Spring into the Season

Gatlinburg’s Flower
& Garden Show
Whether you have a green thumb and a house full of plants or can’t keep a cactus alive, Gatlinburg’s educational flower and garden show called Spring into the Season will jumpstart the season will lots of good gardening ideas March 5-6 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
Gatlinburg’s Horticulturist Janna Brien “cultivated” the educational forum by inviting prestigious landscape design professors from the University of Tennessee, GSMNP forestry experts, and nursery professionals to speak on important topics of interest to groundskeepers, business owners and homeowners interested in plants and flowers.
Spring into the Season kicks off at 9 a.m. Friday, March 5, at the Gatlinburg Convention Center with educational forums scheduled throughout the day. Janet Rock & Glenn Taylor will discuss “Native Plants, Champion Trees and Hemlock Adlgid” from 10 to 11 a.m.; Neil Denton will cover “Annuals and Perennials for Success in the Landscape” from 11 a.m. to Noon. Heather Mills presents “Fresh Flower Arrangements” from 1 to 2 p.m. and Dr. Stephen Garton will discuss “Maintenance of Trees and Woody Plants in the Landscape” from 2 to 3 p.m. “Turf grass” is presented by Alan Bruhin from 3 to 4 p.m. and “Landscape Design: According to Clint Eastwood” will be discussed from 4 to 5 p.m. by Garry Menendez.
Saturday, Spring into the Season begins at 10 a.m. with Susan Conion’s “Recipe for Success: Diehard Annuals.” She will be followed by Hugh Conion at 11 a.m. with “Twenty Great Native Woody Plants.” Dr. John Sorochen will discuss “Turf grass Selection and Maintenance” from 1 to 2 p.m. and Dr. Darren Robinson will talk about “Weed Management in Ornamental Plantings” from 2 to 3 p.m. Marty Zenni wraps up the show from 3 to 4 p.m. with “Landscaping with Wildflowers.”
“Everyone who attends will most likely walk away with some beautiful flowers and good ideas,” said Brien, who manages Gatlinburg’s Flower Program.
According to Brien, tourists love the flowers. “We receive telephones call from all of the country from people who have visited Gatlinburg wanting to know the names of our flowers so they can get them at home. For instance, the Mandevilla is one of our most popular flowers. It’s a pink trumpet-shaped flower that we grow here in the greenhouse and our tourists go absolutely crazy over it! A lot of our Mandevillas are nine and ten years old,” said Brien.
Spring into the Season is followed by Springfest, March 10-June 11, a county-wide event to celebrate spring. A great time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg overflows with the beautiful blooms and flowering bulbs. For more information about Spring Events, call the Gatlinburg Office of Special Events at 436-0500 or 1-800-343-1475.

Jan 1, 2002 News

Advice Column: Dear Rose

Dear Rose,
    I read the letter from the 16-year-old pregnant girl. I couldn’t get her off my mind all weekend and my heart really went out to her. I can understand both sides. But I want her to know that I am very proud of her, for NOT having an abortion, and NOT abandoning her baby. I also want to tell you Rose that I think you gave her some great advice. There are so many women that can’t have children of their own, who would give anything to have children. I speak from experience. My husband and I can’t have children of our own. We’ve been married for 14 years. We have 5 nephews and 1 niece whom we adore. I have my Sunday school class (that I love with all my heart), but it doesn’t feel the void. We have checked into several different adoption agencies, and foster care. It would be too hard to let go of a foster child. I mainly wanted to let the young lady know I am so proud of her for the decision she made. 
Wants a baby in Sevierville

Dear Wants,
It was very kind of you to write. Maybe you know that Knoxville has more abortion clinics than any other city in Tennessee. Bethany Christian Services in Knoxville took a survey and found that most girls in East Tennessee consider abortion less of a failure than adoption. Why? Because they think that they are abandoning their baby if they give it up for adoption. Hopefully, someone will see this and realize that to give their child up for adoption is the kindest thing they can do if they cannot take proper care of the child themselves. It is saying, “I want good for this child.” Adoptive children are usually loved, well cared for, and many have wonderful economic advantages also.
Let me take a minute to recognize the real pain of those women who have not been able to conceive. Dr. James Dobson has recommended a wonderful book called “When the Cradle Is Empty- Answering Tough Questions About Infertility,” by John and Sylvia Van Regenmorter and “Empty Womb, Aching Heart” by Marlo Schalesky. Dobson’s website: has many wonderful resources available for those who may struggle with infertility. Remember Hannah.

