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Sheriff treated at UCMH

Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris is currently receiving treatment at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained in an Aug. 18 fall.
According to the UCSD Chief Deputy Mike Hensley, Harris was injured while examining roof repairs to the Unicoi County jail.
The roof had been damaged by storm activity in the area.
Harris is reported to have multiple broken ribs, a broken finger and mild concussion.
According to UCSD Assistant Director of 911 Robie Sullins, Harris was released from Johnson City Medical center last week, but, after only a day at home, Harris was admitted to UCMH with hip pain and concussion symptoms.
Sullins said doctors are still examining Harris’ hip, which is giving him the greatest amount of pain, and also monitoring his concussion.
“He is in mostly for rest,” Sullins said. “He is expected to make a full recovery.”
Sullins said Harris is alert and in good condition, albeit a bit restless.
“He’s really looking forward to getting back to work — I think he misses his chair and desk,” Sullins said.
Harris was sworn in as Unicoi County Sheriff from a hospital bed Thursday. Chief Deputy Mike Hensley, with the assistance of Investigator Ronnie Adkins and Capt. Ken Potter will be in charge of UCSD operations until Harris’s return.