GLADEWATER — State Senator Kevin Eltife announced he will introduce a bill to honor a Gladewater veteran by renaming a 12-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 80 in honor of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Travis E. Watkins, who was recognized posthumously for his bravery during the Korean War. According to KETK, Eltife, R-Tyler, said he will sponsor a bill to rename U. S. 80 from U.S. Highway 271 to the Big Sandy city limits “Travis E. Watkins Memorial Highway.” Cheryl Vanek, Eltife’s chief of staff, said the bill was not ready to be pre-filed Monday on the first day legislators could pre-file bills, but should be ready to file by January when the 83rd Legislative Session begins. Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, announced in a Twitter feed Monday afternoon that he had pre-filed a companion bill in the Texas House of Representatives.
Local Legislators Filed Bill to Honor Gladewater Veteran