If you have any questions that you would like to ask, “Dear Rose” please write to The Herald Newspapers, 500 Maryville Hwy, Seymour, TN 37865 or email at [email protected]

Jan 1, 2002 News

UT remains sixth in soccer poll

Lady Vols To Face 17th-ranked Auburn for Southeastern Conference Lead on Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET

Following a weekend in which the Lady Vol soccer squad improved its winning streak to a school-record nine straight matches and clinched its third-consecutive SEC Eastern Division title, the Orange & White remained at a program-high sixth in the rankings, while improving across the board in the other three national polls. 
Tennessee (11-2-2, 8-0-0 SEC) rocketed up four spots to eighth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas listing, improved one position to No. 8 according to Soccer America Magazine and climbed from 14th to 12th in this week’s Soccer Buzz Magazine rankings.Once again, the top position in the polls remained unchanged with 18-time NCAA National Champion North Carolina (14-0-1) heading the and Soccer Buzz Magazine rankings, while undefeated BIG EAST power Notre Dame (15-0-0) is number one according to Soccer America Magazine and the NSCAA/adidas listings. 
Tennessee remains the highest-ranked SEC squad in any poll and is still the only opponent to blemish No. 1 UNC’s unbeaten season with a 0-0 tie at the UT Soccer Complex back on Sept. 10.  The Lady Vols will face No. 17 Auburn (12-2-1, 7-0-1 SEC) this Friday night on the Plains at 8 p.m. (ET) with first place in the SEC on the line.
Last weekend, the Lady Vols posted a pair of 1-0 shutout victories over Vanderbilt and Kentucky to clinch the program’s third consecutive SEC Eastern Division title. 
With a perfect 8-0 mark in league play, the Orange & White continue to improve on the program’s best start to a conference campaign and remain unbeaten in their last 15 regular-season league matchups (14-0-1) dating back to a 1-0 loss against No. 23 Mississippi on Oct. 5, 2003.
Senior Lyndsey Patterson (Puyallup, Wash.) tallied the game-winning goal just 27 seconds into the second half during the contest against in-state rival Vanderbilt as UT registered the 1-0 victory.  For Patterson, the goal was her first since scoring Tennessee’s initial goal of the campaign during the Orange & White’s, 4-3, come-from-behind win in the season-opener against then-No. 15 Duke.  The 5’2” forward now has 19 career tallies and ranks third on the Lady Vol all-time match-winning goal list with eight.
Despite several solid scoring opportunities throughout the contest against the Kentucky Wildcats, the Orange & White utilized nearly every possible second of regulation time to post a 1-0 win.  Senior defender Keeley Dowling controlled a long pass up the left wing by sophomore midfielder Ali Christoph (Columbus, Ohio), turned and chipped the ball into the right corner of the net over the hands of UK goalkeeper Liz Butler with just four seconds remaining in regulation play.  For her efforts, the Carmel, Ind., native and preseason
All-America was selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.  The occurrence marked the third consecutive week in which a Lady Vol has been honored by the league office.  Senior midfielder Kayla Lockaby (Hamilton, Ohio) and freshman forward Genna Gorman (Lakewood, Colo.) received SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, respectively. 
Tennessee returns to the road for the final time in the 2004 regular-season when it travels to the Plains of Auburn, Ala., to face the 17th-ranked Auburn Tigers in a Friday night (8 p.m.) battle for first in the conference standings.  After facing AU, the Orange & White return home to the UT Soccer Complex for a Sunday 2 p.m. matinee against the Alabama Crimson Tide.  Live stats (Gametracker) for both matches will be available through

Jan 1, 2002 News

CN Notes

Lady Eagles basketball moving on up

The Carson-Newman Lady Eagles continue their climb in the polls as they jumped one spot to #15 in this week\’s USA Today/ESPN Division II Women\’s Top 25 College Basketball Poll.
The Lady Eagles, who are now 7-1 on the season, moved up one spot from last week\’s ranking of 16th. Washburn continues to be ranked number one in the nation as they are 7-0 this year.
The Lady Eagles will try to avenge their only loss of the season as they travel for a tournament in Savannah, Georgia on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Eagles play Fayetteville State on Friday at 1 p.m. and then face Armstrong Atlantic, the only team that has beaten C-N this season, on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Lady Eagles ranked among NCAA leaders

The Carson-Newman Lady Eagles are ranked in several team and individual statistical categories in the final NCAA Division II women\’s soccer statistics.
As a team, the Lady Eagles finished the 2005 season 11th in team scoring a 3.32 goals per game and 20th in win-loss-tie percentage at .773. Rebecca Angus was seventh in assist per game (.727) and 18th in points per game (2.27). Freshman Brittany Moore was 18th in assists per game at 0.55.
The Carson-Newman Lady Eagles were 17-5 in 2005 and advanced to their second consecutive NCAA Division II Final Four.

