Tragedy struck area farm

Posted By | January 3, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Emergency 911 dispatched several fire departments to the scene of a barn fire on Board Valley Road on Dec. 31, 2001. The fire was a tremendous loss to owner Dave Hacker. Chief Lew Betterton of the Cherry Creek Fire Department said, “The fire consumed the barn, one years’ supply of hay, a John Deer tractor, a four wheeler and a mule.”
At approximately 9:53 a.m., Monday, both Cherry Creek Fire Department and Sparta Fire Department were dispatched to the scene of a barn fire on Board Valley Road. Neighbors stood by and watched as flames and smoke billowed from the structure.
Caney Fork Electric was called to the scene to disconnect the electric service from the barn. Approximately 15 firefighters worked diligently to extinguish the fire.
Several deputies from the White County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene and helped with traffic control. At one point, Deputy John Haley of the White County Sheriff’s Department asked onlookers to step behind one of the fire trucks as a precautionary measure due to a fuel tank being located behind the structure.
Sparta Fire Department lent their assistance until approximately 10:54 a.m. Cherry Creek firemen were on the scene until approximately 11:24 a.m. and Chief Betterton said, “The fire is still under investigation.”
Additional charges after warrant is served
A White County man was arrested for an active warrant and received several other charges when authorities searched him.
At approximately 2:04 p.m., Jan. 2, 2002, Deputy Connor Wardlaw of the White County Sheriff’s Department stopped a vehicle on Simpson Road due to an active warrant on the driver. James Scottie Morris, 36, was pulled over on Simpson Road and was searched before his arrest. One small marijuana cigarette, three pipes with marijuana residue, one small plastic baggie with white residue field tested positive for methamphetamine and two glass pipes with white residue were found. Morris was placed under arrest and transported to the White County Jail.

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