The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is requesting the public’s assistance to generate new information about an unsolved Roane County homicide case currently under investigation by the TBI, Roane County Sheriff’s Office and 9th Judicial District Attorney General’s office. The victim’s family is also offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder.
A family member who had not heard from 85-year-old Charles Russell Blevins, went to his home located at 138 Hart Orchard Road in Kingston, Tenn. on Sunday, August 12 and called 911 when he discovered the victim’s body. Blevins had been shot multiple times.
Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said detectives found no evidence of forced entry.
The sheriff said it was possible Blevins was acquainted with the person who shot him. Investigators found several bullet casings from a 9 mm pistol, which could have been one Blevins owned.
The medical examiner found a multitude of exit wounds because bullet fragments had broken apart, according to the sheriff.
The sheriff said several persons of interest had been interviewed and some may be interviewed again.
Blevins was retired from the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge. He lived alone off Paint Rock Ferry Road. His property bordered Watts Bar Lake approximately three miles south of Kingston. The home was nearly a mile from the road. Sheriff Stockton said Blevins enjoyed feeding wild animals that came near his home, including raccoons and vultures that would eat out of his hand. Anyone with information about the crime is urged to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463) or the Roane County Sheriff’s Office at (865) 376-5582.
By Wes Hall