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The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 25, No. 339 ■ December 5, 2009 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents

Saturday

Hillside rules move forward

INSIDE

5American convicted in Italy

By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer

Woman sentenced to 26 years in prison for murdering roommate World, Page A5

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5UT’s repeat performer Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry wins AllAmerica honor again sports, Page A8

Local

Doctor returns from Baghdad Local physician back home after serving overseas Page A3

Weather Today Snow likely High: 38°

Tonight Partly cloudy Low: 24° DETAILS, Page A6

Obituaries James Hamrick, 69 Charles Henry Miller, 91 Imogene Parton, 83 George Worsham, 90,

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Joshua McLain and his wife Misty share a moment with their daughter Kailey, left, and fellow guardsman Steven Browning’s daughter Ehrin.

The royal treatment

Christmas party held for troops By ELLEN BROWN Staff Writer PIGEON FORGE — Members of the 278th Armored Calvary Division and their loved ones are preparing for the group’s deployment to Iraq — but on Friday at the National Guard Armory, it was all about celebrating the holiday season and family togetherness. The Family Readiness Group hosted the Christmas party for guard members and their families that lasted for most of the day. The event was planned as a special send-off for the 278th Division before they leave Sunday morning for Mississippi. After they receive training there, they will move on to Iraq. “We’ve done cookouts and other stuff like that, but nothing this big,” said Lt. Paul Keller. “This is the largest event we’ve ever done,” agreed Reena Brooks, president of the Family Readiness Group. “We decided we wanted to give our soldiers an elaborate celebration they deserve. The community support has been phenomenal. People have been so selfless, so giving.” Chef’s Catering prepared a big feast for the attendees, who also enjoyed music from DJ David Lee from Sundown. There was also arts See Party, Page A4

Index Local & State . . . . . A1-6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . A8-11 Money . . . . . . . . . . . A12 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Classifieds . . . . . . A13-14 Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 World . . . . . . . . . . . . . A5

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

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Brandon Neal demonstrates his dancing prowess on the dance floor, much to the delight of Ben Burns.

SEVIERVILLE — More than a year’s-worth of effort — hours-long meetings, debates over minutiae, field trips, PowerPoint presentations — on the part of the county’s Hillsides Taskforce has been boiled down to just five pages of proposed regulations. The most recent version of the group’s recommendations took another step forward Thursday morning, as the Planning Commission’s Rules and Regulations Committee voted unanimously to pass it on to the full commission. That body and the County Commission will each have to give their approval to the effort before the proposed rules go into effect. That document is something of an blending of the group’s recommendations and heavy edits by the county’s planning staff. Included are rules that would change the way development is done on steeply-sloped property that would kick in for property with an average slope of 30 percent or greater. That number is higher than the group’s suggestion of 25 percent because planning staffers worried the lower figure would cover too much of the county. Also changed from the original suggestions turned out by the task force is the proposal for a Hillside Overlay District, which has been completely removed from the current document. County Planner Jeff Ownby said that cut was made to streamline the rules and make them easier to enforce. What remains is the creation of a Critical Slope Floating Zone and rules that apply in it, part of recommendations originally made by an engineering firm brought in to the area to do a study on local development. That area, triggered at that 30 percent level, will be administered just like any other zoning designation, Ownby said. Planning staff members See Hillsides, Page A4

State, local crews prepare Santa Fund receives additional donations for predicted snowfall By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer As Sevier County faces its first snow potential of the season, local road crews are getting ready for their first test of what may be many this year. City, county and state workers were busy Friday loading salt into their trucks and spreading brine, a salt and water mixture that helps keep roads from becoming icy, on local thoroughfares. According to Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) spokesman Travis Brickey, workers with the state agency started preparing months before the first snowflake fell. That means stockpiling 53,000 tons of granular salt and 177,000 gallons of salt brine for the East Tennessee area. TDOT crews started Friday morning spreading that salty mixture on all state routes, U.S. highways and interstates in the area. Additionally, those

workers were out in force all night and will continue their efforts today putting down salt on slick spots. That work, however, will only cover those roads in the counties. For other local roads county crews will have to pick up the ball, while all thoroughfares in the cities will be seen to by municipal crews. In Pigeon Forge, Street Department workers spent Friday morning going over their equipment, some of which hasn’t been put into service in several months, to make sure everything is running as it should. “We did all of our checks this morning and now we’re just kind of waiting until we get the order to go out,” Supervisor Earl Ward said Friday afternoon. Ward is the one in charge of giving that order, keeping an eye on the radar and the skies through night and day to stay ahead of the precipitaSee Snow, Page A4

The Santa Fund is nearing the $6,000 mark, thanks to generous donors. The latest contributions: n $100: Jeffery and Georgia Scott n $25: Victor Rogers n $25: Charles Metcalfe n $25: In memory of Leah Avril by Clay Branton The Santa Fund benefits senior citizens and children who registered for assistance. It is coordinated by Jana Thomasson, publisher of The Mountain Press. Contributions can be made in two ways: n Mail to The Mountain Press, P.O. Box 4810, Sevierville 37864 n In person at our offices, Riverbend Drive across from TRW in Sevierville, weekdays

between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. All contributions will be acknowledged in The Mountain Press, unless the donor wishes to remain anonymous. Donations also can be made in memory or honor of other people. The deadline for donations is Dec. 18.


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Community Calendar Editor’s Note: The community calendar is printed as space permits. Only noncommercial, public events held in Sevier County will be considered. They are listed by date. To place an item phone 4280748, ext. 214, or e-mail to editor@themountainpress. com. Items may be faxed to 453-4913.

Saturday, Dec. 5 Haircut Benefit

Jack The Clipper’s Hair Studio, 7419 Chapman Highway, will give haircuts for $15 from 9-4 to benefit a Sevier County woman who has cancer. All of the proceeds will go to her medical expenses. 5777600.

Christmas Parade

Sevierville Christmas Parade 11 a.m. on Forks of the River Parkway and Court Avenue. 453-6411. Toys for Tots sign-ups 9-5, Belz Mall (old KB Toy Store). Picture ID, proof of residency, birth certificate or social security card for each child. 429-9002 or e-mail johnlinnert@ mc11206.com

Mammography

UT Medical Center mobile mammography screenings 9-4, Roaring Fork Baptist Church, Gatlinburg. Insurance filed. 305-9753. Annual yule log burning 5:30-7 p.m. at Pittman Center Town Hall. Free. Includes food, caroling and Santa Claus.

Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Gum

Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop at Pathways Church, 1126 Wagner Drive, Sevierville, 8-11 a.m. Includes pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, crafts.

Church Auction/Dinner

Hills Creek Baptist Church in Gatlinburg benefit auction, dinner and singing 4-7 p.m. Proceeds go to youth group. 654-6826.

Benefit Singing

Toys For Tots

Yule Log Burning

Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 429-2508. n 10-2 and 4-7, First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. River Of Life Outreach, 110 Simmons Road, Seymour. 679-6796. n 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Father’s House, 139 Bruce Street, Sevierville. 2869784 or 230-1526.

Heaven Bound Baptist Church benefit singing 2 p.m. featuring Answered Prayer and Locust Ridge singers. Donations accepted for Margie Vance medical expenses. 654-1283.

Bradley’s Chapel

Bradley’s Chapel Baptist Church singing 7 p.m., with Nickel Family. 908-3224.

Holiday Craft Fair

MountainBrook Village Holiday Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 700 Markhill Drive. 428-2445, ext. 107.

Sunday, Dec. 6 “Night in Araby�

“Night in Araby� stage musical 3 p.m. at Gatlinburg Elks Lodge, to benefit Christmas Basket Fund for families in need. $10. 436-7550.

Holiday Skate Sale!!! “#1 Selling Skate on Market� Reidell R3 All Sizes only $99

Seymour Story Time

Spaghetti Dinner

Spaghetti dinner at Shady Grove Methodist Church, 1675 Harold Patterson Road, Dandridge, 12:30-2 p.m. $6 adults, children 6 and under and veterans free. (865) 397-7453 for tickets.

Angel Food

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

Monday, Dec. 7 Gold Wing Riders

Gold Wing Road Riders Association meets 6:30 p.m. at IHOP Sevierville. 660-4400.

Photographic Society

LeConte Photographic Society meets 6:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Sevierville. Rob Mosely

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Angel Food

Angel Food orders: n 2-5 p.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 429-2508 n 10-2 and 4-7, First Smoky Mountain Church of the Nazarene, 2652 Upper Middle Creek Road. 9081245. n 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Kodak UMC, 2923 Bryan Road. 933-5996. Credit card and EBT orders at www.angelfoodministires. com.

Prayer In Action

Prayer In Action, Concerned Women of America, meets at 6 p.m., Pigeon Forge UMC. 4360313.

Preschool story time 11 a.m. at Seymour Library. 573-0728.

Football Boosters

Sevier County High Football boosters meet 5:30 p.m. in Steve Brewer’s classroom at fieldhouse. Player parents invited. 679-5162.

Beekeepers

Beekeepers Association meets 7 p.m. at courthouse, upstairs. Potluck dinner. 453-1997.

Women’s Bible Study

Garlands of Grace women’s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church (enter last door on right side), Chapman and Boyds Highway, Seymour n 1 p.m., Gatlinburg Inn, Gatlinburg

GateKeepers

GateKeepers men’s community Bible study, 6:30 p.m., 2445 Scenic Mt. Drive, Sevierville. (865) 310-7831.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 S.I.T.

Seniors In Touch (S.I.T.) meets 5 to 6 p.m., MountainBrook Village, 700 Markhill Drive, Sevierville. 428-2445.

