The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 26, No. 313 ■ November 9, 2010 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 75 Cents
Keener admits taking $92,000
Audit: Clerk staff should have recognized money was missing By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
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Former County Clerk Joe Keener admitted he took more than $92,000 in cash from bank deposits and converted it to personal use, and confirmed he repaid the money before leaving the job Aug. 30, state auditors who investigated the office in late August said in their report
released Monday. T h e audit also holds other clerk’s office staff members accountKeener able for not recognizing Keener was taking cash from the bank deposits, though it does
not name specific employees. That criticism comes despite defense of the current staff by county officials and denials from Interim County Clerk Karen Cotter that anyone else could have known about the thefts. The officials from the comptroller’s office were initially alarmed to find a $241,600 discrepancy between what the office
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took in and what was actually deposited in its bank account. They determined the money went missing on nine consecutive days in the last week of July and first week of August when Keener was in charge of the money at the end of the day. Some of those absent funds were eventually accounted for when Keener produced the non-
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cash parts of the deposits, the report states. “When asked about the collections for the above-noted days, the clerk presented the checks and money orders ($149,289.09) for our count; however, the clerk could not produce the cash from those collections ($92,334.29),” the invesSee keener, Page A5
State report fairly clean
Only 3 minor problems found
Honoring the fallen
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
Sevier County’s Vietnam war casualties to be recognized
With the obvious exception of some findings in the county clerk’s office, the county received a fairly clean bill of health Monday from the folks who oversee its financial situation. The report released by the county audit division of the Tennessee comptroller’s office showed a total of only three findings in two Sevier County departments, with none of those rising to the level of actually posing a problem. “The state defined their findings as ‘unqualified,’” County Mayor Larry Waters said of the financial review. “This means the findings are given without reservations, the state feels all accounting rules were followed and the financial statements accurately represent the financial condition of the county.” Waters’ office is one of those where there were findings in the report though, as he points out, none of the information indicates wrongdoing or mishandled money. In the first of those, the auditors found that there was a special revenue fund that was not properly included in the county’s
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Obituaries Pearl Watson, 95 Roy Blackburn, 78 Alice Breazeale, 81 Nancy Palmer, 71 Clarence Eltzroth, 68 Grant Mayo, 15 Coy Millsaps, 87 Mylisa McElroy, 39 DETAILS, Page A4
Index Local & State . . . . A1-14 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . A8-10 Classifieds . . . . . . A10-12 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A13 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A13
Corrections Today is the deadline to reserve seats for American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Sevier County Friday night program at River Plantation Conference Center. The correct phone number to call for reservations and tickets is 6549280. Phone number was reported incorrectly in a story in Friday’s edition.
Above, dancers with the Elizabeth School of Dance kick off the evening’s festivities during the Sevierville Winterfest celebration Monday. Sevierville is the first city to hit the lights with Pigeon Forge’s kickoff today, followed by Gatlinburg’s on Wednesday. At right, Chance Loveday, 6, and his brother Trace, 3, get their picture taken with Santa.
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Special BOMA meeting canceled By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE —City Administrator Steve Hendrix cited new concerns and delays in completing the details of some documents in canceling a special meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen at the last minute Monday. The meeting, to review changes to the special assessment fees planned for the area around the Events Center, was unusual because the board rarely has special called meetings and because it was set to happen during Winterfest activities. However, Hendrix said he decided to cancel it Monday because attorneys and officials were still reviewing some documents and because of concerns voiced by property owners in the area. Specifically, people who own time-shares and condominiums at the Wilderness Resort and Wyndham properties are concerned about how the individual units could be affected.
“I canceled the meeting (Monday) to see that everyone is properly informed and has a full understanding, and that it’s done according to the state statutes.” — Sevierville City Administrator Steve Hendrix
“I canceled the meeting (Monday) to see that everyone is properly informed and has a full understanding, and that it’s done according to the state statutes,” Hendrix said. The special assessment fee is a tool used by developers to pay for infrastructure improvements. It allows them to essentially impose an additional property tax on property they develop, and then to use that assessment to finance special bonds that can be used for adding roads, elecSee boma, Page A4
The 2010 Gatlinburg Festival of Trees commemorative ornament, which is being offered for the first time. The ornament was created by local artist Tim Weberding in Gatlinburg. For more information concerning the Festival of Trees, contact the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries office at 908-3153 or visit www.smarm.org or www.gatlinburgfestivaloftrees.com.
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County planners looking at another short agenda today
community calendar Editorâ€™s Note: The community calendar is printed as space permits. Items must be submitted at least five days in advance. Only noncommercial, public events held in Sevier County will be considered. To place an item phone 428-0748, ext. 214, or e-mail to editor@themountainpress. com. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.
tuesday, nov. 9 S.I.T.
Seniors In Touch (S.I.T.) meets 5-6 p.m., MountainBrook Village, 700 Markhill Drive, Sevierville. 428-2445.
Al-Anon Family Group meets 11 a.m. Pigeon Forge UMC. 428-7617 or 680-6724.
Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd. Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 10 a.m.-4 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road
Anna Porter Public Library and Community Center provide free computer classes for adults, 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 7. Registration 4365588.
wednesday, nov. 10 Gourmet class
Megan Ownby will demonstrate dishes and garnishes, 7 p.m., Anna Porter Public Library, Gatlinburg. 4365588.
Bethel Baptist Concert
Bethel Baptist Church hosts free concert 7 p.m., with Southern Gospel Music Singing Saints, senior adult
choir from Meridian Miss.
Angel Food orders: n 1-6 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road
Sevierville Garden Club Sevierville Garden Club meets at noon, King Family Library for Harvest Festival. Bring a dish to share prepared with herb. Includes silent auction and performance by Choral Society. Board meeting 10:30 a.m.
Christmas sign-ups 5:307:30 p.m. Sevierville Community Center with representatives from Shiloh Riders accepting applications for toys for children up to age 12 and Family Resource Center applications for Teen Christmas for gifts of hygiene items and some clothing. To volunteer, e-mail Shiloh Ridersâ€™ organizer Jim White at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 428-7999 regarding Teen Christmas.
Pigeon Forge Baseball Boosters Club golf tournament; 11 a.m. box lunch served; noon, tee time; $75 per golfer; Eagleâ€™s Landing.
Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd. Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kodak United Methodist Church, 2923 Bryan Road. 933-5996. n 9 a.m.-1 p.m. First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road
Abundant Life Christian Church, 707 West Main, Sevierville, Thursday service â€œThirsty,â€? 6:30 p.m. Casual dress. www.abundantlife.cc.
Garlands of Grace
Garlands of Grace meets 10 a.m., Pigeon Forge United Methodist Church, to study the second and third chapters of Ruth. Bring a Bible.
friday, nov. 12
thursday, nov. 11
Anna Porter Public Library collage illustration art workshop for ages 6-11, 1-3 p.m., Community Center. 436-5588.
Mothers of Preschoolers through kindergarten and expecting, 9:30-noon, first and third Friday. Childcare provided. Evergreen Church. 428-3001.
Celebrate Recovery, meal from 5-6 p.m. and 6:30 service then small groups, every Thursday. Kodak United Methodist Church. Childcare provided.
Wal-Mart Relay For Life team selling chili, tacos, baked goods, T-Shirts today and Nov. 13. E-mail to email@example.com.
â€œWizard of Oz-Follow the Road to a Cure,â€? sponsored by Smoky Mountain Cancer Support Group, River Plantation. $25. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or 654-9280.
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30-6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Sevierville, and Kodak United Methodist.
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Dr. Charles Bozeman team bake/yard sale 9 a.m. today and Saturday, Burchfiel Medical Park, 629 Middle Creek Road, Sevierville. For Relay for Life. Woodmen of The World Lodge 101 Thanksgiving dinner 6:30 p.m. at Mountain View Baptist Church. Bring covered dish. 429-3227 or 453-3233.
saturday, nov. 13 Fran Morse Benefit
Fran Morse benefit starts at 9 a.m., fairgrounds. Includes rummage/bake sale, Freedom Walk, childrenâ€™s activities, food, entertainment and auction. Bank account at Mountain National for donations. (828) 545-7715 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Christmas sign-ups 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sevierville Community Center with representatives from Shiloh Riders accepting applications for toys for children up to age 12 and Family Resource Center applications for Teen Christmas for gifts of hygiene items and some clothing. To volunteer, e-mail Shiloh Ridersâ€™ organizer Jim White at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 428-7999 regarding Teen Christmas.
Christ Covenant Anglican and Pilgrimâ€™s Covenant Baptist joint rummage/ bake sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 1435 Cherokee Drive, Sevierville.
Turkey shoot 2 p.m., Catonâ€™s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department; $3 shot; $10 round. 314-0985.
