Courtroom getting back to 1916 grandeur

By REGINA BUTLER
Progress Staff Writer

If you want to feel like you are stepping into yesterday, just wait until the first time you step into the renovated courtroom at the Pontotoc County Courthouse costing some $1 million.
The courtroom has been returned to the grandeur of old when it was first built on the court square in 1916.
Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner opened court in the newly renovated room this past Monday morning.
“You county leaders are to be commended for taking on a task like this. It has been well worth the effort.”
He invited the leaders to a photo opportunity with the local media “Opportunities like this only come about every hundred years,” he joked.
If you have been in the courtroom the past several years, you know that the ceiling was dropped about 12 feet with an aluminum and tile ceiling with fluorescent lighting.
The old-time walls have had the wood paneling stripped from them and the ceiling has been removed revealing round vaulted windows and ornate crown molding more than a foot wide.
There are balconies on each side of the courtroom held up by deep carved brackets. The plaster has been repaired and brass rails are stretched across the openings.
Lighting in the almost century old courtroom has been replaced to reflect the era in which it was built.
A large white globe is surrounded by several smaller globes with bronze “s” shaped fixtures attaching the small lights to the main light.
The judges bench has been returned to its original place. Now it faces the eastern widow once more.
When you enter the courtroom, you will be entering to the side of the judge rather than in front of the bench.
There will be an open house to formally dedicate the new courtroom Sunday, April 23, 2-4 p.m.