Will we see more Winter Weather next week?
To be blunt, there's a lot of uncertainty now. Forecast models are changing with every run and there's many factors that say no...but there's still that lingering chance. Here's how it breaks down...
Friday looks partly cloudy with a high near 52. Cold again for Friday night with a low near 20 in the valley and the mid to upper teens in the higher elevations.
Through the weekend we'll see some very cold conditions with Saturday's high only near 34 with clear skies, and a chilly 43 for Sunday under increasing clouds.
Clouds thicken for Sunday night as a low pressure system is moving through the area during this next potential event, but the track of the low will be the determining factor in what type of precipitation (snow, rain, etc.) we see.
Here's where things get complicated for now...
Our thoughts first thoughts on this system is that the low pressure track is too far north and the high over the Mid Atlantic states is just too weak. With that, the low is not taking a classic path for us that produces our big snow events.
The models were initially calling for very cold temperatures and a high amount of moisture, but have recently been showing warmer temps which would lead to more rain rather than snow on Monday.
That's it...no snow! Right? Well, not exactly. Some models are still showing a cold air in the area which could give us a classic wintry mix situation for Monday starting with snow late Sunday night, changing to sleet then rain and back into sleet for the day Monday...and slowly back into snow on Monday night...then snow changing back to rain on Monday.
This precipitation event is based on the most recent model runs and it could certainly change one way or the other over the next few days. Forecast confidence is low for the time being.
We'll be keeping an eye on the weather and updating all weekend, so stay with MarionCountyMessenger.com for the latest! ... See MoreSee Less
Here's another quick drive through Jasper this morning to give those 'out-of-towners' an idea of what we've seen so far here in the valley. Sequatchie Mountain and other areas along the Plateau have seen even more accumulation, some locally-heavier measurements near 4-1/2". If you have snow pictures where you are (South Pittsburg, Kimball, Whitwell, area mountains?) post them below! We'd love to see them! Could more winter weather and more snow be on the way by Monday? Stay with MarionCountyMessenger.com to keep up with the latest forecast! ... See MoreSee Less
Emily Anne WallaceThe sun has packed it down some but we measured over 4" top of the mountain Marion county1 day ago · 5
Carol MurrayI'm so happy for all of you who were wanting snow ! Beautiful pictures ! Thanks for posting!1 day ago · 1
Early voting begins today in Tennessee...
Despite the cold and snow, voters are headed to the polls Wednesday in the first day of early voting to make their choices in Tennessee’s March 1 presidential primary.
Tennessee’s ballot was set in December, which means several candidates who have dropped out of the race will still remain on the ballot. Voters will be able to choose between 14 Republicans and three Democratic candidates for president, depending on which primary they are voting in.
Voters will also choose among a long list candidates seeking to serve as delegates at party conventions.
Secretary of State Tre Hargett reminds voters to bring a valid government-issued photo ID with them. Student IDs are not accepted.
Voters can cast early ballots through Feb. 23. About one-third of ballots cast in Tennessee’s presidential primary in 2008 and 2012.
Early voting for Georgia began Tuesday, Feb. 9.
If you live in Alabama, you still have until February 15th to register to vote.
Alabama does not have early voting, but they do have absentee voting. ... See MoreSee Less
Area Road Conditions...
(Updated 2/10/16 at 2:27pm)
In Marion County the main concern is secondary mountain roads, which have been reported as very slick and have patchy black ice spots.
*Grundy County reports snow and ice on all roads and urges motorists to use extreme caution.
*Sequatchie County is reporting clear roads and no problems.
*Hamilton County reports no closures and no problems expected at this time.
Northeast Alabama and Northwest Georgia are reporting no problems at this time. ... See MoreSee Less
Joshua Ellisoncoming home from work and in whiteside the snow is sticking to the road. not to icy. didnt have any problems2 days ago
MarionCountyMessenger.comAs of 2:27pm on 2/10/16, we still have reports of snow and ice on mountain roads in Marion and Grundy Counties. All other locations reporting clear roads and no problems. Patchy black ice could be a concern tonight, however TDOT and others are working to re-treat roadways today to help keep that from becoming a problem.1 day ago
First Case of Zika Virus Disease Reported in Tennessee...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Health today has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first person in the state to test positive for Zika virus disease. The individual had recently traveled to South America before returning to east Tennessee.
