The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 25, No. 324 ■ November 20, 2009 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Growth plan presented to county By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — Even as a few local governments continue their consideration of recommendations for new hillside development regulation, another group has come out with proposals for new rules on area construction. City and county officials agreed last year to enter into a partnership with the Tennessee
Valley Authority (TVA) to complete a growth readiness study that would chiefly address water quality issues related to development. The federal agency paid for and organized the process, holding a series of workshops with local residents, developers and officials, and providing some stock regulation proposals to get the ball rolling. That months-long effort has finally concluded and it result-
ed in a full-color, 26-page book of recommendations for new regulations. That document was presented to city and county officials this week by staff members from the local planning offices. “These recommendations are really aimed at mitigating water quality issues in the future and at least easing to some extent flooding problems in these new developments,” Sevierville Planning Director Jim Bryant
told the group, which included the county mayor and top administrators from each city. Bryant pointed out the group took pains to ensure the report doesn’t unfairly target builders, who may have to foot some higher initial costs for using things like impervious pavement but could see a reduction in their bills in other areas under the recommendations. “This can be a benefit to the See plan, Page A3
List of alleged victims changes
By JEFF FARRELL Staff Writer
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Ashley New, 13, left, Jessica Schunemann, 14, and Lauryn Rohl, 14, work on “New Moon”themed word puzzles at a celebration for the book and movie.
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‘New Moon’ mania
Area youth anticipate opening of new ‘Twilight’ movie By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer
Mostly sunny High: 62°
Tonight Mostly clear Low: 40° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries Leah Avril, 18 Ronald Lynch, 55 Freeman McCarter, 72 Patrick O’Doherty, 66 DETAILS, Page A4
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There’s never been a better time to be a vampire. Just ask the crowd of teens and young adults who attended a celebration of the movie “New Moon” at the Kodak Branch of the Sevier County Public Library on Thursday, the eve before the film’s opening day. “We have a lot of kids who come in and love anything to do with vampires,” said Kodak library branch manager Kelly Hamilton. “When they get to middle
school and high school, they tend to stop coming to the library. This is to let them know we have things that are for them, too.” “New Moon” is the second book in the hugely popular “Twilight” series by Stephanie Meyer. The stories focus on the love triangle between a young girl, a vampire and a werewolf. “We love ‘Twilight’,” said 13-year-old Ashley New, a student at Northview Middle School. “I like vampires, but in this (book/movie) I’m all about the werewolf — Jacob is hot.” Yes, Jacob would be
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Shayla Haynes, left, 15, and Arielle Knittel, 14, help themselves to snacks at a celebration of the movie and book “New Moon,” held Thursday at the Kodak branch of the Sevier County Public Library.
the name of the were- Edward. wolf. But there were “I’m addicted to vamjust as many, if not more, fans of vampire See movie, Page A3
Fund created for elk By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE — What do you take to an elk memorial? As it turns out, donations are accepted in lieu of flowers. After the illegal poaching of an elk in the Cataloochee Valley on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, fans of the antlered creatures began searching for a way to pay tribute to the animal. That’s where Friends of the Smokies came up with the idea of starting
SEVIERVILLE — One of the original alleged victims in rape charges against local physician Rodney Carter was dropped from the case against him in a new indictment issued by the grand jury, even as two new alleged victims were added to the list. Carter now faces four counts of rape and three Carter counts of sexual battery involving four male patients at his clinic. That essentially means the new charges added one more count of rape to the amount he was already facing. Prosecutor Steve Hawkins said the victim whose charges were dropped changed his testimony after talking to defense attorney Bryan Delius or representatives of the defense team. He didn’t follow up with what he told the police,” Hawkins said. “We didn’t think we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt,” The alleged victims are named in the indictment, but The Mountain Press does not typically identify alleged victims of sex crimes. See victims, Page A4
Saturday pageant to benefit Relay For Life From Staff Reports
Sam Hobbs/Submitted by Friends of the Smokies
Bull elk No. 21 is seen in front of a historic structure in the Cataloochee Valley, the area where he was released in 2001, lived eight of his 13 years and was illegally killed Friday. A memorial fund benefiting the Elk Bugle Corps has been set up by Friends of the Smokies. a memorial fund for the elk. “Elk viewing has become a beloved part of the experience at Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” Friends Marketing Director Holly Scott said. “People want to do something to remember this animal. They want to prove this
How to help To contribute to the memorial fund for bull elk No. 21, visit the Web page www.friendsofthesmokies.org/elk.html.
matters.” The group started the See elk, Page A4
The Mountain Press will host its first Holiday of Hope pageant Saturday at Tennessee Shindig theatre in Pigeon Forge. The pageant is part of The Mountain Press Relay For Life team’s fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society. Almost 60 contestants have signed up to participate in age categories for infants through women age 25, plus a special survivor category. Contestants can sign up the day of the pageant for a $30 entry fee. Cancer survivors may enter for free in all categories. The deadline for entering the extra categories (photogenic, prettiest eyes, Prettiest Hair, etc,) has been extended and can
Holiday of Hope What: Pageant benefiting Relay For Life n Who: The Mountain Press Relay For Life team n When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday n Where: Tennessee Shindig, Pigeon Forge n Admission: $5 general admission, free children 6 and under; $30 entry fee in pageant, plus $5 each for each extra category entered. n Info: 428-0748 ext. 215 or 269 n
be entered on Saturday as well for an additional $5 each. The pageant will start at See relay for life, Page A4
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The Mountain Press â—† Friday, November 20, 2009
Countywide speed limit idea dies By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer SEVIERVILLE â€” A group of county officials got through a debate on setting a countywide speed limit faster than a driver flying down an unmarked highway. The County Commissionâ€™s Transportation Committee took up the issue during its monthly session at the request of Highway Superintendent Jonas Smelcer, who said several commissioners not on that group asked that the matter be discussed. As it happens, dis-
cussion is as far as it got. â€œI have had three or four commissioners talk to me about it and they wanted us to bring it up,â€? Smelcer told the committee, which he works with during its regular sessions. Those folks pushing the issue are apparently motivated by two things: Fear of speeders and a desire to clear up the agendas the Transportation Committee faces. As it stands now, the maximum on all local roads that donâ€™t have posted speed limits is 55, which is the statewide rule.
