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January 20, 2003

Stewart County - A decision by Governor Sonny Perdue is expected to open hundreds of jobs and bring in one million dollars in local contracts to a Southwest Georgia town.

Governor Perdue has included 40-million dollars in bond money in his budget to buy and complete this prison in Stewart County, near Lumpkin.

The prison was being built by Corrections Corporation of America, but construction stopped when the state said it wasn't interested in operating the prison. It has been sitting unused and unfinished since 2000. Lumpkin Councilman, Randy Mathis, says, "We've been waiting two to three years holding our breath. With the Governor making the announcement, we hope it comes out right for us."

CCA has already invested 35-million dollars in the prison. If it opens, the prison will have 1,500 beds and 350 job openings.

The legislature would have to approve the governor's request for the 2003 to 2004 fiscal year.

posted at 6:30PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com