Skip to content Skip to left sidebar Skip to right sidebar Skip to footer

New road namings to honor Ford, Jarrett

Two lifelong residents of Washington County will be honored with road namings in Gray and Telford.
During their Feb. 23 meeting, commissioners approved two resolutions requesting the General Assembly and specifically Sen. Rusty Crowe and Representatives Matthew Hill and Micah Van Huss to sponsor a joint resolution for passage in the state legislature on behalf of Washington County.
The Exit 13 interchange in Gray will be named “The Honorable Dale Ford Interchange” for his continued service and dedication to the residents of Washington County.
Ford served as a District 6 state representative from 2006-2012. According to the resolution, he championed the construction and reconfiguration of Exit 13 on Interstate 26, which provided improvements for Gray, Sulphur Springs and the region.
After attending Sulphur Springs High School and East Tennessee State University, Ford served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.
He completed Major League Umpire Development School in 1970, and served as an umpire in Major League Baseball for 27 years. In addition, he was an umpire for high school and college baseball, and a referee for Division I College Basketball.
He currently is a Shriner and a member of Masonic Lodge 575 in Gray.
Evert Jarrett will be honored posthumously with the renaming of a portion of Highway 34, which will be known as “The Commissioner Evert Jarrett Parkway.”
Jarrett represented the 8th District on the Washington County Commission for almost 30 years. Prior to being elected, he served as a member of the U.S. Army, and as a deputy sheriff and a county constable.
In addition to being one of Washington County’s longest-serving commissioners, he was a faithful member of Mount Wesley United Methodist Church.
Jarrett lived on the to-be-named section of Highway 34, which is the 2.9-mile portion from the intersection of State Route 353 (Old 34) and county road Old 34 to the intersection of Telford Road, New Victory and SR 353.
On recommendation from the Budget Committee, commissioners approved allocations of $300 for each naming to cover the costs of new signage.
Mayor Dan Eldridge said the approval of the state legislature is needed because both namings are on state highways. Anticipating approval in April, Eldridge said the new signage could be up by July.