4 charged with making meth in Hawkins County

4 charged with making meth in Hawkins County

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Kathy Denice Kelly (source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office) Kathy Denice Kelly (source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Reece Smith (source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office) Michael Reece Smith (source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)
Jerry Scott Clifton (source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office) Jerry Scott Clifton (source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Shane Smith (source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office) Michael Shane Smith (source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)

CHURCH HILL (WATE) - A house fire in Hawkins County on March 11 led the sheriff's office to find meth making materials and arrest four people.

Officials say firefighters found meth materials in the basement of the home at 205 Walnut Grove Road. It's owned by Kathy Denice Kelly, 44.

After the flames were extinguished, narcotics officers seized stripped lithium battery casings, rubber tubing, empty pseudoephedrine blister packs and empty dry ice bags.

Kelly and another resident, Michael Reece Smith, 47, were arrested along with another man who was there, Jerry Scott Clifton, 40.

Michael Shane Smith, 23, fled the house on foot, but officers took him into custody the next day.

The sheriff's office quarantined the home where an arson investigation and a narcotics investigation continue. Two vehicles were also seized at the home.

Kelly was arrested at the house a second time the day after the fire. She is charged with promoting the manufacture of meth, maintaining a home where narcotics are housed and violation of quarantine. She is being held without bond.

Michael Reece Smith is charged with promoting the manufacture of meth and maintaining a home where narcotics are housed. He's being held on a $25,000 bond.

Michael Shane Smith is charged with promoting the manufacture of meth, maintaining a home where narcotics are housed and a probation violation. He's being held without bond.

Clifton is charged with promoting the manufacture of meth and possession of oxycodone. He was released on a $25,000 bond.

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