Sign honors J.B. Marcum 

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The late Constable J.B. Marcum will be honored with a sign on the highway in Berea. 

A sign honoring the late Constable John Bryant "J.B." Marcum has been installed in Madison County along Kentucky Route 956 in Berea.

This comes as a result of the Kentucky General Assembly to designate part of the route in the county as the "Constable J.B. Marcum Memorial Highway." The portion of the roadway is from the intersection with Interstate 75 to the intersection with United States Route 25.

According to a press release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), Marcum worked for the Madison County Board of Education for 22 years, primarily at Madison Southern High School and Foley Middle School.

He also served the citizens of Berea, and Madison County, for 42 years as the District 1 Constable, making him the longest-serving elected public official in the commonwealth.

"He was a Kentucky Colonel, and a member of the Kentucky Constable's Association. Mr. Marcum dedicated a large portion of his life to serving the citizens of Madison County as an honorable, selfless, and caring individual," the release reads.

According to Natasha Lacy, public information officer with KYTC, the request was submitted by State Senator Jared Carpenter, of Madison County.

In an interview with The Register, Senator Carpenter said he submitted the request to honor Marcum.

"J.B. has been a staple in our community since I was a little kid," he said. "He worked for and with my family. He was a close and personal friend of my family my entire life and we know his dedication to this community.

The senator said he attended Madison Southern when Marcum was working there, and he had a close relationship with Marcum's kids, who reached out to Carpenter about doing something to honor him.

The process to get the sign took several months according to Carpenter, but he got it through during last year's session.

"This is just another way to honor a public servant who was a first responder who helped provide the community with safety," Carpenter said. "He was personable and wanted to provide services to people to make decisions that would help with the rest of their life. He was one of those officers that was appreciated and respected, and we thought it fitting to honor him in this way.

Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle grew up and worked closely with the late constable calling him a "great person and good family man dedicated and loyal to the position he held as constable for many years."

"This is a testimony to him to be able to have a road named after him, and being able to be elected into the office for as many years that he had," Coyle said. "It shows the appreciation of the people he supported throughout the years. I have known him and worked around him all those years with KSP and the sheriff's office and he was just a great human being who has been good for the community and just a great person. I really miss him everyday."

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