Cullman County Courthouse celebrates 50th birthday

Published: Jul. 8, 2015 at 12:23 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2015 at 8:23 PM CDT
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CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Cullman County courthouse is turning 50 so Cullman County officials threw the landmark a birthday party on Tuesday.

The courthouse was struck by an EF4 tornado on April 27, 2011 and sustained damage to the roof and exterior. The force of the tornado ripped several 500 pound marble slabs from the facade of the building.

"We learned two things. One, that Mother Nature you can't predict and it has unlimited power. The second thing we learned from the tornado - what you can accomplish when communities come together. This community went together and worked together and this courthouse is just one example of what can happen when communities work together. We're here and better than ever." said Cullman County District Judge Kim Chaney.

The repairs to the building cost $3.6 million and were completed in November 2012 only 18 months after the tornado damaged it.

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