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Mountain Revenge
Richard A. Foschino  More Info
Mother's Blood
Richard A. Foschino  More Info

About the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department:

The county spans 598 square miles and has a population of 71,330. The median age of its residents is just shy of 40, and the median household income is $36,006. The county is home to two planned communities - Norris, built in the Great Depression to house those working on Norris Dam, and Oak Ridge, which mushroomed into existence during World War II as a secret city devoted to helping build the first atomic bomb.


Deputies assigned to the patrol section respond to dispatched calls for service and also patrol the roads throughout the county. These Deputies provide security for citizen's homes as well as enforcing traffic laws, providing escorts (such as funeral and oversized loads passing through the county), and serving civil and criminal warrants.


The Sheriff's Department has implemented a COP (Citizens on Patrol) program where a citizen is allowed to ride along with a deputy during his/her tour of duty. This program is a unique way for citizens of Anderson County to gain perspective on what the Deputies actually do during a tour of duty. Volunteers are not required to ride the full twelve (12) hour tour and may only ride once every thirty (30) days.


The detectives are responsible for investigating major crimes that occur within Anderson County. this includes crimes against persons, and major property crimes. Investigators also handle investigations concerning complaints against Sheriff's Department Personnel. The Criminal Investigation Division is responsible for performing thorough background investigations on new potential employees.


The Criminal Investigation Division handles the majority of child sexual assaults and child abuse cases in Anderson County. While Patrol is the backbone of the Department, it is CID that takes up where Patrol leaves off. One isn't complete without the other. For either to be successful at doing their jobs there must be a cooperative partnership. The patrol officer takes the initial report and the CID detective does the follow-up.


CID, while not as visible to the public as Patrol, plays a vital role in the success of the Department. The variety of units and experiences that make up CID add considerable depth. These attributes help us to win and keep contract cities. CID has a role to play in community policing as well. Problem solving isn't only a Patrol responsibility. CID detectives often see patterns in robberies, vice activities, assaults and other crimes that can be positively impacted by working with citizens and patrol officers to find solutions.








Richard Foschino was born in New York City in 1947 and grew up in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.  In 1979, he moved his family from New York State to East Tennessee, settling in a small town about twenty-five miles north of Knoxville


After serving three years as Chief of Public Safety for the City of Norris, Tennessee he joined the Anderson County Sheriff's Department, became Chief of Detectives, and rose to the rank of Chief Deputy. The greatest challenge of his law enforcement career was the assignment of a series of unsolved murders that occurred in remote areas of the county years ago.  He is the author of Mountain Revenge and Mother’s Blood.


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