A rre s t s 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 Teresa Nadine Branham, 37, of 601 George Davis in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 18 with misdemeanor filing a false report to an officer. She was released on $500 bond. u Larry Thomas Cochran, 18, of Dover, Del., was charged Nov. 18 with aggravated burglary, criminal impersonation and resisting arrest. He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bond. u Loren Shane Collins, 44, of Newport, was charged Nov. 18 with a circuit court warrant. She was being held. u Kayla Nicole Copeland, 21, of 302 Happy Trails Way in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 18 with violation of probation. She was being held. u Sarah Nicole Deturris, 21, of 3730 Sims Road in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 18 with violation of probation. She was released on $3,500 bond. u Lex Alan Dienst, 34, of Newport, was charged Nov. 18 with a second count of violation of probation. He was being held in lieu of $1,000 bond. u Kate May Dolezal, 28, of 500 Ownby Drive in Sevierville ,was charged Nov. 18 with theft of property worth $1,000 to $10,000. She was released on $3,500 bond. u Brittany Maria Gibson, 20, of 384 East Parkway Apt. 326 in Gatlinburg, was charged Nov. 19 with possession of a schedule II substance. She was being held in lieu of $3,500 bond. u Brian Linback, 22, of 320 Wye Drive in Seymour, was charged Nov. 19 with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule IV substance. He was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u Hermino Cruz Lopez, 28, of 1837 Bertie St. in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 18 with violation of probation. He was being held in lieu of $1,500 bond. u Joseph Arthur Makisky, 57, of 4025 Parkway #167 in Pigeon Forge, was charged Nov. 19 with domestic violence assault. He was being held in lieu of $2,000 bond. u James Cecil Maples,
40, of 540 Nicole Lane in Seymour, was charged Nov. 19 with eight counts of worthless checks. He was being held in lieu o $2,450 bond. u Shannin Marie Moore, 32, of Knoxville, was charged Nov. 19 with two counts of violation of probation. She was being held. u Kenneth Wilton Owens, 50, of 2020 Ridge Road #6 in Pigeon Forge, was charged Nov. 18 with domestic violence assault. He was being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. u Jack Brandon Price, 18, of 117 S. Rocky Flats Road in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 18 with two counts of aggravated burglary. He was being held. u Melissa Kaye Ramsey, 31, of Newport, was charged Nov. 18 with two misdemeanor warrants from general sessions court. She was being held in lieu of $7,500 bond. u Jeremy Lee Ray, 28, of Knoxville, was charged Nov. 19 with a second count of violation of probation. He was being held. u Bryan Dale Reddin, 44, of 1030 Little Alpine Road in Seymour, was charged Nov. 18 with violation of probation. He was being held. u Matthew Harrison Smith, 26, of 913 River Road in Kodak, was charged Nov. 18 with DUI. He was being held in lieu of $1,000 bond. u Robert Edward Sweet Jr., 28, of 166 Red Bud Lane in Sevierville, was charged Nov. 18 with violation of probation. He was released.
However, Smelcer said he has been approached about setting that number at 35, a figure that seemed too low to the members of the committee. â€œCountywide 35?â€? Commissioner Kent Woods asked rhetorically. â€œI donâ€™t buy that. Are there problems somewhere somebodyâ€™s running too fast?â€? Smelcer said there have been no specific instances in which the issue has seemed to become a problem, pointing out the group takes action almost every month to set speed limits on roads where residents think
there is an issue. â€œThis is just something thatâ€™s been thrown out there, because every time we meet we have to set speed limits,â€? Smelcer said. â€œThat gives us something to do,â€? Woods joked. Commissioner Jim Keener also spoke out against action on the matter, saying the group shouldnâ€™t act before at least getting an opinion from Sheriff Ron Seals, whose department would have to enforce the new rule. Beyond that, Keener worried the change would mean some additional administrative work for both the sheriffâ€™s and highway
departments. Smelcer expressed his own concerns about the idea, pointing out heâ€™s not sure about the legality of such a move, though he acknowledged other areas, including most recently the city of Newport, have such laws. â€œWhat we do is probably the most legal way to do it,â€? Smelcer said. â€œIf we put the signs up, it could be challenged in court.â€? It took no more discussion for the idea to die without so much as a motion to consider it proposed. n firstname.lastname@example.org
Chambers hosting ELF golf tournament By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer
last year,â€? McGill said. â€œWe raised $6,000.â€? ELF tournament The tournament will n What: Education and have two sessions: A mornThe Sevierville and Gatlinburg Chambers of Leadership for the Future ing session, more geared towards the chambersâ€™ busiCommerce are teaming up Mini Golf Tournament ness members, will begin at n When: 10 a.m. and 4 again this year for the second 10 a.m., and an afternoon Education and Leadership p.m. Dec. 8 session begins at 4 p.m. to for the Future (ELF) n Where: Ripleyâ€™s Old welcome students. Collier Mini Golf Tournament MacDonaldâ€™s Farm Mini Foods will supply breakfast on Dec. 8 at Ripleyâ€™s Old Golf, Sevierville for the morning session, MacDonaldâ€™s Farm Mini n Cost: $50 individual, and Hankâ€™s Pizza will pro$200 team of four, $250 Golf in Sevierville. vide food for the afternoon â€œThe chambers had been hole sponsorship, $400 session. hole sponsor/team wanting to work together Individual entries are on a project, and what bet- n Info: 453-6411, 436$50, while a team of four is ter one that to help the 4178 $200. A hole sponsorship is schools?â€? said Jim McGill, $250, and a combination of Sevierville Chamber memships and an emergency hole sponsor/team of four is bership director. fund for Sevier County high offered at $400. All proceeds from the school students. McGill said that students tournament will go towards â€œIt went tremendously can participate at a disdual enrollment scholar-
Trader sentenced to 24 years for fraud CHATTANOOGA (AP) â€” A foreign currencies trader who cheated investors in more than 20 states to support a lavish lifestyle and buy presents for a girlfriend has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. A federal judge in Chattanooga also ordered Luis Hiram Rivas to pay more than $18 million in restitution, according to a news release from the
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The Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre in conjunction with the City of Gatlinburg, Presents
The Nutcracker Sweet November 27th & 28th at 7pm
at the WL Mills Auditorium in Gatlinburg For more information or to purchase tickets please call
Join us for one international evening of storytelling
A Storytellers Thanksgiving Saturday, November 21st at 7:00pm
Convention Center, between stoplights 6 & 7 on the Parkway.
Admission = A $5.00 donation to benefit the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association (SMSA). Hosts Charlie and Jeanette Stevens invite you and friends to join us for coffee and cookies, as SMSA presents a storytellers tale of Thanksgiving .
Storytellers: Millie Sieber, Owen Duncan, Janice Brooks Headrick, Susan Fulbright, Lovella Richardson and Robert â€œRedhawkâ€? Eldridge
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tunes brought to you by our Cityâ€™s featured group, the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus. For more information on either event or for group reservations please call the OfďŹ ce of Special Events at (865) 429-7350.
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Splash County named a Must-See at IAAPA awards From Submitted Reports PIGEON FORGE — Dollywood’s Splash Country won the Must-See Waterpark Award at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo 2009 in Las Vegas. The program recognizes waterparks that provide visitors with a unique and memorable experience, top guest service, operations and safety. “IAAPA’s Must-See Waterpark award truly is an honor for our entire Dollywood’s Splash Country team and all of Herschend Family Entertainment, which is dedicated to providing a one-ofa-kind guest experience in a wholesome family setting,” Gene Scherrer, Splash Country vice president and general manager, said. The attraction twice has been recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s top 10 water parks. In 2001,
Splash Country was named the World Waterpark Association’s Best New Water Park in America. In August, Splash Country announced the addition of Slick Rock Racer, a multilane mat slide, for the 2010 season. Slick Rock Racer spans 300 feet and features four water-drenched lanes, each side by side. Positioned belly down on mats, each rider travels head first on a channel which includes an initial dip to build speed. Multiple bumps along the length of the slide allow riders to gain additional momentum which propels them to the finish. The new attraction can accommodate approximately 600 guests an hour. Slick Rock Racer joins Dollywood’s Splash Country’s more than 30 water adventure slides. Splash Country is a 35-acre water adventure park located adjacent to Dollywood.
Gates Foundation gives $335M for teacher quality SEATTLE (AP) — Three school districts and a coalition of charter schools have agreed to be test kitchens for some radical ideas for improving teacher quality — from paying new teachers to spend another year practicing before getting their own class to letting student test scores affect teacher pay. In exchange, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is handing them the biggest pile of cash it has spent on education reform in about a decade. The foundation announced $290 million in grants to the four groups on Thursday, plus another $45 million for education research aimed at uncovering what exactly is an effective teacher. The grants include $100 million to Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Fla., $90 million to Memphis City Schools, $60 million to a coalition of charter school organizations in Los Angeles, and $40 million to Pittsburgh Public Schools. Vicki Phillips, director of the foundation’s K-12 education program, said the investment is big, the ideas are bold and she hopes the impact could rock every school and every district in the nation.
