Tyler Whetstone, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tyler Whetstone

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Past articles by Tyler:

UT law professor named Knoxville police deputy director of professional standards

Brooklyn Sawyers Belk will join the department's three other deputy chiefs to help guide decisions and “course correct” the agency when necessary. → Read More

Knoxville diocese asks judge to allow it to keep documents secret, cites Knox News reports

The diocese argues it needs protection specifically because of the “continued publicity that this litigation has garnered over the past year." → Read More

Post Office employee charged with statutory rape inside Knoxville mail processing facility

The teen admitted to the relationship when confronted by police after a car accident. The suspect faces federal charges. → Read More

Ex-Maryville Apostolic teacher volunteered at church after sex assault allegation

The former teacher ran a group that aimed to provide fellowship through sports, outdoor activities and board games. → Read More

Anti-abuse advocates: Diocese's move to require victim's name in lawsuit is 'heartless'

Afraid of humiliation, a man filed a lawsuit against the diocese under the name John Doe. The church successfully argued for him to be named publicly. → Read More

Before ex-teacher was charged with sex abuse, her family sued the church-run school

A lawsuit says the teacher sexually assaulted the girl, causing mental trauma for her and extreme guilt and anguish for her parents. → Read More

What we know about the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville investigations and lawsuits

Knox News has published a number of stories detailing different issues facing the diocese and Bishop Richard Stika. Catch up here. → Read More

High-ranking Catholic authorities scrutinize Knoxville diocese amid sex abuse lawsuits

“This is something that’s gotten the attention of the top bishops and not something Stika would’ve wanted," said church expert Gerard McGlone. → Read More

Knoxville diocese made church sexual abuse review board more secretive after lawsuit

The church maintains a more tight-lipped board better protects sexual abuse victims, but sex abuse victim advocates say it protects abusers. → Read More

Knoxville Police Chief Paul Noel adds deputy chief to improve department's culture, values

Chief Paul Noel was hired to oversee a department that had massive accountability problems. The new deputy chief will focus on it. → Read More

Former teacher at Maryville Apostolic academy accused of sexually abusing 14-year-old girl

Police began investigating in June whether the 26-year-old Apostolic Christian Academy teacher had sexually abused a 14-year-old girl. → Read More

Activist Nzinga Bayano Amani files federal lawsuit asserting Knoxville police conspiracy

The lawsuit says two Knoxville officers and three Knox County sheriff's deputies violated the police reform activist's civil rights. → Read More

Attorney highlights discrepancies in police stories in Anthony Thompson Jr. lawsuit

A judge will decide whether the case against the officers involved in the shooting death of Anthony Thompson Jr. are covered by qualified immunity. → Read More

Knox News can put city leaders under oath about police chief search, judge rules

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon's office has tried to derail Knox News' effort to find out about the secretive police chief search. → Read More

Bryan Hair, Mayor Glenn Jacobs' former chief of staff, avoids jail time in misconduct case

Bryan Hair pleaded guilty to official misconduct for his personal use in 2020 of a golf cart purchased with Knox County taxpayer dollars. → Read More

Honey Alexander, longtime wife of Sen. Lamar Alexander, has died

Honey, 77, was long the backbone and political will behind Tennessee’s most accomplished son, but she hailed from Texas. → Read More

Vols safety Jaylen McCollough says he acted in self-defense, seeks speedy hearing

Jaylen McCollough has not played in a UT football game since the Oct. 9 incident, but was cleared last week by a university student conduct board. → Read More

Knox County Commission appoints Courtney Durrett, a Democrat, as its new chair

“If I think it’s a good idea then it’s a good idea and hopefully other people will too. It won’t be about Republican and Democrat," Durrett said. → Read More

Knoxville Police Chief Paul Noel launches Use of Force Review Board to raise accountability

The creation of the Use of Force Review Board has been in the works for months, and will focus on the highest-profile cases involving violence. → Read More

'Nobody is above the law': Police announce arrest of Fulton High School resource officer

“Officer Pickens’ alleged actions are concerning and completely unacceptable, and we take those allegations seriously," Police Chief Paul Noel said. → Read More