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Clinton Courier newspaper clip from about 1997. Pictured are Chuck Jones, Carl Bailey, Vaughn Nichols and David Bailey. Newspaper text is incorrect.. that's actually Carl Bailey taking the phone call.
Carl Bailey is now at Lieutenant with CPD. Vaughn Nichols is retired. The other dispatchers are no longer employed by the City of Clinton.
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911 CENTER RENOVATION NEAR COMPLETE
Back in 1997 the Clinton 911 Center underwent a remodel and total equipment upgrade. 911 Director/Asst Fire Chief, at that time, Lynn Murphy held an open house to show citizens and the media the new, "state of the art" call taking and dispatching center (see photo below). Murphy goes way back in local 911 history. Lynn told our reporter that he worked the first shift at the new Anderson County 911 Sheriff's dispatch center in 1974!
Fast forward to 2014.. the Clinton 911 Communications Center is nearly finished with another major renovation. Dispatch Supervisor, Chuck Peters.. says: "The latest construction will bring our facility to an advanced state of readiness. Clinton citizens who call 911 can now be sure their calls are handled as quick as possible.. and that police, fire and EMS help will be on the way in just a matter of seconds." In addition.. the center is prepared to go online with emergency call taking procedures like text, pictures and video to 911.. as quickly as new cell phone technology is refined.
911 Communications Center employees also will enjoy the convenience of new kitchen, bathroom and administration areas.