Mike Faulk got a birthday present

Hank Hayes • Sep 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT — On what would have been his 65th birthday, friends and state lawmakers dedicated a section of Highway 11-W in Hawkins County on Monday as the Judge Michael A. Faulk Memorial Highway.

The highway was named for Faulk, who passed away in 2014, as a result of an amendment to Senate Bill 2694, which passed the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this year. It was sponsored by state Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains. The segment honoring Faulk begins at the intersection of Netherland Inn Road and ends where the road crosses Goshen Valley Road.

Who was Mike Faulk?

Faulk served in the Tennessee Senate from 2009-2012 and was on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In addition to Hawkins County, he represented Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Jefferson and Union counties. He was appointed as circuit court judge for the Third Judicial District by Gov. Bill Haslam in 2013 before being elected by the people to the position in August 2014.

Faulk was a native of Hawkins County who was born and raised in Church Hill and spent most of his professional life practicing law there. He was a member of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission from 1985-1991, serving as vice chairman from 1989-1991. He served as a Hawkins County Juvenile Court referee, town attorney in Mount Carmel and city attorney in Church Hill. He also served on the Hawkins County Commission.

Faulk passed away in November 2014 at age 61 after a battle with cancer. He was survived by his wife, Holly, two adult children and two stepchildren.

What did his colleagues have to say about him?

“Senator Faulk distinguished himself both in the Tennessee Senate and as a judge for having a brilliant legal mind,” said Niceley, who was joined by state Sen. Art Swann, R-Maryville, Chancellor Douglas Jenkins and others at the event. “He also loved his community, so it is fitting that this road be named in his honor.”

Said Swann: “He lived a great life and was a great person.”

Jenkins noted: “I think it’s very appropriate we do this. He was our friend. … He did a lot of good things for the people of Hawkins County and all the counties he represented. … There’s a lot of good things to remember.”

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