On February 7, the Collegedale City Commission approved Resolution #531, a resolution to request the renaming of an intersection, bridge or section of roadway in honor of the late Representative Mike Carter.
Resolution #531 came as part of this year’s bill package and was requested by current Representative Greg Vital, according to a recording of the Commission meeting.
It was moved by Commissioner Ethan White and seconded by Vice Mayor Tim Johnson to approve the resolution.
“He [Representative Mike Carter] has a long legacy in the Collegedale and Ooltewah area,” said Mayor Katie Lamb in a written email response to the Accent about Carter’s influence in the county.
Lamb wrote that Carter was raised on a farm located on Ooltewah Ringgold Road just outside the current Collegedale city limit and educated within the Hamilton County schools. He was also a General Session Court judge until he retired in 2005. Then in 2009, Carter was a special assistant to the Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey, and in 2012 was elected as a state representative.
In November 2020, Carter announced on his Twitter account, @RepMikeCarter, that he had been hospitalized for COVID-19 in August 2020. Two months later, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after going for a check up about lingering COVID-19 symptoms that were then attributed to the cancer.
He served as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives representing District 29 from 2012 until his death on May 15, 2021, when he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
The exact location of the to-be named roadway has not been determined yet. The intersection of Lee Highway with Edgmon Road is being considered, as well as a bridge or intersection around Ringgold or Apison Pike, according to the Commission meeting recording.
“Representative Mike Carter was civic-minded and very interested in the welfare of the citizens in his district,” Lamb stated in the email to the Accent. “He was instrumental in getting the red light at the intersection of Lee Highway and Edgmon Road where several individuals died due to accidents. I feel, along with the city commissioners, that naming a portion of a road, bridge or intersection would be a way of honoring him for his civic contribution to our area.”