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#1 Apr 13, 2013
How does WGRV get the news on who was arrested and reports turned in for theft?
Are all these reports and arrest records open for the public to get?
Does someone from WGRV go to the Police station every morning and get this info or does the police send this info to them each morning?
Do they have to pay to get this info?
Thank you for any info.
#2 Apr 14, 2013
I can tell you how it was done 1970s-1990s. Local reporters would come in very early (around 4:00am) and ask to see the arrest and incident reports. Said reports were hand written and kept in two separate files. The reporters would then transpose the information from the reports onto the legal pad most all carried. From there the local news was created. Oh, and if there was something in the report that would jeopardize an investigation we would somehow highlight that information and write "not for news" so it wouldn't get published. That's how the local news worked. The television stations would call and ask if we had any news to report. Then it was up to the officer answering the phone to report any stories or not. I remember when the reporter that called from Channel 11 was Robin Sells Wilhoit, now the anchor on Knoxville's WBIR. She would call around 2:30am and I would try to be at the dispatch desk just so I could talk to her. Guess you could say I had a crush on her.:) The arrest and incident reports were by law considered open information, so I assume anybody could ask to see them. Again that was how it worked years ago. I hope I've answered your question.
#3 Apr 14, 2013
Yes you did, thank you. Very good information.
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