Sevierville Police Department

  • Agency: Sevierville Police Department
  • Address: 300 Gary R Wade Blvd, Sevierville, 37862 TN
  • Chief: Don R Myers (Chief of Police)

Sevierville Police Department is located at 300 Gary R Wade Blvd, Sevierville, 37862 TN. The Chief of Police of the department is Don R Myers. The Sevierville Police Department phone number is 865-453-5506.

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Police Request Help to Locate Person Detectives are asking for help from the public to locate 25-year old Joshua Daniel Johnson, who has an active warrant. Anyone with information pertaining to his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Sgt. Ray Brown at 865-868-1749. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Officers Respond to Shooting Sevierville Police Department officers responded to a 911 call from 106 Nichols Street at approximately 3:07PM this afternoon, Wednesday, October 11, 2017. When officers arrived, they found a 15-year old male who had been shot in the neck. The victim was transported by Lifestar air ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was alert when leaving the scene. Based on preliminary information, it appears the victim was shot with an AR-15 style rifle by an 18-year old male inside the residence. Two other adult males were reportedly inside the house at the time of the shooting. Although the investigation is in the early stages, investigators say it appears the shooting may have been accidental. Additional information, including the name of the victim and adults will be released pending notification of family and verification of identities.

Detectives Request Assistance To Identify Theft Suspects SPD Detectives are asking for help from the public to identify two men suspected of stealing money from the washer/dryer coin machines at Eastgate Laundry, 715 Eastgate Road. If anyone has information as to the identity of either or both of the suspects in the pictures, please call Detective Sgt. Ray Brown at 865-868-1749. All persons are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Citizen eNewsletter Issue 33

Temporary Interruption of Water Service in Murphy Road Area The Sevierville Water and Sewer Department will be making repairs to a fire hydrant that will necessitate a temporary water cut-off tomorrow, Thursday, October 5. Customers on Murphy Road from 906 Murphy Road to Hicks Drive will be affected. Also, it is possible some customers on Hicks Drive may also be affected. The interruption of water service will begin at approximately 8AM. Weather and other conditions permitting, water service should be reinstated during the same afternoon. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the interruption; the repairs must be completed expeditiously.

Pinning Ceremony Held September 29 Pictures from the pinning ceremony held on September 29. The following officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant: Ray Brown Matt Nicol Graham Ownby Brandan Perry Jamie Roberts Phillip West. The following officers were promoted to the rank of lieutenant: Robbie Ball Rebecca Cowan. (Photo credit: Sherri Aagenes)

New Ordinance Pertaining to Illegal Soliciting/Panhandling The City of Sevierville has established a new ordinance designed to discourage illegal soliciting/panhandling and improve certain areas in the City for residents and visitors. Giving to panhandlers may seem like a good thing, but it can do more harm than good. Consider that: • Giving panhandlers money may discourage them from finding a long term solution to their difficulties. • Panhandling can cause pedestrian and traffic safety issues. • Panhandling often makes pedestrians and motorists concerned for their safety. • Panhandlers sometimes buy alcohol and/or drugs with the money you give. • When confronted by a panhandler, the best thing to do is politely decline and continue on your way. • Social service agencies are available to help persons who are in need of food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and employment. If you witness illegal soliciting or panhandling, please call the Sevierville Police Department @ 865-453-5506. ORDINANCE SUMMARY It is unlawful for any person to solicit money or other things of value in ANY of the following circumstances: • After sunset and before sunrise • By repeatedly asking a person • Using abusive language or profanity • In an aggressive manner • In City owned parking lots/garages • From motorists • By falsely representing why they want money. • Or within 20 feet of: -A crosswalk or intersection -Any entrance/exit of any bank or check cashing business or ATM -Public restrooms or bus stops -Pay phones -Sidewalk café/outdoor eating area. There are numerous social service agencies in Sevier County and the surrounding area that can assist persons and families in need. Some of these agencies are listed below. Sevier County Family Resource Center: 865-428-7999 sevierfamilyresource@yahoo.com Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries: 865-908-3153 SHELTER TN Coalition for the Homeless 1-888-556-0791 FOOD Sevier County Food Ministries 865-428-5182 Sevier County Health Dept. (WIC) 865-453-1032 TN Dept. of Human Services (Food Stamps) 865-429-7005 HOUSING Samaritan Place 865-684-1880 Eastgate Homes 865-453-8500 Gateway Village 865-453-1729 TRANSPORTATION East TN Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) 865-244-1700

Police Respond to Bomb Threat, No Device Found Shortly before 11:00AM this morning, Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Sevierville Police Department was informed of a bomb threat at Northview Academy school on Highway 66 (Winfield Dunn Parkway). Students and staff were evacuated and SPD officers, along with Sevier County Sheriff’s Office deputies, searched the facility. No bomb or suspicious device was found. After the search was completed, students and staff returned to the main building shortly after 12:00PM.

