Courthouse gets new look to entrance for safety and honor

Courthouse gets new look to entrance for safety and honor
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

The Greene County Courthouse is getting a new look.

County Judge Rusty McMillon said they are putting in a first responder memorial, which will not only help honor the responders but also help with courthouse security.

McMillon said a car recently drove onto the entrance and up to the front doors, causing workers inside the courthouse to worry about safety.

"It has happened before, and we are concerned someone could drive further on accident so we got to thinking about what we could do," McMillon said.

McMillon reached out to the courthouse security head Robert Case to see what type of barrier could be placed at the entrance.

Case suggested a memorial that could also serve as a barrier.

"Robert came up with the idea of some type of first responders memorial and honorarium garden," McMillon said.

Case said he wanted to make sure the barrier served its purpose while also making the entrance appealing.

"The Judge wanted something that looked nice out front and didn't want it to look imposing, so I came up with this idea of a memorial or honorarium garden. I think it is going to be a great barrier for the front door but at the same time kind of beautifies the courthouse," Case said.

Case said he wanted to honor first responders because of several incidents that have happened in the country recently.

"I think during the era of what is going on in our country nowadays, I think our first responders need our support as much now as they possibly can, and I think this is a great way for the citizens of Greene County to reflect that appreciation," Case said.

McMillon said the project could not have come at a better time because the county also needs to replace the front entrance walkway.

"There is a lot of concrete that is broke up, and that is just from winter weather that comes in and then salting the front entrance here so that salt gets in there and breaks up the concrete," McMillon said.

McMillon said the county already has two contractors in place for the new concrete and then the memorial.

He said the concrete will be replaced, and then crews will start working on the memorial and honorarium garden.

"We can go ahead and frame that into the replacement and restructuring of the front entrance," McMillon said.

The county has funds to replace the concrete and start work on the entrance, but they are also taking donations for the project.

"We have had several individuals that have been interested in donating some money. We have already received one contribution with a donation of around $1,000," McMillon said.

McMillon said anyone wanting to contribute to the project can bring donations to the county judge's office.

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