A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the removal of Brown’s Mill Dam in the Rutherford County community of Lascassas was held on Thursday, Nov. 13 at noon. The removal of Brown’s Mill Dam will improve aquatic habitat and make the East Fork of the Stone’s River safer for paddling. The Stones River at Brown’s Mill will be a more natural river following removal of the dam. It will be a free-flowing system that will allow water and aquatic life to move upstream and downstream where, historically, fish and mussels were trapped. This is very important to fish species that need to migrate to spawn and to mussels that require particular species of fish hosts to reproduce. The removal project was funded by the Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency State Wildlife Grants.