East VFD battles brush fire without water

Members of the East Hamblen County Volunteer Fire Department, along with workers with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, spent six-and-a-half hours beginning Sunday evening in a water-less assault on a forest fire in a remote part of the county near Cherokee Lake, Chief Ricky Purkey said this morning.

“For it to be a mile-and-a-half in woods, it would seem understandable there was a human factor, but again, the cause is undetermined at this time,” said Purkey, who added East Hamblen County has been plagued by a series of apparent arson fires in recent years.

The blaze, which started on Tennessee Valley Authority-owned land north of Mullins Road, was confined to approximately 2 acres. Purkey says firefighters had no access to water to extinguish the conflagration on the steeply sloping land. If it had not been for a forestry bulldozer used to cut a fire break, putting out the fire would have been much tougher job, according to Purkey.

Purkey also said that light winds helped limit the spread.

Hamblen County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Bell and EMA volunteers were also dispatched to the fire. The fire was reported around 7:25 p.m. and firefighters didn’t clear until around 2 a.m. The blaze was adjacent to a bluff overlooking Cherokee Lake.

Church Hill residents charged with false report

Two Church Hill women were charged Wednesday with filing a false report in connection with a man who was being sought on several felony warrants.

Amy Nichole Powell, 41, and her daughter Haley Dawn Powell, 19, both of Hickory Hills Road, were cited for the false report.

Deputies with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office came to the Hickory Hills Road residence to serve arrest warrants on Devin Rose, who was being sought on several felony warrants and was rumored to be armed and dangerous. Amy Powell stated that no one else was at the residence. When she was asked about her daughter, Amy Powell said again that no one else was at home.

When deputies entered the residence, Haley Powell was indeed inside the residence and stated that Rose was not in the residence and that she hadn’t seen him that day.

Rose was found hiding under a bed in a locked bedroom. Both women were charged and taken to Hawkins County Jail.

Man charged with aggravated burglary, indecent exposure

A naked man from Rogersville was charged Saturday with burglary of three homes, vandalism and indecent exposure.

Tomothy Joey Anderson, 37, of Winegar Hollow Road, is currently housed in the Hawkins County Jail.

Deputy Daniel DesOrmeaux, of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, was called to Rogers Road where Anderson was causing a disturbance. According to the report, resident Joanne Sizemore stated that Anderson entered her residence saying that he needed items and that everyone “was going to die.” Despite Sizemore telling Anderson to leave, he remained on the property for some time.

A short time later, Anderson was found on the porch of another residence. When interviewed, Anderson told deputies that he was trying to gather items to survive. During the investigation, it was discovered that Anderson allegedly entered a residence owned by Shane Sizemore. Damage to the residence included two dressers, a door frame and drywall. Anderson also allegedly entered a residence owned by George Ringley.

Two Rogersville residents face drug charges

For two Rogersville residents, a non-working headlight was the beginning of their worries.

The residents face various drug charges in connection with a traffic stop on Thursday near The Cades apartments.

Ashlei Diana Shanks, 28, of Jackson Street, and Timothy Scott Good, 29, of Hidden Valley Road were traveling on East Main Street when Deputy Dustin Winter, of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, ordered the car to pull over due to the burned out headlight.

According to the report, Good got out of the 2003 Ford Escape and ran into one of the apartments. Shanks, the driver, had gotten out of the car and was standing beside of it. When another officer came, he stood with Shanks while Winter went to the apartment to seek the suspect when he met the resident of the apartment who was not identified. The resident denied knowing the man that came into his apartment was. The resident finally stated that Good was in the bathroom, who was then taken back to the car.

Through a Central Dispatch records check, it was discovered that Shanks had no driver’s license, nor insurance on the car. Shanks consented to a search of the car, including a backpack belonging to her. Upon a search, three spoons were discovered, two of them with drug residue, in the backpack.

A search of the vehicle resulted in discovery of a black bag containing two grams of methamphetamine separated into two baggies. Also found was one Suboxone pill, one gram of marijuana, an unknown white substance, a scale and several baggies. Another bag inside the car contained a grinder with .5 grams of marijuana.

Shanks was charged with driving on a revoked license, failure to prove financial responsibility, possession/manufacture/delivery/sale of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule III and VI drugs and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Good was charged with possession/manufacture/delivery/sale of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule III and VI drugs and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were taken to Hawkins County Jail.

Tennessee announces $20M in broadband grants

NASHVILLE (AP) — Top Tennessee officials say nearly $20 million in broadband accessibility grants have been awarded to help support nearly 31,000 underserved residents.

Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced the grants to 17 recipients on Friday.

“One of my top priorities is ensuring the success of rural Tennessee. With the assistance of these grants, communities across 21 counties will now have access to broadband that will aid in that success,” Lee said in a statement.

This is the third year the broadband grants have been available. This year, grantees have agreed to provide $29.8 million in matching funds to complete the projects for a combined investment of $49.5 million across the state.

Recipients range from $2 million to Ben Lomand Connect to serve parts of Cumberland County; $1.7 million to Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Cooperative to serve parts near the Brownsville community in Haywood County and $1.5 million to BTC Fiber to serve parts of Bledsoe County.

Mobile Blood drives stopped

MEDIC Regional Blood Center says mobile blood drives have been stopped until further notice and donors at the four donor centers will be seen by appointment only for the foreseeable future.

Donors may schedule an appointment online at http://www.medicblood.org or call 865-524-3074.

Staff, donors and visitors undergo a daily check-in upon arrival at any facility or mobile drive.