MarionCountyMessenger.com https://marioncountymessenger.com The Sequatchie Valley's Most Trusted News Source... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:32:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i0.wp.com/marioncountymessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-favicon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 MarionCountyMessenger.com https://marioncountymessenger.com 32 32 114146871 Mobile food pantry with Chattanooga Area Food Bank visits South Pittsburg Armory May 5th https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/mobile-food-pantry-with-chattanooga-area-food-bank-visits-south-pittsburg-armory-may-5th/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/mobile-food-pantry-with-chattanooga-area-food-bank-visits-south-pittsburg-armory-may-5th/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:30:37 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3282 The Mobile Food Pantry of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank will be open at the South Pittsburg Armory on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 8:30 AM until 10:30 AM CDT. Officials say quantities are limited for this event and they ask those planning to visit the pantry to refrain from showing up more than 30 …

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The Mobile Food Pantry of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank will be open at the South Pittsburg Armory on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 8:30 AM until 10:30 AM CDT.

Officials say quantities are limited for this event and they ask those planning to visit the pantry to refrain from showing up more than 30 minutes prior to the start of the pantry event, as they will need room for the delivery truck to unload and leave.

Recipients must be present to recieve food and patrons receiving food on a recipient’s behalf must present the recipient’s I.D. and food stamp (EBT) card (or disclose recipient’s household income).

Volunteers will be unpacking, sorting and organizing food. They plan to start giving out the food at 8:30. If anyone knows someone who would like to help with set up, sorting, distribution, or clean up, please reach out to John “JB” Mount at jbmount@mac.com

 

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Walmart announces upcoming remodel to Kimball store https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/walmart-announces-upcoming-remodel-kimball-store/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/walmart-announces-upcoming-remodel-kimball-store/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:20:20 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3280 Walmart recently announced it expects to spend an estimated $31 million over the next year in Tennessee through the remodeling of nine stores as well as the rollout of several in-store and online innovations designed to help busy customers save time and money. This will include remodeling and upgrades to the Walmart Super Center #1089 …

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Walmart recently announced it expects to spend an estimated $31 million over the next year in Tennessee through the remodeling of nine stores as well as the rollout of several in-store and online innovations designed to help busy customers save time and money. This will include remodeling and upgrades to the Walmart Super Center #1089 located at 525 Kimball Crossing Drive in Kimball.

The spend is part of Walmart’s total capital expenditures guidance of approximately $11.0 billion for Fiscal Year 2019, which was outlined last October at the company’s annual meeting for the investment community and reiterated in February 2018.

Walmart recently reported strong comp sales growth of 2.1 percent for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2018, indicating customers are responding well to the company’s business strategy. The plan is to continue improving stores and accelerating innovation during the coming year to make shopping faster and easier for customers in Tennessee.

“Walmart is making shopping quicker and more convenient than ever before for Tennessee families with the newest innovations in shopping and beautifully updated stores,” said Sean Riley, regional general manager for Walmart in Tennessee. “Walmart has long been committed to Tennessee, and today’s announcement is further proof that we are serious about our investment in the state.”

In addition to the Kimball location, other stores with remodel plans for this year include:

  • 1030 Hunters Crossing, Alcoa
  • 3600 Mallory Lane, Franklin
  • 1112 Nashville Pike, Gallatin
  • 204 North Anderson Lane, Hendersonville
  • 547 West Church St., Lexington
  • 7525 Winchester Road, Memphis
  • 577 North Germantown Parkway, Memphis
  • 8445 US Highway 51 North, Millington

 

2018 Walmart In-store and Online Innovations in Tennessee

Walmart continues to innovate on how it serves customers, helping them save time and money by creating a seamless shopping experience that empowers customers to shop when, where and how they want. In addition to continuing to test new technologies that transform how customers shop, Walmart plans to expand several innovative services that deliver greater convenience and faster services, including:

(1)   Online Grocery Pickup

  • Tennessee customers can order Walmart groceries online and pick them up without ever having to unbuckle their seatbelts. The service is free, and prices through Walmart Online Grocery are the same as in-store.
  • Walmart currently offers Grocery Pickup at 45 Tennessee locations and plans to roll out more than 30 new Grocery Pickup locations at area stores in the coming year.
  • Walmart Online Grocery Pickup – How it works.

