MarionCountyMessenger.com https://marioncountymessenger.com The Sequatchie Valley's Most Trusted News Source... Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:38:14 +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 Democratic Party announces regular meeting on Aug. 14th https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/08/marion-county-democratic-party-announces-regular-meeting-aug-14th/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/08/marion-county-democratic-party-announces-regular-meeting-aug-14th/#respond Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:46:41 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3415 Katie Tillman, the Chair of the Marion County Democratic Party, has announced our next regular meeting. This meeting will be a time to regroup and find out how you can help moving forward with the General Elections. To add a little extra incentive we will be adding pizza to the equation. The Pizza Party General …

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Katie Tillman, the Chair of the Marion County Democratic Party, has announced our next regular meeting.
This meeting will be a time to regroup and find out how you can help moving forward with the General Elections. To add a little extra incentive we will be adding pizza to the equation.

The Pizza Party General Election Kickoff will be held on Tuesday, August 14th, 6:00 PM CDT at the Marion County Democratic Headquarters…located at 33 Courthouse Square in Jasper at the corner of Main and Betsy Pack Drive.

For more information call Katie Tillman at 423-680-9964.

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South Pittsburg man indicted, charged in 2017 infant homicide case https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/08/south-pittsburg-man-indicted-charged-2017-infant-homicide-case/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/08/south-pittsburg-man-indicted-charged-2017-infant-homicide-case/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:25:48 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3413 Special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working alongside the South Pittsburg Police Department and Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, have obtained indictments for a Marion County man in connection to the 2017 death of his girlfriend’s infant son. At the request of 12th District Attorney General J. Michael Taylor, TBI agents joined the …

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Jonathan Beaumonte

Special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working alongside the South Pittsburg Police Department and Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, have obtained indictments for a Marion County man in connection to the 2017 death of his girlfriend’s infant son.

At the request of 12th District Attorney General J. Michael Taylor, TBI agents joined the investigation into the circumstances leading to the death, on December 13th, 2017, of an 11-month-old Marion County boy.

During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information leading to Jonathan Beaumonte, 22, as the individual responsible for the crime.

On Monday, the Marion County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging Beaumonte with two counts of Felony Murder, one count of Aggravated Child Abuse, and one count of Aggravated Child Neglect.

Authorities arrested Beaumonte today without incident and booked him into the Marion County Jail on $20,000 bond.

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Election Results – Aug. 2nd, 2018 https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/08/election-results-aug-2nd-2018/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/08/election-results-aug-2nd-2018/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 23:50:00 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3410 LIVE Election Results from MarionCountyMessenger.com

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Everything Voters need to know before heading to the Polls on Aug. 2nd https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/08/everything-voters-need-know-heading-polls-aug-2nd/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/08/everything-voters-need-know-heading-polls-aug-2nd/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 15:10:19 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3409 Tennesseans will head to the polls across the state today to vote in the August 2nd primary. 626,894 Tennesseans voted in person or absentee during the two-week early voting period which ended last Saturday, July 28, 2018. You can take a look at the sample ballot for Marion County here…or by visiting the Marion County …

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Tennesseans will head to the polls across the state today to vote in the August 2nd primary.

626,894 Tennesseans voted in person or absentee during the two-week early voting period which ended last Saturday, July 28, 2018.

You can take a look at the sample ballot for Marion County here…or by visiting the Marion County Election Commission website.

comprehensive breakdown from the Division of Elections shows how this turnout compares to past election years.

Poll open and close times and location

There are 17 polling locations in Marion County, all of which will be open from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM CDT. All polls in Tennessee close at 8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT.

Here is the list of Marion County’s polling locations:

