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Work on county archive continues, word spreads

Members of the Washington County Public Records Commission approved bid documents prepared by Beeson, Lusk and Street during their Aug. 9 meeting and authorized engineer Clyde Kidd to get prices on reinforcing the Archive Annex.
The remaining work on the floor following the removal of steel from the former jail cells at the old courthouse in downtown Jonesborough was completed at the end of June.
The cost to strengthen the main support beams and increase the load capacity of the Annex space is estimated at $40,000.
“We’re getting the shelving in place, and we want to move the records, but we can’t until the reinforcement is completed,” Archivist Ned Irwin told commission members.
In the meantime, painting is under way and two of the Archive Annex vaults are finished.
With the assistance of volunteers, records inventory has been completed for the County Clerk, County Trustee, and Clerk and Master offices. Inventory of records in the Circuit Court Clerk and Register of Deeds offices continues.
News of the Washington County Archive is spreading, and individuals in Florida, Texas, Missouri and Wisconsin have already contacted Irwin with research inquiries.
“From the calls I have received, I believe the heritage tourism component will come into place once the documents are available for review,” he said.