Knox Sheriff's employee confiscates Georgia fans' tickets at Vols game, gives them away

Associated Press • Nov 11, 2013 at 1:21 PM

KNOXVILLE — A Knox County Sheriff's Office employee was suspended after he seized tickets from Georgia fans at Neyland Stadium and gave them to other people.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the investigation began after a woman emailed the University of Tennessee Police Department about tickets to the Oct. 5 Georgia-Tennessee game that she said were confiscated. The woman said she wanted to make sure they hadn't been sold.

No record of the tickets was found, and investigators determined that 49-year-old Odell Majors had given them to two men who had left the stadium during the game to smoke and could not re-enter.

Majors told investigators he confiscated the tickets from Emily Teel of Rocky Face, Ga., and her fiance, Derrick Renfroe, of Kingsport, because they were drinking and had alcohol on them.

Teel and Renfroe told investigators they were walking to various tailgate parties outside the stadium when Majors approached them. Renfroe said there was a crowd of people openly drinking and he believes Majors singled them out because he was wearing a black and red University of Georgia polo shirt.

Majors admitted to investigators he did not know department policies regarding confiscated property, which requires confiscated tickets to be turned over to the University of Tennessee Police Department.

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