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Marion County head coach resigns to take McCallie position...

Rumors have been circulating for several weeks, and those rumors were finally confirmed this week as Marion County High School head football coach and athletic director Ricky Ross has resigned his position with MCHS to become McCallie School's new defensive coordinator.

In his tenure at the school, Ross helped Marion reach the Class 2A state championship game as runners-up in his two years in the head coach position at the school -- 2014 and 2015.

In an interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Ross made the statement, "this was just the best situation, long term, for my family."

"I love the kids I coach, and everybody knows that Marion County is going to have a great team next year. I think they have a chance to win it all next year, but I can't live in that moment, and that makes it tough.

"Looking at those young men you love and who've done what I asked them to do, and telling them about this, that's as hard a day as I've had in my professional career. It doesn't mean I don't love them but everybody has to do what's best for their family. (McCallie) has been a really good offensive team and they've had some good parts, so I'd like to hope that we can make their defense better and add to the whole there." Ross said.

Ross, 42, was also very successful at Calhoun, Georgia where the team there won eight straight region titles while he was on the defensive staff. The team also reached Georgia's Class AA state championship game in all five years he was the defensive coordinator, winning the title in 2011.

Ross played linebacker at Cumberland University and spent his entire coaching career in Georgia before making the move to Marion County to begin the 2014 season.

Marion will now look to replace Ross. He's the fourth coach since 1996 to stay just two years with the longtime program. His replacement will be the 10th head coach for the school in the past 20 years.
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Donna McfallsWhat is about Marion County and coaches

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Jonathan ByramThanks Coach Ross for your time

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Jimbo ShadrickBest to you Rick. If there's anything we can do for you we're always here for you at Automotive Unlimited

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Clarissa SwaffordGood luck.. You are a great coach and the boys did great.. Thanks for your service at MCHS.. You made me love high school football again I watched the games on tv.

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Pam HigdonMakes you wonder what Marion County is NOT doing to keep a winning coach.

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Eric O'KaneCoach Ross was a Blessing for THIS TOWN And also my FAMILY Thank you Ricky L4L

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Missing Grundy man sought after disappearing in Marion County...

Authorities in Marion County are seeking the public's help in finding a Grundy County man who went missing in a remote, wooded area near the Marion-Grundy county line on December 13th last year.

Benjamin Joel Eleazer is described as a 29 year old, 6-foot-tall white man with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was reported missing from Grundy County and was last seen by hunters in the Highway 150 area of Marion County south of Tracy City, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The man's black 2000 Mitsubishi four-door sedan was found near the area where he was last seen, officials said.

Anyone with any information on Eleazer's whereabouts is asked to contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 423-942-2525.
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Arrest made in connection to Marion County man killed in Soddy Daisy...

Soddy Daisy Police have made an arrest in the brutal death of a former Marion County man who was found dead in a cemetery.

Police arrested Chad Edward Massengale, 30, on Sunday. He's been charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault. They have also charged Roy Henderson and Dekota Burchard with criminal homicide and aggravated assault. Both were already in jail on other charges.

Lt. Jeff Gann with the Soddy Daisy Police Department says more information about Massengale's arrest and the charges he is facing will be released later today.

Stay with us for more on this developing story.
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Gayle McBryar CleghornClosure for the family. Sad situation.

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Lisa Rector SwiftMay the brothers make good roommates.

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Patsy BurrowI'm glad they are cought let's keep them in prison where they belong. I hope all three of you rot in hell.

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Police say that two Tennessee teenagers may have died after drinking a mixture of racing fuel and Mountain Dew, known as “Dew Shine” (not to be confused with an actual drink marketed under that name by PepsiCo)...
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Police say that two Tennessee teenagers may have died after drinking a mixture of racing fuel and Mountain Dew, known as “Dew Shine.” Read more at www.wrcbtv.com/story/31060286/investigati...

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MarionCountyMessenger.com shared South Pittsburg Rotary Club's event.

The South Pittsburg Rotaty Club's annual Boston Butt Sale is coming up February 5th and 6th... Money from this sale benefits projects the club takes on in our communities including building a handicap accessible fishing pier at Kimball Park, continued support of St. Luke's Clinic, the Community Kitchen, and much more. These butts are seasoned with the Club's own special rub and then slow-smoked over hickory and will be ready just in time for the "Big Game" weekend! Pickup appointments are available for Friday 2/5 and Saturday 2/6 at Moss Motors... Contact any South Pittsburg Rotary Club member to reserve yours! We've attached the form with contact info in the comments section of our post share! Support your local community and support your local Rotarians!
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Annual Boston Butt Sale - South Pittsburg Rotary Club, Super Bowl Weekend Boston Butt Sale

February 6, 2016, 9:00am

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Are you looking for the perfect meal for your Super Bowl Party? Then, look no further. The annual Boston Butt Sale, sponsored by South Pittsburg Rotary Club is again underway. South Pittsburg Rot...

