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2017 Annual Report Final

Remembering A HISTORICAL

Remembering A HISTORICAL the PERSPECTIVE Past The Blount County Sheriff’s Office was established in 1795, a full year before Tennessee became a state. One of the first orders of business was swearing in a Sheriff to police the community. Blount County’s first Sheriff, LIttlepage Sims, served as Sheriff for one year, and was followed by Joseph Colville who served until 1780. The first jail was built along Pistol Creek, and then in 1807, the county built a two-story brick building to house prisoners close to the spot where McGhee Terrace Apartments on McCammon Avenue are located. It included gallows for hangings. Historians say four hangings took place in that jail. The Sheriff’s Office also had “stocks” for disciplinary measures, which were located on the Courthouse Square. The “stocks” would lock their hands and head securely while passersby shamed them for crimes such as cursing in public. In 1907 the fourth jail was built at Harper Avenue and Cusick Street where the former 1st Tennessee Bank parking lot is located. The county eventually purchased the Cate Mansion and surrounding acreage for $10,000 and that is where the Blount County Courthouse stands today. It is also where the Sheriff’s Office was housed until 1999 when the Blount County Justice Center opened on U.S. Highway 321 East where the old Coca-Cola plant was located. The Blount County Justice Center is 169,000 square feet and also houses the District Attorney General’s Office, Court Clerk’s Office, and the Clerk & Master’s Office. It also houses six courtrooms. Historical photo of the Coca Cola bottling & distribution plant that was located on U.S. Highway 321 East where the Blount County Justice Center is now located. A confiscated moonshine still from the early 1940s. Pictured L to R: Deputies Jim Smith, Hazel Smith, Scott Romine, unknown, George Davis, and Sheriff W. B. Carringer. 30

In the Rearview.... “The wicked flee when no man pursueth But the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 31

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