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Winter weather expected to impact the Sequatchie Valley and Marion County https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/winter-weather-expected-to-impact-the-sequatchie-valley-and-marion-county-next-week/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/winter-weather-expected-to-impact-the-sequatchie-valley-and-marion-county-next-week/#respond Sun, 27 Jan 2019 01:36:57 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3617 Stay with MarionCountyMessenger.com for the latest updates on potential winter weather that’s forecast to impact our area over the next week… Winter Weather Update Saturday 1/28/19 @ 9:31 PM CST We’re just hours away from MUCH colder temperatures and our shot at some light snow across the region. The National Weather Service in Morristown, TN …

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Stay with MarionCountyMessenger.com for the latest updates on potential winter weather that’s forecast to impact our area over the next week…

Winter Weather Update Saturday 1/28/19 @ 9:31 PM CST

We’re just hours away from MUCH colder temperatures and our shot at some light snow across the region. The National Weather Service in Morristown, TN has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area from 3:00 AM CST early Tuesday morning until 3:00 PM CST Tuesday afternoon.

The Winter Weather Advisory details include snow accumulations up to 2-inches across the area with some locally higher amounts near 3-inches in places — mainly higher elevations. Travel could be impacted as roads could turn slippery with the precipitation along extremely cold temperatures.

What to Expect and When

Rain showers will continue into the overnight hours, gradually increasing after 11:00 PM CST. Showers will be light as there isn’t a lot of moisture with this front. We will likely see the rain transitioning to snow overnight. You can expect to see any change-over to occur locally between 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM CST. Again, snow showers will be light. Sorry, snow lovers, but this just isn’t the kind of system that generally brings the heavier snows to our area. These Arctic fronts don’t generally lead to heavy snows good for building snowmen and sledding. Those snows generally occur with Gulf lows — where the moisture comes in from the Gulf out of the south and meets the cold air in just the right combination and timing (i.e. – Superstorm ’93). Don’t expect that here tomorrow.

We’ll likely only see a trace amount — 0.5″ to 1.5″ here in the valley with any notable accumulations in the higher elevations along Walden’s Ridge and the Cumberland Plateau. Chattanooga can expect much the same with only a trace to 1″ with some locally higher amounts. It looks as though the higher accumulation amounts will occur East of Chattanooga in Bradley, Polk, and McMinn and along the Blue Ridge into North Georgia.

What Will it Impact

First of all, we’ve already seen the long list of school, business, and other closings and delays. At this point, it’s probably easier to have a list of what’s open versus what’s closed. Schools, colleges/universities, government offices, doctors offices, and many others are on a delay if not closed tomorrow in anticipation of this weather event….and thanks to those who have taken the precaution. It’s always tough to make a 100% accurate call on snow events because there are so many different variables that go into a snow forecast. No matter how many computer models we study, scenarios we run they can change in a millisecond. MANY variables must happen with the ground temperature, air temperature, upper atmospheric conditions and temperature, moisture placement and more meteorological terms and acronyms than you can shake a stick at! That said, it’s always best to play it safe rather than put lives in danger.

With this system, we could see impacts on the morning commute as moisture will be present in some form along with rapidly-cooling temperatures. Travel could become hazardous as roads can easily turn slippery with the extra cold temps…especially untreated or secondary road surfaces  There’s also the chance for some re-freezing as the cold temps will only be getting colder throughout the day on Tuesday so the risk remains for the afternoon commute in places where the surfaces may not completely dry-up by afternoon. Be safe and se extra caution while traveling. Allow extra time to get to your destination and allow extra space between you and other cars. Best advice is…if you don’t have to get on the roads — don’t. Stay in, stay safe, and stay warm!

Major Impacts

The biggest part of this system is the cold. Bone-chilling cold temperatures will be a factor as we make our way through the day on Tuesday and into Tuesday night. Temperatures will be near or below freezing throughout much of the day and will become even colder by nighttime. We’ll see our high around Midnight tonight at about 45-degrees. Those temps will fall rapidly through the early morning and into the day. Any rain/snow or precip will move out by mid-morning and skies will gradually clear by afternoon. We’ll see partly cloudy skies and temps in the mid and upper teens by Wednesday morning, so bundle-up if you’re heading out over the next 24-48 hours.

