Fire Destroys Massive Greeneville His...

Fire Destroys Massive Greeneville Historic Tobacco Warehouse

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Update at 7:45 a.m.: ------------------------------ Plumes of smoke are hanging over downtown Greeneville, Tennessee, this morning after a massive fire destroyed an historic warehouse which had been undergoing ...

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Donnie

Gallatin, TN

#1 Aug 1, 2008
Gotta read this one folks. What has happened to todays youth. These were two bad dudes. My daughter works with handicapped people on the same street Rose lived on. I just wonder how he managed to steal 4 tombstones, and bring them into his house? Crazy, I'll tell you!!!
Donnie

Gallatin, TN

#2 Aug 1, 2008
Oh yeah, warehouse valued at 1 million dollars...
MrKnowItAll

Eddyville, KY

#3 Aug 2, 2008
Fight fire with fire, baby.
Donnie

Gallatin, TN

#4 Aug 8, 2008
The really cool part is that he took a pic on his cell phone in front of it holding the cocktail...
fransson

Athens, Greece

#5 Aug 24, 2008
i knew him, best friend at the time. what do u mean by, holding the cocktail????
a park

Franklin, TN

#6 Jul 17, 2010
fransson wrote:
i knew him, best friend at the time. what do u mean by, holding the cocktail????
now it will be a park
really

Durham, NC

#7 Aug 2, 2010
fransson wrote:
i knew him, best friend at the time. what do u mean by, holding the cocktail????
I know this happened over two years ago, but I'm really tired of stumbling accross forums and other discussions that bash Matt and Jori. I'm not saying that what they did was right, but saying that they were bad people shows that you obviously didn't know them. Maybe instead of going on and on about how the should have been punished harder and what horrible people they are, you shoud be praying for them, their friends, their families, and everybody else that was affected by what they did. Matt and I were really close at the time this happened, in fact he was living with a really close friend of mine at the time. I wish I could say more on Jori but I had only met him a handful of times. Anyway, my point is don't judge when you have NO idea who these people were or what good they may have done prior to their mistake.
Anonymous

Gallatin, TN

#8 Aug 2, 2010
Amen really, that is all people on here know how to do is
Good Post

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#9 Aug 2, 2010
really wrote:
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I know this happened over two years ago, but I'm really tired of stumbling accross forums and other discussions that bash Matt and Jori. I'm not saying that what they did was right, but saying that they were bad people shows that you obviously didn't know them. Maybe instead of going on and on about how the should have been punished harder and what horrible people they are, you shoud be praying for them, their friends, their families, and everybody else that was affected by what they did. Matt and I were really close at the time this happened, in fact he was living with a really close friend of mine at the time. I wish I could say more on Jori but I had only met him a handful of times. Anyway, my point is don't judge when you have NO idea who these people were or what good they may have done prior to their mistake.
Very good post, and your friends are fortunate to have you for a friend. Let them know that you are praying for them.

They have youth in their favor and can overcome this obstacle if they decide to live honest lives. Of course there will be setbacks they will experience - because something like this doesn't go away completely.

Pray for them to be tough along with the being honest part.
Hen

Gallatin, TN

#10 Aug 3, 2010
The boys grew their hair long to show how they wanted to look. Police report: They drew an upside down Star of David on a few properties trying to decide which building they wanted to burn down. Finally by a draw of choice they chose the building on Main Street that was being restored to be a car museum. This is one of three buildings mentioned by the Greeneville Sun article based on discussion of the Greeneville Light and Power Board a year prior to it being burned down. The boys took a bible to the building and stabbed it with a steely knife placed on the large upside down Star of David with a few other measures added the building was on fire.

The Greeneville Sun articles stopped. The owner of the building is in slight harms way of possible bankruptcy selling off parts of his familiesí businesses.
itwasmyhouse

Durham, NC

#11 Aug 3, 2010
First of all, IT WAS NOT A BIBLE, and it was not taken to the building and there where no Star of David. The book that was stabbed was something similiar to a Christian dictionary that was over 50 years old, and it was stabbed in Matts room and thats where it stayed until the weekend after the fire when I cleaned up everything. As for the "Star of David" they were inverted crosses, which goes to prove the point that, unless you were directly involved with these boys, you don't know shit about what really happend. The newspaper couldn't even get the color of the vehicle right. And as for Matt showing "no signs of remorse", the FIRST thing he said when the cops arrested him was, "did anybody get hurt?" Now, if thats not a slight sign of remorse then what is? You want to know how I know these things? Because, I WAS THERE! This all took place IN MY HOUSE! I was the one that had to spend the night in the police station over something that I took no part in. I was the one that was not allowed to go home for 2 days because my house and all my property was considered a crime scene. I was the one who had to listen to ALL of Greeneville talk about the "house full of devil worshipers" in Greeneville, and how "they sacrifice animals in their back yard" and all sorts of other BULLSHIT! I'm not trying to start an arguement over this, I just want to make a point that unless you were there, you don't know what happened so stop acting like you do.
Hen

Gallatin, TN

#12 Aug 3, 2010
This is what didnít happen in your bed room the night of the fire.

