By REGGIE ROSS
The Chakchiuma Swamp Natural Area will soon be named after Lee Tartt, and an event set for next week to honor the late officer.
The event is set for May 18 at noon, according to Naturalist Robin Whitfield.
Whitfield said the lease with the City of Grenada is being finalized and the Swamp will be named the Lee Tartt Nature Preserve.
“The ceremony will take place near the sign at Chakchiuma Swamp on North Main Street,” Whitfield said. “The new logo and sign will be unveiled, and special guests will include the Tartt family and state officers who served with Lee at the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.”
Whitfield said the public is invited to attend.
Tartt was killed in a February 2016 standoff in Tishomingo County. His death caught national attention, and his funeral was viewed by thousands across the nation.
He was a 1990 graduate of Kirk Academy and started with the Grenada Police Department in 1994.
Tartt was the 2011 MBN Agent of the Year and also won the H. Lane Caldwell Award for Valor in 2012.
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