Franklin to rename street in honor of late TN Supreme Court Justice Clark

Connie Clark

The city of Franklin is honoring late resident and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia “Connie” Clark with the honorary naming of 4th Avenue in her honor. Clark lived on 4th Avenue for many years of her life. She spent more than 40 years in Tennessee’s judicial system before her death last year at the age of 71 following a brief battle with cancer. Appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2005, Clark served as the court’s chief justice from 2010 until 2021. In 1989, she became the first woman trial judge to serve rural counties in Tennessee when she was appointed to the 21st Judicial District. A tenth-generation resident of Franklin, Clark served both in the legal profession and in the community sphere in Franklin. In total, Justice Clark served on more than 25 boards and worked with nearly 75 organizations, commissions, advisory groups, or task forces since beginning her legal career in 1979.