TBI Launches New Tennessee Sex Offender Registry

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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launched an overhauled Tennessee Sex Offender Registry on Monday, rebuilt to modernize the look, feel, and operation of the public safety resource.

“In thinking about updates to the registry, we’ve worked to listen to feedback from the public and our law enforcement partners,” said Shelly Smitherman, TBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge. “We’ve also looked at surrounding states for ideas we think will make ours easier-to-use and more helpful to the public.”

After more than two years of planning and programming, the new Tennessee Sex Offender Registry features clearer navigation, more robust email notifications, a heightened focus on fugitive offenders, and gives the public valuable resources related to personal and digital safety.

While the TBI serves as the repository for sex offender data, local law enforcement agencies handle responsibilities related to updating offender profiles in accordance to state law. The overhaul of the public-facing registry follows updates, several years ago, to the software systems law enforcement agencies use to update offender data.

To fund the project, TBI secured grant funding totaling more than $180,000 from the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and contracted a private vendor, Steeple Technologies, to program a majority of the new registry. TBI also worked with the State of Tennessee’s Strategic Technology Solutions group to refresh the mapping portion of the site.

The new Tennessee Sex Offender Registry can be accessed on TBI’s website, www.tn.gov/tbi.

Blount County Sheriff Office cooperating with TBI in officer-involved shooting

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officer involved shooting
MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE – Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said the Sheriff’s Office is cooperating with a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation regarding an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Topside Road in Louisville.
The TBI investigation is ongoing.
Shortly before noon today, deputies conducted a traffic stop at a business on Topside Road near Pellissippi Parkway in Louisville on a vehicle with four occupants that had been reported stolen—a Nissan Murano. As the deputies approached the vehicle on foot, the driver attempted to run over one of the deputies with the vehicle. Both deputies fired their service weapons into the vehicle as the vehicle fled the parking lot onto Topside Road. One occupant who had gotten out of the vehicle was taken into custody in the parking lot. Another passenger in the stolen vehicle jumped out on Chandler Station Road and injured his ankle and was treated by AMR medical personnel. Sheriff’s deputies located the abandoned vehicle approximately 30 minutes later at a residence on Fox Chase Way. Deputies and agents with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force as well as officers with Alcoa Police Department and Knox County Sheriff’s Office Airwatch canvassed the area and located the other two suspects in a wooded area nearby. One of the individuals, a male, was suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm. Deputies rendered aid to the man until AMR medical personnel arrived. He was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center where he is receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
Multiple charges against three of the individuals are pending, including aggravated assault, felony evading arrest, and theft of a motor vehicle. Names of the individuals and their charges will be released when they are available.
The two deputies involved in the shooting are currently on administrative leave with pay as per policy while the investigation continues.

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