A resolution opposing the action of the 112th General Assembly on changing the name of the Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake to Lake Halford has been passed by the Town of Bruceton and City of Clarksburg.
Clarksburg passed the resolution at the city’s board meeting Aug. 29. Bruceton followed suit at the board’s Sept. 13 meeting. The vote was unanimous by both boards.
Clarksburg Mayor Howell Wayne Todd had the resolution drawn up and sent it to all the towns in Carroll County that also includes Huntingdon, McKenzie, Hollow Rock, McLemoresville, Trezevant and Atwood for consideration by their city boards.
“Many people are upset that the name was changed for legislator Curtis Halford who does not live in our county,” said Todd. “There is wide consensus in Carroll County that the original name should be retained. It’s important for the cities and county to get involved if they desire to retain the name.”
The late Dale Kelley whose idea it was for the lake to be built worked for some 30 years to bring the 1,000 acre lake to fruition.
The 112th legislature, of which Halford was a House member, voted to pay off the $11 million owed on the lake. The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency now operates the lake. Halford chose to retire at the end of his term this year.
The resolution reads as follows:
Whereas, the Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake has come to fruition because of several decades of untiring efforts by local citizens working with counter parts in the state and federal governmental bodies, and Whereas, the citizens of Carroll County take great pride in the Lake as evidenced by its significant usage and the rapidly developing residential areas surrounding the lake by local citizens; and
Whereas, the economic and recreational impact of the Lake continues to grow as predicted by the late Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley who gave birth to the idea of the Lake; and Whereas, the 112th Tennessee General Assembly during its waning hours decided to bestow an honor on one of its distinguished members by affixing his name on the lake notwithstanding the fact that said member is a resident of another county; and Whereas, there was no attempt by the General Assembly to discuss with the citizens of Carroll County the possibility of such an action before it was taken resulting in significant and widespread dissatisfaction and even anger at such an act;
Now, therefore , be it resolved by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarksburg (Bruceton) that the 113th General Assembly convening in January 2023 rectify this ill-informed action by repealing subsection (a) of T.C.A. 64—1-810 in its entirety which reads: 64-1-810 Lake Halford. (A) Notwithstanding this part to the contrary, this section is applicable to the lake located in Carroll County heretofore known as Carroll County 1,000 Acre Lake, and which on and after the effective date of this act is hereby renamed and known as Lake Halford.
Be it further resolved by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarksburg (Bruceton) that Rep. Halford is commended for his service and that the 113th General Assembly is encouraged to identify a suitable venue for naming in his honor in Gibson County which comprises the significant portion of his district; Now be it resolved by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Clarksburg (Bruceton) that copies of this Resolution be forwarded to Gov. Bill Lee; Lt. Governor Randy McNally; House Speak Cameron Sexton; House Majority leader William Lamberth; Senator John Stevens; Dr. Brock Martin, Republican nominee for House District 79; and Thomas Jefferson, 79th House Democrat nominee for House District 79; and Jason Maxedon, Executive Director Tenn. Wildlife Resources Agency.
Bruceton’s resolution also included Kelley’s name as a suggestion for the lake name.