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Harkins serves ‘TEA’


Farragut’s photo enforcement manager, Ben Harkins, talked to TEA Party members about the Town’s red-light camera system at a TEA meeting Tuesday, June 14.

“Love or hate red-light cameras, surveillance has been with us for many, many years,” Harkins said at the meeting, held at Cedar Springs Christian Bookstore.

Red-light cameras have been a hot-button issue with many TEA Party members and Republicans, including those in the Tennessee legislature, which in its latest session passed a law that would prohibit traffic cameras for citing illegal right turns on red unless an intersection outlawed right turns on red entirely. Gov. Bill Haslam signed the bill into law June 6.

When asked what he thought of that new law, Harkins said, “I think [Tennessee legislature] is misguided.

The new law “doesn’t give a lot of detail ... they don’t really hash out the details and then locals have to hash it out later,” he added.



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