ROGERSVILLE — If the Norway spruce is blocking your frontal view of the Hawkins County Courthouse, some Rogersville Tree Board members suggest that you take a few steps to your left, or to your right.
In June the Hawkins County Commission’s Buildings Committee requested permission to remove the 20-year-old Norway spruce from the front lawn of the historic Hawkins County Courthouse.
The main reason for the request was so that the frontal view of the newly renovated 177-year-old Hawkins County Courthouse wouldn’t be obstructed from Main Street.
The Rogersville Tree Board has been debating the request for a few months, and on Monday gave it a thumbs down. The general consensus among those who voted against cutting the tree was that the reason offered by the county wasn’t good enough.
“If you’re sitting in your car at the light, that’s when you’re stuck,” board member Lou Ann Begley said Monday. “But if you’re planning to take a picture, or just to walk down the street, you move over two steps this way, or the other, and you can see it.”Read more in Tuesday’s print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.