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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cocke Finance Committee
Officials of the Newport Rescue Squad and the Cosby Volunteer Fire Department addressed the Cocke County Finance Committee at it's Monday evening meeting. Captain Josh Hall asked the committee if a plan by the two community organizations will quality the location for an annual appropriation from the county, currently $10,000. In the past, when a volunteer fire department constructed a sub-station, the agency received a contribution for the location. The two organizations plan to construct a three bay station on donated property on South Highway 321 at Armory Road. Each agency would use a bay, and the middle room would be used as an office/meeting area. "It's a good location. We have alot of members from both departments who live in the community. So that will mean a faster response time, and make it better for both departments," Hall told the committee. That move also would mean that any property owner within a five mile radius of the station would see a reduction in their property insurance because of the nearby fire department. Squadsman Rusty Williams said plans are to cross-train volunteers from the two agencies, and to develop an associate program, involving similar alliances with other volunteer fire departments in the county as well. On a motion by member Calvin Ball, the body voted to recommend that the joint operation be given the $10,000 annual contribution if there are no legal restrictions to such a donation. The body also gave it's approval to a proposal to ask Mike Brady Architects to draw up plans for a 30 X 30 foot addition the jail. Sheriff Armando Fontes said current overcrowding in the facility, has led to a number of fights in recent weeks and the addition could be used for medical beds, high-risk beds as well as solitary beds. "That way you could put some inmates in there for thirty days and they will quit acting up," he argued. There is a question however, as to how such an addition would impact a city street which runs north to south beside the jail. Sheriff Fontes said he is looking at ways to reduce the liability of the county. Because a new jail is under consideration, the sheriff said after a jail is built the small addition could be used to house juvenile offenders. Administrative Captain Derrick Woods reported that the jail so far this fiscal year has paid out $203,000 for medical expenses related to inmates and currently the medical account is $81,000 in the red. The committee also was told that the cost for an autopsy, which is paid for by the county, recently was hiked from the previous $1,575, to the current $1,645.

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