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Magistrates approve local jail policy update

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County's surplus equipment auction scheduled for Aug. 29

By Ron Benningfield

Magistrates approved an updated jail policy and procedure manual as LaRue County Fiscal Court met Aug. 11 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

“A lot of these items added in the updating are common sense things, such as ‘inmates may have toilet paper upon request,’ but since that is state law, they must be included in the manual,” Judge-Executive Tommy Turner explained to the court.

Magistrate Scotty Lee voted against the update, saying he never had the opportunity to read the policy and procedure manual.

Magistrates also declared several county-owned items surplus property, allowing them to be sold at auction, which is scheduled for Aug. 29 at the former Magnolia Elementary School. 

Items include several vehicles, including three forfeited to the sheriff’s department by order of circuit court, office equipment, furniture and a broken air compressor.

Timmy Brown, county road supervisor, reported crews have replaced a 15-inch by 28-foot tile, removed stumps and sloped banks on Ned Russell Road; ditched part of Pepper Road; spread rock on road shoulders and ditched parts of Dan Dunn/River Road; and repaired potholes on Maxine Road.

“Crews have also trimmed brush in various areas of the county,” noted Brown.

Bryan Durham, third district magistrate, requested four-way stop signs be installed at the intersection of Jericho (old Highway 210) and Mt. Tabor roads.

“I observed a person running the stop sign there, and I think it would be safer if all four ways stopped,” Durham told the court.

The court also gave final approval to the sheriff’s tax settlement.