After its response time to a weekend barn fire came under critique, Lexington has announced its E911 service will hire more phone operators. The new staff members will handle non-emergency calls. According to the city, those calls make up about 53% of calls to the E911 Center. The hope is specifically tasking people with answering those calls should keep 911 operators free to answer emergencies. It is something Mercury Equine Center owner Eric Reed says comes too late for him.
In the wake of a rash of heroin overdoses, and with the toxic drug still in the area, community leaders, healthcare providers, and law enforcement will lead a panel discussion in Rowan County Tuesday evening.