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Commissioner, police chief vow to fight Covington crime

(WMC-TV) – Two families in Covington TN, are still reeling after the deaths of their two young sons. Now, residents are saying two murders in two weeks is too much.

"For a town the size of Covington, it's really gotten out of hand," said Quincy Barlow.

Barlow is a life-long Covington resident.

He's also a businessman and a county commissioner.

Barlow says he's concerned about increased gang activity in Covington.

"A lot of this may not be random, but it may be a situation where people want to build a reputation," he said. "And we're gonna have to be careful with these reputation builders and be a mentor to these young men."

In a recent meeting of the Covington City Board, Covington Police Chief Bennie Carver addressed the crime problem and praised the work of the police department.

"I get so sick," said Carver. "Every time I turn around, they're cramming stuff down my throat about gangs in our city. We've got a good city and I'm proud of those who've come forward to make these arrests."

On top of increased patrols in high crime areas, Barlow said he'd like to see a meeting with the DA, police and other business leaders to try and figure out a way to prevent another murder in the small town.

"I don't want everyone in this city to live in fear," Carver said. "I want them to be happy, come out and be involved."

After his presentation to city alderman, Police Chief Bennie Carver announced his retirement.

Carver said he's retiring for medical reasons.

Covington Mayor David Gordon said he's not decided on a replacement for Carver, whose retirement if effective April 1.

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