• 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

    “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.

  • Two indicted on child rape charges

    Martin Lee Thomas, 66, faces five counts of child rape.

    He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 18.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Vianney Del Toro arrested Thomas at his home on Saturday.

    According to the indictment, the alleged rapes occurred between Jan. 1, 2009, and April 1, 2012.

    The alleged victim was younger than 13 years old.

    Jail and court records listed Thomas’ address as 241 Harvey Road, Kingston.

    He was granted a medical furlough on Monday.

  • Newly appointed police chief has big plans for Rockwood lawmen

    Danny Wright may not be sworn in as Rockwood’s new police chief until July 1, but he already has a lot in mind for the department.

    He recently met with the city’s officers and gave them some idea of what is to come.

    He explained what he has planned to Rockwood City Council recently as well.

    “It is not a job; it is not an occupation,” Wright said of police work.

    “It is a profession.”

  • 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 March.

    A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of March 8 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.

  • 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 February.

    A driver’s license safety checkpoint is planned during the week of Feb. 1 on Pansy Hill Road at Swan Pond Road, Harriman.

    Another checkpoint will be during the week of Feb. 15 on Fiske Heights Road near the railroad tracks in Harriman