Work gets underway on new Knox County juvenile court facilities

Work gets underway on new Knox County juvenile court facilities

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The new facility expands the Carey E. Garrett Juvenile Court Building on Division Street. The new facility expands the Carey E. Garrett Juvenile Court Building on Division Street.
"We get the kids now and hopefully they'll turn from their ways and get a little direction here," Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said. "We get the kids now and hopefully they'll turn from their ways and get a little direction here," Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A ground breaking ceremony was held Friday as work begins on new juvenile court and youth center facilities for Knox County.

The new facility expands the Carey E. Garrett Juvenile Court Building on Division Street and consolidates the juvenile court and child support services.

County Mayor Tim Burchett says the county government was able to make cuts in other parts of the budget in order to pay for the project.

He says he hopes the facility becomes a place where struggling youth make a positive change.

"We get the kids now and hopefully they'll turn from their ways and get a little direction here," Burchett said. "And Judge (Tim) Irwin puts the fear of God into them, I'm sure. He scares me a little bit."

The mayor says youth service workers have some of the toughest jobs in the county.

He hopes the new facility will help reduce the amount of crime among children and teens.

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