Correctional officers, employees recognized by county commission

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Hamblen County corrections officers were honored for their work Thursday night with a proclamation that the week of May 4 be National Corrections Officers and employees week. They received a standing ovation after being presented with the proclamation by County Commission Chairman Stancil Ford and Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnagin.

Hamblen County corrections officers were honored for their work Thursday night with a proclamation that the week of May 4 be National Corrections Officers and employees week. They received a standing ovation after being presented with the proclamation by County Commission Chairman Stancil Ford and Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnagin.

Hamblen County corrections officers received a standing ovation at Thursday evening’s county commission meeting in appreciation of their hard work.

County Mayor Bill Brittain signed a proclamation in honor of National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, which was presented at the meeting.

“I would like to thank the county commission for this recognition,” Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnagin said. “These people keep some of the most dangerous people in custody successfully every day and night. When the inmates leave here and go to a state prison, the first thing they do is go into maximum security. We don’t have that luxury over here. I think we need to give every one of these employees a round of applause.”

The proclamation states that corrections officers in Hamblen County provide security, supervision and other services for more than 110,000 individual cases a year, “engaging dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations every single day as they safeguard the citizens of Hamblen County.”

The commission then approved a zoning request, several budget amendments and final revisions to the regulations for primary and secondary EMS services in Hamblen County were approved during the Public Safety Committee meeting this week.

Now that the revisions have been approved, the new policy will go into effect July 1.

Morristown-Hamblen EMA Director Chris Bell said they will now be able to release and accept applications for review before making a recommendation to the commission at the June meeting.

The regulations will limit the number of ambulance companies in Hamblen County to two and regulate patient care and ensure patients are receiving the same quality of care.

-By Aletheia Davidson, Tribune Staff Writer

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