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Officers Being Assigned All Unicoi County Schools

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Unicoi Elementary School (Photo courtesy unicoischools.com) Unicoi Elementary School (Photo courtesy unicoischools.com)

ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) - A sheriff and a police chief in East Tennessee said they were working together to ensure all county schools will have a trained officer when classes resume in January.

The Johnson City Press reported that Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley and Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson made the announcement Friday, saying they wanted to assure student safety after the massacre on December 14 at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

The initiative expands the number of officers assigned to schools -- there was already one each at the middle and high schools.

Tilson's office will provide officers to schools in the city; Hensley's office will provide them at others.

Both said the extra officers would be present at least through the end of the school year, and longer if funding allows.

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