Thank you to the Fentress Courier for publishing the following article (at bottom of page) on December 4th, 2013, about the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new section of Highway 52.  This exciting occasion marks a decades long attempt to get the by-pass built to preserve the 1880 Victorian towns’ appeal as a both a tourist attraction and a living village and to make it safer for pedestrians. We thank all involved for helping make this project possible!






Senator Ken Yager sent out this official tweet shortly before the ceremony:

Ken Yager @YagerTweets

W TDOT Comm John Schroer to officially open Rugby Byway Will take truck traffic around instead of through Historic Rugby 14 million project
10:59 AM Dec 2nd



This photo shows Historic Rugby’s Executive Director, Zach Langley, (far left) looking on as 12th District State Senator Ken Yager presents TDOT Commissioner John Shroer (at right) a print of Rugby’s historic Christ Church originally painted by popular Rugby/Jamestown artist Butch Hodgkins.

Many other state officials, including 38th District State Representative Kelly Keisling, and local officials from Morgan County, and Historic Rugby, attended the ceremony.



Fentress County Courier

New Section of Hwy. 52 to By-Pass Rugby Officially Opened on Monday, December 2

DECEMBER 4, 2013


TDOT Commissioner John Schroer joined 12th District State Senator Ken Yager and 38th District State Representative Kelly Keisling along with other state and local officials from the area in Morgan County on Monday, December 2, 2013 to celebrate the completion of the State Route 52 Improvements project, which by-passes the historic village of Rugby.

The $14.8 million project has improved a 2.3 mile section from Brewstertown Road to just north of the Scott County line with an enhanced two lane roadway with 12-foot lanes and 12-foot shoulders, as well as new bridge crossings over White Oak Creek and Little Creek.

With preliminary engineering done in 2004, construction finally was funded as part of a federal stimulus program and began in early 2011 under contractor Charles Blalock & Sons of Sevierville.

The new section of road takes motorists from the Clear Fork River at the Morgan-Fentress County line to a short distance downhill from the Scott County line, and is designed to link to a planned section of Highway 52 toward Robbins.