Rutherford County Detention Center Tries to Keep Heat On
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.