Knoxville has been in desperate need for a solution to the problem with mentally ill citizens, especially since the closure of the Lakeshore facility. The only option available to our community for far too long is putting them in jail. County Mayor Tim Burchett and the County Commission have ponied up $1.2 million and the City of Knoxville has contributed $200,000 for a new Safety Center.
The Safety Center is starting out small with ten beds, but over time, it will likely grow.
There are a lot of questions, which I am sure Mayor Burchett will begin to answer and I will keep an eye open for you readers