The Mountain Press ■ Sevier County’s Daily Newspaper ■ Vol. 25, No. 351 ■ December 17, 2009 ■ www.themountainpress.com ■ 50 Cents
Economy cuts into Norton Creek
By DEREK HODGES Staff Writer
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GATLINBURG — Parts of one of Sevier County’s most well-known high-end subdivisions are headed to the foreclosure auction block after its developers found themselves cutting their loses with the real estate market crash. Two parcels in the Norton Creek community, which is located off the Spur between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, valued at more than
$4.8 million are set to be sold to the highest bidder after the developers went into default on loans from Silly Creek Investments LLC. Robin Turner, one of the owners of Norton Creek and its main overseer, admits the real estate market crash blindsided the ritzy neighborhood, sending new home sales crashing just as things at Norton Creek were really taking off. Especially hard hit in the current recession have been sales of highend homes, further adding to the
woes at the local development. “It has not performed as well as we had hoped it would,” Turner concedes. “In the last two years that’s definitely a true statement. We’re having to protect what we can.” Turner is quick to point out the sale does not mean the end of Norton Creek, just something of a change in direction. The existing development is part of Phase 1 of the overall plan for the community, and Turner says work there will
continue as expected. However, Norton Creek LLC will lose control of property that was slated to be part of a future stage of construction. “We’re going to continue with our plans on Phase 1; we still have the same goals. We’re focusing on our current development,” Turner says. “We’re just having to protect what we can.” That means, he explains, regretSee Norton Creek, Page A4
Forge approves site plan
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Students from Mark Mundo’s and Sarah Mundo’s kindergarten classes at Sevierville Primary School visit the Sevierville Post Office to mail Christmas cards and learn a little bit about how the system works. At left, Sevierville postal employee Mark Fields explains the process of mailing the cards with the classes.
Tonight Partly cloudy Low: 29° DETAILS, Page A6
Obituaries “Sy” Brent Chandler, 55 Louise Gunby, 90 Jason Wayne Henry, 31 James B. Huskey, 74 Lucy Latham Rogers Mildred Trentham, 79
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Index Local & State . . . . . A1-6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . A2 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . A8-9 Advice . . . . . . . . . . . A14 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . A14 Classifieds . . . . . . A10-13 Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 World . . . . . . . . . . . . . A5
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PIGEON FORGE — Planning Commission members Tuesday voted unanimously to override city staff’s opinion in approving an item in their monthly meeting, at the same time offering a ruling on a city ordinance that seems to contradict a previous board ruling. At the center of the debate is a rather simple site plan presented by Ross Ogle Jr., who wants to build a ticket sales and orientation facility for his zip line business on property he leases on the Parkway. The only problem is that part of the building encroaches on an adjacent lot Ogle also leases, making city staff believe it violates a city ordinance. That regulation stipulates that only one principal building may be located on any given lot. City staffers read that to mean that only one business may operate on a property, pointing to an April 2008 Planning Commission vote that follows that guideline. About two or three feet of the proposed 500square foot sales office would be built over the property line, encroaching on land filled by Fantasy Golf, another Ogle business. Though the ticket See Plan, Page A4
Dorseys provide big boost to Santa Fund
A $4,000 gift from Tommy and Denise Dorsey of Sevierville has boosted The Santa Fund. The drive now stands at $15,084. Tommy Dorsey said he and his wife made the contribution in memory of their fathers, Stanley Dorsey and Gordon “Bud” Ireland. The Dorseys also appreciate that The Santa Fund benefits senior citizens as well as children. “I understand children are the future, but Denise and I believe not enough attention and effort is given to our seniors,” Tommy Dorsey said in making the donation. He said he hopes Sevier County will step up in the final days of the drive to support The Santa Fund. Other new donations to the fund: n $1,000: The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies, by owners Susan Mills and Jerry Mayer n $250: Anonymous
n $250: Anonymous n $250: Anonymous n $250: Anonymous n $200: In honor
of Jesus Christ and 21 grandchildren, by John and Jo Lee n $50: Bob and Janet McMahan n $50: With thanks for our wonderful friends, by Russell and Patricia Brien n $50: In honor of Dillon and Austin Canova, by Leovijildo Mendoza n $50: In memory of Betty Collins, by John and Linda Collins n $50: In memory of our precious daughter, Honey, by Gregg and Tracy Price n $50: In memory of Sarah “Mom” Ogle, by Constable Bryan Lee Ogle n $50: In memory of Rev. Rex and Blanche Waters, by Larry Waters n $30: Anonymous n $25: Robert and Linda Rutherford The Santa Fund, coordinated by Jana Thomasson, publisher of The Mountain Press, pays for gifts for
Jana Thomasson, publisher of The Mountain Press, accepts a $4,000 donation to The Santa Fund from Tommy Dorsey. He and his wife Denise made the donation in memory of their late fathers. senior citizens who signed up through Douglas Cherokee and children who are members of the Boys & Girls clubs. The drive ends Friday, but donations made after that will still be gratefully accepted.
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.
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Community Calendar Editorâ€™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.
Thursday, Dec. 17 Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™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 weight loss chapter meets at 6 p.m. Parkway Church of God, Sevierville. 755-9517 or 429-3150.
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries provides hot meals 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sevierville.
American Business Womenâ€™s Association meets at Holiday Inn, Pigeon Forge. Networking 6 p.m., dinner meeting to follow. www.abwasevier.org.
Smoky Mountain sub vets meet 6 p.m., at Islamorada Restaurant. www. SmokyMountainBase.com, 429-0465 or 692-3368.
Smoky Mountain Community Band free Christmas concert, 7 p.m., Sevierville Civic Center.
Free skating at Spin City skating rink, 6-10 p.m. today only, Pigeon Forge Parkway.
Friday, Dec. 18 FCE
Midway Family, Community and Education Club meets 9 a.m. at Mountain National Bank in Kodak to fill Christmas stockings for Douglas Dam Head Start children.
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 Nathan Richard Bineyard, 19, of 741 Asheville Highway in Kodak, was charged Dec. 16 with underage consumption of alcohol. He was being held in lieu of $250 bond. u Rachel Blair, 21, of 984 Goose Gap Road in Sevierville, was charged Dec. 16 with public intoxication and driving without a license. She was being held in lieu of $500 bond. u Robert Wayne Covington, 43, of 612 JG Way in Seymour, was charged Dec. 15 with public intoxication. He was being held in lieu of $250 bond. u Joshua Lynn Gibson, 26, of 1437 Sugar Loaf Mountain Road in Seymour, was charged Dec.15 with violation of probation. He was released on $3,500 bond. u Carlos Velasquez Hernandes, 23, of 3029 Jess Wilson #21 in Pigeon Forge, was charged Dec. 15 with DUI, driving without a license and financial responsibility law. He was released on $2,500 bond. u Lester Wayne Latham Sr., 52, of 1007 Little Alpine Road in Seymour, was charged Dec. 15 with a felony warrant from general sessions court. He was being held. u Nathan John Lee, 34, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was charged Dec. 15 with contempt of court. He was released on $1,000.03 bond. u Kala J. Maples, 41, of 955 Kyker Fairy Road in Kodak, was charged Dec. 15 with driving while revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia and two misdemeanor warrants from general sessions court. She was
Waldens Creek Singing Waldens Creek Baptist Church singing 7 p.m.
