George Jones' legacy will stretch throughout the great state of Tennessee in more than memory. On September 10, 2015 the Williamson County Mayor, Rogers Anderson announced the renaming of Tennessee State Route 96. A portion of the highway that runs through ten counties will be named 'George Jones Memorial Highway'.
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Along with the renaming of the highway, Mayor Anderson also declared September 10thGeorge Jones Day. Williamson County was home to Jones and his wife Nancy for two decades, with many memories made in the community. There is a state of the art George Jones Museum downtown Nashville that also has restaurant/bars with the platinum award winning George Jones moonshine and vodka.
The highway has a significance to the Jones family in a big way. In 1999, the country music icon was involved in a nearly fatal accident when his car crashed into a bridge on Highway 96. That bridge, Nancy said, “changed his whole life” because after that accident, Jones quit drinking for good.
Jones' music career spanned fifty-nine years, with more records on the Billboard Country singles chart than any other artist. Over 140 of those songs were top-40, and thirteen became #1 hits for Jones.
A portion of highway from Dickson to Granville, will now be a reminder of the deep influence Jones had on country music.