The city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously at its most recent meeting to name Beersheba Street Bridge in honor of Army Specialist Jeremy Lynn Brown, the local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in May, 2010. He was just shy of his 21st birthday.
The motion to pass Resolution No. 1861 was made by Alderman Rick Barnes and seconded by Alderman Clair Cochran and was passed unanimously in a roll call vote.
Mayor Norman Rone said the soldier’s family would be notified.
“This copy will be transmitted to the Brown family,” said Rone. “The county has already gotten a copy of this and they’re going to passing legislation this month at their next meeting. The folks in Nashville have already been notified, and the wheels are turning to get this done.”
At the Warren County Commission meeting Monday night, a resolution to support the city in its efforts passed the commission with a unanimous vote of 23-0 with one commissioner absent.
Beersheba Street Bridge is currently under construction and will reportedly be similar to Westwood Bridge when complete. Problems with construction have delayed the completion of the bridge. According to TDOT, the current date is July.
There has been a public movement to name the bridge for Brown for some time, with more than 700 citizens signing a petition in favor of the move as of January.
In an emotional ceremony in April 2011, Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary staff and students named the school’s gymnasium after Spc. Brown, the first Bobby Ray alumni to lose his life in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Spc. Brown’s parents, Mac and Rhonda Brown, were present at that dedication and Rhonda says she is thrilled with the city and county’s action with the bridge.
“Praise the Lord,” Rhonda said on hearing the news. “That’s what I say, praise the Lord. He’s good to us. I prayed, I prayed a lot. I just said, ‘Lord, if it’s meant to be, they’ll name it after him, but if it’s not, that’s OK too.’ It was nice that the town did this for us. It’s wonderful to have a town that’s really helped us and blessed us like this. I am so happy.”
The dedication still has to be approved by the state, but with both the city and county’s support most feel that will be no problem.