Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

July 3, 2007

Architect, project manager give brief update on jail expansion

By Gary Nelson / gnelson@crossville-chronicle.com

Cumberland County commissioners on the building and grounds committee met last week and heard a brief update on the Cumberland County Jail and Justice Center project. Kim Chamberlin of Upland Design Group said design specifications are complete on the project and were sent to be approved by the fire marshal’s office.

Steve Hewlett of Hewlett-Spencer said bids for the Justice Center project from contractors are due July 17.

"We will know what we're looking at on that day. Shortly after that and just as soon as I can I will get back to you with the guaranteed maximum price for the project," Hewlett said.

Hewlett previously estimated the cost of incorporating the old high school into the plans of expanding the Cumberland County Justice Center around $16 million.

The fully proposed expansion to the Justice Center will add four courtrooms to the Justice Center, all with space for jury trials, space for court clerks' offices and office space for two general sessions judges. It would also include the 96-bed jail pod, provide secure transportation for inmates from the jail portion of the building to courtrooms for appearances, and inmates would never need to come in contact with the public.