The road that runs from U.S. Highway 183 North to the edge of the Brownwood airport will bear the names of two World War II veterans who went on to become Brownwood businessmen and civic leaders.
    Brownwood City Council members approved a resolution Tuesday for the memorial designation of the road as Blagg-Smith Boulevard, in honor of Joe Blagg, a navigator on B-17 bombers, and Brayton Smith, a pilot. Blagg died in 2001, and Smith died in 2004.
    Smith’s son, Jeff, and Blagg’s sons, Mike and Bill, were present as council members approved the resolution.
    Jeff Smith submitted the application for the naming of the road. “These two men served their country and Brownwood with honor and dignity,” Smith wrote in a letter with the application. “Because of their longtime service, I think it very fitting to name the road to the airport after these two fine men.”
    After World War II, Blagg served as president of the Jaycees, the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce, was named Brownwood Man of the Year and owned the Weakley-Watson hardware store.
    Smith served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the United Way, belonged to the Rotary Club and was named Brownwood Man of the Year twice. Smith also served as fund-raising chairman for the Brownwood hospital, served in the Rotary Club and on the Brownwood airport board and owned W.A. Bell Insurance and Brayton Smith Insurance Agency.
    In other business Tuesday, council members:
    • Gave final approval to close a portion of the right-of-way on East Depot between Carnegie and Hawkins.
    • Authorized Mayor Stephen Haynes’ signature on the annual certification of military equipment displayed at Camp Bowie Memorial Park.
    • Declared two out-of-service digester tank domes and miscellaneous scrap as surplus, and authorized the sale of the items to a local scrap yar.
    • Declared an unused breathing air compressor and air fill station at the Fire Department as surplus an authorized the donation of the property to the Early Fire Department.