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Students try to get teacher jailed
Members of Boys and Girls Club are 'arresting' people to raise funds

By Holly Hollman
DAILY Staff Writer

hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — Some Athens High School students are trying to get their driver education teacher arrested, according to the sheriff's wife.

Debbie Blakely, wife of Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely, said teacher Jerry Davis hasn't committed a crime. His students just want him to spend a night in jail.

There will be others like Davis who aren't law breakers who will get locked up Friday night in the new Limestone County Detention Facility.

It will be for fun and a good cause.

Before the real criminals take over the new $9-million jail on Elm Street, the sheriff is letting the Boys and Girls Club arrest people in the community as a fund-raiser.

The club provides activities for more than 500 children in Limestone County, said director Suzanne Rainey. The money raised will benefit the clubs in Athens, Tanner and Ardmore.

Those who receive a sentence for the Behind the Bars Bed and Breakfast must raise $200 per person, or $300 per couple to bond out of jail.

Debbie Blakely said they must report to the jail at 6 p.m. on Friday, where they will undergo fingerprinting and the taking of their mug shots.

They will receive a meal of pinto beans, turnip greens and cornbread around 8 p.m. A band will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight, kicking off the show with "Jailhouse Rock." Mac's Catering will supply a midnight buffet.

At 6 a.m. on Saturday, the inmates will get breakfast, and then Limestone County Circuit Court Judge Bob Baker will sign bonds for release.

To remember their jail experience, each participant gets a T-shirt, mug shot and certificate.

To have someone convicted for a one night's stay, contact Emily Page at the Boys and Girls Club at 232-5545.

"Someone told me about a sheriff in Indiana who did this for a Boys and Girls Club there before the real inmates moved into the new jail, and they raised $40,000," Blakely said. "I thought we could try a fund-raiser like that here."

The real criminals will move into the new jail the weekend of March 4.

"This actually will give my staff some practice running the jail before we move in the inmates," Blakely said.

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