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Inauguration 2011: District Courtroom at capacity for event

Columbia-Adair County county government, city government and School Board members participate in joint program. Complete list of ceremony participants below. Click on headline for full story plus photo(s) as added

By Ed Waggener

Adair County Judge Executive (CJE) Ann Melton presided before a capacity crowd of new office holders, family, and private citizens who filled the District courtroom at the Adair County Judicial Center, 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, to see new members of Columbia and Adair County governments and School Board take the oath of office.

Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy announced each group as they entered the courtroom.


City of Columbia officials took part in the ceremony, though it was a ceremony, for them, symbolic of county unity. Mayor Mark Harris, the City Council, and the new City Clerk, Sonya Roy, had been sworn into office on Wednesday, in time to meet their deadline, January 1, 2011.

Others taking Oaths of Office included Adair Fiscal Court and CJE Clerks and appointed officials, County Attorney, County Clerk, County Clerk Deputies, Adair County Sheriff, Deputies, and Security Officers and Bailiff; Adair County Surveyor, Adair County PVA and Deputies, Adair County Jailer and Deputies, Adair County Coroner and Deputies, Constables, Emergency Management Coordinator and Deputy, and new Adair County School Board Members.

All took the traditional oath of office including the affirmation they had not fought a duel; for other offices, additional oaths were required.

It was a historic moment, the first time that the city and county would use the courtroom for such an occasion. Four years earlier, the event was held in the historic Adair County Courthouse at 500 Public Square.

Judge Melton had taken the oath of office earlier in Liberty to become eligible to preside for this occasion.

The list of individuals participating follows:

City of Columbia Mayor, Constitutional Oath: Mark D. Harris.

City of Collumbia Council Members, Constitutional Oath: Craig Dean, June Parson, Linda Waggener, Robert Flowers, Anthony Grider, and Jim Hadley.

City of Columbia Clerk: Constitutional Oath: Sonya Roy.

Adair County Fiscal Court Clerks, Constitutional Oath: Lisa Lee, Gale Cowan and Patty Nall

Adair County Fiscal Court Members (District), Constitutional Oath: Harold Burton (1), Daryl Flatt (2), Sammy Baker (3), Perry Reeder (4), Billy Dean Coffey (5), Joe Rogers (6), and Billy Rowe (7).

Adair County Attorney, Constitutional Oath: Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin.

Adair County Clerk and Deputies, Constitutional Oath: Clerk Jennifer Blair and Deputies Libby Radford, Rebecca Rogers, Sonja Reeder, Sheila Hayes, Melissa Fletcher, and Casi Melton

Adair County Sheriff, Constitutional Oath, Gaming Oath, and Sheriff's Oath: Sheriff Harrison Moss.

Adair County Sheriff Deputies, Constitutional Oath, Gaming Oath, and Sheriff's Oath: Deputies B.J. Bray, Aaron Rainwater, Joe Burris, Justin Cross, and Justin Claywell.

Adair County Court Security Officers, Constitutional Oath: Richard Redmon, Jeff Collins, Fred Dorman, Bobby Caldwell, Faye Davidson, Ray Dean Burton, Wanda Taylor, and Adam Cravens.

Sheriff's Bailiff, Bailiff Oath: Bailiffs Richard Redmon and Jeff Collins

Adair County Surveyor: Constitutional Oath, Land Commissioner's Oath: Mike McKinney.

Adair County PVA, Constitutional Oath William M. Feese, Jr.
Adair County PVA Deputies, Constitutional Oath: Deputies Donna Feese, Elaine Bennett, Landon Edwards, and Kevin Shepherd.

Adair County Jailer, Constitutional Oath: Jailer Rick Wilson

Adair County Deputy Jailers, Constitutional Oath: Deputies Eric Antle, Alan Burton Kay Butler, Debbie Coffey, Michael Decker, Judy Derman, Marc Evans, Pat Ferguson, Mark Jones, Bonnie Loy, Jamie Luttrell, Lonnie McClister, Bryan Morris, Stanley Sallee, Donald Schweppe, Dennis Selby, Karen Tiller, Pam Yarberry, Rabon Burton, Katherine Burton, Bryon Hixxon, Mary Curry, Travis Darling, Andrea Burris, Randy Middlecamp, Lee Ann Roy, Chase Willis, Kim Tucker, and Danny Foster.

Adair County Coroner, Constitutional Oath: Coroner Todd Akin

Adair County Coroner Deputies, Constitutional Oath: Deputy Coroners David Taylor, Tony Bragg, Terry Akin, and Michael Keltner.

Adair County Constables (District), Constitutional Oath: Constables William "Bill" Troutwine (1), Shannon Rowe (2), Robert Loy (3), Chris Janes (4), Tim Bottoms (5), Jason Rector (6), and Joe Collins, Jr (7).

Adair County Emergency Management Director EMD, Constitutional Oath, Emergency Management Oath: Greg Thomas, EMD.

Deputy Emergency Management Director, Constitutional Oath: Deputy Gale Cowan.

Adair County Board of Education Members (District), Constitutional Oath, School Board Oath: Rebecca Turner (1), Joseph B. Payne (3).

Following the Oaths of Office Ceremony, several officials spoke to the audience. Judge Melton noted the spirit of cooperation which, she said, will lead to continued progress, and Mayor Mark D. Harris sounded a note of optimism for Columbia-Adair County, calling it the "greatest community in the world."

With more than ample parking, a theater meeting room, and built in video capability, and comfortable comfort facilities, the new facility was ideal for the occasion. Light refreshments were catered for the event by Barbara Overstreet. Many stayed for a tour of the new building after the event.


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Inauguration 2011: Adair County Judicial Center



2011-01-02 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Pen. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Mayor, City Council take oaths



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Inauguration 2011: Members of CJE Staff



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Adair Fiscal Court Members



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Sonya Roy, City Clerk



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: County Court Clerk, Deputies



2011-01-03 - Photo By Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Sheriff, Deputies



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Bailiffs take two oaths



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Security Officers



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Mike McKinney, Co. surveyor



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Property Valuation Administer (PVA), staff



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Inauguration 2011: Regional Jailer and Staff



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Coroners



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Emergency Disaster Management office



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: School Board Members



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Seven constables take oath of office



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Jimmy Firquin



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Hunter Hadley



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
Councillor's Main Counselor
Hunter Hadley attended the Oath of Office Ceremony to see his dad, Jim Hadley, sworn in as a City Councilman. He's already Councillor Hadley's main advisor on kids' issues.

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Inauguration 2011: Enjoying the building



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
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Inauguration 2011: Ann and daughter Katie



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY
Family time: After the ceremony, Judge Ann Melton, right had posed with her daughter, Katie Melton, who's on Christmas break from her pre-medical studies at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Behind Katie is Constable Joe Collins, Jr.

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Inauguration 2011: Martha Barnes Martin



2011-01-03 - Photo by Ed Waggener. 201 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KYMartha Barnes Martin, always active in politics, was at the 2011 inaugural ceremonies.
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