KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – Most of the time Jarrod Millsaps is serving our ward, his clothing is what one would expect an assistant director of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office to wear. However, on Tuesday evening, October 19, Millsaps traded his badge for dance shoes.

“We look forward to showing what we have,” said Millsaps, who has been preparing to attend the Blount County Dancing with the Stars event over the past few months.

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The competition was created to raise funds for Kingston Design Ministries.

“Our mission is to provide dream makeovers and home renovations to children who have experienced devastation,” said KDM Development Director Renee Poole. “Just knowing that (Millsaps) spends his day serving our community in a really effective way and that he then chooses to devote his time and energy to our mission is really inspiring to all of us.”

Because of this, Millsaps, a native of Blount County, didn’t hesitate to put on his dancing shoes and show off his skills. For him, it’s all part of his promise to serve.

“There was a man named Robert Peele,” said Millsaps. “He was the godfather of the community police. One of his philosophies and one of his quotes was: ‘The police are the public and the public are the police.’

“So I try to live. Not only to monitor my community, but I am also a member of the public and try to give something back in every possible way. ”

A philosophy that, according to Millsaps, is also a reflection of his colleagues at the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.

“Working here where I work under Sheriff (James) Berrong and his leadership is his philosophy,” said Millsaps. “It’s really his philosophy to get out there and help the community. Help the people around you and that’s it. “

So much for his dance preparations. While he may not be the next Fred Astaire, he says he’s up to one thing.

“In every situation we go into, I want to win. That is the goal. I want to win.”

And Millsaps and his dance partner won when they won all 10s from the judges in their performance to the music from the movie “Grease”.

Kingdom Design Ministries earned more than $ 90,000 from the event. To learn more about the service, visit


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