BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
In today's market, $47,100 in construction may be enough to renovate a family home, but it would certainly not be enough to construct a grand edifice that would serve the county's citizens for decades to come.
Go back 97 years, however, and $47,100 did exactly that.
County Mayor Alan Broyles recently located the 1916 "Agreement for Construction of Greene County Courthouse" on file in his office at the Courthouse Annex.
While the T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogical Library maintains most courthouse documents, this particular document has found its home in the county mayor's office for decades.
"It was considered important enough to secure in the Mayor's Office," Library Director Don Miller said Thursday.
With a careful touch, Miller displayed the 97-year-old document for the Greene County Records Committee during their morning meeting at the Courthouse Annex.
The document details the agreement between the county and the contractor, stating: "For the said Courthouse erected, according to the plans and specifications, and the work contracted to be done in connection therewith, the said Committee, for and on behalf of Greene County, agrees to pay to the Contractor the sum of $47,100, and the material of the old Courthouse."
Miller said he will add the historical document to the collection of courthouse records at the Cox Library.
AGREEMENT ON LIBRARY?
In other business, the committee also followed up on prior reports that the county government and the government of Greeneville are formalizing an agreement concerning the Greeneville-Greene County Library, but not defining responsibilities within that agreement.
Commissioner David Crum requested that Miller and the Library Board draft a letter to Broyles and Greeneville Mayor W.T. Daniels requesting that the agreement specify each government entity's formal responsibilities.
Finally, the committee heard a report that Marie Harmon is unable to serve in her current capacity as county historian because of health concerns.
County Register of Deeds Joy Rader Nunnally agreed to make arrangements for any mail for the county historian to now be routed to Miller until such a time as is appropriate for a replacement historian to be named.
The committee also asked that Miller contact the Tennessee State Library concerning the job responsibilities and qualifications necessary for a replacement.
The committee will meet again at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 11.