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pires,” said Lauren Rohl, 14, also a student at Northview Middle School. “They’re romantic and sexy — they’re much better than human boys.” Hamilton arranged to have a DVD showing of the first movie, “Twilight,” as well as word puzzles, board games and other activities based on the series at Thursday’s event. There was also plenty of food — and gossiping about what the new movie would be like. “We bought our tickets last Monday,” said Rachael Reece, 24. “I think it’s going to be really good. I’ve seen the first movie a thousand times.” Even Hamilton admits to being a big fan of the vampire saga. “I love the movie, and I love the books,” she said. “I even got to meet
Foundation co-chair Melinda Gates said she and her husband, Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, consider education reform one of the toughest issues the foundation has taken on. The foundation is best known for its work fighting diseases like AIDS and malaria worldwide. “Any time you’re trying to change a system and really have some innovative approaches, it’s going to take some long-term work,” Melinda Gates said. The foundation purposely picked four diverse organizations to work with: from the four corners of the U.S., of a variety of sizes and ethnic mixes, all with existing problems and some successes meeting the educational needs of their students. A fifth district was in line to join the others, but Omaha Public Schools dropped out at the last minute after decided it could not meet the matching requirement of the grant during these tough economic times. Smaller grants to other districts will be announced later, Phillips said. The various reform projects have a number of central themes.
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community and developers,” Bryant said. “It’s not a matter of someone being hurt by something.” With the report finished, the planners conceded the next step is somewhat up in the air, though they’re hopeful each government will follow a process similar to the one used to review recommendations for regulating steep-slope development made by engineering firm Saratoga Associates. “Where do we go with it?” Gatlinburg Planner David Ball asked rhetorically. “As a group, we think, with the differences in terrain, probably the most effective process would be to go back to the communities and go through these to find which of them are appropriate or most appropriate in each area.” The officials in the meeting praised the effort. “This is a good report,” Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster said. “It was a lot of hard work.” Engineer Gary McGill said, though he pointed out there is still much work to be done. “Overall I think it’s very good stuff,” McGill said. “You just have to rate some of this out.” Sevierville City Administrator Steve Hendrix also recommended that the fleshing out of the report include the drafting of a document that will help explain the new rules to developers. “Rather than just to lay that on them, to be able to point them on the right direction would be an important step,” Hendrix said. Through a series of four workshops, the group came up with three main areas to address. n Residential streets and parking With the greatest potential for land disturbance and stormwater runoff in a new development coming from the construction of roads, the group took on the task of making suggestions that could
help limit those effects. Among the recommendations made to that end are that there be vegetated open channels along residential roads that can handle runoff, and that parking areas for both residential and commercial endeavors be built at least partly of permeable pavement. Such materials allow precipitation to percolate through the surface to the earth below. Off the topic of water issues, the group also addressed concerns about residential road building. The recommendations include requiring such streets to be at least 16-feet wide, be designed to reduce their total length by serving as many homes as possible and that cul-de-sacs be limited by using one-way loop roads. n Lot development There are at least a couple areas in which the Growth Readiness Plan seemingly comes into conflict with the Saratoga Associates report the county and the cities have been reviewing and implementing. While that latter document advocates requiring construction on steeply-sloped land to be done on larger lots, the Growth Readiness Plan actually advocates the exact opposite where practical. The idea being that the smaller lots will allow more space – the recommendation is at least 40 percent of a development’s total area – to be preserved in a natural state. If that happens, local watersheds will see
the benefits. The recommendations, rather than proposing new rules, also directly disagree with existing local laws, as well. Among the suggestions is that the current rules on yard setbacks and frontages be relaxed to decrease driveway lengths and reduce the overall lot imperviousness. n Conservation of natural areas The report encourages the implementation of buffer systems to catch runoff and reduction of clearing and grading done on development tracts. It also encourages local governments to set up incentive systems to reward developers who use practices that can reduce the impact construction has. Among the benefits suggested is offering a reduction in property taxes and awarding stormwater credits that builders could use to offset impacts from other developments. The group also suggests finding ways to limit light pollution and encouraging the use of Firewise building techniques, an international system of guidelines that seeks to reduce the risk of wildfires. n firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Mountain Press â—† Friday, November 20, 2009
relay for life
obituaries In Memoriam
Freeman â€œRalphâ€? McCarter
Patrick Oâ€™Doherty died peacefully at UT Hospital on Monday, November 16, 2009. He was 66. He was born in England and served in the Royal Air Force. He later moved to Las Vegas where he was a stage manager and worked with many stars. For twenty years he was the stage manager for Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in Gatlinburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Paddy Oâ€™Doherty. He will be sadly missed by his sister, Pat MacPherson, brother-in-law Don MacPherson, nephew Chris MacPherson, niece Jennifer Evans, her husband Laurence, and their children Max, Xander, Riley, and Eloise. Surviving family and friends in England are Mrs. Beth and Madeline Dunbar, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall, Mr. and Mrs. Tonks, and many cousins in England and N. Ireland. The family will hold a private memorial service. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
fund Tuesday, following the Friday incident in which bull elk No. 21 was shot and killed at the edge of a pasture in the valley where the animals graze on a daily basis. Bolstered by an immediate $1,000 gift from the operators of the blog yoursmokies.blogspot.com, the collection had grown to more than $1,500 by Thursday morning. â€œThe response has been amazing,â€? Scott said. â€œWe sent out an e-mail blast yesterday and we got $425 overnight. Weâ€™ve had donors from as far away as New York.â€? Perhaps more incredible about that quick response is that the Wednesday afternoon e-mail provided a standard donation level of $10 for those looking to contribute, meaning it would have taken quite a few donors to get to the level the fund is at now, Scott said. The money raised in the collection will be used to fund the Elk Bugle Corps, a volunteer group that helps watch out for the elk and will likely be stepping up its efforts in the wake of Fridayâ€™s incident. The Corps will likely get uniforms, flashlights, equipment and educational supplies from the fund. A Granville County, N.C., man has been arrested and
Ronald William Lynch Ronald William Lynch, age 55 of Sevierville, formerly of Germantown, TN, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2009. He was an avid fly fisherman. He was preceded in death by his son Matthew. Survivors include his wife: Marilyn Nabors Lynch; daughter: Erin Marie Lynch; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Melody and Kent Dunlap, Jackie and Brenda Nabors; several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the 11th Floor East at UT Hospital. Memorial donations may be made to East TN Childrenâ€™s Hospital, P.O. Box 15010, Knoxville, TN 37901-5010; or Friends of the Smokies, P.O. Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764. The family will receive friends 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday with a memorial service beginning at 2 p.m. in the East Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Doyle officiating. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
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9 a.m., with the first round of categories, starting with the Baby Princess (0-12 months) category. The next round will begin at 10:45 with the Tiny Miss (ages 3-4) category, and the last round at 12:30 p.m., with the Junior Miss (13-17) category. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of each round. Contestants should arrive at least 30 minutes before their round of competitions begin. The Tennessee Shindig will video each round of competition and offer DVDs for sale at the conclusion. The price of the DVDs has yet to be determined. The pageant is open to the public. General admission is $5 and free for children 6 and under. Each admission ticket can be entered into a drawing for a number of door prizes,
Freeman â€œRalphâ€? McCarter, age 72 of Sevierville, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2009. He was a lifetime farmer and was a member of Heaven Bound Baptist Church. Ralph was preceded in death by his father Virgil McCarter; mother Iva Ownby McCarter; brothers George Fred and J.C. McCarter; and sister Euna Floyd. Survivors: wife: Louise McCarter; son and daughter-in-law: Donald and Mary McCarter; daughters and sons-in-law: Wanda and Eric Vance, Rhonda Swink and Dennis Brackins; grandchildren: Amy, Jessica, Adam, Samantha, Jacob, Justin and Tori; great-grandchildren: Dylan, Shane, Gavin, Garrett and Kolby; brothers and sisters-inlaw: Xan and Shirley McCarter, Carl and Lorene McCarter, Rex McCarter; sister: Pauline Gibson; special nephew: Joe Dunn; extended family and special friends: Gene Maples, Bob Ownby, Bob and Bill Maples, Heaven Bound Baptist Church family and friends. Funeral service 7 p.m. Saturday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Ogle officiating. Interment 1 p.m. Sunday in Roberts Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Wilson, Eric Vance, Dennis Brackins, Adam Griffin, Rex Ownby and Justin Vance. The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
Leah Victoria Avril, age 18 of Sevierville, passed away from this life to be in the presence of her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. She was born on June 13, 1991. Leah was a Christian and a beautiful person inside and out. She loved her family and many friends. She was a 2009 graduate of Sevier County High School and was attending Walter State Community College. She had accumulated 12 college credits and was awarded numerous scholarships. She was preceded in death by grandfather, Victor Boling, aunt Barbara Jane Boling, greatgrandparents Rev. Marshall and Cora Parton, Isaac and Elzora Boling. Survived by mother: Shirley Boling Sanders; father: Chris Avril; sister and brother-in-law: Amy and Jason Thomason; special adoring niece: Haley Thomason; grandmother: Gladys Parton Boling; grandparents: Bill and Josette Avril; uncles and aunts: Jack and Lorene Boling, Sue and Jimmy Whaley, Joann and Steve Finchum, Roger Boling and Peggy, Bonnie and Tim Loan, Darlene and Ralph Stinnett, Darrell and Teresa Boling, Jason Avril, Lisa and Phil Savage; numerous cousins and friends. Funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, Sevierville with Rev. Leroy Parton and Rev. Scott Carter officiating. Interment will follow in Catonâ€™s Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Sevierville. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.
