New Jail

Recently, the foundation was laid for the new jail in Newton County. The current jail has 18 beds. County officials say the new facility will be more than triple the size of the current one.

"The one that we're building now is a 66-man jail. It's a new modern jail. It will be safer. We can handle the inmates easier. It's just a great step for Newton County," said Sheriff Jackie Knight.

The jail is set to be finished by March of next year. It's estimated to costs around $2.5 million.