"In God We Trust" to be displayed on Anderson County Courthouse

"In God We Trust" to be displayed on Anderson County Courthouse

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Anderson County citizens have raised more than $4,800 to put up In God We Trust signs. Anderson County citizens have raised more than $4,800 to put up In God We Trust signs.
"I think it's a fantastic idea and I'm proud of the people of Anderson County for standing up and being willing to back their faith as well as their country," said resident Spencer Boardman. "I think it's a fantastic idea and I'm proud of the people of Anderson County for standing up and being willing to back their faith as well as their country," said resident Spencer Boardman.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) - After months of controversy, the words "In God We Trust" will now be going up on the outside of the Anderson County Courthouse.

But the county isn't using tax dollars to pay for the new signs.

Instead, donations from the community are covering the cost.

In just a few weeks, the black granite "In God We Trust" signs will be displayed over all four entrances to the courthouse.

The idea was brought to County Mayor Terry Frank back in January by a group of locals.

"It's our national motto. It's on our money. It's in our national buildings," said Mayor Frank.

Frank then took it to the county commission, which finally approved the measure in April.

Now the community has come together to pay for the signs.

This week, donations have reached the $4,812 dollar price tag.

"I think it's a good thing to invest in," said Anderson County resident Spencer Boardman.

"It didn't take them very long, maybe a month, month and a half," said Mayor Frank.

The signs will be going up the week of July 15.

Opponents have said the signs violate the separation of church and state, while supporters say it isn't about promoting religion, but more about carrying on tradition.

"It is not religious specific. For some, it does have specific religious meaning, but it is the national motto," said Mayor Frank.

"The word God can be put into any different religion. It's a supreme being," said Anderson County resident Gerry Wiklund.

Many residents tell 6 News they are in favor of the new signs, which they say honor American history.

"I think it's a fantastic idea and I'm proud of the people of Anderson County for standing up and being willing to back their faith as well as their country," said Boardman.

"If you can have it on your dollar bill, you can have it on your courthouse," said Wiklund.

The signs will also be placed on the General Sessions Court building in Oak Ridge.

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