Hamilton County to Beef Up Court Security

Hamilton County commissioners have unanimously approved building a new, $8,000 bulletproof bench in courtroom 6. The courtroom, which was once a jury assembly room, lacks some of the safety and access features standard in most courtrooms. Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck told the Chattanooga Free Press other changes would improve security as well, such as reversing the orientation of the room once the new bench is built in order to reduce exposure of the judges in a crisis situation.