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.

Sevierville Police Department News

FREE Child Car seat event today at Sevierville Police Dept. 10a to 1pm, stop by anytime during these hours. Officers can assist in making sure the car seat is properly installed.

City eBrief Issue 9 Year 2018

Main Street Resurfacing Project Continues Attached photo: section of West Main Street after resurfacing. TDOT is continuing work on the Main Street resurfacing project, which includes Main Street from Gary Wade Blvd. to the City limits on West Main Street. The scheduled completion date, weather and other conditions permitting, is July 31, 2018. All project work will take place between 7PM-6AM nightly, weather permitting. Temporary lane closures will occur when work is in progress; short term delays are possible. During the daytime hours, no lane closures are expected.

SPD Hosts Coffee With a Cop to Meet With Community On May 9, 2018, officers from Sevierville Police Department and community members will come together in an informal setting to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:00 AM at Chick Fil-A, 1432 Parkway in Sevierville. Please contact Sgt. Matt Nicol with questions: 865-868-1699, mnicol@seviervilletn.org. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Sevierville’s neighborhoods. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. “We hope that community members will feel comfortable, ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Sgt. Matt Nicol. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships our department works to build and maintain.” Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Fire Department Schedules Safety Events at Local Schools The City of Sevierville Fire Department will be at two local schools this week to promote safety for our students. On Wednesday and Thursday, April 18, 19, firefighters will be at the Sevierville Primary School meeting with second grade classes to reinforce fire prevention practices. Firefighters were also at the school last October during Fire Prevention Month. The Fire Safety House will be utilized at this event. On Friday, April 20, firefighters will be at Sevier County School to conduct a mock vehicle accident involving a drunk driver. Several emergency response agencies will be on hand, including LifeStar Air Ambulance. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the dangers of drinking and driving and distracted driving.

Traffic Advisory: Main Street Resurfacing City contractors will begin milling work on Main Street, between Forks of the River Parkway and Kilby Street, this Sunday evening, April 15. The work is part of a Main Street repaving project. Crews will conduct work in other areas on Main Street as the project progresses. All project work will take place between 7PM-6AM nightly, weather permitting. Temporary lane closures will occur when work is in progress; short term delays are possible. During the daytime hours, no lane closures are expected.

City eBrief Issue 8 Year 2018

Traffic Signal Timing Changes Next Week The City of Sevierville and contractors will be retiming traffic signals throughout the City beginning next week. The signal retiming is part of a project to move the City to a traffic responsive system, wherein traffic signals communicate in real-time to respond to traffic levels, resulting in increased traffic flow efficiency. Motorists should be alert for changes in current timing and signal phases starting next week. The retiming phase of the project is expected to take several weeks to complete, so you may not see changes in your normal travel immediately. The project is 100% federally-funded and includes the entire Highway 66 corridor, Dolly Parton Parkway, Main Street, the Parkway into Pigeon Forge, and Veterans Boulevard into Pigeon Forge.

SPD Thanks Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week SPD dispatchers play a vital role in providing police services to our community and we want to thank them for their outstanding service. April 8-14 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. We appreciate our dispatchers at SPD and throughout Sevier County!

Child Safety Seat Enforcement Today Officers will be at the Sevierville Primary School this afternoon to conduct child car safety seat enforcement. Please keep your child safe by using an appropriate car safety seat!

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Color Me Mutt 5 K Road Race The City of Sevierville is issuing a traffic advisory for the Color Me Mutt 5k road race Saturday morning, April 14. The following traffic lanes will be closed from approximately 7AM-10AM to facilitate the safety of participants: • Parkway northbound right lane from NASCAR Speed Park to Collier Drive • Collier Drive eastbound right lane from Parkway to Rainbow Road • Rainbow Road southbound lane for approximately one-quarter mile. Traffic will be maintained on all affected roads. Brief delays are possible. Please exercise caution when runners are present.

