Tenn. County Prison Takes Austerity To A New Level

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."

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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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