Garlands of Grace

Women’s Bible Study: n 1 p.m. Foxtrot B&B, Gatlinburg. 426-0313. n 6:30 p.m. UMC, Pigeon Forge. 640-7904.

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Angel Food orders: n 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge. 429-2508.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 Dinner/Auction

Seymour United Methodist Church annual Gifts for the Christ Child dinner, silent auction. 573-9711.

Sevierville Story Time

Preschool story time 10:30 a.m., Sevier County Main Library. 453-3532.

Santa Calls

For Santa to call your child age 4-9, contact Sevierville Community Center. Calls will be made 6-8 p.m. Dec. 15 and 17. Registration through Dec. 9. Space limited. 453-5441 to register.

Thursday, Dec. 10 Women’s Bible Study

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

TOPS

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

Hot Meals

Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers men’s Bible study, 6:30 p.m. 1328 Old Newport Highway, Sevierville. 908-0591.

Pool Closing

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

Friday, Dec. 11 Kodak Story Time

Preschool story time 11 a.m. Kodak Library, featuring Puppet Lady. 9330078.

Garden Club

Sevierville Garden Club to travel to Racheff House for Christmas Greens Tea. Meet at Senior Center at 10:45 a.m. to carpool.

Softball Team Benefit

Sevier County High School softball team hosts silent auction/spaghetti dinner in cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. $5; children under 4 free. Tickets at door or by calling 202-9097.

Choral Society Concert

Sevier County Choral Society holiday concert 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Sevierville. Free. 429-0252 or 800-987-7771.

New Hope Christmas Show

“Christmas — Around the World and Through the Ages� will play today, Saturday and Sunday at New Hope Church in Kodak, 2450 Winfield Dunn Parkway. Performances are at 7 p.m. today and Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A final performance is 10 a.m., Sunday. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Call 804-3300 for free tickets.

SCHS Softball Fundraiser

Sevier County High School Softball Team spaghetti dinner 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., auction 7:15 p.m., in the school cafeteria. Tickets $5 each. Proceeds for building and equipment funding. 696-9993.

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Pittman Center Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Zakk Nichols tests a new nozzle during a training session at Pittman Center Elementary School. The department is preparing to buy several new pieces of equipment, including four new nozzles, using matching funds provided by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Forestry.

Church plans Christmas play From Submitted Reports KODAK — The free Broadway-style show, “Christmas — Around the World and Through the Ages� will be staged on Dec. 11, 12 and 13 at New Hope Church, 2450 Winfield Dunn Parkway. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A final performance will be at 10 a.m.

Dec. 13. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Call 804-3300 for free tickets. Over 77,000 people have seen the production during its 13-year run in Florida and Tennessee. The show features a cast and crew now numbering over 300, plus 300 handcrafted costumes, live animals, music, video and dance for every age from swing to hip-hop.

Arrests Editor’s Note: The following information was taken from the intake reports at the Sevier County Jail. All people listed within this report are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. u Patrick William Cody, 21, of Melbourne, Fla., was charged Dec. 4 with simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia was being held. u Brandon Deluca, 19, of Melbourne, Fla., was charged Dec. 4 with unlawful possession of a weapon and manufacture/sale/possession of a Schedule II drug and was being held. u Justin Thomas Deluca, 19, of Melbourne, Fla., was charged Dec. 4 with unlawful possession of a weapon and manufacture/sale/possession of a Schedule II drug and was being held. u Mary Gayle Henry, 36, of 905 Maryville Highway, Seymour, was charged Dec. 3 with general theft and was being held. u Bradley Paul King, 23, of Maryville was charged Dec. 4 with general theft and was being held. u Megan Marissa Mize,

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Imogene Marie Parton

Imogene Marie Parton (lovingly known to many as Granny and Aunt Gene to others) age 83 of Gatlinburg, TN., went home to be with the Lord on December 4, 2009, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. Imogene was a member of Roaring Fork Baptist Church and was blessed with many lifetime friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Parton, parents, W. D. and Clara Jordan Jackson; brothers, Alvie Jackson and W. D. Jackson, Jr., Eugene Jackson and Bill Devore; sisters, Mae Devore, Velma Duffel and Lois Perault. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine Bohanan and husband, Earl of Sevierville; Doris Taylor and husband, Bob of Gatlinburg; her special boys, Will Jordan and J. B. Perault and their families; grandchildren, Carla Gene Bohanan and Stacy Delozier; great-grandchildren, Bobbie Siera Abbott and Taylor Delozier; one great-great-grandson, Christian Abbott; sisters, Elaine Moreau of TX. and Gladys Maddox of LA. and many loving nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 2009, at Rawlings Funeral Home in Sevierville with Rev. Kim McCroskey officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2009, at Cartertown Cemetery with Rev. Rick Adams officiating. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 2009, at Rawlings Funeral Home. You may share your thoughts and memories with the family on our website. n www.rawlingsfuneralhome.com

George A. Worsham George A. Worsham, 90, of Pigeon Forge, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge. He served as city commissioner for Pigeon Forge from 1971-1979 and as mayor from 19741975. He was owner of the Vacation Lodge Motel for 45 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors: daughters and sonsin-law, Peggy and Mike Palmer and Georgette and Ronnie McCroskey; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers, Doug and Crotell Worsham; sister, Mojean Johnson; nephews and nieces. Funeral service was Friday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with the Rev. Keith Walker officiating. Interment followed in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens with military honors presented by American Legion Post 104. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com

Larry James Hamrick

Forge. He served on the board of the Sevier County Homebuilders Association. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 15l of Franklin, Va., for 34 years. Survivors: wife of 47 years, Rita Hamrick; son, Stephen Hamrick; son and daughter-inlaw, Wyatt and Paula Hamrick; three grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; mother, Beulah Foster; brother, Roy “Buck� Foster; sisters, Jo An Adkins, Nancy Spencer and Connie Gesner. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 157, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868. The family will receive friends noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at First United Methodist Church. A memorial service with military honors provided by the American Legion Post No. 104 will follow at 1 p.m. The Rev. Bobby Barton will officiate. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com

Charles Henry Miller

Charles Henry Miller, 91 of Sevierville, passed away Dec. 4, James Hamrick, 69, of Pigeon Forge, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at Sevier County Health 2009. Mr. Hamrick served as Care in Sevierville. Arrangements chairman of the trustees of First will be announced later by United Methodist Church, Pigeon Rawlings Funeral Home.

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tion. “If I see it coming in, I’ll try to get here a couple hours ahead of it and I’ll try to get the guys in about an hour ahead,� Ward said. “It’ll be a long night for me, but that’s what we’re paid to do.� The city keeps between 120 and 150 tons of salt on hand at all times, and averages about 40 or 50

tons used each winter. Though last year brought shortages for many smaller municipalities like those locally as salt companies rushed to meet demand in bigger cities that were hit by a harder winter, Ward hasn’t seen any such supply shortages yet this year. That average of 40 to 50 tons is based mainly on Ward’s six years working with the department, a time when large snow-

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will be charged with drawing up the maps showing where the zone falls, something they’ll do using a somewhat complicated formula included in the resolution passed by the committee Thursday. Broken down to the basics, the calculation will be determine if a majority of a given property is at or above 30 degree slope. Land that does fall into that category will have to be developed based on the rules in the resolution, which include stipulations governing road cuts, utility installation, density of structures and fire safety standards. Property owners who feel their plots are included unfairly in the designation will be allowed to appeal the map, but will have to get approval from two-thirds of the County Commission to make the change, Ownby said. As for the Hillside Overlay District, which would have also enforced stricter development rules on land at more than 100 feet above local roads that are used most often by tourists, its only incarnation comes in the form of a rule under the development standards in the current resolution. That rule dictates that structures built in the Critical Slope Floating Zone must be at least 75 percent screened falls have been rare. That may change this winter, however, with everything from the National Weather Service to the Farmer’s Almanac to the wooly worms projecting the potential for a wetter and colder winter here. “We’ve not had anything major in the last few years,� Ward said. “We’ll be ready if that changes, though. We’re always ready to go when we need to.�

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by surrounding vegetation from May to October as viewed from local roads. The resolution drew praise and questions from committee members in a fairly brief discussion that concludes months of the two groups working together on the matter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What this does is eliminate those side-by-side, 20-feet apart developments weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got in places now,â&#x20AC;? committee member Jack Ogle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes your property worth more if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in those areas.â&#x20AC;? Ownby agreed, though pointing out the lunch isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may cost a little more on the front end to develop it, but it will make your property worth more,â&#x20AC;? he said. Not everyone was sold, though. Committee member Dale Hill expressed worries that are certain to be on the minds of many on the County Commission as that group considers the proposal, given its membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proven dedication to protecting property rights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be preventing a man from building on his property,â&#x20AC;? Hill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I want to be able to use my property, I want to be able to use it.â&#x20AC;? Hill was eventually reassured after other members of the group insisted the rules wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take away anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to use his or

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U.S. murder suspect Amanda Knox turns around during a final hearing at the court in Perugia, Italy, Friday.

