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McNairy County Courthouse  in Autumn - Selmer, TN | by (aka Brent)
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McNairy County Courthouse in Autumn - Selmer, TN

The tiny little town of Selmer, in West Tennessee with a population of about 4,500, has a county courthouse which has been home to many high-profile events over the years.


Most famously, the courthouse served as the office of Buford Pusser of Walking Tall fame. Pusser was a local citizen of nearby Adamsville who was concerned about the corruption of the local law enforcement. He took on the establishment and won, and was the county sheriff with an office in this building from 1964 to 1970. With an entrance in the back of the building, the basement now has a museum in tribute to the local hero.


More recently, the courthouse was again the scene of national attention for the Mary Winkler trial in 2006. I have attended church with and am friends of some of the Winkler family, so I will not offer any more commentary on these events.


in 2007, Selmer made national headlines again with a case that wasn't quite as high profile. During a charity parade and cruise-in, the driver of a dragster lost control and ended up killing 6 in the crowd, injuring many others. After the grand jury returned an indictment, the driver pled guilty on multiple charges.


This courthouse was built in 1948-49 in a restrained Neo-classical design, which is typical of the architects, Marr and Holman of Nashville. It is a rectangular two-story stone clad structure with lower sides flanking the colonnade-like principal main section.

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Taken on November 4, 2011