10 March 2005

the police in harriman do the time warp again

a recent story from wbir, knoxville, tn brings home just what a time warp much of roane county still lives it.

the news item is about stacks of boxes piled up in harriman's police department and some new technology that might get them online. the paper-based department's records are tough to access and just as tough to share:

Without picking up the phone and calling and sharing information over the telephone, we're kinda operating in a blind, says [harriman police chief Jack] Stockton. And I think your career criminals definitely know it.

Even though Harriman is only seven miles from Rockwood, they don't often know what happens in each other's city's overnight.

sounds even worse to me than doing genealogy research in pre-world-wide-web days must have been.

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