Kingsport to honor MLK with new street designation


There are four blocks of a street in Kingsport named Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Next Friday, the extension of that street will display his full name, not just part of it.

It will also put Kingsport in the history books.

Lincoln Street, from Wilcox Drive to John B. Dennis Bypass, will soon be designated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parkway.

“It’s the appropriate way to recognize someone who made such a difference in the lives of not just African-Americans, but everybody in America and particularly Kingsport,” said City Manager Jeff Fleming.

A BUSY STREET

According to numbers from the Kingsport Traffic Department, that 2.3 mile section of Lincoln Street averages about 9,500 vehicles per day. Bill Albright, transportation planning manager, says that although Lincoln…

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