranked Tennessee High School Vikings. And that’s just the way the Eagles like it. “(The team’s mentality) has been great, just like all year,” coach Jim Moore said Thursday evening. “I guess for other teams in other situations it might mean something to be playing the No.1 team in the state, but heck, all year long we’ve been playing ranked teams in the state. This just happens to be the No.1-ranked.” Coach Moore has confidence in his squad and their ability to play with the big boys. “Sevier County, CAK, Morristown East, Morristown West, all those teams have been ranked in the state, so this is just another one.” In all of those contests except CAK, the Eagles were within 11 points, and two — Sevier County and Morristown West — could have gone Seymour’s way had just one play gone differently in the game. Last week against Morristown West, the Eagles played their always-stingy defense, allowing just eight points, but scored just three themselves. “Defensively we played really well,” Moore said. “We gave up one touchdown on a pick route, and we had a snapped punt that gave them two points and that was it. Offensively we weren’t consistent, but four of our bigger plays of the night were called back because of penalties.” Should the Eagles play the same sort of ball game on defense, they may stand
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Eagles senior Keegan Newport (44) bowls over a Cherokee defender two weeks ago on senior night at Seymour. a chance with the mighty Vikings. “They’re a good football team, no real weak spots,” Moore said. “Offense, defense, special teams all three, they’re a very solid football team. “Offensively they’re something else. They run the ball well, they throw it well, they block well. Good play selection. They mix it up good. They’re just a well-coached football team that’s got some really good athletes. They’ve got a fullback/linebacker that may be the best we’ve seen this year.” The Vikings are also very good behind center. “Their quarterback has a very good arm, and it seems like he sits back
there and has 10 seconds to throw every ball he throws,” Moore said. “We’ve watched film after film and there’s no pressure on him, and somebody eventually comes open.” Should the defense get pressure, perhaps the Eagles’ defensive backs — with 12 picks already this year — can add to that total and set up a short field for the offense. Field position and keeping their vaunted defense off the field for as large chunks of time as possible will be keys to staying with a Tennessee High team that hasn’t allowed an opponent to finish within 15 points of them all season. email@example.com
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Sevier County High School’s Erin McMullen and Alex McCandless.
SCHS athletes tabbed finalists for High School Heisman Citizenship, charity top priorities for two of Bears’ best By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor SEVIERVILLE — Honoring scholarship, athletics and citizenship, the Wendy’s High School Heisman is one of the premier high school awards
that can be bestowed on a senior prep athlete. This year Sevier County High School has two of the 20 finalists for the state award. Senior cross country and track athlete Alex McCandless and senior soccer goalie and track runner Erin McMullen were both chosen as state finalists thanks to their dedication on the playing field, in the classroom and
in the community. Both are members of Beta Club and have leadership roles in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Teen Board at SCHS. Both make great grades in their classes, and both also strive to make Sevier County a better place. Between participating in food drives, coat drives and sponsoring needy See HEISMAN, Page A10
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Friday, November 6, 2009 â—† The Mountain Press
2009 PIGSKIN PICKS SCHS hosts Bearden
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G-P hosts Happy Valley
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Seymour at Tennessee High
Tennessee hosts Memphis
South Carolina at Arkansas
LSU at Alabama
Ohio State at Penn State
Chargers at Giants
Cowboys at Eagles Steelers at Broncos
PREP FOOTBALL PICKS AND PREDICTIONS
