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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  • by Mary Location: Knox County on May 1, 2007 at 12:05 PM
    There are a historical factor to the benches and to the court house, and it is a public facility Do we as citizens not have rights also? we are losing more then benches we are losing a way of life. Chaplain mary Monhollen
  • by DiAnn Location: Knox CO on Apr 27, 2007 at 10:46 AM
    I went to the courthouse when I was a little girl with my grandpa. We would walk into town and I would sit on the steps while he talked to friends, whittled, and traded knives. It was a place where friends met and new friends were made. I fail to see how removing some benches would save money. I also go there to do business, driver's license, tags for my car, genealogy and I have never had trouble getting past the people sitting on the benches and no one has ever been rude if I said excuse me to get around them. Having left KY whan I was 12 and returning 38 years later it was nice to walk into the courthouse and see that there were still grandpas congregating to make friends and talk to old ones. After having been gone so long it felt like I had stepped back in history and brought back the memories of being there with my grandpa.
  • by Mary Location: Williamsburg, KY on Apr 26, 2007 at 12:02 PM
    Put them back! That's the only enjoyment the old men get is meeting there and talking with their friends. How is that going to save money?
  • by PARTIN Location: Indiana on Apr 25, 2007 at 09:10 PM
    I don't see how removing the benches can save money. Older people have been gathering at the courthouse ever since it has been open to swap stories, idea's and etc. It has been a Knox Co Tradition, and a important part of Knox County History!
  • by BILLY Location: HARLAN-KY on Apr 25, 2007 at 01:44 PM
    WOW--Angry because benches are taken out of courthouse.Must not have anything to do but just sit around and talk all day.If your going there to sit then stay home.Working people need to get in and out of the court house for business these loafers need to go and sit somewhere else.Sorry thats just how I feel.
  • by Sharlene Location: Knox Co. KY on Apr 25, 2007 at 12:27 PM
    Those benches have been there ever since I can remember. They need to be put back so the older people can meet and swap knives and enjoy each others company. How is removing the benches going to save the county money. They were already there. That is the worst excuse that could be given for removing the benches.
  • by homer Location: martin ky on Apr 25, 2007 at 04:42 AM
    put the benches back so they can chew ther tobacco


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