City to rename portion of South Parkway East after Jarvis Greer
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Before Jarvis Greer retires as Action News 5 Sports Director after 43.5 years, the Memphis City Council gave him a big honor.
South Parkway East between South Willett and Kyle Street will soon be known as Jarvis R. Greer Street.
The council unanimously approved the resolution to make the street name change.
Jarvis grew up on South Parkway East between South Willet and Kyle Street, making this honorary name change mean so much more.
“I didn’t see it until it popped on the screen,” said Action News 5 Sports Director Jarvis Greer. “I had no idea. I never got into this business for the adulation or anything like that. It was fun for me to do this. I was just glad people enjoyed watching me have fun and telling the sports like anything else. To see that come up. It knocked me for a total loop and here my knees are shaking, I’m sweating and like I said, now I know where my ashes will be spread when I check out of this place.”
City Councilman Frank Colvett sponsored this resolution Tuesday.
“For 43 and a half years Jarvis has come into our home on television and told us the sports and growing up, that means Friday Night Football and we were waiting to see what Jarvis would have to say,” said City Councilman Frank Colvett.
Colvett says Jarvis has shown all of us what it means to be a true Memphian and we couldn’t agree more.
“Anyone can read a script,” Colvett said. “Anyone can turn around and just go, ‘hey this team beat that team.’ His color analysis was phenomenal. When you won, you felt amazing when you watched it. When you lost, well it was the truth.”
Colvett also says what we all already know is true: from the Grizzlies, the Tigers, or one of the countless high school mascots Jarvis’ knowledge and enthusiasm for Memphis sports is what makes him Memphis Made.
“It’s only appropriate the City of Memphis should recognize a great Memphian,” Colvett said.
Jarvis says he is a Memphian through and through.
“I always felt that Memphis is a part of me and now I’m definitely a part of Memphis,” Greer said. “I just want to say thank you to the City Council. Thank you to the City of Memphis has given me everything. This is my hometown, I’m born and raised here and everything I wanted to do was all about Memphis. I wanted to rep the M so I’m repping the M.”
After the city council meeting minutes are approved, the city’s engineering department will receive the report and begin making the street signs with subcontractors and an official date for the unveiling will be announced at a later date.
Once we find out the date for the official unveiling of Jarvis R. Greer Street, we’ll let you know.
Jarvis still has a few more weeks left at Action News 5 before he retires on Dec. 30.
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