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Maryville, Alcoa Thanksgiving trash collection schedules
City of Maryville offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving Holidays.

Residential trash collection that normally occurs on Thursday will be moved to Friday and Friday’s collection will occur on
Monday, Nov. 27.

For further information, call the Engineering and Public Works Department at 273-3302.

n Solid waste collection in the city of Alcoa will be adjusted during Thanksgiving week. Households normally scheduled for pick up on Thursday, Nov. 23 will receive their service on Friday, Nov. 24.

Friday’s garbage and recycling routes will be run without interruption. However, there will be no bulky waste or leaf collection on Thursday or Friday. Commercial and industrial waste will not be collected on Thursday; normal commercial routes will resume on Friday.

The Landfill will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving but will resume normal operations on Friday, Nov. 24.

If there are questions concerning these changes, please call the Alcoa Public Works Department at 380-4815 or 380-4800 or the Landfill at 995-2892.

Townsend woman victim of aggravated robbery
A 52-year-old Townsend woman was the victim of a home invasion robbery in her residence early on Friday, Nov. 17.
The woman, who resides on Old Tuckaleechee Pike in Townsend, was not seriously injured during the incident.

When Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home at about 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 17, the woman told them that she was awakened by a loud noise within her residence. She said she picked up a .32 caliber revolver from her night stand and went to investigate. As she entered the kitchen, she saw a female in her late 20s, before a man struck her with a bar stool from around the corner of the kitchen door.

According to a press release, the woman then attempted to shoot the man, but her weapon misfired. She said the man, who is described as wearing a black ski mask, a down-style coat, blue jeans, and wearing gloves, wrestled the gun from her, pinned her to the ground, and punched and kicked her in the face. He then walked to her bedroom and took several prescription bottles. The woman said the two then left out the front door.

A Sheriff’s Office K-9 tracking team arrived and tracked the suspects a short distance to the end of her next door neighbor’s driveway. The gun was recovered in the woman’s bedroom.

Rural/Metro Ambulance Service treated the victim at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was investigating the robbery.

Maryville man stabbed to death
A 20-year-old Maryville man is dead as the result of a stabbing that occurred Sunday morning, Nov. 19, and Blount County Sheriff’s officials have arrested his brother.

Adam Christopher Sherwood, 20, Russell Hollow Road, Maryville, was pronounced dead at Blount Memorial Hospital at around 7 a.m. this morning. An autopsy will be performed at the University of Tennessee Medical Center early this week.

His brother, Jason Alexander Sherwood, 21, Tom McCall Road, Maryville, is charged with criminal homicide in connection with the stabbing. He is being held on a $100,000 bond pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 22.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to Adam Sherwood’s residence at around 6:30 a.m. Nov. 19 in reference to a stabbing. When deputies arrived, they found Adam Sherwood, who had been stabbed in the torso. Personnel with Rural/Metro Ambulance Service arrived and attempted to resuscitate him. Adam Sherwood was then taken by ambulance to Blount Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Witnesses at the residence told deputies that Adam and Jason became involved in a fight at Adam’s residence on Russell Hollow Road earlier Sunday morning. Jason Sherwood left Adam’s residence and returned home to his residence on Tom McCall Road. Witnesses stated that Adam Sherwood went to Jason Sherwood’s residence where the fight continued, and that Jason Sherwood stabbed his brother during the altercation. Witnesses to the incident then took Adam back to his residence. The Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the homicide.

New flights service will include Vegas non-stop route
Flight service from McGhee Tyson Airport to Las Vegas is scheduled to begin on Feb. 15 via low-fare carrier Allegiant Air.

The Las Vegas-based airline recently announced it was going to start service from McGhee Tyson and this Nov. 15 announcement marks an expansion of service. The carrier also offered limited, introductory $99 one-way fares via the company’s website, www.allegiantair.com.

