2007-03-28 / Front Page

Millen-Jenkins County Scenic Byway approved

By Deborah Bennett Millen News Editor

Those participating in the ceremony designating the "Millen-Jenkins County Scenic Byway" as the state's 10th Scenic Byway are, from left, Jon Burns, State Representative; Rayburn Anderson, Department of Transportation board member; Tommy Lane, Jenkins County Commissioner; Bobby Dwelle, Chairman, Jenkins County Development Authority; Paula Herrington, Executive Director, Millen-Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce; Art Johnson, Manager, Millen Better Hometown; and Harold Linnenkohl, Commissioner, Department of Transportation. (Photo contributed) Those participating in the ceremony designating the "Millen-Jenkins County Scenic Byway" as the state's 10th Scenic Byway are, from left, Jon Burns, State Representative; Rayburn Anderson, Department of Transportation board member; Tommy Lane, Jenkins County Commissioner; Bobby Dwelle, Chairman, Jenkins County Development Authority; Paula Herrington, Executive Director, Millen-Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce; Art Johnson, Manager, Millen Better Hometown; and Harold Linnenkohl, Commissioner, Department of Transportation. (Photo contributed) It is finally official. After five years of planning, the State Board of Transportation approved a resolution March 15 adopting the "Millen-Jenkins County Scenic Byway" as the state's 10th such designated highway.

The Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce and Millen Better Hometown began pursuing the Scenic Byway designation for a route in Jenkins County in 2002. The 35-mile approved route begins along Cotton Avenue in Millen's historic district and continues north along SR 23; then heads west along Perkins Green Fork Road, Big Buckhead Church Road, Old Louisville Road and North Herndon Road. It then turns east onto SR 17 back to Millen.

Paula Herrington, executive director of the chamber of commerce, said that the benefits of the Scenic Byway designation include the placement of the byway on state maps and in travel magazines, which may attract tourists to the area. It also provides access to state, federal and private funding sources for programs and projects.

A Georgia Scenic Byway is defined as any designated highway, street, road or route that features certain qualities that should be protected or enhanced.

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