Mold Clears a Henderson County Courtroom

A Henderson county courtroom's in recess after a potentially harmful mold has resurfaced.

Judge Jack Holland closed the 173rd court about a week ago to protect jurors and Henderson County Courthouse employees from the mold growing on the seats, near the witness stand and on law books.

"It's health. That's the only reason we shut down the courtroom," says Judge Holland.

This is the second bout with the mold identified as aspergillus by the company Southwest Environmental.

Though it's not the toxic black variety, it can cause allergy problems. The mold culprit seems to be an old, over-exerted air conditioning system that's leaving too much humidity in the air.

Precinct two commissioner Wade McKinney says the court is committed to resolving the mold mess in Judge Holland's court.

"There were some concerns for him to the magnitude of being publicly healthy and if the judge felt that strongly about it, says Wade McKinney, PCT. 2 Commissioner. "We really had no problem with it. Besides it will give us some more time to do the testing and address the issues."

If a new air conditioner is needed in the courthouse, it could cost Henderson County three quarters of a million dollars. As for Judge Holland's court, they'll be using other courtrooms until the mold is removed.