According to a press release, Allegiant Air president and CEO Maurice J. Gallagher said, "We are extremely pleased to expand the Allegiant brand of low-fare, nonstop jet service to the East Tennessee community. This is an exciting new addition for our airline and our customers as we launch the only scheduled service between Knoxville and Las Vegas."

The new flights will operate four days a week from McGhee Tyson and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The flights will depart from McGhee Tyson at 7:50 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and arrive at 9:05 p.m. in Las Vegas. Flights leaving Las Vegas will depart at 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and arrive in Knoxville at 6:20 a.m.

The airline also will begin service from Knoxville to Tampa Bay via the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport on Dec. 13.

The carrier will use a full-size 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft on the route.

Allegiant’s $99 one-way introductory fare is limited, must be purchased by Dec. 9 and is valid for travel through March 31, 2007. Introductory fares are not available on all flights. After the introductory period, regular one-way fares on the route start at $109 one-way.


Judge D. Kelly Thomas Jr. appointed to state court of criminal appeals
Gov. Phil Bredesen named Blount County Circuit Court Judge D. Kelly Thomas Jr. to the Eastern Division of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, on Nov. 15.

Thomas fills a vacancy created when his predecessor, Justice Gary Wade, was appointed to the state’s Supreme Court.
"Judge Thomas is an experienced legal professional who has proven himself in the courtroom and in private practice," Bredesen said in a press release. "I’m confident he will serve the people of Tennessee with fairness, wisdom and
professionalism, and I want to thank him for his dedication to our state."

As Circuit Court Judge, Thomas took an active role in supporting East Tennessee’s drug court programs, which are designed to reduce the number of second offenses by helping rehabilitate drug dependent citizens and transition them into meaningful, socially responsible lifestyles.

Before being elected Circuit Court Judge in 1990, Thomas practiced law in Maryville. Thomas, 54, earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1977 and is an East Tennessee native.

"I want to thank Governor Bredesen for this opportunity to serve my state," Thomas said. "I am dedicated to upholding his and the public’s trust by supporting our state constitution and administering justice impartially."

Thomas is president of the Boys and Girls Club’s Advisory Board in Blount County and also serves as director for the Blount County Food Pantry. He is president-elect of the Tennessee Judicial Conference and will assume that office in June 2007.

Louisville home destroyed Saturday evening in fire
Blount County firefighters extinguished a blaze that destroyed a Louisville home and damaged a car Saturday evening.
The fire occurred at a home located at 4349 Wonderland Drive, Louisville and owned by Tipton Boring, Jr.

According to the Blount County Fire Department, they were dispatched to the blaze at 8:26 p.m., arrived at 8:33 p.m., controlled the fire at 9:09 p.m. and left the address at 10:54 p.m. Seventeen firefighters with seven trucks responded to the call.

Authorities said Emergency Communications 911 dispatchers reported that witness said flames had engulfed the residence and that was what the first firefighters reported seeing when they arrived. The origin of the fire was not known and Blount County Sheriff’s Office was investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

Blount County Fire Department officials said that although neighbors reported hearing a very loud explosion prior to the fire, there was no evidence of an explosion. No injuries were reported and no one was at home at the time of the fire.

Knox man suspected in Blount robbery of 76-year-old woman
A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a 28-year-old Knoxville man Nov. 15 in connection with the aggravated robbery of a 76-year-old Seymour woman a day earlier.

Casey Michael Lowe, 28, of Knoxville, was taken into custody at around 2 a.m. Nov. 15 during a traffic stop by Knoxville Police Department on Chapman Highway. Lowe was driving the 1995 white Nissan Altima that had been reported stolen out of Knox County.

Lowe is in custody in Knox County to face the charges in Knoxville. Blount County Sheriff’s Office has placed a hold on Lowe to face the aggravated robbery charge that was placed on him as a result of an aggravated robbery Tuesday in Blount County.

According to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, authorities interviewed Lowe and he confessed to a deputy that he had some involvement in a robbery on I.C. King Road. It is not known when Lowe will be turned over to Blount County to face the aggravated robbery charge.

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