NEWPORT — The Jackson County Quorum Court voted unanimously Tuesday to name the overpass on Jackson Road 41 in honor of Sydney Sutherland, a county resident who was slain in August 2020.
Jeff Phillips, Jackson County judge, said citizens brought the idea to his attention and that he was honored to help get it done for them.
He said Sutherland’s mother, Maggie, and two of her brothers attended the quorum court meeting.
Phillips said Sydney Sutherland was well liked in the community.
“She helped so many people,” he said.
The resolution to name the overpass in Sutherland’s honor now goes to the Arkansas Highway Commission for its approval, Phillips said. He said the commission to meet around the first of May.
“We’ll wait for the commission’s approval and get the signs ready before we schedule a ceremony,” Phillips said.
Sutherland, a 24-year-old nurse from Tuckerman, was reported missing in August 2020, after she didn’t return home from jogging along a rural highway. Quake Lewellyn is being held without bond in the Randolph County Detention Center on charges of capital murder, kidnapping, rape and abuse of a corpse.
His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 6 at the Jackson County Courthouse, 200 Main St., Newport. The jury trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 28, the scheduling order states.