Commission to consider resolutions honoring vet, prohibiting parking

Published 2:28 pm Friday, April 14, 2017

When the Carter County Commission meets on Monday, its members will debate a number of issues, including a proposal to honor a resident killed in action during the Vietnam War and a resolution to prohibit parking on the side of the road near a popular recreation spot.

The Carter County Commission will consider a resolution forwarded by the Highway Committee asking the State of Tennessee to designate the bridge on State Route 67 which passes over Happy Valley Road as the “Lance Corporal Harold W. Wilson Memorial Bridge.”

Wilson was born in Carter County in 1945 and graduated from Happy Valley High School, where he served as captain of the football team during his senior year.

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Following his graduation, at the age of 18, Wilson joined the United States Marine Corps where he later earned the rank of Lance Corporal. On March 21, 1966, Wilson was killed in action during a battle with enemy forces in the Quang Ngai Province of Vietnam. He was 21 years old.

“Lance Corporal Wilson gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, and he served with honor while defending our freedom and our way of life so that we could continue to live in peace here at home,” the resolution honoring Wilson states. “The Board of County Commissioners for Carter County, Tennessee, hereby adopts this resolution honoring Lance Corporal Harold W. Wilson so that we may always remember the sacrifice he made and the price he paid for the freedom we enjoy today, not only as residents of this county, but also as citizens of this great nation.”

Because the bridge is on a state road, the Commission must forward this request along to the state if it is approved by the full body. The State will make a final determination on the naming of the bridge.

Members of the Commission will also consider a resolution to prohibit parking on Dennis Cove Road in the vicinity of the Dennis Cove Road Trailhead.

“The Carter County Highway Committee has studied this matter and has determined that the stopping, standing, or parking of vehicles on Dennis Cove Road in the vicinity of the trailhead located adjacent to said road poses a danger to citizens and unduly interferes with the free movement of traffic in that vicinity and has recommended that ‘No Parking’ signs should be placed in this area,” the resolution states.

The resolution notes the matter had also been debated by the full County Commission, which agreed with the recommendation by the Highway Committee.

If passed, the resolution directs Road Superintendent Roger Colbaugh to have his department install no parking signs along the road near the trailhead “using his best judgment so as to reduce the danger to citizens and the interference with the free movement of traffic in that area.”

Also on the agenda for Monday is a resolution authorizing Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey to apply for and accept the annual Litter Grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Members of the Commission will also hear a presentation on the Grow Carter County initiative from Josh McKinney, the Director/Community Impact Coordinator of the United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County.