Suspicious letter found at Blount County jail

Suspicious letter found at Blount County jail, 3 workers sent to hospital

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The Blount County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious letter that was sent to the Blount County Justice Center Thursday. The Blount County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious letter that was sent to the Blount County Justice Center Thursday.

MARYVILLE (WATE) - The Blount County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious letter that was sent to the Blount County Justice Center Thursday.

Spokesperson Marian O'Briant says the letter containing a white powdery substance was discovered around 9:30 a.m.

Maryville Fire Department responded to decontaminate the officers and the area where the letter was opened.

Three corrections officers were taken to Blount Memorial Hospital as a precaution and were released early Thursday afternoon.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are investigating the incident along with the Blount County Sheriff's Office.

JTTF will conduct testing on the substance.

The jail was set to begin a "postcards only" inmate mail system beginning February 1 with the exception of legal mail. Currently, corrections officers open all inmate mail.

Officials say the new policy will alleviate this type of incident.

 

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