County Commission backs Paul Smith Interchange, in honor of former state representative; OKs contract for Redmond to provide employee health clinic.

County Commission backs Paul Smith Interchange, in honor of former state representative; OKs contract for Redmond to provide employee health clinic.

 

The Paul Smith Interchange needs only legislative approval to be finalized following action Tuesday by the Floyd County Commission. County photo.
Left to right, county commissioners Scotty Hancock, Wright Bagby, former state Rep. Paul Smith, commission chair Rhonda Wallace and Commissioner Larry Maxey. County photot.

 

County media releases:

A resolution renaming the intersection of U.S. 27 and the South Rome Bypass the Paul Smith Interchange in honor of the longtime state representative from Floyd County has been approved by the County Commission and now goes to the state Legislature for consideration. The interchange is at the bridge that is named for Georgia State Patrol Trooper TFC Donward Francis Langston (No. 162).  Once the South Rome Bypass is complete, the memorial sign for Trooper TFC Langston will be moved to the bridge while the sign for the Paul Smith Interchange will be located on Cedartown Highway.  Until this time, both signs will be located on Cedartown Highway. Smith, a Berry graduate and former Georgia Extension Service agent, represented Rome and Floyd County in the Georgia Legislature for 22 years from 1984-2006.  During his time in the House, he served on House Appropriations, House State Planning and Community Affairs, and House Ways and Means Committees.  He served eight years as secretary and two years as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee.  Smith directed more than $400 million in transportation funds to Northwest Georgia. He was awarded the Legislator of the Year and the Charles L. Weltner award from Common Cause of Georgia during his tenure.

County commissioners also restated a motion from March 13, 2012, recommending to the Legislature that all current and future sections of SR Loop 1 to be constructed be dedicated and designated as “Veterans Memorial Highway,” including the sections of SR Loop 1 currently constructed or to be constructed as follows:

Constructed

  • U.S. 27 to Ga. 20
  • Ga. 20 to U.S. 27

To be constructed

  • U.S. 27 to Ga.101
  • Ga. 101 to US 411

County commissioners accept proposal from Redmond Regional Medical Center for an employee wellness clinic for all Floyd County Employees.  Dependents who are insured through the county’s health insurance also will have access to the clinic.  The Floyd County Employee Wellness Clinic will be open five days a week and will be located at the Redmond Occupational Health building at 2112 Shorter Ave., Suite 240.  Employees and their insured dependents will have access to primary care visits, urgent care services, disease management, occupational health, and commonly used prescription drugs at no charge.  The start date for the clinic will be announced in the near future.  For more information, please contact the Floyd County Clerk’s office at (706) 291-5110.

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