Photo from left to right: Hardeman County Mayor Jimmy Sain, Tennessee State Representative Johnny Shaw, Hicks and children Diane Redditt and James Hicks.  Photo by Ginger Tester.

Hicks Legacy Honored

Hardeman County honored a historical legacy created by a lifelong law enforcement official on July 2, as a stretch of highway was named the Sheriff Delphus Hicks, Jr. Highway.
The stretch of highway dedicated runs on Highway 18 from the Hickory Valley city limits south to the intersection of 18 and Highway 57 near Grand Junction.
Hicks, who served as sheriff for two terms adding up to 24 years, was the first African American Sheriff elected in the State of Tennessee. His terms spanned 1978-1994 and 2002-2010. His career in law enforcement began in Hardeman County in 1968, after serving in the United States Army from 1962-1967.
A corridor in the Hardeman County Criminal Justice Center was dedicated in his honor in 2014.