Sevierville eBrief Issue 7 Year 2018

Welcome Chief Manning! (Photo of Chief Manning below.) The City of Sevierville Police Department announces that Chief Joe Manning from Bluffton, South Carolina has been named as the new Chief of Police. He replaces former SPD Chief Don Myers, who retired March 30 after thirty-nine years of service to the City. Chief Manning is a career law enforcement officer who spent twenty-nine years at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida before joining the Bluffton, South Carolina Police Department in 2013 as Deputy Chief, and ultimately rising to Chief of Police. “My family and I have been visiting Sevierville for the past twenty years and we have good friends in the area,” Chief Manning said. “I am honored to have been chosen as Sevierville’s next chief and am looking forward to meeting and working with the citizens of this great community.” “Chief Manning’s extensive and diverse law enforcement experience, which includes being chief at a city with similar tourism challenges, will serve our Police Department and community well,” said City Administrator Russell Treadway. “We’re fortunate to have him as our new chief.” Chief Manning is expected to begin working at the City on or about May 14.

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Closure of Commerce Street and Lera Court Continues Commerce Street and Lera Court in downtown Sevierville will remain closed to all traffic until 5PM Friday, April 13, 2018. The closure is necessary to allow for work on the Sevier County Courthouse clock tower. Additional temporary closures of Commerce Street and/or Lera Court are expected as contractors continue work on the project.

REMEMBER: Beware of Scams!! Citizens are reminded to never provide sensitive personal or financial information over the phone, by email or the internet, or to comply with demands for payment, until they have confirmed the authenticity of the request. Scams occur throughout the year in just about any way imaginable. And during tax season scammers try to steal tax refunds or trick citizens into paying nonexistent fines. Don't let yourself become a victim! The IRS provides information on some common scams and how to report scamming attempts here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts.

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Closure of Commerce Street and Lera Court Commerce Street and Lera Court in downtown Sevierville will be closed to all traffic from 8AM Monday, April 2 – 5PM Friday, April 6, 2018. The closure is necessary to allow for work on the Sevier County Courthouse clock tower. Additional temporary closures of Commerce Street and/or Lera Court are expected as contractors continue work on the project.

Thanks Sevierville Middle School!! Last week, several SMS classes took the time to write thank you cards to EVERY SPD officer! We cannot fully express how much this gesture means to us, knowing that you care about our officers. Thanks so much to all of the children who wrote cards in Ms. Musgrove's, Mrs. Cameron's and Mr. Lee's 6th grade classes. Oh, and thanks for the candy, too! :-)

Citizen eNewsletter, Issue 39, Year 2018 PLEASE NOTE: The April 2 BMA Workshop will begin @3PM; the eNewsletter incorrectly lists the start time as 2PM.

Be Sure Your Child Is Using the Appropriate Car Safety Seat! SPD officers often encounter children who are not properly restrained in vehicles. Many parents and caregivers are confused as to what the law requires. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) has an excellent web page (https://tntrafficsafety.org/cps) that provides the child restraint requirements based upon your child's age. The page even offers a simple to use calculator to show what type of restraint your child should be using. Please don't make this important decision based upon what you hear; visit the THSO web page or call your local law enforcement agency and ask to speak to an officer certified in child restraint. The SPD (865-453-5506) and SFD (865-453-9276) offer free consultations; please call ahead to ensure a certified officer or firefighter is available. This Sunday, April 1, the SPD will have a certified officer on duty (300 Gary Wade Blvd.) from 6PM-9PM to assist parents and caregivers.

30 Citations Issued During Vehicle Restraint Enforcement As part of their participation in the Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign, Sevierville Police Department officers conducted vehicle restraint enforcement this morning at the Sevierville Primary School as children were arriving for school. Officers issued a total of 30 citations which included child restraint violations, no insurance and various drivers license violations (no DL, revoked/suspended DL). The purpose of the State sponsored SAFE campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of using proper vehicle restraints and increase restraint usage. For additional information on the Tennessee child restraint regulations, visit tntrafficsafety.org and choose Child Passenger Safety beneath the Safety Programs tab.

