Fifth District County Commissioner Ralph Davis welcomes Gov. Bill Lee to the podium at the courthouse.

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – There was supposed to be a ground breaking followed by fireworks on Tuesday afternoon on the campus of the Campbell County Courthouse. However, the day’s steady rains dictated otherwise.

The official ceremony was held indoors in the lower level courtroom of the courthouse. There were no fireworks though there were ceremonial shovels and a mound of dirt.

Sheriff Robbie Goins explains how the new facility will help his department as well as the county.

“We’ll have four drive-thru facilities in Campbell County once this project is completed,” said 5th district commissioner Ralph Davis. Davis, chairman of the buildings and grounds committee, led the ceremony. The county has purchased a building in Jellico that will also have a drive-thru, according to Davis.

“The building will include 10 offices. We’ll finally have all of our detectives under the same roof to go along with an interview room as well as a place to do our training. We’re doing 99 percent of our training now in-house,” said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins.

State Sen. Ken Yager said that “good things happen when people work together” after it was announced that local, state and federal dollars are helping make the new facility a reality.

Additionally, annexes for the trustee and clerk’s offices will be a part of the new facility. For citizens, it means they’ll soon be able to just drive up to do business with Trustee Monty Bullock or County Clerk Alene Baird. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/01/2021-6AM)