Taft Youth Center employees to get 90-day notice

Taft Youth Center employees to get 90-day notice

March 23rd, 2012 by Ben Benton in News

Taft Youth Center, located north of Pikeville, Tenn.

Photo by Jake Daniels/Times Free Press.

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Tennessee Department of Children's Services spokeswoman Molly Sudderth today confirmed that Taft Youth Center employees soon will be receiving 90-day notices that their jobs will end as of July 1.

The first of July is a tentative closure date if Gov. Bill Haslam's budget passes without funding for the Bledsoe County facility.

The department says the notices are being given in anticipation that the budget will not fund the facility, so they are trying to time employees' release from Taft with hiring at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex next door.

Taft is located in northwest Bledsoe County about 15 miles from Pikeville.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.