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The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 25, No. 309 ■ November 5, 2009 ■ ■ 50 Cents


278th returns to Iraq next year


Deployment training begins in December 5Adoptable Pets Gnatty Branch Animal Shelter offers pets looking for a good home Local, Page A3

By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer Members of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, including personnel from the local National Guard Armory, will be returning to Iraq next year and will begin training for the deployment in December. The 278th was deployed to Iraq as part of the War on Terror in

2004 and 2005. The unit was notified in 2008 that it could be redeployed. Officials with the National Guard announced Wednesday the unit would be called to Camp Shelby in Mississippi on or about Dec. 5 to begin training for the deployment. It will remain there two months and deploy to Iraq in February, officials said. The unit only recently returned from its annual three-week training camp, which was also conducted at Camp Shelby. Some personnel are departing for their training this week. Staff Sgt.

Mike Reagan — ordinarily assistant principal at Sevierville Middle School — will be leaving the school after today. He won’t return until after the deployment is complete. “I’ll be doing some training in the area but I will not be back at school,” he said. “It’s kind of tough, but you always knew this day would come. They did a good job this time of giving time lines for us so we could prepare our employers and our families.” Deployments typically last for about a year, but there’s no schedule set for when then 278th will come home.

It’s a bittersweet moment for Reagan who, because of his position with the school, is one of the most visible members of the 278th from Sevier County. “It’s a little exciting to know you’re going to be embarking on another adventure, but it’s sad knowing you’ll leave behind your family and friends and coworkers,” he said. The largest combat unit in the Tennessee, the 278th ACR has 3,300 soldiers. Its armories stretch from Kingsport to Henderson. n

School programs salute to veterans

Adding spice to Winterfest 5Dems ready for health vote Bill to crack down harder on insurance companies

By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer

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Music to your ears Scholarship benefit concert is hosted by Wilma Maples Page A2

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Paula King, left, and Jodi Ramsey serve up chili at the CNB booth at the Gatlinburg Winterfest kickoff on Wednesday afternoon.

’Burg kickoff features chili cookoff

Mostly Sunny High: 57°

Tonight Mostly Clear Low: 31° DETAILS, Page A6

Obituaries Dianna Grove, 40 Dorotha Cole, 76 Hazle Nimmer, 100 Gregory Chapman, 59 Francis Gordon, 54 William McCartney, 81 Edwin Thomas, 72 DETAILS, Page A4

Index Local & State . . . . . A1-6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A3 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . A8-9 Classifieds . . . . . . A10-14 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Nation . . . . . . . . . . . A16 World . . . . . . . . . . . . A16

Corrections The Mountain Press is committed to accuracy. Please report factual errors by calling 428-0748 Ext. 214.

By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer GATLINBURG — Gatlinburg kicked off its Winterfest celebration Wednesday on the Parkway downtown with plenty of chili, soulful music and the lighting of a decked-out Christmas tree with colorful elves. “This is the first time we’ve ever closed the Parkway for the chili cookoff,” said George Hawkins, special events manager. “Not only do the tourists enjoy it, but the locals love it.” Hawkins said the 21 chili vendors were required to prepare at least 50 ounces of chili — although some prepared as much as 80 ounces. Dixie Stampede employees couldn’t wait to serve up their “Ring of Fire” chili, named after the attraction’s signature event. “We’ve used our chicken and chicken seasoning, but we have never served the actual chili before,” said Scott Ogle, Dixie Stampede head chef. “This

With Veterans’ Day approaching next Wednesday, area high schools are paying tribute with special programs beginning today through Tuesday. More than 350 students will participate in Sevier County High School’s 17th annual veterans program, “What Are We Fighting For?,” at 6:30 p.m. today and 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday in the school gym. “The show started with a vision from (former principal) Gary Roach and (former assistant principal) Jennifer Laster, who were trying to figure out a way the school could honor veterans in the community,” said Tabitha Ogle, program director. “The choir, band, cheerleaders, dance team and drama See programs, Page A5

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By 5 p.m., the crowd was heavy into the streets to listen to music and sample chili. is our first time at this event, but we’re going to blow people’s socks off.” The crowd also enjoyed music by The Marvelettes (“Please Mr. Postman,” “Too Many Fish in the Sea”) and Knoxville band Soulfinger, as well as the lighting of an elaborate musical tree at Ripley’s Aquarium. Hawkins said that on the hour, every

hour for the next six months, the tree will light up and play music. Musical elves were on hand for the first tree lighting, led by “Buttercup” and “Peniroo,” characters in a not-yet-published book by theater director and writer James Fisher. Hawkins approached Fisher and his partner, costume designer De

Duggars, PF light the lights tonight By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer

Wayne Kirchner, about breaking away from the traditional Victorian Christmas characters and doing something totally different for Winterfest. Hawkins was impressed with Fisher’s imaginative characters, and Kirchner, a former costume designer for Dollywood, had cre-

PIGEON FORGE — Celebrities, fireworks and millions of twinkling lights will be the order of business as Pigeon Forge kicks off its Winterfest celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. today in Patriot Park. The Duggar family, stars of the popular TLC televi-

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The Nashville Suzuki Players, under the direction of Thornton Cline, with banjo player Haskell McCormick and music arranger and guitarist Ken Morrell, were part of the scholarship benefit.

Scholarship benefit concert is hosted by Wilma Maples By ANGIE JONES Special to The Mountain Press GATLINBURG — The mountaintop home of Wilma Maples and her late husband Rel Maples was the setting for the Gatlinburg Garden Club’s first scholarship benefit concert. The club was first organized by Winogene B. Redding and The Weavers Guild at The Pi Beta Phi School on May 4, 1937. The club recognizes best landscape designs for local businesses yearly, and promotes the Wildflower Pilgrimage each spring. Gatlinburg Garden Club president Teri Pizza said the club awards a $1,500 scholarship each year to a Sevier County high school graduate who plans to attend college to study any of the natural sciences. “We are so grateful to Mrs. Maples, all our extremely talented musicians, Step Above Limousine Service of Gatlinburg for providing ‘parking lot to terrace’ service, Carver’s Orchard and Apple House Restaurant of Cosby for delicious apple cider, Sevier County’s Garlands of Grace Ministries, The Spice House of Milwaukee, Wisc., and of course to our club members and all those wonderful people who offered advice, support and practical know-

how to make this concert a reality,� she said. For many years, the scholarship was funded by events from The Festival of Trees, but is no longer able to get its funding through that. The Gatlinburg Garden Club made Maples a lifetime member this year for her support of the club. She and her husband Rel Maples moved into the home in 1976 after having lived at the Gatlinburg Inn for 25 years. The home took two and a half years to construct. Guests began arriving around 4 p.m., when they heard the Nashville Suzuki Players under the direction of Thornton Cline. The musicians are as young as 7 and performed with guitarist and arranger Ken Morrell and Bluegrass Hall of Fame banjo player Haskell McCormick. They performed “Rocky Top,� which was originally written in Gatlinburg Inn by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Around 5 p.m., all guests were ushered into the home to hear pianist Peggy Smith and clarinetist John Celestin Jr. Smith is music and choir director at Gatlinburg First United Methodist Church. Celestin served as a member of the 39th Infantry Division band and the U.S. Air Force band. Guests later moved into


Clarinetist John Celestin Jr. and pianist Peggy Smith prepare before the performance for Gatlinburg Garden Club’s first scholarship concert.

