Consideration is being given to naming the new four-lane to Woodbury after former state Sen. Jerry Cooper, who served in the senate for 23 years until his resignation in 2007.
Warren County Highway and Bridge Committee members Gary Prater, chairman, Randy England, David Rhea, Blaine Wilcher and Melissa Yancy met Tuesday, March 3 to continue a discussion about the roadway's name. Meanwhile, members of the Warren County Democratic Party voted to recommend the road be named after Cooper, who pushed the original plan to widen 70S.
Cooper is a Tennessee Democratic politician and a former member of the Tennessee Senate for the 14th district, which encompasses Franklin, Bledsoe, Coffee, Grundy, Sequatchie, Van Buren and Warren counties.
Before his resignation he was chairman of the Commerce, Labor, and Agriculture Committee, a member of the Senate Environment, Conservation, and Tourism Committee, and a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, the Joint Business Tax Committee, the Joint Lottery Scholarship Committee, the Lottery Oversight Committee and the Joint Pensions and Insurance Committee.