Jones County Law Enforcement Center Completed

Jones County Law Enforcement Center Completed

Source: The Jones County News | Jail expansion complete
Written by: Debbie Lurie-smith

The new addition to the Jones County Law Enforcement Center has been completed and is now occupied.

Sheriff Butch Reece announced the completion of the 40-bed addition in a Jan. 25 Facebook post. He thanked Warren & Associates, Precision Planning and Cherokee Brick for the project being completed on time and on budget.

The law enforcement center was originally dedicated Feb. 21,1998, and the addition was the first since its construction. The previous location of the jail was next to the Jones County Courthouse.

Chief Deputy Earl Humphries said 40 is the maximum number of inmates to be housed in the new addition. It was constructed for the purpose of housing an expanding number of female inmates and was designed to keep the populations separated.

Capt. Shane Moody, who is over 911 and the jail, said the previous capacity prior to the new addition was 124 inmates. Due to the new construction, the 40-bed unit was added as well as two segregation cells that house two inmates each. That puts the new jail capacity at 168 inmates.

Moody said with the onset of COVID-19, however, the space is currently better utilized to isolate incoming inmates for the two-week quarantine period. The quarantining of incoming inmates has been a huge challenge for the department.

He said, as soon as COVID-19 issues are over, the new wing will be used for its intended purpose of housing female inmates.

Humphries said the project cost was $2.7 million, and it was paid for with SPLOST funds. He said the first part of the project, improving the existing facilities, started in February of 2020, and ground was broken for the new addition in April.

The chief added that another project has also been underway at the law enforcement center, which was to expand the office space in the investigations department. That project has been completed mostly in-house. Humphries said inmates did much of the work, and contractors were used when needed. He said the office expansion would add a secondary interview room, more open space for offices and a conference room.

The walls and basic construction of the office expansion have been completed, and the finishing interior work is underway. Humphries said all existing items, such as windows, were reused whenever possible.


Chris Easterwood Earns LEED Credential from Green Business Certification

Chris Easterwood Earns LEED Credential from Green Business Certification

Macon, Georgia – Chris Easterwood, Vice President and Senior Project Manager, from Warren Associates, Inc. has earned the LEED Green Associate credential placing him among an elite group of leading professionals in the green building industry. As a credentialed professional, Chris possesses knowledge of green building practices and how to support others working on LEED projects.

Mr. Easterwood joins an international community of more than 201,000 who have earned a LEED credential and are helping projects save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution and contribute to healthier environments for their occupants and the community. LEED Green Associates must earn 15 hours of continuing education hours within two years of earning the credential.

The LEED Green Associate program is one of several credentials administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. The GBCI credentialing program uses rigorous test development best practices and requires ongoing maintenance to encourage credentialed professionals to participate in learning experiences that demonstrate continued competency and up-to-date industry knowledge. In addition to the LEED Green Associate credential, GBCI also administers the LEED AP with specialty credentials; the SITES AP credential for landscape design and development; the WELL AP credential, which focuses on human health and wellbeing in the built environment; and the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist credential that focuses on community-level greenhouse gas emissions inventory accounting. GBCI has received and maintained Personnel Certification accreditation from the American National Standards Institute since 2011.

About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), TRUE Zero Waste certification, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. www.gbci.org.

New Construction at Lake Tobesofkee

New Construction at Lake Tobesofkee

MaconBibbTV – Upgrades under way at Lake Tobesofkee


Lake Tobesofkee parks to see new restrooms, guardhouses

MACON, Ga. — Thanks to $1.3 million in SPLOST funds, parks at Lake Tobesofkee are set to see some changes.

A news release from Macon-Bibb County Public Affairs says Claystone, Arrowhead, and Sandy Beach parks will all get new guardhouses.

Crews will be building a new ranger station at Claystone Park to replace the trailers being used as housing offices.

Sandy Beach and Claystone Park will each have new restroom facilities.

The release says this is the start of the first phase of “major improvements” for Lake Tobesofkee’s parks and the project is expected to take about six months.

“Lake Tobesofkee is a jewel for our county and region, attracting people from around the state and southeast to camp, swim, walk, bike, and more, and I’m so glad to see this work getting underway,” commissioner Joe Allen said. “With this work, we’re taking care of both visitors and employees, and I know with this and future improvements that even more people will want to enjoy what’s offered out here and revenue will increase.”

The county will have a ceremonial groundbreaking with an excavator on May 20 at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the start of construction.