Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the jail was over capacity recently.
“I knew it wouldn’t be long,” he said.
The jail opened in September 2009. It was built for 172 inmates.
Stockton said they had 182 prisoners on Oct. 28. A day later, the number had dropped to capacity, he said.
“It seems like there’s been a rise in the crime rate as far as thefts and things of that nature under $500,” he said.