Roane County Commission votes to install 'In God We Trust"

KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT)-- "In God We Trust". It's on our currency and above many state and federal buildings but does it belong on a courthouse?

In Putnam, Anderson and now Roane counties the answer is yes. Monday the Roane County Commission voted 13-1 to place the words in three different spots within the courthouse.

Commissioner Randy Ellis proposed the idea after he was approached by several community members and church leaders in his district. It was voted on in May with a split 8-7 vote.

"Some commissioners wanted it to go to the property committee first before we moved forward. The committee came back to us with a 4-1 vote." said Commissioner Ellis

On Monday the commission met again and the vote was in favor of the words being placed on the court house 13-1.

Three signs will go up at the courthouse; one at the north entrance, one at the south entrance and a cast bronze plaque in the Qualls Commission room located inside.

The signs will be made of black granite with the words "In God We Trust" written in gold leaf.

The project is expected to cost around $4,300 which will all come from private donations. It is expected to be complete anywhere from 6-8 weeks.

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