Rest of the Week

We’ll dry-up heading through the day on Tuesday and Tuesday afternoon. Cold air sticks with us through the day and into Wednesday. After we make it through those bone-chilling temps Wednesday morning we’ll remain dry as we see another chilly day with highs in the low to mid 30’s.  Dry weather will continue Thursday with lows in the teens and highs in the mid to upper 30’s. Friday we’ll stay cool with highs in the low to mid 40s and only a slight chance for a shower. The weekend looks warmer with highs making into the mid 50s and a slight chance for some scattered showers on Sunday.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE — Winter Weather Update Saturday 1/26/19 @ 7:30 PM CDT

Our first shot of significant winter weather (finally?) is on the way to the Tennessee Valley. A strong polar low (polar vortex) will set up across the northern US early next week. A strong arctic cold front will swing through the region on Tuesday bringing with it very cold temperatures and even a shot at some accumulating snowfall for the southeast.

Temperatures Monday night will remain in the lower 40s (don’t be fooled). The cold front is expected to blast southward early Tuesday morning. Precipitation may begin as a little rain before quickly transitioning to all snow.

Forecast models are showing perhaps a quick burst of heavy snowfall for a time Tuesday morning. Now, all the snow haters are likely saying the ground and roads will be too warm. Well, in this case, two things will happen that will disprove this statement.

First, if heavy snow does indeed come down even briefly the snowfall rates may overpower ground temperatures allowing for accumulations to occur. This may be one of those times with pockets of heavier snow showers. And second, temperatures will be crashing into the lower 20s during the day Tuesday. That’s right… the lower 20s. We will then be susceptible to a phenomenon that is usually common up north, but not totally impossible this far south.That phenomenon is called a flash freeze. Basically, air temperatures drop quickly well below freezing allowing the first inch or two of the ground to freeze very quickly. This allows roads to quickly freeze as well.

Now how much snow and how cold? The high temperature on Tuesday will likely occur around midnight with dropping temperatures through the day. Along and just behind the front there is enough moisture to put down a quick 1-3 inches of snowfall, maybe a bit higher on the plateau where a bit heavier precipitation can take place. Since we are talking about a very dry and cold air mass moving into the region, expect snow to shut off pretty rapidly (by afternoon if not a bit sooner).

Current forecast models as of Saturday evening show Marion and surrounding counties with the potential of seeing our first significant snow accumulation amounts of the winter season next week.

Some complications and unknowns do exist in these type of patterns. I’m pretty confident that we’ll see some winter weather, however, exact totals are a bit tougher to call. In a lot of these cases, the dry air arrives sooner than expected limiting the amounts a bit. However, if we get a couple of pretty heavy bursts we’ll certainly see enough to coat the ground. Travel problem will also develop.

Cold temperatures and wind chill values as low as the single digits can be expected late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. Most locations will likely drop into the upper teens for Wednesday morning.

Remember to bring in your pets and also check on your elderly neighbors to make sure they have adequate and safe heat.

Stay with MarionCountyMessenger.com on Facebook and Twitter for the latest on this winter weather situation and any closings, delays, and road condition information that may impact your work week.

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TVA to do blasting on Raccoon Mountain this week, which may be heard in parts of our area https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/tva-blasting-raccoon-mountain-week-may-heard-parts-area/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/tva-blasting-raccoon-mountain-week-may-heard-parts-area/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:40:44 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3601 TVA will be blasting old cables this week on top of Raccoon Mountain that extend down to Moccasin Bend. The blasting will take place from Tuesday until Thursday, January 15th – January 17th, 2019. TVA said their blasting window each day will be 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM CST. All recreation trails on Raccoon Mountain …

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TVA will be blasting old cables this week on top of Raccoon Mountain that extend down to Moccasin Bend.

The blasting will take place from Tuesday until Thursday, January 15th – January 17th, 2019.

TVA said their blasting window each day will be 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM CST.

All recreation trails on Raccoon Mountain will be closed through January 18th, 2019 to allow for the blasting.

Also, during the blasting times/dates above, traffic will be stopped on Elder Mountain Road and Raccoon Mountain Road.

Officials say the blasts may be heard throughout the downtown Chattanooga and surrounding areas that may cause alarm to some residents, it was stated, which is why they want to get the info out to the public.

 

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Whitwell High School Wrestling results https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/whitwell-high-school-wrestling-results/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/whitwell-high-school-wrestling-results/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:17:37 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3594 Whitwell High School’s Wrestling Team faced Coffee County on January 3rd, 2019 in a match. Here’s the results from that: Whitwell (WHIT) 57.0, Coffee County High Shcool (CFCHS) 19.0 145: Amado Gomez (WHIT) over Zack Bush (CFCHS) (Fall 3:32) 152: John King (WHIT) over Devin Judge (CFCHS) (Fall 0:54) 160: Jacob Roberts (WHIT) over Dakota …

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Whitwell High School’s Wrestling Team faced Coffee County on January 3rd, 2019 in a match. Here’s the results from that:

