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The Dedication Ceremony of the New Adair County Judicial Center was held on May 20, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. with approximately one hundred fifty members of the community including local and state dignitaries present.  The ceremony began with a Welcome Greeting from Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton followed by the Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, Presentation of Colors, and the National Anthem.  Members of the Columbia Masonic Lodge performed the Laying of the Corner Stone Ceremony.   During the Passing of Justice Ceremony, Adair Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy accepted the Scales of Justice and the first Deed book from the old courthouse from predecessor William Caldwell, portrayed by re-enactor Richard Phelps.  The Scales of Justice art piece is a model by Columbia sculptor Tim Smith's bronze scale which will be placed at the top of the fountain which is scheduled for completion in the near future.  The large crowd then heard remarks from Sue Stivers, Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Venters and Vice Chief Regional District Judge Michael Loy.  

The Dedication Address was given by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr.  "It is a privilege to celebrate with the people of Adair County as they dedicate this outstanding new Judicial Center," Chief Justice of Kentucky John Minton Jr. said. "Since the early days of the commonwealth, Kentucky's courthouses have held a special place as the center of our communities."  At the conclusion of the Dedication Ceremony, there was a Ribbon Cutting in front of the New Judicial Center doors and the community was welcomed to tour the facility.

The New Adair County Judicial Center consists of approximately 37,232 square feet, which includes the Circuit Court, District Court, Family Court, Circuit Court Clerk Offices, Judges quarters and Sally Port area for Judges.  The prisoner single-point security entrance with magnetometers and a holding facility will provide the highest level of court security.  In addition, the prisoners will be segregated from the public by a separate corridor and entrances into the courtrooms.   The New Judicial Center is also equipped with the latest computer, video, and networking technology.  

The Adair 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 DLZ Architects from Frankfort.  Branscum Construction Company of Russell Springs was the Construction Manager for the Project and Ross, Sinclaire & Associates were the financial agents. 

Adair County Judicial Center Dedication Ceremony

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