The Cumberland City Council approved a request for incorrect signage to be replaced on Raymond Hatfield Drive during a meeting on Tuesday.
Mayor Charles Raleigh asked former mayor Carl Hatfield if he wished to address the council.
“I’m glad to be here, and I thank you for this opportunity,” Hatfield told the council. “In 1985, when the bypass went through here, the state asked the city of Cumberland to rename the old Whitesburg road. The city council at that time — and the mayor — renamed that road after my brother, Cpl. Raymond Hatfield, who was killed in Korea.”
Hatfield told the council his brother had been recommended for the Medal of Honor and received the Distinguished Service Cross.
“Since that time the road name has been changed on the signs,” Hatfield explained. “But the name of the road itself is still Raymond L. Hatfield Drive. Some individual just changed the signs without council approval. As a matter of fact, the council did not accept any resolution or changes to the road, it remains Cpl. Raymond L. Hatfield Drive today. Except for the signage that was fraudulently changed…I’d like to put the correct signs back on the road.”
The signs had been changed without council approval from Cpl. Raymond L. Hatfield Drive to Kingdom Come Drive, according to Hatfield.
Raleigh told the council Hatfield was correct.
“I’ve looked back through there, there is nothing showing that was ever changed,” Raleigh said.
Several members of council mentioned the road still shows up under the old name on Google.
Council member Leslie Bush asked if any signage reading Cpl. Raymond Hatfield Drive was still up on the road.
“No, they’ve stripped the signage off of the plates,” Hatfield said. “It was taken off.”
Raleigh inquired what Hatfield wanted the city to do. A discussion concerning how to accomplish Hatfield’s request followed.
“I can put the signs back up correctly,” Hatfield suggested. “I can do the signage. I just have to do the plates.”
Council member David Dixon made a motion to accept Hatfield’s proposal to change the signs.
The council approved Dixon’s motion with no opposition.
“I do want you to know, I don’t think any council member here had any knowledge of that,” Raleigh told Hatfield. “We haven’t been approached with anything about changing the signs.”
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