Whitwell (WHIT) 57.0, Coffee County High Shcool (CFCHS) 19.0
145: Amado Gomez (WHIT) over Zack Bush (CFCHS) (Fall 3:32) 152: John King (WHIT) over Devin Judge (CFCHS) (Fall 0:54) 160: Jacob Roberts (WHIT) over Dakota Chalker (CFCHS) (Fall 2:26) 170: Jacob Phillips (CFCHS) over (WHIT) (For.) 182: Allen Ashworth (WHIT) over Reynaldo Reyes (CFCHS) (Fall 0:58) 195: Mason keel (WHIT) over (CFCHS) (For.) 220: Christopher Speagle (CFCHS) over (WHIT) (For.) 285: James Headrick (WHIT) over Cardin Stump (CFCHS) (DQ) 106: Alexander George (WHIT) over Gabriel Westbrook (CFCHS) (Fall 0:52) 113: Hunter Massey (CFCHS) over Luke Dobson (WHIT) (Dec 7-3) 120: Brett Francis (CFCHS) over Brice Barton (WHIT) (MD 11-2) 126: Benton Magouirk (WHIT) over (CFCHS) (For.) 132: Cooper Horton (WHIT) over Hunter Waring (CFCHS) (Dec 6-2) 138: Jaren Thames (WHIT) over Gavin Prater (CFCHS) (Fall 1:42)

You can find more details regarding this dual using the following link.
http://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/seasons/LoadBalance.jsp?pageName=DualMatches.jsp&dualId=3181213132

 

In another meetup earlier this week on Tuesday, The Tigers hosted Rhea County. Here’s the results from that:

Whitwell (WHIT) 48.0, Rhea Co. (RHCO) 36.0
106: Alexander George (WHIT) over (RHCO) (For.) 113: Marcos Garcia (RHCO) over Luke Dobson (WHIT) (Fall 5:00) 120: Brice Barton (WHIT) over Jacob Judkins (RHCO) (Fall 3:31) 126: Benton Magouirk (WHIT) over Hunter Constance (RHCO) (Fall 3:20) 132: Cooper Horton (WHIT) over Logan Douglas (RHCO) (Fall 1:26) 138: Jaren Thames (WHIT) over (RHCO) (For.) 145: Wyatt Stumbo (RHCO) over Amado Gomez (WHIT) (Fall 0:52) 152: Jagger Hickman (RHCO) over John King (WHIT) (Fall 4:20) 160: Jacob Roberts (WHIT) over Noah Varner (RHCO) (Fall 1:08) 170: Fransisco Perez (RHCO) over (WHIT) (For.) 182: Allen Ashworth (WHIT) over Kobie Thurman (RHCO) (Fall 1:04) 195: Jacob Scruggs (RHCO) over Mason keel (WHIT) (Fall 0:29) 220: Garrett Smith (RHCO) over (WHIT) (For.) 285: James Headrick (WHIT) over Colton Edwards (RHCO) (Fall 2:45)
You can find more details regarding this dual using the following link.

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Jasper Highlands Establishes Wellness Center, Restaurant And General Store https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/jasper-highlands-establishes-wellness-center-restaurant-general-store/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/jasper-highlands-establishes-wellness-center-restaurant-general-store/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:09:44 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3592 Jasper Highlands, a mountain community on the Cumberland Plateau, is constructing a 4,300-square foot wellness center, restaurant and general store. The complex, which will be known as The Village, will be open to the public and located atop Jasper Mountain just before the gates to the community. “The Village will expand our exceptional amenities for …

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Jasper Highlands, a mountain community on the Cumberland Plateau, is constructing a 4,300-square foot wellness center, restaurant and general store. The complex, which will be known as The Village, will be open to the public and located atop Jasper Mountain just before the gates to the community.

“The Village will expand our exceptional amenities for residents, while providing a unique destination for visitors and an unforgettable dining experience above the clouds,” said John “Thunder” Thornton, CEO of Thunder Enterprises and developer of Jasper Highlands.

“By adding a wellness center, restaurant and general store, we’re increasing our investment in Marion County and extending our mountain-top experience to people throughout the county and beyond. When the restaurant opens later next year, we’ll have about 300 people living at Jasper Highlands, and The Village will be a significant gathering place for our community.”

Computer rendering of The Village, set to open at Jasper Highlands including a General Store, Wellness Center, and restaurant slated to open this year.

Mr. Thornton has engaged Chattanooga-based restaurant group, SquareOne Holdings to develop and manage the restaurant at The Village and Forte Fitness to operate the wellness center. The restaurant will provide panoramic views of the Tennessee River and valley below. SquareOne, which owns and operates STIR and State of Confusion in Chattanooga, is known for high quality, fresh, made-from-scratch food and a high standard of service and hospitality and will bring the same approach to The Village.

