The two-cent tax increase equals: $5 on a $100,000 home. The budget includes funding for 10 new jail employees, school resource officers for all county schools, and a 2 percent pay raise for county employees.
Nearly $1 million in startup funding will come from the county’s general fund surplus, but an estimated $757,000 in recurring yearly costs will have to be funded in years to come.
“If we don’t have some kind of program in place, we are contributing to our own problem,” Commissioner Angie Stanley said.
A new School Resource Officer or School Security Officer may be coming to Scott County later this year. The Scott County Board of Supervisors voted on Wednesday to apply for a state grant, which would fund one or more of these positions for a full year.
While Lee County school leaders in neighboring Southwest Virginia last week decided to arm teachers, Tennessee law doesn't allow that option. Lee County school officials said they simply couldn’t afford SROs for the schools there.
Wise County Public Schools’ Career Technical Center in Wise will get a school resource officer courtesy of state grants announced Thursday by Sheriff Ronnie Oakes.
Sullivan County’s school system recognized its school resource officers Thursday in advance of National Police Week May 14-20. During a Board of Education meeting, Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski presented the four high school SROs and their supervisor with pens made by career technical education students at Sullivan Central High School.
A Hawkins County man who told a school resource officer last week that his shirt was stolen, only to realize it was in his hand, pleaded guilty Monday in Sessions Court to public intoxication and criminal trespass.