Knox convicted in Italy, sentenced to 26 years PERUGIA, Italy (AP) — A jury in Italy convicted American college student Amanda Knox of murdering her British roommate and sentenced her to 26 years in prison shortly after midnight Saturday. Her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also convicted and sentenced to 25 years. As soon as the judge read the verdict after some 13 hours of deliberations, Knox began weeping and murmured, “No, no,” then hugged one of her lawyers. Minutes later, the 22-year-old Knox, who is from Seattle and the 25-year-old Sollecito, were put in police vans with sirens blaring and driven back to jail. Prosecutors had sought life imprisonment, Italy’s stiffest sentence. Courts often give less severe punishment than what prosecutors demand. The American’s father, Curt Knox, asked if he would fight on for his daughter, replied, with tears in his eyes: “Hell, yes.” “This is just wrong,” her stepmother, Cassandra Knox, said, turning around immediately after hearing the verdict. Her family had

insisted she was innocent and a victim of character assassination. Knox and Sollecito were charged with murder and sexual assault in the slaying of Meredith Kercher more than two years ago. All three were studying in Perugia in Italy’s central Umbria region at the time. Kercher’s body was found in a pool of blood with her throat slit on Nov. 2, 2007, in the bedroom of the house she shared with Knox. Prosecutors contended the 21-year-old Leeds University student was murdered the previous night. Knox, who is from Seattle, and Sollecito, had been jailed since shortly after the slaying. The prosecutors contend on the night of the murder, Knox and Sollecito met at the apartment where Kercher and Knox lived. They say a fourth person was there, Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivory Coast citizen who has been convicted in the murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Guede, who is appealing his conviction, says he was in the house the night of the murder but did not kill Kercher. The prosecution says

Knox and Kercher started arguing, and that Knox joined the two men in brutally attacking and sexually assaulting the Briton under “the fumes of drugs and possibly alcohol.” Throughout the trial, prosecutors depicted Knox as a promiscuous and manipulative she-devil whose personality clashed with her roommate’s. They say Knox had grown to hate Kercher. During the trial, the most intimate details of Knox’s life were examined, from her lax hygiene — allegedly a point of contention with Kercher — to her sex life, even including a sex toy.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Some Virginia Tech administrators warned their families and ordered the president’s office locked well before the rest of the campus was notified a gunman was on the loose, according to a revised state report on the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history. Virginia’s governor called some of the administrators’ actions “inexcusable,” and some victims’ relatives who have been demanding the resignation of President Charles Steger ever since the 2007 massacre that left 33 people dead reacted bitterly to the findings. “He’s got to live with himself,” said Dennis Bluhm, who lost his son. “If he’s got any heart at all, and I’m not sure he does, he’s got a long life to live with this on his brain.” The report adds to the long list of apparent missteps by university officials before, during and after the 2007 rampage by SeungHui Cho. The mentally ill student shot two students to death in a dorm, then three hours later chained the doors of a classroom building and killed 30 more people before committing suicide. A state-appointed panel that wrote a report two years ago issued an updated account Friday that indicates at least two members of the school’s policy group, which includes top administrators, notified their families about the dorm shootings around

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8:05 a.m. — an hour and 20 minutes before a campus-wide e-mail warning was sent to staff members, faculty and students. The massacre in the classroom building began at 9:40 a.m. “There is almost never a reason not to provide immediate notification,” Gov. Timothy M. Kaine told the Associated Press. “If university officials thought it was important enough to notify their own families, they should have let everyone know.” The report also said that Virginia Tech’s government affairs director ordered Steger’s office locked around 8:52 a.m. Two classroom buildings were also locked down well before the notification went out. On campus Friday, Student Government Association president Brandon Carroll said he does not think the revised report damages the administration. “Hindsight is 20/20,” he said. “It really upsets

me that they’re trying to bring back something bad that really hurt our community.” Steger’s office said Friday he was unavailable for comment and referred questions to university spokesman Mark Owczarski, who said that the president’s office was never locked, despite e-mailed instructions to do so. Owczarski also said that the two unidentified people in the report who supposedly warned their families about the shootings were not members of the policy group, but staff members in the offices of the president and senior vice president. “If these are the two notifications that the amended report alludes to in its findings, clearly they do not comprise a concerted effort by university staff to notify their own families of danger in advance of notifying the campus community,” he said in a statement. 2nd location in the Gatlinburg Space Needle!

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Annual Christmas parade set today

Sevierville’s 47th annual Christmas Parade will be at 11 a.m. today through downtown. The 278th National Guard Unit, area mascots, marching bands, twirlers and more will participate in the parade, which will include Santa Claus. Call 453-6411 for more information or visit www.VisitSevierville. com.

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A farewell celebration has been planned for A Troop 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment on Sunday at 8:45 a.m. along the group’s deployment route: Parkway at Collier Drive to U.S. 448 to Highway 66 to Interstate 40. Citizens are encouraged to line the streets of the route and bid the Guard members goodbye. The troop will be deployed to the Middle East after additional training. For additional information, contact Sevierville police officer Laura Brooks at 8504736. PITTMAN CENTER

Yule log event scheduled today

An annual yule log burning will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at Town Hall. This free event offers information about and a demonstration of the mountain tradition of yule log burning. There will be food, caroling and Santa Claus.

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Jewelry sales to benefit park

Foxhill Gallery in The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community is having its annual Handmade Holiday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Artists will be making holiday jewelry using hemlock cones and natural materials, with all proceeds from the jewelry going to the hemlock recovery program of Friends of the Smokies. There will be refreshments served.

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Event to benefit cancer victim

A fundraiser to help cancer victim Donna Steen is scheduled for today at River Terrace Resort. Steen owns D&S Automotive. The fundraiser starts at 10 a.m. and will include a silent auction. Vehicles from her father’s rental car business will be auctioned at 6 p.m. An account in Steen’s name has been set up at Citizens National Bank. Contributions can be made to the “Benefit for Donna Steen Cancer Fund” at any CNB branch.

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Feds ask states to brace for more bat disease ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials hoping to check the spread of a disease killing hibernating bats in Eastern states are recommending steps that states farther west should take if “white-nose syndrome” strikes. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent recommendations to state and federal land management agencies in about two dozen states Friday outlining precautions

for hibernation caves or mines hit by white-nose. They recommend closing affected caves, with a possible exception for researchers. They also recommend researchonly access for caves within 75 miles of an affected site. White-nose is estimated to have killed more than a million bats in nine states since it was first noticed in New York in 2006. The syndrome is named for the sugary

smudges of fungus on the noses and wings of affected bats. Wildlife officials are expanding their attention to areas more than 250 miles from caves where white-nose has been detected. That includes all or part of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama.

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Animal shelter closed today

The Sevier County Animal Shelter will be closed today. This will allow the staff to attend the champagne auction set for 1 p.m. at the Sevierville Civic Center.

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On Dec. 5, 1933, national Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.

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AFL-CIO chief John Sweeney welcomed the collapse of World Trade Organization talks in Seattle, asserting that “No deal is better than a bad deal.” Cuban President Fidel Castro demanded that the United States return 5-year-old Elian Gonzalez, who had been rescued at sea, to his father in Cuba within 72 hours.

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quote roundup “Today, our people are weary of war. But we cannot ignore reality. The extremists continue to target innocent people and sow destruction across continents. From the remote mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan, they plot future attacks.” — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Brussels after NATO pledged 7,000 more troops for the war in Afghanistan.

“They were killing people like animals. I couldn’t understand what was happening.” — Nasir Ali Sheikh who saw the attackers who killed at least 35 people at a mosque in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

“I think they decided that same day (of the shooting) that they were more dedicated than ever in honor of the soldiers that we lost and have stood firm in that commitment. They were all very dedicated, caring soldiers and they will not be forgotten, and we’re carrying on in their honor.” — Maj. Laura Suttinger of Fort Atkinson, Wis., just hours before deploying from Fort Hood to Afghanistan.

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Mount LeConte is one of the most remote spots in East Tennessee, accessible only by helicopter or hiking trails. But it just got a little less isolated. Thanks to the engineers at U.S. Cellular, digital telephone service is now available atop the 6,600foot mountain. Verizon and Sprint phone users are likely to be able to communicate with the new service.

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Three Cheers Human Services department Wrapping proceeds at Belz gets behind Boys & Girls Club going to the dogs (and cats)

Humanists attacking Christmas Once again we are in the Christmas season, and the coal-in-your-stocking crowd is back at it. This year the American Humanist Association is putting up bus ads in selected cities that say: “No God? No Problem! Be Good for Goodness’ Sake.” The picture accompanying the text shows a group of young people wearing Santa hats. Ho, ho, ho. The virulently anti-God group “Freedom from Religion” has launched a second front. It is celebrating Christmas in Las Vegas with ads that say: “Yes, Virginia, there is no God.” Nice. The question is: Why bother? Why spend money at Christmastime to spread dubious will among men? The reason, I believe, is that atheists are jealous of the Yuletide season. While Christians have Jesus and Jews have the prophets, nonbelievers have Bill Maher. There are no Christmas carols for atheists, no pagan displays of largesse like Santa Claus. In fact, for the nonbeliever, Christmas is just a day off, a time to consider that Mardi Gras is fewer than two months away. But there is a serious side to this, and the American “Humanists” should listen up. Christmas is a joyous time for children, the big upside of celebrating the birth of Jesus. Why, then, do people who want to “be good” spend money denigrating a beautiful day? Could it be that the humanists are not really interested in good at all? The head Humanist, Roy Speckhardt, says the anti-God signs are worthy because they send a message that atheists shouldn’t be vilified as immoral. Well, old Roy needs to wise up. The signs actually create resentment and hostility toward atheists. Here’s a bulletin: Many parents don’t want their children to see bus signs proclaiming that God is a big hoax. That message may be constitutionally protected, but it is not going to engender much good will among believers. Of course, Speckhardt knows that and is being disingenuous with the “just looking out for atheists” posture. What many nonbelievers enjoy doing is mocking those who embrace theology. I guess that makes some atheists feel better, because there is no other reason to run down Christmas. It is a happy day for most human beings. The latest Rasmussen poll on the season says that 72 percent of Americans like saying “Merry Christmas,” while just 22 percent prefer the greeting “Happy Holidays.” So the evidence suggests that despite the ACLU, atheist groups and a politically correct media, Christmas is actually gaining in relevance and, perhaps, reverence. Most folks know a good thing when they see it, and the converse is true, as well. They know these anti-God signs at Christmastime are dumb and unnecessary. Isn’t that right, Virginia? — Veteran TV news anchor Bill O Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O Reilly Factor” and author of the book “Who’s Looking Out For You? Distributed by Creators Syndicate. (C)2009 Bill O’Reilly.

