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In the past year, we have had several people contact us regarding golf carts being used on public roads, and we did a little research... Here's what we've learned:

1) Golf carts (unmodified) are NOT street legal in Tennessee. They are designed for use on a golf course or for sporting/recreational use -- not a means of regular transportation, therefore cannot be titled/registered in the same manner as a car or other street legal vehicle so they are not "street legal" as a result.

2) If a person cares to go through the process, they can legally modify a "golf cart" to street legal status, thus deeming it a Low-Speed Vehicle.

3) These modified vehicles -- known as low-speed or medium-speed vehicles can and must be registered and titled for street use. They can also be bought and sold as a low-speed or medium-speed vehicle; this would result in a title and bill of sale being presented just as you would when you purchase a regular vehicle or a motorcycle.

4) Owners and operators of low speed vehicles, including modified golf carts, are subject to the requirements outlined in Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-8-191 regarding the proper operation of these vehicles on Tennessee’s roads and must have a Class D driver license in their possession when operating the vehicle.

Simply put, a low-speed vehicle is defined as a vehicle with 4 wheels that has a capacity to run between 20 and 25 MPH. An example would be an electric vehicle you can drive around in your neighborhood. The vehicle is allowed to be driven only on roads with a maximum speed limit of 35 MPH or less.

The standard contained in 49 CFR 571.500 (Code of Federal Regulations) requires low speed vehicles to have basic safety equipment, including head lamps, stop lamps, front and rear turn signal lamps, tail lamps, reflectors (one red on each side near the rear, and one red on the back), parking brake, one exterior mirror mounted on the driver’s side of the vehicle and one additional mirror on the passenger side or an interior mirror, a windshield meeting the standards outlined in 49 CFR 571.205, seat belts (type 1 or 2) located at each designated seating position, and a vehicle identification number (VIN) that conforms to provisions outlined in 49 CFR 565.

The purpose of this standard is to ensure that low speed vehicles operated on the public streets, roads, and highways are equipped with the minimum motor vehicle equipment appropriate for motor vehicle safety.
Low-speed vehicles must be titled and registered in Tennessee. You'll need to visit your local TN Department of Revenue office and submit:

* A completed Low-Speed Vehicle Affidavit (Form RV-F1314301).
* The manufacturer's statement of origin and invoice (for new vehicles).
* A certificate of title (for used vehicles).
* Must be properly signed over to you.
* A completed Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form RV-F1317001) for used vehicles.
* Proof of your identification.
* Proof of your TN residency.
* Payment for the applicable fee. May vary depending on your county.

(Reference: www.dmv.org/tn-tennessee/other-types-of-vehicles.php#Low-Speed-Vehicles-in-Tennessee)

While the DMV site clearly states that golf carts do not qualify; this means golf carts in their stock form. Modified forms can be registered and considered street legal as a result.

You can also read more here: www.tn.gov/assets/entities/revenue/attachments/08-20.pdf

It's very likely that not all of the "golf carts" we see on the roads in our local communities in Marion County are modified, much less registered. We spoke to several local law enforcement agencies who all agreed they do enforce these rules when necessary, however they often go unseen by those on patrol.

In a document from the State Department of Revenue dated September 2008, it mentions that in the interest of safety local county government entities or the Tennessee Department of Transportation may prohibit the operation of low speed vehicles on any road in its jurisdiction.

At this time no ban exists in Marion County.

One concern all law enforcement officials share is the safety of children who might be using these motorized vehicles. Those without a class D driver's license are prohibited from driving on roadways and they say parents should discourage this for the safety of their children.

What are your thoughts? Should low-speed vehicles be legal on Tennessee (and local) streets? Should this be enforced stronger? Share your opinions in the comments below!
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Nichole Autryi fail to see how this is important when at least half of the students at JES are not in a booster seat or seat belt at all during evening dismissals... there are much more important things to be concerned with

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Meg StephensMy golf cart has SEAT BELTS, head lights, tail lights, break lights & I keep to side streets. I do however take it to the MCHS home games. We're very careful & stay OUT of folks way..... as for my vehicle if kids are NOT buckled my vehicle does NOT move no matter how much the school personal yells at me to move. NO BUCKLE NO MOVE! Same with my golf cart... If my Headhunter cart is any disruption to someone please let me know. It was made as a boost for our boys! GO WARRIORS!

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Dale DempseyBut, since they are not street legal, does not mean they cant be driven on the city streets. For example, Bikes fail to meet the definition of street legal and they can be driven on city streets.

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Will ReedI have a medium speed vehicle registered here. It hasn't endangered my safety or anyone else's and I've never had a problem with local law enforcement. I see no issue with the current enforcement strategy. Buckle up, drive defensively and operate it on roads where legal.

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CHILD/PARENT TECHNOLOGY SAFETY TIP: Parents be aware of this app for smartphones!!! Thanks to Blount Co. DA Pamela Casey for sharing this info!
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Does your child have this app-- Calculator%? You need to know what this app really is for--- and it isn't for adding numbers! Check out this new video (less than 2 minutes)!

The Marion County Board of Education is looking for part-time and full-time bus drivers and contract drivers for the current school year.

Mack Reeves, Director of Transportation for Marion County Schools, says that a shortage of drivers has recently affected several bus routes in the county and has been the cause of recent schedule and route modifications, including one bus (Bus 21) to not run at all.

If you have a CDL with the "S" endorsement -- or if your're willing to obtain a CDL and endorsement for driving a school bus in Tennessee -- contact Mack Reeves, Director of Transportation for the Marion County Board of Education for more information at (423)942-0945, Extension 110.

