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He and his wife have had 54 foster kids over the years.
It's one reason why about a year ago Burgess decided he'd had enough of seeing children go through state care and winding up in jail or dead.
Burgess started a program to give his county greater responsibility within the job the Department of Childrens Services handles.
"We just put our people together and take the opinion these are our kids and we're gonna take care of them," said Burgess.
That program received a lot of attention in a meeting at the State Capitol Thursday.
The Department of Childrens Services called to to address concerns raised by Dickson County child advocate Kim Stringfield-Davis.
She worries the way the state classifies kids may place some in unsafe situations in her county.
"How the case is investigated and handled. They could even not be responded to so there's a variety of concern," said Davis.
Davis believes giving local departments more control might help.
Nashville Representative Sherry Jones worries the meeting Thursday may not help bring that though.
"There were no details. It was just local control. There are no paths to that local control," said Jones.
Despite that concern DCS Commissioner Kathryn O'Day says her agency is listening to criticism and she believes what Sheriff Burgess is doing in his county might work well in others.
"We've been doing a lot of this since I got here. There is a lot of people with a lot of concerns about DCS and my roll is to learn as much as I can and be the problem solver," said O'Day.
Thursday, October 4 2012, 09:51 PM CDT
Tenn. Powerball ticket worth $1 million
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Powerball ticket sold in Tennessee barely missed winning a share of an estimated $590.5 million prize. But the ticket has a nice consolation prize worth $1 million.
Officials say the Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold in Chattanooga.
There's no word yet on who won.
A Powerball ticket sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., matched all six numbers selected Saturday night for the estimated $590.5 million prize. It's the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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Dow Record: Three tales of ups, downs and changes
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NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.