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One of the new allegations dates back to August 2005; previously the earliest incident dated to June 2007. Delius had previously said the defense quickly found evidence that would exonerate Carter. The new indictment is a superseding indictment, meaning it included the previous charges and added new ones. With new allegations added to the mix, it isnâ€™t clear whether the criminal trial against Carter will be rescheduled from Dec. 9. Carter is free on $200,000 bond. A grand jury first indicted Carter in March. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners suspended his license soon
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reportedly confessed to shooting the elk, which was one of the most dominant and photogenic of the males in the park. The 13-year-old animal was among the first moved to the park during a project that started in 2001, an effort that has cost more than $1 million so far. The elkâ€™s body was found beside the road in the valley and investigators are completing a necropsy on the animal. The man accused of killing him was quickly tracked down Friday evening and charged with poaching an animal in a national park, which could net him up to a $5,000 fine and 6 months in jail. â€œThe suspect was quickly identified and a strong case developed because of the willingness of members of the community to come forward and talk to rangers and state wildlife officers,â€? Acting Chief Ranger Steve Kloster said. â€œThe many visitors and volunteers who come to Cataloochee expressly to watch the elk constitute a very effective surveillance network which has undoubtedly prevented elk poaching from occurring earlier.â€? As park officials and the district attorney work to build their case, he could reportedly face additional charges including carrying a loaded weapon into a national park. n firstname.lastname@example.org
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Republicans blast ‘bait and switch’ health bill
Pentagon looking for lapses WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Thursday it will scour its procedures for identifying volatile soldiers hidden in the ranks following the Fort Hood shooting rampage and lapses that might allow others to slip through bureaucratic cracks. “It is prudent to determine immediately whether there are internal weaknesses or procedural shortcomings in the department that could make us vulnerable in the future,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said. A 45-day emergency investigation will examine personnel, medical, mental health, discharge and other policies in all corners of the vast Defense Department. It will also look at ways to improve security and emergency response at Defense Department facilities. “The shootings at Fort Hood raise a number of troubling questions that demand complete but prompt answers,” Gates told a Pentagon news conference.
Winfrey to announce end of show CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey’s production company says Winfrey will announce today that her talk show will end in 2011 after its 25th season on the air. Chicago-based Harpo Productions Inc. said Thursday night that the talk show host will give more details live on the “The Oprah Winfrey Show” broadcast Friday. Winfrey started her broadcasting career in Nashville, Tenn., and Baltimore, Md., before relocating to Chicago in 1984 to host WLS-TV’s morning talk show “A.M. Chicago.” That show was renamed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1985. A year later, Winfrey established Harpo and her talk show went into syndication. In 1990, Winfrey opened Harpo Studios in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.
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Jacob Shaffer enters a courtroom for a preliminary hearing in Fayetteville, Thursday, followed by attorney Jack Dearing. Shaffer is charged with fatally stabbing and beating six people in Tennessee and Alabama.
Suspect asked to hug daughter By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II Associated Press Writer FAYETTEVILLE — A man charged with fatally stabbing and beating six people in Tennessee and Alabama asked a responding deputy to let him hug his 4-year-old daughter — the only person spared in the attack, the deputy testified Thursday. Testifying at a preliminary hearing, Bob Jones of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department said that when he reached the crime scene, suspect Jacob Shaffer was seated on the porch with his 4-year-old daughter. The 28-year-old Shaffer then stood up, turned around and put his hands behind his back and said, “You need to cuff me ... but I need to hug my daughter first,” Jones told the court. Shaffer’s estranged wife, Tracie, her teenage son, her father and brother and a 16-year-old neighbor were found killed in two homes in rural Fayetteville on July 18. A man who was described as an acquaintance of Shaffer’s was found beaten to death at a Huntsville, Ala., business, about 30 miles south. Shaffer said at that time that his wife had been cheating on him, Jones testified. He said he heard the little girl say “he hurt,” but that she didn’t finish the sentence. Jones said the child was crying, so he didn’t want to press her for information. After Shaffer was placed in Jones’ patrol car, the deputy asked him what was going on. “They’re all dead,” said Jones. When he went inside the home, Jones said he discovered three bloody bodies. “There was a tremendous amount of blood,” Jones recalled. Minutes later, Jones said Shaffer told him there were two bodies in a home across the street and a dead body in a barrel in Huntsville. Authorities there were notified and they found the body exactly where Shaffer said it would be. “He knew things that only the killer could have known,” District Attorney Charles Crawford told reporters after the hearing.
WASHINGTON — Digging in for a long struggle, Republican senators and governors assailed the Democrats’ newly minted health care legislation Thursday as a collection of tax increases, Medicare cuts and heavy new burdens for deficitridden states. Despite the criticism, there were growing indications Democrats would prevail on an initial Senate showdown set for Saturday night, and Majority Leader Harry Reid crisply rebutted the Republican charges. The bill “will save lives, save money and save Medicare,” he said. The legislation is designed to answer President Barack Obama’s call to expand coverage, end industry practices such as denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions, and restrain the growth of health care spending. Republicans saw little to like. “It makes no sense at all and affronts common sense,” said Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, one of several Republicans to criticize the measure. He added that a plan to expand Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor, was a “bait and switch” with states as the victims. GOP governors, meeting in Texas, agreed. “We all know a sucker play when we see one,” said Mitch Daniels of Indiana. The bill would expand the Medicaid program, which provides health care for the poor, and leave the states with part of the additional cost begin-
ning after three years. In the Capitol, Reid answered Republican delaying tactics with an initial test vote set for Saturday evening. A 60-vote majority is required to advance the bill toward full debate, expected to begin after Thanksgiving. Counting two independents, Democrats control 60 Senate seats. Three moderate Democrats have been cagey about their intentions, although none of them has announced a plan to defect. Officials disclosed during the day that Reid had included
in the bill a political sweetener for one of the three, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, in the form of $100 million to help her state cover health care costs for the poor. While the struggle was forming, there were limits. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., backed off his threat to force the 2,074page bill to be read aloud in the Senate chamber, a move that would have eaten into the Senate’s Thanksgiving-week vacation. Given the political stakes, there was disagreement even about the bill’s cost.
