The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department is adding a new Dodge Durango sports utility vehicle, such as this one.
Since taking office on Jan. 1, 2015, Jennings County Sheriff Gary Driver says he has purchased eight vehicles for the department at no cost to taxpayers.
Buying and installing police equipment in the vehicles, however, is a different matter.
Instead of purchasing the cars from tax revenue, the sheriff uses profits from the jail commissary.
"I don't want a pat on the back; I'm doing this because this is the way it's supposed to be done," Driver told the Jennings County Council. "I'm a taxpayer, too. I want to save money for the taxpayers."
Two new sheriff department vehicles purchased this month need equipment - expensive devices such as radios, GPS units, radar units and dash cameras.
Driver came to the Council to request $29,000 to equip the two vehicles - a 2017 Dodge Durango sports utility vehicle and a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck.
"My plan is to rotate two new cars into the fleet every two years and I've done that," said the sheriff, now three years into his four-year term. "Now all our vehicles in our fleet have less than 70,000 miles on them."
Driver said his department has gained grants to equip several of those vehicles with radios. Now it is time for the council to pony up for the equipment, he asserts.
While a tree in southern Jennings County may have ended up on the 2015 Big Tree Register, to the family that owns it the tree was just a great one for climbing.
We've experienced so many positives at Jennings County High School this year. What a super year to date!
There was plenty of pickin' and grinnin', and then some, at the 14th annual Granville Johnson Music Festival. Along with bluegrass music that has been showcased at the festival since it began in 2004, this year's show at the Park Theatre included old-time string band music and even some classic rock 'n' roll.
Spring officially began Monday, which means sassafras tea will soon be flowing in Vernon.
Retired professional athletes often speak about the difficult moment when they knew it was time to retire from professional competition. The transition can be easy for some but far more difficult for others. But aging amateur athletes know you need not be a professional to realize there comes a time when your body is telling you it's time to ease up.
Demolition of structures at the former Couchman property at the corner of Hwy. 7 N and the bypass was expected to be completed Tuesday by Gosman Construction. As much as possible will be recycled, said William Wooton, at left, who was busy guiding one of the wooden frames to be recycled safely onto the ground. Casey's General Store has purchased the property and will be constructing one of their unique stores in the near future.-Staff Photo by Barbara King