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First Franklin street to be renamed as part of Veterans Street Naming project

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Roy F. Alley Court

Old Charlotte Pike East on Franklin’s west side will be renamed Roy F. Alley Court as part of the city's Veterans Street Naming project.

The city of Franklin will name its first local street after a Franklin veteran on Friday as part of the Veterans Street Naming project.

Old Charlotte Pike East on the city’s west side by the new Mack Hatcher Parkway extension will be renamed Roy F. Alley Court. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Carlisle Lane and Old Charlotte Pike East, and Mayor Dr. Ken Moore, Aldermen Beverly Burger and Ann Little (niece of Roy Alley), and family members, including Alley’s son, Roy, will be present.

Roy F. Alley

Roy F. Alley

Alley was a World War II veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart. He was born and raised in Franklin and attended David Lipscomb College and graduated from Vanderbilt University. 

He served in the armed forces as a bombardier, a crew member of a bomber aircraft responsible for the targeting of aerial bombs. A second lieutenant, he was assigned to a group on Palawan Island in the Philippines and flew pre-invasion missions over Japanese-occupied islands in the South Pacific.  

Alley died in 1945 when his plane was shot down. The VFW Post 4893 in Franklin is named after him. 

The Veterans Street Naming project was launched in 2018 to name a Franklin street after a fallen veteran who died in combat. The program offers a street with a street sign in a new residential subdivision dedicated in a veteran’s name.  

The program was introduced to the city by local citizen Steve Arends, who came from the city of Chula Vista, California, that has a similar program. Arends contacted his alderman, Burger, who brought it to the attention of city officials.

Families interested in nominating a fallen veteran can go to www.franklintn.gov.myhero to fill out the form or submit their name and a short bio with a photo by email to myhero@franklintn.gov. All names submitted will be reviewed for compliance against the addressing guidelines in the addressing manual.

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