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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
Bonnaroo and then what? More events could follow
May 20, 2013 12:33 GMT
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) -- The former farm where the Bonnaroo music festival is held may play host to other events as well.
The partnership that puts on the annual music and arts festival in Manchester has steadily upgraded the site, adding a dozen water wells and permanent electrical power.
Festival partner Rick Farman told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/14nuEF5 ) his group is in active discussion with a lot of groups. The Great American Mud Run will be held at the site on July 27 and is expected to draw more than 5,000 participants.
Coffee County Mayor David Pennington said he's curious to see where such a plan could go, saying it could have a huge impact.
This year's Bonnaroo will be held June 13-16. Paul McCartney heads a long list if acts.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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