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YHC Police Department Hosts Appalachian Trail Traffic Enforcement Network Meeting

Friday, June 7, 2013
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310,

Young Harris College Police Department Hosts Appalachian Trail Traffic Enforcement Network Meeting
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College recently hosted a meeting of the Appalachian Trail Traffic Enforcement Network (ATTEN) in conjunction with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) that was open to all law enforcement officers in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Pickens, Towns, and Union counties.
“We were pleased to host this meeting at the College,” said YHC Chief of Police Ken Henderson. “It is important to get law enforcement officers together to network and share knowledge about highway safety. We appreciate the attendance of all of the officers, and we hope to continue hosting events like this in the future.”
The ATTEN is one of 16 regional traffic enforcement networks currently servicing all 159 counties in Georgia. The regional networks are open to all sworn law enforcement officers and prosecutors and are designed to enhance traffic enforcement activities through networking, training and legislation. The networks serve as a catalyst for traffic enforcement officers to voice their concerns and share ideas with their counterparts from other agencies in their region.

“During these meetings, we discuss traffic enforcement issues, such as DUIs and speeding, and we try to come up with solutions to these problems,” said ATTEN Coordinator and Blairsville Police Department Lieutenant Russell Walker. “Attendance and participation at these meetings also enables agencies to be eligible for grants and funding.”

Guest speaker Alan Carter of Brain Injury Advocate Services of Georgia presented the group with information on traumatic brain injuries. YHC President Cathy Cox also attended the event and welcomed officers to campus. “We are honored to host this meeting at YHC and are grateful to our local law enforcement officers for their service,” said President Cox. “They work diligently to keep our roads safe and often put their own lives on the line in the process.”

For more information, contact Lieutenant Walker at (706) 835-1692.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit