Mitchell County Commissioners have approved the naming of a portion of Hwy 261 to be Del McCoury Highway. The Department of Transportation will have to review and approve of it before it becomes official. The section to be renamed is from 652 Hwy 261 to 5695 Hwy 261. This is the road leading to Roan Mountain. Del McCoury is one of the most recognized bluegrass musicians in the nation and has deep roots in Mitchell County. A ceremony is planned for October pending DOT approval. The highway designation will not mean that anyone has to change their address.