UNICOI, Tenn. (AP) -- City officials in a small but growing East Tennessee community are discussing the formation of their own police force.
Unicoi Mayor Johnny Lynch told the Johnson City Press that the city has seen a recent increase in complaints about speeding and illegal parking.
He said the town is growing and with liquor stores on the way, Unicoi residents have been asking about more police protection.
He says the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department would continue to patrol in the area, but a city police force would add supplemental protection.
The idea is in preliminary stages, but would get more discussion during budget workshops in May.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.