Local Troops Helping Secure Border

Dozens of members of the first unit of the 230th Air Cavalry Squadron from Louisville, in Blount County, are now on their way to Laredo, Texas, helping to secure the nation's border with Mexico.

The troops deployed Friday morning for a 30 day assignment, as part of Operation Jumpstart.

Governor Phil Bredesen and Major General Gus Hargett, Jr., made the announcement Thursday afternoon.

The troops will observe and report any illegal boarder crossing, however, they will not act as any form of law enforcement.