Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Texas Valley Baptist Church Fire Still Under Investigation
The cause of Saturday’s Texas Valley Baptist Church fire is still under investigation. The Knox County Fire Investigation Unit; State of Tennessee Bomb and Arson Section; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives worked throughout the weekend to process the fire scene. Investigators conducted numerous interviews and excavated the fire scene in an attempt to determine the fire’s cause. Investigators have determined that the fire originated in a room off the back of the sanctuary. No clear cause has been determined at this point as investigators are still conducting interviews and analyzing items taken from the scene. County, state, and federal investigators all worked together during this investigation due to the amount of manpower required to conduct a fire investigation of its size.
Knoxville Man Charged with Rape
A Knoxville man charged with rape was arrested in Asheville, North Carolina and brought back to Knox County on Friday. 22-year-old Austin Potts of Knoxville was picked up by the U.S. Marshals on August 12th and transported to the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Warrants Unit on Friday.
An investigation conducted by KCSO’s Family Crisis Unit led to an August 4th grand jury indictment that included one count of rape. Potts is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $300,000 bond. The KCSO Family Crisis Unit investigates cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and animal abuse. The unit may be reached at (865) 215-6820 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call (865) 215-2243 for assistance.
KCSO Investigating Texas Valley Baptist Church Fire
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