Category: Safety

Calling all parents

Parent-Child Agreements help set the back-to-school rules for cell phone usage

by Jack Brundige, Director of Sales for U.S. Cellular in Tennessee


Aug2013USCellularAs children head back to school this month, some students may be carrying a new cell phone for the first time. Mobile phones provide security, access to educational technology and more, but they also add responsibility for students and challenge parents to ensure that kids are using their phones courteously and safely.

How do parents talk to kids about the new responsibility of using a cell phone? Through a recent customer survey, U.S. Cellular discovered that 91 percent of parents either already set or plan to set mobile phone usage guidelines for their children, and 63 percent indicated they would find it helpful to have a tool to help guide their ability to supervise children’s usage and behavior with their cell phones. Read more →

Child safety starts with you

By Chief Lee Tramel, Knox County Sheriff’s Office


TramelMay2013When I sat down to put this article together, and thought about all of the issues that encompass child safety, I immediately thought about my own 11 year-old daughter. As a father, I believe it is my responsibility to ensure that she is safe, both physically and emotionally.

Our children are our most valuable asset. While I believe it is important to let them be children, I also think it’s important to educate ourselves and them about potential threats to their safety, and most importantly, ways to avoid those threats.   Read more →

Being smart behind the wheel

By Chief Lee Tramel, Knox County Sheriff’s Office


Tramel-June2013When I was 16-years-old, I remember thinking, “As long as I stay in my lane I can drive as fast as the road will allow.” This “no fear”, “too young to die” attitude is partly the reason that the number one killer for people between the ages of 15 and 20-years-old is due to auto accidents. Car crashes kill more than 5,000 teens each year. Inexperience, risk taking, and driver distraction are all contributing factors. Cell phone use, loud music, changing discs, as well as tuning the radio, are also potentially deadly distractions behind the wheel. When the teen driver has friends in the car, the risk is even higher. The more passengers, the greater the chance of a serious crash. Read more →

Project: Think Twice

By Chief Lee Tramel, Knox County Sheriff’s Office


TramelMay2013The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has implemented a new program called “PROJECT: THINK TWICE”. The program is aimed at at-risk juveniles ages 12 – 17 and their parents or guardians. The purpose of the program is not to humiliate, shame, or terrorize juveniles, but to show how bad decisions could eventually lead to incarceration and to help parents increase their awareness. Read more →

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

By Chief Lee Tramel, Knox County Sheriff’s Office


Walking through the Knox county court system you can hear some amazing stories. One day this past December, after I had stepped into three of our 28 courtrooms, I decided to make that trip my topic for this article. Read more →

The gift of life

By Chief Lee Tramel, Knox County Sheriff’s Office


Every holiday season brings a time to give thanks. It seems every year that I live, I have more and more to give thanks for. So for this month’s article I’m getting a little personal. I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the reasons I am thankful. Read more →

Get out to be safe

Developing a family escape plan

Article provided by Premier Martial Arts


Teaching children how to focus, show respect, get and set goals is very important; of equal importance is teaching well-rounded safety skills that will serve and protect their entire lives. The great part is the more you teach life skills the easier it becomes to teach safety skills and vice versa. Today we will focus on mapping out a family escape plan. Read more →

Mastering thankfulness

By Chief Lee Tramel, Knox County Sheriff’s Office


“Count your blessings; name them one by one; count your many blessings, see what God has done.”  Remember that soul lifting hymn?  Do you know that expressing your thankfulness year round can actually help make you happier, healthier, and reduce stress?   As Thanksgiving approaches we are reminded that we need to appreciate even the simple pleasures and be aware on a continuous basis of just how much we’ve been given.  As writer Marelisa Fabrega said, “Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.” Read more →

Celebrate the holiday season…safely

How to reduce your risk of residential fires

By East Tennessee Children’s Hospital


During the winter, simple actions like turning on the heat, decorating for the holidays and cooking large meals severely increase the risk of fires and fire-related injuries and death. Thirty percent of all fires occur in the winter, causing more than 8,000 injuries and 1,000 deaths. Because of ice, snow and hazardous conditions, firefighting is far more difficult in the winter. Through taking these safety measures recommended by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, families will be able to reduce the risk of fire in their homes during the holiday season. Read more →

Stranger danger!

Teach your children to be safe

By Chief Lee Tramel, Knox County Sheriff’s Office


One of the most important conversations you can have with your child involves the dangers of strangers. Children need to know that not all adults are trustworthy. There are many things you can do to help keep your child safe.

Explain to your child what defines a stranger.

A good way to explain a stranger to a child comes from “A stranger is a person whom you have never met. You may have seen the person before but don’t know anything about him or her.” Let your child know that most strangers are nice, but some are not. Children should know that you cannot tell whether or not a stranger is nice just by looking at him or her. Read more →