Sen. Crowe's Purple Heart Trail approved

From Staff Reports

   NASHVILLE -- Senator Rusty Crowe, R - Johnson City, presented the Purple Heart Trail bill before the full Senate which unanimously approved the measure Monday.
   Senator Crowe said, "It is altogether fitting and proper that we name a Purple Heart Trail in honor of those who are injured or killed in combat during a war or conflict in defense of our country. Purple Heart recipients have demonstrated to us that they care more about preserving freedom than they do about their own personal safety. With this Purple Heart Trail, we demonstrate to them that we appreciate their devotion and dedication to our country."
   Senator Crowe represents Senate District 3 which includes Carter and Washington counties. He has served as chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Veterans Affairs since 1997 and has been a longtime supporter of veterans' programs.
   The bill states that the Purple Heart Trail will extend along:
   - the portion of U.S. Highway 41A from the Kentucky state line to its intersection with U.S. Highway 41 in Nashville and the portion of U.S. Highway 41 from its intersection with U.S. Highway 41A in Nashville south to the boundary between Tennessee and Georgia;
   - the portion of U.S. Highway 421 beginning at the boundary between Tennessee and North Carolina in Johnson County, proceeding northwest to its intersection with State Street in Bristol, then west along SR1 to its intersection with U.S. Highway 11W, then southwest along U.S. Highway 11W to its junction with U.S. Highway 11E to become U.S. Highway 11 in Knoxville, then along U.S. Highway 11 to its intersection with U.S. Highway 41 in Chattanooga;
   - the portion of U.S. Highway 321 from the boundary between North Carolina and Tennessee in Johnson County, proceeding west to its intersection with U.S. Highway 11E in Johnson City and then along U.S. Highway 11E to its intersection with U.S. Highway 11W in Knoxville;
   - the portion of U.S. Highway 70/25 from the boundary between North Carolina and Tennessee in Cocke County proceeding west to its intersection with U.S. Highway 11E in Knox County;
   - the portion of U.S. Highway 70 from the point of its divergence from U.S. Highway 11 in Loudon County west to the boundary between Tennessee and Arkansas in Memphis;
   - the portion of U.S. Highway 51 from its intersection with U.S. Highway 70 in Memphis north to its intersection with U.S. Highway 412 in Dyersburg (including the U.S. Highway 51 Bypass route, but excluding the more direct segment of the route that runs concurrently with State Route 211 through downtown Dyersburg as South Main Avenue, Troy Avenue, Gordon Street, North Sampson Avenue and Saint John Avenue);
   - the portion of U.S. Highway 31 from its intersection with U.S. Highway 41 in Nashville south to the boundary between Maury County and Giles County;
   - the portion of U.S. Highway 79 from its divergence from U.S. Highway 70 near Atwood East to its intersection with U.S. Highway 41A in Clarksville, and
   - the portion of SR55 in Coffee County from its intersection with SR16 in Tullahoma northeast to its intersection with U.S. Highway 41 in Manchester.