'A perfect opportunity': Georgia officials hope new aquaponics garden at Dalton youth detention center will inspire teens

Christian Heritage School students Kensly Wooten, right, and Yuli Uriostegui, center, explain the Aquaponic system they helped install to State Sen. Chuck Payne Monday at the Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center in Dalton.
photo Christian Heritage School teacher Anna Verhoeff, second from right, explains the Aquaponic system to Victor Roberts, right, Monday following the ribbon cutting at the Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center in Dalton. The ribbon cutting included Glenn Allen, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, and state Sen. Chuck Payne, seen, back center.

DALTON, Ga. - Next to a chain-link fence topped with rings of barbed wire, some Georgia officials walked into a greenhouse Monday afternoon, hoping the Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center's new addition can inspire teenagers on a hazardous path.

Funded by a federal grant, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for an aquaponics garden.