SEYMOUR — The Seymour High School drama group will perform an adapted reader’s theater version of “To Kill a Mockingbird� by Harper Lee on Nov. 12. Peggy Phares, a teacher at Seymour High School, wrote the adapted version of the book. This interpretation of the classic novel




focuses on fatherhood and classic southern themes. Rachel Miller will be playing Scout, Kegan Drysdale will play Atticus and Chris Coffee will be playing the part of Jem. Other class members will

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Wilma Maples shows off the red roses presented to her at The Gatlinburg Inn by The Nashville Suzuki Players after the scholarship benefit concert which took place in her home. the dining room for dessert, coffee and tea. Dulcimer player Tim Simek along with Mark Edelman performed. Gatlinburg Garden Club members attending were Jane Dean, Wanna Mae Davis, Jeanne Ford, Lorraine Hendricks, Dot Egli, Joann Jordan, JoAn

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bond. u Alicia Dawn Hutchison, 22, of 1012 Bradley Court in Kodak, was charged Nov. 3 with theft of property. She was released. u Cassie Michelle Jarnagin, 22, of Rockwood, was charged Nov. 4 with theft of property. She was being held in lieu of $3,000 bond. u Christopher Allen Jones, 23, of 1312 Second Lane in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 4 with driving on a suspended license. He was released. u Jason Aaron McCulley, 19, of Rockwood, was charged Nov. 3 with possession of stolen property and a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held in lieu of $5,000 bond. u Kenneth Montgomery, 32, of 3144 Parkway Family Inns West in Pigeon Forge, was charged Nov. 3 with possession of a schedule IV substance. He was being held. u Amber Legail Ray, 19, of Graham, N.C., was charged Nov. 3 with theft of property. She was released. u Michael Wayne Scott, 34, of 1234 Flat Creek Road in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 3 with possession of a schedule IV substance and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was released on $1,500 bond. u Christopher John Stayton, 25, of 117 S. Shiloh Road in Seymour, was charged Nov. 3 with violation of probation. He was being held. u William Lee Wright, 46, of Knoxville, was charged Nov. 3 with general theft and a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held.

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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 David Shirley Abbott, 36, of 4020 French Broad Circle in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 3 with a circuit court warrant and possession of a schedule II substance. He was being held. u Jack Dudley Bean, 57, of Knoxville, was charged Nov. 4 with a second count of DUI and violation of implied consent. He was being held in lieu of $2,000 bond. u Larry Joe Bell, 23, of 2926 Six Point Lane in Sevierville,, was charged Nov. 3 with theft of property worth $1,000 to $10,000. He was released on $1,500 bond. u Michael Dennis Brooks, 40, of Louisville, was charged Nov. 4 with DUI. He was released on $10,000 bond. u Dwight Eugene Chandler, 22, of 916 Cedar Springs Valley Road in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 3 with a circuit court warrant and violation of probation. He was being held. u Stevie Wayne Dean, 43, of 744 Kodak Road in Kodak, was charged Nov. 3 with DUI, violation of implied consent law, driving while revoked and financial responsibility law. He was being held. u Megan Allice Hacker, 21, of Rockwood, Tenn., was charged Nov. 4 with possession of stolen property and a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. She was being held in lieu of $3,500



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thursday, nov. 5

Angel Food

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. 908-1245. n 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kodak UMC, 2923 Bryan Road. 933-5996.

Hospital Fundraiser

Sevier County Democrats meet at 7 p.m., third floor of courthouse. Visit or call 617-2145.

Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center volunteers sponsoring a Robert Tino art sale 7:30-4 today and Friday in classrooms. Proceeds benefit LeConte Medical Center.

Hot Meals

Heritage Museum


Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30-6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sevierville.


TOPS weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m., Parkway Church of God in Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.

Garden Club

Gatlinburg Garden Club meets 1 p.m. at the Gatlinburg Community Center. Master Gardener Rosalie Peters to give the program on orchids.

Women’s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 9 a.m. UMC Pigeon Forge n 2 p.m. Blue Mountain Mist B&B, Pullen Road, Sevierville n 6:30 p.m. Seymour UMC, Chapman Highway, back entrance n 6:30 p.m. Sevierville UMC, Conference Room, Sevierville

Wears Valley

Sevier County Heritage Museum reopening event 4 p.m., 167 Bruce St., Sevierville.

friday, nov. 6 Abundant Life

Abundant Life Conference today and Saturday, Pigeon Forge First Baptist. Presenters Charles Solomon and Pastor Danny Niceley of Grace Fellowship International. 429-0450 to register or

American Legion

American Legion Post 104 and Auxiliary will host District 2 meeting and dinner at 6 p.m. Covered dish plans 429-5216 or 429-5329. Cost is $8 per person.

S.I.T. Banquet

Reservations needed by today for Seniors In Touch free Thanksgiving banquet Nov. 10 at MountainBrook Village, Sevierville. RSVP to 428-2445, ext. 107.

JOY Club

Friends of Wears Valley meets at 6:30 p.m. at Wears Valley Methodist Church. Bill Clabough to speak.

JOY (Just Older Youth) Club meets for bingo 10:30 a.m., covered dish lunch, 11:30 a.m. 429-7373.

Right To Life

Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 3 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

Right to Life meets 5:30 p.m. at Pigeon Forge Library. Video on Planned Parenthood to be shown. 908-2689 or 908-1968.

Bass Pro Shops Christmas event begins Saturday SEVIERVILLE — Bass Pro Shops will present its “Santa’s Wonderland — A Classic Christmas” event Saturday through Dec. 24 at the store located at 3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place. This year the store will have a 3,500-square-foot village full of games, activities and crafts for the family. Comprised of both animated and live elves, nutcrackers, reindeer and more, the village offers a model train area, remote control cars, a Red Ryder laser arcade, a soft gun arcade and slot car racing. Children can play the Strike Bass Fishing Game. Activity tables will be set up where children can write a letter to Santa, color a Christmas picture and do crafts during the weekend, and it’s all free. Santa Claus will be in the store throughout the season. Customers can get a free photo with Santa and his reindeer from 5-8 p.m. weekdays, 10-9 on Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Every weekend from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 14 through Dec. 20 children can make crafts and holiday ornaments. A complete schedule of activities and times is available at www.basspro. com/santamedia. Bass Pro Shops stores will kick off the Christmas season with a special preview Nov. 8 from 3-8 p.m.. Local children’s groups and carolers will be singing in front of the store and customers will be treated to hot chocolate and cookies. Santa arrives at 3 p.m. Children will be invited to help Santa light a Christmas tree in the main entrance. For more information go to Bass Pro Shops has 56 retail stores in 26 states and Canada.

Angel Food

Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 908-1245. n 3 to 6 p.m., River of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road. 679-6796. n 4 to 6 p.m., Glades Lebanon Baptist Church, 820 E. Highlands Drive, Gatlinburg. 659-3443.

Kodak Story Time

Preschool story time 11 a.m., Kodak Library. 9330078.

Hospital Fundraiser

Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center volunteers sponsoring a Robert Tino art sale 7:30-4 today and Friday in classrooms. Proceeds benefit LeConte Medical Center.

saturday, nov. 7 Abundant Life

Abundant Life Conference continues at Pigeon Forge First Baptist. 4290450 to register or visit

Shrine Dinner/Auction

Great Smoky Mountains Shrine Club dinner/auction 4 p.m., Mountain Star Lodge No. 197, Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville. 933-6890 or 933-7400.

Book Sale

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1028 Boyds Creek Highway, Seymour, fall book and bake sale 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Baked goods; free coffee, cider and brownies.

Christmas Assistance

East Tennessee Toy Run applications taken 9-3 today; 6-8 p.m. Nov. 12; and 9-3 Nov. 14, Sevierville Community Center. Distribution Dec. 12. Requires Social Security card, ID for each child, proof of public assistance.

Teen Christmas

Applications for Teen Christmas assistance for ages 13-17 taken 9-3 today; 6-8 Nov. 12; and 9-3 Nov. 14, Sevierville Community Center. Distribution Dec. 12. Requires Social Security card, ID for each child, proof of public assistance.

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Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m. to 3 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. 908-1245. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., River of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road. 679-6796.

Cove Clothes Closet

Cove Clothes Closet, 3238 Pittman Center Road at old Richardson’s Cove Church, open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays only. Free clothing. 453-4526.

Turkey Shoot

Turkey shoot 2 p.m., weather permitting, behind Catons Chapel Fire Department, 3109 Pittman Center Road.


Veterans Day open car show and cruise-in, The Diner on Highway 66. 908-1904.

Catlettsburg Sale

Catlettsburg Elementary School yard sale 7 a.m. to noon at school.

sunday, nov. 8 Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n Noon to 1 p.m., River of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road. 679-6796.

Faith/Courage Exhibit

First Presbyterian Church, Sevierville, “Faith and Courage” exhibit recognizes contributions of U.S. military chaplains. 5562368, or 453-2971.


