Bridge in Marietta, GA, Renamed After Late Supreme Court Chief Justice
MARIETTA, GA. – On November 14, the Marietta City Council voted unanimously to rename the Kennesaw Avenue bridge after the late Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Harris Hines, according to an online news story from ajc.com.*
Hines died November 4 in a car accident, according to his obituary. He was 75 at the time and had recently retired as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. He and his wife, Helen, lived on Kennesaw Avenue in Marietta for more than 40 years, and Hines traveled across the Kennesaw Avenue bridge nearly every day. The Marietta City Council found it fitting to rename the avenue’s bridge as the Justice P. Harris Hines Bridge.
Hines was appointed to the State Court of Cobb County in 1974 by then-Gov. Jimmy Carter and was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court in 1995 by late Gov. Zell Miller. Hines became the Chief Justice of the state’s highest court in August 2013 and retired in January 2017. In 2016, Hines received the Marietta Daily Journal Citizen of the Year Award. He was also an active member of his community church, the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, where his funeral was held on November 13.
The day of Hines’s funeral, Gov. Nathan Deal ordered state flags lowered until sundown. The church was packed with family, friends, and colleagues who gathered to pay tribute to Hines. And now a city bridge will forever stand in his honor. The name change appears to take effect immediately, though it is not clear when any signage or placard will be displayed beside the bridge on Kennesaw Avenue.
Justice Hines was an accomplished jurist and legal scholar. He will certainly be missed.
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