Some Sevier County Home Visits Suspended
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Correction is temporarily suspending home visits of offenders in the affected area of Sevier County due the fires in that area. This Level III – State of Emergency is due to the drought conditions and wildfires in the Eastern region of the State.
As hundreds of emergency personnel are responding to the fires and evacuating residents of the county, the Department of Correction wants the officers who reside and work in the affected areas to be aware of their surroundings and heed all posted warnings and road closures. “The safety of our officers is of the utmost importance and we do not want to put any one in harm’s way,” says Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker.
Probation/Parole Officers will be contacting offenders on community supervision who reside in Sevier County by telephone to schedule alternative meetings throughout the duration of this emergency. Offenders are also encouraged to follow all instructions provided by emergency personnel. Those who cannot make it to their assigned office are encouraged to contact their case manager for instructions once they are in a safe location.