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Section of Highway 11-W to be named for late Senator and judge Mike Faulk

STAFF REPORT • Sep 7, 2018 at 4:15 PM

KINGSPORT — A ceremony designating a section of U.S. Highway 11-W. in Hawkins County as the Judge Michael A. Faulk Memorial Highway has been set for Monday, September 10 at 1 p.m.

The event will take place at the intersection of the highway with Netherland Inn Road in Kingsport.

The highway was named for Faulk as a result of an amendment to Senate Bill 2694, which passed the General Assembly earlier this year. It was sponsored by Sen. Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains). The stretch of highway honoring Faulk begins at the intersection of Netherland Inn Road and ends where 11-W crosses Goshen Valley Road in Church Hill.

“Senator Faulk distinguished himself both in the Tennessee Senate and as a judge for having a brilliant legal mind,” said Niceley, who will be joined by Sen. Art Swann (R-Maryville), Chancellor Douglas Jenkins and others at the event. “He also loved his community, so it is fitting that this road be named in his honor.”

Faulk was a native of Hawkins County who was born and raised in Church Hill and spent most of his professional life practicing law there. He was a member of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission from 1985-1991, serving as vice chairman from 1989-1991. He was a Hawkins County Juvenile Court referee, town attorney in Mount Carmel, city attorney in Church Hill and Hawkins County commissioner.

From 2009-2012, Faulk served in the Tennessee Senate, where he was highly respected for his legal acumen, carrying some of the most difficult legislation that dealt with the courts, the judiciary or the legal system.

In addition to Hawkins County, he represented Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Jefferson and Union counties.

He was appointed circuit court judge for the Third Judicial District by Gov. Bill Haslam in 2013 before being elected to the position in August 2014. He passed away in November 2014 at age 61. He is survived by his wife, Holly; two adult children; and two stepchildren.

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