And the man who was ultimately charged with the crime was none other than Tiptonville's own fire chief , James Blackburn
, 58.He was not only fire chief of the 24-member Volunteer Fire Department, he also was director of the Tiptonville Water Department.
association with both agencies of local government came to an end Oct. 23 when he
and three other firefighters were arrested and charged with multiple counts of arson that allegedly occurred over a two-year period.
...Rhodes filed 10 counts of arson against Blackburn; four counts against firefighter Floyd Joe Kilburn, 50; two counts against firefighter Chris Bur-rus; and two counts against Blackburn's grandson, Brandon Blackburn, 19.
I knew James
(Blackburn) before he
worked for the city.
The lone charge remaining against Blackburn
said, is a "good charge, with three witnesses."
"All three confessed," he