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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cocke County Courthouse - Newport, TN

Cocke County Courthouse - Newport, TN

The Cocke County Courthouse was built in 1930-31 after the previous one in Newport burned down. The three story Classical Revival brick building features heavy stone quoins at each corner. Projecting end pavilions flank the center, which features five tall arched courtroom windows on the 2nd story.

In 1974, this courthouse was the home to a prominent snake-handling trial. Over the years, there have been many trials here for moonshining, pot growing and cockfighting. Hopefully not for the above reasons, the courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cocke County Courthouse - rear entrance

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