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Rutherford County Detention Center Tries to Keep Heat On

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By Jason Lamb

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Officials at the Rutherford County Detention Center in Murfreesboro are doing what they can to keep the heat on for 800 inmates there.

One of their boilers blew out Friday, and the sheriff there says their last remaining boiler has shown signs of stress as it has been pushed to the limit.

They've turned down the heat on that remaining boiler to help prevent it from breaking, before the other one can be fixed.  If it goes out, the prisoners there will be left in the cold, which means they'd have to start contingency plans which could involve moving prisoners to other facilities.

They have already moved prisoners from the top floor of the jail to help with the water pressure and heat.

 "We've actually cut the heat down up here," said Robert Arnold, the Rutherford County Sheriff.  

Because of the holidays, the boiler hasn't received immediate attention, but they hope to have the boiler fixed within five days. The Rutherford County sheriff says he thinks it could cost between $20,000 and $40,000.

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