Lady is a 6-year-old beagle mix. Ten-monthold Jasper is a torti mix. Adoption fee for cats and dogs is $100 and covers their first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip. The Gnatty Branch Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Adoptions Options booth at the Great Smokies Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church, Chapman and Boyds Creek Highway n 1 p.m. Gatlinburg Inn, Gatlinburg

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obituaries In Memoriam

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. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to benefit the family. The family will receive friends 12-1 p.m. Saturday with memorial service to follow at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home. Carl Mays will officiate. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n

In Memoriam

Gregory Alan Chapman Gregory Alan Chapman, age 59 of Kodak, TN, formerly of Sarasota, FL, passed away Sunday, November 1, 2009. Greg worked at Smoky Mountain Knifeworks as a vintage knife collection consultant. He was preceded in death by his father Rick Chapman. Survivors include his wife, Lisa Chapman; daughter, Caylie Chapman; mother, Lucille Chapman and friend Jerry Barnes; brother, Mark Chapman and wife Beth. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.

Dorotha Cole

Dorotha Cole, age 76 of Pigeon Forge, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2009. She was a member of Gum Stand Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge. Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by her parents Marshall Seldon and Martha Smith Stinnett Miller; grandson Nick Maples; brothers Ruben (Tim) Stinnett and wife Eunice; sisters Willie (Bill) Fronaberger and husband Jim, Johnnie (Pat) Bryant and husband William (Bryan) Bryant, Betty Oury and husband Ed; niece Joanie Miller; nephews D.D. Bryant and Larry Stinnett. 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; great-grandchildren, 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, K’leb, 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 in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens for graveside service and interment with Rev. Ronnie Reagan and Rev. Roy Gose officiating. Pallbearers will be grandsons Gary LaFollette Jr., Drew LaFollette, Clint McElyea, Stephen Cole II, Josh Cole, Travis McClure, Chad McClure, Nathan Hale, Jared Hale, Tony Cole, II, Zachary Cole. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday at Gum Stand Baptist Church. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.

In Memoriam

Hazle Nimmer

Hazle Nimmer died at her home in Gatlinburg on Nov. 1, 2009, at the age of 100. She was born Sept. 9, 1909, and lived many years in Gatlinburg and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is survived by her children, Barbara and Dr. Harold N. Richardson of Perris, Calif.; Bruce and Diane Nimmer of Minnesota; and Jenifer and Rodney Wilson of Minnesota; by eight grandchildren; and also greatgrandchildren. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Gatlinburg, and the church’s Pastor Janet Volk will officiate at a memorial service. The Nimmer family invites friends to the service, which will be at the Nimmer home in Gatlinburg at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. For more information, call (865) 436-6247 or (607) 437-1529.





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Edwin Cary Thomas 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 ALLWEATHER AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING

of Sevierville, died Oct. 31, 2009, at University of Tennessee Memorial Hospital in Knoxville. Survivors: wife, Barbara Gordon; sons, Frank Gordon Jr. and Andrew Gordon; daughters, Sarah Gordon, Stephanie Gordon and Danielle Gordon; brothers, Samuel Pauley Jr. and Michael Pauley; sister, Alice Morrison; one grandson. Services 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at Seymour Church of God with Pastor Eddie Blazer officiating. Interment will follow the service in Atchley’s Seymour Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service on Friday. To share thoughts and memories with the family go to Rawlings Web site. n

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William “Bill� McCartney, 81, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. He volunteered with Pigeon Forge Special Events, including Dollywood parades, Wilderness Wildlife Week, Celebrate Freedom and the Patriot Festival. He was instrumental in planning the Pigeon Forge Community Center complex and coordinated bingo games for seniors. Suvivors: wife, Sallie McCartney; sons, Sheldon and wife Sandra, Gary and wife Leigh Anne; one granddaughter; sister Patricia. Memorial service 11:15 a.m. Nov. 6, 2009, at Pigeon Forge Community Center, Pastor Ronald Reagan officiating. Donny Richmond, singing.

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11 bodies recovered from a residence in Cleveland CLEVELAND (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The run-down Cleveland neighborhood where 50-yearold Anthony Sowell quietly carved out an existence is the type of place where women can disappear almost in plain sight. Where crack users sneak into vacant houses to do drugs, have sex, then steal copper pipes and wiring to make a few bucks. Where no one asks a lot of questions, even about the smell of rotting meat that came when the wind blew a certain way. Some likened it to the smell of death, and it seemed to follow Sowell around. No one is sure how long Sowell, a registered sex offender who would offer free barbecue to the neighbors, had been living in his three-story house with corpses lying around, many of them black women who had been strangled. Police have now recovered 11 bodies from the home on Imperial Avenue, in the living room, crawl spaces and backyard graves. There was even a skull in the basement. But if Sowellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s street is seedy, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far from abandoned. Occupied homes are sandwiched between vacant, boarded-up houses and scattered small businesses with a steady stream of customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not talking about some desolate area, some abandoned barn,â&#x20AC;? said


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sion reality series â&#x20AC;&#x153;18 Kids and Counting,â&#x20AC;? will return to the city for the second time this year to entertain the crowd and help flip the ceremonial switch to turn on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decorations. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be aided in that work by Bob Fowler, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special Events Volunteer of the Year. For the first time, Pigeon Forgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s party will include fireworks and a visit from Santa Claus, who will bring reindeer and offer opportunities for pictures to attendees. There will also be live entertainment during the two-hour event, including the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, several school groups including the Pigeon Forge High

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class all participate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all ages, anywhere from 14 to 18. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They work so hard. Every year in August, they come and find me and ask, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;When are we going to do stuff for the show?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teachers are often involved as well, performing in the skit portion of the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each year is a different show,â&#x20AC;? Ogle said. SCHSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culinary arts department also lends a hand, preparing a reception for the veterans that is held before the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We send invitations to people in the community, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of word-of-mouth, too,â&#x20AC;? Ogle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hardly ever have empty seats. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love doing this for the veterans. After the show, you can tell weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done something good.â&#x20AC;? More than 100 students will perform in Seymour High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16th annual veterans program at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. today, 1:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has a little bit of everything,â&#x20AC;? director Jean Burkhart said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will open with a patriotic number, and there will be dramatic interpretations and speeches. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also have a PowerPoint presentation that recognizes local vets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the kids would say this is their favorite program of the year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that we recognize and honor our veterans.â&#x20AC;? Pigeon Forge High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band, dance team and chorus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with Pigeon Forge Middle Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chorus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tribute to veterans at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at PFHS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We usually have a speaker, but it will be more of a presentation this year,â&#x20AC;? said coordinator Kara Breeden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be having a mock military funeral with explanations of things like the folding of the flag.â&#x20AC;? Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Principal Curtis Henry said his school will host two guest speakers in honor of Veterans Day at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Patriotic music will also be part of the event. n

Councilman Zach Reed, whose mother lives a block away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How did somebody get away with this in a residential neighborhood?â&#x20AC;? Even residents seemed unfazed by the disappearances: They say many of the women were known prostitutes or drug users. But relatives of presumed victims charge that police ignored their missing person reports. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They told us to go home, and as soon as the drugs are gone, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll show up,â&#x20AC;? said Markiesha Carmichael-Jacobs, whose 53-year-old mother Tonia, a drug addict, vanished Nov. 10, 2008. Police identified her Wednesday as one of the victims, saying her body was found buried in the backyard with marks indicating strangulation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to imagine,â&#x20AC;? CarmichaelJacobs said as she stood shivering on a street corner across from Sowellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home Wednesday, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they told us to our face: â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll turn up.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Some wonder whether police just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look for the women because they were from the city. Or because they were black. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this fear that the neighborhood has been forgotten,â&#x20AC;? said the Rev. Rodney Maiden of Providence Baptist Church.

