Signs reading 'In God We Trust' will be displayed at the Roane C

Signs reading 'In God We Trust' will be displayed at the Roane Co. Courthouse

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Commissioners passed the resolution 13-1 to post “In God We Trust” signs at the Roane County Courthouse. (source: Eric Barger) Commissioners passed the resolution 13-1 to post “In God We Trust” signs at the Roane County Courthouse. (source: Eric Barger)
There will be a five foot long, eight inch tall sign at both the south and north sides of the courthouse. There will also be a three foot long sign in the commission chambers. There will be a five foot long, eight inch tall sign at both the south and north sides of the courthouse. There will also be a three foot long sign in the commission chambers.
“I'm happy that we were able to move to have the national motto displayed on our courthouse. I did not have one single constituent from my district who opposed this vocally toward me,” said Commissioner Randy Ellis. “I'm happy that we were able to move to have the national motto displayed on our courthouse. I did not have one single constituent from my district who opposed this vocally toward me,” said Commissioner Randy Ellis.
Commissioner Steve Kelley was the only one who voted against the resolution. Kelley says he's been an atheist since he was a teenager. He says around 10 people contacted him in support of his vote. Commissioner Steve Kelley was the only one who voted against the resolution. Kelley says he's been an atheist since he was a teenager. He says around 10 people contacted him in support of his vote.
By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) - In just a few weeks you will see the phrase "In God We Trust" displayed at a local courthouse. Commissioners passed the resolution 13-1 to post “In God We Trust” signs at the Roane County Courthouse.

Commissioners voted on the resolution Monday night in front of dozens of constituents. Fourteen of the 15 commissioners attended the meeting. One commissioner, a self-proclaimed atheist, voted against the resolution.

Joe McCarroll was born and raised in Roane County. He supports having the national motto in god we trust displayed on the Roane County Courthouse.

“That's what this whole country was founded on and that's what it needs to stay on. Instead of worrying what two or three other people think,” said McCarroll.

There will be a five foot long, eight inch tall sign at both the south and north sides of the courthouse. There will also be a three foot long sign in the commission chambers.

Commissioner Randy Ellis introduced the resolution to have these signs put up.

“I'm happy that we were able to move to have the national motto displayed on our courthouse. I did not have one single constituent from my district who opposed this vocally toward me,” said Ellis.

Commissioner Steve Kelley was the only one who voted against the resolution. Kelley says he's been an atheist since he was a teenager. He says around 10 people contacted him in support of his vote.

“I know I am not alone, and I felt it was important for somebody to stand up. I think it's just very important that we don't mix religion and government at all,” said Commissioner Steve Kelley.

Commissioner Ellis disagrees.

“This has nothing to do with separation of church and state. The Roane County Commission has adopted the national motto,” said Commissioner Ellis.

Commissioner Ellis is taking up donations to pay for the “In God We Trust” signs. He says no public funds will be used. McCarroll has donated $200 to help pay to make the signs.

“It makes me feel good and I hope it bleeds over into other communities,” said McCarroll.

Commissioner Ellis is asking Roane County residents to contact him via email to make a donation. He says the three "In God We Trust" signs will cost $4,300 total for all three.

 
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