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Glenwood Drive Home Destroyed By Fire

A passerby alerted a Glenwood Drive woman to a fire that destroyed her home Thursday morning.

Lisa Fincher was at home when the fire started shortly before 8 a.m., authorities said, but escaped without injury after someone passing by saw flames and pounded on her door.

Fincher’s husband, Louis, had left for work around 6 a.m. and smelled smoke, but thought it was coming from a neighbor’s home that has a fireplace. He called home to awaken his wife at around 7:30 a.m., authorities said.

No one received injuries in the fire.

Three volunteer fire departments — Mosheim, Orebank and Midway — responded to 2070 Glenwood to fight the blaze, which was called in to Greene County 911 shortly before 8 a.m.

The first units on the scene found one bedroom completely engulfed in flames, according to Harold Williamson, chief of the Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department. That department took the lead in investigating the fire.

The residence was a mobile home that had rooms and a roof built onto it. Investigators determined the cause of the fire to have been electrical, starting at the bottom of a breaker box in the bedroom hallway area, Williamson said.

Due to the fire and the extreme heat damage, the residence is a total loss, he said. The home’s value was estimated at $75,000 with the value of the contents estimated at $60,000.

Photos taken by a firefighter showed some contents, including a family Bible, survived the flames.

In addition to the three departments, the DeBusk Volunteer Department’s Rehab Unit responded to the scene. That unit provides resources to help firefighters take care of their physical needs while fighting a fire, such as fluids to help them stay hydrated.

Chaplain Danny Ricker responded to the scene to assist the family and emergency responders. The Red Cross and family members came to the scene to provide assistance to the family, Williamson said.

Also on the scene were the Greeneville-Greene County Emergency Medical Services, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and Greeneville Light & Power System.

Trekking Through History

Prominent pioneer-era figures like David “Davy” Crockett, the Overmountain Men and “Mad Anne” Bailey will come to life through historians and re-enactors this weekend.

The Coalition of Historical Trekkers, Overmountain Victory Trail Association and interpreter Suzanne Thomson will be at David Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone for “first-person” programming, a news release from the park said.

The park is at 1245 Davy Crockett Park Road in Limestone.

Wagon rides to the Crockett Homestead start at 5 p.m. Saturday. Guests should meet at the campground pavilion.

The Coalition of Historical Trekkers is dedicated to the preservation and study of pre-1860 frontier people in America.

Coalition members consider themselves “experimental archaeologists,” involved in one or more eras of the historical time frame from 1600 to the year 1860, the release said.

The group, with members traveling to the area from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, plans to camp at the park this weekend.

“Please consider joining us this weekend,” said Park Manager Jackie Fisher. “Historical campers are encouraged to participate and sit around a campground with these fine folks.”

Greene Countian Steve Ricker, an award-winning historical interpreter, and other members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association will also be at the park to recount the march to King’s Mountain in 1780.

The Battle at King’s Mountain is believed by many to be the turning point of the American Revolution, and David Crockett’s father, John Crockett, was a member of the Overmountain Victory Men, the release said. Crockett settled on the Nolichucky River after he returned to what is now known as East Tennessee.

Interpreter Suzanne Thomson will share the story of “Mad Anne Bailey,” a frontier scout, huntress, and American heroine. Known as the “White Squaw” of the Kanawha Valley to some, and “Mad Anne” to others, her story is of frontier devastation, madness and ultimate triumph, the release said.

“Don’t miss this opportunity to see first-person interpretation at its finest,” Fisher said.

Situated along the Nolichucky River, David Crockett Birthplace State Park has 88 campsites — 40 with full hook-ups (water, electric and sewer), 30 with water and electric only and 18 primitive tent sites without hook-ups.

RV campsites can accommodate any size RV, and small tents may be put up beside the RVs. A swimming pool and a playground are located adjacent to the camping area.

The 105-acre park sits just upstream from the falls of the scenic Nolichucky River and is maintained as a memorial to David “Davy” Crockett. It includes an 18th-century living farmstead, replica cabin, limestone marker and visitor center exhibits.

The Nolichucky River provides fishing opportunities for a variety of fish including smallmouth and largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, redeye and catfish, and there are three picnic pavilions, two of which can be reserved by the public. All pavilions are equipped with grills and nearby restrooms.

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Broyles' Funeral Is Sunday

Funeral services for longtime Greene County Mayor Alan D. Broyles have been planned for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bewley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, where he was a member and held a variety of leadership positions.

The Rev. Mark Barber, John Pursley and the Rev. Danny Ricker will officiate, and the eulogy will be delivered by Broyles’ close friend, O.J. Early. Interment is to follow in Bewley’s Chapel Cemetery.

Broyles, 70, died Wednesday as the result of a farming accident on his Warrensburg community property. His tractor apparently flipped on a hillside, ejecting him, a Greene County Sheriff’s Department report said.

Obituary information provided by Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home said the family will receive friends 2-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home on Tusculum Boulevard. (For more details, see the complete obituary on page 6A.)

Broyles was a former Greene County mayor, commissioner, teacher, farmer and veteran and was currently serving as chairman of the Greene County Republican Party.

September’s Greene County GOP meeting, scheduled for Monday, has been canceled, active member and former party chairman Brett Purgason, a friend of Broyles’, said Thursday.

A successor will be named and plans for the group’s October meeting will be announced in the future.

Contributions in Broyles’ honor may be made to Bewley’s Chapel Cemetery, c/o Paulette Fezell, 4930 Warrensburg Road, Greeneville, TN 37743.

Afton Woman Charged With Fleeing Scene Of Crash She Caused

Authorities say an Afton woman fled the scene after causing a serious wreck Thursday on East Andrew Johnson Highway near Walmart.

Melba J. Rice, 83, of 4140 Erwin Highway, faces charges of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, according to a report from the Greeneville Police Department.

Just before 9 a.m., Rice was in the left turn lane on East Andrew Johnson Highway to turn onto Morgan Road. However, she turned right in front of both eastbound lanes, causing another vehicle to make a hard right turn to avoid Rice’s SUV, according to an accident report.

That driver lost control of his sedan and struck a large utility pole, causing major vehicle damage and resulting in injuries to the driver, the report stated. He had to be extricated from the wreckage.

Information about man’s identity is not available, as it was redacted from the report.

Rice allegedly stopped briefly and got out of her SUV following the accident and then got back into her vehicle and left the scene of the crash without speaking to law enforcement, the report stated.

Greeneville police sought the public’s assistance in identifying the driver, and Rice was identified using video surveillance from several sources, the report stated.

GPD issued a news release around noon saying that Rice had been identified and charged. Officers went to Rice’s residence and served a summons for her to appear in General Sessions Court on Friday.

Greeneville-Greene County Emergency Medical Services transported the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.

Authorities did not know his condition at the time the GPD report was filed.