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McMinn 911 system to cover Etowah

ETOWAH, TN. (Times Free Press) — The Etowah City Commission has agreed to dissolve Etowah's 911 dispatch services and use McMinn County's 911 services effective Jan. 3.

"We handle 45,000 emergency calls a year, plus another 100,000 administrative calls," said Marvin Kelley, director of the McMinn County Emergency Communications District. He said McMinn's 911 services would be able to handle Etowah's needs.

Kelley said McMinn 911 could do three things for Etowah: expedite response times; stop tax duplication of $8,000 in expenditures that the McMinn and Etowah 911 centers each spend on TBI information services; and significantly relieve the city's budget problems.

He identified another future benefit, as well: McMinn 911 has been making preparations to go to a digital platform that will allow receipt and transmission of mobile-phone texts and pictures and laptop communications.

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