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Bridge renamed in honor of Ellis

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - Updated: 1:02 AM
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A sign now stands in honor Lyon County's Tony Ellis alongside a bridge he helped construct.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Hwy. 62 Tennessee River Bridge below Kentucky Dam was changed to the George A. "Tony" Ellis Memorial Bridge. Ellis -- a civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- was integral in construction of the bridge.

The renaming was in jeopardy earlier this year after Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed Senate Joint Resolution 57, which called for renaming dozens of roads and bridges across the state.

In March, the Republican-led General Assembly overturned the governor's veto, along with three other bills.

The renaming of the bridge crossing the Tennessee River comes two weeks after Lyon County Schools broke ground on the Tony Ellis Memorial Greenhouse.

Friends and family of Tony Ellis raised more than $40,000 to ensure construction of the greenhouse for local agriculture students.

Organizers wanted to secure enough funding by May so that Ellis' twin son and daughter Avery and Allison would be able to take part in the groundbreaking before their graduation.

Several fundraisers helped them reach their goal, including Green the Grandstands at the Lee S. Jones Park with proceeds from commemorative shirts sales.

Efforts got off to a quick start following a $10,000 donation by Lyon County's Kentucky Farm Bureau office. Other area businesses, friends and family donated to the project.

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