published Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Taft Youth Center employees to get 90-day notice

Taft Youth Center, located north of Pikeville, Tenn.
Taft Youth Center, located north of Pikeville, Tenn.
Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Do you agree with decision to shut down Taft Youth Center?

Tennessee Department of Children’s Services spokeswoman Molly Sudderth today confirmed that Taft Youth Center employees soon will be receiving 90-day notices that their jobs will end as of July 1.

The first of July is a tentative closure date if Gov. Bill Haslam’s budget passes without funding for the Bledsoe County facility.

The department says the notices are being given in anticipation that the budget will not fund the facility, so they are trying to time employees’ release from Taft with hiring at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex next door.

Taft is located in northwest Bledsoe County about 15 miles from Pikeville.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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