Bradley County breaks ground on new facility for misdemeanor offenders

PHOTO BY PAUL LEACH Workers dig a new drainage line as part of ground preparation for the new Brian K. Smith Workhouse Facility, located on the grounds of the Bradley County Judicial Complex in Cleveland, Tenn.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Bradley County has launched construction of a work-release facility for county prisoners and named it in honor of Chief Deputy Brian Smith, a veteran law enforcement officer and former county commissioner.

"This is a great honor for me and my family," Smith said Friday. "A lot of hard work went into the planning of this facility and I can't say enough about the people who took the idea of a workhouse all the way to where it is now."

Smith credited Bradley County grand jury foreman Alvin Word, Misdemeanor Probation Director Richard Kienlen, 10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Crump, Public Defender Richard Hughes and several current and former county commissioners for turning the workhouse vision into reality.