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Unicoi considers own police force

April 21st, 2013 9:12 am by Brad Hicks, Johnson City Press

UNICOI — The town of Unicoi continues to experience growth, and it’s because of this growth that Mayor Johnny Lynch said town officials must look at the possibility of providing additional police protection to the town’s residents.

Lynch said the town of Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen has had discussions and intends to have future discussions regarding the possibility of the town starting its own police force. The matter was briefly discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen. No action on the matter was taken.

The town has an agreement in place in which it pays $90,000 a year for Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department coverage. Lynch said the town’s discussions of starting its own police force is not a reflection of the sheriff’s department, but would enhance the protection already in place.


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