District 6

Honorable Charme P. Allen

Serving Knox County

Office Locations

Alma mater(s)

West Georgia College, Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, 1987; University of Tennessee College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree, 1990

Election history

Elected in 2014. Re-elected in 2022.

Gen. Charme P. Allen is a veteran prosecutor with nearly 30 years of experience and is honored to be the first woman elected to serve as the Knox County District Attorney General. 

Following in the footsteps of her law enforcement family, she pursued her passion of seeking justice and helping victims of crimes. Her model for prosecution not only involves enforcing the law and seeking punishment for crime, but also requires a dedication to the prevention of crime at its source. She believes that prosecutors have great power, and with that great power comes even greater responsibility. Gen. Allen is honored to serve the citizens of Knox County.


  • All4Knox, Justice Sector Lead 
  • Drug Related Death Task Force, Member 
  • Emerald Youth Foundation’s Image a City Council, Member 
  • Family Justice Center, Executive Committee 
  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Member 
  • Knox County Mayor’s Criminal Justice Committee, Member 
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Member, Board of Governors (2018) 
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation, Fellow 
  • Metro Drug Coalition, Immediate Past President of the Board 
  • National District Attorneys Association, Member 
  • Pellissippi State Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Member 
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member

Awards, Honors, Recognitions:

  • Cityview Top Attorney Award (Awarded Multiple Years) 
  • 2016 The Salvation Army Cup of Hope Award 
  • 2017 Leadership Knoxville 
  • 2017 Junior League Women’s Empowerment Award 
  • 2017 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Nu Zeta Chapter Woman to Woman Award 
  • 2017 YWCA Tribute to Women Finalist 
  • 2018 Girls Inc. of Knoxville “Bold” Elite Award 
  • 2019 Patriotic Award (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve – ESGR) 

Number and types of courts in your district:

One Juvenile Court, five General Sessions Courts (Misdemeanor Court, DUI Court, Felony Court, Cited/Bonded Arraignment Court, Civil Court), three Criminal Court Divisions

Notable things about your district:

Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee’s flagship campus, whose sports teams, the Tennessee Volunteers, draw spirited fans. Knoxville is also home to the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Tennessee Supreme Court’s courthouse for East Tennessee, and the corporate headquarters of several national and regional companies. As the largest city in East Tennessee, Knoxville has positioned itself in recent years as a repository of Appalachian culture and is one of the gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 


“Enforce the Victims’ Bill of Rights: Pass the Victim Life Photo Bill” 
By Joan Berry and District Attorney General Charme Allen 
Knox News, March 29, 2015 

“How to help combat, report elder abuse in Tennessee: Elder abuse can take several forms, including financial exploitation, neglect, physical abuse and even sexual abuse.” 
By District Attorney General Charme P. Allen  
Knox News, November 21, 2019 

“A Community’s Response to the Opioid Crisis: What my experience has taught me”   
By District Attorney General Charme P. Allen  
DICTA: A Monthly Publication of the Knoxville Bar Association, February 2019 

“A Move Towards Transparency and Efficiency: DA Announces New Dash/Bodycam Policy” 
By District Attorney General Charme P. Allen  
DICTA: A Monthly Publication of the Knoxville Bar Association, June 2019 



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Knoxville Criminal Office

P.O. Box 1468
400 Main Street, Ste. 168
Knoxville, TN 37901-1468
Phone: (865) 215-2515
Fax: (865) 215-4253