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      Reward doubled for information into woman's death

      The Blount County District Attorney's Office is now offering a $20,000 reward for information regarding the fire death of an elderly woman February 8, 2014. (abc3340.com)

      The Blount County District Attorney's Office has doubled the reward amount for information regarding the fire death of an elderly woman in February.

      Rhonette Lyles, 77, was found dead in a house fire on Mormon Road in the Horton community Feb. 8, and investigators believe the blaze was intentionally started.

      District attorney Pamela Casey said an anonymous donation from a relative of the victim, who worked for over 30 years as a teacher at Cleveland Elementary School prior to her death, allowed her office to now offer $20,000 in reward money for tips leading to an arrest in the case.

      Anyone with information regarding the fire and/or death of Lyles is asked to please call the Blount County Crime Stoppers at 205-274-2746.

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