Sevierville Police Department Schedules Collision Avoidance Training for Young Drivers In an effort to improve the driving abilities and overall safety of younger drivers, the Sevierville Police Department (SPD) has scheduled a 12-hour Collision Avoidance Training (CAT) seminar on October 5 (6PM-9PM @ SPD) and October 7 (8AM-5PM @ the Sevierville Convention Center). The training is for drivers aged 16-20 years old who have a valid driver’s license (participants are required to provide their own vehicle and have current insurance). The seminar is taught by SPD Officers utilizing a nationally proven program. The fee of $60.00 covers course materials and instructors. Registration is limited to ten students. Participants will receive both classroom and practical driving in a controlled environment utilizing their own vehicle, so that they can become familiar with the vehicle they will likely be driving on the road. We all learn many valuable lessons through mistakes, but the class provides drivers with opportunities to make mistakes on a designed driving course with a qualified instructor in their vehicle. Participants will better understand the limits of their vehicles and their own driving ability. Unlike basic driving programs, participants will receive instruction and practical experience in the following areas:  Evasive maneuvers  Threshold/ Emergency braking  Forward serpentine  Cornering  Backing  Skid recovery  Reverse serpentine  Off-road recovery. The training will provide young drivers with the knowledge and skills to be safer and less likely to experience serious collisions. “Because of the high traffic volume in our community, we experience a significant number of traffic collisions,” said SPD Chief Don Myers. “The CAT program will improve the safety of our young drivers; I urge all parents to seriously consider this training.” For more information or to register contact SPD Officer Kevin Stone (865-868-1857; kstone@seviervilletn.org) or Officer Michael Maddron (865-868-1823; mmaddron@seviervilletn.org). Nationally over 60% of all new drivers will be involved in a crash within the first twelve months of getting their driver’s license. Over 40% of those crashes will result in the driver being hospitalized. During the past 10 years thousands of teens have completed this program and less that 6% of the students have been involved in a severe crash. CAT students also receive 60% fewer traffic citations than students that have not attended the class.

Sevierville Police Schedule Ceremony for Recent Promotions The City of Sevierville has scheduled a pinning ceremony to recognize several recent promotions in the department. The brief event will take place at the Sevierville Police Department at 2:00PM tomorrow, Friday, September 29. The media and public are invited to attend. The following officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant: Ray Brown Matt Nicol Graham Ownby Brandan Perry Jamie Roberts Phillip West. The following officers were promoted to the rank of lieutenant: Robbie Ball Rebecca Cowan.

Sevierville to Participate in 14th National DEA Drug Take Back Initiative As a full-time partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the City of Sevierville Police Department (SPD) will partner with Walgreens in the 14th National DEA Drug Take Back Initiative. The event will be on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00AM-2:00PM at Walgreens, 119 Forks of the River Parkway. SPD Lieutenant Ken Garner, Office of Emergency Management Director, will be on duty to assist citizens who may have questions. At last year’s event over 30,000 pounds of unused, unwanted, and expired medication was collected in the State of Tennessee. During past drug take back events, SPD officers have collected, on average, over forty-five pounds of drugs. After collection, all drugs are destroyed by incinerator and any plastics received are recycled. In addition to dropping-off drugs at this event, citizens may drop-off drugs at the SPD Drug Take Back receptacle any time or day of the week. The service is free and anonymous. The following drugs are accepted: • All loose pills and powders. • Liquid drugs are only accepted in sealed packaging. • Sealed drugs and aids (i.e. diabetic supplies, meters, etc.) The department is unable at this time to accept syringes or other types of drug paraphernalia. Anyone with questions may contact Lt. Ken Garner at 865.868.1753 or email at kgarner@seviervilletn.org. Many people are unaware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. According to the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away-both potential safety and health hazards. Municipal water systems are not able to properly filter many medications, which sometimes leads to the presence of medications in tap water. Traces of prescription medications have also been detected in streams and other ground water sources. __________________________________________________ Additional Information From the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back Days address a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. These Take-Back events are a significant piece of the White House’s prescription drug abuse prevention strategy released last week by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Purging America’s home medicine cabinets of neglected drugs is one of four strategies for reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion laid out in Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis. The other strategies include education of health care providers, patients, parents and youth; establishing prescription drug monitoring programs in all the states; and increased enforcement to address doctor shopping and pill mills.

