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Courthouse project overruns budget

The Washington County Commissioners had to raid the capital budget to cover cost overruns in the county courthouse renovation project.

The commissioners approved the transfer of $535,000 on Tuesday to cover the cost of delays. County special projects director Gary Rohrer said he may have to ask for even more money.

The work has already been delayed 18 months and exceeded the original $4.6 million cost estimate by more than $2 million. The project is now expected to be finished in February.


Inmates to build affordable homes

The Cumberland Housing Authority plans to use prison labor to build houses for low- and moderate-income families.

Plans call for three-bedroom modular homes to be built on former playgrounds.

Inmates would build the houses as part of a job training program at the Federal Correctional Institution.

Officials said the first houses can be finished before winter and will sell for less than $100,000.


Communications cut during road repairs

More than 6,000 homes and businesses lost phone and Internet service after a contractor cut communications lines yesterday.

Verizon spokeswoman Sandy Arnette said two telephone cables and two fiber-optic trunks were cut — three of them completely.

It could take days to repair the phone lines but the fiber-optic lines were repaired last night.

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