Reward offered in fatal shooting of Carter County man, who was set to move into his new home

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) — A reward is being offered for information on a shooting that killed a Carter County man over the weekend.

Sheriff Dexter Lunceford has announced a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot and killed Kevin Hathaway, 63, at a home on Bowman Road.

The sheriff’s office says an anonymous person provided “valuable information” and investigators are encouraging that person to come forward again. They are also seeking information that anyone else may have.

“We have several leads that we’re following up on at this time,” Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said.

Lunceford said investigators do not believe it was a random shooting or robbery attempt.

“This was not a random incident. This was a targeted hit. For what reason, we don’t know yet,” Lunceford said.

Hathaway was two months or so away from starting a new chapter of his life. For months, he had worked alongside volunteers and staff with Holston Habitat for Humanity to make his dream come true — to build a brand new and safe home of his own. A home dedication ceremony was scheduled for next week.

Habitat for Humanity held a celebration back in February kicking off the construction of Hathaway’s future home. News Channel 11’s Ashley Sharp spoke with him at the event.

“I’m very grateful. There’s not enough words to express my thanks and how happy I am with all of this that’s going on, everything that’s been done, and all the people that have contributed or volunteered for this,” Hathaway said. “It’s awesome. I mean, really it is awesome.”

The executive director of Holston Habitat for Humanity said, “Kevin was a kind man with a gentle spirit, and we are deeply saddened by this tremendous loss. We are grieving that he never got to live in his Habitat home.”

Lunceford says deputies have increased patrols in the Milligan area as a precaution.

“The people in that neighborhood have nothing to worry about,” Lunceford said. “There’s nobody wandering around out there shooting people. That’s not the case here.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 423-542-1849.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story stated that Kevin Hathaway was set to move into his new home in late April. The story has been corrected to state that he was set to move in two or so months from now. A home dedication ceremony was scheduled for late April.

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