By Tamas Mondovics
Officials at the Northeast Correctional Complex (NECX) 5249 Highway 67 West in Mountain City, reported on Monday morning that a fight occurred Sunday night, in which five inmates were either treated on-site or sent to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
East Tennessee Region Public Information Officer Robert Reburn said that “appropriate security measures were put into place and the fight is under investigation.”
”Security measures included a modified lockdown of the facility, meaning offender movement was and currently still is restricted to an ‘as need’ basis,” Reburn said on Monday.
The cause and reason for the altercation are under investigation
at the time of the writing of this article.
Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City is a close custody facility that incarcerates up to 1,880 male inmates, 300 minimum-security inmates at the Annex, and 180 inmates at Carter County.
The NECX participates in the TRICOR program employing inmates in hardwood flooring production.
Offenders can also work in community service programs that provide labor to local state and government agencies performing tasks like clearing roadways of trash and debris, as well as landscaping and painting. Vocational training and educational courses, which include adult basic education, and the ability to earn a GED are also available for inmates.
On its website, the facility boasts intensive substance use and anger management counseling programs, when it states, “Both sites operate extensive community service programs, which provide thousands of hours of skilled and unskilled labor to state and local government, as well as nonprofit agencies in East Tennessee. NECX offenders may attend Adult Basic Education classes or one of six vocational programs. Those who do not have a high school diploma can earn a GED certificate. In addition, NECX has mandatory Career Management for Success
and Release for Success programs for those nearing release.”
Visits at Northeast Correctional Complex occur on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and on Mondays by scheduled appointment only from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Visitors arriving any earlier than 7:30 a.m. will be denied visitation.
Visitation starts to end on the weekends around 2:45 p.m. and around 7:30 p.m. on Mondays.
For more information, please visit www.tn.gov/correction.