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KCSO Captain Phil Dalton Graduates from FBI Academy

Tuesday, 02 October 2018

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Captain Phil Dalton has graduated from the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Dalton has been with the Sheriff’s Office for twenty years, starting as a Corrections Officer, Patrol Officer for 7 years, Patrol Sergeant for 8 years, Patrol Lieutenant for 2 years and Captain for a year.  Captain Dalton is now Training Coordinator and SWAT Team Leader.  He has been on the SWAT Team for 14 years.

The FBI Academy is internationally known for its academic excellence. The ten weeks of training consisted of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training.  Two hundred and twenty-eight law enforcement officers graduated from this class.

The FBI National Academy prides itself on providing training for the top 1% of law enforcement leaders.

Congratulations Captain Phil Dalton!




Friday, 28 September 2018

There are two immediate job openings at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office:  Med Techs and Data Communications Engineer. 

Med Tech has the primary responsibility to perform a variety of medical functions related to the health and welfare of the inmates.

Medical Assistant Certificate Preferred

Starting Salary: $32,057.80

Visit to apply or contact the Merit System Office at 865/215-4446 for more information.

The Data Communications Engineer has the primary responsibility to troubleshoot and maintain the various computers and other electronic systems of the Sheriff’s Office as directed by the IT administrator(s).

BS degree or combination of education and equivalent experience is preferred.

 Starting Salary: $38,113.48

The following experience is required for this position:

1.            General understanding of the operation and maintenance of a personal computer or laptop.

2.            General understanding of network and interoperability devices.

3.            General understanding of Windows Operating Systems and Software.

Visit to apply or contact the Merit System Office at 865/215-4446 for more information.



KCSO Detectives Uncover Diamond Fraud Case

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Detectives with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate a fraud case that could have cost a local jewelry store $150,000.  The owner of the store, which is Kimball’s, found out through a broker that a package containing diamonds was being delivered to his business.  The owner had not placed an order and realized he was a victim of a scam and alerted an off duty KCSO officer who then notified detectives.  Detectives were able to find out which delivery company had the package and set up surveillance.  This morning, a suspect came to the delivery hub demanding the package.  That person and three others were arrested by detectives at another location.

The suspects are identified as: 

Corey Smith, 31

Octavia Nashae Smith, 21

Ariana Moshae Jenkins, 21

Quintaisha Torshe Sullivan, 21

They gave addresses in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.  They face charges of computer crimes, identification theft, and attempted theft.  More charges could come as the investigation continues.  There have been similar cases like this in the Southeast.

Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler praised the hard work of the detectives in a news conference with local media.



Student in Custody over School Threat

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

On Sunday, September 16, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a post on social media threatening Carter Middle School.  Investigators located the post which advised that the suspect, a 13 year old student at the school, intended to “shoot that (Expletive) up”.

This morning the student provided a statement and admitted that it was a joke.   The student was taken into custody for Filing False Reports and Harassment and was transported to the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Facility.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the quick response by the community in reporting the incident.



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