Courthouse received no bomb threat, searched as precaution

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By Damon Lawrence

More than 20 courthouses around Tennessee reportedly received bomb threats on Nov. 27.

Roane County’s wasn’t among them, but officials here didn’t sit idly by.

“We went ahead and searched ours
as a precaution,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips

No bomb was found during the search, he added.

County Executive Ron Woody said officials decided to search the courthouse because they wanted to be proactive and not wait for a threat.

“That’s why we got the (bomb detection) dogs over here to go through it and check everything out,” he said. “We were good to go.”

Some of the nearby counties where threats were reported include Anderson, Blount and Cumberland.  

“It’s all being handled on the local level,” Tennessee Department of Safety spokeswoman Dalya Qualls said, when asked if state authorities know who was behind the threats. “We’re just assisting.”