County clerk's office shutting down Dec. 4-8 for move to new location
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Hopkins County Clerk Debbie Shirley and county maintenance worker Tony Goodson are packing up and moving out of the County Clerk's Office at the old Houston Elementary School building to its new location at 306 North Davis St

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Nov. 26, 2006 - As the end of the year and Christmas near, so does Hopkins County's lease on at the Houston School facility.

To make sure all of their files have been relocated and all operations are up and functioning before the end of the lease, the Hopkins County Clerk's office will be closed the week of Dec. 4-8 for the move to its new location at 306 North Davis St., inside the old Sulphur Springs Loan and Building and Association site, most recently used as a surgical clinic.

All business at the county clerk's office will halt during the move. That means that anyone needing to file paperwork or conduct any business at the county clerk's office before Dec. 11 will need to do so this week, Nov. 27-Dec. 1. 

"Please excuse the inconvenience that week," said Hopkins County Clerk Debbie Shirley. "My girls will be working very hard getting things packed up and organized, which in doing so is saving the county a lot of money. We're not trying to inconvenience anyone, but we want to make sure we are ready for the public."

The county clerk said her staff will be coordinating the relocation of files, equipment and furniture. Dempsey Bullock is also allowing those needing to perform community service through the Eighth Judicial District community supervision office to help with the move, provided they have the skills.

All of the operations conducted over the last two years in the clerk's office on College Street will move to the North Davis Street location. The clerk's office will keep the same phone number, 903-438-4074, but the connection won't be fully functional at the Davis Street location until Dec. 11.

"We ask that they don't call it until the the week after the move on Dec. 11," Shirley said. "Half the time the week we're moving, there will be no phone service at either place."

One thing the new location will be short on is parking space. Those visiting the clerk's office are asked to park in the front of the building or  the unmarked space beneath the old bank drive-through canopy. The parking spaces behind the building, Shirley explained, are leased to Alliance Bank employees.

All county offices located inside the old Houston Elementary School are required by lease agreement to be out of the building by Dec. 31. The offices of the county fire administrator and investigator will be relocated to the new Intermodal facility on Texas Street. Once the new fire station is open and the existing equipment moved to Texas Street, the environmental quality and game warden's offices will move into the building at the corner of Weaver Drive and Jackson Street, which currently houses Hopkins County Fire/Rescue department.

The courtroom in the old Houston School facility on College Street will be used one last time on Dec. 14 for court cases on the criminal docket.

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