Grainger County residents arm themselves after burglaries

Grainger County residents arm themselves after rash of burglaries

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A large group of neighbors gathered in front of Bashert Baptist Church in Blaine to voice their outrage about the jump in home burglaries in their community. A large group of neighbors gathered in front of Bashert Baptist Church in Blaine to voice their outrage about the jump in home burglaries in their community.
"Yes, we have had a large number of burglaries in Grainger County, above average, but I assure you, detectives have been working diligently on those cases," said Chief Deputy Charles Biddle. "Yes, we have had a large number of burglaries in Grainger County, above average, but I assure you, detectives have been working diligently on those cases," said Chief Deputy Charles Biddle.
People in Blaine are not convinced and have now started carrying weapons to protect themselves. People in Blaine are not convinced and have now started carrying weapons to protect themselves.
"I would rather be tried by a jury of 12 then be carried out by six to my grave," said Darla Ramsey. "I would rather be tried by a jury of 12 then be carried out by six to my grave," said Darla Ramsey.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

BLAINE (WATE) - Amid the inmate escape and problems at the Grainger County Jail, some residents are also concerned about an unusual rise in the number of home break-ins and burglaries.

A large group of neighbors gathered in front of Bashert Baptist Church in Blaine to voice their outrage about the jump in home burglaries in their community.

"We don't understand it. It's happened in a 5 to 6 mile radius," said Darla Ramsey. "We are concerned with our Grainger County jail. We are concerned our sheriff has not been present there for almost a year."

Neighbors are planning to hold a community rally for everyone in the county at the church Thursday night to voice their concerns.

Within this group, they know of at least 26 homes that have been hit. Many are victims.

"I was broken into a week ago this last Tuesday," said Shirley Irwin.

"We were broken into three weeks ago Saturday," said Mandie Davis.

At Wednesday's press conference at the justice center, Chief Deputy Charles Biddle acknowledged the problem in Blaine.

"Yes, we have had a large number of burglaries in Grainger County, above average, but I assure you, detectives have been working diligently on those cases," said Biddle.

People in Blaine are not convinced and have now started carrying weapons to protect themselves.

"We have a shotgun loaded, just waiting," said Davis.

Many 6 News spoke with said there needs to be a change of leadership at the sheriff's department before they will feel safe again.

"I would rather be tried by a jury of 12 then be carried out by six to my grave," said Ramsey.

The community rally will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Bashert Baptist Church located on 928 Richland Road in Blaine.

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