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Kingston homeowner charged with insurance fraud after fire

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By Damon Lawrence

The owner of a home that caught on fire last fall has been charged with insurance fraud.

Michael Anthony Hall, 56, was indicted on the charge by the Roane County grand jury on June 18. He was arrested at the Sonic Drive-In in Kingston on Wednesday.

Hall’s home sits on a hill at 200 Fourth St. near the Roane County Courthouse. Kingston Police Officer Brian Luttrell reported seeing smoke coming from the roof of the home around 9 p.m. on Nov. 15.
Flames were later seen coming from the structure. The Kingston and Harriman Fire Departments responded to extinguish the blaze. The report said the fire started in the attic, and at the time the report was filed it listed the cause as “under investigation.” 
The indictment accuses Hall of intentionally filing a false insurance claim on the property of more than $60,000. Tommie Morelock with the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Section is listed as the prosecutor on the indictment.  
The county has been purchasing properties around the courthouse, but County Executive Ron Woody said there is no interest in buying Hall’s home.