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Justice Clarence Thomas to help dedicate Judicial Center Expansion Oct. 19

Post Date:07/18/2018 5:09 PM

     NEWTON COUNTY, GA - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will help dedicate the expansion of Newton County’s Judicial Center Oct. 19.

     The dedication will take place at 10 a.m. in front of the Newton County Judicial Center, 1132 Usher Street NW, Covington, Ga. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Following the ceremony, the Judicial Center will be open to the public to tour the building.

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     “Newton County is honored to host this nationally esteemed jurist and scholar on this special occasion,” said Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

     Thomas, born in Pinpoint, Georgia and raised in Savannah, was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1991 after being nominated by George H.W. Bush. He will be the second Supreme Court Justice to attend a ceremony in honor of the Newton County Judicial Center.

     Justice Anthony Kennedy was the keynote speaker at the dedication of the building on May 4, 1999.

     Since the opening of the Judicial Center, the county has grown from 62,001 people in the 2000 census to approximately 108,000 in 2017. More than 150,000 people entered the building in 2017, according to counts from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. Along with that growth, the demand on the county’s court system has expanded as well.

     In the 2011 Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax referendum, county voters approved a 28,000 square foot expansion of the Judicial Center. The expansion will cost an estimated $12.3 million and is expected to be finished later this summer.

 

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