11:30 a.m., 1250 Middle Creek Road, Sevierville. 868-5000.
Communion. 573-9711 or www.seymourumc.org.
Walnut Grove Program
St. Paul Episcopal Church midnight Mass and carol service 10:30 p.m.; Anglican high Mass and homily at 11:05 p.m., 1028 Boyds Creek Highway, Seymour.
Medic blood drive 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center.
Saturday, Dec. 19 Turkey Shoot
Turkey Shoot 2 p.m. weather permitting, behind Catons Chapel Fire Department, 3109 Pittman Center Road.
Boyds Creek Baptist Church Christmas program 7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.
Students of Sherry Marshall perform Christmas music, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Sevier County Health Care Center.
Smoky Mountain Jam basketball team is hosting a benefit game for Catlettsburg Elementary, 4 p.m. at school. $10 adults, $5 children. 6807369.
The Gatheringâ€™s â€œA Christmas Taleâ€? 5 p.m. today and 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, 1250 Middle Creek Road, Sevierville. 868-5000.
Sunday, Dec. 20 Bethel Baptist
Bethel Baptist Church adult choir presents â€œHark! the Angels Singâ€? during morning worship. Childrenâ€™s program 6 p.m.
Beech Springs Play
â€œChristmas Shoesâ€? 6:30 p.m., Beech Springs Baptist Church, 337 W. Mount Road, Kodak. 933-0692 or www.beechspringsbaptist.org.
Boyds Creek Baptist Church Christmas program 11 a.m.
â€œPurpose of Christmasâ€? presentation at 6 p.m., Kodak Community Baptist. Food to follow. 591-7981.
The Gatheringâ€™s â€œA Christmas Taleâ€? 9:30 and
Walnut Grove Baptist Church Christmas musical, â€œThe King is Coming,â€? 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 21 Bariatric Support
Bariatric Surgery Support Group meets at 7 p.m. at Echota Resort Clubhouse on Highway 66. 453-6841 or 712-3287.
First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg â€œMeal for Manyâ€? 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free holiday supper, Santa and gifts. 436-4685.
GateKeepers menâ€™s community Bible study, 6:30 p.m., 2445 Scenic Mountain Drive, Sevierville. 310-7831.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™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
Tuesday, Dec. 22 Gatekeepers
Gatekeepers menâ€™s Bible study, 6:30 p.m. 1328 Old Newport Highway, Sevierville. 908-0591.
Wednesday, Dec. 23 Grace Baptist Service
Grace Baptist Church, 2539 Newport Highway, candlelight service 7 p.m. 453-0522.
Medic Blood Drive
Medic blood drive 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops. Donors receive T-shirt and cholesterol evaluation.
Boyds Creek Singing
Boyds Creek Baptist Church service in song, 7 p.m. with Boyds Creek Trio.
Thursday, Dec. 24 Seymour Service
Seymour United Methodist Church candlelight service 7 and 11 p.m., with Holy
Arrests being held. u Clifford Wayne McClendon, 46, of Charleston, Tenn., was charged Dec. 16 with theft of property worth $1,000 to $10,000 and a misdemeanor warrant from general sessions court. He was being held in lieu of $4,000 bond. u Angela Renee Mullins, 35, of Knoxville, was charged Dec. 15 with a circuit court warrant and violation of probation.
She was released. u Deborah Sue Smith, 43, of 3165 Autumn Oak Circle in Kodak, was charged Dec. 15 with theft of property worth $10,000 to $50,000. She was being held in lieu of $3,500 bond. u Donna Lynn Zsizeri, 35, of 3154 West Over Drive in Sevierville, was charged Dec. 15 with violation of probation. She was released on $3,000 bond.
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Sunday, Dec.27 27 Friday, Dec. Boyds Creek Singing
Boyds Creek Baptist Church service in song, 7 p.m. with Boyds Creek Trio.
Monday, Dec. 28 GateKeepers
GateKeepers menâ€™s community Bible study, 6:30 p.m., 2445 Scenic Mt. Drive, Sevierville. (865) 310-7831.
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church (enter last door on right), Chapman and Boyds Highway n 1 p.m., Gatlinburg Inn
Womenâ€™s Bible Study
GateKeepers menâ€™s community Bible study, 6:30 p.m., 2445 Scenic Mt. Drive, Sevierville. (865) 310-7831. Garlands of Grace womenâ€™s Bible study: n 10 a.m. Seymour Heights Christian Church (enter last door on right), Chapman and Boyds Highway n 1 p.m., Gatlinburg Inn
Seymour Story Time
Preschool story time 11 a.m. at Seymour Library. 573-0728.
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Gatekeepers menâ€™s Bible study, 6:30 p.m. 1328 Old Newport Highway, Sevierville. 908-0591.
Wednesday, Dec. 30 Blood Drive
Medic blood drive 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pigeon Forge Care & Rehabilitation, 415 Cole Drive. Donors receive free T-shirt and cholesterol evaluation.
Thursday, Dec. 31 Blood Drive
Medic Blood Drives: n 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Food City, Sevierville n 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food City Seymour Donors receive free T-shirt and cholesterol evaluation.
Monday, Jan. 4 Prayer In Action
Prayer In Action meets 6 p.m. Pigeon Forge UMC for a time of prayer for the United States and its government. Nondenominational.
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St. Paul holding special service SEYMOUR — St. Paul Episcopal Church will be holding a special midnight Mass and carol service beginning at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24 to celebrate the nativity. There will be congregational singing of Christmas carols, as well as anthems by the Chancel Choir and featured soloist Vikki McCombie. The singing will be followed by an Anglican high Mass and homily beginning at 11:05 p.m., the Rev. A. Henry Swann celebrating. All are welcome to attend these services at the church, which is located at 1028 Boyds Creek Highway in Seymour. The church office phone number is 5771255, or visit www. StPaulEpiscopalChurch. org for more information.
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Drunken driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. Last year 327 people died in highway crashes in Tennessee involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. As part of National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be stepping up its enforcement crackdown to find and remove impaired drivers from Tennessee roadways. Troopers will be conducting more than 100 sobriety and driver license checkpoints now
through the New Year’s holiday to get drunken drivers off the road. In Sevier County there will be a checkpoint the afternoon of Dec. 23 on State Road 338, and again the evening of Dec. 26 at the intersection of White School Road and Sugarloaf Road. “Ensuring the safety and general welfare of the public isn’t just a cliché, but a mission the Department of Safety takes seriously,” said Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. The holiday season is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times of the year due to an increase in impaired driv-
ing. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last December 888 people were killed nationwide in crashes that involved a drunken driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Tennessee last December 2008, eight people were killed in crashes that involved a drunken driver with a known BAC of .08 or higher, compared to 12 people in December 2007. The 2009 Christmas holiday period begins Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. and runs through Dec. 27 at 11:59 p.m. During the 2008 Christmas holiday period, nine people were killed in traffic
crashes on Tennessee roadways. Alcohol was involved in nearly 29 percent of those crashes, and four of the seven motorists killed were not wearing safety restraints. The New Year’s holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and will end at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 3. Last year 12 people were killed during the New Year’s holiday period, and 42 percent of the fatalities occurred in alcoholrelated crashes. During the past decade, research shows the number of drunken female drivers involved in fatal crashes has increased in 10 states, including Tennessee.
