The Anderson County Sheriff’s DepartmentÂ sent deputies to provide security at the National Guard Armory in Clinton and to the area around the Tennessee Valley Authority facilities at Norris Dam and Bull Run Fossil Plant in Claxton after officials learned of the fatal shootings at military centers in Chattanooga on Thursday.
Additional deputies were also sent to the Anderson County Courthouse in Clinton and to county government buildings, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mark Lucas said.
He said the Tennessee Highway Patrol notified the ACSD on Thursday morning, July 16, about the unfolding events in Chattanooga.
“We informed all of our local police departments of this information,” Lucas said. “Our dispatch was also in contact with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville.”
Lucas said theÂ enhanced security was maintained until the Sheriff’s Department was informed there did not appear to be any threat to other facilities.
There are military recruitment centers and a reserve facility along with the U.S. Department of Energy installations in Oak Ridge, and the Oak Ridge Police Department provided a response for these sites, Lucas said.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the four U.S. Marines who died and to the Marine recruiter, Navy sailor, and Chattanooga police officer who were wounded,” Lucas said.
More information will be added as itÂ becomes available.
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