School marching band, the Elizabeth Williams School of Dance, and Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier. The schedule represents a dramatic increase in the amount of activity around Pigeon Forgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kickoff, which in recent years has dwindled to little more than the switch flipping itself, a larger symbolic activity since the lights are already on before the switch is flipped except for those in the park itself. City officials say the beefing up is part of the 20th anniversary of Winterfest, with each of the cities celebrating the 1989 start of the annual November to February event this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 20th anniversary year for Pigeon Forge Winterfest is very special, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have nationally known celebrities such as the Duggar fam-

ily help us kick it off,â&#x20AC;? Pigeon Forge Director of Tourism Leon Downey says. The amping up seems appropriate considering the scale of Winterfest itself, which in Pigeon Forge alone includes millions of lights and decorations that line the Parkway and other city streets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the start of a great time of year for Pigeon Forge that is acknowledged far and wide,â&#x20AC;? Downey says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In fact, the 2009-2010 Pigeon Forge Winterfest is a Top 100 Event in North America according to the American Bus Association.â&#x20AC;? The event will include complimentary rides on the Fun Time Trolley Systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tour of Lights, which showcases the Winterfest displays throughout the community. Five food venders will be on hand rais-

High Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tributes to Veterans n Sevier County High School: 6:30 p.m. today, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday at SCHS n Seymour High School: 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. today, 1:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at SHS n Pigeon Forge High School: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at PFHS n Gatlinburg-Pittman High School: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at GPHS

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The Marvelettes perform a sound check and an impromptu concert to early Winterfest goers.

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ated the clothes for Franklin Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presidential motorcade re-enactment in the Gatlinburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fourth of July Parade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone is so excited to do this,â&#x20AC;? Kirchner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas is all about kids.â&#x20AC;? Numerous vendors had other treats to offer patrons, such as M&M Mars from Cleveland with free candy

ing money for the American Legion, Pigeon Forge High School, Relay for Life and the Salvation Army. The Duggars, an Arkansas family of 18 children with one on the way headed by father Jim Bob and mother Michelle, visited the city in May, taking part in the annual Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade. During that trip to the area, the clan filmed a pair of episodes for their television show and, apparently, found some affection for the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jim Bob and Michell had lots of fun when they visited in May, and they genuinely had a great time here,â&#x20AC;? Downey says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They really like Pigeon Forge. More than once they told us how impressed they were by how much there for families to do here.â&#x20AC;? n

samples and Walgreens with its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sanitation Station.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When George came to us and asked us to be involved, I came up with the idea to have hand sanitizers for people to use before they ate their chili,â&#x20AC;? said Scot Stinnett, manager of the new Gatlinburg Walgreens that opened Oct. 2 on the Parkway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He really liked the idea since the H1N1 flu is on the rise. He wants to do it for other events coming up.â&#x20AC;? Stinnett also offered ant-

acids for patrons after they finished off their chili. Dan and Rachel England of Williamsburg, Va. visited the area this time last year but had to leave before the chili cookoff. This year theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to take advantage of the festivities with sons Trey, nearly 3, and Lex, 7 months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love this time of the year up here, with the leaves changing,â&#x20AC;? Dan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love the mountains.â&#x20AC;? n

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Seymour veterans program scheduled Seymour High School will host its 16th annual Veterans Day program at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. today; 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 jeanburkhart@ n


SCHS veterans program planned

The 17th annual salute to veterans will be held at 6:30 p.m. today and 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday 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


H1N1 vaccine to be administered

The Sevier County Health Department will offer free H1N1l flu vaccine from 4-7 p.m. today at the department, Cedar Street downtown, by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 453-1032. The clinic will have another H1N1 clinic from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, also by appointment only. 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


Mineral Society to hold auction

The Smoky Mountain Mineral Society of East Tennessee is having an identification night and an auction at its meeting today. Participants may bring fossil, gem, mineral or rock and find out their value. The group meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday in the Newport Utilities Building, 170 Cope Blvd. For more information call (423) 487-2878. n


Workshop today on preservation

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance and Friends of Wears Valley will co-host the third Preservation Toolbox educational workshop 6:30 p.m. today at Wears Valley United Methodist Church. Bill Clabough, executive director of Foothills Land Conservancy, will speak. Light refreshments will be served. n

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Man: Image of Jesus appears on pickup JOHNSON CITY(AP) — Jim Stevens says he’s not particularly religious and is clueless about why an image resembling Jesus Christ keeps appearing on his pickup. Stevens — of Jonesborough — says nearly every morning, an image that looks to him like the face of Jesus Christ has appeared in the condensation on the driver’s side window of his Isuzu truck. A Johnson City Press photo of the truck showed a facial image. Stevens said when he first saw the image, he figured it would evaporate and not return. But it kept reappearing for two weeks now. Stevens said folks at the grocery store Associated Press he goes to were amazed to see the image. He says he isn’t going to wash the truck Jim Stevens stands next to his truck that has an image of Jesus on the window Monday in Jonesborough. for a while.


The Seymour Library community meeting for November will focus on food allergies for children. Dr. Amanda Jerviss will host a forum to discuss what food allergies are and how to detect if your child has allergic reactions to certain foods. The free event will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 14. For information call 577-7511.

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In 1968, Richard M. Nixon won the presidency, defeating Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and American Independent candidate George C. Wallace.

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national quote roundup “Our goals remain unchanged. We want to get health insurance reform done this year, and we have unprecedented momentum to achieve that. There is no reason why we can’t have a transparent and thorough debate in the Senate and still send a bill to the president by Christmas.” — Jim Manley, spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office in a revised statement hours after Reid signaled that Congress may fail to meet a year-end deadline for passing health care legislation.

“By resigning ... and ending his embarrassing tenure in office, Justice Bardwell has finally consented to the will of the vast majority of Louisiana citizens and nearly every governmental official in Louisiana ... We are better off without him in public service.” — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in a statement after Louisiana justice of the peace Keith Bardwell resigned after weeks of calls for his ouster from civil rights groups and several public officials, including the governor for refusing to marry interracial couples.

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On Nov. 5, 1605, the “Gunpowder Plot” failed as Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament.

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Limited government best way I made The New York Times last week. It even ran my picture. My mother would be proud. Unfortunately, the story was critical. It said, “Critics have leaped on Mr. Stossel’s speaking engagements as the latest evidence of conservative bias on the part of Fox.” Which “critics” had “leaped”? The reporter mentioned Rachel Maddow. I wouldn’t think her criticism newsworthy, but Times reporters may use MSNBC as their guide to life. He also quoted an “associate professor of journalism” who said my speeches were “’pretty shameful’ by traditional journalistic standards.” All this because I spoke at an event for Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a “conservative advocacy group.” It is odd that this is a news story. In August, AFP hired me to do the very same thing. I give the money to charity. The Times didn’t call that “shameful.” But in August, I worked for ABC News. Now, I work for Fox. Hmmm. It reminds me of something that happened earlier in my career. I was one of America’s first TV consumer reporters. I approached the job with an attitude. If companies ripped people off, I would embarrass them on TV -- and demand that government do something. I was a crusader out to punish corporate bullies. My colleagues liked it. I got job offers. I won 19 Emmys. I was invited to speak at journalism conferences. Then, gradually, I figured out that business, for the most part, treats consumers pretty well. The way to get rich in business is to create something good, sell it for a reasonable price, acquire a reputation for honesty and keep pleasing customers so they come back for more. As a local TV reporter, I could find plenty of crooks. But once I got to the national stage — “20/20” and “Good Morning America” — it was hard to find comparable national scams. There were some, but they are rare. In a $14 trillion economy, you’d think there’d be more. I figured out why: Market forces, even when hampered by government, keep scammers in check. Reputation matters. Word gets out. Good companies thrive, and bad ones atrophy. Regulation barely deters the cheaters, but competition does. It made me want to learn more about free markets. I subscribed to Reason magazine and read Cato Institute research papers. Then Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek and Aaron Wildavsky. My reporting changed. I started taking skeptical looks at government — especially regulation. I did an ABC TV special that said we TV reporters often make hysterical claims about chemicals, pollution and other relatively minor risks. Its good ratings surprised my colleagues. Suddenly, I wasn’t so popular with them. I stopped winning Emmys. I was invited on CNN’s media program, “Reliable Sources,” to be interviewed by The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz and an indignant Bernard Kalb. They titled the segment, “Objectivity and Journalism: Does John Stossel Practice Either?” It was in big letters over my head. On the air they told me that I was no longer objective. I was too stunned to defend myself effectively. I said something like: “I’ve always had a point of view. How come you had no trouble with that when I criticized business?” In hindsight, I wish I’d said: “Look at the title on the wall, you hypocrites! It shows you have a point of view, too. Many reporters do. You just don’t like my arguments now that I no longer hew to your statist line. So you want to shut me up.” So I’ll say it now: Reporters who think coercive government control is generally good and I, who thinks voluntary market forces are generally better, both have a point of view. So why am I the one called biased? I like what “Americans for Prosperity” defends. I’m an American, and I’m for prosperity. What creates prosperity is free and competitive markets. And I will speak about that every chance I get. — John Stossel hosts a show on the Fox Business Channel and is the author of “Myth, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel — Why Everything You Know is Wrong.” (C)2009 JFS Productions Inc.