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Tai chi classes offered Submitted reports Arthritis affects 1.5 million Tennesseans and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It is a chronic disease that targets the joints of the body. Common symptoms include joint pain, aching, stiffness and swelling. Though arthritis tends to be debilitating, it can be effectively managed through a variety of methods. There is growing evidence that low-impact, slow motion exercise is an essential tool in relieving arthritic pain and fatigue. On Jan. 21, Sevier County Extension will be offering an Arthritis Foundation tai chi program. The seven-session program is designed for people with arthritis to reduce pain and stiffness, help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength, memory and balance. Individuals of all ages and mobility levels may benefit from the low-impact course. Classes will be held every Thursday, Jan. 21 through Feb. 25, with one additional class on Feb. 23. Each class will be from 6 to 7 p.m. and be held at the UT Extension Office near the Fairgrounds. The cost of the seven sessions is $40. The Harvard Medical School referred to tai chi as “medication in motion” because of its overall health benefits. For more information or to sign up for the program, contact Linda Hyder, Sevier County UT Extension, at 453-3695 or e-mail to email@example.com. Registration is needed by Jan. 15.
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Obituaries In Memoriam
Lucy Latham Rogers Lucy Latham Rogers, loving Mother and precious “Mumsi” passed away peacefully in her home on December 12th, 2009. Lucy was born in Sevierville, TN, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University and went on to earn her Master’s Degree from the Library School of Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Lucy moved to Holly Hill in 1947 and married Lynn Rogers of Maryville, TN. She was an active and devoted member of the Union Congregational United Church of Christ serving in many capacities of leadership, fellowship and service. Lucy touched countless lives as a life long educator and librarian. Lucy loved to spend time with her family, was an avid gardener and she loved to travel and see the world. Lucy was preceded in death by her Mother Jane Rule Latham and Father Laban A. Latham, her husband Lynn, and her nine siblings, Henry Freeman Latham, Verlan H. Latham, Fred W. Latham, Earl B. Latham, Sam A. Latham, Ola L. Parsons, Euna L. Harris, Iva L. Latham and William (Bill) M. Latham. She is survived by her loving daughter Ginger Lynne Shelton and her husband Joe of Orlando, her beloved granddaughter April Lynne Shelton of Orlando, two sisters-in-law, Kate Dunaway and Olive Latham of Sevierville, TN, and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Doris Phelps, 1524 Tarwater Rd., Sevierville, TN 37876. Graveside service 11 a.m. Saturday, December 19, 2009, at Shiloh Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Bobby Ely officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2009, at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
James B. Huskey James B. Huskey, 74, of Loudon, formerly of Sevierville, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Survivors: wife, Nancy McNabb Huskey; children and spouses, Bobby Huskey of Virginia, Ronnie Huskey of Knoxville, Chris and Toni Huskey of Seymour, Donna Cloutier of Andersonville; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; step-daughter, Sandra Hoaglan; step-son, Michael McNabb; five step-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Jack Henson of Knoxville, Johnny Faye and Ronnie Stinnett of Dandridge, Louise and Ray Beck of Pigeon Forge. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Click Funeral Home with funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City is serving the Huskey family.
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Louise Lawson Gunby Louise Lawson Gunby, 90, of Sevierville, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009. Mrs. Gunby was born in Knoxville and later moved South Florida. She spent her final years at Fort Sanders Nursing Home. Survivors: son, Bruce Johnson; granddaughter, Kelly Johnson; two great-grandsons; sister, Betty Scott. The family will receive friends 10 a.m. to noon Thursday with funeral service to follow at noon in the East Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home. The Rev. Jerry Hyder will officiate. Interment will follow in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Mildred Fay Trentham
Mildred Fay Trentham, age 79, of Seymour, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband Calvin L. Trentham, parents John and Edna Whaley, sisters Jean Whaley and Jewel Whaley, and brothers Jay Whaley, Bud Whaley, and Elmer Whaley. Survivors: daughter, Janice Trentham; son and daughter-in-law, Calvin and Louise Trentham Jr.; sister, Mary Trentham; grandchildren, Scott and Stacy Trentham, Patricia Trentham; great-grandchildren, Samantha Trentham, Jacob Trentham; sisters-in-law, Betty Trentham, Emma Trentham; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Nelson and Mable Trentham; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service at 7 p.m. Friday, December 18, in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Chaplain Phil Groos officiating. Interment 10 a.m. Saturday in Hatcher Cemetery in Wears Valley. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 18, at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
Stewart “Sy” Brent Chandler
Stewart “Sy” Brent Chandler, age 55, of Sevierville passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Juanita Burden Chandler, sisters, Shirley Harris, Lois Branner, grandparents, Stewart Burden and Lee Tate, Charlie and Ada Chandler. Survivors: brothers, Richard and Mary Chandler, Charles and Gwendolyn Chandler; sister, Ruby and Dr. Henry Lindsey; brother-in-law, Walt Branner; aunt and uncle, Frank and Martha Bowden; several nieces, nephews, friends and relatives. Graveside service 2 p.m. Friday in New Salem Cemetery with Elder Zack Flack officiating. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home Sevierville.
