Franklin, Williamson County Courthouses reopened after bomb threats

Courthouses in Franklin and Williamson counties have received the all-clear and are open for business Thursday, after evacuating due to bomb threats Wednesday.

According news releases from Franklin and Williamson County authorities, a call came into the West Frankfort police department at around 8:45 AM claiming that there was an explosive device on the second floor of the courthouse.

Investigators were able to tell that the cell phone tower that was being used to transmit the call was on the Franklin-Williamson County line.

Out of concern for everyone’s safety, both courthouses were evacuated.

The Campbell Building and the Benton Square in Franklin County were also closed for a short time.

Following a search of the buildings, they were able to reopen Wednesday afternoon.

The incident is being investigated by the local authorities, the FBI, and the US Marshals Service.