“The restaurant at The Village will offer an experience unlike anything in the area and will significantly enhance dining options in Jasper and the surrounding community,” said Allen Corey, founder and president of SquareOne Holdings. “On top of great service, food and drinks, the views from overlooking the Tennessee Valley will be unmatched by any restaurant in the region.”

Jasper Highlands is 25 minutes west of Chattanooga just off Interstate 24, making the restaurant a close destination for diners from the Scenic City as well as travelers passing through the area. The Village will also include a general store, which will offer gifts, mementos and staple goods.

With a membership, Marion County residents will be able to join the wellness center, which will feature free weights, treadmills, cardio equipment, bikes and row machines as well as lockers and showers. Forte Fitness will lead personal training sessions and classes like spinning and yoga.

Construction is underway on The Village, with the wellness center expected to be completed by spring 2019 and the restaurant slated for a fall opening.

The Village expands the amenities available to Jasper Highlands residents living atop the 8,893-acre mountain. Property owners also have access to a community open air pavilion, three-story gazebo, swimming pool, tennis and pickle ball courts, dog park, green space, children’s playground and nature trails.

Established in 2012, the community is home to over 190 people from 42 different states and four countries. Jasper Highlands has its own water system, volunteer fire department and Gigabit-speed fiber internet to enhance the safety and quality of life of residents.

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New medical cannabis bill to be introduced in Tennessee legislature https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/new-medical-cannabis-bill-to-be-introduced-in-tennessee-legislature/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/new-medical-cannabis-bill-to-be-introduced-in-tennessee-legislature/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 13:02:53 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3599 State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton) on Thursday announced they will introduce comprehensive legislation to regulate access to medical cannabis. The proposal would allow qualified patients to obtain medical cards if they are diagnosed with specific medical conditions and purchase products from companies that are licensed by Tennessee and owned by …

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State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton) on Thursday announced they will introduce comprehensive legislation to regulate access to medical cannabis.

The proposal would allow qualified patients to obtain medical cards if they are diagnosed with specific medical conditions and purchase products from companies that are licensed by Tennessee and owned by Tennesseans to cultivate, process and dispense cannabis.

Medical cannabis sales in the U.S. last year alone exceeded $3.5 billion, and the industry is rapidly expanding.  Since 1973 when the first state voted to de-criminalize cannabis, 33 states have approved medical cannabis programs, including recent approvals in Oklahoma, Utah, Missouri and Pennsylvania. Roughly two-thirds of Americans have access to medical programs.

No state has repealed a medical program.

“I have been in the fight against opioids and pill mills. Opioids have become a tragedy for Tennesseans,” Senator Bowling said. “Our constituents can use a natural and effective option for pain relief that is not controlled or pushed by Big Pharma. When I see medical studies showing that states with medical cannabis programs had an average 23 percent drop in opioid prescription use and overdoses, I see a real option we can use.”

The Bowling-Travis bill is substantially different from other legislation proposed in previous years.

“I wanted a new bill that is Tennessee-specific and takes the best of what worked in other states and leaves out what did not. This bill delivers what I wanted,” Senator Bowling added. “The legislature has not yet had that kind of bill to consider. The Bowling-Travis bill creates a fully functioning framework to license growing, producing and dispensing operations.”

The Tennessee Medical Cannabis Trade Association (TMCTA) endorses the Bowling-Travis bill.

The Bowling-Travis bill will be introduced formally within the next few weeks. Some key elements of the bill are:

  • A ‘FastTrack’ licensing system with statutory deadlines to kick off the process of incentivizing Tennessee residents and experienced companies to choose either a rural based operation with a dispensary or an urban one;
  • Establishing a self-funding commission responsible for regulating both patient access and the industry licensed to provided products for patients;
  • Allowing residents to obtain a medical card as long as they have been diagnosed with a condition on the approved list.  The card allows them to purchase legally; and
  • Thoughtful regulatory controls on how cannabis products can be represented to the public, where and how the products can be sold and used, and prohibitions on conflicts of interests.

“As I learn about the different medical cannabis products available in other states, I am concerned that in Tennessee, a person can’t find relief for their children’s or any other family member’s medical condition, such as epileptic seizures or cancer. The number of people we could help could be astounding,” Rep. Travis said. “I look forward to working with Senator Bowling, the Senate sponsor, to do our due-diligence on this very important bill. It is of the utmost importance for Tennessee to stay at the forefront of serving our citizens, new industry and technology.”

