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KCSO Graduates 28 Recruits This Friday at Clear Springs Baptist Church

Monday, 21 May 2018

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy will graduate 28 recruits during a special ceremony on Friday, May 25th at 10 a.m. at Clear Springs Baptist Church, located at 7350 Tazewell Pike in Corryton. The keynote speaker is 2018 Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Diane Black.

Recruits received 543 hours of intense training during the 12 weeks to meet the criteria set by Training (P.O.S.T.) and the Peace Officers Standards. Among their training was learning arrest procedures and the law, and developing expertise in firearms, driving, and defensive tactics.

19 of the recruits are from Knox County. One is from Claiborne County, two are from Monroe County, two are from the Harriman Police Department, one is from Putnam County, and three are from Tipton County.  Five outstanding recruits will be recognized for their achievements with the Physical Fitness award, the Mark Currier Award for Courage, Academic Honors, Firearms Proficiency, and Overall Excellence.

The Training Academy was established in 1996 and has since graduated hundreds of recruits.



Knoxville-Knox County Peace Officers Memorial Service

Friday, 18 May 2018

Law Enforcement Officers who died during the previous year were honored this morning at the Knoxville-Knox County Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Civic Coliseum.  Their families placed a rose in remembrance in a special wreath guarded by the University of Tennessee Police Department.   University of Tennessee Medical Center Security Officers stood watch over a collage of pictures of the officers being honored today.

Keynote speaker was Sergeant Lowell Russell of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  Russell received life threatening injuries in 2012 when he was on the side of 1-40 just inside the Knoxville city limits on a traffic stop when a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of his cruiser sending it some 300 feet as it turned into a fireball.  Lowell miraculously survived and wrote a book a few years ago about his ordeal overcoming his massive injuries.

The committee which organizes the yearly memorial is made up of members of the FBI, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the University of Tennessee Police Department.



Two Men Arrested Following Discovery of Large Amount of Drugs

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Two men were found in possession of a large quantity of drugs and arrested yesterday afternoon in Northwest Knox County. 22-year-olds Isaiah Weatherspoon and Christopher Allen, both of Knoxville, were taken into custody without incident at 3707 Gunnison Way just after 2:00 p.m. Monday. The arrests followed a joint investigation by detectives with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Postal Investigations Services that yielded the following:

Approximately 13 pounds of marijuana
Approximately one pound of hash
Over 10,000 Xanax pills
Over 30 amphetamine pills
Numerous THC edibles
Approximately 20 grams of medical cannabis
a large amount of cash
three vehicles

Weatherspoon is charged with possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities; possession of a firearm during a drug offense; and the manufacture, delivery, sell, and possession of schedule VI drugs, schedule V drugs, schedule IV drugs, and schedule II drugs with a combined $65,500 bond.

Allen is charged with possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities, and schedule VI drugs: drug free zone other than school with a combined $10,500 bond.



2018 Knoxville-Knox County Peace Officers Memorial Service

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The annual Knoxville-Knox County Peace Officers Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the Civic Coliseum. All law enforcement agencies from the Knoxville area will remember the service of peace officers who passed away from May 2017 until the present. Families of the officers will be escorted to a memorial wreath where they will place a flower in memory of their loved ones, and a special message will be delivered by THP Sergeant Lowell Russell.

This year, we will honor the following officers:

Special Agent Robert E. Houser, FBI

Special Agent Ralph Perrigo, FBI

Lieutenant T. Michael Cheaves, KCSO

Captain Billy R. Cowden, KCSO

Dasko, KCSO

Corrections Officer Douglas Dean Dozier, KCSO

Corrections Officer Paul Edward “Eddie” McMillan, KCSO

Sergeant Terry L. Montgomery, KCSO

Officer Chester Alan VanWinkle, KCSO

Deputy Chief Rudy G. Bradley, Sr., KPD

Officer Arthur Kelly Byrd, Jr., KPD

Captain Clyde E. Hall, Sr., KPD

Officer Barry L. Hill, KPD

Lieutenant Kenneth C. Milligan, KPD

Investigator Thomas M. Pressley, KPD

Deputy Chief John Dennis “J.D.” Price, Jr., KPD

Officer Edd W. Stair, KPD (also served as Captain for KCSO)

Officer Larry F. Vineyard, KPD

Sergeant Joe Creekmore, THP

Sergeant Fred Hillis, THP

Lieutenant Harold Strunk, THP

Lieutenant Geddes M. Attaway, UTPD

Captain Harold James Underwood, Sr. UTPD

This is a truly collaborative effort with all the law enforcement agencies from Knoxville-Knox County participating in the program: Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Knoxville Police Department, University of Tennessee Police, University of Tennessee Medical Center Police, Tennessee Highway Patrol, TBI, FBI, and support from the Fraternal Order of Police Volunteer Lodge Number 2.

Nationally, May 15th is designated National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week containing May 15th is National Police Week.  President John F. Kennedy signed it into law in 1962.



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