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For the first time, all of the juvenile court and detention facilities in Knox County are at one location.

Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin led a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to officially open the newly expanded facilities on Division Street.

The Juvenile Service Center now houses child support courtrooms, expanded clerk's office space and mediation rooms.

In the past, child support cases were heard in the old courthouse downtown. Families had to shuttle back and forth to the juvenile service center to resolve cases.

The new courtrooms are equipped with video conferencing cameras so adults in custody at the county jail don't have to be transported for hearings.

"Everything is here and we're excited about it and we can keep everybody safe. We have good security on the building," said Judge Irwin. "The people that need our courts and their children will be safe. The people that work here will be safe. I think it's important and we're glad to finally have the project completed."

The county spent $4 million on the project.

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