Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
KCSO Officer Graduates from UT's National Forensic Academy
KCSO Officer Kimberly Trotter graduated from the University of Tennessee National Forensic Academy on May 15, 2015. Officer Trotter has been with the KCSO for four years and works in the Crime Scene Unit.
Pilot Robbery Suspect in Custody
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rocky Top Police Department arrested the suspect who robbed the Pilot Travel Center on Raccoon Valley Road Tuesday morning. He is 21 year old Walter John Meachum of Caryville. He’s being held at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $20,000 bond charged with aggravated robbery.
KCSO Detectives found Meachum early Wednesday morning at the Scottish Inns in Rocky Top and took him into custody without incident. Detectives are currently executing search warrants in connection with the investigation. Meachum does not have a criminal history in Knox County.
Photos Released: East Knox County Pilot Armed Robbery
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is investigating an early morning East Knox County armed robbery. According to the initial investigation, a white male entered the Pilot Travel Center located at 1915 East Raccoon Valley Road just before 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning armed with a black and silver weapon. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money from the business, he fled west on Raccoon Valley Road in a silver convertible with a black top.
The suspect is described as a white male, 5'10"-6'0". He was wearing a skull mask, black hooded jacket, white shirt, and blue jeans at the time of the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to contact KCSO's Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.
Twelve to Graduate from KCSO Chaplain Academy
With the addition of 12 graduates tonight, the Knox County Chaplain Corp becomes one of the largest in the country. The new grads will join 23 other chaplains who are local ministers from a wide variety of faith denominations. The chaplains minister not only to the Sheriff’s Office but to the community as well. They will graduate in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on Maloneyville Road at 6:30. All are volunteers except for three part-time positions.
The new chaplains have undergone 44 hours of intensive training involving police and community issues. They must be ministers of a church for at least three years. The chaplains’ number one priority is working with officers and their families. They are also dispatched to do death notices, assist with victims, and grief counseling, among many other duties. They meet once month for in-service training and are members of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.