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Judge Will Powell, left, speaks at American Legion Post 11 Florence as members and visitors attend an open house event Friday. Area judges announced during the event the creation of a Veterans Court beginning in January 2019. [JIM HANNON/TIMESDAILY]

FLORENCE — Standing in the middle of the oldest American Legion Post in the state, surrounded by municipal, district and circuit judges, Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Will Powell announced Friday the creation of a Veterans Court.

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