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Security boost coming for Johnston County Courthouse

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Security upgrades are planned for the Johnston County Courthouse. (KTEN) Security upgrades are planned for the Johnston County Courthouse. (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. --  With concern about mass shootings around the country; Johnston County Commissioners are looking at bids to upgrade security around the courthouse.

"We have courthouse security, but we want to improve upon it," said Commissioner Mike Thompson. 

Officials aren't specifying what upgrades are being considered, but it's because of potential threats.

"Due to instances we've seen across the nation in the last few years, instances in courthouses, and some of them are very tragic," Sheriff Jon Smith said.

For the most part, the county had the funds in its budget to make the upgrades possible, but they're getting even more help from a new revenue stream.

"We've had a pipeline in the county for about six months now, and that's helped our sales tax," Thompson said.

There's no timetable on when the new gear will be installed, but it's expected to be soon.

"I hope it'll make them feel like they're safe, and they're not looking over their shoulder, and they can do their job," Thompson said.

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