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 Deborah Carol Bolton, 49, of Knoxville, was charged Nov. 7 with theft of property and violation of probation, second offense. She was being held. u Kenneth Charles Davis, 36, of 390 East Parkway #125 in Gatlinburg, was charged Nov. 7 with habitual offender motor vehicle, driving while license revoked, financial responsibility law and violation of registration law. He was released on $10,000 bond. u James Michael Dixon, 50, of 206 Loop Road in Gatlinburg, was charged Nov. 7 with domestic violence assault. He was released on $2,500 bond. u Tina Marie Dixon, 36, of 206 Loop Road in Gatlinburg, was charged Nov. 7 with domestic violence assault. She was released on $2,500 bond. u Noah Forest Elroy, 18,
of 619 Crescent Drive in Gatlinburg, was charged Nov. 7, with possession of schedule IV drug, possession of paraphernalia and contempt of court. He was being held. u Deborah Jean Gresham, 52, of 924 Palmer Court in Kodak, was charged Nov. 6 with DUI. She was released on $3,500 bond. u Anita Fay Hall, 48, of Knoxville, was charged Nov. 6 with public intoxication. She was released on $250 bond. u Jessie Henry Lee, 30, of 318 McMahan Street in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 7 with theft of property and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $5,285 bond. u Johnny Herndon, 58, of Knoxville, was charged Nov. 7 with a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u Jackie Ray Johnson, 50, of 997 Little Alpine Road in
Seymour, was charged Nov. 7 with DUI. He was released on $2,200 bond. u Eric Bernard Lawrence, 41, of Cortlandt Mannor, was charged Nov. 7 with DUI, implied consent law and violation of open alcohol container law. He was released on $4,500 bond. u Stephanie Marie McCurnin, 42, of 315 Circle Drive #8 in Gatlinburg, was charged Nov. 6 with public intoxication. She was released on $250 bond. u Mary Jo McMahan, 34, of 833 East Casey Drive in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 7 with theft of property $500-$1,000. She was released on $15,000 bond. n Michael Shane McRoberts, 35, of Strawberry Plains, was charged Nov. 7 with theft of property $1,000-$10,000, driving on a suspended license and possession of a schedule VI drug. He was
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being held. u Maria Felix Mendoza, 33, of 324 Club Drive in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 7 with DUI, driving on a suspended license and financial responsibility law. She was released on $1,800 bond. u Joshua Allen Moore, 23, of Knoxville, was charged Nov. 6 with driving on a suspended license and traffic violations. He was released on $1,500 bond. u Misty Norton, 31, of Knoxville was charged Nov. 6 with attachment order. She was released. u Johnathan Ray Shelton, 26, of Newport, was charged Nov. 7, with a misdemeanor warrant with general sessions court. He was being held. u Barry G. Williams, 32, of Concord, Ga., was charged Nov. 7 with domestic violence assault. He was released on $3,500 bond.
a few others involved in development, who themselves have felt the sting of the recessionâ€™s effects. Following the last session in October, one of those lamented privately how his company hasnâ€™t had any real business in more than a year and is teetering on closure. That means no paychecks coming in for a lot of local folks. In recent reports, the stateâ€™s Department of Labor and Workforce Development has noted that, while the year-overyear losses in most industries across Tennessee eased or stopped in 2009, contractors still havenâ€™t been called back to work like they were. With continuing uncertainty in the real estate market, it remains unclear when that will change, federal officials say. Among the items on the Planning Commissionâ€™s brief agenda for Tuesdayâ€™s meeting are: n Minor plat review for Tennessee District Council of the Church of God n Final plat review for Mountainscapes n Site plan review for the Pittman Center Fire Departmentâ€™s proposed expansion.
SEVIERVILLE â€” Some people might think the members of the Sevier County Planning Commission would all be pleased with its shrinking agendas. After all, slates such as todayâ€™s three-item one mean they get home to their families and dinner faster after their 5:30 p.m. meetings at the courthouse. In actuality, it seems few if any of the group are happy about the seemingly monthly shortening of their business that started with the recession a couple years ago and has led to the most recent months of one and three item agendas, respectively. While certainly their new 15- or 30-minute meetings could be more convenient, the commission members say theyâ€™d rather go back to the two and three hour ones that preceded the real estate crash. Several have commented during meetings recently that they understand the decline in their business means a serious drop off in business for local contractors. Among those who sit on the board are several of those contractors and
2011 TAG Program planned by WSCC; deadline is Nov. 19 Walters State Community Collegeâ€™s Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program is now planning its 29th year serving area elementary and middle school students. Registration forms are being mailed to students for the 2011 program. Classes are held on Saturdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 19. The cost is $175, with a discount for families enrolling multiple students. Parents who do not receive a form and would like more information should contact the program coordinator, Nicole Cardwell-Hampton, at (423) 585-2675. The deadline to apply is Nov. 19. Walters State TAG was one of the first resources in this area to serve high-achieving students with diverse and challenging classes, according to CardwellHampton. The sessions are offered through the Division of Community Education. â€œThe Talented and Gifted Program gives fifth through eighth graders the opportunity to experience a little of college life through participation in courses of their choosing. These courses include biology, chemistry, art, engineering, fashion design and much more,â€? CardwellHampton said. In the last few years, the most popular classes have included crime scene investigation, culinary arts, acting and movie production, marine biology and sign language.
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Pigeon Forge High School was vandalized Saturday morning by two persons. It is believed the subjects entered the building shortly after 7:30 a.m. and proceeded to vandalize classrooms and dressing rooms located in the east wing of the complex. The pair were caught on videotape. Anyone recognizing the pair or having information is asked to call Pigeon Forge Police Department at 453-9063.
PBA votes to demolish golf clubhouse By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE â€”Sitting inside the new clubhouse at Seviervilleâ€™s Golf Club on Monday afternoon, the Public Building Authority voted to demolish the clubhouse at the old Eagleâ€™s Landing Golf Course. The PBA will spend $43,450 to remove the old clubhouse, once operations are moved tot he new
facility, which was approved for occupancy last week. The old clubhouse is the last obstacle to finishing the second gold course under construction at the site. The PBA voted earlier this year to bump the new course from a par 68 to par 70 course, and when it did, the new design called for removal of the golf course before the final hole could be completed.
They hope to move to the new clubhouse sometime in late December or early January. That will likely mean it will be sometime in spring before they finish the new course and are ready for a grand opening, officials said. They will have to wait until after the last major frost to plant grass for the new green, officials said. n email@example.com
Work starts on Little Pigeon River bridge SEVIERVILLE â€” Motorists traveling on U.S. 411/441/State Route 35 (West Main) over the west prong of the Little Pigeon River should be alert for lane closures and changed traffic conditions, as work to repair the river bridge is under way. Crews have begun shifting traffic as phase one
work is underway. Traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction, with a center turn lane, and shifted to the southbound side of the bridge as crews will begin setting portable concrete barrier rails and begin repairs to the northbound section of the bridge. Traffic will
remain in this configuration through the completion of phase one. A signed detour for traffic with wide loads over 11 feet has been established using Old Knoxville Highway. During phase two, traffic will be shifted to the northbound side of the bridge as crews perform repairs to the southbound side.
This $1.1 million bridge repair project is estimated to be completed in the fall of 2011. For information on travel conditions across Tennessee visit www.tn.gov/tdot/ tdotsmartway or call 5-1-1 from any land line or cell phone. TDOT is also on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ knoxville511.
Park to have prescribed burns in Cove Submitted Report NATIONAL PARK â€” Fire managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park plan to conduct a series of prescribed burns of fields in Cades Cove today through Friday if weather conditions permit. Park managers plan to burn several tracts totaling about 700 acres.
The selected fields are being burned as part of a cost-effective strategy to prevent the open fields from being reclaimed by forest. The park contracts to mow about 950 acres of fields that are clearly visible from the Cades Cove Loop Road twice a year. Other fields that are less visible from the Loop Road, totaling
around 1,500 acres, are kept open by burning or mowing on a three year rotation. Park firefighters and a park engine will be assigned each day to ignite the grass lands and to make sure the fire stays within its prescribed boundaries. Strips of grass surrounding each field slated for burning have been mowed short to pro-
vide containment lines. â€œAt this point we do not expect to have to close the Cades Cove Loop Road, but will monitor the situation for smoke or other safety hazards,â€? said Park Fire Management Officer Mark Taylor. â€œThe public, of course, will notice smoke in the valley but it will dissipate quickly and not unduly impact their visit,â€? he said.
Chinese educators to visit Sevier this week Submitted Report MURFREESBORO â€” Professor Lin Zhengfan, past president of Hangzhou Normal University in Zhejiang, China, and his delegation will be in Sevier County as part of a weeklong visit to Tennessee. The delegation will visit Middle Tennessee State University and schools in East Tennessee to observe K-12 teaching methods in both city and rural settings. The officials will meet with Jack Parton, director of Sevier County Schools, where they will observe teaching methods in Jones Cove Elementary, Pittman Center Elementary and Gatlinburg-Pittman High.
