City could buy old post office to house E-911 site

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By Dwane Wilder

LAFOLLETTE—City officials have been offered a chance to buy the old LaFollette Post Office building adjacent to city hall on South Tennessee Avenue. The asking price is $150,000, according to Jacksboro developer Steve Grimm, who said he has two more potential buyers for the building, but he first wanted to offer it to the city. The building has 5,000 square feet of space on the main level in addition to a full basement and upstairs area.

Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries said it had been suggested to him that the building could possibly be used for an E-911 center in order to allow the police department to expand its evidence room at its current city hall location.

LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield questioned Finance Director Terry Sweat about the possibility of funding such a purchase.

“Terry, if this board decides to buy that building for $150,000, do we have $150,000?,” asked Stanfield.

Fannon said members of the E-911 Board should inspect the building before any decision is made to make sure it meets and exceeds the needs of the department.