Not so cold any more Winterfest has been an important boost to the local economy Winterfest was such a wonderful, creative concept, it’s surprising nobody thought of it before it was finally implemented about 20 years ago. Usually this area slowed to a crawl after the leaf season ended. Few people came to Sevier County in the winter. Businesses shut down. Workers were laid off. People struggled to get through the cold months so spring could bring renewal and more traffic. Not any more. Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge worked together to come up with Winterfest. It’s a colorful display of lights as well as other attractions and activities that keep people coming to our tourist destination when they used to shun us. It’s hard to estimate the impact of Winterfest on business here, but it has to be well into seven figures. Dollywood has begun to stay open even after Christmas.

Businesses that used to shutter the windows and doors now welcome customers. And locals have more choices on what to do and see when the weather turns cold. This week each city rolls out its own Winterfest celebration. Sevierville was first with its event on Tuesday, followed by Gatlinburg on Wednesday and Pigeon Forge today. Each city, while working with the others to make Winterfest a collaborate effort, comes up with its own special kickoff event. Sevierville caters to children. Gatlinburg has the chili cookoff and fireworks, Pigeon Forge has the Duggars as special guests. The family from TV’s “18 Kids and Counting” was here over the summer and has come back to help the city usher in Winterfest. The Duggars will spend Saturday at Dollywood and Sunday morning at Cowboy Church inside Country Tonite.

Look for much of the visit to appear on one of the family’s shows on The Learning Channel. Without question tourism slows down in November, but it is not the start of a dead period for Sevier County businesses. No longer do we close down much of what we have to offer when the leaves start to fall. Winterfest has been a terrific boost to business, and whether you like it or not, this area thrives on tourism. We are no longer a sleepy little county with some visitors who come to see us. We are the third highest grossing tax revenue county in all of Tennessee, with the state’s top tourist attractions and the most visited national park in the country. As tourism goes, so goes our economy. Winterfest is here to stay and get better every year as each city adds to its displays. May it always be so.

Political view

Public forum Pastor concerned about church document on human sexuality

Editor: Our county has three Lutheran churches; Celebration Lutheran Church in Seymour, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Gatlinburg and Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Sevierville. On Aug. 9 The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) adopted the document “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust,” in which they approved the ordination of homosexuals. This decision saddens me and moves me to inform our community that there are different Lutheran communities in America. The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Evangelical Lutheran Synod have issued public statements expressing sorrow over this decision as contrary to The Gospel and a departure from God’s word. Celebration Lutheran Church and Saint Paul Lutheran Church, as member congregations of the LCMS, are committed to the authority of Scripture and the purity of the Gospel. As

pastor of Saint Paul I wish to add my voice to those who bear witness against this decision as harmful to the body of Christ and sanctioning as acceptable in God’s sight that which His word clearly calls sin. All Lutherans are by confession (public statement) Trinitarian Christians and as such called to love and be forgiving toward each other and all sinners. Sometimes loving someone is telling them something they do not what to hear. If someone likes to drink what you know to be deadly poison, it is not loving to say “you were born that way, drink whatever you like.” The clearly loving thing to do is stop them from poisoning themselves. In the same way, if God says an activity is sinful, it is not loving for us to say it is not. There is no debate on what God’s word says on this subject; (see Leviticus 18:22-24, 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:910). The disagreement is on whether we accept the authority of God and His word or depart from it. The ELCA has sadly departed from it. God loves homosexuals as much as all sinners. And the church and all Christians are

called to love and care for those who struggle with this temptation as well as any other. But it is not loving and caring for us to tell someone that their favorite sin is OK. I would not say this to an overeater, an alcoholic, fornicator or any other sinner dealing with regular temptation, as we all do. I would encourage them to acknowledge their sin before God and seek the forgiveness which He so richly desires to give, Christ bled, died and rose for all sinners including homosexuals, but if we tell God our favorite sin is no sin, then how can he forgive us for that which we refuse to confess as sinful. Unrepentant sin can have disastrous affect on our eternal condition. We love our brothers and sisters in the ELCA and share a common history with them, but we are saddened by this recent decision and are in prayer that God’s good and glorious will be done through these difficult times. Robert Portier Pastor Our Savior Lutheran Church Sevierville

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Sizzling fast Johnson leading NFL in rushing By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan is fast, very fast. And he refuses to even think about racing teammate Chris Johnson. Not even for fun. “There’s some things you just don’t do,” Finnegan said with a smile. “A Ferrari and a Toyota Corolla will not race. I feel like I’ll be a Toyota Corolla. I’m not going to race a Ferrari.” Johnson is the speedy second-year running back from East Carolina who is leaving defenders in his wake. He’s leading the NFL in yards rushing (824) and yards per carry with a whopping 6.9 average, and was the AFC offensive player of the week Wednesday for his franchise-record 228 yards rushing in last week’s 30-13 win over Jacksonville. Call it arrogant, but Johnson said he hasn’t seen anyone match his speed — measured at 4.24 seconds in a 40-yard dash — yet in the NFL. “I’m not all about my speed. I can make people miss. I can break tackles,” he said. It’s part of Johnson’s march to being one of the NFL’s best, and this season’s goal is 2,000 yards, which has been done only five times and not since Jamal Lewis in 2003. If he reaches that, Johnson plans to reward his linemen by buying them cars. He has topped 100 yards three times this season, and


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Titans RB Chris Johnson falls exhausted in the end zone after running for an 89-yard TD against the Jaguars in Nashville on Sunday. The Titans won 30-13 for their first win of the season. his 228 yards was the NFL’s best since Adrian Peterson rushed for 296 on Nov. 4, 2007, against San Diego. It was also the 16th best rushing total since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970. Some running backs may have more touchdowns than Johnson’s four, but each of his scoring runs has been longer than 52 yards, and he is busy rewriting the Tennessee record book, passing by names like Billy Cannon, Earl Campbell and Eddie George. Johnson has two of the franchise’s three longest TD runs with an

89-yarder and a 91-yarder — both this season. “It feels real good to look at some of the guys who have played before me, then come in and break a record. But records are made to be broken,” Johnson said. San Francisco (3-4) is next to defend Johnson this Sunday, and coach Mike Singletary’s 49ers rank second in the NFL against the run. They’ve allowed only one team to top 100 yards this season. But he said preparing for Johnson is very difficult and deceptive. “You really have to know

where he’s at,” Singletary said. “You kind of hold your breath until he’s on the ground.” The scary thing? Titans coach Jeff Fisher sees Johnson getting better. “He changes defenses. If the people aren’t familiar with him, then the result’s going to be what you’ve seen. He can get on the edge and outrun people. I think we will all agree that when he gets in the secondary ... no one’s going to catch him,” Fisher said. “It’s a touchdown.” A knock on Johnson com-

ing out of East Carolina was whether he could survive running between the tackles at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds. It’s why he was still available at No. 24 overall in the 2008 draft. He’s proven so far he can do just that, including running over Jaguars safety Brian Russell on his 89-yard TD run. “He knows how to take a hit,” Fisher said. “That’s the most impressive thing about him because of his size and stature, one would think this guy’s not going to get up, but he does.” Johnson turned in his

4.24-second run at the 2008 NFL Combine, the fastest in the last 15 years that they’ve used electronic timing. The inability of most teams to simulate that speed is what Fisher believes makes defending Johnson so difficult. He compared it to preparing for Barry Sanders and recalled that one team tried bringing a chicken out for the defense to chase. “That’s where it is with Chris. It’s clearly on film,” Fisher said. “You see guys that can really run lose the edge and lose the corner.” Quarterback Vince Young has started only two games with Johnson behind him but thinks Johnson’s best skill can’t be coached. “The speed that he has, he has a God-given talent,” Young said. “Just get the ball in his hands.” Coaches like how Johnson has worked hard to improve himself as a runner, studying areas like vision and aiming points to help him follow blockers. Johnson also is more patient, following the blocks of linemen and receivers to spring him further down the field. “He’s worked harder to improve that part of his game,” Fisher said. Johnson feels more patient this year, which is why he’s only 404 yards away from matching what he ran for as a rookie with nine games left. And if he has to pay up his promise to his linemen, how about some Ferraris? “I didn’t say what kind of cars,” Johnson said.



