Lawrence County Commission May Sell Downtown Jail, Annex

MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Are you in the market for an old jail? If so, we may have a deal for you. Lawrence County commissioners are talking about auctioning-off their old courthouse annex and the old county jail.

It was a busy day for the Lawrence County Commission on Tuesday.  They passed a resolution acknowledging the impact International Paper has had on the county for more than 30 years. The company announced late last year they were closing their Lawrence County facility, eliminating more than 1,000 jobs. But Commissioner Prentis Davis recalled the measure to change his vote, and the resolution failed on a tie vote.

Davis says while longtime employees were being laid off, International Paper was bringing outside contractors in to do the same work for less pay.

“Me being a union guy, you just can’t vote against your brothers like that,” Davis told WHNT News 19.

Meanwhile the commissioners tabled a proposal to sell the old courthouse annex and the old county jail in downtown Moulton. Neither building has been used for many years.

Although they didn’t take any action on it Tuesday, the commissioners say it’s just a matter of time before the old annex building and the county jail with its history, its stories and some say even its ghosts, they’ll go up for sale and it could all be yours.

Our efforts to reach a spokesperson at International Paper on Tuesday afternoon were unsuccessful. Meanwhile, Lawrence County commissioners say they’ll revisit the idea of selling the annex and jail again in a few weeks.



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