(2)   Mobile Express Scan & Go

  • Walmart offers Mobile Express Scan & Go in select markets, which allows customers to scan items with their mobile devices while shopping in-store, pay instantly and skip the checkout line. Customers can download the Walmart Scan & Go app from iTunes or the Google Play store.
  • Mobile Express Scan & Go is currently offered at all Tennessee Sam’s Clubs and 13 Tennessee Walmart stores. Walmart will continue evaluating opportunities to expand the service to more local customers in the coming year.
  • See Walmart Mobile Express Scan & Go video here: https://youtu.be/NHzfhDDRgME

(3)   Walmart Pickup Towers

  • Much like a high-tech vending machine, the Walmart Pickup Tower allows customers to pick up their online orders in less than a minute by scanning a bar code sent to their smartphone. To use the tower, customers simply choose from millions of items available on Walmart.com and select the Pickup option at checkout.
  • Pickup Tower service is currently available at 15 Tennessee Walmart stores. Walmart will continue evaluating opportunities to expand the Pickup Tower service to Tennessee customers in the coming year.
  • See Walmart Pickup Tower video here: https://youtu.be/X4c951tg9TM

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Marion Co. Sheriff’s Department arrest 28 people in drug investigation https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/marion-co-sheriffs-department-arrest-28-people-drug-investigation/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/marion-co-sheriffs-department-arrest-28-people-drug-investigation/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:07:22 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3275 The Narcotics Unit with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department along with the 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force recently conducted a joint drug investigation in the county. During the investigation from April 11th to April 17th, 2018, law enforcement officers conducted surveillance at several residences and business in Marion County where suspected drug activity was …

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The Narcotics Unit with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department along with the 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force recently conducted a joint drug investigation in the county.

During the investigation from April 11th to April 17th, 2018, law enforcement officers conducted surveillance at several residences and business in Marion County where suspected drug activity was taking place with officers making several undercover methamphetamine purchases as part of the operation.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department Patrol Division, South Pittsburg Police Department, New Hope Police Department, Jasper Police Department and Kimball Police Department also assisted with the operation.

The investigation has resulted in 28 people who were apprehended and taken into custody for alleged involvement with meth sales and distribution.

Marion County Sheriff Ronnie “Bo” Burnett says that the findings of the investigation point to the price of meth being at an all-time-low and more people traveling to locations like Chattanooga and Atlanta to obtain the drug in order to bring it back into the county.

The Sheriff hopes the information they’ve learned during this operation will lead to more arrests, stating his department’s goal is to continue taking down the sources of these drugs and keeping them off our streets.

Those arrested in this investigation include:

 

Aaron Phillips Jasper Sale and delivery of methamphetamine
Andrew Kennemore Jasper Sale and delivery of methamphetamine
Maidelyn Cartwright Whitwell Sale and delivery of methamphetamine
Charles Travis Holder Guild Sale and delivery of methamphetamine
Shane Ritchie Whitwell Sale and delivery of methamphetamine
Brittiny Guy Whitwell Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License
William Baker Whitwell Violation of Probation (related to methamphetamine charges)
Cody Farris Whitwell Violation of Probation
James Patrick Bryant Jasper Failure to Appear (on methamphetamine charges)
Micheal Hale Guild Violation of Community Corrections (related to methamphetamine charges)
Anise Price South Pittsburg Violation of Probation (related to methamphetamine charges)
Clarence Kilgore Guild Violation of Probation (related to methamphetamine charges)
Tessla Hughes New Hope Violation of Probation (related to methamphetamine charges)
Ross Ramsey Jasper Violation of Probation (Circuit Court)
Tiffany Cope Jasper Possession of Legend Drugs
Nicholas Price Stevenson, AL Wanted in Alabama for Possession of methamphetamine
Brittany Young Scottsboro, AL Wanted in Alabama for Possession of methamphetamine
Charlotte Smith Whitwell Criminal Attempt to possess methamphetamine
Jeffery Poe Jasper Possession of methamphetamine
Matthew Smith Jasper Possession of methamphetamine
Amber Hein South Pittsburg Criminal Attempt to possess methamphetamine
Jacob Kirk South Pittsburg Criminal Attempt to possess methamphetamine
Laura Elizabeth Brophy Jasper Possession of methamphetamine for resale
Phillip Coffelt Jasper Possession of methamphetamine for resale
Patricia Waldrop Pulaski Wanted in Giles Co. for violation of probation
James Waldrop Pulaski Wanted in Giles Co. for methamphetamine manufacturing
Hope Phommavong Jasper Violation of Probation General Sessions Court
Keith White Jasper Possession of methamphetamine for resale

