Controlled entrance, metal detectors, and security cameras among security upgrades to Carter County

Controlled entrance, metal detectors, and security cameras among security upgrades to Carter County


YOU NEVER KNOW IT’S JUST TOO MUCH STUFF GOING ON.” COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE TAKING ACTION — AND PUTTING SAFETY UPGRADES AT THE TOP OF PRIORITY LISTS. ONE OF THOSE PROJECTS IS UNDERWAY IN CARTER COUNTY — WHERE A HALF MILLION DOLLAR PLAN TO BEEF UP SECURITY AT THE COURTHOUSE IS TAKING SHAPE. GOOD EVENING, I’M NATE MORABITO. AND I’M ANN CARTER. CURTIS MCCLOUD SPOKE WITH A JUDGE — WHO SAID AFTER RECEIVING A THREATENING LETTER — THOSE CRUCIAL SECURITY UPGRADES ARE LONG OVERDUE. THOSE UPGRADES INCLUDE ADDING SECURITY CAMERAS, METAL DETECTORS AND AN ENTRANCE-EXIT WITH SHERIFF’S DEPUTY MONITORS— WHILE THIS IS STILL IN THE PLANNING STAGES—PEOPLE IN CARTER COUNTY AND A JUDGE SAY THE UPGRADES ARE LONG OVERDUE. THE CARTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE (CRAIG HOLTSCLAW/ LIVES IN CARTER COUNTY 23:34:57:26) “I COME HERE ABOUT TWICE A YEAR.” IS NOT A FREQUENT STOP FOR CRAIG HOLTSCLAW BUT WHEN HE DOES COME BY HE SAYS…HE WANTS TO FEEL SAFE. NOW HE DOES, ESPECIALLY AFTER WE TOLD HIM ABOUT A BIG PROJECT TO EHANCE SECURITY HERE. (CRAIG HOLTSCLAW/ LIVES IN CARTER COUNTY 23:34:23:20) “I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT, YOU CAN’T HAVE TOO MUCH SECURITY ANYWHERE WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON IN THE WORLD NOW.” (CURTIS MCCLOUD/ CARTER COUNTY) “SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS WILL INCLUDE MAKING A CENTRALIZED ENTRANCE AND EXIT FOR THE COURTHOUSE. COUNTY LEADERS SAY THIS WILL HELP WITH MONITORING WHO COMES IN AND WHO GOES OUT.” (CRAIG HOLTSCLAW/ LIVES IN CARTER 23:34:42:21) “WHAT HAPPENED IN LAS VEGAS COULD HAPPEN IN ELIZABETHTON, YOU NEVER KNOW IT’S JUST TOO MUCH STUFF GOING ON.” (PATRICIA ELLIS/ LIVES IN ELIZABETHTON 23:36:46:49) “I THINK ONE ENTRANCE IS GREAT, CURTIS: WHY IS THAT? PATRICIA: BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHO IS COMING IN DOORS WHERE THERE IS NO PERSONNEL OR STAFF MEMBER MONITORING THAT AREA, YOU DON’T KNOW WHO IS COMING IN OR WHAT’S COMING IN.” (CHANCELLOR JOHN RAMBO/ FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT 23:39:42) “THE BAILIFF CANNOT BE AT EVERY ENTRANCE TO THE COURTHOUSE.” FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT CHANCELLOR JUDGE JOHN RAMBO IS ON THE COURT SECURITY COMMITTEE. THE GROUP IS SPEAR HEADING THE PROJECT TO UPGRADE SECURITY AT THE CARTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE. JUDGE RAMBO SAYS WHILE THE BIGGEST CHANGE WILL BE HAVING A CONTROLLED ENTRANCE, HE IS HOPING THIS CHANGE AND OTHERS LIKE NEW SECURITY CAMERAS AND METAL DETECTORS WILL MAKE THE PUBLIC AND EMPLOYEES FEEL SAFE. (CHANCELLOR JOHN RAMBO/ FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT 23:40:05:01) “WE REALIZE IT WILL BE SOME INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC AS FAR AS COMING AND GOING BUT WE HOPE THAT THEY ARE REASSURED THAT ONCE THEY ARE IN A COURTHOUSE, THEY ARE IN A SAFE PUBLIC BUILDING.” THE PROJECT IS SLATED TO COST HALF A MILLION AND ONE MILLION DOLLARS. THE JUDGE SAYS BIDS HAVE BEEN PLACED FOR CONTRACTORS TO DO THE PROJECT. JUDGE RAMBO WAS ONE OF SEVERAL JUDGES TO ALLEGEDLY RECIEVE THREATS FROM THIS MAN… SCOTT EDMISTEN HE WAS ARRESTED EARLIER THIS MONTH FOR HAVING MORE THAN 900 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION, AND LOADED WEAPONS IN HIS VEHICLE. (CHANCELLOR JOHN RAMBO/ FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT 23:47:50:09) “IT COMES WITH THE JOB.” 23:50:28:14 “CURTIS: AS SOMEONE WHO HAS RECEIVED THREATS, DO YOU FEEL LIKE THESE UPGRADES WILL HELP ENSURE YOUR SAFETY?” JUDGE: “YES, I SURE DO”. COMFORTING WORDS FOR PEOPLE LIKE CRAIG HOLTSCLAW…WHO SOON WILL WORRY A LITTLE LESS WHEN VISTING THE COURTHOUSE. IN CARTER COUNTY CURTIS MCCLOUD NEWS CHANNEL 11 IN YOUR CORNER. JUDGE RAMBO SAYS THE COURT SECURITY COMMITTEE HOPES TO PRESENT A POTENTIAL CONTRACT FOR SECURITY UPGRADES TO CARTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS BEFORE THE END OF THIS BUDGET YEAR.

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