West TN intervention program learns state is cutting funding

West TN intervention program learns state is cutting funding

By: The Associated Press

The Messenger 06.02.08 JACKSON (AP) — An intervention program that serves youth in five West Tennessee counties has been told the state is canceling its grant. Carroll Academy is used by Juvenile Court judges as a program to help keep at-risk juveniles out of state custody. Carroll County Juvenile Court director Randy Hatch also serves as senior administrator of the academy in Huntingdon. He said the decision by the Children’s Services Department to eliminate the $858,000 grant was disappointing. Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride said cutting programs can sometimes cost more money than funding them and predicted putting the 100 youths in state custody would cost millions of dollars. State agencies are cutting spending to bridge a projected revenue gap in the new fiscal year beginning July 1. Information from: The Jackson Sun, www.jacksonsun.com

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