March 2, 2020. The Monroe County Buzz published the following article.
“Old General Sessions Court Building Eyed for Vet’s In an item discussed at the February county commission meeting on Thursday, County Mayor Mitch Ingram revealed that plans were underway to renovate the old now unoccupied Witt courtroom annex on Hickory and Tellico streets and upgrade its function as a new veteran’s center.
The building was the former structure of Monroe County General Sessions and Juvenile Courts, both of which moved with Judge Dwaine Thomas into the new Highway 68 justice center last month.
In a letter to Ingram dated February 18, Thomas said he met with veteran Bob Hatley of Vet to Vet Tennessee, an “invaluable resource” to the county. Vet to Vet Tennessee provides service at no charge and no obligation to the county, Thomas said, and in his and Hatley’s opinion the building should be reassigned as a “Veteran Community Services Building.” Thomas recommended placing the county’s veteran services officer Andy Boyd, Vet to Vet Tennessee, and Helen Ross McNabb Center within the building as a “one stop shop” for veterans and their families, effectively using the place for obtaining benefits and services that included counseling and treatment.Continue reading “Judge Joins Veterans in Support of New County Veterans Center.”