Thanks to the Tennessee Department of Human Services, even more children can take advantage of the services provided by the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. Already, some 1,700 Sevier County kids are members and will increase because of DHS’s Child Care Scholarship Program (CCSP). To qualify, a child’s parents or caretakers each must be either working 30 hours per week, be a full-time student, or a combination of both to meet the 30-hour minimum requirement. The child or children applying must be 12 or younger and the family must meet income guidelines. The Boys & Girls Club offers an alternate payment plan in which the family pays a $30 deposit, and another $15 per week for 10 weeks. Membership includes transportation from school to the club, daily snacks, homework assistance, sports leagues, arts programs, leadership development programs and life skills programs. With all that going on, can you afford to not at least look into signing up your child?

Mary Gaut and Bonnie Ward were shopping at Belz Outlet Mall one day recently and thought about how nice it would be if there was someplace on premises to have their Christmas presents wrapped. There wasn’t, so they decided to act on it — and because of that idea, all the pets-in-waiting at the Sevier County Humane Society will benefit. A group of Humane Society volunteers operated a gift wrapping booth in the center of the mall Saturday and will return Dec. 19-24 to ease the burden for lastminute shoppers. The booth will be right next to the Santa station and, for a modest contribution of $2, is offering everything from wrapping paper to bows. All money raised will help keep up the shelter on Gnatty Branch Road. Amother way to help the shelter at the holiday is to attend the annual Champagne Auction today at the Sevierville Civic Center. Tickets are $5. Preview is at 1 p.m.; the auction begins at 2.

Gifts wrapped at Tanger help Relay For Life cause

And just as there is more than one way to skin a rabbit, there’s more than one way to wrap a present and give to a worthy cause. If you’re shopping the Tanger Five Oaks outlet mall and want the luxury of having someone else wrap your Christmas gifts in a charitable way, the American Cancer Society will provide the service. The local ACS and Relay For Life is holding “Wrapping for a Cure,” which it will hold 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. MondaysSaturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through the rest of the year. Located in the old Samsonite store between Aeropostale and Jockey, shoppers can bring in any present they want wrapped for the suggested contribution of $3 per package. Additionally, the group is selling its “Fight Like a Girl” T-shirt, with all of the proceeds going directly to Relay For Life. Relay Retention Chairwoman Judy Bales duly credits Tanger President Steven Tanger for offering use of the empty storefront. Community involvement is what it’s all about.

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Image of our tourist area not helped by billboards

Public forum

Editor: As a part-time resident of Gatlinburg, from California, I am amused over the issue of signage in Pigeon Forge, and the Nov. 25 Mountain Press editorial hit the nail on the head. However, one has to zero in on the real issue. Billboards, no matter size, illumination power, animation ability, etc., should be banned, period. Every citizen in Pigeon Forge, especially those with political power and influence, should read the latest edition of National Geographic Traveler, one of the most respected travel magazines in the world. The issue rates tourist destinations on a worldwide basis, and guess what Pigeon Forge did for the Great Smoky Mountains? “...The North Carolina/Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains, a national treasure surrounded by a bathtub ring of ugly, unplanned development, especially in and around Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Air pollution is a growing issue, and between the crowds and pollution, a mess...”

I would add, in the “mess” there is the matter of visual pollution, and PF signage is a visual assault on one’s senses. The ratings criteria, in part, by the Traveler, consists of “Social and cultural integrity, aesthetic appeal and quality of tourism management.” The magazine noted, when people of position see a place of tourism as a cash cow, overall ratings tend to go down. Great Smoky Mountains was near the bottom, and was a direct result of Pigeon Forge’s need of aesthetic appeal and tourism management. The signage issue is a great place to start. I don’t understand the logic of a huge, bright, inyou-face sign with dancers, in front of the very building it is advertising, with illumination power second only to Vegas, Times Square or a combat zone which are different in scope, and serve real and different purposes. Contrary to what one has said, who I’m sure has a vested interest, billboards and other signage is not a constitutional right, no more than one having a constitutional right to drive a vehicle. Many states such as California and Vermont have banned billboards altogether, and even with

34 million people, California manages to provide attractions, restaurants and overall scenic beauty quite successfully without the visual assault of obtrusive signage. Every time I pass through Pigeon Forge, I can’t help but think the Parkway should be called the Midway, with all the carnival rides, car tracks, etc., and all the unmanaged signage. I recall the controversy of the American Bandstand mural, with some actually saying it was a blight on the “scenic beauty” of Pigeon Forge. What? I urge everyone to read the current issue of NG Traveler. The rating should be cause for concern for your “cash cow,” which some think is the most critical of forces to a livable community and its appeal to outsiders. I agree with the Mountain Press editorial: It may be too late, but at least try pleasing the eye, create some sense of quality, and not just quantify by filling the cash register, which ultimately may dry up and one will wonder why. Richard C. Vance Gatlinburg and Carmel, Calif.

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PREP WRESTLING

Six Seymour wrestlers advance By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer KNOXVILLE — Twelve members of the Seymour Eagles high school wrestling team traveled to the Knoxville Catholic Invitational Tournament on Friday night, and half of the team advanced to Saturday’s semi finals. This weekend’s event at Catholic is an individual tournament and the first official varsity action of the season. Luke Hall in the 119pound class, Michael Raimondi in the 135-pound class, Caleb Stoffle in the 140-pound class, Shane Chipley in the 160-pound class, Chuck Wilson in the 171-pound class and Joseph Wisell in the 189-pound class were the six members of the Seymour squad to advance past Friday’s preliminaries.

Those wrestlers will begin matches at about 10 a.m. Saturday at Catholic, and the tournament is expected to be over by around 3 p.m. Although he enjoys team matches, first-year Seymour coach Alex Cate liked what he saw during Friday’s individual competition. Four of the first five Seymour wrestlers to engage in battle on Friday ended their matches with victories by pins. “I can’t ask for more than that,” said Cate. “It’s pretty exciting. “These guys are all out here working for themselves during this match. The biggest difference is that these guys don’t have to worry about wrestling up in weight classes to help the team. They can just go out here and worry about themselves.”

Cobey Hitchcock The Mountain Press

Seymour’s 119-lbs. wrestler Luke Hall tosses his opponent to the mat during Friday’s match at Knox Catholic.

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Notre Dame won’t go to a college football bowl game By TOM COYNE AP Sports Writer SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Notre Dame football season is officially over. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced Friday that the school has decided against going to a bowl game with a 6-6 record, citing “unique circumstances.” He didn’t elaborate, but Swarbrick fired coach Charlie Weis after five seasons earlier this week and the search for a

replacement is under way. Swarbrick said he reached the decision after meetings with assistant coaches and team leaders. “The unique circumstances surrounding our program at the current time prevent us from making the commitment required to compete in a bowl game,” Swarbrick said in a prepared statement. Weis was the team’s offensive coordinator, so the team wouldn’t have had an experienced play caller for a bowl game. The school

also likely would have lost money because their only option would have been a minor bowl. There also have been questions about how motivated players and coaches would have been for the game. Players actually met this week to discuss whether to play in a bowl. Notre Dame went to the Insight Bowl in 2004 when Tyrone Willingham was fired, but the school accepted the bid before Willingham was fired. Players at least initially weren’t sure they

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wanted to play in the bowl, but later voted to play. Both the offensive and defensive coordinators were still in place. The Irish were beaten 38-21 by Oregon State. The school decided against going to a bowl game in 1996 after Lou Holtz resigned as coach. An overtime loss to USC in the regular-season finale cost them a shot at a major bowl that season. For years, Notre Dame refused to play in bowls. The Irish played in the Rose Bowl in 1925, then didn’t

appear in another bowl until coach Ara Parseghian finally persuaded the university to let the ninth-ranked Irish play top-ranked Texas in the 1970 Cotton Bowl. But the decision to play in bowl games came with the proviso: that Notre Dame play a higher-ranked team or one that could help the Irish improve their own ranking. That condition no longer exists. The Irish went to the Hawaii Bowl last season with a 6-6 record and beat Hawaii 49-21.

“If the landscape had been different, we would have been thrilled to take part, and we certainly look forward to being part of the bowl system in the years to come,” Swarbrick said. The Irish ended this season with four straight losses to finish at .500 for just the sixth time in 121 seasons Aside from who the new coach will be, the two biggest questions facing the Irish are whether quarterback Jimmy Clausen or receiver Golden Tate will be back for their senior seasons.

PREP HOOPS

TKA takes 65-49 win By DWANE WILDER of The Lafollette Press

UT’s Eric Berry returns an interception in the 2008 season.

