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September 18--  Toombs County is trying to save money and time treating inmates at the county detention center.

The county commission has approved a $126,000 contract with Southeast Correctional Medicine which provides similar service to 14 other rural counties.

Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight says most of the treatment will be provided in the detention center.

"Instead of us having to take them up to the hospital when they have cuts or bruises, they can treat it right there in the emergency room in the jail.  They'll have EKG machines and portable x-ray machines and it cuts out the transportation and the security needed when we take them to a doctor's office or the hospital," Sheriff Kight reports.

The sheriff says the contractor will also provide medicine to inmates which will also save the county money plus it assumes liabiity for inmate treatments.

In other Toombs County news, the county commission has authorized a $6,000 budget to conduct a search for a new county manager.  Applications are now being accepted and the deadline to apply is October 15.

The commission has accepted a low bid to build a new EMS and Voter Registration Building in Cedar Crossing.  The $374,000 bid was submitted by Harper and Harper Construction of Douglas.

It's also approved a low bid of $13,340 from Hub Communications for new radioes for the sheriff's office.