Whiteville driver’s license center to close soon

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WHITEVILLE, Tenn. — The Whiteville driver’s license center will be closing its doors Nov. 6. A news release from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security states that the facilities would be closing down in an effort to enhance customer service and save tax dollars. However, some residents don’t see the closure as an improvement. “I was going to get my license renewed, my name changed on it, and they told me that I had to come to Whiteville, but I had to do it before Nov. 6 ’cause they were closing down. So it’s an inconvenience for us,” Whiteville resident Casuandra Jeffery said. Other Whiteville residents weren’t quiet with their concerns on the location’s closing. Billy Culver, who owns a flea market near the location, also is unhappy with the closing. “We ought to not close that thing down. We ought to keep it open. I don’t know what those people are going to do,” Culver said. “They’re going to have to go a long way. I just don’t know what they’re going to do.” Culver also is concerned with the possibility of the Tennessee Highway Patrol office, housed in the same building, closing down as well. “They’re moving out now too. They already done moved out, I reckon,” Culver said. “Driving license, highway patrolmen, everything — they’re all gone.” Whiteville resident James Jackson is hoping the location will stay open. “I just think they ought to keep it open so people wouldn’t have to go so far to do everything that they could have done right here.” The Dresden driver’s license center will be closing Nov. 6 as well.

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