NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- County courthouses across the state have been allotted thousands of dollars in grants to purchase new security equipment.
The Tennessee General Assembly and Governor Bredesen approved in the 2007-2008 budget an additional $2 million to upgrade and improve courthouse security across the state.
The grants will go toward panic buttons, handheld metal detectors, bulletproof benches, walk through magnetometers, X-ray machines, camera and surveillance systems, Tazer guns and bulletproof vests. A portion of the money will also be used for training security personnel.
A total of 83 counties received funding, with Shelby County getting the highest amount with $74,000 from the Administrative Office of the Courts and more than $8,000 in matching funds from the county.
In August 2005, an inmate serving time for robbery and assault escaped after his wife allegedly killed a guard who was escorting the shackled prisoner outside the Roane County courthouse. Roane County received $4,000 in security grants from the state.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.