The files associated with nearly 9,000 active child support cases crowd around staff members at the 8th Judicial District Attorney General Child Support Division, where staffers are meeting with D.A. Lori Phillips-Jones for their regular morning meeting Monday, July 14, 2014. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett)
The files associated with nearly 9,000 active child support cases crowd around staff members at the 8th Judicial District Attorney General Child Support Division, where staffers are meeting with D.A. Lori Phillips-Jones for their regular morning meeting Monday, July 14, 2014. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett)

HUNTSVILLE — The small, wood-frame office building off to the side of Baker Highway is a bit unassuming.

The building’s outward appearance belies the fact that, inside, 17 employees are about the task of handling thousands of child support case files across five northern Tennessee counties, collecting $10 million each year in payments due custodial parents in the 8th Judicial District.

Inside the District Attorney General’s Child Support Division, hallways snake through offices and storage rooms. On one end of the building, in one wing, Sara Cecil works at her computer to correct mistakes that have been inadvertently entered into the data. With a caseload of nearly 8,700, the Child Support Division’s computer system is quite complex. On the other end of the building, in another wing, Kelly Orick — one of the state’s top court order specialists, administrator Charlsey Long says — works to prepare the many documents that will be needed for court.

 

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