A special ceremony was held Saturday, September 26th at 10 am to designate the road and place a sign honoring the life and memory of Ronald L. Newton. The service took place at Mineral Bluff Baptist Church on Mineral Bluff Highway. Below is the resolution:
House Resolution 215 (AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE) By: Representative Ralston of the 7th
A RESOLUTION Honoring the life and memory of the Honorable Ronald Lee Newton and dedicating a road in his honor; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, the Honorable Ronald Lee Newton was born on November 29, 1960, in Copperhill, Tennessee, the beloved son of John Newton, Sr., and the late Rachel Marie Davenport Newton; and
WHEREAS, Judge Newton was elected as Chief Magistrate of Fannin County in 1988, a position in which he provided sound and reasoned judgments until his passing; and
WHEREAS, he served as the judge for the City of McCaysville for more than two decades, and during his career on the bench, he earned a reputation as a clear thinker and hard worker, as a man whose strong convictions were supported by meticulous research and careful consideration, and as an equitable, impartial leader whose decisions were governed by the rules of honesty and fair play; and
WHEREAS, Judge Newton was an active member of the Georgia Council of Magistrate Judges, where his leadership and guidance were valued and appreciated by his fellow members; and
WHEREAS, he was recognized by the Blue Ridge Lions Club for his unselfish and dedicated service to the people of Fannin County; and WHEREAS, Judge Newton was an honest and dedicated public servant who strived for excellence in all his endeavors and whose primary concern was the fair and impartial administration of justice; and
WHEREAS, he was united in love and marriage to his wife, Rita, and was blessed with two remarkable sons, Josh and Andrew, and two adorable grandchildren, Riley and Baylon; and
WHEREAS, it is abundantly fitting and proper that the members of this body show their gratitude for this dedicated public servant by dedicating a road in his memory.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AND ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA that State Route 60 in Fannin County from its intersection with State Route 60 Spur in Mineral Bluff to the city limits of McCaysville is dedicated as the Judge Ronald L. Newton Memorial Highway.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Transportation is authorized and directed to erect and maintain appropriate signs dedicating the Judge Ronald L. Newton Memorial Highway.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to make appropriate copies of this resolution available for distribution to the family of Judge Ronald L. Newton and to the Department of Transportation.