UPDATE: Crews working to fix problems at Grainger County jail

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GRAINGER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials in Grainger County says crews are at the jail, working to fix problems.

Officers say the jail's door was warped and would not close.

They also say a company was supposed to come in April and fix the problems but did not show.

Local 8 News Anchor Lauren Davis and reporter Hilary Magacs are both in Grainger County and will have more details on Local 8 News beginning at 4.

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The Grainger County Sheriff's Office confirms that two of three inmates that escaped from the jail last week have been captured.

Dennis Rucker and Shane Farrow were arrested in Pigeon Forge a little before 9pm Wednesday.

Sheriff Scott Layel says officers will pick up the duo Wednesday night.
The third man, David Valentine, remains at large.

Since the escape, three jailers have been fired from the Grainger County jail.

Officer in Charge Michael Sane and correction officers Codie Wolfe and Bobby Owens were let go following news that inmates Dennis Rucker, Shane Farrow and David Valentine had simply walked away from jail over the weekend.

In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Chief Deputy Charles Biddle announced he would take over as Sheriff Scott Layel steps aside due to health concerns.

The Grainger County jail was on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after the recent escape of three inmates.

In a news conference, District Attorney Jimmy Dunn said the facility was being searched to make sure the jail is safe and secure, and that all the inmates are accounted for.

Inside the jail, Dunn said they found some restricted items including coffee, cell phones and tobacco.

Chief Deputy Charles Biddle said if they find out that anyone working at the jail was involved in the incident, they will be charged.

The incident caused fear among residents like Casey Solomon are concerned.

"I stay with my grandmother and mom because I don't want to be here with my two kids by myself," she said. "With everything going on it makes you think twice about being here. But I love it here."

The investigation is ongoing.


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