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New prison taking shape in East Tennessee

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A new 1,444-bed state prison is starting to take shape in East Tennessee.

The $208 million Bledsoe County Correctional Complex is being constructed on 2,200 acres of the Cumberland Plateau. Recently, rows of gray housing units were being configured from stacked, precast cells built on the prison grounds.

Warden Jim Morrow says he expects the facility to get its first inmates in January 2013.

He told The Chattanooga Times Free Press that it will house mostly medium-security prisoners and have some of the latest prison design features, including a pair of tunnels that are the only entrance and exit.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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