- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Hawkins County officials say there is currently no money available in the next fiscal year’s proposed budget to implement suggested security improvements at the Hawkins County Courthouse and the adjacent Courthouse Annex.

The Kingsport Times-News (https://bit.ly/28LsSu8 ) reports that the county commission’s Budget Committee on Monday cut the project, which would have involved installing metal detectors which would have been manned by three deputies.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Lt. James Woods proposed the plan, saying it was necessary to prevent mass shootings.

The costs of the proposed improvements were estimated at $155,000, with recurring costs of $94,000 to pay the deputies.

Commissioner Stacey Vaughan says the committee has tabled a pared down proposal of the security plan and will readdress it when the budget process is further along.


Information from: Kingsport Times-News, https://www.timesnews.net

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