A power surge disabled portions of the security system at the Hawkins County jail on Sunday.
According to authorities the surges happen from time to time; when the system shuts down, it locks all of the doors instead of setting prisoners free.
Efforts are being made to correct the problem that disables the system temporarily with every surge. In the meantime, it has become a matter of routine to get it back up and running.
The repairs are being made without any additional budget requests by the sheriff. "The sheriff is not asking for any more funds,” Hawkins County Chief Deputy Tony Allen said. “That is not what happened. We did a budget amendment and took money from one line item and moved it to another line item to pay repair costs."