• Judge blocks city's decision to dissolve police department

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    RIDGETOP, Tenn. (AP) - A judge has blocked a city's decision to dissolve its police department amid budget constraints.

    News outlets report Robertson County Judge Bill Goodman signed a temporary restraining order on Friday, which allowed the Ridgetop Police Department to resume operations.

    Ridgetop Mayor Tony Reasoner announced the dissolution in a special-called meeting last week, saying the city of 1.4 square miles (3 square kilometers) and about 2,000 residents just couldn't afford a police department anymore.

    The plaintiffs in the civil suit against the city include Ridgetop Police Department Chief Brian Morris and two police officers.

    A preliminary hearing on the restraining order was set for July 1.

    City officials have scheduled a meeting on Monday.

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