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Inmates provide free labor for building of cultural building

Published: 7:42 PM, 05/10/2013 Last updated: 7:42 PM, 05/10/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

DEL RIO-Inmates from the Cocke County Jail worked this week to put up siding and other work on the Culture and Preservation Society of Del Rio building on South Highway 107, near the French Broad River.

Charles Smith was inside the building on Monday, May 6, when three inmates started working on the 1,800-square foot structure.

"They've done an extremely good job. They are very well-mannered and polite," Smith said Monday afternoon while the inmates worked.

Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes and Chief Deputy John Carrell measured and shaped the wooden siding boards on an electric saw near the front door of the structure.

The sheriff said he and Carrell were also volunteering their time a couple of days during the week. Said Sheriff Fontes, chuckling, "It's something we enjoy. It's a lot less stressful" then their work for the sheriff's department.

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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