AP file

UT’s Berry repeats as AFCA All-American KNOXVILLE — Tennessee junior safety Eric Berry is this year’s lone repeat member of the American Football Coaches Assosiation AllAmerica Team announced Thursday by the AFCA. Berry was named to the team as a sophomore in 2008 to all five major All-America teams recognized by the NCAA, and this week’s selection is the first of 2009 to be released. Berry is also a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski and Lott trophies, both of which are presented to college football’s best defensive player, along with the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive back. A Fairburn, Ga., native, Berry is

second on the Tennessee team and third among SEC defensive backs with 83 tackles. He leads the team with 18 defensive “big plays,” which includes seven pass breakups, six tackles for loss, two fumble returns for 48 yards, two interceptions returned for seven yards and a forced fumble. Berry is the active NCAA leader and stands second in NCAA history with 494 interception return yards. He is third nationally among active NCAA players with 14 career interceptions, fifth in UT history in interceptions and sixth in total passes defensed. The SEC led all conferences with seven team members, followed by the Big 12 with six, the Pac-10 with three and the ACC and Big Ten with two apiece.

Cyrille Sandjon came within one assist of a tripledouble Thursday night while leading The King’s Academy boy’s varsity basketball team to a 65-49 home victory over The J. Frank White Academy. Sandjon, a 6-foot-6 junior from Louisiana, powered in 14 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out nine assists and blocked a shot despite spending most of the second quarter on the bench in foul trouble. He fouled out late in the fourth quarter when he was tagged with a technical for hanging on the rim after a dunk attempt. David Kirkpatrick led all scorers with 21 points for the Lions (2-4 overall), but it was Sandjon who was the difference. The Lions scored the first 13 points and looked as though they might reach the century mark with a 25-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, Sandjon sat out the first six minutes of the second period, during which the Lions failed to score. The visiting Knights took advantage of the situation and rallied to get within 30-22 by halftime on four baskets from senior center Matt Bailey. Sandjon managed to stay in the game for most of the second half, which made a big difference for TKA. He was called for goal-tending once, but that was of little consequence compared to the many shots he altered with his imposing presence in the paint. Sandjon also committed only one turnover the entire game.

Dwane Wilder/of The Lafollette Press

TKA’s Cyrille Sandjon (34), right, goes up for a block during Thursday night’s win over J Frank White. Other contributors to the Lions’ offensive attack was Dane Hoffmiester with nine points (three 3-pointers), Jordan Smith eight, Arden Beeler six, Tim Whitley four, Sam Witt two and Anthony Kinon one. Bailey led the Knights with 14 points, followed by Cody Standifer and Jordan Treece with 10 each, Dakota Robertson eight, Will Hopper six and Winston Kelly one. The girl’s game went the other way for TKA. The Lady Lions fell, 50-24, to an unbeaten JFWA team (4-0 overall). TKA trailed by only six points, 22-16, at halftime,

but lost ground in the second half. Mary Jo Fowler paced the Lady Lions with eight points, followed by Allison Davis and Amy Ridinger with four each; Aubin Fowler, Joy Lynn Lyon, Madison McDaniel and Kelsi Pratt two each. Clarissa Medley scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the second half for the Lady Knights. Katie Mundy chipped in 14 for JFWA, followed by Tatum Barnett with nine, Phoebe Leo five, Laurel Hankins-Koppel three, Leslie Lowery and Victoria Bigelow two each. wilder@lafollettepress.com


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NFL GRIDIRON

G-P girls come from behind

WR who broke bones in his back near return

By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer GATLINBURG â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Gatlinburg-Pittman Lady Highlanders came from behind in the fourth quarter Friday night to take a 53-48 win over the visiting Cosby Lady Eagles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically, we just pulled away at the end of the game making our foul shots,â&#x20AC;? said G-P coach Mike Rader, following the win. But at least one missed free throw worked out well for the Lady Highlanders. G-P freshman Karsen Sims came through with four of her 12 points in the final moments. Sims made

Karsen Sims a layup and drew a foul, she missed the free throw but came up were her own rebound for the putback to finish the quick four-point spurt. G-P junior Morgan Dodgen led the Lady Highlanders with 13 points and eight rebounds.

NASHVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tennessee receiver Justin Gage isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure what will happen the first time he takes a real hit. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll truly know how well his lower back has healed up. The receiver broke several transverse process bones in his lower back on Nov. 8 when he fell after leaping high for a crucial catch and has missed three straight games since. But he practiced fully Friday, and the Titans (5-6) listed him as questionable for Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game with Indianapolis (11-0). Rookie Kenny Britt has started in his absence. Coach Jeff Fisher has said Gage will start when ready to play again. So how will that first hit feel? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to find out when it happens,â&#x20AC;? Gage said. Pain and discomfort has been the biggest effects of this injury. Gage didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel the pain until the adrenaline from his 33-yard catch until after the Titansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; win. The bones he broke branch off of those protecting the spinal cord near the hips, and he said he never had any tingling or other problems. The seven-year veteran has 22 catches for 302 yards and had started the first eight games this season until his injury. The 6-foot-4 Gage led the Titans with 651 yards receiving last season. In his absence, Britt has been playing well and is coming off a game in which he had a team-high 128 yards receiving and caught the game-winning touchdown in a 20-17 win over Arizona. Britt now leads the Titans with 521 yards receiving this season.

Sims, in her second varsity start, had the 12 points and also led the team in rebounding with nine. G-P junior Emma Jagasia added eight points toward the Blue and Goldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winning effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great game,â&#x20AC;? said Rader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was back-andforth, and we were behind by two points in the fourth quarter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we found a way to get it done.â&#x20AC;? The Lady Highlanders next play 6:30 p.m. Monday at district rival Austin-East Lady Roadrunners, followed by boys action at 8 p.m. chitchcock@themountainpress.com

Vols look inward as bowl practice begins KNOXVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Tennessee football team returned to practice Friday after a five-day break following its 30-24, overtime win at Kentucky. The Vols wrapped up their first regular season under new head coach Lane Kiffin with a 7-5 overall record and a 4-4 mark in Southeastern Conference play. UT still awaits official word on its bowl destination, and consequently used its Friday workout to improve inexperienced players rather than prepare for an opponent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We talked about having a really good practice today, a very physical practice, a high-energy practice,â&#x20AC;? Kiffin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be back out here tomorrow for another one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We worked with a lot of

young guys, gave our threes more reps than normal. It was good to see those guys and put an evaluation on them.â&#x20AC;? Kiffin mentioned numerous times throughout the season that UTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bowl practice period would be more about the Vols than their opponent. He wants to use the majority of the workouts to improve players further down the depth chart and prepare for the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work on getting better.,â&#x20AC;? said Kiffin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work with a number of our younger players who have not had as many chances to develop as our older players. We go against each other, Tennessee defense vs. Tennessee offense.â&#x20AC;? Tennessee will practice

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BOXING 9:30 p.m. HBO â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Heavyweights, Cristobal Arreola (27-1-0) vs. Brian Minto (34-2-0); middleweights, Paul Williams (37-1-0) vs. Sergio Martinez (44-1-2), at Atlantic City, N.J. COLLEGE FOOTBALL Noon ABC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; National coverage, Cincinnati at Pittsburgh ESPN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; West Virginia at Rutgers ESPN2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Conference USA, championship game, Houston at East Carolina 3:30 p.m. ABC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; National coverage, Arizona at Southern Cal ESPN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NCAA Division II, playoffs, semifinal, CarsonNewman at Grand Valley St. 4 p.m. CBS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; National coverage, Southeastern Conference, Florida vs. Alabama, at Atlanta 8 p.m. ESPN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Atlantic Coast Conference, championship game, Georgia Tech vs. Clemson, at Tampa, Fla. ESPN2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; South Florida at Connecticut 8:07 p.m. ABC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Big 12 Conference, championship game, Texas vs. Nebraska, at Arlington, Texas 11:30 p.m. ESPN2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wisconsin at

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Unexpected drop in jobless rate sparks optimism WASHINGTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Two years of steep job cuts all but ended last month, unexpectedly pulling down the unemployment rate and raising hopes for a lasting economic recovery. Federal figures released Friday showed that the rate fell from 10.2 percent in October to 10 percent as employers shed the fewest number of jobs since the recession began two years ago. The government also said far fewer jobs were lost in September and October than first reported. And the so-called underemployment rate, counting parttime workers who want full-time jobs and laid-off workers who have given up their job hunt, also fell, from 17.5 percent in October to 17.2 percent.

The better-than-expected figures provided a rare dose of good news for the economy, but the respite may be temporary. Job creation is still so weak that more than 15 million out-ofwork Americans face fierce competition for few openings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will need very substantial job growth to get unemployment lower, especially when the labor force ... starts growing again,â&#x20AC;? said Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank. Even counting last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decline, the unemployment rate has more than doubled from 4.9 percent when the recession began. The report showed how hard it remains to find work. The num-

ber of people jobless for at least six months rose last month to 5.9 million. And the average length of unemployment has risen to more than 28 weeks, the longest on record dating to 1948. Carolyn Malone of Milwaukee had not looked for work in decades â&#x20AC;&#x201D; until she was laid off from her customer-service job in May. Malone, 62, laughed when asked Friday how many jobs she had applied for. She canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember. But she does recall how many landed her an interview: One. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lead to a job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to get my toe in the door,â&#x20AC;? she said, scrolling through her e-mail at a hiring center.

Still, economists and investors drew hope from Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Labor Department report. Employers sliced just 11,000 jobs in November, compared with a loss of 111,000 jobs in October. It was the best reading since December 2007 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the last time the economy added jobs and the start of the worst recession since the 1930s. The unemployment rate had not fallen since July, when it declined from 9.5 percent to 9.4 percent. Factories, retailers, construction companies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hardest hit by the recession â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all slowed the pace of layoffs in November. So did transportation companies and those in leisure and hospitality.

