Coffee County Courthouse Security

Computer security dominated Coffee County’s commission meeting.

Coffee county probate Judge Bill Gammill displays a large volume containing land deeds from fifty and sixty years ago. Judge Gammill's plan is to place the public land records at an Internet site address. Judge Gammill says this is the trend state and nationwide.

"For certain people who use the record room frequently, this is really good news for them. They can do in their office what they would do having to drive to the courthouse and perhaps even come back and check on something," said Judge Gammill.

Coffee County information systems coordinator, John Brim, fears that a site could accidentally be tapped by a computer hacker, getting secure information.

"Anytime you open one-hold, there’s a possibility of an attack from outside from hackers. They just want to destroy something. Stop us from working," said Brim.

"I just like information, or the commission would like information to make a determined decision if the system will affect us, our security or not," said Wilson Mobley, Coffee Co. Administrator.

Judge Gammill says he's been assured by the installation company that the site will only be accessible for public information.

One Enterprise attorney says it'll be a whole lot easier using her home PC as opposed to having to come to the courthouse and look something up.

"If I had this new system, I could do it straight from my office or my home and not ever having to come to the courthouse and look something-up," said Lori Stinson, Enterprise Attorney.

Judge Gammill says the county will make money on the computer program because a fee will be placed on those wishing to get access.

The computer access is expected to save time and money for residents and non-residents.