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Police/Fire

  • THP sobriety, safety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct sobriety, driver’s license and seat belt roadside safety checkpoints on Roane County roads in April.

    A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of April 5 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge in Kingston.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States, said a release from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Don’t buckle up? Rockwood police are looking for you

    Rockwood Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office for the 2015 Seatbelts Are for Everyone campaign.

    The SAFE campaign is designed to increase seat belt and child passenger safety restraint usage in Tennessee.

    “The RPD will be watching for seatbelt violations and will be practicing a zero-tolerance approach as we help lower the number of traffic crash fatalities across the state and make our roadways safer for our citizens,” said Brad Collins, a patrolman with Rockwood Police Department.

  • Harriman officer among academy graduates

    Sarah Moore of Harriman Police Department was among the 22 recruits who recently graduated from Blount County Sheriff’s Office’s 11th Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

    Moore and her fellow graduates represented nine different law enforcement agencies from East Tennessee and beyond.

    During the 11-week course, Moore and the 21 other graduates underwent 443 hours of intense law enforcement training.

  • THP sobriety, safety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct sobriety, driver’s license and seat belt roadside safety checkpoints on Roane County roads in January.

    A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of Jan. 4 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge.

    Sobriety roadside checkpoints are conducted to ensure the safety of all motorists and to remove impaired drivers from the state’s roadways.

  • OS police officers now wearing body cameras

    Oliver Springs Police Department recently purchased body-worn video systems — or body cameras — and the small cameras are now part of each officer’s uniform in the town.

    The FirstVu HDs from Kansas City-based Digital Ally include 1-inch cameras and 2.5-by-4-inch DVRs that can be worn in a variety of locations.

    Body cameras have garnered a great deal of attention because of several high profile officer-involved shootings across the U.S.

  • Kingston firefighters graduate from academy

    Three Kingston Fire Department firefighters were among the seven graduates of Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department’s third fire academy.

    Taking part in the ceremony are, from left, Andersonville Assistant Chief and assistant academy trainer Del Kennedy; graduates Josh Lentz and Alex Holland, both of Kingston; and Dylan Farmer, Andersonville; lead Andersonville academy trainer, Lt. Caleb Tuell; and graduates Christie Legendre, Kingston, Zack Williams, Michael Mocsari and Kelly Keebler, all of Andersonville.

  • Authorities report traffic cam scam

    Oak Ridge Police Department is warning the public about a new email scheme involving cameras posted at intersections in the
    city.

    “Violations are never sent via the Internet,” said Oak Ridge Police Chief James Akagi. “These emails are a scam, and recipients should immediately delete the e-mail from their inbox and not click on any hyperlinks.”

    Akagi said the fraudulent emails are sent from redlight@photonotice.com, with “Redlight” in the subject line.

  • Oh, deer! Pay extra attention on the road; crashes increase in fall, winter

    Three people were killed in Tennessee in crashes involving deer in 2012, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol cautions motorists to be particularly watchful for deer in the fall and winter.

    “The chances of striking deer are considerably higher during hunting and mating season, especially in November,” said THP Col. Tracy Trott.

    “We want to urge drivers to be aware and cautious in areas where deer are populated, and most importantly, slow down,” he added.

  • Candidates sought for Reserves program

    For those who have dreamed of becoming a law enforcement officer but never had the opportunity, now is the chance.

    The Harriman Police Department is seeking qualified people for its Reserve Police Program.

    “We are looking for people who have the interest, passion and the desire to keep our citizens and neighbors safe,” said Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    The Reserve Police Program is comprised of community members who volunteer their time to fulfill many of the roles handled by full-time sworn police officers.

  • Federation supports Harriman Police Dept.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle, left, accepts a donation from David Leffew, representing the Tennessee Police Federation.

    The donation for the Harriman Police Drug Fund was made to purchase three bulletproof vests for patrol officers.

    The federation also sponsored Harriman’s recent National Night Out.

    “Harriman Police Department appreciates the support of David Leffew and the Tennessee Police Federation,” Heidle said.