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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 →

Are you listening?

By Chief Lee Tramel, Knox County Sheriff’s Office


“Child, give me your hand that I may walk in the light of your faith in me. “ –Hannah Kalhn

Whether you’re parenting a toddler or teenager, good communication is the key to building self-esteem as well as mutual respect.  But how do you establish that “good communication?”  Many child experts say to talk to and treat your child as you would a guest or your best friend.  The American Psychological Association reinforced that with some great tips for communicating with your child: 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 →

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 →