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Trial date set for Whitwell woman charged with Valley Pawn murder and fire https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/trial-date-set-whitwell-woman-charged-valley-pawn-murder-fire/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/trial-date-set-whitwell-woman-charged-valley-pawn-murder-fire/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:56:44 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3273 A trial date has been set for the woman charged in connection with the murder of  72-year-old Jerry Ridge, owner of Valley Pawn Brokers in Whitwell almost two years after the incident. 51-year-old Angela Denise Kilgore of Whitwell was charged in 2016 on grand jury indictments with first-degree murder, felony murder, especially aggravated robbery, employing …

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A trial date has been set for the woman charged in connection with the murder of  72-year-old Jerry Ridge, owner of Valley Pawn Brokers in Whitwell almost two years after the incident.

Angela Denise Kilgore (Photo: Contributed Marion Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

51-year-old Angela Denise Kilgore of Whitwell was charged in 2016 on grand jury indictments with first-degree murder, felony murder, especially aggravated robbery, employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony aggravated arson, theft and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Kilgore is now set to appear before a Marion County jury for trial on August 27, 2018.

Judges Thomas W. Graham, J. Curtis Smith, and Justin C. Angel have each recused themselves from the case citing conflicts. The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed Rutherford County Circuit Court Judge Don Ash to preside over the case.

Kilgore is represented by Assistant Public Defender, Norm Lipton. Assistant District Attorney, Steve Strain, will lead the prosecution in the trial.

According to reports from the TBI, Kilgore allegedly killed Ridge during a robbery at the pawn shop he owned and operated in Whitwell. It’s then alleged that she set fire to the business “in an effort to destroy potential evidence in the case.”

Ridge’s body was found on May 17, 2016, after firefighters extinguished the fire. An autopsy after the discovery showed Ridge had been shot and stabbed before the building was set ablaze.

Kilgore, who had been previously convicted of other federal charges including an attempted bank robbery, aggravated robbery, and gun charges and other various charges.

We’ll continue to follow this story and bring you the latest on the trial in August.

 

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Stewart announces candidacy for State Representative https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/stewart-announces-candidacy-state-representative/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/stewart-announces-candidacy-state-representative/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:00:28 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3270 Sloan Stewart has announced his candidacy for State Representative in Tennessee’s 39th District, including Marion, part of Franklin, and Moore Counties. Stewart has served as Mayor of Metro Moore County for the last 9 years and feels that in his time as Mayor and the 7 years prior as a council member through good economic …

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Sloan Stewart has announced his candidacy for State Representative in Tennessee’s 39th District, including Marion, part of Franklin, and Moore Counties.

Stewart has served as Mayor of Metro Moore County for the last 9 years and feels that in his time as Mayor and the 7 years prior as a council member through good economic times and bad, he is uniquely qualified for the State Representative’s Office.