Dodgers’ Padilla shot in Nicaragua

UT’s Dan Williams heart of Big Orange dominant D

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Vicente Padilla is recovering from a bullet wound in his leg after a target shooting instructor accidentally shot him. Dr. Eduardo Reguera said Padilla, who signed with the Dodgers in August, didn’t need surgery after spending time at Managua’s Metropolitan Hospital. Police spokesman Vilma Reyes said Wednesday that Padilla’s pistol apparently jammed during a target shooting session late Tuesday. Padilla handed the pistol to a shooting instructor, a former police captain, who didn’t realize there was a bullet in the chamber and shot himself in his hand, Padilla’s legal adviser Roberto Calderon told The Associated Press. The bullet also grazed Padilla’s leg. The account contradicts Padilla’s agent, Adam Katz, who told The Los Angeles Times that it was a “hunting accident.” Padilla went 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA for the Dodgers the final two months of the regular season. He allowed one run in 7 1-3 innings in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series, but was battered for six runs in three innings in a season-ending loss to the Phillies.

By BETH RUCKER Associated Press Writer

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G-P junior Mahavir Patel, left, goes in for the tackle against junior RB James Spearman, right of Patel with the ball tucked in his arm, during practice this week. Hammonds Field has been a muddy mess since the Austin-East game nearly three weeks ago, and it won’t be much better Friday night against Happy Valley despite the recent break from rain.

G-P needs to limit turnovers By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer GATLINBURG — Hammonds Field at GatlinburgPittman High School has been a muddy mess since the Austin-East game nearly three weeks ago with teams combining for 16 fumbles — 13 of which ended possessions — the past two Highlander home contests, and the playing surface probably won’t be much better this Friday night when G-P hosts former Watauga Conference rival Happy Valley at 7 p.m. for the first round of the TSSAA state playoffs. Although there has been a break in the rain the past few days, Hammonds Field is not drying out very fast despite the best efforts made to improve the conditions. The Highlanders had a helicopter sit on the field last week before the Pigeon Forge game in an effort to blow dry the turf, but the results were just superficial. “Friday night against Pigeon Forge, the field looked dry at first, but it was kindly like a pie crust,” said 38th-year G-P head football coach Benny Hammonds. “Once we

got out there on it, we were in it (the mud) again.” So, G-P turned to the Tennessee Titans this week for some advice on improving the field, but the suggested solution was far beyond the budget for the high school program. “So, I guess we’re just going to have to play in the mud again,” said Hammonds. “It slows you down, kind of like running in molasses, but both teams have to play in it.” Although teams have combined for 16 fumbles the past two games at Gatlinburg, with the Highlanders accounting for seven of them, Hammonds said it’s not all to be blamed on the mud. “It’s a combination of things, really, for us,” said Hammonds. “Some of it’s been the slick ball, but some of it’s been poor execution, and some of it’s just been hard knocks. “We need to limit our turnovers, keep them to a minimum, especially in a big ball game. We’ve got to come out on the plus side of the turnovers this Friday night.”

KNOXVILLE — Dan Williams doesn’t garner the kind of attention safety Eric Berry gets. He hasn’t racked up as many tackles as linebacker Rico McCoy or as many sacks as defensive end Chris Walker. Still, Tennessee coaches and players say Williams is the key to the Volunteers’ defensive success. “It all starts with Dan,” coach Lane Kiffin said. “He is playing so much better up there. He’s a dominant force right now.” At 6-foot-3 and about 320 pounds, Williams is overshadowed by the larger interior linemen in the Southeastern Conference. His stats aren’t bad — 39 tackles, three tackles for a loss, one sack and a fumble recovery — but they’re eclipsed by McCoy’s 75 tackles, Berry’s five tackles for a loss and Walker’s four sacks. Off the field he’s softspoken and always smiling. On the field he’s aggressive, and it’s his speed and ability to disrupt opposing offenses that allow his fellow Vols to excel, McCoy said. “He’s playing some of the best ball in the country, I think,” McCoy said. “I wouldn’t have as many tackles without playing behind Dan. Dan’s taking up a block or two every play, because he demands that attention.”

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m. ESPN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Virginia Tech at East Carolina GOLF 11 p.m. TGC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; European PGA Tour/ WGC, HSBC Champions, second round, at Shanghai, China MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7:30 p.m. FOX â&#x20AC;&#x201D; World Series, game 7, Philadelphia at N.Y. Yankees (if necessary) NBA BASKETBALL 8:15 p.m. TNT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chicago at Cleveland 10:30 p.m. TNT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; San Antonio at Utah RODEO 9 p.m. VERSUS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; PBR, World Finals, fourth round, at Las Vegas SOCCER 8 p.m. ESPN2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; MLS, playoffs, Eastern Conference semifinals, Real Salt Lake at Columbus Friday, Nov. 6 AUTO RACING 10 a.m. SPEED â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NASCAR, Nationwide Series, practice for Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly Challenge, at Fort Worth, Texas 11:30 a.m. SPEED â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NASCAR, Nationwide Series, final practice for Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly Challenge, at Fort Worth, Texas 1 p.m. SPEED â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Dickies 500, at Fort Worth, Texas 4:30 p.m. SPEED â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Dickies 500, at Fort Worth, Texas 6:30 p.m. SPEED â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NASCAR, Nationwide Series, pole qualifying for Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly Challenge, at Fort Worth, Texas 9 p.m. SPEED â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NASCAR, Truck Series, WinStar World Casino 350, at Fort Worth, Texas COLLEGE FOOTBALL 8 p.m. ESPN2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Boise St. at Louisiana Tech GOLF 10 p.m. TGC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; European PGA Tour/ WGC, HSBC Champions, third round, at Shanghai, China HORSE RACING 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NTRA, Breedersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cup World Championships, at Arcadia, Calif. NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. ESPN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cleveland at New York 10:30 p.m.

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prep gridiron 2009 Tennessee Prep Poll, Season Final

local bowling Pigeon Forge Bowling Center Results through Monday. Monday Afternoon Ladies Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high scratch game/ series: Ernie James , 258/618 Liz Garrett, 180/ 504 Caroline Kent, 172/454 Gatlinburg Bowling Center Bowling league results through Tuesday. Monday Night Mixed League Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high game/series: Kelsey Sortore, 189/519 Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high game/series: Robert George, 235 Tom Allen, 527 Tuesday Night Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s League High game/series: Randy Dixon, 224/511 Jacob Metcalf, 526

2009 season final Associated Pressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Top 10 teams in each of Tennesseeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six Division I non-financial aid classifications and in the combined Division II financial aid classification as selected by Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters. With first-place votes in parentheses, records through November 2, total points based on 10 points for a firstplace vote through one point for a 10th-place vote: Class 6A

Record Pts Prv 1. Maryville (11) 9-1 173 2 2. Sevier County (3) 10-0 128 4 3. Blackman (1) 9-1 121 6 4. Oakland (2) 8-2 112 5 5. Ooltewah (1) 9-1 110 1 6. Riverdale 8-2 93 3 7. Farragut 8-2 60 8 8. Brentwood 8-2 50 10 9. McMinn County 8-2 32 10. Franklin 8-2 25 9 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Mt. Juliet 24. 12, White Station 20. 13, Whitehaven 12.

