Courthouse Overcrowding on Commission's Agenda

The Bedford County Commission is again considering the possibility of buying the Regions Bank building on the square to help alleviate its severely overcrowded judicial system. Late last year, local fire department officials said there was dangerous overcrowding of existing courtroom facilities, prompting an evaluation of how many people can safely occupy court chambers. There have also been concerns about security due to the numerous entrances to the courthouse. Proposals to build a new jail and justice center have met resistance from downtown merchants who say moving the court system would be a devastating blow to the downtown. Read more in the Shelbyville Times Gazette