Rogersville man facing trespassing, vandalism, arson charges

A Rogersville man who was told not to trespass on a local property previously, is in trouble for doing just that, plus vandalism and arson charges.

Dennis Wayne Everhart, 51, of College Street, is charged in connection to destroying a barn valued at $5,000.

At 8:47 p.m. on September 4, deputies from the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office were called to U.S. Highway 11EW for a structure fire involving a barn belonging to Don Messina. The barn was deemed a total loss.

During the investigation, Everhart was developed as a suspect. When interviewing Everhart, he stated that he was putting fuel in a camping lantern for light and after he lit the lantern, flames shot out of the lantern and caught some bed sheets on fire. Everhart advised that the fire spread quickly, so he ran away.

According to Det. Michael Lope, of the HCSO, Medina stated that Everhart had been told several times not to be on his property due to his past trespassing incidents.