Section of I-440 honors slain Tennessee corrections official

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A section of Interstate 440 has been dedicated in the memory of a slain Tennessee corrections official.

A car parade and dedication were held Sunday for the Debra K. Johnson Memorial Parkway in Nashville.

Johnson was a Tennessee Department of Correction administrator whose body was found in her home on the grounds of a state prison in Henning in August 2019.

Johnson had been a state employee for 38 years and oversaw wardens at several area prisons.

Debra Johnson sign
(Courtesy: Tennessee Department of Correction)

Inmate Curtis Ray Watson was charged with killing Johnson before escaping prison on a tractor. His trial, originally set for last October, has been rescheduled for next September.

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