fully having to let the property in default go to ensure money is available for completing the first phase. That will result in a loss of more than 125 acres in auctions set for 10 and 11 a.m. Dec. 29, according to classified advertisements that ran in The Mountain Press this week. It seems likely, as is usually the case, the group holding the note will buy the property. If that’s the case, Turner believes the group could continue work there itself or sell it to a likeminded organization. “They have the same goals for the property we do,” Turner says. Though Turner maintains he’s optimistic about
Jason Wayne Henry, 31 of Sevierville, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. Survivors: daughter, Chelsea; grandmother, Queenie Campbell; brother and sister-in-law, Jessie and Amanda Henry; sister, Tisha Henry Reed and husband Fredrick Reed Jr.; nephews and nieces. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to benefit the family. Family and friends will meet noon Friday at Alder Branch Cemetery for graveside service and interment. The Rev. Ronnie Reagan will officiate. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. n www.atchleyfuneralhome.com
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show it says two buildings, rather than businesses. That also got a thumbs-up from the full board. On one of its lightest agendas ever, the Planning Commission also voted to approve a request from MF Billboards LLC to relocate and consolidate a billboard on the Parkway in front of the Belle Island site to the parking lot in front of Alf’s at 1965 Parkway. A planned unit development for Lots 1-5 of Brookstone Village wasn’t so lucky, though. The group last month rejected the proposal, with no one there to represent it because of a breakdown in communications between the planning staff and the developer. This time, though engineer David Hurst was at the meeting to defend the plan, the group once again voted unanimously to reject it on concerns about possible side effects of the proposal. The plan calls for locating five new 24-foot by 24-foot units on Brookstone Way in an area that the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has identified as a wet weather conveyance area — in layman’s terms, a ditch that drains the development when it rains. The idea of filling that in to build the units has worried several planning officials. “The front of these cabins is going to be in that ditch,” Howell said. “I can understand their plight, but this lot is just not suitable for
any more development.” Beyond the drainage issues, city planning staff point out the construction would require cutting into a steep bank behind the properties that supports several other units. Though the developer plans to build a retaining wall, Taylor still worried the work could compromise the foundations of those structures. Hurst defended the plan, pointing out it has all the needed signatures, including from stormwater officials, and meets all city requirements. “We meet all the subdivision regulations and all the criteria the Planning Commission has set forth for this type of development,” Hurst said. “It’s not anything that’s going to be done haphazardly.” Hurst pointed out the plan calls for putting in underground detention basins to deal with the runoff issue, while a civil engineer has said nothing in the plan would cause problems for the existing structures. The group wasn’t convinced, though, and this time went with the staff’s recommendation in their denial. Also denied was a variance request before the Board of Zoning Appeals that would have allowed vehicles at a multi-family dwelling to back onto a public road, something that’s not allowed under city codes. The home at 428 Indian
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Nation/World Briefs 50 needles found in body of child
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A 2-year-old Brazilian boy has as many as 50 metal sewing needles inside his body and a doctor treating the boy said Wednesday they were apparently stuck there one by one. Dr. Luiz Cesar Soltoski told The Associated Press that surgeons hope to remove most of the needles — some as long as 2 inches (5 centimeters)— but because some are stuck in his lungs, they have to wait until the child’s breathing improves. Some cannot be removed.
Executive pay info required
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators voted Wednesday to require companies to reveal more information about how they pay their top executives amid a public outcry over compensation. The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 4-to-1 to expand the disclosure requirements for public companies. Company policies that encouraged excessive risk-taking and rewarded executives for delivering short-term profits were blamed for fueling the financial crisis. The SEC also changed a formula that critics say allowed companies to understate how much their senior executives are paid.
Stewardess call alerted pilots
WASHINGTON (AP) — A single call from a flight attendant to the pilots of the Northwest Airlines plane that overshot Minneapolis catapulted the cockpit crew from complacency to chaos. Interviews with the flight crew and other documents released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board indicate the pilots were completely unaware of their predicament until the moment the intercom rang. They were unaware that they had flown their Airbus A320 with 144 passenger more than 100 miles past their destination, that air traffic controllers and their airline’s dispatchers had been struggling to reach them for more than an hour, or that the military was at that moment readying fighter jets for an intercept mission.
Home building rises in November
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy is weak enough to keep inflation in check but strong enough to increase the pace of home construction and raise hopes for a sustained recovery. That was the picture sketched Wednesday by government data showing an economy growing, however slowly. Higher energy prices sent overall consumer prices higher in November. But after stripping out volatile energy and food prices, inflation disappeared last month.
Electrolux eyes move to Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Swedish appliance maker Electrolux will move its North American headquarters from Georgia and consolidate hundreds of white-collar jobs in North Carolina’s largest city, the company and Gov. Beverly Perdue said Wednesday. The move would bring about 740 jobs to Charlotte. In return, the company could receive tax breaks and direct grants worth up to $26 million from the state, and could receive more from local governments.
Rock slide said factor in death
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A county emergency official said the rock slide blocking U.S. Highway 64 is not just an inconvenience but is costing lives. Owen Hensley said at a meeting at Copper Hill that his brother died from a heart attack and was not able to use Highway 64 to get to the hospital
in Chattanooga. Hensley said the blocked highway in Polk County probably wasn’t a factor but it could be for someone else who has a medical emergency.
Academy: Religious tolerance improved AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy says religious tolerance has improved dramati-
cally since allegations five years ago that evangelical Christians harassed cadets who didn’t share their faith. Academy superintendent Michael Gould says the changes are the result of a topdown campaign to foster respect and accommodate even nonbelievers. A task force concluded in 2005 there was no overt discrimination by evangelicals but said the
academy didn’t accommodate the religious needs of some cadets and staff.
Study: Sea level rise accelerated
NEW YORK (AP) — Global warming in this century might raise sea levels more than expected in future centuries, says a study that looked at what happened at a time when
Neanderthals roamed Europe. Unless global warming is curbed or expensive measures are taken to hold back rising water, the projected sea level rise could submerge about one-third of Florida, southern Manhattan, much of Bangladesh and almost all the Netherlands, for example, researchers said.
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Community band schedules concert
The Smoky Mountain Community Band will have its first Christmas concert at the Sevierville Civic Center at 7 p.m. today. Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided. The community band was founded in 2007 by Betty Smelcer, the assistant band director of Sevier County High School. The band is open to new members. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the SCHS band room.
Chamber to hold open house today
The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce will have its Christmas open house from 2-5 p.m. today at 811 E. Parkway. Hot apple cider and other food will be served. Persons are asked to bring nonperishable food items for Sevier County Food Ministries.
Topless club owner loses lawsuit appeal An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a defamation suit filed by a Memphis topless club owner and three female employees against a county official. The Circuit Court suit had been filed in 2007 by topless club owner Jerry Westlund and three employees, and was dismissed last year. The suit alleged defamation after County Commissioner Mike Ritz was quoted in The Commercial Appeal while outlining a sexually oriented business ordinance later adopted by the panel.
Ex-GM workers can get training
State officials say workers displaced by the closure of the Spring Hill General Motors assembly plant are able to get job-training help. Former employees of the plant, as well as workers of suppliers that served the plant, can get training through the Tennessee Career Center in Columbia, near the GM plant. The Tennessean reported Wednesday that grants totaling $1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will go to the South Central Tennessee Workforce Board, which provides services with the Columbia center.
Convicted rapist taken to prison
A West Tennessee man who pleaded guilty to multiple sex counts has been taken from the jail in Dresden to a Nashville state prison to begin his 60-year sentence. Weakley County Sheriff Mike Wilson said two of his deputies took Bruce Tuck, 36, to the Charles Bass Correctional Complex Tuesday morning.
