By Press Release
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is honored to announce that the “Carl J. ‘Jack’ Gordon, Jr. Memorial Highway” dedication ceremony has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7 at the City Auditorium, 215 West Main Street in Okolona, MS. The public and media are invited to attend.
Senate Bill 2447 was unanimously approved by the Mississippi Legislature designating this section of Mississippi Highway 245 in Chickasaw County beginning at the Lee and Chickasaw County Line and proceeding to the northern corporate limits of the City of Okolona, as the “Carl J. ‘Jack’ Gordon, Jr. Memorial Highway.”
“MDOT is honored to dedicate this section of highway as the ‘Carl J. Jack Gordon, Jr. Memorial Highway,’” said Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert. “This recognition of Jack Gordon’s untiring and unselfish efforts to improve the life of all Mississippians and especially those in his community is most appropriate for him, his family and the people of the City of Okolona.”
Jack served eight years in the Mississippi House, was elected to the Mississippi Senate in 1980 and appointed chair of the Education Committee. Jack worked with then Governor William Winter on the Education Reform Act of 1982 and without him, the legislation would have never been passed and Mississippi students would have fallen further behind in the national ratings. Jack also served on the Highway Committee where it was a long hard fight to get the Highway Bill passed, which changed the face of Mississippi highways forever. Without this bill, Mississippians would still be riding on substandard two-lane highways. When we all travel on the four-lane going north or south, we’ll remember Jack and his efforts to see that Mississippi had as good a highway system as any state in the nation. Jack also served as chair of the Appropriations Committee where his grasp of state finances often put people in awe. Jack knew the budget inside and out and he often walked the isles to bond his fellow democrats and his republican colleagues so they could all get the most for the taxpayers. In Jack’s long career he served under 7 governors: Waller, Finch, Alain, Mabus, Winter, Fordice, and Babour.