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Plans unfold for Taft Youth Development Center closure

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PIKEVILLE, TN. (Times Free Press) -- After state House members battled over the future of Taft Youth Development Center on Thursday but failed to save it, state Department of Children's Services officials spelled out initial plans for the teens housed there as the facility's closure approaches.

A week ago, there were 62 student inmates at Taft, according to the department.

In a prepared statement, Children's Services spokesman Brandon Gee said Thursday that the state agency started diverting admissions to Taft in February in anticipation of shuttering the nearly 100-year-old campus -- which has buildings dating from the 1940s to 2007 -- when funding runs out June 30.

The closure was proposed by Department of Children's Services Commissioner Kathryn O'Day in November in response to Gov. Bill Haslam's call for across-the-board budget cuts of 5 percent. O'Day contends the closure of Taft will net savings of $8.5 million.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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