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Center celebrates beloved employee

COVINGTON - Folks at the Newton County Judicial Center celebrated Jim Dial on Friday. Dial delivers and picks up mail within the center each day and brings his own special brand of sunshine in the process, Clerk of the Court Linda Hays said.

"May 1 is Jim's 46th birthday and this building was dedicated the first week in May 1999, so he's been here 10 years this month," she said. "We had a party in honor of his birthday and the anniversary of his employment."

Hays said Dial works about two hours daily, picking up and dispersing mail to each department.

"He really takes that job seriously," she said. "He's upset if anybody gets the mail before he does."

Hays said Dial was an intricate part of the work that is carried on at the Judicial Center.

"He has a great sense of humor. He's the heart of the Judicial Center," she said. "Everyone knows Jim. He quickly made friends with everyone in the building, from the deputy at the front door to the judges and all in between."

Jim is the son of Shirley and the late Cleon Dial.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.