Warden Bryan Bledsoe said 125 of the nearly 400 people required to operate the new federal prison near Glenville have been hired. He said many of them are transfers from other prisons.

Only a handful are from Gilmer County or the region, although Bledsoe contends the prison wants to hire local people. He has made renewed pledges to help local people understand and access the internet application process.

Several Calhoun residents have indicated a few prison jobs are posted from time to time on the nationwide internet site, with timing and perseverance being a factor.

A 40-house subdivision will be constructed at Glenville next Spring, according to Spencer real estate developer Mike Greenlee. Greenlee said the homes will start at $80,000, with lots priced at $16,000. "All the houses will be different," he said.

The development will use land described as the Manley farm.

The housing project is linked to a need created by prison workers who are re-locating to Gilmer County.

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