The countdown is on. The Daily News Journal will have to be out of their building to make way for a new parking garage in just four and a half months. In the meantime, Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess said that the DNJ will open their lobby for people to view the design of the future judicial center which will be next to the county clerk office.
The new judicial center is expected to be complete by the summer of 2018. We are told that once the new Judicial Center opens, the neighboring Drug Court office that also houses the Rutherford County Human Resource Department will remain. The building that holds the drug court office at 303 North Church Street, was built at the same time that the original Rutherford Hospital was built.
The drug court structure holds significant historical value for Rutherford County. The Colonial Revival style building was designed by the New York City firm of James Gamble Rogers and built in 1931. The structure was nearly an exact copy of what was once the entrance to the old Rutherford Hospital on North University at East Bell Street in the 1930's.