Commissioners Upgrading Security After Suicide

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Shaken by the suicide of a barber in front of a Clarksville City Council meeting, a committee of the Montgomery County Commission has voted to upgrade security in the commission chamber.

At a special meeting, the Commission Budget Committee voted to recommend having three full-time deputies during meetings and spend more than $200,000 for a metal detector.

The full Commission will get the recommendation next month.

On October 4th, Bo Ward shot himself in the head during a City Council meeting after the panel declined to rezone his property.

Mayor Johnny Piper said immediately after the incident the Council wouldn't meet again in the chamber.

Piper and schools director Mike Harris have agreed the City Council will meet in the Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools board chamber until a new, permanent location is found for the city legislative meetings.

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