Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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May 29, 2009

Eastbound rest area honored

May 27, 2009 — It’s a place where travelers can receive clean, comfortable rest – and that’s assured.

The eastbound Interstate 64 rest area in Carter County was officially named Monday the best-maintained facility across the commonwealth.

Being the sixth time for the honor, certificates were presented to employees of Walter A. Smith Enterprises, based in Lufkin, Texas, which provides janitorial services for eight Kentucky rest areas.

During the ceremony, Transportation Secretary Joe Prather spoke to the small crowd gathered in front of the rest area. “We do unannounced inspections of all rest areas across the state,” he said. “This one is the best maintained in the Bluegrass and has received 100-percent scores on each quarterly inspection.

“Your dedication to service is the reason our rest areas are among the cleanest in the nation. The employees at the Carter County eastbound rest area do an exemplary job every day to make sure the facility reflects well on our great commonwealth,” Prather continued.

Supervisor Tammy Blevins said holding the honor for six years is the result of the 22 employees working well together. “We strive to make this a pretty place to stop,” she said. “We work three shifts, seven days a week. We want to make sure this is a top-notch facility.”

Among the dignitaries to attend the ceremony was Rep. Robin Webb who said the employees at the rest area do much more than just keep a clean facility. “The work you do here is a legacy of perfection,” she commented. “It’s not only a safe, attractive place to stop, but you are responsible for helping to save lives on our Kentucky highways.”

The award is presented annually by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, which oversees operations at rest areas along the 27,000 miles across the state.

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