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Program helps officers buy houses in Chattanooga

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(TIMES FREE PRESS) Sgt. Tammy Cook, an 11-year veteran on the Chattanooga police force, patrols the same neighborhood she lives in.

"It's great," she said. "If I want to stop at home and use my own restroom, or if I want to stop at home, and heat up a plate to eat, I can do that. I'm aware of what goes on around here and I can probably better serve the community by living right here."

That hasn't always been the case. For years, Cook and her husband lived in rented apartments. But the two are new homeowners, in part because of the Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise's Police Fund for Home ownership.

The fund offers police officers between $10,000 and $20,000 to buy a house within the city limits and is the newest of several programs CNE offers that are aimed at revitalizing Chattanooga's neighborhoods.

Check out more on this story from our partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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