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Watts Bar TVA Grave Removal

{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

In preparation for the building of Watts Bar Dam, some single graves and entire cemeteries were removed because those areas would be flooded by the backwaters created by Watts Bar Dam. To move the graves, TVA required a family member to approve the grave to be moved. If no relative was found or the family did not wish for the graves to be removed, TVA left the graves there, and they were covered by the backwaters. Two cemeteries, the Jackson Cemetery, and the Perry Cemetery, both located in the Tennessee River, are now located on islands. In the Jackson Cemetery (located across from Boyd Woody’s house) there are 35 graves, and in the Perry Cemetery (which is located on Thief Neck Island) there are six graves. In all, about 100 graves were moved. The most graves that were removed from a single cemetery were forty-seven graves which were located in the Kendrick Cemetery near the New Hope Community. The graves that were removed from the various cemeteries were relocated to several different cemeteries. Some were removed to the Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood, Luminary Cemetery (South of the River), Eagle Furnace Cemetery, and Cedar Grove Church Cemetery near Paint Rock among others. Some graves were removed to cemeteries in Rhea and Meigs County. New roads were also created to provide access to other cemeteries in which the old roads were covered.

Originally written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, June 2017.

Which County Official Had 18 Children

{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

May is the month in which mothers are honored on the second Sunday. Although it would require much research to find the mother in Roane County who had the most children, there is one who definitely would be up there, and that was Clara Fulks, who also happened to have been a county official. Mrs. Clara Fulks, the Roane County Circuit Court Clerk from 1947 to 1962, had 18 children, 15 who lived to adulthood. There were nine boys and nine girls in all. Her husband, Josh Fulks had been the Circuit Court clerk from 1930 to 1947 when he passed away. Among her children, Madge (Maggie) Fulks Sneed served from 1962 to 1966 as the Roane County Circuit Court clerk like her parents. Maggie was also Register of Deeds from 1972 to 1982. Josh and Clara’s last surviving child, Betty Lou Fulks Jenkins, passed away on July 4, 2011. Clara died on Nov 19, 1974, at the age of 80 years. At that time all fifteen of her adult children were living. She also had at that time, 31 grandchildren. Both she and her husband are buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood.

In the photo which is from 1955, Clara Fulks is the third from the left in the second row. Her daughter Edith Sitzler is next to her. Her daughter, Maggie Sneed is in the first row the first from the left.

Originally written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, May 2017.