Tommy Woods Memorial Highway dedicated

Photo: Dedication of the Representative Tommy Woods Memorial Highway was held in Byhalia on Friday, Oct. 29. (MDOT photo)

Officials gathered in Byhalia on Friday, Oct. 29, to dedicate a portion of I-269 in Marshall County as the “Representative Tommy Woods Memorial Highway.”

During the 2021 state Legislative Session, House Bill No. 995 was signed into law, designating a portion of I-269, from the Tennessee line south to its intersection with state Highway 302, as the “Representative Tommy Woods Memorial Highway.”

In 1988, Woods was elected as a Mississippi State Representative for parts of Marshall and DeSoto Counties.  He would hold that seat for 25 years as a public servant to the state of Mississippi. 

Woods spearheaded many important initiatives while in the state legislature, including the construction of I-269 through Marshall County and the building of Methodist Olive Branch Hospital.  

Among the committees he served were the County Affairs Committee, the Ways and Means Committee and the Public Utilities, Transportation, Public Buildings and Grounds Committee as Vice-Chairman.

DeSoto County News Service – News Release

Northern District Transportation Commissioner John Caldwell speaks at the dedication of the Rep. Tommy Woods Memorial Highway on Friday, Oct. 29 in Byhalia. (MDOT photo)

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