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Marietta bridge renamed to honor late chief justice

Marietta’s Kennesaw Avenue bridge over the Loop now will be known as the Justice P. Harris Hines bridge.

Hines, 75, died Nov. 4 following a car accident, according to his Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home obituary.

The recently retired chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court resided on Kennesaw Avenue with his wife Helen and family for more than 40 years, according to the motion approved 7-0 Nov. 14 for the bridge renaming by the Marietta City Council.

This bridge was the one upon which Hines traveled frequently while serving at the Cobb County Courthouse as an attorney and a judge and participating in the ministries of his church, First Presbyterian Church of Marietta - also for more than 40 years.

That church was where his funeral was held Nov. 13 before an overflow crowd - also the day on which Gov. Nathan Deal had flags throughout the state lowered until sundown in honor of Hines.

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Hines was appointed to the State Court of Cobb County in 1974 by then-Gov. Jimmy Carter and to the Georgia Supreme Court in 1995 by the late Gov. Zell Miller, according to his obituary.

In August 2013, Hines became presiding justice of the Georgia Supreme Court and chief justice in January 2017, also according to his obituary.

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