State, city, county leaders dedicate Mike Locke Memorial Bridge - Kingsport Times News

KINGSPORT — Mike Locke was remembered as a loving husband, father, citizen and business leader as a Fort Henry Drive bridge was memorialized in his name on Thursday. Not far from the dedication spot, the 61-year-old Locke was killed in June 2014 while placing campaign signs for Bud Hulsey’s Republican Primary campaign for state representative. Police said that while Locke was placing the campaign signs on Fort Henry Drive, a 2003 GMC Yukon driven by an alleged drunk driver veered from the traffic lane and struck him. Hulsey, who won the primary and is now the representative for House District 2 representing much of the Kingsport area, initiated the bridge dedication. “Though this was a tragic thing, I am honored that you are here to dedicate this bridge,” Hulsey told a crowd of Locke’s family, friends, city, county and state officials, and two former Kingsport mayors. Current Mayor John Clark said he did not know Locke, but observed that he represented Kingsport well. Locke used to run the Hot Dog Hut, located on Main Street in a gateway area of downtown Kingsport. Former Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips said he was thankful for the bridge dedication in Locke’s name. “It’s men like him who make Kingsport the place that it is today,” Phillips said of Locke. Source: