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Traffic Alert: Jack-knifed tractor trailer incident blocking the entrance to Love's Travel Stop and TVA Road between I-24 and US 41 and R.A. Griffith Hwy. in Jasper. (Photo credit: Amy Tallis)
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Linda K. HoltThat is the worst place at times. They should buy the rest of that land beside them for truck parking. Maybe that would free up some of the backup.

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Gail CaldwellDon't see how he managed that

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Whitney McCoyThey really should fix this intersection!

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Penny RogersI HATE this truck stop :(

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Kristin O'Brien BurnetteIs it causing backups on 24

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Daniel J. GraberThe truck stop sucks!

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Connie Murray HallOh no

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Lisa Rector.

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Gail CaldwellCheck this out Cody Molineaux lol

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MarionCountyMessenger.com shared MCHS Quarterback Club's event.

9th Annual Fishing Rodeo is coming up May 21st!
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9th Annual Fishing Rodeo

May 21, 2016, 5:00am

Marion County Park

Purchase a $10 Ticket, catch a fish and put your ticket into the drawing for 50+ prizes to be drawn at the end of the event. Tickets are avaialbe through the players, coaches and QB Club. For ticket i...

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MarionCountyMessenger.com shared UT TSU Extension Marion County's photo.

4-H Camp sign-up deadline is fast-approaching... Sign up today or contact our local UT TSU Extension Marion County office today for more information!
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The deadline to sign up for Junior 4-H Camp is approaching! If your child wants to attend come by the office to get forms so we can get them signed up! Deadline for forms and payment is May 13. Haven...

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State scraps TNReady testing...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee DOE announced Wednesday it is terminating its contract with TN Ready test provider due to several missed deadlines.

Tennessee's education commissioner announced this afternoon that schools no longer have to administer TNReady tests to students in grades 3-8 this school year because of delays distributing the paper version of the test.

"If districts have received materials for a complete grade or subject in grades 3-8 (i.e. fifth-grade math), they will have the option to administer that specific grade or subject level; however, the department will only be able to deliver limited student performance information for these particular grades and subjects. High school tests will be fully scored, and these results will be delivered later this fall," a statement from the state education department said.

The state moved back to paper tests this year after the platform for online testing crashed during its first day in February.
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Cassi HoodJasper Middle received and started tests.

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The Whitwell Volunteer Fire Dept. and Whitwell Police Dept. will be collecting food for the Marion County Food Bank at Save-a-Lot in Whitwell tomorrow from 8am - 12 Noon. Come by and meet some of your Whitwell fire fighters, let the kids check out the fire truck and donate to the food bank. Please share and get the word out! ... See MoreSee Less

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Cruise-In on Friday in Monteagle...

The SummerFest kickoff event will be held this Friday from 6-10 p.m. at exits 134 and 135 on I-24.

Cruise-In participants will be parked along College Street in front of Harton Park next to the historic Monteagle Sunday School Assembly. Parking for visitors will also be available.

"There will be local food vendors (or stop by one of our delicious downtown restaurants), a 50/50 raffle, hula hoop contests, bucket brigade and car show music fun for everyone. Bring your lawn chairs, bring the whole family," organizers said.

Monteagle Cruise-In's will be held the third Friday each month, April through September. Rain dates will be the fourth Friday.

For more information, call 931-691-1765 or go to: Monteagle Community News Facebook page, SummerFest Facebook page, Monteagle Mountain Facebook page, or www.townofmonteagle-tn.gov.

This Monteagle event is free to the public.
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Congratulations to four of our area schools (three in Marion County and one in Sequatchie County) who won donations from the Jasper Highlands fire truck naming contest!

Local schools submitted names for their three firetrucks...the votes have been counted and the winners are....

1st Place ($10,000) - Jasper Elementary School with "General Neyland"

2nd Place ($7,500) - Richard Hardy Memorial School with "Big Squirt"

3rd Place ($2,500) - Whitwell and (tie) Griffith Elementary School with "Ole' Smokey"

Jasper Elementary School will receive a $10,000 donation.
Richard Hardy Memorial School will receive a $7,500 donation.
Whitwell and Griffith Elementary Schools will both receive a $2,500 donation.
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Jasper Highlands development debuts three fire trucks...

Local high-end mountaintop development, Jasper Highlands, has now officially opened its own volunteer fire department, and debuted to the public three new trucks earlier this week at their headquarters in Kimball.

Last year it came to light that developers were unable to obtain fire protection from other agencies in the area, such as Foster Falls VFD or Kimball.

John "Thunder" Thornton, owner and developer of the Jasper Highlands and CEO of Thunder Enterprises, said at the occasion on Thursday that this marked the completion of an ultimate goal for the master-planned community, to have its own fire department.

Currently the Jasper Highlands volunteer fire department is hosting a naming competition for their three new trucks. Elementary school students from Marion, Grundy and Sequatchie counties are asked to submit fire truck name ideas at www.livejasper.com/vote.

And there's some pretty nice prizes available for the winners! The first-place winner gets $10,000 for his or her school. Second place will get $7,500 and third place will get $2,500.

They are taking name submissions, and the public will be asked to vote on the best three names starting Thursday, March 24. Voting will close at the end of the day on Tuesday, March 29.

Jasper Highlands will announce winners on March 30th. The winning schools will be invited to a picnic at Pat's Summit inside the development on Saturday, April 2nd, where the checks will be presented to the schools.
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Trevor ShattuckFire engine's are great... If you have trained, qualified operators. Hope everything is going well for the Highlands.

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Chop shop busted in Grundy County...

Grundy County Sheriff's deputies and state law enforcement officials spent yesterday afternoon recovering stolen vehicles and parts at a local 'chop shop' that was busted at a residence in Hubbard's Cove -- about 7 miles northwest of Altamont on Thursday.

Local deputies and U.S. Marshals arrived at the home early yesterday morning to serve an arrest warrant and confirm information they'd received on the illegal activity.

They charged 27-year-old Jonathan Creek in the investigation. Grundy County officials say they received tips on the location several weeks ago.
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Adam Jack Smith BakerNo there's just one listed

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Two confirmed cases of Rabies found in Tennessee pets...

The Tennessee Health Department is reminding pet owners to vaccinate their animals for rabies after two rabid dogs were recently confirmed in Middle Tennessee.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, one puppy died in Wilson County in February. A second dog was submitted for testing in February from DeKalb County. Both dogs had a strain of rabies found in skunks, meaning they were likely infected after being bitten by skunks.

Rabies is nearly always fatal, but illness can be prevented in humans by prompt vaccination before symptoms develop.

Vaccination of dogs and cats is required by Tennessee law, and many local health departments work with veterinarians to provide low-cost vaccination clinics. A list of local health departments in available at tn.gov/health/topic/localdepartments.
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Scammers preying on local SVEC customers...

The Sequachee Valley Electrical Cooperative wants to warn residents of scammers that are currently calling a homes and businesses in our area posing as a co-op employee and threatening to shut off service unless the consumer provides immediate payment. They may leave a message and ask for the member to call a toll-free number to make the payment.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

• SVEC will NOT call members and threaten immediate disconnection nor will they DEMAND payment over the phone.
• If a member chooses to pay on a bill, they must initiate the call to the Cooperative.

The SVEC asks that if you are called by someone claiming to be a SVEC representative and you have any doubt, please call your local office or 1-888-421-7832 any time for verification. Also please pass this along to others so more will know of this scam.
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