Courthouse Cited for Occupancy Violation

The Cocke County courthouse must find alternatives to address overcrowding issues says the state fire marshal, who cited county officials for occupancy violations. According to the Newport Pain Talk, only 49 people are allowed in the courtroom due to safety issues, which will pose a problem when the criminal court and the grand jury meet at the same time later this month. Local Judge John Bell responded, saying several issues are being addressed, including courtroom doors, additional exits and postings to prevent overcrowding.