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Grand Junction Searches for Next Step for Police Department

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

GRAND JUNCTION, Tenn- After weeks of controversy surrounding their police department, Grand Junction residents are now wondering who will protect them.

This concern came after their only full-time police officer, Justin Powers, was terminated at a special called meeting, Friday. Grand Junction Mayor Curtis Lane, said he has a few options to consider before replacing Powers. Residents are hoping that this option does not include losing their police department.

"It's a lot that goes on in this town," said Pitt Gurkin, a Grand Junction store owner. "So we need a police department."

In January, the district attorney's office prohibited Powers from issuing warrants or making arrests. The assistant district attorney cited Powers' lack of credibility as the reason. Now the town's only protection comes from the Hardeman County Sheriff's Department, which is more than 15 miles away.

Mayor Lane said he is currently formulating a list of options that will be presented to the board of alderman at their next meeting on March 4.
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