“We have been expecting an imported case of Zika virus disease and we believe more infections are likely as people travel to and from areas where the disease is currently being transmitted,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. "Zika virus, with its association with the birth defect microcephaly, is understandably scary and has captured all of our attention. But the good news is mosquito bites which transmit Zika are entirely preventable. Because there is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus disease and no specific medical treatment for those who are infected, TDH urges all who may be considering travel to the growing number of countries where there is evidence of the disease being transmitted to have heightened awareness and protect themselves and others from mosquito bites.”
The list of affected areas includes many countries in the Caribbean and South and Central America. The list changes frequently; to see the most current list, go to www.cdc.gov/zika/.
Except in pregnant women, Zika virus is almost always a very mild illness and for most people testing is not necessary. Approximately 80 percent of those infected never show symptoms of the disease while approximately 20 percent show only mild symptoms.
There is no vaccine to prevent infection and no specific antiviral treatment for Zika virus infection. Its most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. Pregnant women can be infected with Zika virus in any trimester and there have been increased cases of microcephaly possibly associated with Zika virus infections. Microcephaly is a condition where the head is smaller than normal and may lead to a child experiencing a variety of other health challenges including physical and speech functions, seizure, hyperactivity, coordination problems and other brain/neurological disorders. TDH advises women who are pregnant or of childbearing age to especially understand the risk of contracting Zika virus disease.
“Across Tennessee, thousands of college students, members of faith organizations, healthcare professionals and others are now planning spring trips to warmer locations for either fun or mission work,” said TDH State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD. “The Tennessee Department of Health cautions travelers headed soon to warmer climates to have an increased awareness about diseases spread by mosquitoes and to make mosquito bite prevention an essential part of their trip planning.”
TDH recommends the following for travelers to protect themselves against mosquitoes:
Apply repellants to skin often; these can include lotions, liquids or sprays. TDH and CDC recommend the use of repellants which contain DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane 3,8-diol and IR3535. Duration of protection varies by repellant; read labels on products to determine when reapplications are necessary for optimal protection. To learn more about insect repellants, visit cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/.
Wear long, loose and light-colored shirts and pants and wear socks. Tucking shirts in pants and tucking pants into socks will help form a barrier. Wear closed shoes or boots instead of sandals.
Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase clothing pretreated with permethrin.
In remote locations lacking window screens and/or air conditioning, the use of bed nets is advised. These should reach the floor or be tucked under the mattress.
Avoid perfumes, colognes and products with fragrances that might attract mosquitoes.
Certain products containing permethrin are recommended for use on clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear. Permethrin-treated clothing repels and kills mosquitoes and other pests and retains this effect after repeated washing. Some clothing products are available pretreated with permethrin. It should not be used directly on skin.
TDH urges people who suspect they are infected with a mosquito-borne illness to seek medical help.
“While public health and medical professionals have a good body of knowledge about many mosquito-borne diseases, there is still much to learn about Zika virus disease,” Dreyzehner said. “At present there are still questions about its transmission through sex and other avenues. Pregnant women or people who develop a fever within one week of returning from an affected country should contact their personal healthcare professional for advice.”
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs atwww.tn.gov/health.
- See more at 1.usa.gov/1QpYSN4.
(This story originally appeared on Tennessee Department of Health's website) ... See MoreSee Less
TN Education Commissioner makes statement on TNReady testing debacle...
Tennessee State Education Commissioner Dr. Candice McQueen said her department is not blaming schools or individual school districts for the online testing crash that is forcing a return to the pencil and paper format. "We take full responsibility," she told reporters in Nashville. She also said she was hearing more "frustration" from Southeast Tennessee and Hamilton County than any other part of the state.