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Store serves as collection point
Cash Express, 230 Forks of the River Parkway, is serving as a collection point through Dec. 11 for donations of food, toys, coats and shoes to be delivered to the needy for Christmas. The Salvation Army will distribute these items throughout the community. Anyone wishing to help can call 428-1377. n
H1N1 flu shots to be available
The Sevier County Health Department will offer H1N1 flu vaccine for free from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 4531032. Appointments will be scheduled only for pregnant women; household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age; healthcare and emergency medical services personnel; all people from 6 months through 24 years of age; and persons 25-64. n
American Legion crafts sale set
American Legion Post 104 will have its second “Crafts and Collectibles Sale and Eats” on Dec. 14. The post will rent tables for $20 per table to people who want to sell their crafts and collectibles, or they may provide their own table for $10. The post will sell pancakes, sausage and coffee early, and then hot dogs, etc. Contact Jim Miller at 428-7821 or Connie Thompson at 4295329 to reserve table space. n
Spur/bypass work to affect traffic
Motorists can expect single lane closures on the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Spur and on the Gatlinburg bypass through mid-January. No work will be allowed from noon Fridays to Monday mornings, on holidays, or the week between Christmas and New Year’s. A contractor will use single lane closures along the Spur to allow workers to clear the brush along the shoulders of the road and to cut back overhanging branches. On the two-way Gatlinburg Bypass, flaggers will control traffic flow around one-lane closures. n
Baked goods, meals available at college
Culinary arts students at Walters State will operate a special bake shop from 8:30 a.m to 6 p.m. Tuesday and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Conner-Short Center. Cakes, pies, rolls and artisan breads will be for sale. Complete turkey and ham dinners will be sold with pre-orders. A turkey dinner for four is $45. A ham dinner is $50. Dinners must be ordered by today. Call 774-5817 or e-mail to email@example.com. n
Toys solicited for holiday program
Toys for the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots prorgam can be dropped off at Chip’s Car Care, 11910 Chapman Highway, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Toys should be in original packaging and unwrapped. They will be distributed to Sevier County children at Christmas. Persons who donate toys will receive a gift certificate from the business. Toys can be donated through Dec. 11.
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No TVA executive bonuses this year By DUNCAN MANSFIELD Associated Press Writer KNOXVILLE — Tennessee Valley Authority’s top executives were told Thursday during a meeting in Kentucky not to expect performance bonuses this year because of a drop in electricity sales due to the poor economy and the massive coal ash spill at the Kingston plant in Tennessee. The executives and some 3,300 other managers and specialists at the nation’s largest public utility also will see no pay raises in fiscal 2010, which began Oct. 1. “It was a year overshadowed by Kingston and the economic down-
turn,” said TVA President and Chief Executive Tom Kilgore, who will take the biggest hit of all. Kilgore received more than $1 million in bonuses for fiscal 2008 and the nine executives who report to him received $1.2 million. They will not get a bonus or pay raise this year unless they are promoted. The rest of TVA’s nearly 12,000 employees will be eligible for raises. The Dec. 22 spill of 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash at the Kingston Fossil Plant has been an unparalled environmental disaster. The cleanup is expected to cost $1 billion, which TVA plans to
pay off over several years, and is continuing. About half the ash, or about a quarter that spilled overall, has become recovered from the Emory River. TVA expects to have the rest out of the river by spring, but federal lawsuits against the agency are still looming and residents continue to worry about health impacts. “You see a lot of really substantial progress being made on many fronts in TVA,” TVA director Dennis Bottorff said. “It is unfortunate that we see an event which overshadows that performance or an economy that we all live in that detracts from that performance.”
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This day in history Today is Friday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2009. There are 41 days left in the year.
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The GatlinburgPittman boys basketball team started off their season with a win against the visiting Lions from the King’s Academy.
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quote roundup “Now it’s America’s turn, and this will not be a short debate. Higher premiums, tax increases and Medicare cuts to pay for more government. The American people know that is not reform.” — Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled legislation to extend health care coverage to 30 million more Americans and force insurance companies to take all comers, including those with pre-existing conditions.
——— “President Karzai has not done too well in the past four years. I hope he can perform better in the future. In this country if you want a good job you have to pay a bribe to get it. Maybe he can stop that.”
— Sher Mohamad, a taxi driver, after Hamid Karzai took the oath of office for a second five-year term in Afghanistan.
——— “We didn’t come halfway across the world for ticker-tape parades. We came here to lay a foundation for progress. We’ve done that.”
— Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod at the conclusion of the president’s first trip to Asia as chief executive.
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A day after violent anti-American protests in Greece, President Bill Clinton sought to heal old wounds by acknowledging the United States had failed its “obligation to support democracy” when it backed Greek’s harsh military junta during the Cold War. n Five
Republicans whisked a $388 billion spending bill through the House. Palestinians formally opened the campaign for a successor to Yasser Arafat. n Thought
“Make haste slowly.” — Caesar Augustus, Roman emperor (63 B.C.-A.D. 14).
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Actress Sandra Bullock walked the red carpet in New Orleans on Thursday for an evening premiere of her latest film, Bullock “The Blind Side.” Bullock, who recently bought a home in New Orleans, is hosting the event with film studio Warner Bros. to raise money for Warren Easton High School, which was flooded by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Bullock has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the school for scholarships, new band uniforms, auditorium renovations and a new health clinic.
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Get out of Afghanistan right now Most of what you read, see and hear about Afghanistan is not meant for you. The words, optimistic and pessimistic, right and wrong, all the leaks, all the numbers of troop estimates, costs and polls are aimed at an audience of one: the president. It is very hard to get to chat with any president. But any president has to know what is in the big three of American newspapers (or their Web sites): The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal. And those papers right now are filled with shouting and whispering to President Obama. The latest shout, a big one, is the leaking to the Times of cables to the State Department from the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, who also happens to be a former military commander of American troops in the country. That would be ambassador and former general Karl Eikenberry, who told the president that there might be no point in sending more young men and women in uniform to win an unwinnable war in a vast country largely ungoverned or governed by unfathomable corruption. Eikenberry’s “classified” words were obviously meant as a countermove designed to check the “classified” request for 40,000 more American troops by the current military commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, leaked to The Washington Post last month. That is the way the game is played and always has been in Washington. I once asked President Bill Clinton whether he got more critical information from daily Central Intelligence Agency reports and briefings or from reading the Times. “From the Times,” he answered. “Although occasionally the CIA and the other intelligence agencies are ahead on timing.” For people like me, who believe we should get out of Afghanistan ASAP, the Eikenberry report surfaced in the nick of time — just as Obama appears ready to make longterm strategy decisions about our military involvement in Afghanistan. What is going on there is a civil war, a political war, and we have learned time and again that all the firepower in the world cannot stop people who want to destroy each other on their home territory. The Afghans have been in those unforgiving mountains for thousands of years, and they will be there for thousands more after we leave. So it does not really matter when we go. Besides, our own people at home want us to get out, even if the war is being fought by a volunteer army, and to most Americans that means it is like another National Football League game. Our soldiers are professionals putting on a television show, same as the warriors of the NFL. “All the polling I’ve ever seen,” said William Schneider of CNN, “tells me one thing: Americans hate political wars. They want to win or get out.” Schneider and I were together at a forum called “Obama’s Afghanistan: The Media and the War,” sponsored by the Center on Communication Leadership at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He went on to say: “We’re talking now about persuading the population rather than destroying the enemy. That is the definition of a political war. We are taking sides in another country’s civil war.” That message should have gotten through to presidents who ran the war in Vietnam, or it got through too late. Another panelist, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, the former NATO commander, put it this way: “More troops mean more casualties, which means less public support.” Morton Abramowitz, who was director of the State Department’s intelligence bureau in the 1980s when we were training and supplying the mujahedeen fighting and defeating Soviet occupiers in Afghanistan, offered more than a little insight into what is happening now in the same place and sometimes with the same people: “First, we would not be there or in Iraq if we had a draft and people were worried about their children. Second, can anyone tell me why it takes so long to train Afghan soldiers. The Taliban seems to have no trouble training them in a few weeks.” I hope the audience of one is listening to words like that and has the political courage to break his own campaign promises about saving Afghanistan. Save them from what, themselves? — Richard Reeves, a presidential scholar and expert on six presidents, is the author of several books, including profiles of Richard Nixon and John Kennedy. Column distributed by Universal Syndicate.
