MDOT dedicates part of Hwy 15 to Morris Brown

The Mississippi Department of Transportation hosted a ceremony, designating a section of U.S. Highway 15 in Jones County as “Morris ‘Coach’ Brown Memorial Highway”.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation hosted a ceremony, designating a section of U.S. Highway 15 in Jones County as “Morris ‘Coach’ Brown Memorial Highway”.

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation hosted a ceremony, designating a section of U.S. Highway 15 in Jones County as "Morris 'Coach' Brown Memorial Highway." The highway dedication ceremony was held on Thursday at the Shady Grove Lunch Room in Laurel.

The 2015 Session of the Mississippi Legislature designated the section of highway beginning at the city limits in Laurel, extending north to the intersection with Trace Road.

Morris "Coach" Brown attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he played football and was later inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Brown coached all sports at Shady Grove High School for several years and later focused on football. Brown coached football for a total of 14 years with an outstanding win-loss record.

After school consolidation, Brown was named the mascot and was the first football coach and athletic director at West Jones High School for four years. Brown served as School Bus Transportation director for several years and served one term as Jones County Supervisor before retiring. Brown served on the South Central Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees for 19 years before passing away in April 2009.

MDOT will erect and maintain appropriate signs on this designated segment of highway in memory of Coach Brown.