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July 7, 2014

Bobby Parham Bridge dedication Thursday

MILLEDGEVILLE — The river bridge on East Hancock Street and Ga. 24 will be officially known as the Bobby Parham Bridge after Thursday.

A dedication and naming ceremony will take place at 10 a.m.

The Georgia House recognized Parham during a recent visit back to the capitol, where he served Baldwin County for 35 years before being elected to the Department of Transportation board.

State Rep. Rusty Kidd (I-Milledgeville) commended Parham with a resolution dedicating the bridge in his honor during the 2014 legislative session.

Parham has long been recognized by the citizens of the state for the vital role he played in leadership and his personal commitment to the welfare of Georgia citizens, according to the resolution.

“He served Baldwin County and the City of Milledgeville extremely well,” Kidd said during the session. “So many times, we don't honor somebody until they are dead and gone. I thought it would be a good thing to honor him while he's still alive.”

After graduating from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Parham worked for the late Rep. Culver Kidd at the Culver & Kidd Drugstore.

Parham also ran for the Baldwin County Board of Education and served as a Baldwin County commissioner before election into the Georgia House of Representatives. He held this capacity from 1974 until retirement in 2009.

The experienced politician served on the House Committees on Appropriations, Rules and Health & Ecology, as well as chairperson for the Transportation Committee.

After hanging up the state representative slot in 2009, Parham was elected to the state Transportation Board of the Department of Transportation, representing Milledgeville and Baldwin County and surrounding areas.

The resolution in Parham’s honor states, “it is abundantly fitting and proper that the outstanding accomplishments of this remarkable and distinguished Georgian be appropriately recognized with the naming of the bridge in his honor.”

Kidd said using the busy bridge over the Oconee River was the right move.

“You'll see his name and remember all that he did for Milledgeville and Baldwin County,” Kidd said.

 

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