Historic Rhea Courthouse Gets New Roof

Rhea Courthouse
Workers install the new roofing on the historic Rhea County Courthouse. (Photo by Dean Wilson)

If you have driven past the Rhea County Courthouse in the last few weeks, you probably have noticed the massive scaffolding that surrounds the building and stretching three stories into the air.

In late 2018, Rhea County Commissioners accepted a proposed bid of $656,000 from the Malone Corporation for the necessary roof repairs. The current roof was installed during the late 1970’s renovation.

According to the County Executive’s office, the cost of the repairs will be paid for with funds received from the 2017-18 and 2018-19 State of Tennessee budget, and from the Tourism Enhancement grant.

The E. Cornell Malone Corporation is a roofing contractor with offices located in several southeastern states. According to James Malone, the project supervisor who was on site, they are currently working on schedule. Workers have already removed all the old roofing material and have made necessary repairs to a few areas where they discovered damage from previous leaks.

Rhea County Courthouse
An aerial view of the entire roofing project at the Rhea County Courthouse. (Photo by Dean Wilson)

Workers are currently installing the new commercial grade shingles that will cover the 1200 square foot roof area. The company will also do some repair work in the bell tower before they conclude the project.

The project is expected to be complete sometime in April.

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Dean is a Contributing Editor with Rhea Review. Dean has developed an interest in local history and has published a historical website relating to our history.


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