On Wednesday, the doors of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Chattooga County close for good.

The services and staff already have been moved to other locations, mainly a hub in metro Atlanta, but for the 10-county area serviced by the lab, the transition is a cause for worry.

The Summerville lab is one of three crime labs slated for closure after reduced revenues forced cuts in many state agencies.

The investigative offices moved back to Calhoun recently, said GBI spokesman John Bankhead, and now Chattooga County is talking about taking over the facility, which is located near Hays State Prison.

Among other things, the technicians and agents housed at the GBI facility provided expert testimony in court, but the Rome Judicial Circuit will have to now share the agency’s pool of experts with a larger group of counties.

Rome News Tribune