Class 5A

Record Pts Prv 1. Tennessee (17) 10-0 179 1 2. Clinton 9-0 147 2 3. Henry County (1) 9-1 141 3 4. Columbia 9-1 121 5 5. Sullivan South 8-2 76 4 6. Daniel Boone 8-2 75 8 7. Morristown West 8-2 69 7 8. Lawrence County 8-2 58 10 9. Mitchell 7-3 29 6 (tie) Beech 8-2 29 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Hardin County 15.

local golf Bent Creek Golf Course Final menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day results through Wednesday. Championship Flight: 1. Marty Ring 2. Shade Treadway First Flight: 1, Chick Steadman 2. David Bell

Class 4A

Record Pts Prv 1. Red Bank (17) 10-0 179 1 2. Giles County 9-1 145 3 3. Liberty Magnet (1) 9-1 139 4 4. Creek Wood 9-1 103 6 5. Crockett County 9-1 86 2 6. David Lipscomb 7-3 83 7 7. Greeneville 7-3 73 9 8. Knoxville Fulton 7-3 65 8 9. Spring Hill 8-2 23 10. Maplewood 6-4 17 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Claiborne County 15. 12, Covington 12. 12, East Ridge 12.

elementary hoops Elementary basketball results through Monday. Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game: Pi Beta Phi 52, Catons Chapel 19. Leading Scorers Pi Phi: Trevor Jain 13, Skyler Gibbons 9, Clay Leatherwood 8, Spencer Brien 6, Tanner Cox 4, Chad Ayers 4, Dylan Maples 4, Carlos Sweeney 2, Cole Fuller 2 Catons Chapel: Steffan Schroeder 5, Luke Stone 4

Class 3A

Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game: Pi Phi 40, Catons Chapel 13 Leading Scorers Pi Phi: Macee Tinker 9, Courtney Malone 8, Micki Werner 7, Marah Herrell 6, Sydney Perry 4, Cierra Northcote 2, Alicia Sumerski 2, Claire Ballentine 2 Catons Chapel: Kayla Carr 6

Record 1. Alcoa (17) 10-0 2. Milan (1) 10-0 3. Polk County 10-0 4. CAK 9-1 5. Austin-East 7-3 6. Camden 9-1 7. Gatlinburg-Pittman 9-1 8. Elizabethton 8-2 9. Goodpasture 8-2 10. Manassas 9-1 Others receiving 12 or more points:none

Pts Prv 179 1 157 2 137 3 104 4 95 5 92 6 66 7 65 8 43 9 27 10

Class 2A

Record Pts Prv 1. Trousdale Co. (14) 9-1 169 1 2. Boyd Buchanan (1) 9-1 159 2 3. Friendship Christ. 9-1 125 4 4. McKenzie (1) 9-1 119 3 5. Signal Mountain 9-1 106 5 6. Adamsville (1) 9-1 84 6 7. Hampton (1) 9-1 80 7 8. Forrest 9-1 49 8 9. Oneida 8-2 37 9 10. Cascade 7-3 28 10 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Riverside 12.

Class 1A

Record Pts Prv 1. Jo Byrns (11) 10-0 157 1 1. Wayne Co. (2) 10-0 157 2 3. S. Pittsburg (5) 8-2 156 3 4. Grace Christian 9-1 123 4 5. Union City 8-2 99 6 6. Huntingdon 7-3 87 5 7. Lookout Valley 7-3 69 7 8. Collinwood 6-4 48 8 9. Harriman 6-4 25 9 10. Gordonsville 6-4 17 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Perry County 16.

Division II

Record 1. MUS (15) 10-0 2. Ensworth (2) 9-0 3. ECS (1) 8-1 4. Brentwood Acad. 6-3 5. CBHS 8-2 6. Knoxville Webb 9-1 7. Univ.-Jackson 9-1 8. Father Ryan 7-3 9. Davidson Acad. 9-1 10. Baylor 6-4 (tie)MBA 6-4 Others receiving 12 or more points:none

Pts Prv 168 1 155 2 125 3 101 4 98 5 87 6 65 7 57 9 47 10 24 8 24 8


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â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Games Auburn 33, Mississippi 20 Florida 41, Georgia 17 Arkansas 63, E. Michigan 27 Mississippi St. 31, Kentucky 24 Georgia Tech 56, Vanderbilt 31 Tennessee 31, South Carolina 13 LSU 42, Tulane 0 Saturday, Nov. 7 South Carolina at Arkansas, 12:21 p.m. E. Kentucky at Kentucky, 1 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Georgia, 1 p.m. Furman at Auburn, 1:30 p.m. LSU at Alabama, 3:30 p.m. Memphis at Tennessee, 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at Florida, 7:15 p.m. N. Arizona at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

AUTO RACING AT A GL ANCE 3:30 p.m.). Track: Texas Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles). Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps. Last year: Kyle Busch raced to his 10th and last 2008 victory, tying Sam Ard (1983) for the series record. The victory was the second of Buschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three straight series wins at the track. Carl Edwards finished second. Last race: Brad Keselowski raced to his fourth victory of the year, holding off series leader Busch on Oct. 24 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Fast facts: Busch won the April race for his third straight series win at the track. He led a race-record 178 of 200 laps. ... Busch, a seven-time winner this year, has a 215-point lead over second-place Edwards with three races left. Keselowski is third, 257 points behind Busch. ... Kevin Harvick has a series-high four Texas wins. Next race: Able Body Labor 200, Nov. 14, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz. On the Net: http://www. ___ CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS WinStar World Casino 350 Site: Fort Worth, Texas. Schedule: Thursday, practice, qualifying; Friday, race, 9 p.m. (Speed, 8:3011:30 p.m.). Track: Texas Motor

Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles). Race distance: 220.5 miles, 147 laps. Last year: Ron Hornaday Jr. completed a season sweep at the track, coming from a lap down for a dominating victory that moved him within six points of eventual season champion Johnny Benson with two races to go. Kyle Busch finished second. Last week: Busch won at Talladega, passing Todd Bodine just before the finish with help from bump-drafting by Billy Ballew teammate Aric Almirola. Busch has won his last four Trucks starts to tie Hornaday for the season victory lead with six. Bodine finished third, ending his series restrictor-plate winning streak at four. Fast facts: Hornaday has a 202-point lead over Matt Crafton with three races left. The 51-year-old Hornaday is winless since Aug. 1 in Nashville, the last of his series-record five straight victories. He has 45 career wins and three season titles, both series records. ... Bodine won the June race for his record fifth Texas victory. Hornaday was 19th after leading 52 laps. ... In 2010, the series will use double-file restarts and allow teams to get fuel and tires on the same stop. Next race: Lucas Oil 150, Nov. 13, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz. On the Net: http://www.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009 ◆ The Mountain Press Family Circus

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Aunt concerned about niece’s blood cravings


The Mountain Press has chosen not to publish today’s Zits cartoon panel because of what the newspaper feels is objectionable content.


Baby Blues

Beetle Bailey

Dear Annie: My 15-year-old niece recently told me she craves the taste of blood and feels like a freak. She said her mom absolutely lost it when she told her. I know this must be a symptom of a medical problem and told her so. I also said she needs to talk to a doctor or therapist about it, as they are in a better position to help her. But she’s too scared to talk about it with anyone. She asked me to find more information about any medical condition that might be causing her cravings. But when I looked it up, I found very little useful information and a lot of oddball theory and rumor. I told her the cravings are the body’s way of telling us it is lacking something. I also reminded her that giving in to this particular craving could make her sick, and that it may not be safe. I’m not sure what else to tell her. Do you have any suggestions for how she might approach a medical professional so she feels more comfortable? -Concerned Aunt Dear Aunt: Your niece is lucky to have a levelheaded person like you to talk to. Unusual food cravings are often due to a mineral or vitamin deficiency. One possibility is pica, which manifests itself as a craving for inedible items, most commonly dirt or wood. Blood cravings have been linked to iron deficiency. Encourage your niece to discuss this with her pediatrician or family doctor. If she is reluctant, offer to go with her so she is less nervous. She needs to be reassured that it’s not

because she’s watching too many vampire movies. Dear Annie: Let me begin by admitting my obsessive germophobia. It naturally escalated after I had my two children. I know I take it to an extreme level, being extra cautious to wash hands to reduce the spread of disease. Still, I can’t help wondering what is wrong with people. Just this week, I was in a children’s clothing store and was rendered speechless when the father of a snot-nosed toddler boy said it was OK for the kid to kiss my 2-year-old daughter. I know some people think this is cute and harmless, but to do that to a stranger’s child seems weird to me. I can’t seem to get away from these young children who want to touch my 10-month-old on the head, face and hands. Often, the parent isn’t around or isn’t paying attention. I try to avoid confrontation, and so far I have done nothing other than pull my child away. What is the appropriate way to handle such encounters? -- Germophobe Mom in York, Penn. Dear Mom: It’s OK to nicely tell strangers (children and adults) that you’d prefer they not touch your child, and to relocate yourselves if hands reach out in your direction. But we hope