Tough road ahead Decision on what to do about traffic at Exit 407 critical to county One thing is certain: Something needs to be done about the traffic that enters and exits Sevier County via Exit 407 on Interstate 40, especially at two critical times of the week. The first is the traffic coming into the county from I-40 starting Friday morning; the second is vehicles exiting via Highway 66 on Sunday morning into the afternoon. (And don’t even get started about how bad things are on rod run weeks.) Another thing that is certain: Although there are ideas on the table, there doesn’t appear to be a expedient fix. There has been talk of adding exits at mile marker 406 or 408, but the Tennessee Department of Transportation told Sevierville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday night that more work on 407 would not address the problem. Furthermore, even if a decision were reached immediately, it would be at least seven years
before a new interchange could be built. It is important to note that the problem may abut, but does not overlap, the situation with the first phase of widening of Highway 66, which is now under way and will help more with the traffic flow closer to Sevierville. Remember, it took seven or eight years of political wrangling for that project to get the go-ahead, so it stands to reason this new proposed project would face the same type adversity. Discussed by city leaders before is the idea of having an interchange at mile marker 408 at Bryan Road. While it would be the route that would most benefit developer John Turley’s Dumplin Creek project, it must be noted that the project would have to handle the traffic and the public, not just the development. The exit would also have to serve the other direc-
tion, not just the direction toward Sevierville. The second option is to build the exit a mile west of Exit 407, connecting it directly to Douglas Dam Road/ Highway 139. It already meets the requirement of being a state highway, but would still need some improvements to bring it up to specifications. Motorists — tourists and locals — find it horribly frustrating to sit in traffic coming into the city on Fridays or trying to leave on Sundays. Without the proper infrastructure, how long will it take for the tourists — the lifeblood of our community — to start drifting to other getaway destinations? BOMA has asked city personnel to gather more information on the proposals and present it at a January workshop. While it is critical that something be done, it is equally important that the right decision is made.
Public forum Fee demands from attorney prompt a lot of questions
Editor: I recently made an appointment with a local attorney to go over some legal material. I first had to give him $200 for his supposedly “legal advice.” He would not talk to me without this consultant fee. After discussing my issues, he informed me that his retainer fee was $5,000, nonnegotiable. He also told me that this $5,000 did not go into his personal account, but to a trust fund. He said that my case could take up to three years before it could be settled. What’s wrong with this picture? 1. He never told me if I had a case. 2. Why would I take 5K out of my high yield money market account to put in his trust fund and tie up the money for three years?
3. Who would get the interest while it is in “his trust fund”? 4. Do you approve of where the interest money goes, if you knew? What if it goes to Russia for nuke bombs or Hare Krishna? 5. Last but not least, if an attorney charges $200 an hour, why would a case that he doesn’t know if it is a case, warrant 250 billing hours? Question everything. If doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t right. Lisa Acuff Sevierville
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Mixed Martial Arts event set for Saturday at SCHS By JASON DAVIS Sports Editor SEVIERVILLE — For years martial arts instructor and personal trainer Gene Click has had a dream of bringing a high-quality, family-friendly mixed martial arts event to Sevier County. As the promoter of Saturday night’s Fit Factory Fighting Championships MMA show at Sevier County High School, Click hopes he’s accomplished
just that. “This is a family-based show,” Click said. “None of my fighters are going to come out to vulgar music, there’s not going to be any half-naked chicks running around, no alcohol, nothing like that. I want people to feel like they can bring their kids out and enjoy the sport. A lot of dads sit home watching the UFC with their 10-year-old sons, I want them to be able to get something local and it’ll be better
than watching it on TV.” Click said he’s gone to great lengths to give the Saturday show the fit and finish of a bigtime MMA production. “A lot of amateur events are guilty of sticking a cage in the middle of a broke down place, and trying to cut corners,” Click said. “Because I am a fighter, I understand things from a promotional standpoint that a lot of promoters overlook. “For a lot of these fighters it’s
their biggest day ever. They’re just as nervous walking into my cage this Saturday as the guys walking into the cage at UFC on Saturday night in Vegas. It’s competition, you’re getting out there and putting yourself on the line. You train so hard, put everything into it and get to the event and it’s subpar. What I’ve done is turned around and put every dime I could possibly See MMA, Page A9
Local gridiron stars Heatherly and Smith tabbed for East-West All-Star Game Heatherly listed as O-lineman, Smith is an alternate at defensive tackle By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer Two senior prep football players from Sevier County have been selected for the third-annual Toyota East versus West Tennessee All-Star Classic, the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association announced Thursday. Sevier County Smoky Bears offensive lineman Ross Heatherly and Seymour Eagles defensive tackle Nick Smith were the lone Sevier County gridiron players to make the All-Star team this season. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Heatherly is one of eight linemen on the East AllStar roster, while 6-foot-3, 275-pound Smith is listed as one of two alternate — and one of five overall — defensive linemen on the East squad. “It’s a great thing for Ross,” said SCHS coach Steve Brewer. “Any time you get to play in an AllStar game, you develop friendships with people
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across the state. It’s really a great experience, one that he won’t forget, and he’s worked hard to get there.” Heatherly recorded a Smoky Bears team record this season with 70 roaches, commonly referred to as pancake blocks. “He’s just the kind of guy that gets after it,” said Brewer. “He’s one of those guys you have to get on because they want to keep going after the whistle. “But you’d rather have to slow somebody down, instead of trying to get somebody started. You don’t have to try to get Ross started. He plays very hard, through the whistle and he had a really good year for us.” Although Smith is listed as an alternate and won’t actually get to play unless
one of the top three defensive linemen spots opens up for some reason, it’s still a rare achievement to be one of just 58 prep gridiron athletes named on the East team’s roster. “It’s a great honor,” said Seymour coach Jim Moore. “I mean when you think statewide, it’s a great honor to be on that list.” Smith transferred to Seymour from Knoxville Carter for his senior year, and he was a godsend to the Eagles football squad. Smith led the team with 111 tackles, which is an impressive accomplishment from the defensive tackle position. Middle linebackers typically lead teams in tackling numbers, but Eagles MLB Keegan Newport finished
In the Sevier County-Seymour game this season, both Ross Heatherly (above, 71, coming at the ball-carrier) and Nick Smith (below, 66, tackling Bears’ running back Dakota Cogdill) were factors for their team.
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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Back-to-back Cy Youngs for Lincecum By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum pitches against the Cardinals this season. Lincecum won the NL Cy Young Award on Thursday becoming the first repeat winner in the major leagues since Randy Johnson was voted the prize four straight times from 1999-2002.
