Blount County Government
Maryville, TN 37804

Blount County Sheriff’s Office
Juvenile Detention Center
Blount County
329 Court Street
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone (865) 273-5959
Fax (865) 273-5982



Captain Dale Gourley …………………….…………Division Commander
Lieutenant John Adams …………………………………Division Director


The Blount County Juvenile Detention Center has been a division of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office since July 1, 2001.  It is one of the few Juvenile Detention Centers in the State of Tennessee that is operated by a Sheriff’s Office.  The Juvenile Detention Center is a hardware secure facility designed to provide a short term placement for persons under the control of the Juvenile Court System.  This facility is designed to house children who are: 1) in need of legal temporary placement; 2) pending adjudication; 3) awaiting disposition and/or placement.  The maximum holding capacity is 30.  The Detention Center is available on a per diem fee for services to nearby county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.  The Detention Center was first certified by the Department of Children Services for occupation and operation in October, 2001.  It has been annually inspected and certified every year since.

Our mission is to treat the juveniles with the utmost respect, while at the same time, encouraging positive pro-social behavior and attitudes that instill a sense of good will, positive self-esteem, and community citizenship characteristics.  We also believe in serving the local and surrounding communities by providing a secure environment in which to hold juveniles referred by the appropriate authorities.  During the fourth year of operation, by the Sheriff’s Office (July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005), we booked in 952 juveniles into the Detention Center or the T.H.R.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office also runs a three bed non-secure Temporary Holding Resource Center (THR) designed for the temporary detention of those juveniles awaiting Court Disposition on unruly or dependent neglect issues.  This facility is the old Juvenile Center.

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