“This bill represents a careful look at what the other states have struggled with so we could focus on the successes and avoid repeating any failures.” TMCTA executive director Glenn Anderson said. “We look forward to working with the legislature to pass a bill that provides the relief patients need.”

Polling across Tennessee during the last two years has shown that 80 percent of Tennesseans support access to medical cannabis. In November, Missouri enacted access to medical cannabis by a 2-1 margin by a public ballot referendum.

Legalization efforts are also moving ahead in Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi. Arkansas and Florida have already enacted legalization laws.

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Tennessee American Water presents donation to Whitwell High School for State Championship rings https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/tennessee-american-water-presents-donation-whitwell-high-school-state-championship-rings/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/tennessee-american-water-presents-donation-whitwell-high-school-state-championship-rings/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:22:04 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3597 Tennessee American Water made a donation of $10,000 today to Whitwell High School toward the purchase of state championship football rings.  The football team won its first ever TSSAA Class A state title in December.  The coach announced a fundraising effort to purchase rings for the team members. “We are so happy and proud for …

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Tennessee American Water made a donation of $10,000 today to Whitwell High School toward the purchase of state championship football rings.  The football team won its first ever TSSAA Class A state title in December.  The coach announced a fundraising effort to purchase rings for the team members.

“We are so happy and proud for the Whitwell Tigers on their first state championship win in football,” said Tennessee American Water President Val Armstrong. “Residents and others have rallied to raise funds so that the players will have a memento of this great moment in their school’s history.

Tennessee American Water made a donation of $10,000 to Whitwell High School toward the purchase of state championship football rings. The football team won its first ever TSSAA Class A state title in December. (Pictured from left to right are Tennessee American Water Sequatchie Valley Operations Superintendent Michael Griffith, Whitwell Tigers Senior Wide Receiver and Defensive Back Jaron Thames, Senior Quarterback Warner Ashworth, Principal Teena Casseday, and Head Coach Randall Boldin.)

“We have several employees who attended the school and we know how much this means to the community,” said Sequatchie Valley Superintendent of Operations Michael Griffith. “Our donation shows our support for this effort and we hope it brings them all the way to their goal.”

“My family has lived in Whitwell for generations and I went to Whitwell and played ball,” said Junior Atterton, Tennessee American Water field services representative.  “I was so proud watching the team win the championship and today I’m so proud for the company I work for making some dreams come true.”

“We’re extremely grateful,” said Whitwell Tigers Head Football Coach Randall Boldin.  “This is helpful to our program and it will go a long way.  We are a small community and this will help us grow our program.”


ABOUT TENNESSEE AMERICAN WATER

Tennessee American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 375,000 people in Tennessee and northern Georgia. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. More information can be found by visiting www.tennesseeamwater.com.

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Congressman Scott DesJarlais supports Trump’s Border Policy “100 Percent” https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/congressman-scott-desjarlais-supports-trumps-border-policy-100-percent/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/congressman-scott-desjarlais-supports-trumps-border-policy-100-percent/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:18:31 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3596 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais issued the following statement supporting stronger border and immigration security, after the President’s Oval Office address to the nation on Tuesday night: “Weak border security and bad laws are causing a humanitarian crisis at the southern border and in our local communities. Erecting more effective physical barriers would prevent …

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais issued the following statement supporting stronger border and immigration security, after the President’s Oval Office address to the nation on Tuesday night:

“Weak border security and bad laws are causing a humanitarian crisis at the southern border and in our local communities. Erecting more effective physical barriers would prevent drug and human smuggling into the U.S. We need more border agents and ICE officers, too, but Democrats oppose a wall, a fence and even ICE itself. But over ninety percent of heroin crosses into the U.S. from Mexico, killing Americans, and cartels and gangs are also smuggling women and children. Illegal immigration is overwhelming our court system.

“The President presented these clear facts, including his offers to sign legislation Democrats supported until he took office. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are now describing the most important issue confronting our country as a diversion and distraction. Tennesseans have been promised border security for years, and I’m 100 percent behind President Trump’s efforts to finally solve the problem.”

 

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Terry “Fuzz” Parker selected as Whitwell Mayor https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/12/terry-fuzz-parker-selected-whitwell-mayor/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/12/terry-fuzz-parker-selected-whitwell-mayor/#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:00:46 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3590 Following the retirement of Whitwell Mayor Linda Hooper in recent weeks, the position was once again open following the November election. According to Whitwell’s city charter, the board of commissioners select a mayor for the city from those on the board. Current commissioners include Sandra Crabtree, Terry “Fuzz” Parker, Jimmy Nunley and newly-elected commissioners Mike …

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Following the retirement of Whitwell Mayor Linda Hooper in recent weeks, the position was once again open following the November election.