Parton said the delegation is to arrive at Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport in Sevierville at 8 a.m. Wednesday, then will visit Jones Cove at 9:45 a.m., Pittman Center at 11:30 and GPHS at 12:45 p.m. The group will spend Thursday morning in North Carolina before returning to Sevier County for a roundtable discussion with Parton at 2 p.m. The visit to Sevier County will include a roundtable discussion with Parton and other administrators and teachers to exchange ideas and discuss the challenges facing their respective educational systems.Â Hangzhou Normal University is the partner institution with
Middle Tennessee State football game at 2:30 University in sponsoring p.m. Saturday. the recently established Confucius Institute at MTSU that offers cultural and educational programs. Before returning to China, President Lin will visit Gov. Phil Bredesen and tour the Tennessee State Museum and Frist Center.Â To conclude their visit, President Lin and the delegation will attend the 29th annual Salute to Armed Services/Veterans Day events scheduled during the MTSU-North Texas
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obituaries In Memoriam
Roy Edward Blackburn
Pearl P. Blalock Watson
Pearl P. Blalock Watson, age 95 of Sevierville, passed away Sunday, November 7, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband Samuel Robert Watson, parents Jim and Bedia Blalock, brothers Charles, Arthur, Lillard, Hugh, Clyde, Wesley, and Ralph Blalock, sisters Iva Jenkins and Virgie Blalock, and son-in-law Jimmy Valentine. Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, J.C. and Shirley King; daughters and sonin-law, Pat Valentine, Karen and Temp Patterson, Jr.; grandchildren, Tim and Debbie King, Mitzi and Gary Bridges, Rick and Janet Valentine, Robin and Dale Trotter, Keith and Kim Patterson, Sr., Temp Patterson III; greatgrandchildren, Heather King, Lacey and Dustin Morton, Cassie King, Alli Valentine, Andrew Valentine, Sierra Trotter, Keith Patterson, II, Alex Patterson; sister, Omalee Wilson; brothers, Bill Blalock and Ted Blalock; special caregivers, Sandra Sutton, Gladys Hayes, Dena Sutton, and Juanita Breeden; special friend, ImaNelle Hardin. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Sevierville Television Ministry, 317 Parkway, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862. Funeral service 7 p.m. Tuesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Hyder officiating. Interment 1 p.m. Wednesday in Middle Creek Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be: Tim King, Rick Valentine, Dale Trotter, Keith Patterson, Sr., Keith Patterson II, Temp Patterson III. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Alice Teaster Breazeale Alice Teaster Breazeale, age 81 of Sevierville died Saturday Nov. 6, 2010. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. Survivors: sons, Stanley Breazeale and wife Therica, Willie Breazeale and wife Sherri, Daniel Breazeale and wife Susan; daughters, Pamela Caughron and husband Herb and Kim Roberts; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Junior Teaster and wife Carolyn, A.C. Teaster and wife Katherine, Floyd Teaster; sisters, Esther Teaster, Iva McMahan. Funeral service was held Monday at Atchley Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Teaster officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Tuesday in Headrick’s Chapel Cemetery. The family received friends Monday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Grant Thomas Mayo Grant Thomas Mayo, 15. of Sevierville, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 after a long battle with Muscular Dystrophy. Grant’s ambition was to become a sports broadcaster. Being an organ donor, Grant was able to share the gift of life to five recipients. Survivors: father, George Mayo; mother and stepfather, Annie and Brian Shaw; sisters, Jessica and Sydney Mayo; grandparents, uncle and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Tennessee State Bank, c/o Ann Marie Mayo-Shaw, 642 Dolly Parton Pkwy, Sevierville, TN 37862, for a scholarship fund to be raised in Grant Mayo’s name. The family will receive friends 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday with a funeral service beginning at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Sevierville with Rev. Scott Carter officiating. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
a Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by his brother Von Millsaps and several nieces and nephews Graveside service and interment 11 a.m. Wednesday in Jones Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Danny Murr officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Nancy Major Palmer Nancy Major Palmer, 71 of Seymour, died Friday Nov. 5, 2010 at her home after a brief courageous battle with brain cancer. She was a majorette at Central High School and graduated in 1956. She worked with the phone company and then followed her husband’s career to Alabama, New York, Florida, Texas and returned to Knoxville in 1980 where she became the Tour Director for AAA. Retiring in 1991. Survivors: husband of 52 years, Jack Palmer; sons, Greg Palmer and Doug Palmer; two grandchildren; father-in-law Hobart Palmer; sister and brother-in-law Vickie and Dennis McGaha; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Sherry Major, Don and Lois Major; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Howard Williams and brotherin-law and sister-in-law Steve and Cammie Palmer; nieces and nephews, cousins. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Sevierville. A celebration life service was held Monday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Hyder officiating. Interment 11 a.m. Tuesday in Roseberry Cemetery. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
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Coy Millsaps Coy Millsaps, 87, of Sevierville, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. Mr. Millsaps was
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Roy Edward Blackburn, age 78 of Pigeon Forge, passed away Friday, November 5, 2010. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a Charter member of GateWay Christian Church and a longtime employee of Best Western Plaza and Main Stay Suites. Mr. Blackburn enjoyed making others happy by sending greeting cards and e-mails. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, son, Winn Green and daughter, Carla Dennis. He is survived by the love of his life Charlene Blackburn; daughter and son-in-law Michelle and David Hatton who have been a blessing to him and that he loved dearly; son Steve Stout and wife Diane; daughter Pamela Powers and husband Bill; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Pat Blackburn; very special nieces and nephews and special friends, Gary and Barb Bright. Memorials may be made to GateWay Christian Church, Building Fund, c/o David Hatton,Treasurer, 2257 Karsons Court, Sevierville, TN 37876. Funeral service 10 a.m. Thursday in Atchley’s Seymour Chapel with Minister Ronald Blevins and Minister Wilbur Reid officiating. Entombment will follow in the Mountain View Mausoleum in Atchley’s Seymour Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour. 122 Peacock Ct (577-2807)
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Clarence Daniel Eltzroth, age 68, of Sevierville, passed away Friday, November 5, 2010. He was preceded in death by his father Clarence W. Eltzroth and mother and stepfather Betty and Bill Schlemmer. Survivors: wife, Trina Eltzroth; daughters, Debby Cheek and husband Tony, Tammy Longworth and husband Tracy, Alison Arender and Jimmy Taffer, Danette Jenkins and husband Joe; sons, Danny Eltzroth and wife Tina and Timothy Eltzroth; 17 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Larry Eltzroth and wife Loretta; sister, Sue Mitting and husband Bob; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Sunday with a memorial service beginning at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
McElroy, 39 of Alabama, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. Survivors: children Michael “Mike-Mike” Garrett and Mykayla “K.K.” Garrett; mother Helen Teffeteller; siblings Randy Ownby, Chris Ownby, Donna Canada, and Star Nelson; uncles and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday with funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. in Atchley’s Chapter 7 ,
Seymour Chapel. Family and friends will meet 3 p.m. Friday in Shiloh Cemetery for interment. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour, 122 Peacock Court, Seymour, TN.(577-2807).
Finance chief leaving Cabinet
NASHVILLE (AP) — Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz, the chief Cabinet officer in Gov. Phil Bredesen’s administration, is leaving for the private sector. Goetz, who is going to a health care information technology and services company called Ingenix, has been the term-limited governor’s only finance commissioner since he came into office in 2003. Goetz was previously president of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a former political reporter for WTVF-TV in Nashville.
Woman arrested in 1979 murder
MURFREESBORO (AP) — A 62-year-old Tennessee woman has been arrested in a cold case murder investigation in the death of her business partner and friend in 1979. Rutherford County sheriff’s detectives took Christel Ann Perkins of Murfreesboro into custody Monday, and she is being held without bond. Police said in a statement that Perkins was indicted last week in the April 14, 1979, shooting death of 30-year-old Jorja L. Walter. The shooting was originally ruled accidental, but her body was exhumed from a family plot in West Liberty, Ky., last month and taken for an autopsy in Nashville.
Random Ga. teen beaten to death
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — It began with a brawl outside a house party. A woman hit a man, and the man refused to strike back, saying he wouldn’t hit a girl. Instead, he vowed to attack the next male who walked by, even if that person was a random stranger. That’s when 18-year-old Bobby Tillman happened to approach a group of four partygoers. Authorities said they swiftly stomped, kicked and punched him to death while dozens of bystanders watched. “He had nothing to do with anything,” said Maj. Tommy Wheeler of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. “They just decided he’s the one. And they killed him.”
Smart tells of 2002 abduction
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elizabeth Smart told jurors Monday how she was awakened with a cold knife on her throat and initially thought her 2002 abduction was a nightmare. She took the stand on the first day of testimony in the Salt Lake City federal trial of Brian David Mitchell, who is charged with kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor. The case resumed after an appeals court rejected a request to move the case out of Utah. Mitchell’s lawyers say he was mentally ill, but prosecutors say he knew what he was doing. Smart was 14 when she was taken. She was found nine months later. Smart says she remembers hearing a man’s voice and feeling something cold across her neck, and that he threatened to kill her and her family if she didn’t leave with him.
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MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) — Trains, buses and rented autos were crammed with Indonesians leaving a bustling, ash-choked city of 400,000 at the foot of Mount Merapi, which roared again Monday with explosions of volcanic gas and debris. Authorities put Yogyakarta on high alert but haven’t ordered evacuations of the university town some 20 miles from the peak. Many residents are leaving on their own, and neighborhoods on the edge of the city looked like ghost towns, houses shuttered, some with laundry still hanging outside.
