Reward doubled for information on murder



The body of Rhonette Harris Lyles was found in February in her burned-out home on Moman Road in Horton. The original reward amount of $10,000 has now been doubled after an anonymous donation, according to the Blount County District Attorney’s Office.

The $20,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons connected to the crime. The first $10,000 of the reward comes through various law enforcement agencies.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the fire was a result of arson and District Attorney Pamela Casey said investigators have been following leads from outside the county.

Lyles, 77, taught at Cleveland Elementary School for 23 years.

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call Blount County Crime Stoppers at 274-2746 or the district attorney’s office at 625-4171.