Small West Tenn. town tries part-time police force

Small West Tenn. town tries part-time police force

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) - The small West Tennessee town of Grand Junction is going to try a part-time police force.

According to The Jackson Sun, aldermen of the Hardeman County town of just over 300 residents voted unanimously on Monday to hire three police officers part time.

The idea was presented by Mayor Curtis Lane as a way to remain within a tight city budget. The current fiscal year runs through June.

The decision came a month after the Grand Junction Board of Mayor and Aldermen dismissed former chief Justin Powers on a 5-1 vote.

Lane said the Hardeman County Sheriff's Office is currently patrolling the town, which is about 45 miles east of Memphis.

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