Ramsdale and Angua named to Final Four All-Tournament Team

Rebecca Angus and Claire Ramsdale have been named to the 2005 women\’s soccer Final Four All-Tournament team.
This is the second consecutive season that Angus and Ramsdale have been named to the All-Tournament team. Angus and Ramsdale helped lead the Lady Eagles to their second consecutive NCAA Division II Final Four appearance. Both have earned All-American accolades during their career, including Ramsdale who was honored as an All-American in both 2005 and 2003.
Angus led the team with 17 goals and 16 assists in 2005. Ramsdale was third on the team in goals with 10 and added two assists. Members of the All-Tournament team are determined by a vote of members of the NCAA Division II Women\’s Soccer National Committee who are present at the Final Four.
Carson-Newman was 17-5 in 2005.

Jan 1, 2002 News
BMX enthusiasts to flood Mo-Town

BMX enthusiasts to flood Mo-Town

Thousands of BMX enthusiasts from across the country and the world will converge on Morristown this weekend for the annual National Bicycle League (NBL) Spring Nationals.
Morristown has a similar relationship with the world of BMX racing as Bristol, Tennessee has with NASCAR racing.
Like Bristol, Morristown hosts a pair of major racing events—the Spring National and the Fall National—that transforms the burgeoning East Tennessee town into bicycle-racing Mecca for the two weekends of every year.
“It’s great for Morristown,” said Greg Gager, the Associated Track Director at the Morristown BMX Raceway.
“Most places don’t even get one (major BMX race) but we get two.”
Also like NASCAR, Gager said that there is usually a national NBL race pretty much every weekend held somewhere in America. This weekend’s event will easily be the most important BMX-racing event in the world while it’s happening.
The competition is separated into 160 different classes (motos), starting with riders as young as four or five years-old and going up to a senior division. Young riders begin racing in the Rookie and Novice divisions before advancing to the Expert Division.
“We expect anywhere from 1200 to 1800 riders to be here this weekend for the Spring Nationals,” said Gager.
Gager estimated that this weekend’s event could bring as many as four-to-five thousand people to Morristown, including the riders, their entourage, sponsors and fans.
BMX Racing has gone from an emerging ‘fringe’ activity that is popular primarily with teenage boys to a legitimate competitive sport that will be included, for the first time, in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
This weekend’s racing will be held at the Walters State Expo Center. Gager said a crew began building the track last week with expectations of being finished by Thursday evening, just in time for Friday evening’s ‘local’ race that is scheduled to be held at 6 o’clock, officially kicking off the 2007 Spring Nationals.
To reach the Walters State Expo Center from the Knoxville area, take I-40 toward Asheville and take Highway 81 toward Bristol at the split. Get off the Interstate on Exit 8 and make a left off the exit. After traveling for about one block off the exit, a large sign will be visible announcing the site of the Walters State Expo Center.

Jan 1, 2002 News

News Around Our Area

The price is up
It’s official. As of June 30th the price of a first class postage stamp rose from 34 cents to 37 cents.

Basic services continue
A measure that was introduced in the Legislature would keep fundamental services going if the state government is shut down when the fiscal year ends. The legislatures plan will authorize spending to cover basic operations such as prisons, children in state care, the Highway Patrol, and the care of the mentally ill.

Shumaker says, “Wait to Raise”
John Shumaker, the new president of the University of Tennessee, said he has recommended to UT trustees that they delay a vote on tuition increases until after the Legislature approves a state budget.

House Has Their Plan
The House Finance Committee approved a revenue plan to fund state government if lawmakers cannot agree on a more inclusive solution. It raises tobacco and alcohol taxes and other state levies. The sales tax would increase from 6% to 7.75%.

