'In God We Trust' to adorn Bradley County sheriff vehicles

A Bradley County Sheriff's Office vehicle displays a new "In God we trust" decal.
photo Bradley County Sheriff's Office vehicles display new "In God we trust" decals.

A year after he was sued for using his office to promote Christianity, Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson says he's putting "In God We Trust" decals on county sheriff's office vehicles.

On Thursday, Watson unveiled a set of new Dodge Charger patrol cars adorned with trunk decals bearing the nation's 60-year-old motto. The motto has been used regularly since the Civil War, and Congress made it official in 1956. It has appeared on American paper currency since 1957, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

"These four words are not just patriotic, but simply, part of this country's heritage," Watson said in a news conference at his office, standing with a handful of private donors who funded the decal initiative.