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budget for the past year. That relates specifically to the drug court initiative, a punishment system offered as an alternative to jail time for non-violent offenders. In that matter, Waters argues the fund wasnâ€™t included in the fiscal year 2009-10 budget because it was created during that period. The report indicates it began in September 2009. The omission has been corrected in the current financial plans, Waters said. The second finding the county mayorâ€™s office relates to the payroll department, which he oversees. The auditors found that one person is in charge of the entire payroll system, a fact they view as a flaw because it could open the door to inappropriate actions. â€œThis lack of segregation of duties is the result of managementâ€™s decisions based on the availability of financial resources and is a significant deficiency in internal controls that increases the risk of unauthorized transactions,â€? the report states. Though the county has handled its payroll in the same way for many years, this is the first time there has been a finding related to that procedure, Waters said. Recent audit reports bear that statement out. As for the finding, Waters says the county is addressing it. â€œWe have begun the process of separating the duties as recommended,â€? Waters
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tigators wrote. â€œTherefore the $92,334.29 is included in the total cash shortage. The clerk later provided us a statement that he had used this cash for his personal use.â€? That admission is not included with the audit report, though its existence would mean the first explicit claim of responsibility Keener has made publicly for missing money. He previously alluded to the investigation in saying he would work to ensure all funds were accounted for and apologizing for disappointing the people of Sevier County, but did not actually say he took money from the office. In addition to that, the report gives the first explanation how Keener did what heâ€™s accused of. â€œIt appears a cash shortage existed during much of the period examined and that the clerk concealed the shortage by delaying deposits and using cash from current collections to deposit with checks and money orders from previous daysâ€™ collections,â€? the report states. â€œAlthough the clerk overrode existing internal control procedures to misappropriate the collections, other office personnel should have known of the existence of an excessive number of deposits in transit when reconciling bank statements at the end of each month.â€? Cotter could not be reached for comment Monday. However, she said in her interview with county leaders for the interim appointment that she is confident no one else in the office had the opportunity to discover the missing cash and that no one but Keener knew of the missing funds. Commenting on the audit report Monday, County Mayor Larry Waters stood up for Cotter and her staff, saying he was sure no one
said. The report also gives information on a finding at the board of education in the office of Director of Schools Jack Parton. In that instance, the auditors found the school system did not issue promissory notes in relation to properties it purchased over the last two years, including several plots for future school construction. The findings may actually not be as bad as it might seem. Thatâ€™s because, as the report indicates, there were promissory notes issued for each property, they just werenâ€™t done in the way the auditors would have liked. Each indicates school system officials signed an agreement with the property owners to pay for the land over the course of several years and that the board of education was allowed to make those payments without interest. School system Finance Director Karen King said the board has used that process for as long as she can remember and it has never been pointed out by the auditors as incorrect. In those matters, the County Commission has approved giving the money for the purchase, but did not vote on the promissory plan. â€œThis is a very common thing weâ€™ve done several times over the years. Weâ€™ve never had a problem with it,â€? King said. â€œWe just didnâ€™t know they donâ€™t want us to do it.â€? In the future the school system will have the county leaders approve the deals and the commissioners are expected to retroactively
sign off on the promissory agreements in question during their session next week, King said. For the first time it looks like the state auditors may have followed some advice Waters and other county executives have been giving them for some time relating to how the information in the report is presented. In the past the reports have included recommendations for how the state officials believe the county can better execute its business as findings. That has led some to believe the county was constantly being cited for incorrectly handling money when, in actuality, it wasnâ€™t, Waters has said. Locally, that means each year among the countyâ€™s findings was one pointing out there is no centralized accounting locally. However, Waters points out thatâ€™s the way the countyâ€™s financial system has always worked and there is nothing improper or illegal about it. Further, he has said the stateâ€™s insistence on the change is unusual considering the county does have centralized accounting with the exception of two departments. The folks at the schools office and in the Highway Department keep their own financial records. In this yearâ€™s report, the recommendation about centralized accounting and the countyâ€™s needing an audit committee to review the stateâ€™s findings were presented in a separate section called â€œbest practices,â€? rather than as findings.
else in the office was or could have been aware of Keenerâ€™s actions. â€œWe were aware of the findings regarding the county clerkâ€™s office,â€? Waters said. â€œWith the new leadership in place, we are confident these issues are in the past.â€? The office apparently had a pattern of holding on to deposits for long periods of time under Keenerâ€™s leadership. The auditors point out thatâ€™s a violation of state law, which requires such funds be deposited into the officeâ€™s bank account within three days. â€œRecords reflected that as many as 29 days elapsed between the date some funds were collected and the date the funds were deposited,â€? the report says. In addition to the money Keener apparently admitted to taking, there was also $2,311.21 missing out of the account as a result of the differences between the amounts collected and deposited, the report reads. Keener apparently took care of the total $94,645.50 by paying the full amount over the course of a few days. â€œThe clerk liquidated the $2,311.21 cash shortage by depositing personal funds into the office bank account on August 16, 2010. The clerk liquidated the remainder of the cash shortage by depositing personal funds of $48,750.72 on August 25, 2010, and $43,583.57 on August 26, 2010,â€? the auditors wrote. Keener resigned on Aug. 30. The audit findings have been reviewed with Waters and District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn. In late August The Mountain Press reported the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had launched a probe into possible theft and embezzlement in the clerkâ€™s office. TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said Monday the effort is still â€œopen and
ongoing.â€? According to state law, the findings of the TBI investigation will be turned over to Dunn, who requested the probe in late August. It would then be up to Dunn to determine if criminal charges are warranted and pursue those with a grand jury. As of Monday, though, Dunn had yet to see anything about the investigation from either TBI or the comptrollerâ€™s office. â€œI havenâ€™t gotten any information on that,â€? he said. â€œI can tell you this, weâ€™re not close to finishing that.â€? In addition to the money Keener apparently took outright, the audit report indicates Keener improperly spent money for his office without first turning the money over and making his requests through proper budgeting channels. Keener was cited for the same offense before, with this yearâ€™s finding indicating $120,620 was inappropriately spent. The auditors also found problems in the accounting records kept in the office and that there were delinquencies in reporting and paying fees to the county. The latter of those charges has also been included in recent audit findings about the clerkâ€™s department.
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Event today to open Winterfest
The kickoff event for the 21st annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest will begin at 4 p.m. Performing groups from Pigeon Forge Middle and High schools will open the festivities. Pigeon Forge Community Chorus and Dollywood’s Appalachian Christmas will follow, then Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier. The 7 p.m. flipping of the switch to turn on the city’s five million Winterfest lights will be followed by free trolley tours of the lights.
School to host veterans program
Gatlinburg-Pittman High School will host a Veterans Day assembly from 10:45-11:30 a.m. today. The public is invited, with a special invitation to those who have served or are serving in the armed forces. The assembly will feature speeches by students and guests as well as a selection of patriotic songs performed by the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Band and Chorus. For additional information, call 436-5637.
Seniors can apply for Santa Fund
Douglas Cherokee’s Neighborhood Service Center on Old Knoxville Highway will be scheduling appointments for Santa Fund for Sevier County seniors beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Appointments will continue to be scheduled until all are full or until 4 p.m. Thursday. Households must have a family member who is 60 years of age or older by Dec. 31 and be considered income-eligible based on federal guidelines. To schedule an appointment or for any questions call the Sevier County Neighborhood Service Center at 4537131.
Holiday program applications taken
Applications to participate in the East Tennessee Toy Run and Teen Christmas will be taken from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sevierville Community Center. Toys will be provided to children up to age 12. Teen Christmas gives clothing and personal items to children ages 13-17. Persons applying need to bring Social Security card and ID for each child as well as proof of receipt of public assistance. A For questions, call 4287999 or e-mail to sevierfamilyresource@yahoo. com.
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New legislators undecided on speaker NASHVILLE (AP) — Only one of the 22 new Republicans in the state House says he has made up his mind on who should be the next speaker. And even he won’t say who his preference is. The Associated Press called each of the new members in the aftermath of last week’s election that saw the GOP pick up 14 seats in the lower chamber of the General Assembly and retain eight other seats previously held by Republicans. House Republican
Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin and House Commerce Chairwoman Beth Harwell of Nashville are considered the top candidates for speaker. Casada, who has said he expects most new members would support him because of his role in recruiting them and aiding their campaigns, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday. Bill Sanderson, who owns a furniture and appliance store in Kenton, was the lone
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ed House Judiciary Chairman Kent Coleman of Murfreesboro, said he’s “not looking forward” to having to make a decision. “Both of them have been very good,” he said. “Both Harwell and Casada are well-qualified, and both of them would be terrific speakers.” Nashville Councilman Jim Gotto, who won the seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Ben West, said his main hope is that Republicans avoid any internal strife or struggle over the issue.