Pick up that Trash
City officials are distributing 4,000 plus posters downtown as part of an anti-littering campaign. The effort by the Public Works Division and Center City Commission tells residents that littering can harm tourism and create water pollution.

Jan 1, 2002 News


On November 7, 2004 Sylvia Mathews, 83 went home to join her loved ones who are waiting for her. She began her glorious journey at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Sylvia was a member of the Williamsburg Baptist Church.
Her husband, Jess Mathews, parents, Madison and Luitisha Bohanan Ogle, grandson, Michael Ogle, brothers, Minyard, Kenneth and Jesse Ogle are waiting for Sylvia. Leaving behind to celebrate her life are her children, Gladys Sutton and husband Junior, Beulah Messer and husband Walter, Ruby Ogle all of Sevierville; grandchildren, Patsy Jane Ogle, Kathy Ramsey and husband Jimmy, Steve Ogle and wife Kathy; great-grandchildren, Joseph Ogle and wife Krystal, Isaac Ogle; great-grandchild, Trista Ogle all of Sevierville; brother, Hugh Ogle and wife Myrtle of Sevierville; sisters, Hazel Sutton of Sevierville and Janice Ogle of Jefferson City.
Besides the immediate family, Sylvia will be missed by many relatives and a host of friends whose lives she has touched. Services were held on Tuesday, November 9, 2004 at Rawlings Funeral Chapel with Rev. Oliver Ray Williams and Rev. Sonny Webb officiating.
The interment service was on Wednesday, November 10 at Shiloh Cemetery. The family received friends on Tuesday, November 9 at Rawlings Funeral Home.

Tommy Frank Jennings 59 of Walland died Saturday November 6, 2004 at Maryville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.  He was preceded in death by his Mother: Zora Jennings Graham, Brother: James B. Jennings and his Father, several Uncles, Aunts, Nephews, and Nieces.  Funeral services were held on Monday November 8, 2004 at Memorial Funeral Home in Maryville with Rev. Jim McCulla officiating.  Friends and Family met on Tuesday at Rocky Branch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery fora graveside service.  The family received friends on Monday at the funeral home. 

James Harold Carpenter 54 of Tallassee died Saturday November 6, 2004 oneday before his 55th birthday.  He was of the Baptist Faith and was active in the New Live Ministries Christian Center.  He was preceded in death by his Grandparents: Millie and Ed Carpenter, Uncle: Otis Carpenter who raised him. He is survived by his Wife: Cora Kay Carpenter and Daughter Rebekah Carpenter both of Tallassee.  Family and friends met at Grandview Cemetery for a Graveside Funeral on Monday November 8, 2004. Services were held with Rev. David Cooper, Rev. Harry Snider, and Rev. Beacher Whitehead officiating.  Friends called at their convenience at the family home in Tallassee.  Memorial Funeral Home was in Charge of Arrangements.

Jan 1, 2002 News
New 2006 Sevierville Christmas Parade Route

New 2006 Sevierville Christmas Parade Route

The 2006 City of Sevierville Christmas Parade will have a new route, as presented below. Please note that access to and egress from most side streets in the downtown area will be restricted prior to and during the parade. Restrictions will be lifted after the parade as workers remove barricades from the roadways. Additionally, the following restrictions will apply to main roadways in the parade area:
• Northbound Forks of the River Parkway will be closed from Parkway to Highway 66, therefore no left turn will be possible from northbound Parkway onto Forks of the River Parkway; and no left turn will be possible from Forks of the Parkway onto West Main Street.
•  The eastbound lanes of East Main Street will be closed between Highway 66 and Court Avenue, therefore no left turn will be allowed from Highway 66 southbound onto East Main Street; no right turn will be possible from Forks of the River Parkway onto East Main Street (northbound Forks of the River Parkway will be closed); and no through traffic eastbound will be allowed from West Main Street @ Highway 66 onto East Main Street.
Parade Route:
• Depart from the First Baptist Church on the Parkway, turning right (south) onto Parkway.
•  South on the Parkway to the intersection of Parkway and Forks of the River Parkway, turning right (north) onto Forks of the River Pkwy.
•  North on Forks of the River Pkwy. to the intersection of Hwy. 66 and Main Street, turning right (east) onto East Main Street.
•  East on East Main Street to the intersection of East Main Street and Court Avenue, turning right (south) onto Court Avenue.
•  South on Court Avenue to the intersection of Court Avenue and Bruce Street, turning left (east) onto Bruce Street.
•  East on Bruce Street to the intersection of Bruce Street and the Parkway, turning right (south) on the Parkway.
•  South on the Parkway to the intersection of Parkway and Church Street, turning right (west) onto Church Street.
•  West on Church Street to the intersection of Church Street and Court Avenue, turning left (south) onto Court Avenue
• South on Court Avenue to First Baptist Church, where the parade will end and disband.