Job gains were produced in education, health care and professional and business services, which mostly reflected temporary hiring. The government added workers, too. Those included states and localities, mainly reflecting the hiring of teachers. President Barack Obama welcomed the news but lamented that too many Americans â&#x20AC;&#x153;have felt the gut punch of a pink slip.â&#x20AC;? Facing the prospect of high unemployment well into the 2012 presidential election year, Obama is drafting a proposal to try to stimulate hiring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to grow jobs and get America back to work as quickly as we can,â&#x20AC;? he said.

GE to buy $345M of ads from NBC Universal PHILADELPHIA (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; General Electric Co. has promised to buy at least $345 million in advertising from NBC Universal over five years after selling a controlling stake in the entertainment company to Comcast Corp., according to a regulatory filing Friday. GE pledged to buy at least $59 million worth of ads in the new NBC Universal each year for five years after the sale of a 51 percent stake to Comcast, expected to close in about a year. In addition, GE is required to buy $50 million worth of ads in connection with the 2012 Olympic Games, whose rights NBC holds.

Comcast disclosed the details in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that also covered terms of GEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s divestiture rights for NBC Universal, tax matters, intellectual property and others. In 2008, GE spent $1.2 billion on advertising across all media outlets, but most of the money went toward marketing of NBC Universalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movies, said TNS Media Intelligence. The regulatory filing did not say whether the $59 million represents an increase or decrease over what it would have spent outside the movie ads. The filing also said that Comcast canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell

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Stock market climbs as Here Comes Santa Claus! at Sevier Farmers Coop employers cut fewer jobs Saturday, December 12, 2009 NEW YORK (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Investors grew more confident about the economy but also worried that a brighter employment picture will mean rising interest rates. Stocks closed higher Friday but only after giving up much of their earlier gains. Indexes touched new highs for year in the morning following news that job cuts fell sharply in November, but that report also brought expectations that the Federal Reserve could hike rates or remove other supports from the economy. Treasurys and gold fell as demand for safehaven investments eased. Jitters about interest rates left the Dow Jones industrial average with a gain of just 23 points, having been up as much as 151 points earlier. Stocks rose for the week. The prospects of increased rates also led to a sharp rise in the dollar, which hurt prices for commodities including oil. The Labor Department said the economy shed 11,000 jobs last month, the smallest monthly loss since December 2007, when the recession began. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much better than the 130,000 losses Wall Street economists expected and an improvement from 111,000 jobs cuts in October. The unemployment rate fell to 10 percent from a 26-year high of 10.2 percent in October. Economists had expected the rate to remain unchanged.

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The annual meeting of Board of Directors of The Health, Educational and Housing Facilities Board of Sevier County, Tennessee will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. at Damonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, 1640 Parkway, Sevierville, Tennessee for the purpose of considering and transacting all business which may come before said Board of Directors.

The annual meeting of the Board of Directors of The Industrial Development Board of the County of Sevier, Tennessee will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 10:45 A.M. at Damonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, 1640 Parkway, Sevierville, Tennessee, for the purpose of considering and transacting all business which may come before said Board of Directors.

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Sale at public auction will be on December 15, 2009 at 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, at the front door, Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by Robert J. Sanders and Wife, Barbara D. Sanders to Transcontinental Title, Trustee, on June 8, 2006 at Book Volume 2555, Page 387conducted by Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee, all of record in the Sevier County Register s Office. Owner of Debt: HSBC Mortgage Services, Inc. The following real estate located in Sevier County, Tennessee, will be sold to the highest call bidder subject to all unpaid taxes, prior liens and encumbrances of record: Described property located in the Fourteenth (14th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, to wit:Lot 59 Big Chief s High Point Subdivision, as the same appears on a plat of record in the Sevier County, Tennessee, Register s Office in Map Book 16, Page 9, to which reference is here made for exact legal description.

Sale at public auction will be on December 21, 2009 at 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, at the front door, Sevier County Courthouse, Sevierville, Tennessee pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by Richard J. DeStefano and wife, Gail L. DeStefano to Quality Title, Inc., Trustee, on May 31, 2006 at Book Volume 2546, Page 652conducted by Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee, all of record in the Sevier County Register s Office. Owner of Debt: CitiMortgage, Inc. The following real estate located in Sevier County, Tennessee, will be sold to the highest call bidder subject to all unpaid taxes, prior liens and encumbrances of record: Described property located in the Eleventh (11th) Civil District of Sevier County, Tennessee, and within the corporate limits of the City of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to wit:Lot Number Twenty-nine (29), Block â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;?, Section Four (4) of the Tyrolea Subdivision, as the same appears on plat of record in Map Book 11, Page 75, in the Register s Office for Sevier County, Tennessee, to which reference is here made for exact legal description.

Current Owner(s) of Property: Robert J. Sanders and wife, Barbara D. Sanders The street address of the above described property is believed to be 2098 Highpoint Lane, Sevierville, TN 37876, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description herein shall control. SALE IS SUBJECT TO TENANT(S) RIGHTS IN POSSESSION. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within twenty-four (24) hours of the sale, the next highest bidder, at their highest bid, will be deemed the successful bidder. This property is being sold with the express reservation that the sale is subject to confirmation by the lender or trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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November 28, December 5 and 12, 2009

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away unwanted items in the Classifieds.

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C B Builders

700 Real Estate

300 Services

800 Mobile Homes

400 Financial

900 Transportation

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s2ESIDENTIALs"USINESS s#ABINSs(OMES s,ICENSED "ONDEDs)NSURED 20 yrs. exp. 438-9219

Call Conley Whaley 428-2791 or 919-7340(cell) WELL SHOCK TREATMENT PRIVATE WELL SHOCK TREATMENT IMMEDIATE SERVICE COVE SYSTEM, INC

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111 HOME & OFFICE CLEANING

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Current Owner(s) of Property: Richard J. DeStefano, married The street address of the above described property is believed to be 1730 Zurich Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description herein shall control. SALE IS SUBJECT TO TENANT(S) RIGHTS IN POSSESSION. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within twenty-four (24) hours of the sale, the next highest bidder, at their highest bid, will be deemed the successful bidder. This property is being sold with the express reservation that the sale is subject to confirmation by the lender or trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee Law Office of Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP 6055 Primacy Parkway, Suite 410 Memphis, TN 38119 Phone 901-767-5566 Fax 901-767-8890 File No. 09-022438

105 YARD & TREE SERVICES

600 Rentals

Street Address: 1730 Zurich Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee Law Office of Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP 6055 Primacy Parkway, Suite 410 Memphis, TN 38119 Phone 901-767-5566 Fax 901-767-8890 File No. 09-022506

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100 Announcements

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Street Address: 2098 Highpoint Lane Sevierville, TN 37876

500 Merchandise

110 SPECIAL NOTICES

NOTICE OF REPOSSESSION SALE On December 9, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the back parking lot of Tennessee State Bank located at 2210 Parkway Pigeon Forge, TN 37868, Tennessee State Bank will sell the following personal property:

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Errand Runner: Let us help you with all your shopping needs, Dr. visits, etc and special request. Call Linda at LSL Enterprise Services

865-908-4081 865-654-2095 115 ROOFING SERVICES

McKinney Cleaning Service Residential, Cabins, OfďŹ ce & Business 10 years exp Quality Work Guaranteed

654-9078

117 ELECTRICAL

Nicks Roofing All types of roofing All New roofs Re-roofs Work Repairs Guaranteed Free Estimates

Call: 865-430-2599

118 EXCAVATING Excavating, Footers, Water Lines, Fill Lines, House Sites, Land Clearing, Tractor Work, Driveway Grading, Bushhogging, Long Reach Bushhog, Roadsides and Hillsides.

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The Mountain Press Â&#x2039; Saturday, December 05, 2009 307 CHILDCARE

Clerical position Our Owner Accounts Dept. has position for a strong communicator with excellent clerical & computer skills; exceptional problem solving skills required. Acts as owner liaison for a cabin rental company. Must be reliable. Apply at Timber Tops, 1440 Upper Middle Creek Rd; email kcarpenter@timbertops.net. Fax 865-868-0836 or call 865-429-0831 X 1185. EOE

Child Care Provided All ages. In Gatlinburg area. 30+yrs exp 865-805-4818

Dispatcher Multitasking experts only! Requires strong communication, organization, computer skills and ability to work four 10 hour shifts, holidays and weekends. Drug free environment. Apply at Timber Tops, 1440 Upper Middle Creek Rd; email kcarpenter@timbertops.net. Fax 865-868-0836 or call 865-429-0831 X 1185. EOE Laurel Crest, A Bluegreen Resort, Seeking Full-Time Quality Assurance Inspector. Weekends a Must. Please apply in person at: Laurel Crest Resort, 2628 Laurel Crest Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN

Smoky Mountain Resorts is taking applications for Night Assistant Manager. Positions are paid weekly and offer health and dental insurance and paid vacation. Monthly and yearly bonuses available. Apply in person at Country Inn & Suites 204 Sharon Dr, Pigeon Forge, TN or fax resume to 865453-2564 attention Brian Lippi. 238 HOTEL/MOTEL CLARION INN & SUITES Looking for dependable, detailed and customer service oriented personnel. Now accepting applications for the following full time positions: â&#x20AC;˘Front Desk Excellent wages, bonus and benefits! Please apply in person M - F, 9:30am - 3pm. 1100 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN

Experienced GROUP SALES PERSON needed for Major Hotel and Restaurant in Pigeon Forge. Great potential and compensation. Fax resume to 865-4290159. 242 RESTAURANT Cracker Barrel now hiring Retail & Cashiers. Apply in person 2285 Parkway, Pigeon Forge. 865908-4459 245 SALES Mgr/Closer Exp. Required - 6 figures Closers- $60,000+ Fronters- $30,000+ Big Money$$$ Call now leave mess. 706-865-0979 249 RESERVATIONIST Reservations Sales position for a strong communicator with high energy, outgoing personality, professional team player with Sales & Customer Service experience. Selling vacation cabin rentals. Apply at Timber Tops, 1440 Upper Middle Creek Rd; email kcarpenter@timbertops.net. Fax: 865-868-0836 or call 865-429-0831 X1185. EOE.