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nation quote roundup “It’s amazing. He had nothing to do with anything, they just decided he’s the one. And they killed him.” — Douglas County, Ga., Maj. Tommy Wheeler, after Bobby Tillman, 18, was stomped, kicked and punched to death at a weekend house party after police say he walked by a group who decided to pounce on the next person who passed by
“Hopefully you will recognize that I’m using intellect and judgment (and) while we may disagree on the final vote you will at least acknowledge that I gave due consideration.” — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who is on the cusp of vindication after waging a high stakes — and long shot — write-in campaign to keep her job
“It feels like that movie ‘2012. Like a disaster in a movie.” — 22-year-old Paulina Setin. as Indonesia volcano Mount Merapi continued to spew ash into the nearby city of Yogyakarta
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No death of social conservatism movement This was supposed to be the election that killed social conservatism. “Economics uber alles,” the pundits claim. And, to be sure, in the middle of an economic collapse, the failure of the Democrats to even look like they cared about putting the people’s priorities first is the insult that swelled the wave into a tsunami. But the death of social conservatism has been greatly exaggerated. Remember when social conservatism was supposed to be responsible for turning the GOP into a regional party — too Southern, too evangelical to compete in the Northeast and the Midwest? Meanwhile, Maine just elected a pro-marriage GOP governor. New Hampshire elected a new senator, Kelly Ayotte, who is both pro-life and pro-marriage. In West Virginia, the Democrats won a tight Senate race only by fielding a candidate who opposes gay marriage. Marco Rubio crushed two opponents, winning more than 50 percent of the vote in a three-way race. The socially moderate Charlie Crist finished nowhere. Wisconsin kicked out a liberal icon, Russ Feingold, and replaced him with a pro-marriage, pro-life entreprenuer, Ron Johnson. Michigan is now in the hands of one tough pro-life “nerd,” Rick Snyder. In the waning days of electoral desperation, the Democrats tried to turn GOP social conservatism to their advantage by attempting to slam Republicans for being too socially conservative, especially on abortion. (They are not yet so stupid as to try to win swing elections by being pro-gay marriage.) In Iowa, three sitting state Supreme Court justices who voted for gay marriage were resoundingly defeated in a historic judicial retention election. In 50 years, voters have never before said “no” to retaining a sitting Iowa Supreme Court justice, until this week, when they slapped down judicial tyranny by a resounding average margin of 54.5 percent to 45.5 percent. In New Hampshire, the Democrats who voted for gay marriage were swept out of both houses of the legislature. In Minnesota, the Democrats who whispered they were about to pass gay marriage also lost control of both houses. The incoming freshman class in Washington, D.C., is far more socially conservative than any incoming class in history, including the class of ’94. What about Rand Paul, the new glamour guy for the libertarian wing of the GOP? He’s pro-life and pro-marriage, too. Socially liberal, fiscally conservative Republicans today are a rare, almost mythical breed — beloved of pundits but not by GOP voters. The Christine Todd Whitman wing of the GOP has died out, replaced by the new breed of Chris Christie Republicans: Tough on the budget and taxes, but true to conservative principles on life and marriage. It shouldn’t surprise anyone. This is nothing new. What Obama and Pelosi have done is to revive, almost singlehandedly, the old Reagan coalition in full. There aren’t really fiscal conservatives, social conservatives or defense conservatives anymore. There are just conservatives. — Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, is known for her conservative social policy analysis of social trends and conditions. (C)2009 Maggie Gallagher. Distributed by Universal Press Syndicate.
The winter of our content Winterfest has been a seasonal boon to local businesses Last night it was Sevierville’s turn. Today, Pigeon Forge steps up. Wednesday the celebration shifts to Gatlinburg. Winterfest is upon us, and it’s a time when all of Sevier County should rejoice in what a cooperative spirit can do to help businesses draw more tourists. Many remember the days when businesses used to close up after the leaf season. Tourist traffic dropped way off. Lots of jobs were lost and business revenue cut. Then some local officials came up with the idea of having a celebration, a festival, to commemorate the winter months. The event would showcase the beauty of the mountains with the glow and attractions of the cities. It all would be tied together with light displays reflecting the season. Winterfest was born. It has become a lifesaver to many employers and
employees. Almost all businesses stay open during the winter months, and that means people can keep their jobs year-round. Each city creates light displays that provide the attraction for tourists. The displays, found usually along our busiest streets, showcase some of what we have to offer, but just provide a winter, Christmas-like atmosphere to get people in the mood for the coldest months. Winterfest has been a success. Tourists keep coming to Sevier County in a period when they used to find other locations for their travel. Dollywood has begun staying open past Christmas and over New Year’s. These days we have the Ripley’s family of attractions, resorts with indoor water parks, a modern movie theater, the Smoky Mountains, quality restaurants, theaters that continue to offer shows as
well as events such as the Sevierville and Gatlinburg Christmas parades and SMARM Festival of Trees. Winterfest is not just for visitors. Locals should take an evening drive down the Parkway from Interstate 40 to Gatlinburg to see everything that is lit up. This year each city offers low-energy lighting to save on electricity. There are new light displays to see. This is a tourist area whose economy depends upon a steady stream of visitors. That’s the way it is. Those who move here should understand and appreciate that. Winterfest has filled a void by giving the area something special to keep people choosing us as their vacation destination. It has meant a lot and continues to serve its purpose. Take in a kickoff, but at least enjoy the sights as Winterfest continues until the end of February.
Public forum Inmate urges everyone not to abuse drugs, neglect families
Editor: I’m a 22-year-old resident of Sevier County, and for the past year I’ve let drugs stand in the way of my family and future. I’m writing this to all of you that are in the position I was in, so please take my advice. I’ve got a great family, a beautiful wife-tobe and son that just turned 2, and I’m just
now realizing what I’ve got that I nearly lost and that I love the most. All drugs have done was make me neglect my family and commit crimes, so for the past five months I have been an inmate at the Sevier County Jail in maximum security. I want to let you know that we don’t get fed too good, and I’m only out for one hour a day to take my shower with 13 other inmates watching. I just want to ask everyone that uses drugs to please stay in control and don’t let drugs take over.
I have become real familiar with the word of God since I have been in here, and let me tell you it’s a greater high than you’ll ever get from drugs. He will never betray you. Please take my advice and don’t abuse medications, because it will come back and bite you where it hurts in the end. I promise and always remember the Bible verse John 3:16. Tommy Joe Gregory Sevierville
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PREP SOCCER POSTSEASON AWARDS
Norwood is Region coach of the year; players honored By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor SEVIERVILLE — The Sevier County Bearettes had one of their best finishes ever in 2010, and the postseason awards are proving it. Last Friday SCHS coach Bobby Norwood was named Region 1-3A’s Coach of the Year after leading his team to a sectional berth after a trying regular season. In addition, five Bearettes were selected to the region’s first or second team, and Kelsey Fisher was named the region’s Defensive Player of the Year. “I’m not in coaching for all that stuff,” Norwood said of being named coach of the year. “But I’ve got four people on our staff, and it’s for all of us.” Norwood gave a great deal of credit to Cory Gephart, his right-hand man, and other assistants Melvin Hopewell and Chloe Hickman. “Me and Cory go back to when we were 6-years-old, playing together,” Norwood said. “And Melvin’s such a high-character guy, he’s great to have around the kids, and Chloe, she’s a great soccer mind and it was really nice having a female coach on staff this year.” Alexis Conner, Adrienne Aumell and Fisher were all named to the region’s first team, while Hayley Fox and Sherraine Villalobos were slotted on the second team. Speaking of Fisher, the region’s defender of the year,
Norwood said she improved as the year went along. “She got off to a rough start, coming back form a broken ankle in club season,” the coach said. “She was a little hesitant on the ankle, but coming out of our tournament she was playing like a kid possessed. She was our most aggressive defender, you have to have a field general and she’s that for us.” “Alexis (Conner) is what Sevier County soccer is all about, intensity and doing what the coaches ask,” Norwood said. “She does a little bit of everything. She just does the little things right. “Hayley (Fox) turned it on at the right time. We played her 12 games on defense and she wanted to play offense all year, and when we turned her loose on offense she played really well. She’s a freak athlete and she’s got a cannon for a leg. She makes it really hard for defenses. “Adrienne (Aumell) has probably got the best soccer mind of anybody we’ve got,” he continued. “She wasn’t even going to play soccer. She gives you every thing she’s got in practice. She’s got the opportunity to go play at Carson-Newman, she and Alexis, and that’s huge. “(Sherraine’s) a soccer kid,” Norwood said. “She’s always at the soccer field, girls season and boys season. That’s what she’s all about. She’s just a ball
“I’m not in coaching for all that stuff, but I’ve got four people on our staff, and it’s for all of us.” Bobby Norwood Region 1-3A coach of the year, on receiving the honor
player. She’s always out there smiling, and she gives us all she’s got. Seymour’s Jodie Wood was also named to the AllRegion first team, while Lady Eagles teammate Lauren Aucoin was selected for the second team. Sevier County’s Madara Shepherd and Rebecca Fields were both honorable mentions. A week earlier several players from both teams earned All-IMAC honors. Conner, Fisher, Fox and Aumell for Sevier County and Wood and Aucion for Seymour were named to District 2-AAA’s first team, while the Lady Eagles’ Kelsey Burnett was tabbed for the second team.
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Coach Bobby Norwood gives his players a half time pep-talk during their District Championship game last month at Morristown’s Frank Lorino Park. The Bearettes topped Jefferson County 3-0 for the IMAC title.