Temporary Road Closure for Special Event A section of Bruce Street will be temporarily closed on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The closure is to accommodate the “Bruce Street BrewFest” special event, sponsored by the Sevierville Commons. Bruce Street, between Court Avenue and Parkway, will be closed from approximately 10:00AM-7:00PM. The municipal parking lot on Bruce Street will also be closed during this time.

We would like to thank each of you for participating in our recent K-9 painted rock hunt. Our 4 lucky K9's, Buck, Pasco, Boris & Blitz, absolutely loved meeting and showing off their skills to each of their new friends! We are very fortunate to live in a community that supports our police department and K9 partners in such a wonderful way! Stay tuned for the next K9 adventure!

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Officers Searching for Hit and Run Vehicle UPDATE: This vehicle has been located. We appreciate the tips received. Thanks to all! Officers are asking for assistance from the public to identify a vehicle involved in a recent hit and run crash. The crash occurred at about 8:30PM on Saturday, September 9, 2017 on Forks of the River Parkway at the Prince Street intersection. According to reports, a Nissan Frontier SUV or Titan truck collided with a motorcycle and left the scene. The vehicle's front grill and Nissan logo were left at the scene. The motorcycle driver and passenger were both injured and transported to a hospital. The Nissan Frontier/Titan had significant front end damage, is possibly silver in color and had black fender flares and may have a Sevier County registration. Anyone with information pertaining to this vehicle is asked to contact Officer Preston Parrish at 865-868-1845.

Help Us Raise Child Car Safety Seat Awareness During Child Passenger Safety Week PHOTO: SPD officers assist parents with a child safety seat at a free safety seat check event. __________________________________________________ Every day in America, too many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or are riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. Even worse, many other children ride while completely unbuckled. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three car seats are misused. To help combat this issue, NHTSA is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week from September 17-23, 2017, a campaign dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible - every trip, every time. The City of Sevierville Police Department (SPD) has scheduled a free Child Car Safety Seat Check from 10:00AM-1:00PM on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Sevierville Police Department, 300 Gary Wade Blvd. The Sevierville Police and Fire Departments conduct scheduled safety seat check events throughout the year. Parents can also have their safety seat checked by calling the Fire (865-453-9276) or Police (865-453-5506) Departments and scheduling an appointment. “Every 33 seconds in 2015, a child under 13 was involved in a crash,” said SPD Lt. Rebecca Cowan. “Using car seats that are age and size appropriate is the best way to keep your children safe.” According to NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children, and fatalities are on the rise. Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts can make all the difference. “In 2015, there were 248 children under the age of 5 saved because they were riding in car seats,” Lt. Cowan said. “Car seats matter, and having the right car seat installed and used the right way is critical.” All too often, parents move their children to the front seat before they should, which increases the risk of injury and death. The safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seat. Also, according to NHTSA in 2015, about 25.8 percent of children 4 to 7 who should be riding in booster seats were prematurely moved to seat belts, and 11.6 percent were unbuckled altogether. “It’s our job to keep our children safe,” said SPD Chief Don Myers. “Please get your car seats checked. Make certain they’re installed correctly, and that your kids are in the right seats and are buckled in correctly. Even if you think your child is safe, check again, so you can be sure that your child is the safest he or she can be while traveling.” NHTSA recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing-only “infant” car seat, he/she should travel in a rear-facing “convertible” or all-in-one car seat. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing size limits, the child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether. After outgrowing the forward-facing car seat with harness, the child should ride in a booster seat until he/she is the right size to use a seat belt safely. Always remember to register your car seat and booster seat with the car seat manufacturer so you can be notified in the event of a recall. Parents and caregivers can view more information on car seat safety at www.nhtsa.gov/carseat.

