From left, Johnson City manager Pete Peterson, Johnson City vice-mayor Jenny Brock, Rev. Lester Lattany, NAACP chapter president Ralph Davis, State Senator Rusty Crowe and Johnson City Mayor David Tomita were on hand for to watch the unveiling of the sign that designated a portion of North State of Franklin Road as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parkway. PHOTOS BY DAVE ONGIE
Local, state and community leaders gathered along North State of Franklin Road last Friday morning to unveil a sign that designated a section of the busy thoroughfare as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parkway.
Dozens of folks gathered to see the unveiling, which signified the end of a longstanding effort to get a street in Johnson City named after the slain civil rights leader. The designation stretches from the West Market Street/North State of Franklin intersection all the way to the intersection of North State of Franklin and the Bristol Highway.
Sen. Rusty Crowe addresses the crowd following the unveiling of the sign.
Johnson City mayor David Tomita and members of the city government were on hand for the unveiling along with State Senator Rusty Crowe, local representatives from the NAACP and members of the community. Addresses along North State of Franklin will not be changed as a result of the memorial designation.