MACON, Miss. (WTVA/Macon Beacon) - Noxubee County supervisors will open bids for the construction of a new jail.
The Macon Beacon reports the bid opening will take place on August 10.
Design plans call for the jail to have two housing pods for men, each holding 24 prisoners, and a housing pod for women that can accomodate six prisoners.
The plans also allow for the addition of a third housing pod for men in the future.
The newspaper says the design is similar to the plans used to build the new Chickasaw and Tishomingo County jails.
Supervisors plan to build the facility next to the existing jail, which was built in the 1970's.
The Beacon reports the project is being funded by a $2.5 million loan from the USDA Rural Development Program.
They have already spent $530,000 for architectural studies and the design work.
Officials say the expect the construction project to cost about $1.9 million.