MarionCountyMessenger.com https://marioncountymessenger.com The Sequatchie Valley's Most Trusted News Source... Thu, 23 May 2019 13:08:40 +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 Marion County detective involved in accidental shooting https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/05/marion-county-detective-involved-in-accidental-shooting/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/05/marion-county-detective-involved-in-accidental-shooting/#respond Thu, 23 May 2019 12:46:15 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3626 A female detective with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department was accidentally shot in the leg on Wednesday afternoon at the Sheriff’s Office in Jasper. According to Sheriff Bo Burnette, the victim’s partner was unloading his AR-15 rifle when it accidentally fired, shooting his partner who was walking by at the time in the back of …

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A female detective with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department was accidentally shot in the leg on Wednesday afternoon at the Sheriff’s Office in Jasper.

According to Sheriff Bo Burnette, the victim’s partner was unloading his AR-15 rifle when it accidentally fired, shooting his partner who was walking by at the time in the back of the leg.

She was rushed to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga by Puckett EMS with a police escort involving several Marion County law enforcement agencies.

The sheriff says the detective’s leg was broken and a pin was inserted during surgery yesterday. He said she is expected to be okay and was in stable condition, but may need to undergo an additional surgery soon.

Sheriff Burnette said the two detectives had worked together for five years and were very close.

“He’s a total wreck. It’s a bad, bad situation,” Sheriff Burnette told the news media.

The names of those involved have not yet been officially released by the Sheriff’s Department. The TBI is investigating the incident.

 

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South Pittsburg students graduate from St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/05/south-pittsburg-students-graduate-from-st-andrews-sewanee-school/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/05/south-pittsburg-students-graduate-from-st-andrews-sewanee-school/#respond Thu, 23 May 2019 10:48:02 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3628 St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School celebrated the 2018-2019 school year with a weekend of ceremonies culminating in the graduation of the Class of 2019. The 37 members of the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Class of 2019 will enroll in 30 different schools, from the University of California, Santa Cruz to Rhode Island School of Design. SAS is currently …

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St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School celebrated the 2018-2019 school year with a weekend of ceremonies culminating in the graduation of the Class of 2019.

The 37 members of the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Class of 2019 will enroll in 30 different schools, from the University of California, Santa Cruz to Rhode Island School of Design.

SAS is currently accepting applications for Fall 2019. For more information, go to www.sasweb.org

Davis Gill is a three-year, day student from South Pittsburg, Tenn. He received numerous awards in track and field, holds the school’s Triple Jump record, and qualified for this year’s State Track & Field championships. He will attend University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Davis is the son of David Gill and Jocelyn Gill.

Ben Mathews is a seven-year, day student from South Pittsburg, Tenn. He was an honors student and received numerous awards over the years for baseball and football. He was recipient of this year’s Spanish VI award. Ben will attend East Tennessee State University. He is the son of Betsy Jacobs and James Mathews.

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Jasper Highlands opens Wellness Center, adds microbrewery to restaurant plans https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/05/jasper-highlands-opens-wellness-center-adds-microbrewery-to-restaurant-plans/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/05/jasper-highlands-opens-wellness-center-adds-microbrewery-to-restaurant-plans/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 12:59:00 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3629 JASPER, Tenn. – As Jasper Highlands continues to grow with the recent addition of 190 new lots, its Wellness Center is now open, and a microbrewery will be added to the restaurant currently under construction. The Jasper Highlands Wellness Center is available to residents of the mountain community on the Cumberland Plateau as well as …

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JASPER, Tenn. – As Jasper Highlands continues to grow with the recent addition of 190 new lots, its Wellness Center is now open, and a microbrewery will be added to the restaurant currently under construction. The Jasper Highlands Wellness Center is available to residents of the mountain community on the Cumberland Plateau as well as people from the surrounding area. In association with Forte Fitness, the Wellness Center provides 4,300 square feet of space for personal training, spinning, classes and individual workouts.

“In creating the Jasper Highlands community, our central focus is realizing a high quality of life, and having great amenities is key to enjoying where you live,” said John “Thunder” Thornton, CEO of Thunder Enterprises and developer of Jasper Highlands. “Forte Fitness and the Wellness Center are a great addition to our community that will enhance the wellbeing of our residents and neighbors around the region.”

