Mixed feelings abound as courthouse carted away as rubble in back of trucks
by Alan Reed
Sep 05, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While some local officials mourn the demolition of the Trigg County Courthouse where they spent a significant portion of their careers, they join Construction Project Manager David Welker in looking ahead an estimated 18 months to the completion of the new State Judicial Center at the site.

Sheriff Randy Clark, elected to his office in 1986 at age 24 said, “I have mixed feelings about the old building. I knew we need a more modern facility, but am a little said to see it torn down.”

State Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham, who served in the old Courthouse as both Commonwealth Attorney and District Judge said, “Any time an old friend passes away, you feel a sense of loss. The Historical Society has done a good job recording the building with photos and video both inside and out. Any time a building sees so much human drama, I’m sad to see it go, but the new building helps overcome some of that sense of remorse.”

Clark reflected on his career in the razed courthouse, having moved his office from the premises earlier this year. “My first years in law enforcement were as a Trigg County Deputy in that building. Over the years I have been a part of different court proceedings and associated with different law enforcement officers in that building. It’s been satisfying working cases in that building and we’ve resolved quite a few. There have been some sad times located in that building, too.”

Cunningham added, “The new building will be very pleasing visually. Though my feelings are mixed, it’s a necessary thing. The downtown location is a logical place for the courthouse, and I am excited to see it moving along. I think we would have seen more resistance to the location if the old building was more attractive. It never was to me, other than the courtroom.”

As much of the woodwork of the building, including the benches of the old courtroom will be transferred or recreated in the new building, Cunningham said that he has found solace in the similarity. “There are definite memories in that building of some dramatic moments. Those can’t be destroyed.”

Welker said that demolition of the old building has proceeded on schedule. “We’ve knocked down the two solid concrete vaults and will spend this week hauling debris and cleaning the site. The majority will be gone by the end of the week.”

Read about construction plans in the new Cadiz Record.
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