Hawkins County leaders want the spruce in front of the courthouse removed. (photo by Jeff Bobo)
ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County Mayor Melville Bailey is willing to plant another tree on the front lawn of the Hawkins County Courthouse if the Rogersville Tree Board allows the county to cut down the existing spruce pine.
During its Aug. 26 meeting the Rogersville Tree Board voted to decline a county request to remove the courthouse spruce in exchange for planting another tree on the Tree Board’s behalf elsewhere in the city.
But the Tree Board said at that meeting it would consider another proposal that involves the replanting of a tree to replace the spruce.
The concern about the spruce, which is about 20 years old, is that it takes up too much space on the courthouse lawn, will approximately double in size at full maturity, and also creates a security problem for the courthouse.
Some Hawkins County commissioners have also stated they believe the spruce hides a scenic view of the newly renovated courthouse.Read more of this story in Monday's print edition of the Times-News or the expanded electronic edition.