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Making way for Progress

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By Calen McKinney

It can be seen from far away in the county and took up nearly all of Main Street.

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The cupola was placed on top of the Taylor County Judicial Center last Thursday by workers from Western Crane Service in Bowling Green.

Campbellsville Industries Inc., the company that built the cupola, worked all of last week on some final touches before a large crane was brought to hoist the cupola's three pieces atop the building. A section of Main Street was closed to traffic nearly all week in preparation.

According to a Campbellsville Industries press release, the cupola is 52 feet high, with a decorative 7-foot, 8-inch finial and a 20-square-foot base. A decorative 4-foot, 9-inch cornice sits directly below the cupola.

The cupola isn't finished just yet, however. Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said Friday that the dome had to be taken off the cupola because of some measurement errors. He said the dome and the top decorative piece may have been replaced on the building this past weekend, if a crane was available.

Rogers said he has received several positive comments about the cupola's design.

"It looks nice," he said. "I wish the weather had been a bit better so more people could have come ... but we had a good crowd."

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.