According to Whitwell’s city charter, the board of commissioners select a mayor for the city from those on the board.

Current commissioners include Sandra Crabtree, Terry “Fuzz” Parker, Jimmy Nunley and newly-elected commissioners Mike Dillon and Joshua Eggert-Michael.

Crabtree, Dillon and Parker all volunteered their names for consideration of their fellow commissioners.

Parker was chosen for the city’s top job with Nunley remaining in his role as vice mayor.

Parker, who spent 39-years in the law enforcement field, retired as police chief in Powells Crossroads in May 2017 where he’d served the city for 18 years following work with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, and police departments in Jasper, Tracy City and Whitwell.

 

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Cold temps raise concerns about energy-bill transparency https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/12/cold-temps-raise-concerns-energy-bill-transparency/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/12/cold-temps-raise-concerns-energy-bill-transparency/#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2018 14:44:32 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3588 CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Some watchdog groups think Tennesseans are getting snowed, and it has nothing to do with the weather. It’s the first winter since the Tennessee Valley Authority announced a new Grid Access Charge, and local power companies can choose whether to pass the fees on to customers. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy …

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Some watchdog groups think Tennesseans are getting snowed, and it has nothing to do with the weather.

It’s the first winter since the Tennessee Valley Authority announced a new Grid Access Charge, and local power companies can choose whether to pass the fees on to customers. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy reviewed bills from more than 100 utility providers in the TVA service territory and found that at least 85 percent don’t list the fixed fees on residential electric bills.

Laura Humphrey, an energy-policy associate with SACE, said residents should take a closer look at their power bills rather than assume an increase is related to colder temperatures.

“The first thing I would want is them to check their bill,” she said, “and see if it’s visible or if it’s hidden in the kilowatt hours.”

SACE and other groups have launched a campaign called “Let Me See the Fee” to urge greater transparency on utility bills. According to the federal Energy Information Administration, Tennesseans spend an average of 12.5 percent of their income on electricity, one of the highest energy burdens in the country.

The groups teaming up with SACE for “Let Me See the Fee” include Conservatives for Energy Freedom, the NAACP, the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens and Energy Alabama. Jimmie Garland Sr., vice president for the Tennessee state NAACP chapter, said he is concerned that large companies aren’t paying their fair share.

“They are raising the rates on the residents, but they are giving these businesses tax breaks at the expense of those that are bound to live here in Clarksville, or the state of Tennessee, or the region,” he said. “I call it hostage taking.”

At the Fort Campbell Army base, thousands of military families are impacted by the surge in utility rates that can absorb up to 18 -percent of their household income.

Humphrey added that the increase will affect the state’s most vulnerable residents this winter.

“Some people are having to make hard choices about whether they should buy medications, whether they should skimp on other bills and maybe quality food, health care, things like that,” she said. “So we want the fixed fee to be low, so people can control the bill and keep it low.”

Some power companies have made efforts to absorb the TVA increase rather than passing it on to their customers. More information about “Let Me See the Fee” is on the SACE website.

Reported by: Antionette Kerr

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Semi catches fire in I-24 crash in Marion County on Tuesday https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/12/semi-catches-fire-24-crash-marion-county-tuesday/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/12/semi-catches-fire-24-crash-marion-county-tuesday/#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2018 14:25:16 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3586 A semi-truck caught fire on Tuesday afternoon along I-24 eastbound near Kimball causing traffic delays that lasted for quite some time causing a backup from the scene all the way back to the foot of Monteagle Mountain. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) was forced to keep the right lane of traffic closed for several …

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A semi-truck caught fire on Tuesday afternoon along I-24 eastbound near Kimball causing traffic delays that lasted for quite some time causing a backup from the scene all the way back to the foot of Monteagle Mountain.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) was forced to keep the right lane of traffic closed for several hours in order to clear the scene.

Local authorities and TDOT confirmed that no injuries occurred in the incident.

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37 years later… A look at the Whitwell Mine #21 Tragedy on Dec. 8, 1981 https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/12/37-years-later-a-look-at-the-whitwell-mine-21-tragedy-on-dec-8-1981/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/12/37-years-later-a-look-at-the-whitwell-mine-21-tragedy-on-dec-8-1981/#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:35:24 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3578 “We are sharing this story again from 2017 for the memory and as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragic Mine 21 disaster on December 8, 1981 near Whitwell, Tennessee. We’ve added some new information at the bottom of this article detailing a new short documentary, “Mine 21,” that premiered in …

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“We are sharing this story again from 2017 for the memory and as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragic Mine 21 disaster on December 8, 1981 near Whitwell, Tennessee. We’ve added some new information at the bottom of this article detailing a new short documentary, “Mine 21,” that premiered in October 2018. We dedicate this to those 13 men, their families and loved ones who will forever miss them, all of our coal miner’s and those who continue to preserve the occupation’s rich history…and to the residents of Marion County — in an effort to preserve our county’s rich history and to ensure that upcoming generations will always have a link to their family and community’s past. To all of those who dedicate their time and efforts to preserve our local history — Thank You.”