Fire Department Offers CPR/AED, First Aid and Stop the Bleeding Class The Sevierville Fire Department is offering a CPR/AED, First Aid and Stop the Bleeding class on Friday, April 27 at Fire Station 1 (main downtown station), 122 Prince Street. The 8-hour class is open to the public and will begin at 8AM and end at 5PM with an hour for lunch. The class fee is $22.00/person (checks payable to the City of Sevierville), which includes all class materials and a certificate. Classes have been filling-up quickly, so to ensure a spot please pay in advance by bringing a check to Fire Station 1 or by mail to 122 Prince Street, Sevierville, TN 37862. In this classroom-based course, participants will learn to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED, learn basic first aid, and learn how they can control severe bleeding to save themselves and others. The SFD offers this class to educate providers, caregivers, and the general public on how to respond to certain emergencies. Additionally, increasing public awareness of the importance of early intervention and ensuring greater public access to defibrillation will save many lives. To register or for additional information, please contact Sevierville Fire Department (Monday-Friday) at (865) 453-9276.

Multiple Charges Filed After Alleged Shoplifting Incident Sevierville Police Department officers responded to a reported shoplifting at Wal Mart, 1414 Parkway on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at approximately 12:06PM. Prior to the first officer arriving, the suspect, 34-year old Jeffrey A. Todd of Sevier County, ran from Wal Mart to his car and began leaving the parking lot. A retired law enforcement officer told dispatchers that he saw the suspect run from the store and reportedly proceeded to follow the suspect in his vehicle. SPD Officer Hannah Haggard observed the suspect vehicle, a Chevrolet Malibu, leave Wal Mart, proceed south on the Parkway and turn into Duncan’s Clothing, 1544 Parkway. Officer Haggard attempted to stop the suspect in the store parking lot, however the suspect left the parking lot and turned west onto New Era Road. Officer Haggard discontinued her attempt to stop the suspect at 2148 New Era Road. As she was preparing to turn around, Officer Haggard observed that the suspect had crashed into a ditch a short distance down the road. As Officer Haggard approached the crash site, the suspect drove out of the ditch and proceeded east on New Era Road where he pulled behind the house at 2148 New Era Road. Officer Haggard proceeded to the residence and observed a Kia Optima in the driveway and a man standing in the front yard holding a pistol. The man identified himself as the retired law enforcement officer who was at Wal Mart. Officer Haggard proceeded around the rear of the home and found the suspect in his vehicle. The suspect ignored her commands to stop and drove back down the driveway and onto the front lawn. As the suspect approached the retired officer, the retired officer fired three shots from a 9mm semi-automatic pistol towards the suspect vehicle. The retired officer later told SPD detectives that he was in fear for his life as the suspect vehicle approached him in the yard. The suspect was not shot and it has not been determined if any of the bullets hit the suspect vehicle. The suspect fled east onto New Era Road, ran into a camper, drove over several sidewalks and grass areas and ultimately crashed on a steel gate at NASCAR Speedpark. As the suspect fled on foot towards the Parkway, an officer deployed his TASER, striking the suspect. After falling, the suspect quickly regained his footing and fled across the Parkway into the Duncan Clothing parking lot, where he was ultimately apprehended. Mr. Todd has been charged with shoplifting, felony evading by motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, and resisting arrest. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and may have additional charges. The incident remains under investigation. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

SPD officers were informed Monday afternoon of an alleged threat of gun violence at Northview Academy. The 15-year old student who made the threat was not armed and was removed from the school. The student was subsequently charged with harassment and remains out of school at this time.

Police Investigate Shooting on Middle Creek Road Sevierville Police Department officers responded to a reported shooting yesterday evening, Wednesday, March 21, at approximately 10:45PM. The shooting occurred at a residence located at 926 Middle Creek Road. The initial investigation indicates that two men, 47-year old James H. Raney, Jr. and 40-year old Steven Ogle were involved in a physical altercation during which Mr. Raney shot Mr. Ogle in the face with a .380 semi-automatic pistol. Mr. Ogle was conscious and alert at the scene and transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by the Sevier County Ambulance Service. Charges have not been filed at this time. Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident, which includes determining the cause of the dispute. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

City eBrief Issue 5 Year 2018