MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A piece of Maryville history is back at home Tuesday, all thanks to a member of the Citizen's Police Academy .
Every year the academy graduation kicks off with a presentation on the history and future of the department. Chief Crisp normally shows the earliest known photo of the Maryville Police Department from 1948.
Eight officers from the original department standing under a sign which read "City of Maryville Police Dept. Recorder Water Dept."
Now six decades later that sign is back at the police department.
Tony Mills is a member of the academy and also woks in real estate. He says he found the sign along with numerous others in the basement of a house he was working on.
Mills also teaches at a local school and thought it would be perfect for his classroom, but then he recognized from the 1948 police department photo. Mills says, "It doesn't belong in my classroom; it belongs here. It is a memento of Maryville, and what a good place it is to be."