McMinn County

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McMinn County is named for Joseph McMinn, who was a Governor of Tennessee.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Roane County and Loudon County

E – Monroe County

S – Polk County and Bradley County

W – Meigs County

 

Created:  November 13, 1819                Map of Tennessee highlighting McMinn County

County Seat: 

Calhoun  1819 – 1822

Athens    1822 – present

 

County Courthouse – Athens  

 

Location:  6 East Madison Avenue / White Street

Built:  1966 – 1967

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  Galloway and Guthrie of Knoxville

Contractor:  Webb Brothers

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red-orange colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Atens. The south front has a large portico with six white colored columns rising to a wide pediment with circular at the roof line. The base of the building is stone. A wide horizontal belt runs below the roof line. On the center of the roof is a square tiered white colored cupola with clock and octagonal cupola at the top. The roof is sloped. The courtropom is located on the second story.

 

County Justice Center – Athens  

 

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Location:  1319 South White Street / Davidson Road

Built:  2012 – 2014

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Cope Architecture of Knoxville

Contractor:  Rouse Construction Company of Knoxville

 

Description:  The building faces south and

Built in 2012, the modern building is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building faces west and was completed in 2014. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the south of the center of Atens. On the northwest corner is the projecting entrance section with six white colored columns and recessed glass walls. Above is a small pediment. Along the north and west sides are raised section with white colored columns and recessed glass walls. The courtrooms are located along the hallway.

 

History:  The first court met at the home of John Walker in Calhoun in 1820 and the first courthouse was erected. The county seat was moved to Athens in 1822 and the second courthouse was erected in 1823 in Athens. The third courthouse was designed by Alexander C Bruce of Knoxville and constructed by Thomas & William in 1875 at a cost of $25,000. The courthouse burned in 1964. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1966 to 1967. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2012 to 2014.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Athens

 

 

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County Justice Center – Athens

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2018