Knox Jail applying for new van

The Knox County Detention Center hopes to soon add a new passenger van to the fleet, a purchase Jailer Mary Hammons says is a need, not a want.

“There’s lots of times that we have several different places we need to go,” said Hammons, who stated they currently travel to six different counties: Casey, Whitley, Jackson, Leslie, Clay and Harlan. “We also have people that have to go to the doctor, dentist or Comp Care appointments. Transportation is very important…It’s not a want. We need a new van.”

The detention center is applying for a federal grant through the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development to secure the funds to purchase the van. As a final step in the application process, a public hearing was held in the Fiscal Court room at the courthouse on February 1 to formally let the public know the detention center is submitting the application.

Lesli Gill with the Cumberland Valley Area Development District, who has helped the detention center in the application process, could not give an estimated time frame for when the jail might receive the new van.

“It just depends on when the federal funding comes through,” said Gill.