Beloved Franklin Police Sergeant (retired), Paul Arnold, passes away


(Below obituary courtesy Williamson Memorial)

Sergeant (retired) (Thomas) Paul Arnold passed away after a long battle with cancer on August 14, 2019.

Paul was born and raised in Chattanooga and graduated from UTC with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He started his law enforcement career as an officer with the Chattanooga Police Department where he participated in the DUI Task Force. Later career positions included the U.S. Marshals Service in Miami and Special Agent in the USDA Office of Inspector General in Nashville.

The final 29 years of Paul Arnold’s law enforcement career was spent as a member of the City of Franklin Police Department. During his time in Franklin, Paul was a shift leader on patrol, member of the SWAT team, worked in the Criminal Investigations Division, served as a “Bobby” during the annual Dickens of a Christmas, CPA class instructor, and retired as the armorer and gunsmith for the Department.

Paul graduated from the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy (SECLA) in 2006, where he was presented with the Leadership Award for his class. In 2017, Paul was honored to receive the national Theodore Roosevelt Police Award which is given to a few members of the law enforcement community each year for continued service to their communities while dealing with a severe injury or illness. He loved serving his neighbors and friends in the Franklin community. In his spare time, Paul enjoyed the outdoors, gunsmithing, family movie nights and hosting the annual Police Christmas Dinner for his fellow officers.

Paul is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dawn Arnold, mother Kathryn Arnold, cousins Phillip Pickett (Pam), Johanna Hartley (Jimmy), Deborah Pickett, Bill Pickett (Colleen), and Winston Pickett (Sun) all of Tennessee, and Judy Lieb (Ed) of California. Also surviving are many beloved second cousins and lifelong friends throughout the U.S.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Fraternal Order of Police Morris Heithcock Lodge, Law Enforcement Assistance Partnership (LEAP Franklin), or Stand Up to Cancer.


Saturday, August 24th, 2019 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home
3009 Columbia Avenue | Franklin, Tennessee

Service Information:

Saturday, August 24th, 2019 3:00pm
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home

Interment Location:

Hamilton Memorial Gardens
5351 TN-153 | Hixson, TN 37343

Visit Williamson Memorial for more information
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Impaired driver arrested following I-65 hit & run

Finis Hylton
Age: 46
Franklin, TN

Late last night Franklin Police arrested a DUI suspect after he left the scene of a crash on I-65. At 11:00 pm, Finis Hylton drove away after crashing into a vehicle on I-65 N near Cool Springs Boulevard. A nearby Williamson County Deputy spotted Hylton on Moores Lane and held him for Franklin Police.

Hylton showed several signs of impairment and was arrested. Charged with DUI and Leaving the Scene, Hylton is free on the $4,000 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on August 29. Thankfully, no one was injured in Thursday night’s crash.

Business owners, managers, & employees: Join Franklin Police & the Secret Service to learn more about counterfeit cash, Thursday


Can you tell the difference between real and a fake? Do you know what a counterfeit bill looks and feels like? Do you and your employer know what to do when you suspect that someone is trying to pass a fake bill?  What do you do if you discover, after the fact, that you’ve received one?

If you own or manage a cash business, or if you have a job that has you handling money, Franklin Police and the United States Secret Service will answer these questions and more during the one-hour seminar: Know Your Money. The seminar is free and registration is not required.

Thursday, August 15, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Franklin Police Headquarters
900 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064

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Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of suspect wanted in Cool Springs case

A cash reward is being offered to anyone who can put a name with his face. He got aggressive with security at the Cool Springs Target when they tried stopping him from leaving the store with $200 in stolen merchandise last week. He got away in a white minivan with a ladder rack.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information on his identity.

Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip

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School’s back in session this week; keeping kids safe a top FPD priority

Starting Wednesday, school zones in Franklin will be active as Franklin Special School District children head back to class. Williamson County students start back on Friday. Officers will be vigilant in designated school zones across the city, focusing on speeding drivers, improper passing, and Tennessee’s law on cell phone use. 

According to this startling statistic, most of the children killed in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, four to seven years old, who are hit by drivers illegally passing a stopped school bus. Franklin Police Officers will be closely monitoring bus routes and citing drivers who disregard the flashing red lights and stop signs on school buses.

Motorists should expect slow-moving traffic in and around school zones. To avoid being late to your destination, you should leave earlier than usual. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about safely crossing the street and walking through parking lots.

The Department will be closely monitoring the 14 school zones throughout the city. Drivers who break the law, especially in school zones, should expect to be cited.


The minimum fine for
speeding in a school zone
illegally passing a stopped school bus:


Drivers must be aware of and comply with all directions given to them by Franklin Police School Patrol Crossing Guards. Motorists must be prepared to stop and follow their instructions.

Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s school website to familiarize themselves with drop-off and pick-up information at each school.