Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
7th Annual Knoxville Law Enforcement Memorial 5K
The 7th Annual Knoxville Law Enforcement Memorial Run will be held on Saturday, May 10th at 8:00 a.m. at Volunteer Landing. Proceeds of the event benefit the establishment of a law enforcement memorial in Knoxville.
Runners may pre-register by visiting http://www.knoxlemr.com. Prerace packet pick up opportunities include Fleet Feet at Turkey Creek on May 8th from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Knoxville Police Department on May 9th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Day-of-race packet pick up will be held from 7:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. Same-day registration opens up at 6:30 a.m. Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a commemorative t-shirt, and day-of-race registrants will receive t-shirts while supplies last.
The race will begin at 8:00 a.m., and an awards ceremony will follow at 9:30 a.m. Runners do not need to be affiliated with a law enforcement agency to participate. For more information or to register online, please visit http://www.knoxlemr.com.
One Dead, Another Critically Injured in Car-Train Collision
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an afternoon collision between a car and a train that killed one woman and left her husband critically injured. Fifty-two year old Teresa Davis died at the scene after she was ejected from the roof of the car. Her husband, 58 year old Jack Davis, II was transported to U.T. Medical Center by Rural Metro with critical injuries. He was immediately taken into surgery. Officers said neither victim was wearing a seatbelt. They also said the train was traveling no more than 40 miles an hour at the time of the impact.
The collision happened around 2:30 at Ball Camp Road and Ball Camp Pike at a railroad crossing. Two witnesses told investigators that it looked like the couple didn’t see the westbound CSX train. They said the 2013 Chevy Equinox didn’t slow down. A family member said the couple was on the way back to their home at 8113 Ball Camp Pike from Teresa’s parents’ house which was near the train tracks where the accident occurred.
Officials from CSX were also on the scene investigating.
Ceremony to Rename Detention Facility
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office will honor the memory of one its long-time employees who died in February. The Knox County Detention Facility will be named the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility in a special dedication ceremony to be held on the steps of the facility, Monday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. The new name on the building will be revealed by members of the Wilson family and Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones.
Wilson, 55, was assistant chief over the highly successful inmate work program which provided thousands of hours of inmate service to non-profits, parks, churches, cemeteries, and city and county projects. He started at the Sheriff’s Office in 1992 as a control room clerk working his way through the corrections division as a corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and became an assistant chief in 2008.
He was also very popular in the Carter Community where he lived. He was a fixture at most school athletic events and very active in his church. Roger loved people and was known for his soft heart for anyone in need.
Law enforcement was in the Wilson blood. Roger’s father, Bill, retired as a captain in the KCSO after a long, illustrious career. Roger’s stepson, Adam, is an officer with the KCSO and Roger’s son, Andy, was also an officer at KCSO until his death in a car crash in 2008.
“I am proud to have worked with Roger and even more proud to have been his friend,” said Sheriff Jones. “I hope as people drive up to the facility and see Roger’s name they will realize just how much he meant to us.”
2014 KCSO Volunteer Luncheon
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office will honor its volunteers in a special luncheon today at 11:30 a.m. at the Foundry. KCSO volunteers assist with SCAN, Court Services, special events, office work, and visitation at the Detention Facility. In 2013, volunteers worked 14,494 hours. Since 1997, KCSO volunteers have put in 181,686 hours.