Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Constable James Allen Jett

Roane County Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, February 8, 1924

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Reflections for Constable James Allen Jett

He was my great great grandfather as I understand it from my great grandmother Jenny Jett.

Marc Reed

November 14, 2020

He was my great grand-father.

Paul Jett

July 19, 2020

Rest in peace Constable Jett.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 9, 2019

I never met James Jett, he was my Great Grandfather. Like my brother Wally, I was told the stories of my Great Grandfather's death. I am proud to claim him as part of my family. He set an example for all to follow.

James C. Reed
James Jett's great grandson, Jenny Jett (his daughter) was my GM

October 15, 2018

Constable James Jett's legacy lives on through his family! God bless you all!

Officer S Nelson 1104 Rossville ,TN

February 8, 2018

I am a great granddaughter, My Grammy was Bonnie Jett Phillips. And even though I never met him, I am honored to be a part of his family tree and proud of his service.

Kim Phillips
Great granddaughter

May 14, 2015

I am the great grandson of James Jett, Walter Reed. My grand mother, Jenny Jett, was the oldest of the Jett children. She told my sisters and brothers and me about the shooting. She said that she was told at school that the moonshiners kids that they were going to kill her father if he tried to bust their still. I have a black and white picture of great grandpa's pistol and handcuffs, they have little dings on them where bullets hit them during the ambush.

There is no question the moonshiners were cowards, who waited for an opportune moment, during which great grandpa would have no chance to defend himself.

Jenny Jett worked at the hosiery mill and gave her earnings to her mother to help support the family after her father died. Great grandma was apparently an excellent shot with a pistol, and according to my father, he would stop his car a hundred feet from her home, honk the horn and yell. "Grandma! It's J.B., don't shoot!" when he went to visit her.

The Jett family is a very real part of America, with very colorful people in it. While my father's name was Reed, I am very proud to have Jett blood in my veins!

Walter Reed
Great grandson

August 29, 2014

James Jett was my great grand-father. My grandma, Jenny Jett, was the oldest of his children. She used to tell me the story of his murder when I was a child. She also told about what a great shot my great grand mother was and how, as a widow, she protected her family.

My father, Col. James B. Reed, used to tell me how he would stop his car in when going to see his grandmother, blow the horn about a hundred feet from her house and yell, "Grandma, it's J.B.- don't shoot!" You wanted to give the widow Jett plenty of notice when visiting her.

Walter Reed

August 29, 2014

Great to see so many realitives being able to remember one who helped us all to be here today, With out him being who he was we could not be who we are today.
Thanks for being the man you were James Jett!!!

Ryan James Edmonds
Great Great Grand Son

June 8, 2013

I am James Jett's great granddaughter, and am very proud of his service. God bless.

Nancy Jane Phillips
Great granddaughter

June 5, 2013

my name is james story im a great great grandson of james jett my grandmother alice werick told me stories about you and i recently read the court transcipts left by woodrow your my kin and a hero in our hearts forever thanks for your service

james story
great great grandson

December 9, 2012

A hero may fall but will never be forgotten. RIP Sir, you died a hero.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 8, 2012

Constable James A. Jett was my grandfather. I never met him as he was killed 11 years before I was born to his daughter Edith Jett Wright. He had four living sons, Edward, Clarence, Joe, Woodrow and Fred (who was a baby). Mama met one of the assailants on the bridge going into Harriman, TN. She had known him all her life but that day he did not speak to her. He had just killed her dad. It took 18 months to arrest Walter Newport at his mother's home. Agents were going to burn down the house as they had him under surveillance. His mother started screaming and he came out. Oscar Clark who was the main shooter was killed in a bar in Harriman in the late 40's. He was shot six times same as he had shot Grandpa Jett. Grandpa Jett taught them music and they all liked to sing. He played the organ and was a good Christian man.

Alice Wright Smith

July 24, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 97th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 8, 2011

Constable Jett was my great grandfather. I have heard accounts of his death and the terrible wounds he sustained from the gunshot. My grandmother had vivid memories of seeing his body being carried home and how badly he had been injured. We still have his picture and remember him.

James Edmonds
Great Grandson

March 14, 2010


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 5, 2008

Thank you for your service to Roane County you are not forgotten.

Thomas Walden
Roane County 911

November 15, 2007



November 24, 2005

Thank you for your dedication and service.

November 23, 2005

Rest in PEACE! You are not forgotten!

November 23, 2005

Constable Jett,
It has taken over 81 years, but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Roane County.


November 23, 2005

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