Bessemer county jail closed en Jefferson County Approves Budget <p>Jefferson County commissioners have approved a more than $463 million budget presented by County Manager Tony Petelos.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The commission approved the budget on Tuesday.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; WBRC-TV reports ( that it includes more money to purchase equipment which has been neglected for years because of the county's money troubles.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The budget will include a 2 percent cost-of-living raise for county workers for the first time in years. Petelos said the county needs to do more to keep workers from leaving.<br> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:25:17 +0000 The Associated Press 38105 at Jefferson County Approves Budget Ala. Officials Consider Jail Overcrowding Proposal <p>In response to concerns about jail overcrowding, state officials are considering a proposal to move some female inmates into a shuttered facility in Jefferson County.<br> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:23:03 +0000 The Associated Press 32271 at Ala. Officials Consider Jail Overcrowding Proposal