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Hawkins County teenager drowns at Cherokee Lake

Jeff Bobo • May 14, 2012 at 10:46 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County teen drowned Saturday evening near the Quarryville boat ramp on Cherokee Lake, approximately 14 miles west of Rogersville.

Rescuers responded to the area around 4 p.m. where they discovered that 18-year-old Joshua Travis Thacker of Perry Smith Lane, Rogersville, had been swimming with a friend when he attempted to swim across an inlet to the opposite bank, about 75 to 100 yards away.

“Joshua apparently became winded and yelled for help approximately 30 feet from the opposite bank,” Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeff Greer said. “The friend saw him struggling and attempted to reach him but was unable. Another nearby camper saw Joshua in distress and called 911.”

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