- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Hinds County Courthouse, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, is showing its age, leading county officials to say it’s time for a facelift.

Supervisor Peggy Hobson Calhoun tells The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/1NpkTQ1) the courthouse is a beautiful, historic building in need of repairs.

County officials will ask the 2016 state Legislature to include renovation of the courthouse in a bond bill. State Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, has agreed to file the bill, according to Hinds County supervisors.

The courthouse was built in 1930. The granite and limestone building is highlighted by the statues of Moses, the giver of the law, and Socrates, the interpreter of the law, adorning the top of the courthouse. The last time the courthouse was renovated was in the late 1980s. Court and other county offices were moved out of the courthouse to a temporary building during the renovation.

The courthouse reopened in 1989 after a $7.35 million renovation, which included additions to the building. There have been on and off problems with the roof leaking over the years.



Hinds County Human Capital Development Director LaVonne McGee said the county has already applied for a roughly $240,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to try to curtail some of the damage from the leaky roof. McGee said the county doesn’t have the roughly $2 million to replace the courthouse roof, so officials are looking at repairs to the roof where leaks are occurring.

Longtime County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn, who took office in 1984, said a leaky roof has been a problem for many years. Dunn, who didn’t seek re-election this year, said a good cleaning and painting would go a long way toward improving the courthouse.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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