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Maryville woman found dead of apparent suicide in Blount County Jail
A 28-year-old Maryville woman who was an inmate at the Blount County Adult Detention Facility committed suicide Friday, Nov. 3

According to a Blount County Sheriff’s Office press release, Jacqueline Michelle Reaves, 28, Murphy Road, Maryville, was pronounced dead at Blount Memorial Hospital at around 2:45 p.m. Nov. 3. The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m.

Corrections’ medical personnel immediately began resuscitation efforts, and efforts to revive Reaves continued with the assistance of Rural/Metro Ambulance Service personnel until she was pronounced dead at Blount Memorial.

Reeves was awaiting sentencing in the Blount County Adult Correctional Facility on six attachments. She also was charged with criminal impersonation and Anderson County had a hold on Reaves.

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into the suicide.

Chilhowee Mountain preservation group to hold fund raiser
The group Save Chilhowee Mountain will host a benefit concert on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Palace Theater on West Broadway Avenue in downtown Maryville.

Artists from Steve Kaufman and Bill Mize of the Sisters of the Silver Sage will take the stage to help raise money to preserve Chilhowee Mountain from development. The event will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Donations will be taken at the door to support of efforts to Save Chilhowee Mountain (suggested donation of $10).

MPD offers defense course this week
The City of Maryville Police Department will offer the nationally recognized Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course free of charge Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-12.

The three-day, twelve hour course is part of the Police Department’s Community Policing program to citizens.

The objective of the course is to develop and enhance options of self-defense to a woman who is attacked. The class will be hosted by the Maryville Police Department and taught by certified RAD instructors.

RAD is based on a defense system that does not require extensive training or exceptional physical prowess. The course has been taught on college campuses across the nation, as well as to women’s groups, including senior citizens.

The RAD class will take place at the Maryville Police Department located at the Maryville Municipal Center, 400 West Broadway Avenue. Thursday and Friday, classes will be held from 6-9 p.m. The final class on Saturday will take place at
Maryville High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Advance registration is required due to the limited class size. People who are interested in signing up or would like some more information about the RAD course can call Officer Brett Hall or Officer Jason Barham at the Maryville Police Department’s Foothills Mall Precinct, 977-6964.

Commissioners to address Citizens for Blount County’s Future
Citizens for Blount County’s Future will have their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 315 of the Courthouse. Two new county commissioners, Wendy Pitts Reeves and Mark Hasty (both of District 4), have agreed to attend and answer questions from the audience. For further information, contact Linda King at 865-681-0662.

Lowe’s Ferry plans community day for pre-construction sale
The Lowe’s Ferry Pre-Construction Sale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11. An initial 75 waterfront, water-view and interior lots will be available for purchase. In addition to property tours, there will be activities such as hot air balloon rides, boat rides, food and refreshments throughout the day.

"We’re putting our best lots out that day for those who want to take advantage of our preconstruction sale," says Scott Harestad, Sales Manager with McKeough Land Company’s Knoxville office.

Lowe’s Ferry is a 303-acre gated-community on the shores of Fort Loudoun Lake. Parcels of up to three acres have been designed. Waterfront lots have at least 100 feet of lake frontage.

A community yacht club is planned for next year, featuring a swimming pool, a large deck overlooking the lake, a beach area and a proposed private, 70-slip marina.

Located in Blount County, Lowe’s Ferry is near the Louisville Marina.

McKeough Land Company (MLC) has specialized in the acquisition and sale of properties since 1989. MLC is listed on the Inc.

500 list, a list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America published in Inc. Magazine.

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