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911 texting still not available in Tennessee

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WASHINGTON (News Sentinel) - In an emergency, you can text your spouse, parents, best friend, neighbor or just about anyone else with a cellphone and ask them for help.

But in Tennessee, you can't text 911.

No city or county in Tennessee currently accepts text messages to 911, even though the Federal Communications Commission has been trying to get emergency call centers to embrace text messaging, and advocates for deaf people, domestic violence victims and others have been pushing for the service for years.

The FCC took steps last month to accelerate text-to-911 service across the country. The federal agency ordered that text message providers that aren't already making the service available must do so by the end of the year in jurisdictions that can handle such messages.

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