January 23, 2009
Senator Rusty Crowe Announces Carter County Work Camp Will Remain Open
NASHVILLE- State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) announced today that the Carter County Work Camp will not be closed due to rumored budget shortfalls. In the past weeks, word had surfaced that the state entity might be forced to close because of the current economic situation and budget issues. After extensive meetings with the Department of Corrections as well as local officials and community leaders, there is confirmation that the Carter County Work Camp will remain and operate as it has in years past.
“We are very pleased to have received formal notice from Commissioner Little of the Department of Corrections that this closure scenario will not take place and the Carter County Work Camp will continue to operate as it has in the past,” said Senator Crowe.
After discussions between Senator Crowe, the department, and other elected and local officials it was determined that the closure would not be in the best interest of the state and in the best interest of Carter County, as a whole.
“We have good employees in Carter County and value our relationship with the community,” stated Commissioner Little in a letter dated January 16th. “To that end, the
department hopes to continue to be a good neighbor for Carter County and the surrounding area for some time to come.”
“I certainly appreciate all the work that the Department has put forth to make Carter County a vital part of our community,” said Senator Crowe.
Rusty Crowe is serving his tenth term in the General Assembly. He resides in Johnson City with his wife Sarah.