Sunday, May 17, 2009

New Fees in Juvenile Court

Putnam County Juvenile Court officials hope to make some changes soon in a program that requires youngsters with driving violations to attend a "Safe Driving" program in order to get their full driving privileges restored. Greg Bowman with the Juvenile Court says they have been contracting with the Upper Cumberland Community Services Agency to provide that program. But he says the Cookeville-area contact for them is now located in Union City, Tennessee, near the Mississippi River. And he says that sometimes makes it difficult to get the program scheduled at times that are convenient for local offenders. Participants must pay a $55 fee to take part in the program, but Bowman says local officials believe that fee can actually be reduced by simply adding $30 to the local juvenile court costs and having the program administered locally. The county commission will consider the change Monday night.