CLINTON—Four pastors, including the father of an Anderson County commissioner, are scheduled to speak during an unveiling ceremony this morning for four new “In God We Trust” signs on the Anderson County Courthouse in Clinton.
The ceremony starts at 10 a.m., said Lynn Byrge, an Oak Ridge business owner who spearheaded the drive to install the signs inscribed with the nation’s motto.
In a press release Monday, Byrge said the local pastors scheduled to speak today are Thomas Byrge, Mike Thompson, Steve McDonald, and Gil Bates, father of Anderson County Commissioner Zach Bates. Anthony Allen will moderate the ceremony.
Island Home Granite, Signs, and Monuments of Knoxville started installing the black granite signs inscribed with 23-karat gold leaf lettering over the courthouse’s four doors Monday evening. The signs were approved by the Anderson County Commission this spring after hours of discussion and five meetings, and an “In God We Trust” committee made up of private citizens raised $4,812 for the signs through private donations.