Sloan Stewart announces his candidacy for State Representative of the 39th District in the War Memorial Garden on the lawn of the Historic Lynchburg Courthouse. (Photo: Contributed)

“Serving as Mayor of one of the smallest rural counties in the state provides me the unique understanding of the needs of rural counties. As owner and farmer on my family’s Century Farm, I understand and respect the traditions and impact farmers have in our state. These two job experiences will guide my decisions as I work to strengthen the future of the 39th District’s residents and businesses,” Stewart said.

“I hope that my experience, unique knowledge of public service, and established relationships should provide a high level of confidence to the citizens of Middle Tennessee when it comes to navigating future issues and managing their tax dollars,” said Stewart.

Stewart says he does not have a single bad thing to say about any of his fellow candidates. In fact, he’s quite sure any one of them could adequately fill the shoes of outgoing State Representative, David Alexander, who decided to retire from state government and run for County Mayor of Franklin County. 

Stewart is a lifelong resident of Moore County where he graduated from Moore County High School in 1985. He continued his education by graduating from Motlow Community College in 1988 and Middle Tennessee State University in 1991. He and his wife Cathy, who works in the finance department of The Moore County school system, enjoy spending time with their children Benji and Rachel Garland. They take great pride in their livestock farm in Marble Hill.

“So, whether you lean to the left or to the right, know that your tax dollars will be managed using conservative, stable and proven strategies that have no political bias. Voting for me will further ensure that this will continue under the guidance of someone who has been doing it for more than a decade, unlike the other candidates. Its hard to imagine a candidate more suited for the challenge,” Stewart concluded.

 

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Free Alzheimer’s Conference Comes to Marion County May 7th https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/free-alzheimers-conference-comes-to-marion-county-may-7th/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/free-alzheimers-conference-comes-to-marion-county-may-7th/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:34:58 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3266 The Alzheimer’s Association 4th Annual Caregiver Conference is set for May 7, 2018. An educational program for those who are caring for loved ones with dementia to the Marion County area, this event is free and open to the public. The program takes place May 7, 2018, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm CDT at Sequatchie Valley Baptist Association located …

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The Alzheimer’s Association 4th Annual Caregiver Conference is set for May 7, 2018. An educational program for those who are caring for loved ones with dementia to the Marion County area, this event is free and open to the public.

The program takes place May 7, 2018, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm CDT at Sequatchie Valley Baptist Association located at 300 Cornerstone Drive, Jasper TN. This event features Dr. Matthew Kodsi, area Neurologist and respected expert in dementia care along with a panel of experts on resources and care. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask leading experts in the field of dementia care their most pressing questions. “Alzheimer’s is a very challenging disease for both the patient and the caregiver”, said Amy French, Senior Manager of Programs at the Alzheimer’s Association. “This is a golden opportunity to ‘ask the expert’ as well as connect with others in the Alzheimer’s community’.

During the event, Marion County Mayor David Jackson will do a formal proclamation establishing May as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the only Top 10 cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. “The disease is affecting more and more individuals as they are diagnosed or put into a caregiver role.”, stated Amy French, Manager of Programs for the local Alzheimer’s Association. “We’re excited and honored to partner with leaders in the community to provide this program”. Hearth Hospice is a presenting partner for this program as well.

The Marion County Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference is free and open to the public, however, registration is required. A free dinner is provided for all registered attendees. To register call 423-265-3600 or visit Eventbrite for registration and info.

The Alzheimer’s Association® is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit www.alz.org or call 1-800-272-3900.

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TN gas prices are up as travel season approaches; Current gas prices in Sequatchie Valley https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/tn-gas-prices-are-up-as-travel-season-approaches-current-gas-prices-in-sequatchie-valley/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/tn-gas-prices-are-up-as-travel-season-approaches-current-gas-prices-in-sequatchie-valley/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:00:10 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3265 Gas prices in Tennessee hit a four-year high during the first week of April, and although the Chattanooga area is one of the cities seeing least expensive costs, drivers will likely see more increases as the summer approaches. The least expensive gas price averages in Tennessee are in Memphis, $2.40; Knoxville, $2.43; and Chattanooga, $2.44, …

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Gas prices in Tennessee hit a four-year high during the first week of April, and although the Chattanooga area is one of the cities seeing least expensive costs, drivers will likely see more increases as the summer approaches.

