"Just Busted" hits East TN newsstands

3:43 AM, May 21, 2010   |    comments
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If you're arrested in East Tennessee, your mug shot could end up in a weekly publication called "Just Busted".

A company in Chattanooga started printing the publication one year ago.

Now, "Just Busted" covers five big markets including North Atlanta, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville.

The Knoxville addition includes mug shots made during weekly arrests in Anderson, Blount, Knox, Jefferson, Sevier and Loudon counties.

The paper also lists missing children reports, cold cases and sex offenders who live near certain schools.

The owner of the publication was a victim of crime herself.  That is how she came up with the idea.

"Just Busted's" main mission is to reduce crime.  The company hopes the mug shots make people think twice before breaking the law.

"In the very beginning a few hardcore criminals called and complained.  But, calls of support really outweigh the negative," said "Just Busted" editor Matthew DeGlopper.

A copy of "Just Busted" costs $1.  It hits stands every Wednesday in those six East Tennessee counties.  DeGlopper said you can pick up a copy at participating Walgreens, Pilot Travel Centers and KenJo Markets.

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