December 8th, 1981 was a Tuesday. It was a clear and dry day, a bit windy, but overall fairly warm for the season in Whitwell, Tenn, a small coal-mining town nestled between the foothills of the Appalachian mountains bordered by the “big city” of Chattanooga to the east and snugged-up against the Cumberland Plateau right in the backyard yard to the West. Thanksgiving was past and the Christmas season was in full-swing that day with kids in school and residents going about their day-to-day lives.

Folks were doing their grocery shopping at Pickett’s or Smith’s Grocery, pumping gas at Castle’s, while Jim and Edward Hooper were no doubt busy filling prescriptions at Hooper’s Drug Store, and I’m sure at all of these places including James “Stoogey” Van Hooser’s barbershop you were hearing talk about the upcoming Tennessee Vols game against Wisconsin in the Garden State Bowl, under the coaching of Johnny Majors, that was set to take place at Giants Stadium in New Jersey the following Sunday. Yep, it was a pretty typical day until the smallest spark set forth by a cigarette lighter happened deep below Whitwell Mountain in a mineshaft about Noon and led to the thunderous explosion that forever changed things in the small town.

“There were no survivors…” – William B. Allison, President of Tennessee Consolidated Coal Co.

It was one of several coal mining accidents to happen that year in the south. 24 had died just in the week prior due to various accidents and collapses around coal country, but this was at home…in our community… These were the husbands, sons, grandfathers, uncles, cousins, brothers, friends and members of our community.

It changed the lives of the families of the 13 men that were lost in the Grundy Mining Company / Tennessee Consolidated Coal’s #21 mine tragedy that day along with changes to the communities in and around Whitwell in the years that followed and slowly led to even more changes in our small rural valley as a whole.

Over the past 36 years, Marion County has changed a good bit. We’ve seen growth in our communities both economically and in population, despite the news of an up-and-down economy on the national level. There have been so many changes that have taken place in our world since 1981 that it really looks like a different place worldwide. We’re connected to the internet, we’re connected by smartphones, our cars are smart, we stream music and movies, and even this very article — you’re reading it online…from an online newspaper! Who saw that coming in 1981? We’ve seen advances in medicine, safety, and so many other things these past 36 years and for many of us, we’ve watched all this from our vantage point right here in the heart of the Sequatchie Valley.

Yes, much change has taken place as our local industries have shifted over the years from the coal mining industry that built our small communities to newer or changing industries such as the continuing expansion of product manufacturing taking place at Lodge in South Pittsburg — going beyond the cast iron we’ve all known for so long to new and improved products sold worldwide. Or there’s the manufacture of Prologue fire logs — a carbon neutral, convenient and virtually smoke-free manufactured right here in the valley in Whitwell. While New Hope’s Colonial Chemical works daily to bring advancements in the personal care, household, industrial, and vehicle care markets with various products. Other local industries and manufacturers like Jasper Materials, Shaw, Tennessee Galvanizing, US Stove Company, Ply Gem, Valmont, Primex and others have taken over local job market for the blue collar worker where once they were found deep in the mines dotting the landscape of the Cumberland Plateau to bring out the much sought after coal needed to build those industries and power a growing nation.

The one thing that hasn’t changed is our community’s sense of community, compassion, and remembering our past. How we reach out to those around us that are suffering or in need hasn’t changed so dramatically since 1981 because we do seem to live in a genuinely caring community. That December day in 1981 was the day so many coal miner’s wives feared most — the day an accident would undoubtedly happen. It was dangerous work in the mines, but it was an honest day’s work and the pay was generally enough to support a family, even if only barely. Despite the known dangers and occupational hazards that existed with the job, many a man and their fathers and grandfathers before them chiseled, drilled, and made their ways deep into the honeycomb of mines in the Tennessee mountains every day to make their living and they did it with pride…and when tragedy did happen our communities in Marion County answered with all the help they could from offers of food for families and other needs from folks in South Pittsburg, Kimball and Jasper to help offered from people in another coal mining town just North of us across the county line in Dunlap. People were willing to show their support and do what they could do to help.

