County jail water bill has officials sputtering

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More than double highest bill in 2011 – but no explanation why

By Damon Lawrence

For Tim Phillips, being chief deputy of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office is about more than finding bad guys.
Lately it’s been about finding the reason behind the jail’s exorbitant water bills. The average bill the first nine months of this year is $14,011.
According to a spreadsheet Phillips provided, the highest bill the jail got in 2011 was $7,244.61.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” the chief deputy said about the increase.
The city of Kingston is the jail’s water provider.

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