McMinn County Man Faces Arson Charge Stemming from October 2013 Riceville Fire

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 | 11:51am

NASHVILLE – A McMinn County Grand Jury has indicted a McMinn County man on an arson charge stemming from an October 2013 fire in the Riceville Community.

State Fire Marshal’s Office Bomb & Arson Unit investigators were first notified by the McMinn County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) after a fire occurred at 10:40 p.m. Oct. 20, 2013 in a structure on the 500 block of County Road 51 in the Riceville Community. 

The structure was vacant and belonged to Carolyn Carter.

During the course of the subsequent investigation, Bomb & Arson special agents and MCSO detectives discovered there was an ongoing family property dispute, and Ricky Carter became a person of interest.

The results of the investigation were presented to a McMinn County Grand Jury who indicted Ricky Carter, who is a brother to Carolyn Carter's late husband, on a charge of arson.

Carter was arrested on May 2, 2015 and transported to the McMinn County Jail.

To report a suspected arson, call the Tennessee Arson Hotline at (1-800-762-3017). The Arson Hot Line is a phone line dedicated to receiving information about suspicious and incendiary fires. It is answered 24 hours a day and you may remain anonymous when providing information.