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That December day changed a lot of things locally and nationally. According to William B. Allison, president of the Tennessee Consolidated Coal Company which operated the mine under the subsidiary of Grundy Mining Company, said the worst accident in the company’s history. Emergency crews with air tanks worked for hours to reach those who’d been working in the mine only to find 13 men of the 30 who were in the mine when the explosion happened had perished. As family members, friends, and fellow miners began to gather outside of the company’s offices cries could be heard as the news was given to those about the ill fate of their loved ones and friends.

If you’ve never heard Confederate Railroad’s Danny Shirley sing “Whitwell Mine” — a song he wrote and released as a solo artist about the tragedy that happened that day, you should. It’s a very touching tribute to the 13 men we lost. Chances are the song will give a chill to your core, especially if you’re in any way connected to the tragedy. Whitwell native and musician Davey Smith also does a bit more ‘rocking’, yet serious heartfelt song about the mine with his band The Pearl Snap Preachers — “Whitwell Mine 21”both songs show the lasting effect this tragedy had on people in the community.

The United States Department of Labor later accused Tennessee Consolidated Coal and Grundy Mining Company of failure to evacuate workers from a methane-laden shaft and to adequately ventilate the shaft, and failure to enforce federal regulations prohibiting smoking in mines.

It was the beginning of the end of mining in the valley at this point. It remained as a significant industry in the Whitwell area until 1996 when the mines went bankrupt and the jobs went away. By the time I was coming up as a teenager in Whitwell the jobs were gone, the coal trucks had quit running, and the Whitwell area was changing. First with a slow fade as it seemed the old downtown had just…died. The heart and soul of the town were different with coal mining going away, but with time things got better, Whitwell grew and evolved and has been doing so ever since. Men like J.T. Shadrick, Harry Joe Hooper, Harvey Merritt, Frank Atterton, Dennis Brandon, and so many others handed-down stories of these men and the history of Whitwell’s coal mining past. The children and grandchildren of these men are now able to look back with a fondness for what their ancestors once did to make a buck. The memories, however, continue to live on and the celebration of the lives of those 13 men who died and all coal miners continue to be celebrated by the Marion County Coal Miner’s Museum at Whitwell.

The museum documents the history of coal mining in the United States, with special emphasis on the mines in Whitwell and Marion County. It’s open weekdays from 8am-4pm CST and Saturday from 8am-Noon CST. There is no charge to visit, but donations are always welcome. The museum is located at 900A Main Street in Whitwell at the former library location and can be contacted at (423)658-6868. More info is available online at www.CoalMinersMuseum.com or on their Facebook Page.

J.T. Shadrick, one of the museum founders and a former coal miner was one of the first men to go back into the mine after the explosion that happened that day. While he’ll tell you what he remembers of the tragic events that day, he’s likely to well-up with a few tears and choke-up a bit while speaking. These were men that Shadrick knew…some for many years. But Shadrick speaks with pride about our region’s rich heritage and the memory of these 13 men and all others who went way below the Earth to do their job in the mines. History definitely lives on despite the loss in Whitwell at the Marion County Coal Miner’s Museum, and hopefully, you’ll visit soon to hear more about the stories of these men.

Today we’ve taken a moment to pause and remember those who our community lost 36 years ago in one of the worst mining accidents in Tennessee history. May they continue to rest in peace and may we never forget them or their legacies and our deep-rooted history, even if it’s through the tragedy that brought such sorrow to our community on a mild December day.

In Memorium of the 13 Miners lost on December 8, 1981: Danny “Mort” Cooley, Larry Cooley, Edward French, Lee Grimes, Jacob Kilgore, Charlie Myers, Harvey Nolan, Gaylon Parsons, Jimmy Wayne Rogers, Darrell Rollins, Jack “Jackie” Tate, Roy “Mule” White, and Frankie Wilburn.

2018 Follow-up:

Earlier this year, news of a documentary about the Mine 21 disaster was announced and has recently been screened across the region.

The short documentary, “Mine 21,” follows a young woman’s search for answers about the tragedy, which took the life of her grandfather — one of the 13 who died that day. On her search, she discovers that her grandmother’s heroic fight for justice helped save lives.

“Mine 21” produced by Sewanee University classics professor Chris McDonough, directed by videographer and Sewanee alum Stephen Garrett, and unveiled through the eyes of two of the university’s current students, Kelsey Arbuckle and Alexa Fults, whose pasts are intimately linked to the mines.

Mine 21 Trailer from EmpyreanMedia on Vimeo.

The documentary was premiered as a free screening at Monteagle Elementary School on October 24th, with other free screenings following at the Sewanee Union Theatre and recently at Whitwell Middle School on November 13th.

Additional screening dates have not been announced at this time or a release or available digital download, but more information can be found at Mine21.com, including contact information for the producers.

Reported By: Logan Carmichael

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