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The Rutherford County Commission honored public employees in the health and fire departments during its meeting Thursday.

County Mayor Bill Ketron announced the death of Rutherford County Health Director Dana Garrett Montgomery, and he read a statement the county had issued earlier in the evening. Garrett’s supervisor will be visiting the county twice a week to help out.

The commission had planned to issue a resolution of recognition to the assistant health department director, LaShan Dixon, who has worked there for 12 years.

The recognition is for Dixon’s “many achievements and her dedicated service to the citizens of Rutherford County.” Her achievements are: August 2020, Middle Tennessee State University’s Young Alumni Achievement Award; Tennessee Public Health Association’s Tennessee Public Health Worker of the Year in September 2020; and the Rutherford ATHENA 2020 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.

Dixon thanked the commission and said she wanted to dedicate her recognition to “the woman who has instilled in me these values of professionalism, values of giving and values of hope: Dana Garrett.”

Dixon said, “It has been a rough 24 hours for our staff at Rutherford County Health Department.”

Also, a medal of honor was presented to Rutherford County Fire & Rescue firefighters who were involved in a multi-agency rescue of two men who were trapped by flash flooding in Snell Shell Cave in September. They are: Andy Haston; Jason Reynolds (no relation to Murfreesboro Post reporter); Brad Matthews; Matt Henry; Jerrod Clanton; Matthew Stevens; Lora Stover; Trent Chavez Matzel; and Noah Ayers.

In other business, the commission agreed to enter into a contract with the City of Murfreesboro regarding maintenance of Shores Road around the Westlawn development near Interstate 840 and Veterans Parkway.

The city has annexed Westlawn and the adjoining right of way, commission documents say.

Portions of Shores Road will be realigned, and a signal will be installed.

The contract calls for the city to maintain the section inside the city limits, including a portion that will eventually end in a cul-de-sac, resulting in no access to Veterans Parkway, commission documents say. A portion of road will be renamed as well.

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