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The Dedication Ceremony of the new Russell County Judicial Center was held Tuesday afternoon, September 27th, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.  The ceremony was held upstairs in the Circuit Courtroom were approximately one hundred and fifty members of the community, including local and state dignitaries.  The ceremony began with a Welcome Greeting from Russell County Judge-Executive Gary D. Robertson followed by the Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem.  Members of the Russell Springs Masonic Lodge performed the Laying of the Corner Stone Ceremony.  Gail Wilson then recognized all present and past Judges who have served in Russell County and their families.  Remarks were made by Former Chief Justice of KY Joseph E. Lambert and Supreme Court of KY Justice Daniel J. Venters.  The Dedication Address was given by Chief Justice of KY John D. Minton Jr.  "Since the early days of the Commonwealth, Kentucky courthouses have held a special place as the center of our communities,"  he added.  "It is a privilege to celebrate with the people of Russell County as they dedicate this outstanding new Judicial Center."  At the conclusion of the Dedication Ceremony, everyone moved outside to the front of the Judicial Center for the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, afterwards, the community was welcomed to tour the facility.

The New 160-room Russell County Judicial Center consists of approximately 45,000 square feet, which includes the Circuit Court, District Court, Family Court, Circuit Court Clerk Offices, Judges Quarters and a Sally Port.  There is a single point security entrance and private cells for inmates who have court dates to provide the highest level of court security.  With the ultimate goal of safety, the new Judicial Center is outfitted with three separate elevator systems; the Judge's, the public's and the inmate's elevator.  This will provide a safe environment for all judicial officials and staff, inmates and the public who are required to be in the building for court dates, meetings, and business.  The Judicial Center is equipped with the latest computers, video, and networking technology throughout the facility.  A security team will also be in place inside the courthouse, with access to top of the line security equipment and cameras.

The Russell County Judicial Center was designed to meet the standards required by the Administrative Office of the Courts.  The architect who designed the judicial center was Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. form Lexington.  Branscum Construction Company of Russell Springs was the Construction Manager for the project and Ross, Sinclaire & Associates were the financial agents.  The Branscum Construction Team was Sandra Honaker, Project Manager, and Larry McGowan, Project Superintendent.

Russell County Judicial Center ribbon cutting

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