The least expensive gas price averages in Tennessee are in Memphis, $2.40; Knoxville, $2.43; and Chattanooga, $2.44, according to AAA gas report.

The most expensive gas price averages in Tennessee are in Nashville, $2.51; Cleveland, $2.49; and Kingsport-Bristol, $2.47.

The state average is $2.46, which is 15 cents higher than one month ago and 32 cents higher than the same time last year. Marion County falls just one cent above that state average at around $2.47 per gallon, according to the site which updates county-by-county prices daily.

Gas prices increased after the Energy Information Administration’s latest weekly report that showed gasoline stocks dropped by 1.1 million barrels last week, according to AAA.

Demand for gasoline continues to remain strong at 9.2 million barrels a day as the spring driving season starts. Last year’s spring driving season saw demand measured at 9.25 million barrels a day at the same time in 2017.

At $2.66 per gallon, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline hit its highest price point of 2018 this past Saturday.

Drivers are likely to continue seeing prices increase as stations across the country begin to change to a more expensive summer blend ahead of the busy driving season, according to AAA.

“Supply and demand are the biggest factors driving the price at the pump,” AAA Public Affairs Director Stephanie Milani said in a prepared statement. “More motorists on the roadways, tight supply, and record crude exports have the potential for higher prices as we head into the spring.”

Locally, the cheapest gas prices found in Marion County (according to the website GasBuddy.com) are found at Rudder’s Market in Richard City. Prices were reported at $2.32/gal there as of Monday. The BP at 1200 S. Cedar Avenue in South Pittsburg comes in 2nd place at $2.45/gal followed by Andy’s Market at 710 N. Cedar Avenue between South Pittsburg and Kimball.

If you’re filling-up in Jasper, expect to pay around $2.47/gal at R&R Bait and Tackle on Dixie Hwy or at the Hi-Tech adjacent to Western Sizzlin’ on TN-28. Love’s and the Jasper Exxon station both were reported at $2.49/gal as of Monday.

In the Whitwell area the Raceway at 13150 Hwy. 28 is about the same as other prices in the mid-section of the county at $2.49/gal on Monday, which is actually quite palatable when paired with their tenderloin biscuit or some chicken tenders and a Sun Drop.

In Sequatchie County and Dunlap prices range from $2.37/gal at the B Quick Market at 184 Frontage Road off Rankin Avenue near Hwy. 111 to $2.39/gal at the Murphy USA by the Dunlap Wal-Mart. The highest price found was on the south end of Dunlap at the Hi-Tech station for $2.45/gal. All of those prices were updated as of 8:00 AM Tuesday morning.

Prices across Grundy County vary from $2.45 – $2.49/gal with similar prices across Northeast Jackson County in Alabama.

The cheapest prices, as mentioned earlier, remain in the Chattanooga area…with a price of only $2.27/gal being reported early Tuesday at the Murphy USA at 3550 Cummings Hwy at the Lookout Valley Wal-Mart and the BP at 234 Browns Ferry Rd.

 

 

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Congressmen DesJarlais and Fleischmann tour Chickamauga Lock https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/congressmen-desjarlais-fleischmann-tour-chickamauga-lock/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/congressmen-desjarlais-fleischmann-tour-chickamauga-lock/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:32:11 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3263 Congressmen Scott DesJarlais and Chuck Fleischmann visited the Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga on Monday to view construction of a replacement for the aging structure on the Tennessee River. Rep. DesJarlais stated, “TVA operates dozens of dams and locks, enabling water commerce and recreation throughout Tennessee and neighboring states. The Chickamauga Lock serves more boaters and …

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Congressmen Scott DesJarlais and Chuck Fleischmann visited the Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga on Monday to view construction of a replacement for the aging structure on the Tennessee River.

Rep. DesJarlais stated, “TVA operates dozens of dams and locks, enabling water commerce and recreation throughout Tennessee and neighboring states.

