The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 25, No. 318 ■ November 14, 2009 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
City sends request to TDOT
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
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PIGEON FORGE — The plan to put up a traffic signal at the intersection of the Parkway and Music Road is on its way to Nashville now, after the City Commission voted unanimously to move it forward. Business owners in the busy development the road serves requested the city consider putting a light there, citing growth in the area and concerns about motorist safety. The City Commission voted to send a letter to a Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) official asking that the agency consider a signal at the intersection. Since the Parkway is a state road, TDOT must approve new lights. It seems likely the proposal will get the OK in Nashville, with engineer Terry Grubb telling the City Commission during a recent workshop that a traffic study of the area showed a light is warranted. Such a study is a requirement for a state permit. Of course, that research didn’t include traffic that will be generated by the under-construction Titanic Museum attraction. Fee Hedrick Family Entertainment partner David Fee, who oversees the Black Bear Jamboree theater in the Music Road development, told the commission there will likely be 1.5 million cars that use Music Road next year. That, city leaders agreed, is reason enough to put up a signal. “It could easily become a safety issue,” Commissioner See Light, Page A4
From Sevier County GIS mapping Web site
The busy intersection of Music Road and the Parkway is shown, along with parts of Black Bear Jamboree in the lower left corner and WonderWorks in the upper left corner. City leaders and business owners have pointed to the striping on the road guiding the lanes into and out of Music Road as a sign the area was designed for and needs a traffic signal.
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Their just reward State
State trooper suspended Tennessee trooper off the job after sending white pride e-mail Page A6
Weather Today Mostly sunny High: 73°
Tonight Partly cloudy Low: 41° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Ruby Beeler, 84 Gerald Bennett, 69 Trevor Dalton, 54 Ethel Grady, 103 Ronnie Justice, 61
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Pigeon Forge Middle School students Chelsey Metcalf, left, and Jessica Hemsley stretch to go the farthest on the bungee run during a PTO rewards party for students after fund-raising efforts for the school.
Mountain Hope marks 10 years
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Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic staffers, volunteers and supporters joined with Sevierville Chamber of Commerce members Thursday evening in celebrating the low-cost health care facility’s 10th anniversary.
SEVIERVILLE — It’s grown from 2,500 visits to more than 9,000, has more than 14,000 local residents on its rolls, and has gone from operating out of borrowed space to dedicating a new wing of its own home this week. Despite all that, Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic Executive Director Mary Vance says she’s not at all surprised. “Believe it or not, I’m not,” Vance said Thursday evening as the clinic celebrated its 10th anniversary. “There was a need and we’ve had the support of our amazing community.” Vance isn’t even surprised that there are 45 new patients added to the clinic’s files every single week. “It seems like there’s always kind of a cycle. We have some move out and we have some move in. There’s always a need, though,” Vance said. The clinic has certainly seen its share of need over
the past couple years. As the only medical facility in Sevier County that serves folks who don’t have health insurance, the number of people coming through the doors has skyrocketed at an at-times alarming rate. Between 2007 and 2008, visits to the clinic increased by 1,300, topping out at 9,014 for the latter year. Unfortunately, it appears they may be on track to that number again this year, even as they’re forced to turn away or wait-list new patients each week. “Can we help everybody who needs our help? Unfortunately, no. All we can do is the best we can,” Vance said. Doing the best they can means making every effort to ensure they meet every health need the underserved folks of Sevier County might have. From just offering minor medical services three days each week in 1999, the clinic has grown to include everything from dental care to menSee Hope, Page A4
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The Mountain Press â—† Saturday, November 14, 2009
$1 million on line for schools in promotion From Submitted Reports
Sylvia Bright of Greeneville has donated two books of her research to the Sevier County Public Library genealogy department. From left are John Waters Jr., Bright and Library Director K.C. Williams.
Family donates documents to genealogy department From Submitted Reports Sylvia Temple Rolen Bright of Greeneville has donated two books of her research to the Sevier County Public Library Genealogical Department. One 408-page book was on the descendants of Sarah Hicks and William A. Baxter. The second was about David C. Hicks through his last son, David â€œCrocketâ€? Hicks. Crocket Hicks was the father of Sarah Hicks and Bon Hicks
Sr. John Waters Jr., a member of the committee to raise money for the new library, took Bright to the library to meet with K.C. Williams, library director, who accepted the books. People in Sevier County descended from Crochet Hicks include Bon Hicks Jr., Bryan Hicks, Kyle Hicks, Robin Hicks Nichols, Tanner Nichols, Grant Nichols, Eva Baker, Richard Baker, Willie Chaney, Imogene Finchum,
Sharon Daughtery, Jerri Dixon, James Feezell, Kenneth Fezzell, Ronald Fezzell, Bumett Finchum, June Finchum, Michelle Finchum, Bill Henry, Brenda Hodge, Kate Huff, Kim Rogers, Dana Rogers, Fern Sims, Jon Timmerman, George A. Williams and Sandra Williams. The Hicks family reunion is held on the last Sunday in June at the Dandridge Senior Citizens Center.
U.S. Cellular is inviting communities to rally around their favorite school to share $1 million. Ten schools across the country with the most votes will each win $100,000 in the companyâ€™s Calling All Communities campaign. Between now and Jan. 15, anyone 18 or older can visit any U.S. Cellular store to receive a code to vote online for their favorite school. Last year, Sevier County schools received votes, but not enough to win. Seymour schools have formed a Calling All Communities committee. Theyâ€™ve sent out a letter and flyer to parents, and they held a special assembly. Gary Stinnett and Mickey Williams at Seymour High School are heading up the efforts.
No purchase is necessary and voters donâ€™t have to be U.S. Cellular customers. â€œAfter winning Calling All Communities, we took requests for how we should use the money,â€? said John Bartlett, principal of Bearden High School in Knoxville. â€œWe were able to add new computer and science lab equipment, purchase band instruments and repair our gymnasium floor.â€? â€œI love the fact that there were no strings attached and no timeframe for us to use the money,â€? said Sherry Walker, teacher at Heritage High School in Maryville. â€œWe refer to our new computer room that the money made possible as the â€˜Taj Mahal.â€™ It is definitely instilling pride and respect among our students.â€? Visit uscellular.com/callingallcommunities for official rules or to view videos from last yearâ€™s campaign.
Rotary Club providing 2,000 dictionaries to area students From Submitted Reports
The five Sevier County Rotary Clubs will distribute over 2,000 dictionaries to all Sevier County third- and fourth-grade students. This yearâ€™s literacy program by local Rotary clubs will begin the week of Nov. 17. Every third- and fourth-grader will receive a dictionary. This is part of an international project which
has seen the distribution of over 11.8 million dictionaries to school children worldwide. The local clubs have made this a part of their community service to provide needed tools for learning in Sevier County schools. Local school officials say that the gift of a personal dictionary helps students to learn. Reading and the understanding of the meanings and the uses of words is fundamental to
their education. Rotarians from the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Sevierville Sunrise, and Seymour clubs will be visiting each school in their area and hand each student a dictionary. Presidents Debbie Clinton, Tim Kellar, Donald Lakatosh, John Black and Mary Vance, with their clubs, made these dictionaries available to promote literacy.
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