Tennessee Highway to Be Renamed After George Jones
Country music fans now have another way to remember the iconic George Jones. A highway in Tennessee has been renamed in his honor.
Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson has announced the renaming of a portion of Tennessee State Route 96 as the George Jones Memorial Highway. The road runs through 10 counties, from Dickson, Tenn., to Granville, Tenn.
Along with the highway name change, Mayor Anderson has announced the celebration of George Jones Day, which, according to a press release, will commemorate the Grammy-winning singer. Jones' career spanned 59 years, and singles such as "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes," "White Lightning" and many more continue to inspire and entertain countless fans.
These two new honors are just a couple of the many ways that Jones has been remembered since his passing on April 26, 2013. A biopic, No Show Jones, which Jones himself began writing six years ago, is also in the works. His wife, Nancy Jones, is helping to finish the script and is determined to show her husband in an honest light, not glossing over his shortcomings or mistakes.
“We wanted to let the world know who George Jones is,” she explains. “To me, he really made country music. He never strayed away from his roots.”
In addition, a museum sharing Jones' legacy and memory opened in Music City at the end of April.
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