Committee OKs sheriff's request

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Marshall County's Law Enforcement Committee unanimously agreed Friday to Sheriff Norman Johnson's request for support of his plan to post the Ten Commandments, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence in his office.

Early last month, a guest speaker at the Tennessee Sheriff's Association advised the lawmen that when posted with the two American documents, the Ten Commandments can be posted in a government building because it would then, in context, be an historic document instead of a religious document displayed alone.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Richard Hill asked that the Law Enforcement Committee endorse his resolution to have the three documents displayed in the front, ground floor lobby of the county's Courthouse Annex. The committee also supported that resolution. It's to be considered when the county commission meets at 6 p.m. in the Annex at the corner of Commerce Street and First Avenue.