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Sunday fire destroys McBroom family home
Overton County residents charged with TennCare fraud
Tree deaths upset Keeton Street residents

Sunday fire destroys McBroom family home

Darren Oliver photo

A Rickman volunteer fireman sprays water into the home of Elvis and Liberty McBroom after it became engulfed in flames. Rickman Fire Department was dispatched by text to the Fox Den Lane residence at 2:58 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.

Elvis McBroom stated that his daughter Hannah,9, was asleep on the couch at the time of the fire, and that she normally would have been in the bedroom where the fire started. He said he had decided not to wake her after she had fallen asleep while watching television Saturday night. He said, when he heard the fire alarm go off, he got up, smelled the smoke, and told his wife to get the kids out while he went to the back bedroom to get their 2 year-old, Abigail. He said he could hear the rumble from the heat of the fire and picked up Abigail, covered her mouth to protect her from the smoke, and ran down the hallway and out the door. After he went out the door the bedroom window where the fire started blew out.

Also in the home at the time of the fire were 4 year-old Zachery, 5 year-old Emaleigh, and 6 year-old Alex. No injuries were reported from the fire.
Rickman Fire Chief Ray Neal said, “By all appearances it was an electrical fire.”

A fund has been set up a First National Bank to help the McBrooms. Those wishing to aid the McBrooms may call Mr. McBroom at (931) 510-5782.

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Overton County residents charged with TennCare fraud

Eddie D. Ray

Lisa A. Beaver

A man and woman from Overton County are charged with TennCare fraud for obtaining prescription medications through TennCare with the intent of selling the drugs.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrest of Lisa A. Beaver, 34, of Hilham, and Eddie D. Ray, 52, of Allons. Both arrests were assisted by Overton County Sheriff’s Office.

Beaver was charged with two counts of TennCare fraud for selling the painkiller Hydrocodone and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax to an undercover agent. These prescriptions were allegedly obtained by using her TennCare benefits.

Ray was charged with two counts of TennCare fraud for selling OxyContin to an undercover agent on two separate occasions. TennCare paid for the provider’s visit at the time the prescription was written.

Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said “The illegal trafficking of TennCare drugs is a problem across the state, and we simply will not tolerate it. Enrollees who participate in selling drugs paid for by TennCare, and those who buy them, should understand this is a serious crime we intend to prosecute.”

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison. Acting District Attorney General Anthony J. Craighead is prosecuting.

OIG, a law enforcement agency separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has worked cases leading to the arrest of over 700 individuals for TennCare fraud, with over almost $900,000 paid in restitution to TennCare, and total estimated cost avoidance in TennCare of over $80 million, according to latest figures.

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the State Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions.

Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tncarefraud.tennessee.gov and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud”.


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Tree deaths upset Keeton Street residents

Carson Oliver photo
The dead patch along the ground at a tree in the yard of Phillip and Betty McCormick is evidence of a herbicide used on Keeton Street to clear power lines.

Carson Oliver photo
This tree on Robert and Sharon Paul’s property shows the same dead area at the base.

Trees along Keeton Street are dying, and upset residents were convinced the situation was unnatural.

The trees appeared to have been poisoned, and a grainy substance was found around the base of the trees. Grass that had been growing near the trees is now dead.

The root of the problem turned out to not be shady business, but instead unskilled use of a granular herbicide in an attempt to cut off growth of limbs near power lines.

According to an Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation official, the herbicide was applied last winter to the trees by a worker of a contractor for UCEMC to keep the power lines cleared. The individual has been disciplined for this action, and the contractor will no longer be using this type of herbicide.

The herbicide is not poisonous to humans or animals, according to UCEMC, and is normally used along fence rows on farms.

Anyone with tree problems concerning UCEMC power lines may call Dennie Chilton, right-of-way supervisor, at 265-1099.

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