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August 2015 Detective of the Month

Thursday, 01 October 2015

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates August’s Detective of the Month, Mitch Buckner.

On August 15th, Detective Buckner received a call about a female who had possibly been kidnapped and murdered. He immediately began a detailed investigation that spanned over the following two days. After a 60-hour investigation, the victim was located safe and a multi-state drug trafficking group believed to be transporting methamphetamine was revealed.

Detective Buckner has been with the KCSO since October 1996.





August 2015 Officer of the Month

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates August’s Officer of the Month, Tony Karnes.

On August 12th, Sgt. Tony Karnes was walking on Gay Street when he was told that an unconscious man was lying on the sidewalk. The victim was unconscious, unresponsive, and turning blue. Sgt. Karnes ensured that an ambulance had been called and began chest compressions. The victim regained consciousness, but then lost consciousness again, prompting Sgt. Karnes to resume chest compressions. The ambulance arrived and Rural Metro took over the care of the victim. Hours later, a check with the hospital revealed that the victim was alive and expected to recover.

Sgt. Karnes has been with the KCSO since May 1998.




July 2015 Detective of the Month

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates July’s Detective of the Month, Jerry Massey.

While conducting an unrelated investigation on July 23rd, Detective Massey noticed a vehicle matching the description of one that had been involved in numerous thefts in Blount County and surrounding counties. Detective Massey remembered that the Blount County Sheriff’s Office had asked officers to be on the lookout for the vehicle and retrieved the information on the vehicle and suspect. He contacted the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and officers responded to the scene. The suspect (as well as another) were taken into custody. Because of Detective Massey’s efforts, two theft suspects were arrested and a large amount of stolen property was recovered.

Detective Massey has been with the KCSO since January 1997.



Two Flown by Lifestar Following Crash

Thursday, 24 September 2015
Two people were flown to the hospital by Lifestar this afternoon following a North Knox County crash. According to the initial investigation, 36-year-old Rondie Michael Nicely of Knoxville was traveling northbound on Tazewell Pike just after 12:00 p.m. when his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic. His dark green Jeep Cherokee struck a cable company utility van head-on. Both Nicely and the driver of the van were extricated from their vehicles and transported to UT Medical Center by Lifestar. It is unknown whether or not the two were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Speed was a factor on Nicely's part. Alcohol and drugs were not factors on the van driver's part, and it is unknown at this time whether alcohol and drugs were factors on Nicely's part. Nicely is charged with driving on a revoked license and no proof of insurance, with other charges pending further investigation. He has a criminal history in Knox County that includes vehicular assault, DUI, driving on revoked, public intoxication, unlawful possession of a weapon, evading arrest, reckless driving, and burglary.



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