Commissioners OK removal of 'sign in a bucket' from Hawkins Courthouse Annex

Jeff Bobo • Oct 10, 2019 at 10:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County buildings manager Sarah Davis received permission Wednesday to remove the Courthouse Annex “sign in a bucket” which has been an eyesore on Main Street in downtown Rogersville.

A faded maroon and white “Courthouse Annex Entrance” sign has been posted on a wooden post sticking out of a large vase in front of the Main Street entrance for many years.

Commissioners estimate that the “sign in a bucket” — as Davis described it — has been up 12-15 years. The building was originally constructed in 1841 and became the Courthouse Annex after its most recent renovation was completed in 1999.

Davis noted that the removal of the sign comes just in time for Heritage Days this weekend, and she planned to get rid of the sign as soon as the Public Buildings Committee meeting ended Wednesday afternoon.

Just inside the Main Street entrance of the Courthouse Annex is a large bronze sign with raised letters dedicating the building and acknowledging the county commissioners and mayor who saw the renovation through.

Davis said she’d like to purchase a similar style sign to be posted on the outer wall facing Main Street on the left side of the doorway as you enter.

Aside from approving the removal of the sign in a bucket, the Public Buildings Committee also approved one of the four design options presented by Davis for the new sign.

That design must be approved by the Rogersville Historic Preservation Commission before it can be posted.

“You all can decide what you want the (new) sign to look like, and I can take it on to them, and if everyone approves it, we can get a sign for that building and replace the sign that’s stuck in a bucket in our beautiful downtown,” Davis told the committee.

The option chosen by the committee states. “Hawkins County Courthouse Annex, 110 East Main Street”, and lists each of the offices in the annex including the Assessor of Property, County Clerk, Election Office, Register of Deeds, and Trustee.

At the bottom of the proposed sign is “1841,” which was added by committee members because it’s the year of original construction.

Committee Vice-Chairman Charlie Thacker said he’d like to see a sign posted at the rear entrance of the annex, which is probably used more than the front because there’s more parking. 

Upon learning that the new signs could cost as much as $1,500 each, Thacker said they should focus on the front sign for now and discuss a rear sign later.