Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

By Graham Kilsby
Contributing Writer 

New Lewis County Justice Center to open in early 2021


November 25, 2020

Graham Kilsby

Lewis County Mayor Jonah Keltner and County Commissioner Patrick Halfacre discuss Judge Mike Hinson's new courtroom

For over a decade, Lewis County has been looking for some way to separate the court system from the regular Lewis County Courthouse offices, largely due to spacing and safety concerns.

Former County Mayor Kenneth Turnbow and former County Mayor Van Ward had both looked at either finding a vacant building or empty warehouse around town to turn into a Justice Center, but nothing was available under one million dollars at the time. Also building a new Justice Center at the current jail was discussed, but quotes for that also came in at over one million. For reference, Wayne County has spent...

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