Detectives Ask for Assistance Identifying Theft Suspects SPD detectives are requesting assistance from the public to identify two persons suspected of stealing eight pairs of sunglasses valued at over $1,500.00 from the Sunglass Hut. Anyone with information regarding the identity of either of the pictured suspects is asked to contact Detective Turner at 865-868-1693. All persons are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Sevierville Police Department FREE Child Car Safety Seat Check The City of Sevierville Police Department (SPD) has scheduled a free Child Car Safety Seat Check from 10:00AM-1:00PM on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Sevierville Police Department, 300 Gary Wade Blvd. Through past child car safety seat checks, the SPD has learned that many child car safety seats are no longer safe due to past accidents, the age of the seat, manufacturer recalls or missing parts. The SPD is committed to keeping our children safe, so when we determine that a child car safety seat is unsafe, we will provide a new seat to parents who cannot otherwise afford a replacement. Despite good intentions, over 90% of child car safety seats are improperly installed. In fact, over 40% of child fatalities in traffic accidents are due to improperly installed child car safety seats. Certified SPD officers will be available to perform inspections of the seats, demonstrate proper installation techniques and offer general assistance. SPD encourages parents to join us in this effort to keep our children as safe as possible while riding in a car. In addition to the above events, parents may also come to the SPD at 300 Gary Wade Blvd. for a free seat inspection, when a technician is available. Please call in advance (453-5507) to ensure that a technician is on duty.

Sevierville Firefighter Deploys to Texas in Response to Hurricane Harvey City of Sevierville Fire Department Battalion Chief Donnie Shular arrived in Texas yesterday, August 31, 2017, as part of several search and rescue teams from Tennessee (see TEMA release below for more information). ATTACHED: photo of BC Shular with children at a City event. “The Sevierville Fire Department stands ready to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the thousands of first responders who have already deployed,” said SFD Chief Matt Henderson. “We have a full search and rescue crew assembled and will deploy if requested.” We ask that our residents keep BC Shular in their thoughts and prayers, along with the victims of this record setting natural disaster. _________________________________________________ TEMA Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 CONTACT: Dean Flener OFFICE: 615-741-0430 Tennessee Teams Deploy to Texas to Conduct and Support Swiftwater Search and Rescue Missions in Hurricane Harvey's Historic Aftermath Nashville, Tenn. – Swiftwater search and rescue teams representing the State of Tennessee will make their way toward southeast Texas this afternoon to conduct life-saving operations to help local authorities dealing with the unprecedented impact of Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm. “Tennessee and Texas have a long and storied connection and we are proud to help in any way we can. I am proud of these first responders for stepping up to help those affected during their time of need,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. “We know all too well the damage and destruction from floods and other natural disasters, and just as other states supported us in trying times, I know all Tennesseans want to do whatever we can to help Texas in this time of need." The eight deploying search and rescue teams, plus one support team, from Tennessee hail from 20 city, county, and state jurisdictions. The teams include a total of 91 personnel with members from the following agencies: Ashland City Fire Department Bradley County Fire & Rescue Brentwood Fire Department Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department East Ridge Fire Department Dickson Fire Department Franklin Fire Department Hendersonville Fire Department Knox Fire Department Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad LaVergne Fire Department Lebanon Fire Department Metro Nashville Fire Department Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services Sevierville Fire Department Williamson County Emergency Communications Center Williamson County Emergency Management Agency Williamson County Emergency Medical Services Williamson County Sheriffs Office Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) The Tennessee teams will conduct search, rescue, and recovery missions to aid survivors and animals trapped in swift-water and flooded areas of southeast Texas. The teams are equipped to provide basic life support, medical care, and transportation of survivors and animals to safety. TEMA is sending two district coordinators to assist with coordination and support of the teams throughout the deployment in southeast Texas. "We are proud Tennessee has so many well-trained search and rescue professionals who selflessly give of themselves to protect lives." said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan. “ The State of Texas issued a resource request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) network Tuesday for 100 swift-water rescues crews to conduct operations in the state for eight days. TEMA began assembling the seven Tennessee teams for the request Tuesday afternoon working with local emergency management agencies and the coordinator for the Tennessee Association of Fire Chiefs' Mutual Aid System. Southeast Texas continues to experience historic flooding, from the record-breaking rainfall of Tropical Storm Harvey. Houston, Texas, has recorded 52 inches of rainfall from Harvey since Saturday. Harvey made landfall for a third time this morning near Cameron, La. Harvey's remnants are expected to impact Tennessee through Saturday morning. Heavy rainfall of up four inches or more of may cause flash flooding in some areas of Tennessee into the weekend. TEMA continues to monitor Harvey's forecast track and impact through the agency's 24-hour Watch Point. About the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency: TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders. Follow TEMA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and, at www.tn.gov/tema.

Your Citizen eNewsletter Issue 32

TRAFFIC ALERT FINAL UPDATE All southbound Highway 66 lanes in the area of Highway 139 are now open.