By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
The holiday spirit will be on display this year at the Cumberland County Courthouse during the Christmas season.
Downtown Crossville immediately surrounding the courthouse and the Cumberland County Courthouse grounds will be decorated for the holidays this year after the county's building and grounds committee voted to allow Downtown Crossville Inc. (DCI) the responsibility to decorate.
Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. said DCI had approached him with the idea of allowing them to be responsible for decorating the downtown area around and including the courthouse lawn.
"They said the courthouse would be the focal point and it would be tactful," Carey said. "They also wanted to be in charge of the Christmas tree and the lighting of the Christmas tree and may have it up here by the courthouse instead of the small one that's across the street."
Carey said that DCI would be responsible to put up all of the decorations and to take them down.
"I think it sounds like a good idea," Dave Hassler, 3rd District commissioner said.
Hassler made a motion to allow DCI to decorate the courthouse area for Christmas. It was supported by Roy Turner, 7th District commissioner.
The motion was approved unanimously.
Carmin Lynch, 9th District commissioner, passed on the vote.
The courthouse lawn has not been decorated for Christmas, or other holidays, since the building and grounds committee voted to remove all long-term displays from the courthouse grounds in 2008 after a slew of religious displays, including a Flying Spaghetti Monster, were constructed on the courthouse lawn.
Displays are now only allowed for short-term, or during an event on a daily basis and must be removed after the event, according to county policy.
Carey was unsure as to when the decorations would be put up.