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Super Bowl treat behind bars

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By Damon Lawrence

Like many Americans, inmates at the Roane County Jail will be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday.

“I guess they enjoy football like anybody else in America,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “I don’t see any reason not to let them watch it.”

Stockton said all the pods at the jail have a TV inside.

This year’s Super Bowl pits the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Kickoff is around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“That comes on during their regular TV hours,” Stockton said. “I think it might run a few minutes over the 10 o’clock hour, but if it does we’re going to go ahead and let them finish watching the game.”

Stockton said allowing inmates to watch popular programs and sporting events helps keep trouble down inside the jail.

“I don’t want to take no privileges away from them as long as they’re behaving themselves,” he said.

“If there’s any problems between them during the Super Bowl, we’ll definitely turn the TVs off. As long as they’re well behaved, we’ll let them watch.”

A group of inmates got rowdy in maximum security on Monday and damaged a sprinkler head.

Stockton said the four involved in that incident won’t be allowed to watch the big game.

“They’re going to miss the Super Bowl,” he said. The Tennessee Department of Correction will also allow inmates to watch the Super Bowl.

“Yes, if they have already purchased their own television sets,” TDOC spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said.