Basketball benefit for disabled citizen

By Travis Brown
STAR Staff

   One of the most touching aspects of life in Elizabethton remains the community support behind those in need. A December accident left one Carter County man disabled and the community has once again answered the call.
   Larry Parlier was injured in an accident on Dec. 9, 2002 while hanging Christmas lights. The incident left Parlier paralyzed from the chest down, and caused a multitude of other injuries.
   Currently Parlier is recovering in Atlanta at the renowned Shepard's Center, an institution specializing in neck and spinal injuries.
   Since the accident, residents have united to provide for the family, and this weekend the Carter County Basketball League will host a benefit tournament for Larry at Valley Forge Elementary School.
   The tournament will host games on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets will be two dollars for adults and one dollar for children under 11 years old.
   Tim Parlier, Larry's brother, is very pleased with the community support and hopes the tournament will help raise some needed funds.
   "I'm just overwhelmed by the support," Tim said. "If this happened to me, I would want to see my wife and kids taken care of."
   The medical costs aside, renovations to Mr. Parlier's home along with other expenses have caused concern among family and friends.
   Woody Lyons has helped to organize the tournament and also hopes that progress can be made.
   "We just had tremendous support," Lyons said. "The list of people and businesses is endless. Hopefully we can get enough money to help Larry out."
   With Parlier still recovering in Atlanta, the family has found it difficult to visit Larry during his time of need. The tournament also hopes to provide money for gas and lodging for the travel demands of the family.
   "He's doing very well," Tim said. "We thank everybody, and hopefully we can get him out of the hospital and back home soon."