In response to the state's reported $107 million, five-year contract with Measurement Incorporated, she said only $1.6 million had been paid so far, because the state is paying "as deliverable." She said the current focus is to deliver paper-format tests to schools, which will take several days.
Responding to criticism that her department had been "arrogant" in dealing with school district concerns, she said her department had only tried to be helpful and supportive during the practice test process, and that school districts' investments in technology would prove to be beneficial in the long run.
Schools are expected to receive guidance and information later this week as to how to proceed with paper testing. Until then, all TNReady testing is suspended in Tennessee's public schools. ... See MoreSee Less
MarionCountyMessenger.com added 2 new photos.
Scam in nearby Sequatchie County preys on new property owners...
New property owners in neighboring Sequatchie County are being targeted in a scam that's happened in the county before, and could happen anywhere!
According to the Register of Deeds office for Sequatchie County, they're now again seeing a rise in letters that offer to provide you with a copy of your deed and profile of property for a price, usually in the $80-$90 range.
The letter looks official (as seen here) and the sender is hoping to trick you into purchasing information you already have or could get from the county office for as little as a $.25 a page.
Officials in Sequatchie County ask that if you, your friend, or a loved one receives one of these letters to throw it away. And to also share this with anyone you know who is purchasing or has recently purchased property in Sequatchie County.
While we've had no reports of this happening in Marion or other counties around us, it's not impossible that it could happen. If you receive something like this in the mail, check with your local county office using a phone number found in the local phone book or on the official government office's website (not from any numbers or web addresses found on the materials mailed to you).
Always keep an eye out for scams like this, and remember; just because it looks legit -- it might not be! ... See MoreSee Less
Kisha Sherrill HutchinsWe got one in the mail a few weeks ago and we called the bank and they said it was a big scam that was going on and for us to throw it away!!!2 days ago · 1
A quick drive in the snow in the Jasper area this morning. Main roads are clear at this time, however be extra cautious on mountain and secondary roads as well as bridges and overpasses where ice could be present. ... See MoreSee Less
Down to the final few games before the District Tournament in area high school basketball.
Seen here is Garrett Raulston going up for two against Whitwell for the Pirates last Friday night at the Brooks-Fuqua Gymnasium. South Pittsburg won 76-45.
The Pirates were set to face Boyd Buchanan tonight at home, however that has been cancelled due to risk of winter weather. The game is now scheduled for Thursday night.
(Photo contributed by Neil Bennett) ... See MoreSee Less
The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office and Dunlap Police have posted online: "It is with great sorrow to say that Former Sequatchie County Sheriff Joe May, passed away this afternoon."
Sheriff May served Sequatchie County from 1986 until 2002, and stayed heavily-involved in the community after he left the Sheriff's office.
Our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and to the officers who served under him in Sequatchie County. ... See MoreSee Less
Cody CookstonHim and his wife both were great people. We used to set up in his yard for 127 Sale and they both were always really nice to us.4 days ago · 1
Linda HobbsLoved Mary and Joe May they were caring loving people. Prayers for the family.4 days ago · 1
Kimberly LuetkeThoughts and prayers for all his family and friends he will be truly missed RIP Joe4 days ago
Anna MathisMy thoughts and prayers for the family of Sheriff Joe May.He was a friend to me and went to the same church.Rest in peace Sheriff Joe May.Such a shock to hear.God be with his family.4 days ago · 1
Nathan DavisJoe was a better sheriff then Ronnie Hitchcock. If anybody had a problem sheriff May would find a way to solve the problem. R.I.P Sheriff Joe May4 days ago · 2
Richard WelchanceSheriff Joe Mays was the last of his kind. He was a great guy to know and work with.4 days ago
Melissa D OlingerMy thoughts and prayers are with his Family . And all the mine friends he made over the mine years of severs in Dunlap .He also severed in Pikeville under sheriff Carlton Nipper . He will be missed4 days ago
Frankie HollandHarry Holland said my mother thought he hung the moon because he was so friendly to her and her group that attending auction in Cartwright or Dunlop,and I was also a fan of Joe.RIP.3 days ago
BREAKING: Marion County High School OC, Joey Mathis, has been named new MCHS Warriors Head Football Coach following the recently-announced resignation of Ricky Ross last week. ... See MoreSee Less
Jimbo ShadrickCongratulations Coach Joey well deserved you'll do great I'm sure of that4 days ago · 1
Bradley AdamsHe coached me as a linebacker when he moved from Rome, GA. Best coach I have ever had. He will do big things with that school2 days ago · 5
UPDATE: A joint investigation by Special Agents from TBI and Whitwell Police Department has resulted in arresting Holly Hardest, 30, on murder charges of 5-year-old Lucas Dillon.