The dream of a community shared car exhibit in downtown Greeneville is burnt.

The place for local family downtown amusement to do and see really neat things with the spouse and kids is burnt.

One of the oldest building in Greeneville was about to be put back into use and not is burnt.

Children in local schools read the Greeneville Sun story on how other young men in Greeneville had a night of lighting a building on fire.

President Andrew Johnsonís Home place was scorched with flames from the fire and almost was lost too.

A local Greeneville neighborhood was evacuated from their home and waited the night not knowing if their homes and all their belongings would be burnt up by morning.

Other factory owners wondered if a cult has invaded Greeneville and has planned more buildings to be burned within the weeks end.

Teachers put on alert to look for possible copy cat actions in students and to try to defuse their actions as quickly as possible.

Tax money used to prosecute and defend court proceedings.

A man who put a lot of his time and money into a dream is at the verge of total loss.

A man who put his familyís money into an old warehouse lost thousands upon thousands of dollars.

Greeneville residents lost millions of tourism dollars because of the fire.

This is what didnít happen in your bed room the night of the fire.
Hen

Gallatin, TN

#13 Aug 3, 2010
I don't need to know anything else that happened, I know enough to make me sick.

I don't want to know if it involved sex, lies, bitterness, love, child abuse, rape, anger, worship, selfishness, drugs, porn, incest, taboo, immoral, genetic, abusive, color,

The pain it cost my friends is more pain than I can handle alone.
stupid kids

Johnson City, TN

#14 Aug 3, 2010
That place held alot of memories for me as a child ,same as my children,not so for my grandchildren.They will never know the story of the trolls who lived there....
Wow

Johnson City, TN

#15 Aug 4, 2010
You know, I agree that it was very sad that these kids burned down the warehouse. I am a business leader here in Greeneville and have lived here all my life. Without doubt, they destroyed a long standing part of our community. I do think "Hen" is taking the response to the extreme. I remember being a teenager and making some very stupid decisions that could have caused harm to others. I came from a great family that was very involved, loving and caring. I am not certain as to the family life of these two youung men, but could guess that at least one of the two didn't have the upbringing needed to make wise desisions in life. Although I think their prison sentence is justified, it is still sad to see two young men who will spend the first several years of their adult lives behind bars.

As to "Hen's" comments. I would like to counter. As stated, although very sad to see the destruction of the building, c'mon!

The dream of a community shared car exhibit in downtown Greeneville is burnt.(Really? I, as most, would not feel that a car museum would be a dream of the community)

The place for local family downtown amusement to do and see really neat things with the spouse and kids is burnt.(I agree we need "amusement" for downtown, but can assure you that few would darken the door of the place)

One of the oldest building in Greeneville was about to be put back into use and not is burnt.(Agreed)

Children in local schools read the Greeneville Sun story on how other young men in Greeneville had a night of lighting a building on fire.(I actually think that others will see that these young men went to jail and think about how stupid their actions were. To date, we have not seen a repeat of the actions and I am most certain we will not see copy cats)

President Andrew Johnsonís Home place was scorched with flames from the fire and almost was lost too.(Agree, very sad)

A local Greeneville neighborhood was evacuated from their home and waited the night not knowing if their homes and all their belongings would be burnt up by morning.(Agree)

Other factory owners wondered if a cult has invaded Greeneville and has planned more buildings to be burned within the weeks end.(Really? People often think crazy things, don't they?)

Teachers put on alert to look for possible copy cat actions in students and to try to defuse their actions as quickly as possible.(Agree)

Tax money used to prosecute and defend court proceedings.(Totally agree!)

A man who put a lot of his time and money into a dream is at the verge of total loss.(With the nose dive in the economy, Kent should probably see this as a mixed blessing. He was able to get insurance money instead of spending tons of money about the time that several of his investments were in financial despair and his overall financial situation was tested)

A man who put his familyís money into an old warehouse lost thousands upon thousands of dollars.(Again, insurance money covered the loss)

Greeneville residents lost millions of tourism dollars because of the fire.(Millions of tourism dollars? Really? A car museum would bring in millions. I won't even comment, but you must be living in a dream land)

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Again, I agree this was tragic, but let's not overstate the issue. The true problem here is that parents are allowing their children to run amuck with little adult supervision. If we want to stop these issues, we must get to the root of the problem and work on bringing back the two parent family structure.
itwasmyhouse

Durham, NC

#16 Aug 5, 2010
I'm not saying that Mr. Bewley, or the community did not suffer a tremendous loss that night. I understand that the fire affected many peolple directly and indirectly. My entire point was that you can't always believe everything you hear when it comes down to the details of what exactly happened. The only thing that was consistent through the whole thing form July 31st when the fire was set to February when the boys were sentenced was that 2 18 year old boys went looking for something to burn and happened to choose the Bewley warehouse. Ultimatly thats all that matters anyway, who cares about why they did it, what religion they claimed to be, or anything else.

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