By Kayla Carter
It has been four years since Johnson County lost Army Spc. Frederick Greene.
Now, with the naming of Mountain City’s most prominent bridge in honor of Greene, Johnson County residents and visitors have a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice he made.
The bridge stretches across Goose Creek along State Highway 67 in Johnson County and serves as a main corridor to where the soldier called home.
Greene’s mother Karen Nourse spoke on behalf of the family during the ceremony and thanked the large crowd for coming out to honor her son Fred on Friday.
“I want to thank everyone involved in making this happen,” Nourse said. “Our son Spc. Fred Greene was a loved member of this community. His heart was always here. This was home. It’s very fitting that his name be a lasting part of this community.”
In November 2009, Spc. Greene was preparing at Fort Hood, Texas, for his first deployment when shots rang out on the base.
While Fred Greene’s grandmother Betty Lou Greene was apprehensive about her grandson even joining the military and going overseas, it shocked her to hear that it was a fellow soldier who took her grandson’s life that day.
It was believed through testimony during shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s trial that Fred Greene was shot while charging at him in an attempt to stop the rampage and save others’ lives.
Hasan took a total of 13 lives that day and was convicted and sentenced to death in August this year.