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Haslam's building outsourcing plan hits snag in Chattanooga

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TN Gov. Bill Haslam. AP photo TN Gov. Bill Haslam. AP photo

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's outsourcing of a state building in Chattanooga has hit a snag over parole workers' job responsibilities.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/1iK9g99 ) that while most of the state employees in April 2014 began moving to privately leased space in what has been billed as a cost-cutting move, about 80 workers remain in the otherwise vacant Chattanooga State Office Building.

That's because the remaining employees include parole workers who interact with sex offenders who aren't allowed to be near facilities where children are present.

A request for proposals to house the Correction Department workers was issued on Sept. 4.

State House Democratic leader Craig Fitzhugh says the problems in vacating the Chattanooga building don't bode well for the Haslam administration's wider outsourcing plans.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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