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      New Turner County 911 center being proposed

      Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester needed to expand his office and says he knew the 911 center needed a renovation. So, he went to commissioners and asked to put the two side by side. / Cody Long

      it's a first step of what may be a long process. Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester needed to expand his office and says he knew the 911 center needed a renovation. So, he went to commissioners and asked to put the two side by side.

      "If they do agree to do both of them, I think it would save the taxpayers some money to put them all on one spot," Hester said.

      Turner County EMA Director Jason Lawson says his office runs hundreds of criminal histories each year and having the two buildings in the same location just makes sense.

      "They would have the ease of operations," Lawson said. "They have to go down to the sheriff's office to get finger prints and then drive up here. We can hopefully provide citizens a more effective service by saving them a trip."

      The Turner County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to allow bids to be accepted and for the details to be drawn up. Turner Fire Chief Robby Royal hopes to use the area near the 911 center for storage. Royal is accepting bids to have a new warehouse built at that site.

      "We have two trucks we don't have base for and also have a lot of fire equipment that we really need to have closer to the facility instead of being at our road department," Royal said.

      "We are in a safe location here," Hester said. "It would be more secure for the center. It would get it out of the hustle and bustle of that area there."

      The 911 center's current location is close to a busy road and a new gas station is about to be built just feet from it which could be a safety hazard.

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