Sanderson and Young to host naming ceremonies Sept. 19

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Rep. Bill Sanderson, Dyer County Mayor Chris Young, Dyer County officials, and family and friends will dedicate one bridge and one section of state highway to two late residents of the Dyer County community.

At 10 a.m., the bridge on St. Rt. 103 between Great River Road and Miston at mile marker 4.16 will be dedicated to the late Cleo ‘Toby’ Lay, honoring his life and service to Dyer County. Cleo ‘Toby’ Lay, was a well-respected family man, important member of the Bogota community and a leading farmer in the area for many decades.

At 11 a.m., the portion of St. Rt. 221 [Hwy. 211] beginning from Dyersburg city limits and ending at the city limits of Newbern will be dedicated to the late Lt. James A. Gardner (Army), who served his country honorably during the Vietnam war and most notably received the Medal of Honor for acts of valor that led to his death on Feb. 7, 1966. The dedication will occur at the city limits of Newbern on St. Rt. 221.

Both dedications were legislatively sponsored by Sanderson and Sen. Ed Jackson during this past year’s legislative session and passed unanimously by both houses of the General Assembly. The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

For details of this event or other inquiries, please contact Rep Bill Sanderson by phone at 615-741-0718 or by email at

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