The Chickamauga Lock serves more boaters and barges than almost any other. However, customers experience among the longest processing and wait times.

Rep. DesJarlais tours Chickamauga Lock (Photo: Chattanoogan.com)

He added, The Chattanooga area is a crossroads for the entire Southeast. Delays at Chickamauga Lock increase transportation costs for businesses and consumers, who enjoy outdoor opportunities the river also provides. Building 21st-century infrastructure will help rural families and small businesses to reach their full potential.

“I’m working with Congressman Fleischmann to make wise investments in our state and also protect taxpayer money,” he said.

The Army Corps is overseeing construction of a wider lock for larger barges, up to six at once, a significant improvement the Corps estimates will be complete in a few years. Engineers are making repairs to the existing nearly 80-year-old lock, suffering from structural deficiencies and service disruptions.

Nearby energy and national security installations require reliable access, Rep. DesJarlais said.

As a result of upgrades, Rep. DesJarlais said he foresees increased economic growth in Middle Tennessee, already attracting more business and industry. “Our infrastructure, including federal permitting and other rules and regulations, must keep pace with rapid changes,” he said.

Story originally published by Chattanoogan.com

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University Of The South (Sewanee) student arrested for arson at fraternity house https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/university-south-sewanee-student-arrested-arson-fraternity-house/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/university-south-sewanee-student-arrested-arson-fraternity-house/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:21:46 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3261 A joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Fire Investigation Services, the Sewanee Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has resulted in the arrest of a University of the South student in connection to an arson at a fraternity house earlier this year. The fire on Feb. 24, was …

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Phillip Roper (Photo: Contributed)

A joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Fire Investigation Services, the Sewanee Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has resulted in the arrest of a University of the South student in connection to an arson at a fraternity house earlier this year.

The fire on Feb. 24, was contained to a stage area inside at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house on the Sewanee campus. During the course of the investigation, authorities determined the fire was intentionally set and they subsequently determined Philip Roper, 22, was the individual responsible for the crime.

On Friday, the Franklin County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging the Richmond, Va., man with one count of arson and one count of burning personal property.

Authorities arrested him and booked him into the Franklin County Jail on $7,500 bond on Monday.

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April is Autism Awareness Month https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/april-is-autism-awareness-month/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/april-is-autism-awareness-month/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:32:33 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3250 Parents making sense of a diagnosis of Autism can sometimes feel overwhelmed and alone. Candy Alford-Price, my longtime friend, made me aware of just how isolated parents of Autistic children can feel. Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the United States. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that …

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Parents making sense of a diagnosis of Autism can sometimes feel overwhelmed and alone. Candy Alford-Price, my longtime friend, made me aware of just how isolated parents of Autistic children can feel. Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the United States. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports many children are living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and they need services and support, now and as they grow into adolescence and adulthood. There is no better activity for an association than to help policymakers understand what our teachers experience on a daily basis and assist them in helping our educators meet the challenges they see and get the resources they need.

For a number of reasons autism prevalence figures are growing. The definition of autism has been expanded along with a better diagnosis of the disorder. Autism is a spectrum of behaviors, and every autistic person is different in terms of onset, severity, and types of symptoms. People with autism have issues with non-verbal communication, a wide range of social interactions, and social activities. Autism is a growing global health priority, and April is National Autism Awareness Month. The objective is to increase knowledge and understanding of autism; recognize the talents and skills of people with autism, and; generate awareness to the needs of all people with autism.

We know boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism. The CDC released data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) have some form of autism. Whether this an accurate assessment or not, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, says by 2025, half the children born in the United States will be diagnosed with autism. If that figure is even partially accurate, society better begin to prepare in earnest. The Autism Society estimates that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism. Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average. More importantly, there is no medical detection or cure for autism.

