Stu­dent death leads to rail safety plans

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CAL­HOUN — “She was so sweet,” Char­lene Threats said of her daugh­ter Jazzmyne Ash­worth, who died in a June wreck in Cal­houn, Ten­nessee, when a train col­lided with the car she was the pas­sen­ger in.

“She did so much in the 17 years she had with me. She made sure I knew I was loved.”

Nearly six months after the death of the Sono­rav­ille High stu­dent, fam­ily mem­bers are still mourn­ing her. Yet, de­spite her griev­ing, Ash­worth’s mother has de­cided to try to make some­thing good of this tragic death, start­ing a non­profit in honor of her daugh­ter.

Ap­proach­ing Jan. 11, the date that would have been Ash­worth’s 18th birth­day, Threats is start­ing the Jazzmyne Ash­worth Project. Threats’ goal is to in­crease the lights, safety de­vices and warn­ing signs at rail­road in­ter­sec­tions.

“For Jazzmyne’s case, noth­ing was there. There was noth­ing at that site to alarm them that a train was ap­proach­ing,” Threats said. “The non­profit is to bring aware­ness to rail­road safety.”

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