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Sheriff will spend 1-2 months at Florida rehab hospital

Sheriff Kent Harris, still recuperating from a fall from the roof of the Unicoi County Jail in August, will spend the next one to two months at the Florida Institute of Neurological Rehabilitation.
Over the last three weeks, Harris had been traveling back and forth from Erwin to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta to continue treatment.
Now, the sheriff said, he and his doctors agree that spending time at the Florida hospital is the best way to “facilitate a more speedy recovery.”
The alternative, Harris said, was up to six months of travel between Erwin and Atlanta.
He said FINR is “recognized nationally as a center of excellence in the provision of rehabilitation, education and vocational services to both children and adults with brain injuries.”
“I feel confident that this is the best route to take,” the sheriff said.
Harris said, even while in Florida, he will continue to monitor and direct operations of the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department.
Also Tuesday, Harris announced administrative changes, including naming Ronnie Adkins as chief deputy.