The long-awaited Sumner County EMA Emergency Communications Center (ECC) held a public ribbon cutting and open house at the new facility on Airport Road on July 7. After a long and sometimes twisted journey, the new combined E911 center finally became a reality for each of the employees and politicians who had worked hard to achieve their dream.
Beginning July 17, county and local municipality E911 dispatches will all be handled within the secure 9,000-square foot, EF-5 rated facility. The transition will occur over one to two weeks and it will involve moving the Sumner County Sheriff's department emergency dispatches over first, followed by a sequenced relocation of each of the county municipality dispatch services.
Speakers at the event included Sumner County EMA Director Ken Weidner, Sumner County ECC Director Rhonda Lea, Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt, State Sen. Ferrell Haile, Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary, Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown, Millersville City Manager Caryn Miller, Westmoreland Mayor Jerry Kirkman, Portland Vice Mayor Mike Callis and E911 Director Buddy Shaffer.
After the addresses, Weidner and Lea unveiled the commemorative plaques representing the official opening of the ECC, followed up by a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.