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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cocke Finance Committee
Cocke County General Sessions Judge Brad Davidson says he will soon begin using GPS ankle monitors on inmates so that they can be released from jail The announcement was made Tuesday while Judge Davidson addressed the Cocke County Finance Committee. There has been a push for such monitors as well as alcohol and drug monitoring patches, in an effort to alleviate jail overcrowding, cut medical costs to the county and allow defendants to go to work. The committee also heard from Anne Fontaine of the Friends of the Animal Shelter. She was accompanied by Treasurer Marguerite Vassar and Shelter Manager Terry Starnes. The shelter, owned by the Friends' group was closed earlier this year when Newport which had managed the facility, opted out of the contract. That move ended funding for the operation. City officials had long been concerned that even though most of the housed animals came from the county, 80 percent of the operating funds came from city revenues. The committee had earlier expressed concern regarding a management contract, but that issue apparently has been resolved. Now a proposed operating agreement calls for the city and county to each contribute $100,000 annually toward the shelter costs. Fontaine said she believes the discussions with the city and county are coming along well. "We are really coming together. We had a good meeting with the city several days ago. Mayor Crystal Ottinger and City Manager James Finchum had some questions that need to be resolved. There are some kinks in the agreement but plans are for our lawyer to meet with the city and county lawyers to resolve those issues," Fontaine said. Although the shelter has been rehabilitated, it has not yet been re-opened. Fontaine said her group wants to be assured of financial support from both the city and county before the doors are opened. "We are anxious to open because we are very concerned about the animals in our county that have been too long without an animal shelter." She also said a member of the city council and county legislative body will sit on the board of directors. Fontaine added that her group has been in discussions with shelters in other communities "because we don't want to make the mistakes that others have made."

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