By REGGIE ROSS
A five-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 51 will soon be marked to honor fallen officer Lee Tartt, according to action taken by the Mississippi Senate Wednesday afternoon.
Effective July 1 of this year, the portion of U.S. 51 will be called “Special Agent Lee Tartt Memorial Highway,” according to the Senate Bill Number 2458.
According to Sen. Lydia Chassaniol, whose District 14 covers that portion of Grenada County, she put the bill in place after the naming of the highway was requested by some Grenadians.
“I was asked, and that’s when I dropped the bill,”Chassaniol said. “I am honored to be able to recognize the life of Special Agent Lee Tartt through this legislation.”
The official name of the road will remain U.S. Highway 51.
Tartt was a Grenada native and agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. He was killed in a February 2016 standoff in Tishomingo County. Tartt’s death caught national attention, and his funeral was viewed by thousands across the nation.
According to the bill, the portion of highway in Grenada County beginning at the intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and Papermill Road and extending northerly to its intersection with Mississippi Highway 7, will be the designated area.
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