'Just Busted' newspaper puts East Tennessee criminals in spotlight

'Just Busted' newspaper puts East Tennessee criminals in spotlight

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The paper features convicts in Anderson, Blount, Knox, Jefferson, Sevier and Loudon counties. The paper features convicts in Anderson, Blount, Knox, Jefferson, Sevier and Loudon counties.

By JAMIE LYNN DROHAN
6 News Reporter

CLAXTON (WATE) - Having your name and photo printed in a newspaper is no honor if it appears in an East Tennessee publication called "Just Busted."

The paper features convicts in Anderson, Blount, Knox, Jefferson, Sevier and Loudon counties. Issues are printed each Thursday with weekly arrest records.

It also features sex offenders living near schools, rewards for fugitives, missing children and community support agencies.

Anis Andani owns a BP gas station in Anderson County's Claxton community. When she agreed to sell "Just Busted," the sales representative left about 40 copies. Within a half hour, they were all gone.

"The next day he brought by 80 and they were gone very very quickly," Andani says.

Newspaper Editor Matthew Eglopper says it's been in print for 13 months, and has become quite popular across the state.

"If the average person wanted to know the things in that paper, it would cost them thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to go out and try to gather all that information as a single person. So we do the work for them. We gather the information and compile it into one simple resource," Eglopper says.

"It will definitely put the word out to our parents as well as neighbors and maybe we can keep this kind of stuff away from our community," says Irene Collins, of Tracy's Learning Center in Anderson County.

"I think that everyone should be on the lookout for it. I think everyone should be on the positive outcome of this and probably donate towards it because it's a huge thing and no one appreciates it until they bust them," says Dustin Weaver, a Knoxville father of two small children.

All the information found in "Just Busted" is on file at the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

"Just Busted" isn't affiliated, supported by or connected to any law enforcement or government department or agency.

It can be found at most convenience stores across East Tennessee.

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