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State lawmakers are putting the final touches on some controversial legislation.
They will all return to Nashville on Tuesday as the 108th General Assembly is called to order.
It's often said there's a calm before the storm.
At the State Capitol Monday night, the familiar phrase might also apply.
On Tuesday the new session begins and lawmakers have plenty to talk about.
Last month's shooting in Connecticut has made school safety a key topic.
"It's a pretty simple bill. I mean it's hard to explain to a parent why the neighbor's children have a guard and their children don't.," says Sen. Frank Niceley, (R) Strawberry Fields.
Senator Frank Niceley's bill would require an armed person in every school.
The person would go through a specialized training course and it's not just limited to law enforcement.
"Teacher, principal, maintenance man, vice principal," says Sen. Niceley.
Education is also a focus of Senator Brian Kelsey's plan to create a school voucher program.
"If they are not happy with their local school that they're districted to go to, they can go somewhere else," says Sen. Brian Kelsey, (R) Germantown.
Kelsey's bill would provide an "opportunity scholarship" to low income students who choose an alternative, such as a private or parochial school.
"It's time we start focusing much more on whether our children are being educated, rather than where they're being educated," says Sen. Kelsey.
Republicans hold a dominant two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate, which is a concern to state Democrats.
"You have the more radical tea party element that is up here now, that is trying to push the Republican party further to the right and Tennessee further to the right," says Rep. Mike Turner, (D) Old Hickory.
Democrat Mike Turner hopes cooler heads prevail, which is something he knows doesn't always happen on Capitol Hill.
Many of the lawmakers who will be in town Tuesday are being sworn in for the first time.
Almost one fourth of the State House will include freshman Representatives.
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Tuesday, January 22 2013, 05:58 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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