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Inmates growing, harvesting their crops to feed themselves

(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY NELSON MORAIS

A break in the rainy weather on Tuesday, July 9 allowed inmates from
the Cocke County Jail to harvest, and pull weeds around, crops on two
acres off Highway 73 that they planted to save the county money on
meals served at the jail. From left are Cocke County Sheriff's
Department Sheriff Armando Fontes and inmates Kenny Barnett
and Randy Schoolcraft.
Published: 7:10 PM, 07/12/2013 Last updated: 7:11 PM, 07/12/2013
 

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Male inmates in the Cocke County Jail Annex are harvesting, and pulling weeds around, crops they planted to feed inmates at the jail.

On Tuesday, July 9, Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes and David Veridal of the can crew supervised seven inmates who tended to the two-acre garden planted on Pleasant Grove Road where it meets Highway 73.

Sheriff Fontes said Burell Roberts has not only donated the land to help the jail cut food costs by growing their own vegetables, but he's also told the sheriff's department the best crops to plant, at the best time.

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

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