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Lawsuit claims hiring bias NASHVILLE (AP) — A LaVergne man is suing Wilson County, claiming officials regularly discriminate against blacks when hiring. The suit, which asks for class action status, was filed Friday in federal court in Nashville. It claims that when Karl Tartt, an African American, applied for a job with Wilson County as an animal control officer his application was thrown in the trash and his calls were ignored for a month. When someone finally spoke with him he was told there had not been any open position for six or seven months. This was despite the job
having been advertised within that period. The suit alleges such treatment is commonplace and that most jobs in Wilson County are never advertised but simply filled through word-ofmouth. Wilson County attorney Mike Jennings said on Tuesday he had not yet been served with the suit, although he has seen a copy of it. “I can tell you that Wilson County has an anti-discrimination policy and we do not believe any acts of discrimination in hiring have occurred,” he said. The suit states that a search of
public records found only 10 job openings were advertised in newspapers in the five-and-a-half-year period between 2003 to June 2, 2009. Nine of those positions were advertised exclusively within Wilson County. The suit further claims some of those 10 advertisements were not placed until after the jobs had been filled and others were placed only very shortly before that. Reports filed by the county show 145 people were hired between June 2004 and June 2007, the suit states, which means at least 135 positions were likely filled by word-of-mouth during that period.
Police arrested a man on charges of hitting a college professor after she discovered him seated at her office desk. Campus spokesman Chuck Cantrell said William Charles Moore II has been charged with simple assault and aggravated assault in the Tuesday incident at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Moore is not a student.
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quote roundup “It is deficit-neutral. It bends the cost curve. It covers 30 million Americans who don’t have health insurance, and it has extraordinary insurance reforms in there to make sure that we’re preventing abuse.” — President Barack Obama in a statement after Senate Democrats won tentative backing from one holdout and worked intensely to satisty another as they grappled with the last, lingering disputes blocking passage of health care legislation by Christmas.
“The North Koreans have a choice: continued and further isolation or benefits for returning to the sixparty talks and dismantling their nuclear weapons program.” — A senior State Department official in a statement after announcing that President Barack Obama has written a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il as part of an intense effort to draw the nation back to disarmament talks.
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Government often pain in the neck I just got a free golf cart. Actually, it cost me $6,490 — but the dealer, Colin Riley of Tucson, Ariz., points out that there’s a $6,480 federal tax credit on such vehicles. Riley runs ads that say: “FREE ELECTRIC CAR … ! (freeelectriccar.com)” Some consumers probably assume it’s a car-dealer scam, but it’s not. It’s an Uncle Sam scam. The tax code is outrageously complex and damaging in many ways, but it is made especially complex and damaging when congressmen use it “creatively” to manipulate us into doing things they deem “socially constructive.” These are things that always bestow advantages on some politically connected manufacturers at the expense of others. After all, you were either planning to buy a golf cart or you weren’t. If you were, the policy is unnecessary. If you weren’t, you were induced to spend money on that product rather than something else. The unseen victim is whoever would have sold you the alternative product. Such manipulation is at the heart of the entire “green” strategy. The Wall Street Journal reports that business is busy taking advantage of the tax credit. “Is that about the coolest thing you’ve ever heard?” Roger Gaddis of Ada Electric Cars in Oklahoma said. I thought “free” golf carts were outrageous enough that the publicity would embarrass Congress into killing the tax credit. I thought the media would be all over it. But even though Riley has received thousands of calls for cars — and sold hundreds — he hasn’t seen much media attention. The Journal commented, “You can’t blame a guy for exploiting loopholes that Congress offers.” In Florida, Tony Colangelo also sells subsidized cars. He said the golf-cart credit is — good for politicians: “It’s all (about) going green. They want all those gas vehicles off the street. They’d rather have the electric than anything.” The golf-cart boom follows an IRS ruling that many golf carts qualify for the electriccar credit. A credit is better than a subsidy since you keep money the IRS would have taken. Still, it is an insidious form of manipulation used to benefit some forms of industry at the expense of others. Colangelo says: “I never, in my entire life, got anything back from the government, and I’ve always paid taxes. Why shouldn’t the people who worked hard for their money get something back?” Because government shouldn’t be in the business of taking money and giving it back! That just gives the venal cretins more power over our lives. After I drove the car onto my first show last week, viewers wrote in asking how they could get one. But others got the concept. Sirsickofit writes: “People, please stop asking for information on the golf carts. ... Stossel is trying to make a point!! If you purchase these carts you will be adding to the problems.” True. I’d like my taxes (and government spending) cut, too, but I don’t want a manipulative favor from government — I’ll give my cart to charity. The electric-vehicle subsidy is ludicrous not just because it is a form of industrial policy — which almost always picks losers — it’s also destructive because it creates more pollution, not less. That’s because much of the electricity needed for their operation comes from burning coal. As the National Research Council puts it (http://tinyurl.com/yegouhu): “Although they produce no emissions during operation, they rely on electricity powered largely by fossil fuels for their fuel and energy intensive battery manufacturing.” In addition, check out the complexity of the credit (http://tinyurl.com/ycsdkqu): “(1) $2,500, plus (2) $417 for each kilowatt hour of traction battery capacity in excess of 4 kilowatt hours. Section 30D(b)(1) limits the amount of the credit allowed for a vehicle to amounts ranging from $7,500 to $15,000, depending on the gross vehicle weight rating of the vehicle.” How many hours will accountants and tax lawyers waste over that? Congress makes life worse every time it meets, and green hysteria sucks so many good things from the country. Government is a meddling presumptuous pain in the neck. The sooner we get it to stop manipulating us through tax laws, the better. — John Stossel hosts a show on the Fox Business Channel and is the author of “Myth, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel — Why Everything You Know is Wrong.” (C)2009 JFS Productions Inc.
The doctor is in
Hospital campus taking shape and leading us into a bright health care future If you haven’t driven down Middle Creek Road lately and seen the new hospital campus, you really ought to squeeze it into your holiday schedule. It’s quite something to see. Doctors are already situated in the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Professional Building. Construction on the main hospital building and the Thompson Cancer Center continues. By spring we should have everything up and running throughout the new campus, although weather could still delay the expected completion date. When we talk about all of the assets Sevier County has, we sometimes forget about our health care system. Many specialists based in Knoxville keep office hours in Sevierville, saving a trip out of town for many seeking specialized care. With a new hospital campus about to open, you can expect many more specialists and general practice physicians to find a home in Sevier County. Having
a brand new facility is inviting to many doctors looking to relocate or expand their practices. The new campus also will be home to Sevier County Ambulance Service, which will move across the street into improved quarters. It’s important to remember that the new Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center, which will be named LeConte Medical Center when it officially opens, is not just a project of owner Covenant Health. This is a true collaborative effort involving local citizens, local government and one Dolly Parton. The land on which the new hospital is being built was a gift from the city of Sevierville and county government. The Thomas Foundation has been raising money to pay for items that won’t be included automatically with the new campus. And Parton performed a benefit concert in 2007 at Smokies Park that generated around $500,000, matching it with a personal gift of her own. She
also has been generous through the years donating items for the Thomas Ball auction. Many people and businesses in this community have made substantial contributions to the Thomas Foundation drive. Even if you haven’t forked over cash, you have helped make this new hospital possible simply by using our local doctors and medical center. Not everyone can write a check and make a contribution to a worthy cause, but everyone needs health care. As our county grows and our new hospital campus proceeds, we’ll have fewer reasons to drive out of town for medical care. That saves time and money, and still ensures you get quality medical care and attention. Drive down Middle Creek. Look to one side and see what we have now, then glance over at what is rising from the dirt of what once was a textile mill. Look at the future of health care in Sevier County.
