Due to COVID-19, local visitation has been suspended beginning Wednesday March 18 until further notice, in order to protect your family and friends. Remote visitation is still available via the internet. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Some businesses may have already received a call from All American Calendars asking for donations regarding a calendar for the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office. THIS IS NOT A SCAM! This company is working with us to create a calendar for the upcoming year and also to help us raise money for our DARE program. We would like to personally thank all of you for your generous donations in support of our Drug Education, Drug Awareness, and Drug Prevention Calendar Project this year.
Effective immediately, any persons entering the Criminal Justice Complex shall adhere to Rule 4 of the Local Rules of Practice, General Sessions Court, Civil and Criminal, of Hardeman County, TN.
Rule 4 (B) All participants, witnesses, visitors, and spectators shall conform to strict standards of decency, dignity, etiquette, and propriety.
Rule 4 (C) Provides for all to be DRESSED APPROPRIATELY.
The following attire is considered INAPPROPRIATE:
- Halter Tops
- Bare midriffs (cut off shirts)
- See through attire
- Muscle shirts
- Tank tops
- Clothing with obscenities
NO CLOTHING SHALL BE ALLOWED THAT EXPOSES UNDERGARMENTS OR ANY INTIMATE BODY PART.
Persons not adhering to this rule will be denied entrance.
Thank you for your cooperation.
A press conference was held today at the Criminal Justice Center in Hardeman County. The U.S. Attorney of the Western District of the State of Tennessee Michael Dunavant, along with Special Agent in Charge of the FBI-Memphis Division M. A. Myers, 25th Judicial District Attorney General Mark Davidson, Special Agent in Charge TBI-West Tennessee John Simmons,, Sheriff John Doolen, along with others renew their commitment to solving the 21 year old murder of Michael Bell. There is still a $24,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the subject responsible. U.S. Attorney Dunavant announced new technology used by the FBI has allowed investigators to move closer to solving this case.
The Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office is now conducting training for local churches. Captain Brian Vandiver put together a training program which includes active shooter training, along with other safety issues that churches may face. We encourage churches to be proactive and begin preparing for such events instead of being reactive. If you would like more information or to schedule training for your church, please contact Captain Brian Vandiver at (731) 228-3004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, FBI and the 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant announced the reward Thursday March 23, 2017 in the unsolved 1998 murder of Michael Bell, according to a TBI release.
Bell was a clerk at the McKee’s Stateline Convenience Store at the time of his murder on July 23, 1998. The store is located on Highway 125 S between Middleton, TN, and Walnut, MS.
An unknown individual shot and killed Bell, then left the store in a 1990s General Motors sedan and drove toward Walnut, MS.
The robbery does not appear to have been the motive of the shooting, according to the release. They say Bell instead was the target of a coordinated murder.
The FBI has joined in the investigation, and the partnership has resulted in new leads in the case, according to the release.
Investigators believe there are people in the community who have information that can help solve the crime.
The reward is for information that directly assists law enforcement in the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Bell’s death.
Anyone who has information is urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
On March 21, 2017 dispatchers and law enforcement officers from all across the state gathered at the TIES (Tennessee Information Enforcement System) Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN. During this conference, people were recognized for their outstanding service. Captain Dana Knight was among the recognized and received the award for TAC (Terminal Agency Coordinator) Of The Year. Only one TAC Of The Year is chosen each year for the entire state for an outstanding job. Captain Knight was chosen because of her hard work and dedication to serving the citizens of Hardeman County. She has spent countless hours assisting local law enforcement agencies and TBI during investigations of vehicle and identity thefts along with a recent double homicide. Congratulations Dana Knight!
On Thursday March 31, Sheriff John Doolen was honored at the National Guard Armory in Bolivar for his patriotic support. Sheriff Doolen was nominated for the Patriot award by Cody Naylor and Justin Bryant, both of whom are deputies with the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office and also serve in the National Guard. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.