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Ruggles Ferry Pike Fatality

Saturday, 02 May 2015

One person is dead following a Saturday afternoon crash in East Knox County. According to the initial investigation,31-year-old Robert Zerba of Knoxville was traveling eastbound on Ruggles Ferry Pike around 12:46p.m. in a 1991 gold Honda Accord when a 2009 black Nissan Frontier pickup traveling westbound turned in front of his vehicle. The Frontier was driven by 58-year-old David D. Nicely of Washburn, TN.

Zerba and his two passengers, 39-year-old Eddie Jean Lee of Knoxville and 7-year-old Dylan Zerba (both of Knoxville) were transported to UT Medical Center by Rural Metro with serious injuries. Lee was pronounced dead at the hospital. Nicely was not injured in the crash. It is unknown whether or not Lee was wearing a seatbelt. Everyone else was wearing a seatbelt. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors. Speed was a factor on the part of Zerba. No charges or citations have been issued. The investigation is ongoing.



2015 Teen Academy Summer Camp

Friday, 01 May 2015

The Knox County Sheriff's Office will be offering two sessions of its Teen Academy Summer Camp this year. Participants may choose to attend the camp June 1-5 or July 13-17. Camp begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday each week.

The Teen Academy Summer Camp is a five-day hands-on program for teens ages 12-17. The camp is a great opportunity for students considering a career in law enforcement or for anyone who simply desires to learn more about the role of law enforcement in our community! Campers will participate in many exciting activities such as scuba diving with the KCSO Dive Team, operating “Bubba” the bomb robot, performing mock traffic stops, and rappelling with members of the SWAT Team.

Anyone interested is asked to contact Lorie Moore by emailing or calling (865) 215-5618. Space is limited, so please register soon.

Anyone interested is asked to contact Lorie Moore by emailing or calling (865) 215-5618. Space is limited, so please register soon.



Wednesday Morning East Knox County Robbery

Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Knox County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit is searching for two men who robbed an individual at an East Knox County motel on Wednesday morning. The incident occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. at the Motel 8 on Crosswood Boulevard. The victim reported that  an unknown black male and an unknown white male knocked on the hotel door and when the victim opened the door, both suspects began beating the victim. They stole the victim’s personal items and fled toward the adjacent Red Roof Inn rear parking lot. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of severe injuries.

The black male is describes as being 5’9”-5’10” with a thin build and a thin beard. He was wearing a white t-shirt, black jacket, light-colored sunglasses, and blue jeans. The white male is described as being 5’8” with a medium build. He was wearing a dark ball cap, blue jeans, and a light-colored hoodie at the time of the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact KCSO's Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.



KCSO Captain Receives Patriotic Employer Award

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Ashley Coulter, a Patrol Captain with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, was awarded a special commendation from the National Guard and Reserve Thursday morning.    John Dyess presented Captain Coulter the Patriotic Employer Award from the Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).  Coulter was nominated by one of his officers, Sergeant Christopher Carroll, who is currently deployed oversees.   Dyess, who is a Senior Army Reserve Ambassador and Vice Chair of Knoxville Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, praised Coulter and Sheriff’s Jimmy “J.J.” Jones for their continued support.  “Sergeant Carroll obviously has sufficient appreciation for the support from Captain Coulter regarding membership in the National Guard.  With almost 50 percent of our total armed forces residing in the Reserve Component, the support of employers is a critical factor in maintaining a strong national military presence,” said Dyess.

Coulter has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for 27 years.

ESGR is a Department of Defense agency that promotes the understanding and support of employers for employees who serve in the Reserve.  ESGR is pleased to recognize supportive employers.  It’s a small agency with a national presence and depends heavily upon about 4,500 volunteers, such as Dyess, to perform its mission.

Coulter, Dyess, Sheriff Jones










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