Bryant tours courthouse, states concern

Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday called the condition of the Lauderdale County Courthouse “concerning” after a brief tour of the building.

The governor stopped by the courthouse after participating in a local business’ ribbon cutting earlier in the day.

“You’ve got judges who are trying to hold trials and plaster falling,” Bryant said. “It obviously is in desperate need of repair. The occupancy has certainly outgrown it…People of Lauderdale County need to understand we’re going to have to as a state and as a county support Meridian in their downtown effort. But this courthouse is a symbol to the people that serve and live here in Lauderdale County, and I hope we can find a way to help them.”

The governor said some funding could come from the Mississipi Department of Archives and History or the U.S. Department of Justice.

Meridian Star