Chambers of Commerce thank sponsors of E.L.F. golf event
Editor: We would like to sincerely thank the sponsors of the recent second annual E.L.F. Mini Golf Tournament coordinated by the Sevierville and Gatlinburg Chambers of Commerce. The sole purpose of this event is to directly benefit students who attend high schools in Sevier County. This is done by raising funds for both dual enrollment scholarships and an “emergency fund” which will help deserving students in need. This year’s event raised $3,700, every penny of which will be used by our county’s students. This event would not be successful or even possible without the support of our sponsors, which included Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Mini Golf, The Thomas Group, Collier Restaurant Group, Dollywood, Mountain Rentals of
Public forum effort to represent the taxpayers of the City of Pigeon Forge. An article printed in the Nov. 27 issue of The Mountain Press seemed to imply that Mr. Robinson was out of line in wanting to discuss expenditures by the Department of Tourism. I am sure the Department of Tourism is managed by competent people, but as a taxpayer, I expect my elected representatives, at all levels, to be very judicious with taxpayer money. I would hope they carefully would scrutinize payments by all departments. Mr. Robinson appears to be challenging a practice that has plagued our community far too long — the abdication of responsibility to one or two people in city government. of the city budget, expenditures Pigeon Forge’s Robinson earns Discussion and contracts should be engaged in by all the commissioners. Once again I say, good for praise for stand on spending you, Commissioner Robinson. Editor: Kathleen L. Manscill This letter is in support of Pigeon Forge Pigeon Forge City Commissioner Randal Robinson and his Gatlinburg, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Food City, Sam’s Club, Hank’s Pizza and Oak Tree Lodge. We also genuinely appreciate the support of local businesses and student groups who joined us to play in the tournament. We hope that everyone will make plans now to join us for the 2010 E.L.F. Mini Golf Tournament next December. Vicki Simms Gatlinburg Chamber Brenda B. McCroskey Sevierville Chamber
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ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Woods voted top athlete of decade By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Even after a shocking sex scandal that tarnished Tiger Woods, it was tough to ignore what he achieved on the golf course. He won 64 times around the world, including 12 majors, and hoisted a trophy on every continent golf is played. He lost only one time with the lead going into the final round. His 56 PGA Tour victories in one incomparable decade were more than anyone except four of golf’s greatest players won in their careers. Woods was selected Wednesday as the Athlete of the Decade by members of The Associated Press in a vote that was more about 10 years of performance than nearly three weeks of salacious headlines. Just like so many of his victories, it wasn’t much of a contest. Woods received 56 of the 142 votes cast since last month by editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of the AP. More than half of the ballots were returned after the Nov. 27 car accident outside his Florida home that set off sensational tales of infidelity. Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor who won the Tour de France six times this decade, finished second with 33 votes. He was followed by Roger Federer, who won more Grand Slam
singles titles than any other man, with 25 votes. Record-setting Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps came in fourth with 13 votes, followed by New England quarterback Tom Brady (6) and sprinter Usain Bolt (4). Five other athletes received one vote apiece. Woods, who has not been seen since the accident and has issued only three statements on his Web site, was not made available to comment about the award. Few other athletes have changed their sport quite like Woods. His influence has been so powerful that TV ratings spiked whenever he played, even more when he has been in contention. Prize money has quadrupled since he joined the PGA Tour because of his broad appeal. A new image emerged quickly in the days following his middle-of-the-night accident, when he ran his SUV over a fire hydrant and into a tree. He became the butt of late-night TV jokes, eventually confessed that he “let my family down” with “transgressions” and lost a major sponsorship from Accenture. Even so, AP members found his work on the golf course over the last 10 years without much of a blemish. Woods took an early lead in balloting, and continued to receive roughly the same percentage of votes throughout the process. “Despite the tsunami of negative publicity that will
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This is an Aug. 20, 2006, file photo showing Tiger Woods celebrating after winning 88th PGA Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club Sunday, in Medinah, Ill. likely tarnish his image, there’s no denying that Woods’ on-the-course accomplishments set a new standard of dominance within his sport while making golf more accessible to the masses,” wrote Stu Whitney, sports editor of the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader. “The only proof needed are the television ratings when Tiger plays in a golf tournament, compared to those events when others
have to carry the load.” Woods tumbled from the pinnacle of his sport in just about three weeks. The 10 years that preceded that fall, however, represented perhaps the greatest decade in golf history. He won the career Grand Slam three times over, including one U.S. Open by a record 15 shots at Pebble Beach and another U.S. Open on a mangled leg in a playoff at Torrey Pines. He
twice won the British Open at St. Andrews, the home of golf, by a combined 13 shots. Woods won 56 times on the PGA Tour this decade, a rate of 30 percent that is unprecedented in golf. Nine of those victories were by at least eight shots. He was No. 1 in the world ranking for all but 32 weeks in the decade, that when he was revamping his swing. He did his best work in
the biggest events. Along with his 12 majors this decade — he has 14 overall, four short of the record held by Jack Nicklaus — Woods was runner-up in six other majors. He won 14 times out of 27 appearances in the World Golf Championships. Woods finished the decade with $81,547,410 in earnings from his PGA Tour events, an average of $482,529 per tournament.
Johnson says Ginn a no-show for race
Tigers take a trip
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — NFL rushing leader Chris Johnson says speedy Miami Dolphins receiver Ted Ginn Jr. became a noshow when they arranged a foot race during a pool party on Miami Beach. “We were going to race down Ocean Drive,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I walked down to the street, and he never showed up.” The subject arose during a conference call with South Florida media. Johnson and his Tennessee Titans play the Dolphins on Sunday. Johnson said the race was arranged at a party last offseason attended by Ginn, Dolphins teammate Joey Porter and other NFL
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Pigeon Forge Tigers boys’ basketball team headed out of school early Wednesday morning and hopped a 9 a.m. bus to catch a flight out of Knoxville for the final destination of Orlando, Fla., for four days filled with fun and games with weather forecasts in the mid-70s. The Tigers will be playing in the KSA Holiday Classic hoops tournament, but the trip most certainly won’t be all business for the Pigeon Forge bunch, who paid for the jaunt through many dedicated hours of fundraising efforts. The entire team arrived at its destination in Orlando at 2 p.m Wednesday, and the group hit the ground running. After checking into their accommodations and then organizing a trip to some Disney food complex, the team was on another bus at about 6 p.m. Wednesday to go to an Orlando Magics basketball game. “We’ve been kind of rushed, we really haven’t had time to relax, but it’s been fun and we’re having a good time,” said Tigers coach Jonathan Shultz. “The trip down here went well.” The Tigers will get some rest before tonight’s 5 p.m. contest against the Episcopal School of Acadiana Falcons out of Louisiana.
players. “Him and Joey Porter were talking about how he could beat me,” Johnson said. “When it came down to it, he was a no-show.” Johnson has rushed for 1,626 yards this season and could become the sixth player to reach the 2,000 milestone. He had a time of 4.24 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine last year and considers himself the league’s fastest player. So he’s faster than Ginn? “That’s not even a legitimate question,” Johnson said. Is he faster than Olympic champion Usain Bolt? “That’s a better question,” Johnson said. “I think I would beat him like
By COBEY HITCHCOCK Sports Writer
Titans RB Chris Johnson (28) runs for a TD on a 66-yard pass-play against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday in Nashville. Titans WR Nate Washington, right, looks on.
in the 50.” with Ginn. Johnson said he has “They say they want to,” never taken part in the sort he said, “but they end up of challenge race arranged backing out.”
