Barbourville’s Christmas tree goes up

Photo by Bobbie Poynter

The Barbourville Christmas tree will be officially lit at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5
The Barbourville Christmas tree will be officially lit at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5

Traffic down Knox Street took a back seat temporarily Monday to a behemoth 60-foot Norway Spruce as it slowly made its way from Flat Lick to the front of the Knox County Courthouse. Pictured, Barbourville Utilities worker Charles Willis (in the basket) prepares to attach a wire from the tree to one of two pillars on the front of the Knox County Courthouse to help stabilize the giant, which will serve as the official Christmas tree throughout the holiday season.

Stewart Peters, courthouse maintenance supervisor (out front), can now begin decorating the tree, which was donated by Mossie Mills of Flat Lick. By the time it is finished, Peters said, the Christmas tree will have between 8,000 and 10,000 lights, not to mention numerous ornaments, some as big as three feet across. The official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.