Starting June 1, citizens in Blount County will be able to text 911 for emergencies instead of having to call.

Blount County E-911 Communications Center Public Information Officer Richee Kidd said that while the “Text-to-911” program will begin next month, dialing 911 for emergencies still will be preferred.

“If it’s a true emergency and they can speak,” Kidd said, “we want them to call 911… READ MORE

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