SELF STORAGE Convenient Location! 411 South, left on Robert Henderson Rd., 1/4 mile on right at Riverwalk Apts. 429-2962

605 BUSINESS RENTALS

OFFICE SPACE

698 MOBILE HOME RENTALS

1BR Water & appl furn. No pets. Lease. $385 mth Refs 680-3078.

Kodak 2BR $575 mth + security deposit Call Barbara 865368-5338

2BR 1BA mobile home for rent. 3 miles from Wilderness Resort. $500 mth. 428-5204

 

   

      

Mountain View Townhome apartment for rent 2BR 1.5BA. Newly remodeled with hardwood flooring & new carpet. Located in Gatlinburg. 1st mth rent & security deposit required. For more information call 865-868-0449 Mon-Fri 8:30am5:30pm or 865356-3015 after hours & weekends

$650 month 5000 sf Warehouse

$1500 month

865-850-3874 Retail shop in The Village shopping center downtown Gatlinburg. 865-4363995 439 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

AWESOME-Wanted 10 People to lose Weight and make money Call for Details 888-822-5648 24Hrs 500 MERCHANDISE

555 GARAGE & YARD SALES House Divorce Settlement Act. Sat. Dec. 19 Remains must be out & sold no later then Dec 3. Open House will be the 6th & 13th. Everything must go. Patio & Pool stuff. King BR Suit, Big Oak Unit, Office Depot Exec. Desk, Kitchen Table, Roll around Oak Island. 53â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and 27â&#x20AC;&#x2122; T.V.s, Bookcase Wall Unit. Sewing Machine & more. By appt. only 865980-0070

Multi Family Yard Sale Sat. Dec 5th 8 to ? Inside Creswellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market. Dolly Parton Pkwy. M u l t i - F a m i l y Indoor/Outdoor Yard Sale â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dec 5th, 8am to 4pm at 238 Porterfield Gap Rd, Seymour. Items for â&#x20AC;&#x153;normal peopleâ&#x20AC;?: Lots of clothing including casual, professional, and jeans women sizes 8-14 some petites, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jeans (34, 36, 38). Desk/hutch, unfinished spinet desk, handmade poker table top, housewares, decor, handbags/purses, lots of books, vacuum cleaners, boom box, stereo w/CD changer. Beanie Babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (orig condition), Furbys NIB. Weider PRO 3550 3-station home gym (like new $400 OBO). Items for â&#x20AC;&#x153;gadget loversâ&#x20AC;?: Computer monitors (15â&#x20AC;?, 17â&#x20AC;?, 21â&#x20AC;?) and many misc parts. OLD working notebooks. Linksys RTP-300 digital converter boxes for home phones (NIB with service). Free video phone and WiFi phone demos â&#x20AC;&#x201C; XMas is coming! ABSOLUTELY NO EARLY BIRDS, but we will have free coffee all day. 556 FIREWOOD Firewood for sale. All hardwood. $45 rick. 865-977-8903

Seasoned Firewood $70 rick delivered and stacked. Hickory Avail.654-8541 589 FURNITURE

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2 new recliners $398 Cagles Furniture & Appliances 2364B Pittman Center Rd.

610 DUPLEX FOR RENT 3BR 2BA Gat. $825 mth. W/D hkup. Kit appl. 865-3862512

For Sale

453-0727

590 APPLIANCES Maytag Washer 3 yrs old large capacity for sale. $150 firm. 436-5446 or 4305904.

654-7033

New 1BR 1BA apt in Sev . All app, w/dryer included. Non-Smoking. No pets. $400 month. $300 deposit. 3667049 Leave message. RIVERWALK 1BR/1BA TO 2BR/2BA $545.00 to $695.00 865-429-2962

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Get Stuck in Tourist Traffic! 2 BR Duplex Apartment Unit(s) with garage for $600$635 in the Boyds Creek-Sevierville/ Seymour area. No pets/No smoking. $600 deposit required. 865-3320448 any nite from 5pm-9pm all day Sunday. 1 mth rent free.

Sevierville Duplex 2BR 2BA Whirlpool. 1 level. $700 mo. No pets. References. Tony-414-6611 Spacious 1100 sq ft 2BR 2BA Almost new. 4 minutes from town. 865742-6176 697 CONDO RENTALS

693 ROOMS FOR RENT

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Affordable Housing in Gatlinburg Rooms for rent, weekly rates, furn., cable TV, same rent all year.

436-4471 or 621-2941

BIG BROKER BOBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s REALTY 865-774-5919 SILO APARTMENTS in Sevierville Offers 1/2 BR Units Pet Friendly

PIGEON FORGE 2BD/2BA APARTMENT

DOWNTOWN SEVIERVILLE

428 Park Rd. near trolley stop CHEAP$100 weekly Includes All Utilities. Cable, Laundry, Kitchens, Clean Rooms, NO PETS.

800-359-8913

Gatlinburg Walking distance to town. Clean rooms. Good environment. 436-4387

New Center 3BR/2BA Garage, Pet Friendly

Sevierville 5BD/4.5BA Fully furnished, w/hot tub, washer, dryer, etc.

Pigeon Forge EfďŹ ciency Utilities Included

696 APARTMENTS FOR RENT *WEARS VALLEY 1BR/1BA $525/mo. + Dep. Walk-in closet All kit appl + W/D conn Some Pets OK. 865-654-6507

2 BR APT. in Pigeon Forge area. $550/mo, $275 damage dep. up front. No pets! 865573- 6859 or 3895229

2BR 1.5BA Townhouse

2BR 2BA triplex PF. 2BR apt Sev. No pets. Clean & convenient. 453-5079.

Central H/A. All appliances + W/D. Very nice. Great location. PF City Limits. $650/mth + damage dep. No pets. 428-1951 Ask for Ron

SEVIERVILLE RENTALS

Apartments, mobile homes and trailer lots for rent

453-2959

1 BR / 1 BA IN SEVIERVILLE $380.00 + DEPOSIT NO PETS 865-712-5238

2BR/1BA Apt In Sev. All Appl. W/Dry Small Pets First month Free $300 Dep./$550 mo.

453-6823 FINCHUM PROPERTIES Leasing 1 & 2 BR apts Hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors, plus many extras, 1 year lease, no pets. TVA energy efďŹ cient 865-453-8947 865-776-2614

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1BR home Gatlinburg. No pets. $400 mth. 453-8852.

New Homes for Rent. 3BR/2BA starting at $700 - $850 & $1000 per month. No pets. 865-850-3874

NICE, CLEAN IN KODAK 2BR/2BA in PF. Includes refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher. W/D connection. Private deck. $650/mo. Call 654-9437 or 654-3456.

Gatlinburg Beautiful 2BR 2BA Furnished Condo with Fireplace, Overlooks stocked trout stream and has heated pool. Walk to downtown Gatlinburg, includes water, cable, Flat screen TV. Immediate occupancy, Minimum 1 Year lease $875 mth. 865-771-9600 Studio condo on Pkwy, furn, util inc, wifi, cbl, indr pool $200/ wk 540-397- 4977 698 MOBILE HOME RENTALS 14x70 2BR 2BA on County Line Rd. $450 mth. No Pets 286-5237 1BR mobile home for low income. Call 865-654-8702.

2BR, 1.5BA townhouse apartment Chapman Hwy area CH&A $475 per mo No pets Call 453-2912 or 789-3893

Available Now. Studio apartment walking distance to downtown. for rent in Gatlinburg TN, first mth rent of $525, last mth rent $525 and security deposit of $150 865436-5691 Beautiful Newly redecorated 2BR 1BA. Sevierville $525, $400 dep. 712-0254. Conv. Downtown Gatlinburg 1BR $500 a mon. Low Sec Dep. 430-3271 CROSSCREEK 2BR/1.5BA $545 2BR/2BA Large Garden apartment $570.00 to $580.00 865-429-4470 Gatlinburg 2BR/1.5BA Wd. Fire place. Quiet & safe neighborhood. Kit appliances , w/d connections. No Pets $600 Mo. $400 deposit. 1 yr lease 865-654-3615. Kodak 2BR 1BA No pets. $495 mth $400 dep. 2543269

3 BD / 2 BA 4 MILES FROM EXIT 407 $700/MONTH & DEPOSIT. NO PETS. 865-712-5238, 865-705-9096

3BR 2BA in Red Bud Subdivision. Appliances included. $750 & up + deposit. 428-5212

New Rental Energy Eff. GeoThermal H/A, Utilities Reduced by 1/2, Gated, Pvt. On 2.8 Acres, Mt. View! 2BR/2BA plus Attic BR. Ref Required. Credit Check. Courtyard Separation.

$875 mo. 1st & last deposit water & sewer no charge and cantilever barn.

