Lawmakers talk homeland security with county constables

From Staff Reports

   State lawmakers and Carter County constables met recently to discuss state demand in homeland security as well as surplus equipment from the state made available to the county's constables.
   Constable Ross Potter said Rep. Jerome Cochran, R-Johnson City, and Sen. Rusty Crowe, R-Johnson City, along with county constables and Carter County Sheriff John Henson discussed legislation in Nashville as well as surplus equipment and the issue of homeland security. Potter said constables had been asked to step up their visibility and enforcement.
   "We are having to help patrol the dams and bridges and underpasses," said Potter of the constables' new role in homeland security. Potter said the county's 16 constables had stepped up patrols around Wilbur and Watauga dams as well as automobiles parked on the bridges.
   Potter said legislators were also assisting constables to learn about surplus equipment available that was used by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and that is up for auction.
   "We are working with all law enforcements agencies with homeland security," said Constable Ross Potter. "Being that the state parks are going to be open soon we will be helping patrol all these parks as well."