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FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE RAYMOND WALKER PASSES AWAY

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A man who served the area as a representative of the people for years has passed away. Former State Representative Raymond B. Walker, passed away this week at Life Care Center of Rhea County at the age of 82. He was born April 25, 1935 in Spring City. Walker was a Tennessee House member of the 100, 101, 102 and 103rd General Assemblies from 1996 to 2004. He represented the 25th District which includes Cumberland, Rhea and Bledsoe counties. Walker was also State Representative of the 25th District in the 1977 Constitutional Convention, member of House Commerce Committee, Industrial Impact of Commerce, Finance, Ways and Means and TennCare Oversight Committee. While serving as state representative, Walker was instrumental in getting the Lantana Road widening project in Crossville started. Throughout the past eight years, he helped in securing numerous grants for industries in Rhea and Cumberland Counties and was instrumental in helping with the completion of the four lanes of Highway 27 and Blythe’s and Washington bridges over the Tennessee River and was instrumental in the grant to complete the road into the Industrial Park in Spring City between Highway 27 and Highway 68. The road was named Raymond Walker Blvd. He was also instrumental in securing the location of the Southeast Tennessee Correctional Facility. Walker was laid to rest this past Wednesday in Spring City Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Senior Van Fund, P. O. Box 12, Dayton, TN 37321, and the Rhea County 4-H Public Speaking Program, Rhea County Extension Agent, 125 Court St., Unit 3, Dayton, TN 37321, ATTN: Rhea County 4-H.

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