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Security Changes Presented in Plan for Bedford County Courthouse

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Posted at 6:29 PM, Aug 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:46:41-04

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. -- Big changes are one step closer at the courthouse in Bedford County.

You may remember last month a man was able to escape from deputies just moments after being sentenced on drugs and weapons charges there.

Now the sheriff in Bedford County wants to make sure something like that can't happen again.

A county committee is now recommending security changes at the courthouse.

Those recommendations from a committee of judges, law enforcement and other courthouse workers in Bedford County come a month after 24-year old Tristan McMahon escaped out of the courthouse

McMahon has yet to be caught.

Monday, Sheriff Austin Swing said the proposed changes had been in the works since he took office.

The committee recommends hiring two additional sheriff’s deputies and a correctional officer, all to be stationed at the courthouse for security.

Also, the four doors on the first floor would be secured. One would be used only for prisoner transport, and the other three would be locked and used only as exits.

The sheriff says people visiting the courthouse would have to go through a basement metal detector that they'll have to purchase.

“I am concerned with how the public will take it, how they will respond,” said Swing, “but at the same time, I think they realize that we have to secure where we're holding court.”

The Sheriff says he doesn't have a total cost for the changes outlined in the plan.

The Bedford County Commission still has to approve the final security changes to the courthouse.