The newly constructed facility features a complete state-of-the-art gym with free weights, manual cable systems and a variety cardiovascular equipment open to all members. The center also includes two fully equipped private training suites designed for truly private one-on-one personal training and a fitness classroom equipped for spin classes, yoga, Pilates and more.

Set in the beauty of Jasper Highlands, the facility has a spa-like atmosphere complete with men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers, eight flat screen TVs and a BOSE surround sound speaker system. The space is programmed by Forte Fitness, a Chattanooga-based fitness studio centered on helping people build and maintain true health that works for them every day.  The Forte Fitness training team will be there to educate, care and lead all the fitness programming at the Jasper Highlands Wellness Center.

“Our goal is to come alongside the community of Jasper Highlands to improve their overall health and quality of life so people can thrive and live their best life,” said Julian Kaufman, owner of Forte Fitness. “We believe in building functional bodies, developing cardiovascular fitness and encouraging a lifestyle of healthy eating habits, and we couldn’t ask for a more health-promoting setting than the Jasper Highlands Wellness Center set in the backdrop of Jasper Mountain and the Tennessee Valley.”

While Jasper Highlands has finished construction of the Wellness Center, work has begun on a restaurant and microbrewery at The Village. To develop and manage it, Jasper Highlands is teaming up with SquareOne Holdings, which owns and operates STIR and State of Confusion in Chattanooga. The restaurant and microbrewery atop Jasper Mountain is scheduled to open this fall, which will increase dining and gathering options within the region.

The Village, which features the Wellness Center and restaurant, will also include a general store offering gifts, mementos and staple goods. In addition to The Village, Jasper Highlands residents have access to amenities such as a community open-air pavilion, three-story gazebo, swimming pool, playground, tennis and pickle ball courts, dog park, green space and nature trails.

The new Wellness Center is open now and will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily with after-hours access for members. People interested in a membership can drop by the center during its main hours of operation or email jasperhighlandswellness@gmail.com to get signed up.

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 www.jasperhighlands.com.

 

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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Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty announces Property Management Division available to Marion County https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/05/coldwell-banker-pryor-realty-announces-property-management-division-available-to-marion-county/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/05/coldwell-banker-pryor-realty-announces-property-management-division-available-to-marion-county/#respond Thu, 02 May 2019 13:02:16 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3630 Chattanooga, TN — Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty is happy to announce the launch of their Property Management Division. Established in 1978, Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty is a well-known name throughout the Greater Chattanooga area and surrounding counties. The Property Management Division, headed up by Property Manager Michelle Hall, will serve Hamilton, Bradley, Rhea, Marion, Sequatchie, …

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Chattanooga, TN — Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty is happy to announce the launch of their Property Management Division. Established in 1978, Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty is a well-known name throughout the Greater Chattanooga area and surrounding counties.

The Property Management Division, headed up by Property Manager Michelle Hall, will serve Hamilton, Bradley, Rhea, Marion, Sequatchie, Meigs, and Bledsoe Counties.

Michelle has over 20 years of management experience with 14 of those years in Property Management. Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty’s goal is to provide a residential property management service that stands out from the rest by going above and beyond the expectations of both property owners and tenants.

Property owners may choose either a Lease-only or Full Management option. The Lease-only option is designed to allow owners to lease out their properties worry and hassle-free. The Full Management option makes it easy for anyone to own investment real estate – from those with just a single home to rent all the way to the seasoned real estate investor with multiple properties.

Regardless, no more late-night calls, no more stress. With either option, we will handle all the marketing and provide friendly service.

With the Full Management Option, Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty Property Management will handle everything from start to finish.

Please contact Michelle today for your free consultation.

 

Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty – Property Management
Michelle Hall – Property Manager
423-551-4000
Michelle@ColdwellBankerPryor.com

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School Closings & Delays for Tuesday, Jan. 29th, 2019 https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/school-closings-delays-for-tuesday-jan-29th-2019/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2019/01/school-closings-delays-for-tuesday-jan-29th-2019/#respond Mon, 28 Jan 2019 19:35:52 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3580 Area School Closings & Delays from MarionCountyMessenger.com

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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.

Stay with MarionCountyMessenger.com for the latest updates and current conditions — online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

 

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)
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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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