PREP FOOTBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS
All-IMAC football tabbed Brewer is Coach of Year; Chastain is Offensive Player of Year Sevier County coach Steve Brewer was named IMAC Coach of the Year Monday by district coaches after the Bears’ 8-2 regular season and repeat as IMAC champs. His quarterback, Danny Chastain, was also honored as Offensive Player of the Year. Chastain had 21 touchdowns and 1,925 yards passing on the season, to go along with 242 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground. Also honored for the Bears were first-team selections Jake Robbins (OL), Bryant Gilson (WR), Jake Reppert (DL), Ronnie Homerding (DL), Dakota Cogdill (LB), Josh Johnson (DB), Brett Pippin (DB) and second-team choices Dustin McGill (OL), Jared Baxter (K), Thomas Hamilton (DL) and John Berry (DL). The Seymour Eagles also had several players named to the first and second teams. Lee Knight (RB), Eric White (DL), Colton Flynn (LB) and Cory Clark were all named to the first team, while teammates Dylan Bennett (OL), Quincy Pugh (DL) and Kevin Kennedy were selected for the second team. Superlatives (such as offensive and defensive player of the year) were not included on first and second-team choices, and players could only be chosen for one position to allow more players to be honored.
Coach of the Year Steve Brewer
Jake Robbins 1st team OL
Dakota Cogdill 1st team LB
Bryant Gilson 1st team WR
J. Johnson 1st team DB
Offensive Player of the Year Danny Chastain
Jake Reppert 1st team DL
Brett Pippin 1st team DB
R. Homerding 1st team DL
Lee Knight 1st team RB
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Pigeon Forge senior Kelsey Brooks focuses in on a foul shot in this file photo. Brooks is on pace to set several new school standards this season for the Lady Tigers basketball team.
Lady Tigers looking for more success this year By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer
Eric White 1st team DL
Colton Flynn 1st team LB
Cory Clark 1st team ATH
Dustin McGill 2nd team OL
Jared Baxter 2nd team K
T. Hamilton 2nd team DL
John Berry 2nd team DL
Dylan Bennett 2nd team OL
Quincy Pugh 2nd team DL
K. Kennedy 2nd team DB
PIGEON FORGE — The Pigeon Forge Lady Tigers basketball team may own a 45-15 record the past two seasons combined under head coach Paul Reagan, but the Orange-and-Black girls believe they can be an improved squad this year after falling just short of a second-straight district tournament championship a season ago. “We had a successful season last year, but we didn’t finish the way we wanted to,” said Reagan, referring to a 51-41 District 3-AA Tournament Championship loss to Austin-East that led to a difficult 64-55 region tournament semi-final loss to Christian Academy of Knoxville that ended the Orange-and-Black season short of their own expectations. “I’m looking forward to a great season, even though we’re in a tough district,” said Reagan. “Austin-East and Fulton are going to be tough for us this year, but we don’t concede anything here at Pigeon Forge and we expect to compete for another dis-
trict championship.” The Lady Tigers believe they could have made it to the sectional tournament last year if not for the loss to A-E in the district tournament championship. “We’re 45-15 the past two years, which is outstanding, but we’ve got stuck at the region semis both years,” said Reagan. “I think losing that game to Austin-East really hurt us last season. “Everybody wants to make it to state, and that’s everybody’s ultimate goal. But we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. I want to win the (regular) season district championship first and get that first seed going into the (district) tournament. If we can get that first seed, hopefully we can come out on top in the (district) tournament. But it will be tough.” But when the 2010-11 Pigeon Forge roster is examined, it’s easy to understand why the Lady Tigers feel there is room for such optimism. “We’re led by (senior) Kelsey Brooks, (senior) Ashlynn Trotter, (sophomore) See LADY TIGERS, Page A9
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010 â—† The Mountain Press NFL GRIDIRON
Randy Moss at work early on 1st day with Titans By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE â€” How long the Tennessee Titans and Randy Moss stay together remains to be seen. For now, Jeff Fisher is thinking playoffs and the Super Bowl that has eluded the NFLâ€™s longest tenured coach with his current team. Fisher said Monday he isnâ€™t thinking past the end of the season â€” whenever that is. The contract extension Moss has been seeking most of this year wonâ€™t be on the table until then. â€œI donâ€™t have a ring. He doesnâ€™t have a ring, so weâ€™re going to try,â€? Fisher said. Moss arrived early Monday, and Fisher said the receiver passed a physical, worked out and met with coaches to start learning the offense. He also got his locker and met everyone in the building. Moss was even seen running around on the teamâ€™s outdoor practice fields Monday afternoon. Fisher insists what happened between Moss and the New England Patriots or the Minnesota Vikings is not an issue now. The coach does think Moss is in the best place he possible, saying the changes would have taken an emotional toll on any player. â€œUsually, itâ€™s the case
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Mindy Brackins and (sophomore) Cassidy Martin,â€? said Reagan. â€œThose four girls have played basketball ever since last season ended. They have not stopped. They played spring, summer and even fall ball. They have put an emphasis on playing as much basketball as they possibly can, and I think people will see a marked improvement from those four girls especially this season.â€? Brooks and Trotter are not only two of the three senior leaders in the program, but theyâ€™re also the captains of the team. â€œKelsey and Ashlynn are our captains, and theyâ€™re our main leaders,â€? said Reagan. â€œKelsey is being looked at by a few local colleges around, and any college that would take Kelsey, that would be a great idea to have her. Kelsey would be a benefit to any college basketball program. She is probably the hardest worker Iâ€™ve ever had as a coach, and she has so much ability. She can play a variety of positions. â€œKelsey has moved from shooting guard to point guard this year, so her scoring total may go down. I donâ€™t expect it to, but it could slide. But if her scoring slides, her assist total is going to go up. By the end of this year, she will be the career leader in steals for Pigeon Forge High School, she already has made more free throws than anyone else ever at Pigeon Forge, and sheâ€™s on pace to score her 1,000th point this season. â€œI canâ€™t say enough about Kelsey Brooks, because sheâ€™s worked so hard. â€œAnd while Kelsey may be the hardest worker Iâ€™ve ever had, Ashlynn may be the smartest player Iâ€™ve ever had. Ashlynnâ€™s game has developed so much since I first coached her in seventh grade.â€? â€œAshlynn can play all five positions, and she has played all five positions for me. Sheâ€™s aggressive and sheâ€™s tough, and she has a very nice outside shot. Sheâ€™s dedicated her career to being a good basketball player, and thatâ€™s what she is. â€œThis is the fifth year (dating back to middle school) that Iâ€™ll have the pleasure to coach Kelsey Brooks and Ashlynn Trotter, and thereâ€™s nothing like coaching those two girls. They do exactly what you ask them to do, and they lead by example. They are such a good example for our younger girls. If the younger girls can just put
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick hugs Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss after New Englandâ€™s 28-18 win in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday, Oct. 31. where you really donâ€™t have all the information,â€? Fisher said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of things that go on, and I think that was the case there. We discussed a lot, and weâ€™ve put it behind us. Iâ€™m excited for him. Heâ€™s got a bounce in his step, and heâ€™s looking forward to getting on the
field and helping us win.â€? How Moss feels remains unheard. He hasnâ€™t commented publicly of being waived a week ago by Minnesota or on the Titans being the only NFL team to put in a claim on the receiver. Since the Titans won their waiver
claim last Wednesday, both Fisher and Mossâ€™ agent have said the receiver is excited Tennessee claimed him. Moss arrived in Nashville late Sunday afternoon but didnâ€™t talk to a handful of reporters staked out at a private airport terminal.
