Two regional counties, Gilmer and Clay, are establishing their own 911 Centers.

Gilmer and Lewis Counties and Clay and Fayette currently share Emergency-911 operations, but that is changing.

The Gilmer County Commission has informed Lewis County it hopes to have its own 911 center by July 2013, and is currently looking at several sites.

Commissioner Brian Kennedy said the new center would create "several jobs."

"It'll bring our center home and hopefully tie up some loose ends we have with the EMS, fire department and our response time to emergencies and calls," Kennedy said.

Gilmer County funds account for about 20 percent of Lewis-Gilmer E-911 operating costs, with Gilmer having about 25% of the call volume.

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