Vandals target Hawkins school, church, fire hall

Jeff Bobo • Dec 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County authorities are investigating three separate acts of vandalism that occurred during the past holiday week at a school, a church and a volunteer fire department.

On Wednesday, Clinch Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dave Knight reported that someone had vandalized Station II at 1165 Clinch Valley Road, as well as a Pepsi machine outside the station.

Although the nature of the vandalism was not specified in the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office report, damage to the station was estimated at $2,000, while damage to the Pepsi machine was estimated at $1,500.

Knight requested additional patrol checks of both Clinch Valley fire stations as a result of the vandalism.

In an unrelated incident, HCSO Deputy Lynn Campbell found broken windows at the Cherokee High School football ticket booths around 2 a.m. Tuesday during a routine patrol of the school.

Campbell stated in his report it appeared that no one had entered the buildings, but a total of three windows were broken at the ticket booths.

Upon further inspection of the campus, Campbell observed that six other door windows at the school had been broken as well — two on the north side, two on the west side and two on the east side.

The value of the nine broken windows was estimated at $1,350.

And last Saturday it was reported that someone had stolen the copper tubing from the oil heater at the Ebbing and Flowing Spring Church, 190 Knox Hollow Road, Rogersville.

The damage was estimated at less than $400, and a church representative told the HCSO the theft must have occurred within the previous seven days.

Persons with information about any of these three incidents are asked to contact the HCSO at 272-4848.

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