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Highway dedicated to boy who pledged to put others first

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A Murfreesboro boy, who dedicated his life to others at a young age, will forever be remembered in a place he loved most.

Part of Highway 231 in Murfreesboro was dedicated to Chase Donnell on Wednesday.

Chase passed away from cancer at the age of 10 in 2008, and his last request was to update his school's gym at Walter Hill Elementary.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation made it happen, but Chase never got a chance to see the finished product.

But Wednesday, hundreds of students who will never meet Chase, learned about the little boy with the big heart whose legacy is now engraved in the community.

"He has become a legend. His legacy is, the way I see it, 'put others first,' and we hope that's what is passed on," said his father, Clint Donnell.

Since 2008, Walter Hill Elementary has been giving out a special reward each year bearing Chase Donnell's name to a student who puts someone else first.

State and local lawmakers made the Chase Donnell Memorial Highway happen, and the dedication ceremony happened to fall on Chase's 16th birthday.

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