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you will keep your more germ-phobic behavior in check so your children don’t have the same aversions. A certain amount of exposure can build immunity to everyday germs and actually be a healthy thing. Dear Annie: I had to run to the computer and respond to “In Shock in Kentucky.” She said she just moved to Kentucky and heard the term “double buckle.” I live in Kentucky and am sick to death of people making unfair comments about my state. I have lived in Kentucky all of my life and would never dream of putting two children in one seatbelt. Please tell her not to assume all people from Kentucky are doing this just because she first heard this term there. Stereotyping people by the state they live in is horrible. She should stop blaming my state and look at the people she is hanging around with. -Proud of My State Dear Proud: We don’t believe she was singling out Kentucky. We’ve heard the term, and we live in Chicago. But we’re sure Kentuckians are with you on this. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, P.O. Box 118190, Chicago, IL 60611. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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Smart Rx: Drugs that work, won’t break the bank By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Business Writer WASHINGTON — Last year pharmaceutical companies spent more than $4 billion urging patients like you to “ask your doctor” about their drugs. But if you want a prescription that won’t empty your wallet, while still keeping you well, you might start asking your doctor about drugs you don’t see on TV. As unemployment continues to rise, experts estimate that 50 million Americans are without health care coverage, forcing many to bear the full cost of their prescriptions. Compounding the problem

are steadily rising drug costs. The senior advocacy group AARP reports that prices for the most popular drugs rose 8.7 percent on average last year, more than twice the rate of inflation. Fortunately there are cheaper alternatives to many of these pills. Here are some important points to consider when looking to cut your prescription bill. Q: Why would a cheap drug work as well as a more expensive one? A: Because in most cases, drugs that are cheap today were once expensive. Patents on new drugs protect the product for about 20 years,

allowing companies to charge the highest price the market will bear. But after the patent expires, or is successfully challenged in court, generic drugmakers launch cheaper versions, immediately driving the price of the drug down. Generic drugs already make up nearly 70 percent of prescriptions in the U.S., and that percentage is expected to rise. Over the next five years products worth $137 billion are expected to go generic, including bloodthinner Plavix and cholesterol medicine Lipitor. Q: If older drugs are so great, how come I’ve never heard of them? A: In many cases you probably have, but don’t realize it.

When branded drugs go generic they lose their proprietary name and go by their scientific name. Many patients are familiar with Merck’s cholesterol-lowering pill Zocor, but they might not realize the drug is now available for a portion of its original cost as simvastatin. Q: But doesn’t the Food and Drug Administration make sure new drugs work better than older ones? A: No. The FDA does not judge drugs based on how they stack up against older medications. Rather, the agency weighs each drug’s benefits against its risks. If the drug appears more beneficial than harmful, the agency is obli-

Democrats clear path for health care vote WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats cleared the way Wednesday for a pivotal floor vote on health care overhaul as early as the weekend, after tweaking their 1,900-page bill to crack down harder on insurance companies. “Americans are ready for comprehensive health insurance reform and the House will soon act,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement that accompanied dozens of last-minute changes to the bill, released Tuesday night. Publication of the changes started a 72-hour legislative clock, meaning that a floor vote could take place as early as Saturday. But with no Republican backing for the measure, Democrats will need overwhelming support from their own. A festering intra-party disagreement over how to prevent federal funds from being used to pay for abortion remained unresolved Wednesday morning. And in the Senate, progress on health care legislation was still on hold. The 10-year, $1.2 trillion House bill is estimated to expand coverage to about 96 percent of eligi-

nat i on / wor l d br i e f s Woman to visit wrong-embryo baby

NEW YORK (AP) — An Ohio woman who was implanted with the wrong embryo says she hopes to visit soon with the baby boy she delivered and turned over to his biological parents. Carolyn Savage of the Toledo suburb of Sylvania told NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday that she has been waiting for her family to finish a run of colds. She says she hopes that in a couple weeks she’ll be able to see the child for the first time since the hospital. On Sept. 24, Savage gave birth to the 5 pound, 3 ounce biological son of Paul and Shannon Morell of the Detroit suburb of Troy, Mich. The families say a fertility clinic outside Ohio made a mix-up with frozen embryos in February. Savage had a complicated delivery, and says she wants another child but will use a surrogate.

Commercial pigs positive for H1N1

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Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., right, hands off a copy of the health care bill to an aide after a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday to announce an amendment to the health care bill. ble Americans. Beginning in 2013, it would provide government subsidies to extend coverage to tens of millions who now lack it, and ban insurance company practices such as denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical problems.

For the three years before the federal aid starts flowing, the bill would set up a temporary “high-risk pool” through which people who have been denied coverage because of poor health could obtain a government-subsidized policy.

The bill would set up health insurance “exchanges” through which self-employed people and small businesses could buy coverage, either from a private insurer or a new government plan that would compete.

Man appears alive at own funeral in Brazil RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian bricklayer reportedly killed in a car crash shocked his mourning family by showing up alive at his funeral. Relatives of Ademir Jorge Goncalves, 59, had identified him as the victim of a Sunday night car crash in Parana state in southern Brazil, police said. As is customary in Brazil, the funeral was held the following day, which happened to be the holiday of Finados, when Brazilians visit cemeteries to honor the dead. What family members didn’t know was that

gated to approve it. Q: But aren’t newer medications safer than older ones? A: In some cases, yes. But generally speaking, new medications are more likely to have unexpected side effects than their older peers. Choosing an older medication is especially smart when newer medications don’t offer clear benefits, says Dr. Nortin Hadler, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Perhaps the classic example of a much-hyped drug that turned out to be unsafe is Merck’s painkiller Vioxx, which was pulled from the market in 2004 because it doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Goncalves had spent the night at a truck stop talking with friends over drinks of a sugarcane liquor known as cachaca, his niece Rosa Sampaio told the O Globo newspaper. He did not get word about his own funeral until it was already happening Monday morning. A police spokesman in the town of Santo Antonio da Platina said Goncalves rushed to the funeral to let family members know he was not dead. “The corpse was badly disfigured, but dressed in similar clothing,” said the police spokesman, who talked on

condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to discuss the case. “People are afraid to look for very long when they identify bodies, and I think that is what happened in this case.” Sampaio told O Globo that some family members were not sure the body was Goncalves. “My two uncles and I had doubts about the identification,” she told O Globo. “But an aunt and four of his friends identified the body, so what were we to do? We went ahead with the funeral.” The police spokesman

confirmed there were doubts: “His mom looked at the body in the casket and thought something was strange. She looked and looked and couldn’t believe it was her son,” Sampaio said. “Before long, the walking dead appeared at the funeral. It was a relief.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says pigs in a commercial herd in Indiana have tested positive for the swine flu virus. This is the first instance of swine flu in a commercial herd in the United States. The USDA says it discovered four tissue samples that tested positive for the virus using its swine surveillance program. The USDA says the pigs as well as the people caring for the pigs have recovered. The sample was collected in late October. Last month, tests confirmed several show pigs at the Minnesota State Fair contracted the virus, also known as H1N1.

Yellowstone has ‘hidden species’

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Volunteer researchers have found microscopic worms, species of mushrooms and lichen, slender grass and tiger beetles never before documented in Yellowstone National Park. Results released this week show more than 1,200 species of creatures at the park, much more than the grizzly bears, bison and wolves that most visitors see. Some 125 volunteers spent 24 hours in Yellowstone in August as part of a mad dash to document as many species over the course of a day. It was sponsored by the Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center and funded by the National Park Service and Canon U.S.A. Inc.

White House monitors Iran crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Wednesday expressed concern about a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters in Iran as President Barack Obama said he wanted the U.S. and Iran to move beyond “suspicion, mistrust and confrontation.” Iranian security forces clubbed anti-government protesters with batons on the sidelines of state-sanctioned rallies to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover. The counter-demonstrations were the opposition’s first major show of force on Tehran’s streets in nearly two months.

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