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Recall of Dole packaged salads distributed in TN and GA...
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Recalled Dole packaged salads distributed in TN, GA Read more at: www.wrcbtv.com/story/31042504/recalled-dole-packaged-salads-distributed-in-tn-ga

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Preliminary autopsy shows Noah Chamberlin died of hypothermia, no signs of foul play...

The preliminary autopsy results for Noah Chamberlin were released Monday, according to WREG in Memphis.

According to the information released by the district attorney handling the case, Noah died of hypothermia and no signs of foul play were found. The full autopsy results will take eight to 16 weeks, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The district attorney also addressed comments circulating on social media about the case. He said there were claims made that said Chester County Sheriff Blair Weaver was close friends with the Chamberlin family, but he said that is not true.

In addition to those claims, a petition circulating on social media is calling for the disappearance and death to be investigated by “someone other than the Chester County Sheriff’s Department.”

The TBI, FBI, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, and Chester County officials were involved in the investigation from the beginning. Edwin Grant, a consultant with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, was also on the scene and said it was one of the best and most organized ground searches he had been involved in, WREG reported.

Noah’s funeral will be held Wednesday.

(Information from WREG-TV: bit.ly/1K7yISB)
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Tennessee reports no deadly winter weather-related car crashes since snow started on Friday...
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Since the snow started falling Friday morning, there were no weather-related car crash fatalities in Tennessee. Read more: www.wrcbtv.com/story/31052550/no-weather-related-traffic-deaths-repor...

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Well, the totals are finally in! Here's the snowfall totals from around the area from the National Weather Service office in Morristown, TN. As predicted, we saw anywhere from a bit less than an inch to about 2" here in Marion County. Higher amounts, of course, were present on the area mountains. ... See MoreSee Less

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Erlanger Opens UT Erlanger Primary Care In Marion County...

Erlanger Health System announced that the private medical practice of Dr. Charles “Rusty” Adcock in South Pittsburgh, “The Clinic,” began serving the health care needs of Marion County residents as UT Erlanger Primary Care Marion County. The clinic opened Monday.

Dr. Adcock, along with Dr. Martha Ziegler and Dr. Cari Beth Page, will continue to accept and treat patients at 520 East 12th Street in South Pittsburg, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number for the practice, 423 837-7144, will also remain the same.

“We are delighted Dr. Adcock’s South Pittsburg practice has joined our growing network of Erlanger physicians,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, Erlanger Health System president and CEO.

Dr. Adcock has practiced family medicine in South Pittsburg since 1980. He earned his medical degree from the UT College of Medicine (UTCOM) in Memphis and completed his residency program at UTCOM Chattanooga, based at Erlanger.

Dr. Martha Ziegler joined The Clinic in 2006 after completing a family medicine residency at the UTCOM Chattanooga, based at Erlanger. She received a medical degree from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.

Dr. Cari Beth Page also completed a family medicine residency at UTCOM Chattanooga, based at Erlanger. She has more than 11 years of experience in clinical practice as a family medicine physician and as a provider of hospice care services and community health education.

To make an appointment with any of the physicians at UT Erlanger Primary Care Marion County, call 423 837-7144.

(Information from Chattanoogan.com; bit.ly/1REmgvW)
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Diane Clemons McCallieThis confuses me :/

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Melissa MillerBrandon Adcock please save ur BFF from long ago a job i could tranfer i think.

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Marlene MartinI was under the impression Dr. Adcock was going to retire? And will the "Clinic" still be closed for lunch, will they continue prior practices, closing early on Friday, and not answering calls on Friday?

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UPDATE: I-24 eastbound is back open in Marion County after a tractor trailer crash at mile marker 139....

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Overturned tractor trailer shuts down I-24 in Marion County

Interstate 24 eastbound is shut down in Marion County after a tractor trailer overturned.

It happened around 8:21am CST at mile marker 139.

Authorities closed all eastbound lanes to clean up the mess. The Tennessee Department of Transportation estimates the road may not completely reopen until 2 pm CST. Westbound traffic lanes are open.

There's no word on injuries. We'll have the latest for you when it's available.

(Information from WRCB-TV: bit.ly/1nDvoV8)
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State of Tennessee Government Offices closing early tomorrow due to inclement weather...

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and other state officials have decided to close Government Offices across the state tomorrow in light of the impending weather situation.

Offices in West Tennessee will be closed tomorrow all day. Offices in our immediate area (Marion, Grundy, Sequtchie, Hamilton, etc.) will close at 12:00 Noon CST / 1:00PM EST.

If you have an appointment or business to do at a state government office tomorrow; we highly suggest contacting them first to see what procedures they are following and/or to reschedule appointments.

