Board of Education Installs 2-Way Radios in All Schools

In a continuing effort to provide the best security and safety possible for our school students, faculty and personnel, the Fentress County Board of Education has installed new 2-way communication radios in every county school building in the county, as well as the central office.

In announcing this new safety measure last week, Schools Safety Director Robert Cooper said:  “We recently purchased 65 portable radios which will be placed in all the county schools.  With this addition, principals and assistant principals will now be able to communicate with several different emergency personnel –the Sheriff’s Department, Ambulance Service, EMA, THP, and other emergency providers at any given time when they can’t use the phones.  The custodians will also be able to talk with bus transporation and the principal.

“This is a consolidated effort by several individuals,” Cooper continued.  “I have two men in my department — Bobby Smith and Sammy Hull, who have worked extremely hard on this, programming the radios and getting them distributed to all the schools, and training the principals and teachers how to use the radios and switch from one frenquency to another.”

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.