Hardesty has been charged with First Degree Murder and aggravated Child Abuse.
Whitwell Police discovered the severely injured boy at a home Jewell Lane Road, last March. He was taken to the hospital where he later died from injuries as a result of blunt-force trauma.
Hardesty's bond was set at $50,000.
Arrest made in connection with death of 5-year old Lucas Dillon...
The Marion County jail has confirmed that a woman has been arrested in connection to the death of 5-year-old Lucas Dillon of Whitwell.
Holly Hardesty was arrested late Friday. She's charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse.
Lucas was found severely injured in a home on Jewell Lane Road in Whitwell in March of 2015. He was taken to the hospital and later died from his injuries.
Investigators say the boy died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Hardesty is being held on $50-thousand dollar bond. ... See MoreSee Less
Jennifer McNeeceThere's a bigger fine that you get for abusing animals!!! She beat and killed a child!! She needs to be beat to death with a broom handle6 days ago · 19
Kathie Pretzel JuenglingA truly heartbreaking story. What's this woman's connection to the child? Is she a friend or relative of the family?5 days ago
Gyvon JanteTheres always been people abusing and harming children, but this age seems to be excessive! Likewhat the hell is going on? Fathers were are more likely to be suspect but so many MOTHERS! Why?5 days ago · 4
Sebrina Butcher-Cooperkilling a child only nets you a 50,000 with only ten percent down?? is that how it works.? very sad.5 days ago · 5
Veronique RutherfordSo sad but happy they got her!! There's never enough punishment as far as I'm concerned5 days ago · 1
Tonjia Liles RichterThat is so terrible....he was such a cute little boy. How could someone harm an innocent child?5 days ago
Sarah HendrixPoor baby boy! I'm so glad this evil, hideous POS is arrested. I hope she spends the rest of her life in a cell. Rest in peace Lucas5 days ago · 3
Randy FloodFriends this is sad , this is a soul that never had the chance to live in this present world but he in a place where no one can harm him any more, I surprize the bond is so low5 days ago · 3
Jeanette Nicole LongShe should have been in jail since the day she abused him she was trusted to take care of him while his dad worked and she hurt that baby and she should have no bond and hung in the town square and beat with a ball bat in the head and that still wouldn't be enough justice for Lucas and his family Deanna Van Hoosier Whitney Van Hoosier. Jessica Pardo and Nathan dillion I pray that her arrest gives you all a little peace Rip Lucas ...5 days ago · 11
Sarah SwaffordWill it ever stop where is the law on chid abuse do drugs you are under the jail abuse a helpless child and nothing5 days ago · 3
Robin McBrayer BranumBasically for $5,000 she can walk the streets again? Animal abusers get higher bonds than that!! 😡 their bonds should be higher as well!!5 days ago · 5
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. ... See MoreSee Less
Jimbo ShadrickBest to you Rick. If there's anything we can do for you we're always here for you at Automotive Unlimited1 week ago
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.1 week ago
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. ... See MoreSee Less
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. ... See MoreSee Less
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.1 week ago · 3
MarionCountyMessenger.com shared WRCB Channel 3 Eyewitness News's photo.
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)... ... See MoreSee Less
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...
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! ... See MoreSee Less
Annual Boston Butt Sale - South Pittsburg Rotary Club, Super Bowl Weekend Boston Butt Sale
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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...