Tenn. County Prison Takes Austerity To A New Level

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Sheriff Robert Arnold of Rutherford County, Tenn., is saving taxpayers money. He has removed all "non nutritional" items from meals at the county jail. No more ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, Kool-Aid or coffee. The sherriff told a local reporter, "This is not the Ritz Carlton, it's jail."

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Our last word in business today comes from Sheriff Robert Arnold of Rutherford County, Tennessee, who is taking prison austerity to a new level. To save some taxpayer dollars, the sheriff has removed all non-nutritional items from meals at the county jail. No more ketchup. Ketchup - isn't that a vegetable? No more ketchup, no more mustard, no more mayonnaise, no more Kool-Aid, no more coffee.

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INSKEEP: The sheriff had a SWAT team ready in case the inmates rioted as a result of this. But aside from a few caffeine headaches, the sheriff says the inmates have adjusted to the blander menu. He told a local reporter: This is not the Ritz Carlton. It's jail.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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