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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cocke County Finance Committee meet
Members of the Cocke County Finance Committee were told Monday that the county faces increased liability following last week's jail certification. Commission Chair Clay Blazer suggested the committee move ahead on the exploration of funding sources for a jail or justice center.He argued the county can "do study after study but until the county puts up the money, the jail likely will remain uncertified." Finance Manager Anne Bryant-Hurst said de-certification "makes the county an easier target", with more lawsuits asking for larger damage awards because the Tennessee Corrections Institute will no longer testify on the county's behalf but will testify that it has not meet state standards. According to Commissioner Andy Tritt a former jail employee, said it is much easier to defend against a lawsuit if the jail is certified. Blazer asked that Scott Gibson of Cumberland Securities be invited to address the full legislative body about funding options for a jail or justice center. "People don't think you are serious till you show them the money," he said. The committee again discussed the possibility of ankle monitors for arrestees with minor charges. Commissioner Mitch Fine argued for ankle bracelets for those who violate probation or fail to appear for a court hearing. Tritt who is a process server for the sheriff's department said he currently has a backlog of 4,000 warrants that are waiting to be served. It often is difficult to serve a warrant on a defendant because they often move around and are not at the address or employment that is on file. The committee agreed to invite General Sessions Judge Brd Davidson to the October meeting to discuss a GPS monitoring program. Member Calvin Ball also suggested that county officials meet with Hamblen County regarding a joint jail, because the Hamblen County facility also has been de-certified. Bryant-Hurst reported that the new county budget is in Nashville awaiting approval, likely later this week. The committee also agreed to recommend an inter-fund transfer of nearly $1.4 million. The transfer from Debt Service will give the General Fund operating capital until property tax payments start coming in later this year.

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