- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The Lee County Board of Supervisors has approved a $1.5 million payment on the $7.5 million countywide emergency communications upgrade, a system receiving rave reviews from users.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1AuNGZQ ) Monday’s payment to Motorola means the E911 system is now 90 percent paid for. The remaining $754,606 will likely be paid by early September.

The E911 system provides county and municipal first responders within Lee County communications even in the most remote areas locally and up to 300 miles away.

Unlike the previous emergency communications network, local emergency responders and officials can communicate on the same channel during emergencies requiring more than a single department or agency. It also connects with wireless communication systems used by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and other state-level first responders.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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