Rhea Courthouse and Jail Closes in Downtown Dayton

Rhea Courthouse and Jail Closes in Downtown Dayton

historic Rhea County Courthouse Closes after 130 years

The new Rhea County Justice Center, north of Dayton on the old Rhea County Hospital site, has officially opened and thus brings a close to the old courthouse and jail located downtown. In 1891, the Rhea County Courthouse was built along with a new jail located behind the courthouse where the vacant lot next to the election commission office is today. In 1961, Rhea County opened a new jail and demolished the old one during the administration of Sheriff Bill Vaughn.¬† On Sunday, February 28, 2021, the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department securely moved all of the incarcerated inmates from the old jail downtown into the new jail facility at the Justice Center. On Monday, March 1, 2021, Rhea County General Sessions Judge Shannon Garrison held court for the very last time in the old courthouse before it was closed and officially moved to the new Justice Center. County Executive George Thacker along with the Rhea County Historical Society are working on plans for the old courthouse’s future. The old Rhea County jail will undergo some cleaning and minor renovations and will be opened as a juvenile facility.

Rhea Jail 2021

Learn More About The Rhea County Jail’s History and take a complete¬† video tour of the new Rhea County Jail and Justice Center here.

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Born and raised in Dayton Tennessee, I have served in various public service positions in the past. I have a great interest in the History of our town. This site is a way for me to share some of the great history of the area.

1 Comment

  • Wanda Morgan

    March 3, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks for the info

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