‘The Safety of Everyone’

Sheriff Tom Spangler

Sheriff Tom Spangler had a busy first year that put him and his department in multiple spotlights. We sat down to talk to him about it.

Jailhouse Diagnosis

knox county detention facility

A study says Knox County could reduce its inmate crowding by making reforms to the local criminal justice system.

‘Conduct Unbecoming’

Sheriff Tom Spangler

An internal Sheriff’s Office investigation into a drunken Old City brawl leads to disciplinary actions for five KCSO employees — including the sheriff’s spokeswoman.

Anders Picked to Lead 911

Richard Holbert at the 911 Board

A committee including the city and county mayors selects an experienced KPD officer and county commissioner to run the emergency center.

Finding Focus

In a rare gathering, Knox County commissioners identify priorities for the future: road networks, targeted development and updated planning.

‘Fully Extend’

Knox Pride Parade 6-22-19

Knox County Commission responds to controversy over a county employee’s anti-gay preaching with a resolution affirming the rights of LGBT people.

For the Records

Sheriff Tom Spangler

A UT professor’s open records lawsuit against the Knox County Sheriff’s Office raises questions about access to public officials’ emails.

Urging a Withdrawal

287(g) vigil 4-4-19

Knox County Sheriff’s Office is the only agency in Tennessee to participate in the controversial 287(g) program. Immigrant advocates hope to end it.