Arsonists destroy High Knob tower

Arsonists destroy High Knob tower

There are 21 comments on the Times-News Online story from Nov 1, 2007, titled Arsonists destroy High Knob tower. In it, Times-News Online reports that:

“Yeah, we're all glad to know you were here and in love”

An abominable Halloween trick is no treat for Wise Countians who learned of the destruction by fire of a treasured landmark on Wednesday. via Times-News Online

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Since: Aug 07

Coeburn, Virginia

#1 Nov 8, 2007
I hated to here about this. I have been there many of times. You can see 4 different states from there. Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia all in a panoramic view. Very nice on a sunny summer day. Hope it will be built back, bigger and better.
M Luntsford Chestnut

Conway, SC

#2 Nov 12, 2007
I was born and raised in Big Stone Gap and Appalachia, and of course spent much time on High Knob. I have lived in Myrtle Beach for 8 years now. I visit there often, and I have taken my husband to High Knob to show him all the states you can see and the beautiful scenery. This just makes me sad that it is another thing gone from my hometown to enjoy on my visits. That was one of the most beautiful places there. Many memories for alot of people lost. Hope you find who did it.
LisaAnne Clark

Winchester, KY

#3 Apr 7, 2009
AWE! I just saw this and hate to hear that! When I was little, my family would hike up there for picnics and a day of fun! My parents are now deceased, so this is my connection to the events and such in Wise. I now live in Bowling Green, and dont have any family left there so I dont get back to visit much, but I hate to hear this....If they rebuild, please let me know... I would love to show my husband and children this beautiful spot!
punisher

Cos Cob, CT

#4 Feb 1, 2011
there was just one arsonist. the funny thing is that he was a volinteer fire fighter at coeburn fire department.
high knob tower

United States

#5 Feb 1, 2011
I don't find it funny at all!
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Murfreesboro, TN

#6 Feb 2, 2011
Is it being rebuilt?
Mmhmm

Mount Juliet, TN

#7 Feb 2, 2011
punisher wrote:
there was just one arsonist. the funny thing is that he was a volinteer fire fighter at coeburn fire department.
get your fault straight! he was only on the fd because it was part of his probation!!
high knob tower

United States

#8 Feb 2, 2011
who cares what the reason was that he was a volunteer fire fighter... he's still a loser and what he did was wrong.
uoeno

Big Stone Gap, VA

#9 Oct 4, 2013
the dude who burnt it dow is now in a persion in MI my cousion is in jail with him its crazy he said he burnt it down because he was bored like wth lol but yes they r rebuilding one idk when it will be finished now and with the government shut down high knob is shut down so it sucks
yep

Norton, VA

#10 Oct 10, 2013
The person who did it is also a member of another fire department since he got out!
yeppers

Roanoke, VA

#11 Oct 10, 2013
His daddy is a lawyer and his mom's maiden name is Markham.
the one

United States

#13 Nov 5, 2013
The man who did it is on jasper fire department his name is nick owens
yeppers

Salem, VA

#14 Nov 6, 2013
His Ex-Step Dad is a lawyer and his Step Dad at the time had a lifetime career in the National Guard and his Uncle was a Sheriff Deputy at the Court House. So they thought they had the knowledge and influence to keep him from going to jail. They tried to use the post traumatic stress syndrome card. He was out of control before he went into the National Guard. His Mom and Step Dad got him into the National Guard to see if that would teach him dicipline but as you can see it didn't work, he was still out of control.
Nick Owens

Wise, VA

#15 Feb 19, 2014
I like the comments, if you want answer's don't throw around aimless ideas of this and that. Just ask, forget the news and forget what you think and to yeppers, I'd like to sit down with you and see just how much you really think you know.
IKnow

Big Stone Gap, VA

#16 Feb 19, 2014
You're an arsonist and an internet troll (dug this up from how long ago??)

Since: Nov 12

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#17 Feb 19, 2014
Nick Owens wrote:
I like the comments, if you want answer's don't throw around aimless ideas of this and that. Just ask, forget the news and forget what you think and to yeppers, I'd like to sit down with you and see just how much you really think you know.
You're a lowlife criminal. No one cares about your side of the story.
Lol

Big Stone Gap, VA

#18 Feb 20, 2014
Not having to do much brings boredom. If you don't care then do yourself a favor and stfu. That is all. Lol
Harry Richards

Matthews, NC

#19 Feb 20, 2014
Nick Owens, I'd love to sit down w/ you. Your dumb a** destroyed so many decades of history.I hope karma comes back around to you very soon.

Since: Nov 12

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#20 Feb 21, 2014
Harry Richards wrote:
Nick Owens, I'd love to sit down w/ you. Your dumb a** destroyed so many decades of history.I hope karma comes back around to you very soon.
Don't give him the satisfaction of knowing he had any effect on yours or anyone else's life
Former friend of her

Covington, VA

#22 Mar 14, 2016
That isn't all he did. He also blamed his current girlfriend for it, she had to talk to detectives and lived several hours away. She had only been there a couple of times, never when it happened. He also killed her dog. She tried to get him to deal with the consequences of that, but he was already going to prison for the tower.

He's scum and was horrible to her during all of this. It all happened at once.

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