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Cherokee Co. Weekenders Serve Time Cleaning School Fields

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The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has expanded its "weekender" community service program for nonviolent offenders serving out sentences.

It now includes cleanup at high school football games and cleanup at the county recreation fields.

The cleanup could get costly for high school athletic program, as much as $600 for one game.

Now the weekenders clean up the high schools at no cost to the schools.

"According to what i'm being told we're actually doing a better job than the people they were paying," Carl Whisnant said.

Whisnant runs the program at the Cherokee County Detention center. He said the people serving time actually appreciate helping the schools.

"They feel like they're really helping to put something back into the schools or the community."

Sheriff Steve Mueller said he would like to keep expanding the program but only sentenced inmates can go on these work programs. He'd like that to change.

"Let's put them out here working versus them sitting here in the jails and us constantly having to take care of them and it's costing the taxpayers," Mueller said.

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