|Published: 9:09 AM, 11/27/2012
Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-The Public Safety Committee of the Cocke County
Legislative Body moved ahead with plans to address concerns by the state and
local fire marshals concerning overcrowding at the Cocke County Courthouse.
Meeting Monday in the Chancery Courtroom of the
Courthouse Annex, members took two more steps in trying to resolve the issues.
First, following a motion by Michael McCarter, members
voted to have the Finance Committee look at hiring an additional bailiff to
help in crowd control, both at the Courthouse and at the Newport City Council
meeting room, where people are being staged during court days.
Sheriff Armando Fontes said it would probably cost less
money to hire a new bailiff than to use his lowest paid officer on overtime. He
said, to have one fulltime and one part-time bailiff would cost an estimated
$40,344, where using existing personnel would cost the county more than
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