forth the effort that Kelsey and Ashlynn have, the sky is the limit for this team, and also for teams down the road.â€? And as blessed as the Lady Tigers are to have such senior leadership, the Orange-andBlack program also has an abundance of youth not just waiting in the wing, but ready to take flight immediately. â€œCassidy Martin started a lot of games for us last year, and she averaged eight points a game for us,â€? said Reagan. â€œSheâ€™s going to be one of our leading scorers this year, and she can flat out light it up. Her defensive game has improved greatly over the summer, and Iâ€™m impressed with her, and the sky is the limit for her. â€œAnd Mindy Brackins is physical down low, but sheâ€™s also developed an outside game, and she can penetrate as well. Sheâ€™s a post, but she plays more like a guard. Sheâ€™s going to be a hard match-up for anybody who plays us. â€œI really believe that Mindy Brackins and Cassidy Martin are two of the best sophomores around, period. Iâ€™m really impressed with those two, and they make our team so much better.â€? But the talent doesnâ€™t stop with the top four players at Pigeon Forge. Senior Ashley â€œWojoâ€? Wojnowski, whose best sport is softball, will also play a significant role for the Lady Tigers. â€œWojo spent the summer playing softball, and Iâ€™m glad that she did,â€? said Reagan. â€œSheâ€™s going to be committing to a college very soon to play softball, and Iâ€™m very proud of her. â€œBut her coming back to the basketball team makes us 10 or 15 points better, maybe not because sheâ€™s going to score those points herself, but because sheâ€™s going to get three or four steals and have two or three assists each game at least. And sheâ€™s going to probably score eight points a game. Her athleticism just helps us so much.â€? â€œWeâ€™re pretty small, so weâ€™re really going to be playing a lot of four-guard lineups. Wojo is thrown into the mix there. We want to run-and-gun and get up and down the court as fast as we possibly can, and Wojo is exactly what you want from a player when you try to apply my philosophy to basketball. I want to put as much pressure on opposing teams as we can and get up and down the court as fast as we possibly can. Wojo is perfect for that, because sheâ€™s extremely fast, physical for her size and sheâ€™s just a great athlete.â€? The list of talent just keep going for the Lady Tigers
with another junior, sophomore and two freshmen players ready to step up for the Orange and Black this year. Junior Brittany Wood and sophomore Katie Shields are two such players. â€œThis is also my fifth year with Brittany, and sheâ€™s gotten better, and I expect her to contribute this year for sure,â€? said Reagan. â€œAnd we call Katie Shields â€˜The Bruiser,â€™ because she gives us a physical presence. Sheâ€™s going to help us this year, and sheâ€™ll get a lot of playing time this year. Iâ€™m really impressed with how sheâ€™s developed ..., and I really expect her physical presence to help us down the road.â€? Freshmen Mikayla Trombley and Courtney Leatherwood are also expected to step into the varsity fold this season. â€œMikayla is a long and athletic point guard/shooting guard thatâ€™s going to help us,â€? said Reagan. â€œSheâ€™s going to get varsity minutes. She has a world of potential in basketball. Sheâ€™s a taller version of Wojo right now. Itâ€™s going to be hard keeping her off the court. Iâ€™m going to have to get her playing time, and I will get her playing time. â€œAnd Courtney Leatherwood coming in is one of the most fundamentally sound freshman Iâ€™ve ever had. She knows the game ..., and sheâ€™s got a great shot as well. â€œAll things considered, this is probably the most athletic team Iâ€™ve ever had, and this is probably the best team Iâ€™ve ever had off the court. Not that Iâ€™ve had to worry about girls from past teams, but these girls are a great group of girls and Iâ€™ve had more fun over the last few days (of practice) than Iâ€™ve had in years. Nothing against previous teams, but this group of girls are just a joy to be around, and that makes it fun for me every day.â€? And the Pigeon Forge future doesnâ€™t stop with the aforementioned. There are several other freshmen who are expected to help the Lady Tigers down the road, including Jones Coveâ€™s Clarissa Crowley along with Pigeon Forgeâ€™s Elizabeth Teaster, Breyana Sanders and Callie Clabo. Despite all the positive news for the Pigeon Forge program, the Lady Tigers have been dealt one blow this season. They will be without senior Kesha Hooker on the court because of her history with head injuries. â€œKesha will be helping us from the bench, but not having her on the court is a big loss for us,â€? said Reagan. â€œShe
got hurt during the season last year, and I thought thatâ€™s what hurt us down the stretch going into tournament time. She had her third concussion then, and then she got her fourth concussion early on in spring practice. â€œIt put a good scare in all of us, but thereâ€™s more important things than Kesha risking her life playing a sport in high school. But we hate
The Titans currently plan to make Moss available to reporters Wednesday after practice. That doesnâ€™t mean Moss will actually speak or take questions. The receiver hasnâ€™t spoken to reporters since Oct. 13 and was fined $25,000 by the NFL for failing to cooperate with the media. Fisher said Moss wonâ€™t be treated differently than any other player on the roster, and he sees no risk whatsoever in bringing the welltraveled receiver to town. Fisher said Moss obviously has talked to people who knows how the Titans do things. â€œHeâ€™s heard great things about the locker room, and I donâ€™t see a risk at all,â€? Fisher said. â€œHeâ€™s a very good football player who became available to us, and itâ€™s a new start. Itâ€™s a new start for him, and itâ€™s an opportunity for us to get better offensively,â€? The timing is perfect. The Titans (5-3) enjoyed their bye by moving back into a tie with Indianapolis (5-3) atop the AFC South with five divisional games left. Fisher still sees the defending champion Colts as the team to beat despite their list of injuries with 12 players on injured reserve. â€œYouâ€™re going to have win the division to get in the playoffs ... Thereâ€™s no
telling how the wild card thingâ€™s going to fall,â€? Fisher said. Fisher expects Moss to play when the Titans visit Miami (4-4) on Sunday. Moss didnâ€™t have a catch against the Dolphins in his last game with the Patriots on Oct. 4 before being traded to Minnesota, and Fisher said the receiver may have only a set of plays heâ€™s familiar with as he works to also learn the offense and a game plan. He also gets to meet another new quarterback. Vince Young spent part of the weekend in Austin, Texas, opening up a steakhouse and treating his left ankle, but the Titans are due back at work Tuesday after a four-day break for the bye. As the waiver claim worked out, Moss wound up enjoying a bye week that will leave him playing just 16 games this season instead of the 17 he had been on pace to play in if he had stayed in Minnesota. But itâ€™s time to get back to work. â€œHe enjoyed his off weekend, his bye week, just like we did,â€? Fisher said. Notes: Fisher refused to give a timetable on receiver Kenny Brittâ€™s injured right hamstring other than to repeat Britt will not play at Miami.
losing Kesha, because Kesha just lightens the mood for everybody.â€? The Lady Tigers will begin their season with the bas-
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The 1-win Dallas Cowboys fire coach Wade Phillips By JAIME ARON AP Pro Football Writer IRVING, Texas — Jerry Jones never wanted to change coaches this season. As the blowout losses mounted, and Wade Phillips’ defense was mostly to blame, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys had no choice. Jones fired Phillips on Monday and promoted offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to take his place on an interim basis. Defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni was promoted to replace Phillips’ other role as defensive coordinator. “I recognized that after the game we just weren’t playing winning football and our best chance was to make a change,” Jones said. “We are grateful to Wade and his contribution to the Cowboys, leading us. We also clearly understand we are not where we want to be at this time, and that’s an understatement. We share the responsibility — all of us.” It’s the first time Dallas has made an in-season coaching change. Garrett becomes the first former Cowboys player to take over the job previously held by the likes of Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells. Jones decided enough was enough following a 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. It was the Cowboys’ fifth straight loss, dropping them to 1-7. The defense has allowed at least 35 points in three straight games, something that hadn’t happened to this team since going 0-11-1 in its inaugural season, 1960. Stranger still, the unit features nearly all the same players who closed last season with the first back-toback shutouts in club history. Jones said his deciding
Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips watches from the sidelines during the second half of Sunday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 45-7. factor was the defense’s erosion the last three games — bad against the Giants, worse against Jacksonville and trampled by the Packers, who actually backed off from scoring more than 45. Jones said he’d been “in denial” that the club was in such bad shape. “It really was paramount in my thinking that we would make adjustments and have our defense more productive and demonstrate a correction,” he said. “But I really might not be sitting here today if we had gone and played well against Jacksonville ... and then we’d gone to Green Bay and played lights out defensively.” This is the Cowboys’ worst season since 1989 and among the worst in franchise history by record alone. It could go down as the worstever considering Dallas was coming off a division title and a playoff win, and was expected to contend for the Super Bowl that’ll be held at Cowboys Stadium.
“I told (players) they should not think this an admission of defeat or finality in this season,” Jones said. “We have eight games left and we have one goal — to win.” Jones was clearly unhappy and uncomfortable. He spoke slower than usual, with longer pauses to collect his thoughts, and fiddled with his glasses throughout a 22-minute news conference. He called Phillips “somebody we thought so much of” and “a good friend, as well.” He wouldn’t provide details of his conversation with Phillips, and became emotional as he described breaking the news to the team. He said the focus of that speech was accountability. “I spoke of the realization that it’s not just about yourself,” Jones said. “It impacts others.” The 63-year-old Phillips leaves with a 34-22 record over 4 1/2 seasons guiding the Cowboys. He also was
1-2 in the postseason. Dallas won the NFC East twice on his watch. Phillips released a statement thanking the fans and the Jones family “for all of the support” and thanked his coaches and players “for their loyalty and dedication.” “I told the team today that I have been proud to be a part of their family and that will never change,” Phillips said. “I am disappointed in the results of this season to this point, but I am also very proud of what our team and our players accomplished in the previous three years. In good times and difficult times, our players stuck together and never lost hold of their belief in each other and the strong team bond that they have shared.” The first game under Garrett will be at the New York Giants on Sunday. Jones said Garrett will have an opportunity to keep the job permanently. “If we do outstanding as a team and we have very visible, tangible success, then certainly that’s doing your job, if you will, in a crisis situation,” Jones said. “That kind of action goes beyond a resume.” Garrett has been viewed as the team’s coach-in-waiting since he was hired — days before Phillips, in fact. The 44-year-old Garrett was a backup quarterback behind Troy Aikman from 1993-99. He was the quarterbacks coach in Miami in 2005-06 before rejoining the club in 2007. He’s had the title of assistant head coach since 2008, when he withdrew from other interviews to remain with the club. His father, Jim, was with the organization for 22 years. Two of his brothers are on his staff: tight ends coach John and Judd, the director of pro scouting.
