BY BRIAN JONES
COLUMBUS – The Highway 82 bridge over the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was formally named after the late Sen. Terry Brown at a ceremony Friday morning.
Brown served in the Mississippi House from 1988-2000, and in the Senate from 2004 until his death last year. He was also President Pro Tempore in the Senate.
After the Mississippi Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Honor Guard presented the colors and Airbus’ Rodney Ringo sang the national anthem, Mississippi Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves spoke in remembrance of Brown.
“Almost a year ago the Tenn-Tom Waterway Development Authority was holding a board meeting in Paducah, Ken.,” said Nick Ardillo, who sits on that board and who also served as master of ceremonies Friday. “A motion was made to pass a resolution to name the bridge in his honor. We got back to Columbus to find out that the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors was considering the exact same thing. Those resolutions were sent down to Jackson, and Senate Bill 2087 was born, which named the bridge for Terry. It was signed by the governor in late spring.”
“It’s so fitting that we take a public asset and name it after a public servant,” Tagert said. “I would like to say to our legislators, who knew and worked so well with (Brown), that they saw fit to take this moment for him. The bridge is a metaphor for Terry Brown, because it didn’t matter your race or your ethnicity, your socio-economic background, he could bring people together and he could talk to anyone. So often we talk about memorializing roads and bridges. It helps to remind us of someone’s life’s work and what people like Terry Brown have done for our community. I can tell you that I don’t need a bridge to remember Terry Brown.