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What are nominations for Mills River greenway name?

MILLS RIVER — Fertile Crescent, Forge Mountain, Mills & Hills, Pisgah Path and a Cherokee word for “hello all” are among 74 submissions to name a greenway along N.C. 280 from N.C. 191 at the Triangle Stop to the French Broad River.
Some people want to name the path to honor Tommy Bryson, a beloved native who was murdered in July 2017, or Howard B. “Doc” Norton, a longtime physician in Mills River who died on July 22. Others were straightforward: Mills River Run, the Mills River Walking Path.
The submissions came after the town invited residents to suggest a name for the greenway. The French Broad River MPO last month announced that the NCDOT had approved a grant for the design of the Mills River greenway, the only bike and pedestrian project in Henderson County to win one.
“We got some decent ones to sort through,” Town Manager Jeff Wells said. “The idea is to make a summary I guess you could say and initiate a discussion. We thought it was about time it had a name. We've been calling it the 280 multi-use path for a while.” The council may choose one it likes or decide to seek more nominations, he said.