Benches Are Removed From Courthouse

There's a controversy in a southeastern Kentucky county where some people say they just want their bench back.

Knox Countians are upset by changes to the courthouse.

Eighty year old Garrett Williamson says since he was a kid he's come to the Knox County Courthouse meet friends.

But Williamson says lately it's become tough to find a place to sit down ever since the county removed benches in the courthouse lobby.

County Judge Executive J.M. Hall says to save the county money they're trying to take steps that will allow them to eventually re-open the county jail.

Hall say there were complaints about people that were loitering.

Those angry over the move say the courthouse benches were a part of Knox County history.

A part of history that many are petitioning to get back.

County leaders also made the Knox County Courthouse completely smoke free by removing a designated smoking room near the lobby.


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