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Local News for Wednesday, August 17th

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From Local 3 News…

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says one person was killed in a crash in Bradley County over the weekend.

It happened on Saturday around 6:35pm in the 6700 block of Georgetown Road.

The THP says the 44-year-old driver of a 2016 Honda Pilot ran off the road, hitting a culvert, embankment and ultimately a tree.

The THP says a passenger, 41-year-old Angelica Aguilar, died as a result of the crash.

The THP says the driver was not injured but four other passengers received minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

In news today…

The Cleveland Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint and enforcement in the areas of South Lee Highway, North Lee Highway and Keith Street from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. 

Also in news today…

The body of a Dalton, Georgia, man was recovered from Parksville Lake in Polk County late Monday, Aug. 15, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and news reports.

The TWRA used a remote-operated vehicle to locate the body of Billy Calhoun, 57, when the search began after reports of an unoccupied boat going in circles near the East Parksville boat ramp, news reports stated.

Polk County Fire and Rescue, Bradley County Fire-Rescue, the Hiwassee Dam Fire Department and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office’s Under Water Recovery Team participated in the search.

Calhoun’s body — discovered in approximately 36 feet of water — was recovered by the HCSO’s Under Water Rescue Team at approximately 8 p.m. His body was transported to the Knox County Regional Forensic Center.

New reports stated officers “confirmed Calhoun was boating alone, but not wearing a kill switch for the boat’s ignition or a life jacket.”

From NewsChannel 9…

The iron clang of a pick scraping up the dirt fills the air at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

But it’s not the sound of maintenance men, it’s the work of Christine Widener, who’s husband Jeff passed away Easter weekend.

Jeff Widener passed away from a sudden brain aneurysm at 59-years-old. After visiting Sunset, Christine says the place was the immediate choice for her husband’s grave.

Today, she says his resting place has been neglected.

Widener isn’t alone. In 2020, 250 families filed a complaint with District Attorney Steve Crump about poor upkeep at Sunset.

Following several fines from the Tennessee Department of Commerce, management changed. Reports say once Cleveland resident Mark McGuire, who has family buried at the cemetery, took over management, the conditions improved.

Recently, McGuire switched careers, and now families claim conditions at Sunset Memorial Gardens are worse than ever.

In December 2021, the state says they reached an agreement with Sunset creating a 5-person advisory board to review complaints.

However, nobody seems to know who was selected for the committee, nor did they ever hear about a meeting.