A new military unit is setting up shop in a rural East Tennessee community.
Saturday, Scott County residents will welcome the 252nd Military Police Company to the county's national guard armory. The 252nd Military Police Company comes from Louisville. It replaces the 278th Armored Regiment Calvary, which combined with a sister unit in Jamestown.
According to recruiter Sergeant First Class Michael Lloyd, military police do search and seizures, guard prisons, and enforce the law on military bases. Also, unlike the armory's previous infantry unit, military police recruit women.
"It opens the doors to the females in this area, so they can join a unit here," he said.
He said the new unit could also entice more Scott County residents to enlist because it can provide a career path to civilian police work later in life.
"This is a great stepping stone for them," he said.
The 252nd Military Police Company will hold a open house at Scott County's Army National Guard Armory Saturday at 8 a.m. Lloyd said the company will show the public some of the tools it uses to operate.