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Staff photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press - 8/29/11. The historic Loudon County Courthouse in downtown Loudon Tennessee.

LOUDON, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials are reopening court services at temporary locations in Loudon County after a fire severely damaged the county's historic courthouse earlier this week.

According to a news release, Loudon City Hall will temporarily hold the county's clerk and master and circuit court clerk, as well as several basic court procedures.

Meanwhile, jury trials will be held at the Loudon City Municipal building. Child support hearings will be held at the Loudon County Justice Center on Fridays until further notice.

Loudon's courthouse is one of the oldest in Tennessee, where it was built in the 1870s and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The fire first began Tuesday evening and is still under investigation.

Fire officials say the historic structure has been deemed a "significant if not total loss."

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