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On Second Try Coffee Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Receives Software Funding

If you first don’t succeed, try, try again and Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin did just that.

Back in early April the Coffee County Jail became a victim of an attempted cyber-attack and ransomware demand.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and state Homeland Security cyber experts were called in to investigate.

Early last week Sheriff Chad Partin and Chief Deputy Frank Watkins asked the Coffee County Budget and Finance Committee for $56,000 from the county’s capital projects fund for a new software system at the jail, they say is necessary to ensure the safety of the jail records. That request was denied and Sheriff Partin expressed frustration. According to the Manchester Times some committee members viewed that action as being inappropriate.

On Thursday they asked again after Partin apologized. The committee then approved the funding, but the request must now go in front of the full commission.

The software would cost $56,000 and $13,000 annually, which is $6,000 more than the current annual price. Watkins the new system will be more secure.

Portions of this story are courtesy of the Manchester Times

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,445 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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