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Coffee County Jail medical costs have exceeded budget for fiscal year

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

Medical costs for inmates in the Coffee County Jail, which have been blamed primarily on overcrowded conditions, continue to spiral out of control as county officials wait for the state fire marshal’s final approval of the new jail’s smoke evacuation system. A new test of all systems at the new jail is set for Thursday, Jan. 29, and if all systems test correctly, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.

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    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Gov. Bill Haslam

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  • Coffee County first responders, hospitals conduct training to handle Ebola

    Posted on October 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    During a training exercise Monday, Coffee County EMS workers Mistie Clark, right, and Kellee Bergman (left) wear hazmat suits into a home on Waite Street in Manchester. The  goal of the exercise was to extract a “female patient” exhibiting signs of ebola inside the home and transport her to United Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

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    Posted on October 27, 2014 at 8:28 am


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    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm


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    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 11:48 am


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    Posted on September 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Deborah Copestick

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