While significant, the data is more than just numbers, it is about real people, real families and our need as a society to address any challenge we meet head on. We are improving in identifying autistic people, as well as accepting them. Imagine the impact we can have on those whose lives are touched by autism every single day. We must recognize that all children are created in the image of God and have potential. However, as a culture, we must make certain the support and resources they need to realize that potential is available to educators and parents.

Autism is treatable. However, children do not “outgrow” autism. Studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes. The CDC believes we must promote early identification of children with ASD. That burden is likely to fall on pediatricians, children’s hospitals and ultimately on public schools. We will need to design services for children and families affected by ASD and increase professional learning and development for the professionals who provide services. Research will continue to be needed in this emerging field, as well as developing policies that promote and align with improved outcomes in health care and education for individuals with ASD.

April is Autism Awareness Month. Blue is the color. Light it up Blue!

Press Release by JC Bowman

JC Bowman is the Executive Director of Professional Educators of Tennessee, a non-partisan teacher association headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 

 

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Jasper Highlands community introduces new, secluded phase…Jasper Farms https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/jasper-highlands-community-introduces-new-secluded-phase-jasper-farms/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/jasper-highlands-community-introduces-new-secluded-phase-jasper-farms/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:54:51 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3257 JASPER, Tenn.  – Thunder Enterprises CEO John “Thunder” Thornton revealed recently his latest property, Jasper Farms, a brand new phase within Jasper Highlands that features secluded bluff views, enchanting evergreens, and natural water features. Thornton, inspired by the peacefulness of this supreme property, opted to embrace the wooded, rural and private aspects of the area …

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JASPER, Tenn.  – Thunder Enterprises CEO John “Thunder” Thornton revealed recently his latest property, Jasper Farms, a brand new phase within Jasper Highlands that features secluded bluff views, enchanting evergreens, and natural water features. Thornton, inspired by the peacefulness of this supreme property, opted to embrace the wooded, rural and private aspects of the area in the creation of Jasper Farms.

“When you walk this property, you notice how quiet and calm it is. You’re surrounded by lush forest. Besides roaring waterfalls, you don’t hear anything – not even distant traffic in the valley below,” said Thornton, CEO of Thunder Enterprises. “This Jasper Farms phase is a tranquil getaway for families interested in owning a second mountain home with easy access or for anyone looking for a restful primary residence.”

Families seeking rural refuge on this perfect plateau will enjoy miles of nature trails including the well-known “Huff-n-Puff Trail,” land choices from one to seven acres and unparalleled amenities offered by Jasper Highlands. All of the new homes in Jasper Farms will include the seclusion of dense woods and wide lots. Nearly half of the residences will feature stunning bluff views with an expansive and largely undisturbed valley stretching out below.

The entire 8,893-acre mountain rests on the Cumberland Plateau overlooking the Tennessee River, Nickajack Lake and surrounding valleys below.  Property owners also have access to the community open-air pavilion, three-story gazebo (Thornton refers to as “Gazebodacious”), swimming pool with lap lanes, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, dog park, green space, children’s playground and trailheads throughout the development. Current dues are just $60 per month.

“Our homeowners choose Jasper Highlands for its exceptional quality of life and refreshing mountain living. We provide an exquisite Tennessee experience at a value that most of our residents could not find in the areas that they moved from,” said Thornton. “Jasper Highlands is so unique in that we’ve been able to provide a sense of community while maintaining a sense of privacy, unlike most places that are an either/or situation when it comes to that desired balance.  This Jasper Farms phase embodies that as well as any part of the mountain we’ve released.”

Jasper Highlands, established in 2012, is now home to over 120 people from 38 different states and four countries. The full-service community on Jasper Mountain has its own water system, volunteer fire department and Gigabit-speed fiber internet to enhance the safety and quality of life of residents.

For more information about Jasper Highlands, visit www.jasperhighlands.com.

About Jasper Highlands: Jasper Highlands is a private community in Southeast Tennessee located on the top of Jasper Mountain, overlooking the Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee River, and Nickajack Lake. Miles of nature trails filled with wildlife, waterfalls and spectacular views run through the scenic landscape. Located within 25 minutes of downtown Chattanooga and within six minutes of grocery, hardware and other retail outlets, Jasper Highlands offers residents all the benefits of a scenic escape along with an easy daily commute. For more information about Jasper Highlands, contact 1-888-777-5758 or visit http://www.tnland.com/jasper/.

