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Bill would honor Senator Henry, protect land along I-440

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A bill before state lawmakers would honor long-time Senator Douglas Henry and would further protect a stretch of land along Interstate 440.

The specific parcel of land included in the bill is the area north of 440 from the intersection of Lealand Lane and Gale Lane back toward Granny White Pike and Belmont Boulevard.

The proposal would designate this parcel as "Senator Douglas Henry Urban Conservation District."

It would also prevent an interchange from being built in this area.

This reinforces a resolution passed 16 years ago that designated the entire stretch of state-owned property as "parkland."

At that time, Battle of Nashville Monument Park in the southwestern quadrant and Descendants Park in the southeastern quadrant were named.

The current bill would name all the property that remains in honor of Senator Henry because of his efforts to conserve the land through the 1998 resolution.

House lawmakers met Tuesday and decided to move forward with the bill under the condition that Metro Parks would take over maintenance of all parkland along the I-440 stretch, as desired by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.  

Senate lawmakers will meet Wednesday.

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