NEW YORK — Talk about a freak — Tim Lincecum needed just 15 wins to bag another NL Cy Young Award. Yup, throw out those old baseball cards. Wins and losses don’t mean much anymore when it comes time for voters to pick baseball’s best pitchers. It’s all about WHIP, FIP, BABIP and other lines of alphabet soup. “It’s turned into a game of complete numbers and statistics and what people do with that,” Lincecum said. Lincecum won the Cy Young Award on Thursday for the second straight year, emerging from one of the tightest votes in the history of the honor to become the first repeat winner since Randy Johnson. Only 10 points separated the top three vote-getters. Chris Carpenter was second and St. Louis teammate Adam Wainwright finished third despite getting the most firstplace votes. Lincecum, nicknamed “The Freak” for his giant stride, led the NL with 261 strikeouts and tied for
the league lead with four complete games and two shutouts. The wiry right-hander attracts plenty of attention on the mound with his shoulder-length brown hair and twisting delivery. But it was his 15 victories — the fewest for a Cy Young starter over a nonshortened season — that were really noticeable for the award winner. The 2009 honors for Lincecum and Kansas City Royals ace Zack Greinke reflect a recent shift in how pitchers are evaluated. The focus has changed to more developed statistics, including some that even take into account team defense. Greinke equaled the previous low of 16 wins for a non-shortened season when he won the AL award on Tuesday. Afterward, he talked all about FIP, a mathematician’s dream that stands for Fielding Independent Pitching. Lincecum has his own favorite indicator. “To say which one I look to the most, I would just say WHIP,” he said, referring to walks plus hits allowed per inning, “just because you just limit the amount of baserunners that can hurt you.” Lincecum is facing misdemean-
or marijuana charges stemming from a traffic stop in his home state of Washington on Oct. 30. No questions were allowed about the incident in his conference call, but he acknowledged making a mistake and apologized in a prepared statement. “I know that as a professional athlete I have a responsibility to conduct myself appropriately both on and off the field,” he said. “I certainly have learned a valuable lesson through all of this and I promise to do better in the future. “I hope and expect that the matter will be resolved soon. In the meantime I am focused on preparing for the 2010 season.” Lincecum received 11 first-place votes, 12 seconds and nine thirds for 100 points in balloting released by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Carpenter had nine firsts, 14 seconds and seven thirds to take second with 94. Wainwright, who led the NL with 19 wins and 233 innings, had 12 first-place votes, five seconds and 15 thirds for 90 points. Trevor Hoffman, who finished behind Tom Glavine in 1998, is the only other player to get the most firsts and not win the award.
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Bullockâ€™s words may stir up rivalry with Texans By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE â€” The fans in Houston always have hated the Titans as the team that left town without looking back. Now Tennessee linebacker Keith Bulluck may have stirred up things between the players. Bulluck said Thursday the Texans treated their 34-31 win over Tennessee like the AFC championship game than Week 2 of the regular season. He also pointed out Houston has never sniffed the playoffs so that must be why any win over a fellow AFC South team is treated like a postseason victory. The Texans (5-4) are thinking playoffs. The Titans? Well, they stuck at 3-6 after an 0-6 start, and their visit Monday night to Houston offers up a huge stage, according to Bulluck. â€œWeâ€™re a 3-6 team with nothing to lose. I know they have playoff aspirations and everything, so weâ€™re really looking forward to come down to Houston and destroying all playoff thoughts and aspirations they have. Thank you. Because my season is not going the way that I intended it to,â€? Bulluck said. Tennessee leads this series 11-4. But the Texans have won two straight and have the chance for their second season sweep since 2004 in a rivalry finally
showing some intensity on the field. That last win on Sept. 20 featured a scuffle on the Texansâ€™ sideline that left three players fined as Houston receiver Andre Johnson was tagged $7,500 for taking Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan to the ground by the face mask after a play in which he wasnâ€™t flagged. Houston receiver Jacoby Jones was fined $5,000 for entering the fight. Officials ejected Tennessee defensive tackle Jason Jones for throwing a punch, which the lineman denied. Still, Jones was fined $5,000 as well. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub dismissed the scuffle as just the heat of competition during a conference call Thursday with Tennessee reporters. â€œObviously, itâ€™s unfortunate how things went down with everything, but itâ€™s a hard fought game and things like that sometimes happen,â€? Schaub said. Now two straight wins? Schaub said that does help build a rivalry. â€œIt makes everything more interesting especially within the division because you know the team extremely well and the faces stay the same for a few years,â€? he said. â€œYou get to know how each other plays, and then itâ€™s just about going out and executing your plan.â€? Plays are one thing. Bulluck had to stop
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gather into making the best show I could. I got all the lights, I got the nicest belts and I got trophies for every fighter. Weâ€™ve got the weigh in, everything to blow them up and treat them like a rock star. Thatâ€™s what itâ€™s all about. You take all their training and showcase them and theyâ€™re going to fight hard.â€? The event will feature 13 matches â€” 10 straightup MMA fights and three kick-boxing and grappling matchups. Some of the local fighters may be recognizable to area
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Thursday to remember Schaubâ€™s name and called it a very distant relationship. â€œWe did have a relationship like in the sense that this organization used to be in Houston. Weâ€™re more like cousins. Theyâ€™re like our fourthor fifth-cousin. We donâ€™t really acknowledge them,â€? Bulluck said. The linebacker was on a roll, but did admit he respects the Texansâ€™ progress from their start as an
expansion franchise that debuted in 2002 â€” two years after he was a firstround draft pick. â€œIâ€™ve been here since theyâ€™ve been in existence, so thatâ€™s like less than 10 years that theyâ€™ve been in existence,â€? he said. â€œThe last couple years theyâ€™ve been playing good football. For them to be a young expansion team, theyâ€™re making strides in the right direction. I donâ€™t know when it comes to a rivalry.â€?
behind Smith on the Seymour squad with 101 stops. â€œNick had an immediate impact on our team,â€? said Moore. â€œHeâ€™s very strong and explosive, and he moves very well for someone his size. â€œHeâ€™s very quick, athletic, and I donâ€™t know of anybody handling him one-on-one.â€? The East versus West game is slated for a 12:07 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Burke-Tarr Stadium at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City. Several Division-I commitments will be participating in the contest, allowing uncommitted seniors the opportunity to showcase their abilities in front of college coaches and a statewide television audience. Heatherly is the third Smoky Bears player to represent SCHS in the East
sports fans. Kelby Atchley played football for Seymour, while Chris Wolf is a senior wrestler for SCHS. Austin Moore, who also attends SCHS, isnâ€™t old enough to compete in a sanctioned MMA bout, so heâ€™s in a grappling exhibition match. While the action at SCHS starts Saturday at 6 p.m., fans of MMA can attend the live weigh-in for the event Friday at 5 p.m. at TGI Fridayâ€™s at Governorâ€™s Crossing. â€œThereâ€™s never been a show of this level put on in Sevier County,â€? Click said. â€œLocals can go right down the road and watch awesome MMA live.â€?
versus West game. Patrick Miller â€” a freshman on the Carson-Newman football team this year â€” played in the East/West game last season, and Will Hewitt â€” a sophomore on the University of Tennessee Chattanooga football team â€” played in the first East/West game three years ago. Smith is the second Eagles gridiron stud to be listed on the East teamâ€™s roster. Last year, Brandon Dockery â€” a freshman linebacker at Pikeville College in Kentucky â€” played for the East squad. The East/West game is scheduled on an SAT testing day, so players will be allowed to take the SAT test at Carson-Newman in the morning before the noon All-Star game. The SCHS band will be the primary band at the game, and this yearâ€™s contest will feature cheerleading squads for the first time, although lists for that squad were not made available on Thursday.