 About Thunder Enterprises: Thunder Enterprises, located in Kimball, Tennessee, is a developer of fine homes and master-planned communities in Tennessee, Wyoming, Montana, North Carolina and Hawaii. Since 1991, Thunder Enterprises has been a premier property real estate developer involved in many local and regional projects. For more information, please visit www.jasperhighlands.com.

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Whitwell Middle students to take part in historic Arbor Day tree planting event on Tuesday https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/whitwell-middle-students-take-part-historic-arbor-day-tree-planting-event-tuesday/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/04/whitwell-middle-students-take-part-historic-arbor-day-tree-planting-event-tuesday/#respond Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:23:41 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3253 Students at Whitwell Middle School are set to take part in a special tree planting event centered around the annual TMA/OSM Arbor Day events this year with the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF) on Tuesday, April 10th. CCWF President Barry Thacker, PE and board member Carol Moore recently met with Whitwell Middle Assistant Principal, Dr. …

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Students at Whitwell Middle School are set to take part in a special tree planting event centered around the annual TMA/OSM Arbor Day events this year with the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF) on Tuesday, April 10th.

CCWF President Barry Thacker, PE and board member Carol Moore recently met with Whitwell Middle Assistant Principal, Dr. Joshua Holtcamp, 8th-grade teacher Brady Rorex, and Barry Thacker, in order to plan the event. Also in attendance was Chico Higgins with Lexington Coal/TCC.

The school, which received seeds and seedlings ahead of the event, will be transplanting those seedlings and new seedlings they’ve grown in their classrooms to the Arbor Day planting site — a reclaimed mine site of Lexington Coal/TCC near Whitwell.

L-R: Carol Moore (CCWF board member), Chico Higgins (Lexington Coal/TCC), Dr. Joshua Holtcamp (Whitwell Middle Assitant Principal), Brady Rorex, (Whitwell Middle teacher), and Barry Thacker, PE (CCWF President)… Photo: Courtesy CCWF Website

Other than the educational opportunity this affords students by practicing good stewardship of Mother Nature and celebrating Arbor Day, this also provides an educational visit to a reclaimed mine site showing how industry and government can work together.

Maybe even more notable is that students were provided with pure American chestnut seeds and seedlings. These young seedlings along with more potted blight-resistant American Chestnut hybrids and a variety of other hardwood bare-root seedlings will be planted at Tuesday’s event.

The American Chestnut species was devastated by the chestnut blight, a fungal disease, in the early 1900s. It’s estimated that between 3 and 4 billion American Chestnut trees were destroyed in the first half of the 20th century by blight after its initial discovery in 1904. Prior to this, it was considered one of the most important forest trees throughout its range and was considered the finest species of chestnut trees in the world.

Through a technique called backcrossing being used by The American Chestnut Foundation and efforts by other organizations, these blight-resistant trees are being planted in an attempt to restore the American Chestnut to its original habitat.

Ahead of the planting, the reclaimed mine site has been prepared for planting using the “FRA method” (Forestry Reclamation Approach) and the land is ready for Tuesday’s event.

Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. More information on this event and the organization can be learned on their website at http://www.coalcreekaml.com/.

Lexington Coal Company, LLC (Lexington Coal/TCC) engages in the reclamation and transfer of coal properties in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, and Indiana as per the permits assigned by the United States Bankruptcy Court. The company, through its subsidiary, Lexington Mine Reclamation Services, also offers full service reclamation services for high wall backfilling, hollow fill, pond removal, grading, hydro-seeding, and tree planting needs; contract surface mining services for contour, mountain-top, auger, and high wall mining needs; and commercial excavation, site development, and environmental services. Lexington Coal Company, LLC was incorporated in 2004 and is based in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

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