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Henderson Co. Inmates Get their GED

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

LEXINGTON, Tenn.-Tuesday night's GED graduation ceremony in Lexington included some non-conventional students. Not adult learner, but jail inmates.

Of the 17 individuals who received their certificates, four are non-violent offenders serving time at the Henderson County Jail. In all, close to 60 people completed the classes, including nine inmates.

Many of them told 7 Eyewitness News it was an accomplishment that will help them start a new, more productive life.

"Ah, man, it's a feeling like none other, " said inmate and graduate Johnathan Hayes. " You know, I mean, I've always been a failure in life, I thought. But being able to walk the line tonight, I mean, it feels good."

Since beginning this GED program in 2010, Sheriff Brian Duke said close to 20 inmates have been able to complete the courses, but this was the first time they participated in an off-site graduation ceremony.