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State acknowledges driver station closure

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By Beth Braden

The Tennessee Department of Safety has released official word that the LaFollette driver’s station will merge with the Clinton office. The LaFollette office will close at the end of the business day on Dec. 28. Its employees will then work at the Clinton Office.

“Apparently they were under a mandate to cut the budget and apparently they looked at those areas where they could break the leases,” said Tennessee State Sen. Ken Yager. “Apparently, unfortunately, one of those was Campbell County.”

According to Jennifer Donnals, communications director for the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the state will save $62,000 per year by merging the LaFollette and Clinton stations.

“I encouraged him [Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons] not to do it,” Yager said.

While residents will be able to renew licenses at the Campbell County Clerk’s office, testing will have to be done in Clinton or at one of the other Tennesssee offices.

Yager hopes the LaFollette office may eventually be reopened.

“We’re gonna do all we can to restore it, but I can’t offer any optimism at this time.”

After Clinton, the Knoxville office is the next closest testing station.

The Clinton office, located at  704 North Charles G. Seivers Blvd. is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.