Bulluck named AFC defensive player of week By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck has been named the AFC defensive player of the week for picking off two passes and turning in 10 tackles. Bulluck’s two interceptions in last week’s 47-7 win over St. Louis was the second multi-interception game of his career. Bulluck also tied for the team-lead in tackles as the defense held the NFL’s second-leading
rusher Steven Jackson to a season-low 47 yards on 19 carries. It was the fifth time this season Bulluck has tied or led the team in tackles. This makes the second AFC defensive player of the week award for Bulluck in his career with Tennessee, his first since Week 3 of the 2007 season. The 10-year veteran will be a free agent after this season. He was Tennessee’s first-round choice in 2000.
Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck leaves the field carrying in his helmet the football that he returned 61 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002. Tennessee won, 23-15.
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Regular season n Pigeon Forge at KSA Holiday Classic in Orlando, Fla. n G-P at Hancock County Bowling
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GOLF 9:30 a.m. TGC â€” European PGA Tour, South African Open Championship, first round, at Western Cape, South Africa (same-day tape) NBA BASKETBALL 8:15 p.m. TNT â€” Orlando at Miami 10:30 p.m. TNT â€” Phoenix at Portland PREP BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN â€” Findlay Prep (Nev.) vs. Northland (Ohio), at Westerville, Ohio 9 p.m. ESPN â€” Waukegan (Ill.) vs. Ames (Iowa), at Ames, Iowa WOMENâ€™S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 â€” NCAA Division I tournament, semifinal, Minnesota vs. Texas, at Tampa, Fla. 9 p.m. ESPN2 â€” NCAA Division I tournament, semifinal, Hawaii vs. Penn State, at Tampa, Fla.
nf l g r idi r o n AMERICAN CONFERENCE East
Pct PF .615 348 .538 292 .538 275 .385 215
PA 234 306 211 271
W L T Pct PF x-Indianapolis 13 0 0 1.000 359 Jacksonville 7 6 0 .538 235 Tennessee 6 7 0 .462 293 Houston 6 7 0 .462 311
PA 217 287 323 273
Cincinnati Baltimore Pittsburgh Cleveland
PA 217 218 244 315
New England Miami N.Y. Jets Buffalo
W L T 8 5 0 7 6 0 7 6 0 5 8 0
W L T 9 4 0 7 6 0 6 7 0 2 11 0
Pct PF .692 264 .538 319 .462 278 .154 158
W L T Pct PF PA San Diego 10 3 0 .769 362 259 Denver 8 5 0 .615 256 230 Oakland 4 9 0 .308 155 316 Kansas City 3 10 0 .231 206 342
NATIONAL CONFERENCE East
Philadelphia Dallas N.Y. Giants Washington
W L T 9 4 0 8 5 0 7 6 0 4 9 0
Pct PF .692 373 .615 296 .538 341 .308 234
PA 273 233 331 251
W L T Pct PF x-New Orleans 13 0 0 1.000 466 Atlanta 6 7 0 .462 302 Carolina 5 8 0 .385 225 Tampa Bay 1 12 0 .077 190
PA 274 305 282 356
y-Minnesota Green Bay Chicago Detroit
W L T 11 2 0 9 4 0 5 8 0 2 11 0
Pct PF .846 389 .692 344 .385 247 .154 209
PA 243 243 291 406
W L T Arizona 8 5 0 San Francisco 6 7 0 Seattle 5 8 0 St. Louis 1 12 0
Pct PF .667 306 .417 269 .385 250 .077 146
PA 258 242 301 361
x-clinched division y-clinched playoff spot â€”â€”â€” Thursdayâ€™s Games Cleveland 13, Pittsburgh 6 Sundayâ€™s Games Houston 34, Seattle 7 Green Bay 21, Chicago 14 Baltimore 48, Detroit 3 New Orleans 26, Atlanta 23 Buffalo 16, Kansas City 10 Indianapolis 28, Denver 16 New England 20, Carolina 10 N.Y. Jets 26, Tampa Bay 3 Miami 14, Jacksonville 10 Minnesota 30, Cincinnati 10 Tennessee 47, St. Louis 7 Washington 34, Oakland 13 San Diego 20, Dallas 17 Philadelphia 46, N.Y. Giants 38 Mondayâ€™s Game San Francisco 24, Arizona 9 Thursday, Dec. 17 Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 8:20 p.m. Saturdayâ€™s Games Dallas at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 Miami at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. Atlanta at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Houston at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m. New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Oakland at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 4:15 p.m. Minnesota at Carolina, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21 N.Y. Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. NFL Playoff Scenarios Week 15 AFC Indianapolis Clinched AFC South and homefield advantage throughout AFC playoffs. San Diego â€” Clinches AFC West with: 1) A Denver loss. 2) A win or tie and a Denver tie. â€” Clinches a first-round bye with: 1) A win, Denver loss or tie and a New England loss or tie. â€” Clinches a playoff spot with: 1) A win or tie. 2) A loss or tie by New England, Baltimore and Miami. 3) A loss or tie by New England, Baltimore and N.Y. Jets. 4) A loss or tie by Miami, Baltimore and N.Y. Jets. 5) A loss or tie by Miami, N.Y. Jets and Jacksonville. 6) A loss or tie by Miami, Baltimore and Jacksonville.
