By Bobbie Poynter
Residents and visitors alike coming into or leaving Barbourville will forevermore be reminded of a man who dedicated his life to his family and community.
Traffic was held up for a brief period of time on Hwy 25E Friday as family and friends of the late Charley Greene Dixon joined the Department of Transportation and Knox County officials to officially dedicate and name the new Ky11 bridge.
Barbourville Mayor Darren West thanked everyone for coming out to the dedication of the bridge which, he said, has been in the works for the past 10 years.
“Charley was a great man for the community, a great man for kids,” he said of the late Charley Green Dixon, of whom the bridge was named after.
Sherry Chapel, District 11 Chief District Engineer for the Kentucky Department of Transportation, was in attendance, along with several Department of Transportation workers who had been instrumental in building the bridge.
“It’s an honor to be able to work with the city and to name a bridge after someone who has been a community leader, who made such an impact and dedicated his life to serving his community,” she said. “This project has taken nearly a decade since it was first put into the highway plan, and we were happy we could get it opened for the Daniel Boone Festival, because we didn’t want to inconvenience the citizens anymore than we had to.”
Bill Matt Dixon said that he feels his late nephew has always been with the family and the community.
“He was a person who could unite you,” said Bill Dixon. “He could make you do things you didn’t want to do, and enjoy it.”
Marcia Dixon, widow of the late Charley Green Dixon, took time to address those in attendance.
“Charley always played a major part in the city of Barbourville,” she said. “He was always very instrumental in many projects. It means a great deal to have his name and his honor memorialized on this bridge that leads into our beautiful city of Barbourville.”