Family, students honored by county commissioners

Friday, May 29, 2009

Marshall County commissioner took a couple of moments on Monday to applaud three students and memorialize a pioneer family that settled on the western edge of the county before Tennessee was a state.

The applause was for Lenzie Howell and Jacob Terry from Forrest high School and Bethany Vanhooser from Cornersville High School who have been selected to participate in the Tennessee Governor's Academy.

The academy recognizes outstanding students demonstrating a strong desire to pursue a career in science, mathematics, technology or engineering.

Commissioner Larry McKnight read the resolution noting competition for admission, and that Marshall County is the first county to have three students qualify for entry in the same year. The academy provides a tuition-free two-year advanced course of study at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The pioneer family recognized Monday is the subject of a request by the Commission to state Rep. Eddie Bass and state Sen. Bill Ketron, asking them to have the Tennessee Department of Transportation name a bridge on State Route 373 (Mooresville Highway) as the Brenard Richardson Memorial Bridge.

Commissioners noted that the Mary Elizabeth Coffee family lived on a farm near what's now the Maury County line with Marshall County. The Coffee family settled there in the early 1820s when the land was in North Carolina before the formation of the State of Tennessee.

Mary Elizabeth Coffee married Brenard Richardson and they carried on with the family's rich heritage on this "irreplaceable piece of Tennessee history," the resolution states.

That and the resolution for Howell, Terry and Vanhooser were adopted unanimously.