Anderson County commissioners approve In God We Trust proposal

Anderson County commissioners approve In God We Trust proposal

A rough rendering of the signage. A rough rendering of the signage.

6 News Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) - Anderson County commissioners voted Monday morning to allow a display of "In God We Trust" on the front of the county courthouse.

In a final vote, commissioners approved the measure 14-0. Two commissioners abstained.

It was the fifth time the issue went before the county.

Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank told 6 News Monday that she was very pleased with the decision and hoped to have the signage up on the courthouse within the next four to six weeks.

The display will not be funded by taxpayer money, but instead by donations.

Commissioner Robin Biloski voiced concerns about the decision and said she is worried it may open the county up to lawsuits, but said she was glad a decision had finally been made.

"I hope we don't have legal ramifications but if we do, it was the commission's decision and we'll need to go forward with that," Biloski said.

Commissioner Jerry Creasey proposed adding three other mottos including, "Liberty and Justice for All," to the entrances, but the motion did not make it to a vote. A previous motion on adding the three mottos failed in the operations committee last week.

Frank said Creasey can continue to work to get the mottos added to other parts of the building.

"We have by no means reached our limit as far as courthouse spaces goes and so I hope he keeps that alive," Frank said.

Anderson Countians 6 News spoke with in February were supportive of the idea.

A similar measure was recently approved by Morgan County commissioners.

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