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A Partnership Worth Celebrating
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Monday, June 12, 2017
(Photo: L to R - Larry Jones, GCS Network Administrator -  Captain Mike Crum, Greeneville Police Department - Beverly Miller, GCS Assistant Director of Schools for Administration - Bill Carroll, GLPS Director - Phil Bradley, GLPS IT Director)
(Photo: L to R - Larry Jones, GCS Network Administrator - Captain Mike Crum, Greeneville Police Department - Beverly Miller, GCS Assistant Director of Schools for Administration - Bill Carroll, GLPS Director - Phil Bradley, GLPS IT Director)

Greeneville Light & Power, Greeneville City Schools, Greeneville Police Department, Greeneville & Greene County work together to provide exceptional services and support.

Greeneville, TN, June 9, 2017– Taxpayers in Greeneville and Greene County should be excited to learn how various governmental entities and organizations are working together in order to maximum community resources and ultimately saving a considerable amount of money while improving services. The initial partnership was announced earlier this year when Greeneville Light and Power began providing all fiber connectivity for schools and district offices within the Greeneville City School District. The school district was able to realize significant savings upon moving fiber services from for-profit providers to the local electric utility. The savings will be reinvested into increasing Internet throughput and speed throughout the district, which now supports in excess of 3,000 computing devices on a daily basis. All students in grades 2-12 each have a computing device with students in grades 3-12 taking the devices home daily and using them regularly as critical learning tools.

 After an extremely successful deployment with the school district, conversations began to take place about connecting Town of Greeneville business units as well as expanding the network to encompass the new 911 project that will be shared throughout Greeneville and Greene County and will serve all citizens. While this project is still in the early stages with initial efforts focusing on getting the emergency/911 network established and functional, all those in attendance at a recent meeting are excited to be working together to better serve the customers of these multiple organizations. Todd Smith, Town of Greeneville Administrator, said, “It is exciting to be part of a team representing City, County, 911, City Schools, and Greeneville Light and Power that recognized a real need in the community and worked together to deliver a solution.  The fiber network and related technology means our police officers and sheriff’s deputies can respond to emergency situations quicker with better knowledge making our citizens and first responders safer.”

Greeneville Police Department Captain Mike Crum added, “I'm not only excited about this project but I'm so impressed with dedication of all involved.  Greeneville City Schools, Greeneville Light & Power, Town of Greeneville and Greene County Sheriff’s Department all have put so much more than 100% effort into this. In addition, GPD IT professional, Stewart Cowles has worked countless hours to get the software and link installed between GCSO 911 and GPD.  The team at GLPS certainly has their act together. This partnership will truly save lives. That is a very difficult aspect to quantify when conducting a cost analysis.”

Additional updates and information will become available as the partnership and projects progress.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Beverly Miller at 423.787.8019 or email at millerb@gcschools.net.

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