Proposal Could Move Kenton Dispatching to Obion Co.

Emily Cassulo

KENTON, Tenn. - One West Tennessee town could change how it handles emergency phone calls from residents.

City officials told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News they are looking at possible change to save the city money.

Residents WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News spoke with in Kenton said they want to keep everything the same.

"''Cause safety comes first, especially if there's children involved," said resident Latosha Ford.

Kenton Mayor Virginia Davidson said they are looking at possibly switching 911 services from Gibson County to Obion County. The town is in both counties.

Mayor Davidson said the move would save them $9,000 a year, which is what they pay for Gibson County's service.

She said Obion County would not charge them.

The downside? It would cause slower response times.

"They will tell us what is going on. We will transfer this to Obion County 911. They will then tell Obion County 911 what is happening. But since Obion County 911 does not dispatch for the sheriff's department, they will have to transfer it again to the Obion County Sheriff's Office and explain to them what's happening, and then the sheriff's office will radio the Kenton Police Department," said Bob Moore, Operations Manager for Gibson County 911.

Residents said no delay is worth the money.

"I don't think the money should be an issue if they've been paying it for 40 or 50 years, you know, it shouldn't change," said resident Kurtis Shanklin.

"If it's that important, we can cut other things," Ford said.

They said a short amount of time could make a big difference in an emergency situation.

"You know, nobody's life should be valued on a dollar," said resident Tina Richards. "The quicker the better."

Mayor Davidson said they will discuss the possible change at the May board meeting, unless they decide to have a special called meeting before then. 


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