Few holiday problems reported

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 12:27 PM

Crowds of people came to Sevier County to enjoy the New Year’s holiday, but 2013 got started with few arrests and no major incidents, local law enforcement officers said.

Gatlinburg held its traditional New Year’s Eve party, with thousands of people lining the streets to enjoy fireworks and a ball drop at the Space Needle. But Gatlinburg Police Chief Randy Brackins said Wednesday that the celebration and the holiday Tuesday didn’t result in many arrests.

“It was very busy, as always, but there were no really big problems,” he said.

Arrest reports from the Sevier County Jail showed there were a number of alcohol-related arrests, including DUIs and public intoxication charges, but very few assault or domestic violence charges.

Most importantly, everyone went home safely, said Pigeon Forge Police Chief Jack Baldwin.

“There were no killings reported in the county,” he said. “Everybody went home safe, that’s always good.”

Pigeon Forge, he said, enjoyed a fairly calm transition to the new year. “It was quite and peaceful,” he said. “Nothing outlandish.”

The Sevierville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Sevier County Sheriff’s Office had a sobriety checkpoint set up during the holiday, but didn’t see an unusual number of arrests, Sheriff Ron Seals said.

“Everything was pretty calm for the weekend,” Seals said.

Sevierville Police Chief Don Myers said most of the arrests his officer made came from the checkpoint.

While there were a lot of people in town, he said, there weren’t many problems.

“It was a good weekend — lots of people and not a lot of trouble.”

jfarrell@themountainpress.com