KINGSTON (WATE) – Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he’s concerned about sex offenders living in the county and wants a system put in place to notify residents when a registered sex offender moves nearby.
Roane County commissioners will vote Monday evening on a resolution on whether to allow the sheriff’s office to start collecting a $50 yearly fee from each registered sex offender in the county to pay for a notification system.
According to the resolution, certain homes, childcare facilities and schools would be contacted if a sex offender moves close by.
“It’s good to know who they are and where they live,” Kingston resident Adrienne Schaffer said.
Schaffer has two daughters ages 3 and 6 and said she believes a notification system would provide an added safeguard for her children.
“It’s good to know where they live especially so you can avoid their houses for trick-or-treating and especially if they’re in your neighborhood you can just be mindful if your children are out playing by themselves,” Schaffer said.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation already has an online registry available that allows you to search by name or address.
According to the TBI website, 93 sex offenders live in Roane County.
Stockton said the number of sex offenders in Roane County has increased around 25 percent since 2006 and believes the notification system will allow parents to keep better track of sex offenders.
“We would notify the public either by email or either by flyers that we put out in that neighborhood notifying the people that there is a sexual offender living in their community,” Stockton said.