Jan 1, 2002 News

It’s the Game Advisor

Game of the Month: R-Type Final (Playstation 2)

 I prepared for this for a month in advance, and still I was blown away. This last episode of the classic 2D shooter is inspiring to say the least, and has more features than I have room to name (I mean that VERY literally!) It uses 3D graphics and backgrounds in a 2D atmosphere, so even though you’re rotating around a giant armada ship, or inside a desolate city, you never have to do more than go up, down and get a power-up. You can find 99 ships, all with different lasers, shields, etc. And every one of them is….umm……incredible (for lack of a better word.) The music is very appropriate and even good in some areas, the different modes will keep you busy when you get sick of the regular game, and its VERY challenging without ever being impossible! This is the kind of game that took us where we are today (which makes you wonder why they don’t make games like these anymore.) It’s dramatic, simple, and as deep as the Atlantic Ocean. It’s even priced $20 less than a regular PS2 game! What a deal……..What a deal.
Game Gadgets and More: Nintendo DS
We’re going to try something new this month. As you can tell by the deceptively clever title (which I did all by myself!) this is where we talk about interesting new add-ons or contraptions for your gaming system, or just whatever is abuzz in the gaming community.
The Nintendo DS. Nintendo introduced us to their new hand-held system just recently. No one knows anything about it, yet everyone is talking about it. Why is that? Because it’s going to have not 1, not 1 and a half, but TWO SCREENS! (DS stands for Dual Screen from what I’ve heard.) And so far, that’s all we really know about this new hand-held. I’ve heard rumors that it could possibly play GBA games and maybe even GAMECUBE games (which explains the whole mini-DVD thing…) but will mainly play its own games. No word on games, no sketches of what it looks like, and lots of talk flying around. Still, the 200% increase of the number of screens available will ultimately set this system apart from the competition (but you can bet SOMEONE is going to try to upstage Nintendo with a 3-screen handheld) and possibly redefine how games are played. Imagine playing a football game where the action is on the top screen and the play is on the bottom!
Well, when I find more information on this, I’ll write a follow-up in the months to come.

Answer to Last Month’s Question: What was it again? Umm…..oh yeah, Capcom franchises! Well, they did the Mega Man games, Ghosts and Goblins (long time ago,) Darkstalkers, Final Fight, Breath of Fire, a bunch of X-Men games, they made Street Fighter, as well as the HUNDREDS of incarnations Street Fighter took on (Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo X anyone? Yeah, that’s what I thought.) And many more. Capcom is never going to go under, it will be alive during the second ice age! (Maybe even the third!) 
This Month’s Question: Who is Shigeru Miyamoto (Shig-guh-roo My-ya-mah-to) and why does he have about 64,000,000 fans worldwide?

Jan 1, 2002 News

Back to school again

Schools re-open with a much better attendance rate

“Very much improved,” was the comment made by Ms. Condra, attendance secretary at Sevierville Middle School when discussing the student attendance on Monday. Sevier County schools closed their doors last week because of an increased amount of absenteeism due to illness. The faculty, as well as students, was opting to stay at home and battle various types of flu-like illnesses.
Schools across the county reported a drastic increase in attendance due to the much-needed time off. Gatlinburg-Pittman High School documented a mere nine percent absent rate, and Northview Middle School recorded an astonishing five percent. “The overall attendance is much better,” said Marie Hedrick of Pigeon Forge Primary School. “The kids are back and happy to participate in the Valentine festivities.”
Many of the younger aged students participated in impromptu parties to celebrate the holiday. Ms. Hatcher, assistant principal for Seymour Primary stated that to the children, Valentine’s Day was just as important as Christmas. “The girls are all dressed in red and pink and the candy is abundant,” she noted. “We’ve got some very thoughtful parents and prepared teachers to be able to have such a celebration in each classroom despite the closing of school last week.”
This week the school attendance was drastically improved to seven percent on the average. The absentee rate was nearing 20-25 percent in some schools, which prompted the closings last week.

Jan 1, 2002 News