Governor Winfield Dunn at ceremonial ribbon cutting for the road that bears his name

Governor Winfield Dunn at ceremonial ribbon cutting for the road that bears his name

Nov. 22, 2013

Thank you all for joining with us in this celebration.

I’d like to do 2 things here this morning. First, I want to thank Governor Winfield Dunn for agreeing to allow us to recognize his service to Shelby County, the State of Tennessee, and our nation by affixing his name to this last segment of State Route 385.

Winfield Dunn is synonymous with that same sense of unity and community symbolized by this roadway. Our 43rd Governor, it had been 50 years since Tennessee had elected a Republican Governor when he won the race in 1970. Despite the partisan victory, he worked hard to unify the state in many ways. Notably for today’s purposes, he increased highway construction and created the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Which brings me to my second point. My working file on this project dates back to 1995 when I was a Shelby County Commissioner. This stretch of SR 385 was originally to be called the Collierville-Arlington Parkway for obvious geographic reasons. But there’s a metaphorical tie — and that is economic development. It is fitting that we dedicate this road during this week when history has been made in another way. Both Collierville and Arlington and others have negotiated the birth of new opportunities in education in our county. With the solidification of sound and strong school systems throughout Shelby County, SR 385 can be a pathway to prosperity for the entire community. To be certain, it can be something less. But it is now for Memphis and all of Shelby County to compete freely amongst the counties of West Tennessee for the abundance which follows the completion of this project.

We are the county of good abode, and our future is bright, and your presence here today signifies all that is good about the prospects for our future together. In the spirit of Winfield Dunn, we dedicate this road to that certain sense of unity and community.

Thank you very much.

Mark

My Father-in-Law, Bill Cowan, with Chris and me at the SR 385 dedication on Nov. 22 at Collierville, TN

My Father-in-Law, Bill Cowan, with Chris and me at the SR 385 dedication on Nov. 22 at Collierville, TN

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