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SCOREBOARD Georgia Northcote 8, Courtney Malone ESPN2 â€” Kentucky at 8, Macee Tinker 7, Micki Georgia or Kansas St. at Werner 6, Claire Ballentine 2 Nebraska Jones Cove: 8:07 p.m. Clarissa Crowley 13, Maria Today ABC â€” National coverage, Ogle 4, Amber Pendergraph 4, AUTO RACING Kansas at Texas or Oregon at Bianca Ortiz 3 11:30 a.m. Arizona SPEED â€” NASCAR, Sprint GOLF Cup, practice for Ford 400, at 4 p.m. nba hoops Homestead, Fla. TGC â€” LPGA Tour 1 p.m. Championship, third round, at SPEED â€” NASCAR, Houston EASTERN CONFERENCE Nationwide Series, practice for 3 a.m. Atlantic Division Ford 300, at Homestead, Fla. TGC â€” European PGA Tour, W L Pct GB 3 p.m. Dubai World Championship, Boston 9 3 .750 â€” ESPN2 â€” NASCAR, Sprint final round, at Dubai, United Philadelphia 5 6 .455 3 1/2 Cup, pole qualifying for Ford Arab Emirates Toronto 5 7 .417 4 400, at Homestead, Fla. RODEO New York 2 9 .182 6 1/2 5 p.m. 11 p.m. 0 12 .000 9 SPEED â€” NASCAR, Truck VERSUS â€” PBR, Challenger New Jersey Southeast Division Series, pole qualifying for Tour Championship, second W L Pct GB Ford 200, at Homestead, Fla. round, at Atlanta (same-day Atlanta 10 2 .833 â€” 6:30 p.m. tape) Orlando 9 3 .750 1 SPEED â€” NASCAR, SOCCER Miami 7 4 .636 2 1/2 Nationwide Series, final 7:30 a.m. Washington 3 7 .300 6 practice for Ford 300, at ESPN2 â€” Premier League, 3 8 .273 6 1/2 Homestead, Fla. Liverpool vs. Manchester City, Charlotte Central Division 8 p.m. at Liverpool, England W L Pct GB SPEED â€” NASCAR, Cleveland 8 4 .667 â€” Truck Series, Ford 200, at Sunday, Nov. 22 Milwaukee 6 3 .667 1/2 Homestead, Fla. AUTO RACING Chicago 6 4 .600 1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL 3:15 p.m. Indiana 5 4 .556 1 1/2 9:30 p.m. ABC â€” NASCAR, Sprint 5 7 .417 3 ESPN2 â€” Boise St. at Utah Cup, Ford 400, at Homestead, Detroit WESTERN CONFERENCE St. Fla. Southwest Division GOLF GOLF W L Pct GB 4 p.m. 3 p.m. Dallas 9 3 .750 â€” TGC â€” LPGA Tour TGC â€” LPGA Tour 7 5 .583 2 Championship, second round, Championship, final round, at Houston San Antonio 4 5 .444 3 1/2 at Houston Houston New Orleans 4 8 .333 5 3 a.m. MENâ€™S COLLEGE Memphis 3 8 .273 5 1/2 TGC â€” European PGA Tour, BASKETBALL Northwest Division Dubai World Championship, 6 p.m. W L Pct GB third round, at Dubai, United ESPN2 â€” Carolina Classic, Denver 8 3 .727 â€” Arab Emirates championship game, teams Portland 9 4 .692 â€” MENâ€™S COLLEGE TBA, at Charleston, S.C. Oklahoma City 6 6 .500 2 1/2 BASKETBALL 8 p.m. 5 6 .455 3 5 p.m. ESPN2 â€” Oâ€™Reilly Auto Parts Utah Minnesota 1 11 .083 7 1/2 ESPN2 â€” 2K Sports Coaches Puerto Rico Tip-off, champiPacific Division vs. Cancer Classic, third place onship game, teams TBA, at W L Pct GB game, teams TBA, at New San Juan, Puerto Rico Phoenix 10 2 .833 â€” York NFL FOOTBALL L.A. Lakers 8 3 .727 1 1/2 7 p.m. 1 p.m. Sacramento 5 5 .500 4 ESPN2 â€” 2K Sports Coaches CBS â€” Regional coverage, L.A. Clippers 4 9 .308 6 1/2 vs. Cancer Classic, champidoubleheader Golden State 3 8 .273 6 1/2 onship game, teams TBA, at FOX â€” Regional coverage â€”â€”â€” New York 4 p.m. Tuesdayâ€™s Games NBA BASKETBALL FOX â€” Regional coverage Cleveland 114, Golden State 8 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 108 ESPN â€” Orlando at Boston CBS â€” Regional coverage, 10:30 p.m. Indiana 91, New Jersey 83 doubleheader game ESPN â€” Denver at L.A. Oklahoma City 100, Miami 8:15 p.m. Clippers NBC â€” Philadelphia at 87 Chicago New Orleans 110, L.A. Saturday, Nov. 21 RODEO Clippers 102 AUTO RACING 9 p.m. Phoenix 111, Houston 105 11:30 a.m. VERSUS â€” PBR, Challenger Denver 130, Toronto 112 SPEED â€” NASCAR, Tour Championship, final Chicago 101, Sacramento 87 Nationwide Series, pole round, at Atlanta (same-day L.A. Lakers 106, Detroit 93 qualifying for Ford 300, at tape) Wednesdayâ€™s Games Homestead, Fla. SOCCER Philadelphia 86, Charlotte 84 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 108, Oklahoma City SPEED â€” NASCAR, Sprint ESPN2 â€” FIFA, Beach World Orlando 94 Cup, practice for Ford 400, at Cup, championship match, Atlanta 105, Miami 90 Homestead, Fla. teams TBA, at Dubai, United Washington 108, Cleveland 3 p.m. Arab Emirates (same-day 91 ESPN2 â€” NASCAR, Sprint tape) New York 110, Indiana 103 Cup, â€œHappy Hour Series,â€? 8:30 p.m. final practice for Ford 400, at ESPN â€” MLS Cup, Houston/ Boston 109, Golden State 95 Memphis 106, L.A. Clippers Homestead, Fla. Los Angeles winner vs. Real 91 4:30 p.m. Salt Lake/Chicago winner, at Houston 97, Minnesota 84 ESPN2 â€” NASCAR, Seattle Nationwide Series, Ford 300, Milwaukee 99, New Jersey WOMENâ€™S COLLEGE at Homestead, Fla. 85 BASKETBALL COLLEGE FOOTBALL 5 p.m. Utah 104, Toronto 91 Noon FSN â€” Baylor at California Dallas 99, San Antonio 94, ABC â€” National coverage, OT Ohio St. at Michigan Portland 87, Detroit 81 ESPN â€” Minnesota at Iowa Thursdayâ€™s Games elementary hoops or teams TBA Phoenix at New Orleans, 8 ESPN2 â€” N.C. State at p.m. Virginia Tech, Virginia at Utah at San Antonio, 8:30 Elementary Basketball Clemson, North Carolina p.m. Results through Tuesday. at Boston College, Duke at Pi Beta Phi versus Jones Cove Chicago at L.A. 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W L OT Pts GF GA 13 4 4 30 79 64 8 4 6 22 48 53 10 6 1 21 63 50 8 9 2 18 55 65 3 12 5 11 44 75
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W L OT Pts GF GA 12 5 2 26 57 46 11 6 2 24 58 67 10 6 3 23 63 57 10 8 1 21 43 51 6 8 4 16 41 47
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