New courthouse subject of debate

The debate between those in county government who favor construction of a new courthouse for Jackson Superior Court II and those opposed to the $10.2 million price tag attached to it has begun.

Those who support the idea contend a safer court is needed for the people it serves while those against it say taxpayers can’t afford to pay for any more building projects.

Judge Bruce MacTavish, the only judge to ever sit on that court’s bench, recently talked with county commissioners and county council members about the need for a new courtroom to replace the existing one in the courthouse annex.

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