On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office will host an open house at the new Jail Extension Facility.
Families with children are encouraged to attend and get a first hand look at a jail prior to its opening. Sheriff Wayne Anderson and staff will also be on hand to answer questions and to explain this new concept for housing inmates.
The new jail annex is located just a few hundred yards from the existing jail and Sheriff’s Office. Turn off of Blountville By-Pass between the Sullivan County Justice Center and the Sullivan County Health and Education buildings and go to the end of Health and Education Road. Turn right onto Emergency Road and make the first left. Signs will be posted to help locate the New Jail Extension.
Meanwhile, authorities in Washington County, Va., have planned a series of community meetings, hoping to gain insight into the concerns of residents.
"I would appreciate citizens coming forward and letting us know what their concerns are," said Sheriff Fred Newman. "I am of the opinion that if I do not know what the concerns are, then I cannot fix them."
The Sheriff's Office first held community meetings throughout the county in 2000, then again in 2005. The dates and times of this years meeting will coincide with Neighborhood Watch meetings that are held quarterly or monthly in each community.
"These meeting will allow the citizens of Washington County to voice their concerns," Newman reiterated.
Dates, times and locations of the meetings are as follows:
Tuesday, May 1 - Highpoint Elementary School, 7 p.m.
Monday, May 7 - Benhams Community/Burson's Corner: Goodson-Kinderhook Fire Department, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 17 - Zion Church on Route 712, 7 p.m.
Monday, May 21 - Melvin Hills Community, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22 - Highlander Park Subdivision: Noonkester Field on Boardwine Road/Route 625, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 24 - Konnarock Community Center, 7 p.m.
Monday, June 11 - Croweville/Glade Spring: Glade Spring Senior Center, 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 7 - Mendota Community Center, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 12 - Greenfield Mobile Home Park/Exit 10 area, 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 14 - Quail Ridge Community, 7 p.m.
Tuesday June 19 - Evergreen Hills Subdivision, 7 p.m.
Monday, June 25 - Cleveland Community/Green Springs: Cleveland Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 26 - Hayter's Gap/Brumley's Gap Communities: Hayter's Gap Community Center, 10:30 a.m.
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Tuesday, June 26 - Lowry Hills Subdivision: Midway Baptist Church, 7 p.m.