More Joe Friday than Lilly Rush, upper East Tennessee police departments have gone YouTube.

The Kingsport Police Department has joined a growing number of police departments using YouTube to publicize cases. Kingsport is using YouTube in hopes of getting leads in the 1994 murder of “Miss Annie” Heath, who was 67 when she was beaten to death in her apartment.

The Johnson City Police Department is a doing a “Dirty Dozen” list of bad guys it is looking for to a soundtrack of music from TV police shows like “Law and Order.”

Not a bad idea. The videos also go on local community access cable channels.