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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, March 9, 2017 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. by Gregory Gone with the wind- - again Reprinted from March 20, 2008 March Madness got into full swing last week as the end-of-the-regular-season conference tournaments were played, not only to satisfy questions as to what is osten- sibly the best team in the respective conference, but also to determine which team receives the tournament title bid to the NCAA tournament. The Southeastem Conference Toumament, held in Atlanta (commonly called "Catlanta" by fans from my alma mater, since the UK Wildcats normally do quite well when playing in the city), got underway in the Georgia Dome on Thursday, with four games played throughout the day. Friday's games pitted the winners of Thursday's matches against teams whose records had earned each of them a bye for the first round. It was during the final couple of minutes of the sec- ond-to-the-last game on the Friday schedule that all-- heck--broke loose. Mississippi State and Alabama were playing close, with the score in doubt as the two- minute mark approached. (Actually, many people said later that in spite of everything that happened, this was one of the best SEC tournaments ever, in that so many games were so close--and so exciting). The Georgia Dome, which seats thirty thousand for basketball, was almost full, with possibly the largest crowd of the tour- nament gathered for the night's final game, which pitted Kentucky (which traditionally brings thousands and thousands of fans to any tournament) against Georgia, whose fans were all over the place since that's where the tournament was being played. Anyway, during those last few minutes, Mother Nature, who occasionally asserts herseff in a manner which can only be described as dramatic and terrifying, sent what was later determined to be a tornado whip- ping through a six-mile path which included the center of downtown. The tornado's route included the Georgia Dome, which lost some of its roof, ceiling and insula- tion, pieces of which rained down on the players and the fans, all of whom (assuming they were sensible people) were terrified. The players were cleared from the floor, and the fans, although eager to escape, were urged to stay in their seats to avoid the storm outside. After an hour the game was allowed to be played to conclusion (Mississippi State won), but shortly after- ward, officials announced that the final game would be postponed and the Georgia Dome would be closed in a matter of minutes, so all fans had to leave. Outside, they found the streets filled with emergency vehicles and workers, and walking was difficult, as everything was almost ankle-deep in glass and other debris. The area which was hardest hit, apparently was the part of town which contains the Georgia Dome, the Georgia World Congress Center, Centennial Olympic Park and two major hotels, the Westin Peachtree Plaza and The Omni Hotel at ChIN Center. Because of the horrific storm, said to have caused more than $150 million in damages, that part of the city, which normally generates millions in revenue, particularly during the first four months of the year, lost not only the rest of the SEC Tournament, but 91so the Atlanta Home Show and a dental conven- tion.' Atlanta wasn't the only entity to lose money because of the tornado, though. There's more to the story than that. Officials from the Southeastern Conference, the University of Georgia and the University of Kentucky met in a reception room at the Georgia Dome until four in the morning to work out details of rescheduling Friday's final game and finishing the tournament. They concluded that the tournament would be held at Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum, just a matter of a few miles from the Georgia Dome. Unfortunately, the Coliseum seats just a few over nine thousand, a major problem, since many more thousands than that had spent around $250 (more or less, I suppose, depending upon the location of the seats) for Tournament tickets. The hitch, however, was this: each conference has to pledge to the NCAA that its tournament winner will be determined before 6 p.m. the day of the bracket announcements (which is the Sunday prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament). That seems fair enough, except in the case of extenuating circumstances, it looks as though leniency might overcome rules. And perhaps that's true, but we all know by now that extenuating cir- cumstances--even a tornado--don't trump money. CBS was scheduled to carry the bracket announcement progam, and had filled it with heaven knows how many commercials. Because of that, and their obligation to the NCAA to determine a tournament winner by Sunday afternoon, SEC offiCials evidently didn't feel they had time to seek a venue and work out a deal with wherever that arena happened to be. I don't know whether they consulted with the NCAA (and CBS) about the possibility of having the announcement post- poned for a day or not--if so, those conversations weren't mentioned in any of the stories I've read (or heard on television). Instead, they chose the Georgia Tech facility and ruled that only players' families, cheerleaders and bands of the schools which were play- ing, credentialed school officials and media people would be allowed to attend. No tickets would be hon- ored, Every fan who attended the tournament had seen his/her team play at least once---except Kentucky fans. All the fans who had tickets to the entire tournament had incurred the expense of travel, hotel rooms, food, and the incidentals of making a trip such as this one. I haven't heard any announcement about how the Georgia Dome and the SEC plan to refund ticket money, but surely that announcement has been made-- somewhere. In any event, games televised from the Georgia Tech Coliseum showed thousands of empty seats. As it turned out the tournament was stood on its head, probably by the changes, with favorites, such as Tennessee and Mississippi State, defeated, and hardly- ranked Georgia taking the title. Tennessee probably had a chance at being a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament, but ended up a number two because of los- ing the SEC tournament title. Kentucky, which has had a less-than-typical year, was defeated by Georgia in its first game, but most Kentucky fans were primarily interested in seeing the Cats do well enough to get invit- ed to the NCAA Tournament. Their SEC regular season record stood them in good stead, and they did receive an invitation--their seventeenth consecutive one--to the Big Dance. I hope CBS executives and NCAA officials might have at least some vague awareness that, because of their rigid rules and commitment, to the almighty dol- lar, they helped magnify the unfairness and chaos that began when normalcy and good sense .were gone with the wind that swept through downtown Atlanta on Friday night! 