Qualified candidates must have or be willing to obtain a CDL with "S" endorsement. Applicants are subject to a background check and drug test. Marion County Board of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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The Ketner's Mill Fair is coming up soon... Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th at the Ketner's Mill site along the beautiful Sequatchie River in Whitwell, TN. Mark your calendars for that weekend now for great arts and crafts, food, and the beautiful fall colors always popular at Ketner's Mill each year! For more info, keep an eye on the Ketner's Mill page on Facebook...
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UPDATE: Power was restored to those affected around 1:30am CDT on Tuesday morning, 9/1/15. Thanks to our dedicated lineman and workers at SVEC for all that they do to keep the power going in our county!

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The Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative currently is reporting about 560 customers in Marion County are without power early this morning. Those affected are mainly in the Jasper area... Crews are now working to restore power to those affected. No cause is known at this time.
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MarionCountyMessenger.comPower was restored to most areas affect around 1:30am CDT.

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Vicki Bailey WellsThanks, Tammy! Yes, power came back on shortly.

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Tammy Long SkeltonVicki Bailey Wells, I just saw this & remembered your post from earlier. Hopefully, your power has been restored.

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Shannon Rana MorrisBack on in Colville avenue.

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Eli PixelDad RogersI went outside and saw a transformer blow up near the middle school.

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Arianne TorgersonThe transformer outside my bedroom window blew

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The Grundy County Sheriff's Office has arrested and charged four people with aggravated burglary in a recent residential break-in in Grundy County. Over $10,000 worth of items were taken including personal and irreplaceable documents. Charged are Josh Guyear, Jacob Guyear, Megan Hughes and T.J. Privette.

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The TWRA Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team has developed a web-based interactive mapping system that includes all huntable public lands in the state, along with the safety zones. You can also download the maps and, if your GPS settings are turned on, you can pinpoint your location within the WMA on your mobile device.

www.tn.gov/t…/topic/wildlife-management-area-wma-maps

This is the first step for the public hunting lands mapping system, with more layers being added including parking areas, trails, fields, campgrounds and more.

Public fishing and boating access points have been added to the new GIS mapping system! See more here: tn.gov/twra/topic/gis-boating-fishing-access
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RIchard Hardy Memorial School will be closing at 10:30am CDT on Monday out of respect for board member Mark Garner and to let those who want to attend the funeral go. ... See MoreSee Less

MarionCountyMessenger.com shared WRCB Channel 3 Eyewitness News's photo.

UPDATE: The visitation and funeral service on Monday August 31 has been moved to a location with a larger capacity, to accommodate more people.

It will be held at Trenton Ministry Center, on Georgia Avenue, just off Highway 11 (behind the Gross Shopping Center and the Bank of Dade).

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the funeral service will begin at 1:00 (all times are Eastern). Burial will be at Hooker Cemetery, with full law enforcement honors.

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Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Deputy Mark Garner. Visitation will be at Ryan Funeral Home in Trenton on Sunday from 1-8 p.m., and Monday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:00 in the funeral home chapel. (All times Eastern)

According to friends, Garner died at home this morning of a heart attack, as he was preparing to go to work. During his law enforcement career, he worked for the South Pittsburg Police, Hamilton, Walker, Marion and Dade County Sheriff's Departments. He was a longtime school board member for the Richard Hardy Memorial School district and former D.A.R.E. officer for Marion County schools.
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Funeral arrangements have been announced for Mark Garner, longtime local law enforcement officer. He died Friday morning at the age of 53, as he was getting ready to report for work in Dade County. ...

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Erica Nicole MeeksI don't remember him we did d.a.r.e 2 times. So I can't remember who they was. So sad prayers with the family.

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Phil Pam EasterlyR.I.P. Mark Garner Prayers for family!!!

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Tasha ChurchYes I remember him! Prayers for his family he was a very sweet man!

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Laci MeeksI remember him well. I pray the Lord will comfort his family at this time.

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Brittany Travis BarrettHe was such a great man. Prayers for his family during this difficult time.

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Jackie GreenWill be praying for his familys loss. He was def one of the best!

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Debbie Hicks ArringtonSorry for the family. Sorry for all the depts. He worked at. Sorry for the friends loss.sorry great guy!!!!!!!

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Football Finals for Friday Night Football!

Baylor 48 AT Red Bank 7 FINAL
Bledsoe Co. 21 AT South Pittsburg 28 FINAL
Boyd-Buchanan 49 AT King’s Academy 26 FINAL
Bradley Central 34 AT McMinn Co. 14 FINAL
Central 6 AT Soddy-Daisy 42 FINAL
Lookout Valley 0 AT CCS 50 FINAL
Cleveland 18 AT East Hamilton 15 FINAL
Copper Basin 13 AT Hayesville (NC) 41 FINAL
Grace 21 AT Eszell-Harding 41 FINAL
Marion Co. 41 AT Grundy Co. 6 FINAL
Walker Valley 42 AT Hixson 32 FINAL
David Crockett 49 AT Howard 0 FINAL
McCallie 42 AT Blackman 44 FINAL
Rhea Co. 62 AT McMinn Central 13 FINAL
Oneida 13 AT Meigs Co. 7 FINAL
Notre Dame 21 AT Tyner 27 FINAL
Ooltewah 46 AT Signal Mtn. 3 FINAL
Polk Co. 7 AT Sequoyah 42 FINAL
Sale Creek 52 AT Concord Christian 13 FINAL
Whitwell 14 AT Sequatchie Co. 42 FINAL

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Jennifer Andrews BarnettThey're gonna have to call it at halftime.

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