By Keeli Parkey

Local individuals needing driver-related services are urged to visit the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security mobile unit when it stops in Unicoi County on Wednesday, June 21. The unit is coming to the county in cooperation with County Clerk Mitzi Bowen and her office.

“The mobile unit goes around the whole state of Tennessee to rural areas,” Bowen told The Erwin Record. “They set up in order to accommodate citizens. Instead of having to send people 20 or 30 miles away in order to provide a service, they can offer it here on June 21. This is going to be convenient for our citizens. Instead of going to Elizabethton or Boones Creek for these services, they can get them here on that day.”

According to Bowen, the mobile unit will provide a variety of services.

“They can do anything, except they won’t do a driving test,” Bowen said. “They will do the knowledge testing, but not the driving test. They can do out-of-state into state updates, first-time handgun permits, renewals on handgun permits, for example.”

The mobile unit will open for services at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Unicoi County Courthouse. For more information about the unit and its services, call the County Clerk’s office at 743-3381.