Man cleared in "See Rock City" sign controversy - New York News

Man cleared in "See Rock City" sign controversy

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CUMMING, Ga. -

A Forsyth County man who's been battling with the government over a large sign on his property is claiming victory on Thursday.

Ben Morris was facing possible jail time after restoring his 90-year-old barn and the "See Rock City" sign on its roof. Forsyth County code enforcement called it a violation of the county's law regulating large signs.

"It's a victory for the citizens of our county, that we the people will not tolerate unnecessary interference in our lives and the erasing of our history from unelected bureaucrats," said Morris.

Morris was in court on Thursday. He was facing a possible 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, but the judge gave him something different.

"An entry of Nolle Prosequi, which I guess means they're not going to prosecute me, they're not going to attempt to put me in jail," Morris said. "Based on the testimony of citizens of the county that have lived here for decades, and based on the testimony of my handy man that actually discovered it, they've discovered the sign existed long before the ordinance was enacted."

With his victory, the sign will remain on the barn.

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