000 Dear Editor: On behalf of St. Paul Tomorrow and the Town of St, Paul, I would like to thank everyone who partic- ipated in the Strategic Planning Workshop on February 7, 8. The atten- dance was very good and the discussions were great. The group identified many needs in our community and wrote strategies and actions to meet the goals. A summary of the Workshop and a rough draft of the goals and strategies will be published on the Main Street website, www.stpaulmainstreet.org. A survey will also be avail- able plus information on how to sign up and work toward reaching these new goals. Please go online and look at the goals and strate- gies. Fill out the survey! This is your opportunity to step up and help make St. Paul a great place to LIVE, WORK, and PLAY. For questions or com- ments, please email stpaul- mainstreet@gmail.com or call 276-395-0685. Thank you, Kathy Stewart, Main Street manager St. Paul Tomorrow, Inc. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general interest to the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit let- ters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. Two Coeburn women sentenced for dealing synthetic drugs Two women were sen- tenced in the Wise County Circuit Court for selling Synthetic Drugs. Trevia Janella McCoy, age 45, of Coeburn, was sentenced to fifteen years with six years suspended. Thus, she will spend nine years in the penitentiary. McCoy previously pleaded guilty without a plea agree- ment to nine felony charges including six counts of distribution of Schedule I synthetic drugs, two counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I synthetic drugs, one count of conspiracy to distribute Schedule I syn- thetic drugs, and four mis- demeanor charges for maintaining a common nuisance. The suspended sentence is conditioned on successful completion of seven years' probation fol- lowing her release. Kimberly Ann Motz, age 35, of Coeburn, was also sentenced to a total of ten years with eight sus- pended. Thus, she will serve an active sentence of two years. Motz previous- ly pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of a Schedule I synthetic drug and violating probation. She was sentenced to ten years of probation follow- ing her release. Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "The synthetic drugs distributed in this case are dangerous and highly addictive. We are working hard with our law enforcement partners to fight the epidemic. We hope that the sentence sends a clear message to the community and to those who attempt to profit from the illegal sale of drugs." In late 2016, two related cases were similarly resolved. Last December, Patsy Ann Motz, age 52, of Coeburn, was sentenced to an active sentence of 13 years in the Wise County Circuit Court for distribu- tion of Schedule I synthet- ic drugs in Coeburn. She is the mother of Kimberly Ann Motz who was sen- tenced. In August 2016, Sheila Yvonne Dishner, age 54, of Coeburn, was sentenced by the court in a related case to an active sentence of two years for distribution of Schedule I synthetic drugs in Coeburn. J7 Southwest Virginia Community College Series to present Dixieland and Beyond Jazz Program featuring Bill Prince The Music Program at Southwest Virginia Community College is proud to welcome world renowned jazz artist "The Professor", Dr. Bill Prince "to perform a program enti- tled, Dixieland and Beyond with the SWCC Jazz Ensemble on Wednesday, ~VIarch 15, 2017 at 10:50 am in the Mary White Lawson Auditorium in the King Community Center on their campus. The event is part of the SWCC Series and will feature a repertoire of jazz music, specifically Dixieland jazz. Bill Prince, professor emeritus at the University of North Florida comes from a background rich in music. He has performed with numerous bands and orchestras including Buddy Rich, Billy Maxted, Pee Wee Hunt, the NORAD Band, the Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Jacksonville Symphonies, and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. He has also per- formed with a number of well-known big bands including Xavier Cugat, Ray Anthony, Tex Beneke, Les and Larry Elgart, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, and Louis Bellson. He has appeared on TV shows in the United States, Canada, Japan, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador. Bill has performed on over 50 albums including his own The Best Kept Secret in Jazz. He can currently be heard on Duffy Jackson's album, Swing, Swing, Swing! and Buddy Rich's Mercy, Mercy and The Best of Buddy Rich. In more recent years, Bill has put together a cabaret show that he performs on cruise ships around the world. One of Dr. Prince's most unique talents is that he performs professionally on se~eeral different musical instruments. For example, although he played trumpet with Buddy Rich, he was first offered a chair in the saxophone section. His performing instruments include trumpet, "flugel- horn, trombone, flute, clar- inet, saxophone, piano, and electric bass. On his own cd, Happy Thoughts, Bill composed, arranged, and performed all of the parts and he produced the album himself as well. Prince holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree with a major of Theory and Composition from the University of Miami. He has taught at Florida Atlantic University, the University of Colorado at Denver, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, the University of North Florida, and served as visit- ing lecturer at Cape Town University and Natal University in South Africa. His musical career has taken him to all 50 states in the US and to 81 countries all over the world. As an educator, Bill has received Undergraduate Teaching and Outstanding Teaching awards and stu- dent groups under his direction have twice won national Jazz Band compe- titions. He was also award- ed first place in IAJE Jazz Composition Competition. Bill's compositions have been performed and recorded by professional, college, and university jazz ensembles throughout the United States and Canada. In 2000, his Concertino for Jazz and Legit Clarinets was recorded by the Warsaw (Poland) National Philharmonic. Under the direction of Dr. Joseph Trivette, the SWCC Jazz Ensemble will accompany Dr. Prince. Trivette states, "Students learn to play music by playing music." and he is excited about this opportu- nity for the SWCC students to be able to experience performing alongside an artist of this caliber. On the agenda for this conCert are Dixieland favorites such as "That's a Plenty", "The Entertainer", "Bill Bailey", and "Down by the Riverside". 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