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Adams, a resident of Beersheba Springs for over 20 years, spent summers in the town every year since his birth. His daughter, Karin Adams Barro said, “Everyone knew Alf.”
Adams passed away just over a year ago, and his first cousin, Garrett Adams, sought to remember him by having the state name the Collins River Bridge in his honor.
State Senator Janice Bowling, who introduced the legislation in Nashville, read the proclamation at the dedication before a crowd of family and friends. In attendance were former Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn, a lifelong friend of Adams, Grundy County Commissioner Michael Brady, renowned surgeon Dr. Judson Randolph, and Grace Chapel Pastor Clayton Jones.
Adams youngest grandchild, and namesake, Alfred Thompson Adams, IV, age seven, cut the ribbon to the new highway bridge signs. A flotilla of younger family members joined the group by way of the river, floating downstream from the raft – built by Adams many years ago. After the ceremony, the group moved to the Adams’ home for a fried chicken picnic lunch.
Adams is remembered for his many contributions to Grundy County including his instrumental role in crafting legislation and leading efforts to preserve Savage Gulf as a protected state park. He was a member and song leader of Grace Chapel United Methodist Church, a member of the Grundy County Republican Executive Committee, and a member of the Grundy County Election Commission.