(865) 428-7747 Cell: 207-2719 Optional Connected In-Law Apt. (Extra Charge)

2BR 1BA home on Douglas Lake in gated community. $800 mth $400 dep 865-474-0185 3 Bdrm, 2 Ba house in Sevierville. References required. 700.00 per mo. 500.00 damage dep. No pets. 865573-3549

2BR appliances furnished $600 a month $500 security 654-7127 or 748-7946

922 Burden Hill Rd (Triplex) 3 minutes to downtown Sevierville. Clean 1BR 1BA, city view, $450. 865-2865070

NICE, CLEAN

699 HOME RENTALS $625 to $850+. Wanda Galli Realty Exec. 680-5119 or 7744307.

908 ATV SALES

2007 Kaw. Brute Force 650. Low miles. No damage. Lots of extras. $5500 OBO. 654-6247

4 office rentals + large garage. S. Blvd Way $249,000. 933-6544

943 AUTOMOBILE SALES

Office for rent used now as beauty shop. Avail Nov. 15th. 933-6544

1997 HONDA Accord, 4 cyl., 5 sp. AC, 4 dr., looks & runs good. $3000. Call 865-607-6542. 2000 Chevy Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 4 cylinder, manual transmission. $4450 OBO. 9080026

Renters Wanted New Home $440 mth 423-608-8146 Seymour Hinkle Sub 3BR 2BA $975 mth. + dep. 6801032 HUD PUBLISHERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTICE All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status or national origin, or intention to make any such preferences, limitations or discrimination. State laws forbid discrimination in the sale, rental or advertising of real estate based on factors in addition to those protected under federal law. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination, call HUD Toll-free at 1-800-6699777, The Toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

96 Mustang GT 4.6 ltr V8 auto custom paint and wheels New exhaust $2500 680-4292

829 MANUFACTURED HOME SALES

16x72 2+2 Fltwd Price includes delivery & set up $10,900. 933-6544

We buy junk cars. Cash at pick up. 865-385-2280

945 TRUCK SALES

28x80 5BR $34,900. Very nice. 9336544

2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Club Cab, 4 door, 360/4wd, lift kit and new tires $7500 680-4292

Must Sale. 2003 GMC Sonoma Low Mileage $5975. Lots of extras. 604-5050

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654-6691

$169.77+

Pigeon Forge 865-453-4905

Sevierville Doublewide 2BR $500 mth + deposit. No pets. Ref. 933-6544

Overlooking AppleBarn 3BR 2BA Jac, fp, 2 car gar, W/D, tvâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Fully furnished. No smoking or pets. 1st, last & damage. ***865-755-5325***

722 BUSINESS BUILDINGS

OWNER FINANCE

Includes Phone, Color TV, Wkly Housekeeping Micr./Frig. Available

Family Inns West

CLOSE IN TO SEV 2BR/2BA, Stove, Fridge, D/W, Includes Mowing. $575 a mo Fresh paint. Lease, Ref. Req. 1st, Last and Damage. No Pets. Rebecca 621-6615

Boyds Creek area 3BR 2BA full unfinished basement 1454 sq ft. All appliances. $950 mth + deposit. 931-215-4614.

lease option, purchase. 3bd/2ba, all brick, ďŹ replace, w/tub plus ext 24x24 garage/ workshop, large lot, 100% of pmnts go toward purchase $1400 a month

Weekly Rentals

453-0727

A-1 pre-owned dryers, washers, ranges & refrigerators All with warranty. Cagles Furniture and Appliances

1 & 2 BR avail. Some Pets OK. $400 UP WATER INCLUDED Murrell Meadows 1/8 mile from Walters State College Allensville Road Walk to lake Reasonable Rates

Beautiful 3BR Double Wide, CH/A, On large lot. Close to Douglas Lake. Recently Remodeled. $600 + $600 deposit. 865-3827781 or 933-5894

699 HOME RENTALS

2-3 BR Homes

Peaceful Settings Mountain View

865-933-0504

Very Nice Unit Kodak

2BR/2BA $465 #(!DECKSs.O0ETS

865-368-6602

OPEN HOUSE 12 Homes to view

RENT NO MORE! RENTERS, LET YOUR RENT BE YOUR DOWN PAYMENT!

865-453-0086 2BR 2BA $475 mth $475 dep. No pets. 382-4199.

3BR 1Bath Kit. appl plus W/D Sevierville City. $750 plus dep. 712-3946 3BR 2BA All Appliances & Lake Access Call Frank (865) 919-3433 3BR 2BA house in Kodak. For rent by owner. $950 mth. 258-8966 3BR/2BA Appliances 865-774-2319 4BR/1.5BA, $1000/mo + deposit. 1444 Twin Oaks Rd. 423-967-6544. Near PF off Wears Valley, 2200 sq ft freshly painted with 2 car garage, gate, paved drive. Separate 2 bedroom apartment optional. Ref req. Deposit and 1st month. $1200 for house, $400 for apt. 3899326 NEW 2BR 2BA house. $550 mth. 865654-0221

2BR on Douglas Lake No pets. $400 mth $400 dep. 4282310.

Nice 2BR W/D Conn. Water & Sewer Furnished. Big Yard. 1/2 mi from town $625 mo $400 dam No Pets. 453-9269 or 382-1966

3BR/2BA Dble Wide, CH/A, All Appl, No Pets, Off the Spur, Private Lot, Garage/Workshop. $600/mo. 1st, Last + Deposit. 407620-4617 Credit Report Req.

One Bedroom Cabin Furnished. Very nice residential rental between Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge. $600 mth, 1 year lease. No sub leasing. 423-246-1500.

710 HOMES FOR SALE

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Mechanic with ability and pride to help finish a vintage truck. Call 3899326.

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Local cabin company taking applications for Reservationist, Assistant Manager, and Cleaners. Apply in person at: 333 Ski Mtn. Rd. Gatlinburg.

356 STORAGE BUILDINGS

696 APARTMENTS FOR RENT

3BR 2BA 1838 sq ft home in Shields Mtn community. Full finished basement. Lease purchase available. Call Clayton Inman Colonial Real Estate. 865-712-0403 or 865-453-3333 First Time Home Buyers Get Tax Credit Now 3 bedroom 2 bath 423-608-8146 Hurry! 4% Owner fin. 3BR/1BA, garage. $2,500 down, $650/mo., $110K, 3 yr. balloon. 865603-2894. NEW 3BR/2BA behind SCHS. Large lot. $136,000. 6546505 or 654-8184. 717 FARMS FOR SALE Small 2.7 acre farm for sale. New Center area. For info 6547654. 718 LAND FOR SALE BEST DEAL in Sevier County. 6.71 wooded acres, paved road, tax appraisal, $67,500, must sell, $50,000 865-428-9993 or 865-206-7100

English Mtn. - 2 lots, nearly an acre total with roaring falls creek running through prop. Owner financing poss. util hkups. Sellers Loss-Your Gain. $29,900. Call Sandra Kuzara Town & CountryREALTORS of E. TN. 865-982-5000, Cell 865-680-2147

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Baby Blues

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Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years. Our problems started to surface in the last six months. My husband said I had a “bad side,” so I went into counseling because I didn’t like that part of my personality. After my counselor mentioned PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), I did a lot of research and started taking supplements. I also saw my primary care physician to rule out a hormonal imbalance and depression. She prescribed an antidepressant that I can take on an asneeded basis. Here’s what’s bothering me. What if it’s not me? What if it is really the relationship that needs fixing? You would think after 19 years of living with somebody there would not be any secrecy or withholding of information because one of us is afraid of how the other will react. But now I fear I’ve damaged our marriage beyond repair. What can I do? — Moody in Kansas Dear Kansas: You can stop jumping to conclusions. If you have a hormonal imbalance, PMDD, depression or other treatable condition, medication will help enormously and your husband should be thrilled. If there are other problems in the relationship, they won’t disappear because you are afraid to talk about them. You must have the courage to communicate honestly so these issues can be dealt with. Long-term emotional upheaval can be corrosive to a marriage, but you have an opportunity to make things better. Please ask your husband

to come with you for counseling so he can understand what is happening and you can work on it together. Dear Annie: Recently, a terrible thing happened in our state. The body of a young woman was found on the beach in front of a landmark hotel, and a convicted felon is being held for her murder. From her pictures, she looked like a bright young woman, the type any family would be proud of. I imagine her family is grief stricken that a life so full of promise was snuffed out. I don’t mean to blame the victim, but young women far from home are often under the spell of a beautiful and exotic island. I think they lose all caution and feel free to do things they would think twice about before doing back home. The man the authorities arrested had been released from prison the day before the body was found. He was probably looking for a vulnerable and unsuspecting girl out for a good time. Drugs and casual sex were involved. Now the young woman is gone forever. What a tragedy. Winter vacations are coming up, and next summer, high-school seniors will celebrate graduation by traveling far from home. It is my wish that teachers and parents will spend some time warning them to be cautious of those

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they meet. We want them to have a wonderful time, but more than anything, we want them to return home safely. — Honolulu Dear Honolulu: Thank you for reminding our readers to warn their children that they are not invulnerable, and that they need to understand the risks so they can take the necessary precautions. Our condolences to the parents of that young woman. Dear Annie: Like “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” my husband and I are recovering alcoholics. When we told our friends and co-workers, we stopped receiving invitations to events because people assumed we wouldn’t attend. Sobriety takes time. Eventually, “Rock” will be able to be comfortable in places where alcohol is served, but until then, he is wise to keep away. What we found helpful was to tell co-workers ahead of time that we could only stay for a short while, and then enjoy a soda and leave. This way, we make the attempt to socialize but have given ourselves an out if we start to feel the urge to drink. — Understanding Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, P.O. Box 118190, Chicago, IL 60611. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.


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The Mountain Press ◆ Saturday, December 5, 2009

December 5, 2009  

The Mountain Press for December 5, 2009

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