It looks as if the new Southern Bypass around Russellville may be named after a legendary leader who is etched in the history books as one of the most instrumental people to bring about change during the Civil Rights movement.

The Russellville-Logan County NAACP requested the four-mile loop that begins at 68-80 (Bowling Green Road) and ends at KY 79 (Clarksville Road) be named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Several members of what is officially named the R-L NAACP, attended the Tuesday, Jan. 8 meeting of the Logan County Fiscal Court to show support for the request. Katherine Hart, a member of the organization, gave a brief history on Dr. King to the magistrates after the request was made by William Woodard, another member.

The request was for the county government to join with the City of Russellville government in writing a joint letter of support to Representative Jason Petrie and Senator Whitney Westerfield for the name request.

A unanimous vote was taken by the court to join with the City of Russellville, who approved the move at its council meeting Tuesday evening.

"I'm in favor of it," said magistrate Thomas Bouldin who made the motion. "I appreciate you all for putting this together. I think this will serve Logan County well."

According to Judge Executive Logan Chick, the decision to name a road under the state jurisdiction will have to occur in Frankfort not locally.

"It's not like a local road we can name," said Chick. "We can't do it. It has to be done in Frankfort."

Hart said she felt naming the bypass after King would add "diversity and culture" to Logan County.