Almost eight months later and the county still hasn't ironed out the issues surrounding its faulty emergency radio system.

In November 2017, sheriff Wallace Whittaker addressed the fiscal court with concerns about reception between emergency personnel and dispatch after complaints began coming in that deputies could not communicate with one another or to the emergency communications center in certain areas of the county, most notably the south.



Fiscal court members are still waiting to hear back from an engineer they hired in February to help find what needs to be done and how much it will cost.

Although a report was submitted by Curt Henningsen of Kenwood in April with identified problems, there was no direction to the county and no mention of what to do about the southern portion of the county.

Meanwhile, emergency service workers are keeping their fingers crossed nothing bad happens while a solution is being sought.

Ginger Lawrence, Director of the Logan County Emergency Communications Center, reported to fiscal court the end of June that she had spoken with Henningsen about the long-awaited specs for repair.

"He said he was currently evaluating the microwave path in Lewisburg," said Lawrence, who added she is getting a little frustrated.

"I feel like my hands are tied and I can't get the answers I need to present to the fiscal court to allow them to make the decisions they have to make to get this figured out," Lawrence said.

Roger Lindsey, Adairville's Chief of Police has been having problems getting signal out and receiving signal as well for a long time.

"It's not just Adairville," said Lindsey. "It's a lot of places in south Logan. As much money as the county has spent on the system, it shouldn't be hit and miss anywhere."

Other agencies in the county have experienced issues as well including the ambulance service.

This was also a major issue over eight years ago which prompted the county to purchase the multi-site radio system for over a half-million dollars. The safety of emergency agencies was the main reason for the purchase which included towers in Auburn, Lewisburg, and Russellville. However, a fourth option listed for a tower in south Logan was not an option for the county at that time.

"There needs to be a repeater placed close to Adairville, possibly the Schochoh area to help that side of the county with reception," Whittaker has maintained.

A repeater is a combination of a radio receiver and a radio transmitter that receives a weak or low-level signal and retransmits it at a higher level or higher power so that the signal can cover longer distances without degradation.

A new repeater can cost between $120,000-$220,000.

"We are still having issues with communications and dead spots," Lawrence said. "There is a lot of trouble down in the southern end of the county but also we are experiencing issues in the northern part as well."

Lawrence says she only hopes that every time her department or emergency personnel keys up it works, but there is that chance it won't, and that could be a very costly situation.

"We are in limbo," added Lawrence.