“I do believe Jason has the temperament, he has the disposition to affect a culture change,” Jones said. “I think this is important. We know all men’s styles are different. His style is one that I feel can be very effective.” Garrett was No. 2 on the coaching depth chart. However, his unit hasn’t been much better than Phillips’, and that goes back to before starting quarterback Tony Romo broke his collarbone on Oct. 25. “I think he’s very consistent, very to the routine. I like him as a coach,” receiver Miles Austin said. “Hopefully it changes things for the better.” This leadership handoff wasn’t very smooth. Jones told Phillips around 1:45 p.m., shortly before players arrived to team headquarters. The story was first reported about that time by KTVT of Dallas-Fort Worth, so many players found out through the media. About 2:15 p.m., Phillips walked through the hallway and said nothing was going on, that he was just going to check on injured players; he indeed went to the training room. Players finally heard it officially from Jerry and Stephen Jones around 3 p.m. “It feels terrible that it has gotten to that point at the midpoint of the season,” quarterback Jon Kitna said. “We have a chance to do something about it going forward. But it doesn’t change magically overnight. ... I’ve said it since I got here — this is the most talented team I’ve been around. But talent isn’t the only ingredient.” Defensive players took it even more personally because they worked closest with Phillips. Jay Ratliff went from a backup defensive lineman under Parcells to Pro Bowl
nose tackle under Phillips, so he was especially upset. Asked what went wrong, he said, “Nobody knows.” “We fought like hell for him,” Ratliff said. “Things just didn’t go our way.” Just about everything has gone wrong this halfseason. The constant has been mindless mistakes: penalties, turnovers and other breakdowns befitting an expansion team, not one of the highest-paid rosters in the NFL. Phillips couldn’t get them to snap them out of it. He tried being loyal instead of benching the guys who were underperforming the most. That only seemed to make things worse. Jones had steadfastly supported Phillips throughout this tailspin, even saying late last week that Phillips would keep the job the rest of the year. The first five losses had all been by a touchdown or less, which showed players were still fighting. But a second straight humiliating loss left Jones with little choice. Something had to change to spark interest in the final eight games. “There are a lot of people that certainly are going to suffer and suffer consequences,” Jones said Sunday night. Phillips’ career record as a coach with Dallas, Denver and Buffalo is 79-57, but only 1-5 in the postseason. He had only one losing record in eight full seasons. Counting a 3-4 mark over two stints as an interim coach, Phillips has 82 regular-season wins, matching the total of his father, former Houston and New Orleans coach Bum Phillips. Speculation will persist on the club’s next permanent leader. Obvious candidates include former Super Bowl winners Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden, both working in broadcasting.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010 ◆ The Mountain Press Family Circus
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Wife upset with attention husband gives to female friend
Dear Annie: I have been married for almost 20 years to a somewhat verbally abusive and manipulative man. We were separated for a year, but remained in the same house while I worked with him to understand how damaging his behavior was. During that time, my husband befriended another woman. To my knowledge, it was not sex, only conversation about how they were mistreated and how miserable their lives were. My husband and I reconciled, and I have been honest and proactive concerning our relationship. However, he still converses with this woman and shares everything about our relationship with her. I think he tells me about it on purpose (emotional abuse), and when I inquire about whether they were intimate, he has a fit and tells me I’m crazy. I am an attractive person. I have a great job. I don’t need him financially, and emotionally he’s difficult. I continue to try to work things out, but, Annie, what is the story with this woman? Is he trying to make me jealous? It’s sabotaging our efforts to mend our relationship. He tells me how beautiful and sexy I am, but something is not right. What do you think? -- Bustin’ To Get Loose Dear Bustin’: Your signature tells us a lot. Your husband has found a sympathetic connection with this woman. She is someone to whom he can complain while making himself look like a victim. He tells you about it so you will feel guilty and upset that she fulfills a need you don’t -- and can’t. If she were male, you might worry less, but flaunting this relationship
is emotionally abusive, and he needs to stop. Dear Annie: My husband’s sister is getting married next month. I’m excited for her, but one thing bothers me. My inlaws have not invited my parents to the wedding. My in-laws were invited to both of my sisters’ weddings. And my parents have been invited to the weddings of my sisters’ in-laws. My parents recently asked whether they are getting an invitation. I told them my in-laws were trying to keep the wedding small, which they are not. Last week, my husband’s brother became engaged, and I’m concerned they won’t invite my parents to that wedding, either. I know it will upset my folks. My husband and I host all of the major holidays with both sides of the family. I don’t want this situation to cause any tension. How do we handle it? My husband and I don’t know how to bring up the subject tactfully. -Distressed Daughter Dear Distressed: It would be nice if your in-laws invited your parents to these family celebrations, and it’s possible their exclusion was an oversight. Your husband should approach his parents and ask if they accidentally forgot his in-laws, giving them the opportunity to feign shock and rectify the problem. He also can add how much it would mean to him if they kept his in-laws in mind for future
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For Better Or Worse
family events. Dear Annie: You didn’t go far enough in your response to “Faithful Reader,” whose adult children were cleaning out her fridge and want her to set up a power of attorney. Her children were wrong to do things behind her back. However, now is the perfect time for “Faithful” to prepare for the time when she is not in complete control of her faculties. It is a wonderful opportunity to initiate a discussion on how her wishes are to be handled when the time comes. My mother-in-law refuses to have a power of attorney, insisting she can take care of herself when, in fact, she is memory-impaired and deteriorating, and disagreement over her care has caused estrangement between her children. I am grateful my parents, while still in good health, set up all the mechanics necessary to relieve my brother and me of that responsibility. -- Been There, Done That Dear Been There: You are absolutely correct that these things should be done while everyone is capable of handling the details. We hope “Faithful” will follow through. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to email@example.com, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045. 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 www.creators.com.
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The Mountain Press â—† Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sevier Countyâ€™s Vietnam war casualties to be recognized Submitted report SEVIERVILLE â€” During the 1960s and 1970s young men and women departed Sevier County to serve their country in Vietnam. On Jan. 15, 1965, Pvt. 1st Class Alton Lee Hornbuckle lost his life in the jungles of Vietnam. Searching for Hornbuckle has become an adventure to,local people trying to find out about him. When he entered the Army he gave his hometown as Sevierville, but why he did
that has remained a mystery. His paper trail has only brought roadblocks and more questions. The last young man to die in Vietnam was Spc. 4 Stephen Joseph Huskey, who died on Oct. 31, 1971. Huskeyâ€™s death brought to 15 the number of soldiers who died in Vietnam who claimed Sevier County as their home. The Spencer Clack and Great Smokies chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution will join together to honor these Vietnam veterans at 2 p.m. Thursday at the King Family Library, at 408 High St. All veterans and their families are invited to pay tribute to these fallen soldiers. A summary of the Vietnam casualities, as compiled by Theresa Williams, chaplain, Spencer Clack Chapter, DAR:
n Spc. 4 Carroll David Abbott, Sevierville, B CO, 2ND BN, 8TH INF RGT, 4 INF DIV, Army; Jan. 18, 1945 to Oct. 29, 1966; Vietnam Memorial Panel 11E Line 125 n Spc. 4 Dannie Arthur Carr, Sevierville, B CO, 2ND BN, 7TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV, USARV, Army; June 30, 1947 to July 3, 1969; Memorial Panel 21W Line 050 n Lance Cpl. Thomas Gale
Gaines, Ludowici, Ga.; H CO, 2ND BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF, Marine Corps; Dec. 25, 1948 to Feb. 11, 1968; Panel 38E Line 076 n Harry Games Hodges, equipment perator constructionman, Sevierville; NMCB-9, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV, Navy; Oct. 10, 1947 to Jan. 14, 1968; Panel 34E Line 049 n Pvt. 1st Class Alton Lee Hornbuckle, Sevierville; 571ST TRANS DET, 68TH AVN CO, 145TH AVN BN, US ARMY SPT CMD VIETNAM, MACV, Army; Dec. 22, 1943 to Jan. 15, 1965; Panel 01E Line 081 n Lance Cpl. Estel Huskey, Sevierville; E CO, 2ND BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF, Marine Corps; May 26, 1947 to May 4, 1966; Panel 07E Line 025 n Spc. 4 Stephen Joseph Huskey, Landover, Md.; 538TH ENG CO, 35TH ENG GROUP, 18TH ENG BDE, USARV, Army; Jan. 15, 1951 to Oct. 31, 1971; Panel 02W Line 057 n Airman 3rd Class Eddie Manis, Gatlinburg; 510TH TAC FTR SQDN, 3RD TAC FTR WING, 7TH AF, Air Force; May 11, 1947 to May 12, 1967; Panel 19E Line 098 n Pvt. 1st Class Jerry McCarter, Sevierville; L CO, 3RD BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF, Marine Corps; Aug. 22, 1948 to June 15, 1969; Panel 22W Line 054 n Cpl. Michael Clarence Vickery, Gatlinburg; C CO, 1ST BN, 5TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV, USARV, Army; April 4, 1948 to Jan. 8, 1970; Panel 14W Line 016 n Pvt. 1st Class Randy Ralph Cogdill, Sevierville; D CO, 1ST BN, 27TH INFANTRY, 25TH INF DIV, USARV, Army; Dec.
5, 1947 to Oct. 28, 1967; Panel 28E Line 090 n SSgt. Hobart Earl Covington, Seymour; A CO, 554TH ENG BN, 79TH ENG
GROUP, 20TH ENG BDE, USARV, Army; Aug. 3, 1936 to Feb. 26, 1969; Panel 31W Line 065 n Pvt. 1st Class Gary Reagan
Fox, Gatlinburg; A BTRY, 1ST BN, 44TH ARTILLERY, I FIELD FORCE, USARV, Army; May 14, 1945 to April 20, 1967; Panel 18E Line 053
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