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2017-03-15 / Front Page

Front door is open, people

Since Sept. 8, 2015. That’s how long the front entrance to the Blount County Courthouse has been closed for an extensive upgrade. The project to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act to make public buildings easily accessible to the disabled is now complete – somewhat behind schedule after a midstream detour to change contractors – but complete at last. To show how happy they are, the entire Blount County Commission turned out to notify the public that the front door is now restored as the main public entrance – and to officially welcome residents to start using it again, with their blessing. To complete the project, new security features inside the lobby to protect employees and the public alike will be installed soon, and the courthouse ‘by the people, of the people, and for the people shall not perish from the’... county.

-Ron Gholson

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