From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 10, 1953

Blount’s old courthouse to be razed to make room for the new; new building to cost almost half-million

After a period of nearly 60 years, Blount County is to have a new courthouse. After many months of planning and estimating, a plan has been worked out to finance the building.

A Building Authority has been set up to float the bonds and construct the building. The county will lease the building from the Building Authority. At the end of 30 years the bonds are to be retired and the ownership of the courthouse will go to Blount County.

Members of the Building Authority are W.M. Chambers, E. Clyde Hudson, Blake Livingston, Clements Massey, J.B. Pennington, and J.S. Wittmeier.

The building will be placed on the present site and will have a full basement and two stories above ground level. Jailer’s quarters and the jail will be located on the top level.

The cost of the building is estimated to be around a half million dollars. Work will begin early in the year.

According to Judge Box, the county offices will be located in temporary quarters as follows: the county Superintendent of Education, the Sheriff, the Circuit Clerk, and Judge of Law and Equity Court will be located in the Activities Building; the Probate Judge, the tax assessor, the tax collector, the Register in Chancery, the county engineer, and office of Board of Revenue will be located on Highway 25, near the Oneonta Housing Project; the County Solicitor and the Circuit Solicitor will be located across the highway from the old courthouse where they are at present.

Jaycees to hold Turkey Shoot 19th

How’s your shootin’ eye? If it’s good enough you may bring home a fat turkey for Christmas dinner when the Oneonta Junior Chamber of Commerce gives you the opportunity Dec. 19.

The Jaycees will provide the shells for 12, 16, and 20 gauge shotguns. You can bring your own gun.

Break out that old squirrel gun and brush up. The winner of each contest gets a turkey.