Here's the link to the official statement:
www.tn.gov/main/article/information-regarding-state-office-closures-friday-january-22
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Local community bank changes name; stays committed to community banking...

The old saying really is true... The more things change, the more they actually stay the same. That's true at least for one local bank in the Marion County area. You've known that bank for many years now as Citizen's State Bank or simply "CSB", but in a recent decision to better market the bank and separate it from so many others with similar names, they've decided to now operate under the name Tower Community Bank to better serve our community and stand out from the rest.

Tower Community Bank, founded as Citizen's State Bank in the 1970s in the Sequatchie Valley, opened at a time when out-of-town bank ownership was just becoming common in our area and founders and organizers felt that the valley needed a bank completely dependent on the economic health of our valley.

Since that time many banks have come and gone and even more have changed names due to ownership changes over that period of time. Management at Tower say the only change here is the name and they're still committed to being one the only locally owned and managed community banks in our valley.

Bank management want to assure their customers that you can expect the same great customer service, the same people you've come to know, and the only change is the name. They're still dedicated to our community and proud to be an integral part of the Sequatchie Valley's economic growth.

So, don't be too surprised when you seen the new "Tower Community Bank" signs up at your local branch or at the ATM at Dixie-Lee Junction in Kimball...it's a new name for the new year, but the same committed service you've come to know!

Tower Community Bank has strong community involvement in Marion County with local schools as sponsors and supporters and through their H.O.P.E. and Education Excellence Fund. They also have partnered with local schools with their new Financial Literacy Program which helps to train young people to responsibly manage their financial futures. The bank has also been a major sponsor of the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg for many years, among many other community events.

Tower Community Bank has branch locations in Jasper, Whitwell, South Pittsburg, Monteagle, Dunlap, and Coalmont with locations at each bank branch as well as the Kimball ATM next to Krystal restaurant and an ATM on University Avenue in Sewanee, TN and an affiliate bank, Lynchburg Bank, in Lynchburg, TN.
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Sequatchie County opens emergency shelter in wake of winter weather...

Emergency officials in Sequatchie County have opened an emergency shelter in Dunlap for anyone in need. Icy conditions in the area led to several wrecks there on Wednesday morning, leaving many people stranded.

EMA Director, Wilfred Smith, said that at this time all of the mountain roads are basically closed at this time. Officials say they are told it's going to get worse there before the roads improve.

Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock said they have a number of accidents on the mountainous roads, some they haven't even been able to reach yet because there are so many.

Highway 111 was shut down for several hours leaving drivers stranded at the bottom of Cagle Mountain and at the top where a salt truck reportedly flipped over. Reports also include several jack-knifed tractor-trailers, single vehicle crashes, and multiple car pile-ups.

Sheriff Hitchcock advises motorists to stay off the roads and stay at home, if possible, and give officials time to clear the roads.

The rescue squad in Sequatchie County said the shelter will remain open as long as there is a need. If you need food, water, or a place to sleep tonight; you can go to the shelter at the Rescue Squad located off Rankin Avenue in Dunlap.

The sheriff and TDOT reports Highway 111 has re-opened as of this afternoon to just one lane north and southbound going through the county. TDOT officials said the roads were treated with brine on Tuesday. There's no word on how many accidents actually happened, however dispatchers say it's too many to count at this time.

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State audit finds local county employee profited on taxpayer time…

An annual audit by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has uncovered details on a deputy clerk in the Circuit and General Sessions Court Clerk office in Marion County was being paid by private businesses while working on government time.

According to an article by the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Wednesday, auditors found that a deputy clerk (who is not named in the news release) was personally paid by five different companies to run background checks.

Auditors found the worker performed some of this work during business hours totaling at least $36,617 over a five year period. A similar issue was also noted in Bledsoe County’s fiscal year 2015 audit, and both have been reviewed with the district attorney general, according to officials.

The audit in Marion County identified a total of 10 areas of concern, many of them related to financial operations, five of which were noted in last year’s report but had not yet been corrected.

After examination of the Marion’s operations for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2015, they found several issues spread across multiple departments and offices in the county.

Repeat issues in the county included multiple employees using the same cash drawer, failure to deposit funds within three days, and failing to separate financial responsibilities between more than one person.

The Comptroller’s report also includes recommendations to address each of the findings.

Comptroller Justin P. Wilson told the Free Press that multiple counties across Tennessee have now had issues with employees being paid to do background checks while on taxpayer time and that the activity is not appropriate and must be corrected.

Local officials have not commented on the findings at this time, however we will follow this story and bring you any new information that comes forward.

(Original story and information from Chattanooga Times Free Press -- www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2016/jan/20/audit-finds-marion-county-employee-profited-t...)
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Hopefully, during winter weather you have the option to stay home and off the roads. However, if you have to travel, here are some great tips from our friends at the National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri. Give it a quick look before you leave home so you're prepared for the unexpected. ... See MoreSee Less

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