Jail gets thumbs up after inspection

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By Damon Lawrence

The Roane County Jail was given a clean bill of health during a May 5 inspection by the Tennessee Corrections Institute.

“The jail is being well maintained and the lieutenant and her staff should be commended for a job well done,” jail inspector Barry G. Suttles wrote in his report.

“We’ve worked really hard,” jail Lt. Maretta McNichol said. “It takes everybody.”

The jail has a certified capacity of 172 inmates. The population the day of the inspection was 155.

The jail has 32 full time staffers and four part-timers.

McNichol said jail inspections are very thorough. Not only does the inspector comb through the jail, she said he also checks their computer system, records and whether authorities are following proper procedures.  

Suttles recommended that the jail be certified for another year.

TCI assistant director Peggy Sawyer said it won’t become official until approved by the TCI Board of Control.

The board is scheduled to meet in June in Nashville.