Local teams have interesting matchups in first round The regular season has finally passed, and, to be honest, all of our local teams did better than Iâ€™d originally expected. Sevier County rose to new heights with a perfect 10-0 regular season, GatlinburgPittman continued their streak of great teams, finishing 9-1 in a new, tougher district. Add to that Seymourâ€™s making the playoffs in their first-ever season playing in the stateâ€™s highest regular-season classification, Pigeon Forgeâ€™s surprise four-win season and The Kingâ€™s Academyâ€™s continued success, and we were blessed with a lot of good football in Sevier County this year. But now itâ€™s time to get down to business. Weâ€™re talking about the playoffs. Two local teams get to host first-round games this week, while one team â€” the Seymour Eagles â€” has to hit the road. Sevier County hosts Bearden The Sevier County Smoky Bears, a No.1 seed in the 6A classification, drew perhaps the toughest first-round matchup of any 1-seed in the state football playoffs. The Bears will face the 8-2 Bearden Bulldogs and their all-state running back
just six interceptions, all while completing 63 percent of his passes. Heâ€™s twice broken the schoolâ€™s singlegame passing yardage record this year, finally settling with a 335-yard, 5 TD performance against Daniel Devrin Young. Boone, a school that held Young rushed for 1,208 Seymour to just three points yards and 12 TDs in the earlier this year. regular season, and averAnd heâ€™s just the beginaged nearly seven yards per ning of the Vikingsâ€™ offense. carry. The team had over 2,000 In addition to Young, yards rushing on the seaSeymour at Tennessee Bearden QB Kyle Riemer son, led by 630-yard rusher High passed for over 1,200 yards Gatlinburg-Pittman Keenan Shepard. Five other The Seymour Eagles hosts Happy Valley and nine touchdowns, backs on the team carried Gatlinburg-Pittman went fought back from a tough keeping the offense wellthe ball for at least 200 2-5 start under first-year from a 1-seed to a 3-seed balanced. yards, allowing the Vikings coach Jim Moore to finish after the TSSAA pulled In their eight wins, the to always have fresh back in the 2009 regular season down and fixed their origiBulldogs outscored their 4-6, securing a spot for their the backfield. opponents by an incredible nal brackets. Add to that a defense first-ever appearance in the With the change, the 34-8 margin. thatâ€™s held opponentsâ€™ 5A playoffs. Highlanders are now set In their two losses, What prize did the Eagles scores low enough to insure to face the one-time rival however, to top-tier teams the team always won by at get for their outstanding Farragut and Maryville, the Happy Valley Warriors, effort over the seasonâ€™s final least 15 points, and it cerinstead of Johnson County Bulldogs were outscored tainly appears Seymour has few weeks? A pairing with Longhorns (5-5). 80-17. a monster on their hands. the stateâ€™s No. 1-ranked The Warriors were only Last season Young rushed But, before anyone gets Tennessee High Vikings in 5-4 for the regular season, for 270 yards and five TDs carried away, there are a but the team had good wins the first round. while Bearden beat Sevier couple of things that could The Vikings (10-0) have over Sullivan East and the County 46-29. help Seymour stay in the probably the most efficient Longhorns. This year things could game for a chance to win. quarterback the Eagles Add to that the fact that go either way. I personally Seymour has a good the Warriors snapped G-Pâ€™s have seen all season in 6-3 believe the Smoky Bears secondary, bolstered by have improved greatly since chance at an unbeaten regu- senior quarterback Taylor defensive backs Cory last season, but theyâ€™ve still lar season last year, and the Harmon. Clark, Chase Ketron and Harmon has passed for game has all the makings had some problems with Blake Overton. Combined 1,297 yards this season, for a thriller. big-time running backs. good for 15 touchdowns to with Zack Egan and Cody Still, I believe G-P will Even if coach Kenny Ratledge schemes to limit Young, Bearden has shown they can pass the ball. But I think the Bears, like they have all year, will find a way. Behind quarterback Zach Flynn and his posse of capable receivers, the Bears should score enough points to win. Hopefully the Bears defense is up for the challenge in front of a raucous home crowd. Iâ€™m thinking they will be. â€” Smoky Bears win 35-28
have the home field advantage in the game, and the Warriors will probably be shocked when they see the condition of the playing field after the abuse itâ€™s taken over the past month. Hopefully that advantage, coupled with G-Pâ€™s talent edge, will push the Highlanders to a comfortable victory. â€” Highlanders win 27-14
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