“The facility we are dedicating today was built to increase efficiency in the delivery of service to citizens of Trigg County, and the rest of the court system around the Commonwealth,” Minton said.
Minton also talked about his roots in Trigg County and spoke about the history of the eight courthouses in Trigg County from 1820 to today, noting the changes that the county and the state have undergone.
“Each generation of Kentuckians has faced its own circumstances, and has experienced progression as a result,” Minton said. “The commonwealth has moved from an agricultural economy to a more diversified one, and has become statistically more of an urban area than rural.”
At the same time however, “poverty, inequality and other issues continue,” added Minton.
All eight of the courthouses have stood in the general area where the current Justice Center is now, Minton said, adding that the it marks a commitment from the community.
Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Cunningham was also present and also talked about the origins of the courthouse in Trigg County, while recalling some of his memories of the previous courthouse.
Cunningham said the old courthouse had several problems, such as being hot in the summer and cold in the winter and frequently falling ceiling plaster.
“I had to pinch myself several times … coming into this great facility and remembering how things were and what we have to be thankful for,” Cunningham said. “I think those of us who have labored in the old chambers can really appreciate this grand edifice.”
Cunningham said the dedication was about more than just the opening of a building.
“We are here at the high grounds of justice. We have reclaimed, once again, this high location for justice,” Cunningham said.
Additionally, 56th Circuit Court Judge C.A. Woody Woodall and Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries made some comments of their own about the new justice center.
Woodall said he appreciates the “professionalism and the interest that (courthouse security) have shown to be sure that all users of this facility are as safe as can be in this day and time.”
“It’s been long in coming,” Humphries said. “A lot of us didn’t know if it would take place or not … This justice center will hopefully serve the citizens of Trigg County for the next 100 years.”
After Woodall’s comments, Humphries, Trigg County Circuit Court Clerk Pam Perry and other county officials joined in for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“This has truly been a learning experience, one which I will never forget,” said Humphries. “It also has been very rewarding.”
After the ceremony, Humphries and staff placed more than 60 items in a time capsule, which was sealed afterward and will be opened in 2059. Items in the capsule include last week’s edition of the Cadiz Record, the histories of several local churches, Fourshee Building Supply items, the 2009/2010 Trigg County budget and a Trigg County Ham Festival poster.
Others that participated in the dedication included 56th District Chief Judge Jill Clark, 56th District Judge Jamus Redd, Trigg County Magistrate Jon Goodwin, John Ladd, who sang the national anthem, and the Trigg County Kindergarten class of Ms. Visingardi.
“We are so excited to be here, and we’re so excited for you to be with us to share this,” Clark said to those who attended the ceremony.