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March, 25, 2004

City of Martin Awarded Grant for Greenway Construction

The city of Martin has been awarded more than $300,000 to build a greenway in memory of bicyclist Brian Brown, who was killed in 2000 after being hit by a passing truck. Gov. Phil Bredesen announced the state grant on Wednesday.

The Brian Brown Memorial Greenway is planned to be a 10-foot-wide trail, running almost two miles, beginning at the north side of the intersection of University Street and Tenn. 43 and ending in the downtown Martin business district on Frederick Street.

Brown, who was killed near where the greenway is to be built, had tried to convince the city to build a greenway shortly before his death, according to a press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

''This trail was Brian's idea,'' Dr. Tim Johnston, president of the Brian Brown Memorial Greenway Foundation, said in the press release. ''Brian was a recreation supervisor for the University (of Tennessee at Martin). He proposed the trail to the city of Martin and the university, and they endorsed it, ironically, just months before he died.''

After Brown's death, his friends and family continued to move the project forward, Johnston said.

''Thousands of local citizens and UTM students participated in events to raise grant-matching funds for the greenway,'' said state Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden, who was also involved in the project. ''They held cookouts, bake sales and even a circus. Together they raised $65,000. Brian Brown's wife, Laura, and two young children have been very active in the foundation's efforts.''

The greenway would allow students to get from the UTM campus to the downtown area safely, Gov. Bredesen said in the release.

''It was important to Mr. Brown that his community have this space for recreational use,'' Bredesen said. ''It was due to his fight for this greenway, and the unbelievable support of the Martin community, that today the Department of Transportation will provide more than $310,000 in grant money to make Mr. Brown's dream a reality.''

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