7) A loss or tie by N.Y. Jets, Baltimore and Jacksonville. Cincinnati â€” Clinches AFC North with: 1) A win. 2) A tie and a Baltimore loss or tie. 3) A Baltimore loss. â€” Clinches a playoff spot with: 1) A tie and losses by Miami, N.Y. Jets and Jacksonville. NFC New Orleans Clinched NFC South and a first-round bye. â€” Clinches homefield advantage throughout NFC playoffs with: 1) A win and a Minnesota loss or tie. 2) A tie and a Minnesota loss. Minnesota Clinched a playoff spot â€” Clinches NFC North with: 1) A win. 2) A tie and a Green Bay loss or tie. 3) Green Bay loss. â€” Clinches first-round bye with: 1) A win and a Philadelphia loss or tie. 2) A tie and a Green Bay loss or tie and a Philadelphia loss. Arizona â€” Clinches NFC West with: 1) A win and San Francisco loss or tie. 2) A tie and a San Francisco loss. Philadelphia â€” Clinches a playoff spot with: 1) A win or tie and N.Y. Giants loss or tie AFC Individual Leaders Week 14 Quarterbacks
Att Com Yds TD Int P. Rivers, SND 406 263 3583 22 7 P. Manning, IND 502 342 3905 29 14 Roethlisberg, PIT 400 273 3346 19 11 Schaub, HOU 473 324 3814 24 13 Brady, NWE 490 320 3830 23 11 V. Young, TEN 183 113 1383 7 3 Orton, DEN 410 258 2904 16 8 Flacco, BAL 426 270 3111 15 11 Garrard, JAC 412 250 2987 10 6 C. Palmer, CIN 390 237 2641 17 10
Att Yds Avg LG TD Johnson, TEN 272 1626 5.98 91t 11 T. Jones, NYJ 263 1167 4.44 71t 11 Jones-Drew, JAC 251 1136 4.53 80t 14 Benson, CIN 257 1065 4.14 42 6 R. Rice, BAL 194 1041 5.37 59t 7 Williams, MIA 200 975 4.88 68t 10 Mendenhall, PIT 194 940 4.85 60 5 Moreno, DEN 205 837 4.08 36 5 F. Jackson, BUF 176 731 4.15 43 2 Addai, IND 197 729 3.70 21 9
No Yds Avg LG TD Welker, NWE 105 1158 11.0 58 4 Wayne, IND 87 1078 12.4 39 9 Marshall, DEN 86 1008 11.7 75t 9 Dal. Clark, IND 82 902 11.0 80t 8 A.Johnson, HOU 81 1237 15.3 72t 8 H. Ward, PIT 76 943 12.4 52t 6 Gates, SND 71 1038 14.6 56 5 S. Holmes, PIT 70 1080 15.4 57 3 R. Moss, NWE 69 1074 15.6 71t 9 R. Rice, BAL 68 652 9.6 63 1
No Yds Avg LG TD Cribbs, CLE 27 377 14.0 67t 1 Welker, NWE 24 312 13.0 69 0 Cosby, CIN 35 395 11.3 60 0 E. Royal, DEN 29 322 11.1 71t 1 Jac. Jones, HOU 36 397 11.0 62 0 Logan, PIT 24 203 8.5 25 0 Leonhard, NYJ 21 173 8.2 37 0 Sproles, SND 21 173 8.2 77t 1 B. Wade, KAN 20 156 7.8 18 0 Bess, MIA 25 194 7.8 22 0
PAT Kaeding, SND 39-40 Gostkow., NWE 37-37 Feely, NYJ 26-26 Bironas, TEN 30-30 Prater, DEN 25-25 Lindell, BUF 20-20 Carpenter, MIA 31-32 Je. Reed, PIT 32-32 K. Brown, HOU 35-35 S. Graham, CIN 25-26
Avg LG TD 17.8 85t 2 13.6 82t 2 11.2 36 0 10.6 37 0 10.1 21 0 9.9 24 0 9.4 43 0 8.9 30 0 8.5 29 0 8.1 64 0
SCHS cross country runners who received awards at their banquet held Wednesday, Dec. 9, are, from left, Patrick Hanlon, Hannah Pelham, Taylor Woodard and Alex McCandless. Hanlon made the IMAC All-Conference team, Pelham made the All-Region squad and was a state qualifier and the SCHS girlsâ€™ MVP, Woodard received the academic award and McCandless was named to the All-Conference team, received the academic award and was the SCHS boysâ€™ MVP.
d-Boston d-Orlando Atlanta d-Cleveland Miami Milwaukee Detroit Charlotte Toronto Indiana Chicago New York Washington Philadelphia New Jersey
W L 20 4 18 6 17 6 18 7 12 11 11 11 11 13 10 13 11 16 8 14 8 15 8 16 7 15 6 18 2 23
Pct .833 .750 .739 .720 .522 .500 .458 .435 .407 .364 .348 .333 .318 .250 .080
GB â€” 2 2 1/2 2 1/2 7 1/2 8 9 9 1/2 10 1/2 11 11 1/2 12 12 14 18 1/2
d-L.A. Lakers d-Dallas d-Denver Phoenix Houston Utah Portland San Antonio Oklahoma City L.A. Clippers New Orleans Sacramento Memphis Golden State Minnesota
W L 19 4 18 7 18 7 17 8 14 10 14 10 15 11 12 10 12 11 10 13 10 13 10 13 10 14 7 17 4 21
Pct .826 .720 .720 .680 .583 .583 .577 .545 .522 .435 .435 .435 .417 .292 .160
GB â€” 2 2 3 5 1/2 5 1/2 5 1/2 6 1/2 7 9 9 9 9 1/2 12 1/2 16
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â€”â€”â€” Tuesdayâ€™s Games Charlotte 94, New York 87 Cleveland 99, New Jersey 89 Miami 115, Toronto 95 L.A. Lakers 96, Chicago 87 Houston 107, Detroit 96 Phoenix 116, San Antonio 104 Portland 95, Sacramento 88 Wednesdayâ€™s Games Cleveland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Memphis at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Indiana, 7 p.m. Toronto at Orlando, 7 p.m. Utah at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Detroit at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Houston at Denver, 9 p.m. Washington at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Thursdayâ€™s Games Orlando at Miami, 8 p.m. New York at Chicago, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Portland, 10:30 p.m. Fridayâ€™s Games New Jersey at Toronto, 7 p.m. Utah at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Memphis, 8 p.m.
No Yds Avg LG TD C. Smith, TAM 31 902 29.1 83 0 Harvin, MIN 34 986 29.0 101t 2 Knox, CHI 30 865 28.8 102t 1 Roby, NOR 37 1000 27.0 97t 1 Weems, ATL 41 1072 26.1 62 0 Manning, CHI 21 520 24.8 44 0 Howling, ARI 41 1013 24.7 99t 1 Amendola, STL 52 1276 24.5 58 0 E. Hobbs, PHL 20 481 24.1 63 0 M. Robinson, SNF 17 402 23.6 40 0
TD Rush Rec Ret Pts Peterson, MIN 14 14 0 0 84 Ve. Davis, SNF 11 0 11 0 66 Austin, DAL 10 0 10 0 60 Fitzgerald, ARI 10 0 10 0 60 Gore, SNF 10 7 3 0 60 Jackson, PHL 10 1 7 2 60 M. Turner, ATL 10 10 0 0 60 Colston, NOR 9 0 9 0 54 Meachem, NOR 9 0 8 0 54 Shiancoe, MIN 9 0 9 0 54
FG LG Pts 27-31 52 118 25-30 52 113 22-23 52 111 24-32 52 106 13-17 46 89 21-23 47 88
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G-P junior Morrease â€œMoâ€? Barber (1) glides to the basket during the Highlanders 66-58 loss to Carter on Tuesday night.
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