Law enforcement agencies across the country are celebrating the National Night Out.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen community and police partnerships, and let criminals know that neighborhoods are organized against crime.
Residents will lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening with their neighbors.
"This is an excellent time for the Sheriff's Office to strengthen our community partnerships by showing support to our active neighborhood watch groups," said Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones. "We'll be out meeting and socializing with residents and letting them know that we encourage their efforts to make their neighborhoods safer."
In Knox County, many of the neighborhoods are having cookouts, pool parties, and ice cream socials.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office will have officers, K-9s, motorcycles, and even the helicopter at some of the events to demonstrate how KCSO is helping keep neighborhoods safe.
Here is a list of Knox County neighborhoods participating. Most begin their activities between 6-7 p.m. and will end before 10 p.m.
- Stewart Ridge Subdivision, Halls, 4501 Nathan Drive
- Sunchase Apts., N. Cedar Bluff Rd., Clubhouse
- South Pointe Subdivision, Maryville Pike at Tipton, South View Circle
- Rockwell Farm Subdivision, Kingston Pike off Old Stage Rd., poolhouse near the entrance
- Cottingham Court Subdivision, off Northshore in Ebenezer, Cul-de-sac
- Imperial Estates Subdivision, Karns off Emory Road, 7029 Regency Rd.
- Lakewood Subdivision, off Westland, 1013 Bream Drive
- Trails End Subdivision, off Middlebrook Pike behind Food City, pool
- Autumn Ridge Subdivision, off Bluegrass Rd., Bayhill Ridge Way Cul-de-sac
- Wallace Hills Subdivision, Halls off Hill Rd., 4600 Gillcrest Drive
- Cove Ridge Subdivision, off Hardin Valley Road, pool on Wildflower Way
- Woodland Trace/Sweetbriar, off Campbell Station, dead end of Woodland Trace
- Morgan Place Subdivision, off Guinn Rd., grassy area on Berry Hill
- Reagan Landing Subdivision, off Hardin Valley Rd., pool park on Clover Ridge
The Knoxville Police Department elected to delay their National Night Out festivities until October 2, when it would be cooler.