PRECINCT POLLING PLACE ADDRESS
South Pittsburg – Dist. 1 Senior Citizens Activity Center 315 Elm Ave., S. Pittsburg, 37380
New Hope – Dist. 1 New Hope Volunteer Fire Dept 2610 Hwy. 156, S. Pittsburg, 37380
Orme – Dist. 1 Orme Community Center/Fire Dept. 796 Orme Rd., S. Pittsburg, 37380
Lodge – Dist. 1 Sweetens Cove Volunteer Fire Dept. 6200 Sweetens Cove Rd., S. Pittsburg, 37380
Monteagle – Dist. 2 Monteagle City Hall 16 Dixie Lee Avenue, Kimball, 37347
Kimball – Dist. 2 Kimball City Hall 649 Main St., Kimball, 37347
Shellmound – Dist. 2 Havrons Chapel United Methodist Church 3267 Shellmound Rd., Jasper, 37347
Haletown-Ladds – Dist. 2 Haletown Volunteer Fire Dept. 337 Hales Bar Rd., Guild, 37340
Jasper – Dist. 3 Richard K. Lawson Building 300 Ridley Ave., Jasper, 37347
Foster Falls – Dist. 4 Foster Falls Community Center 8484 Hwy. 150, Sequatchie, 37347
Whitwell Mtn. – Dist. 4 Whitwell Mtn. Volunteer Fire Dept. 7395 Hwy. 108, Whitwell, 37397
Sequatchie – Dist. 4 Sequatchie Volunteer Fire Dept. 184 Handle Street, Sequatchie, 37347
Waldens Ridge – Dist. 4 Suck Creek Mtn. Volunteer Fire Dept. 5695 Hwy. 27, Chattanooga, 37405
Elder Mtn. – Dist. 2 Elder Mtn. Volunteer Fire Dept. 930 Cumberland Rd., Chattanooga, 37405
River Canyon – Dist. 4 Stanley Independent Baptist Church 20085 River Canyon Rd., Chattanooga, 37419
Whitwell – Dist. 5 Whitwell First Baptist Church 1970 N Main St., Whitwell, 37397
Powells Crossroads – Dist. 5 Crossroads Volunteer Fire Dept. 140 Alvin York Hwy., Whitwell, 37397
Being flexible may also help speed up the process. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon are usually slower times at polling locations, while early morning, noon and 5 p.m. are peak times as people typically vote before work, after work or on their lunch breaks.
Voter ID
Tennesseans voting on Election Day should remember to bring valid photo identification with them to the polls. A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security as well as photo IDs issued by Tennessee state government or the federal government are acceptable even if they are expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.
More information about what types of ID are acceptable can be found here: What ID is required when voting? or by calling toll free 1-877-850-4959.
Election results
Unofficial election results for the Aug. 2 primary will be posted on our website — look for the Election Results tab at the top of our page.
Unofficial resuls will also be posted at elections.tn.gov
What not to wear
State law requires polling locations and the area within a 100-foot boundary surrounding each entrance remain campaign-free zones. Tennessee law prohibits the display or distribution of campaign materials and the solicitation of votes for or against any person, party or question on the ballot in these areas.
Voters who have difficulty standing in line
Frail, physically disabled or visibly pregnant voters should tell their polling officials if they are unable to wait in line to vote. The law allows them to move through the process faster.
Download the GoVoteTN app now.
Voters can download the GoVoteTN app, available in the App Store or Google Play, to view voter-specific information. Voters can find polling locations, view and mark sample ballots and much more. The platform is also available at GoVoteTN.com.
Questions?
People with questions or concerns about the voting process can go to GoVoteTN.com or call the Division of Elections toll-free at 1-877-850-4959.

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UPDATED: Three die in fatal crash on Highway 108 in Marion County on Monday https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/three-die-in-fatal-crash-on-highway-108-in-marion-county-on-monday/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/three-die-in-fatal-crash-on-highway-108-in-marion-county-on-monday/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 20:31:18 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3381 The Tennessee Highway Patrol has named the victims in a fatal crash that happened Monday morning on Highway 108 in Marion County near the Marion/Grundy County line near Kelly Creek Rd. THP officials say the victims are 30-year-old Lauren R. Garner of Chattanooga, 2-year-old Willow Frisbee, and 1-year-old Chrimson Frisbee. According to the crash report …

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol has named the victims in a fatal crash that happened Monday morning on Highway 108 in Marion County near the Marion/Grundy County line near Kelly Creek Rd.

THP officials say the victims are 30-year-old Lauren R. Garner of Chattanooga, 2-year-old Willow Frisbee, and 1-year-old Chrimson Frisbee.

According to the crash report from the THP, Garner ran off the road in a curve and hit a tree. The car caught on fire and all three people inside could not get out.

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol is currently investigating a crash that happened on Monday morning on Highway 108 in Marion County.

Lt. John Harmon with the THP says three people were killed in the accident that happened just south of the Marion/Grundy County line near Kelly Creek Road, when a car apparently left the roadway and crashed into a tree, catching fire.

Three people were in the car at the time of the crash…a woman and two children, officials say.

The names of the victims have not been released at this time pending notification of the family and the ongoing investigation.

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Lewis Scholarship to be awarded Tuesday at Chattanooga State Kimball https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/lewis-scholarship-awarded-tuesday-chattanooga-state-kimball/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/lewis-scholarship-awarded-tuesday-chattanooga-state-kimball/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 19:56:31 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3399 The Marion County Democratic Party will be awarding the $500 Lewis Scholarship Award this Tuesday in Kimball. The event will take place at 5:30 PM CDT on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Chattanooga State’s Kimball campus. The Political Science class was open to all Marion Students graduating 2019-2021, taught by Dr. Liz Norell. Jim Lewis …

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The Marion County Democratic Party will be awarding the $500 Lewis Scholarship Award this Tuesday in Kimball.

The event will take place at 5:30 PM CDT on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Chattanooga State’s Kimball campus.
The Political Science class was open to all Marion Students graduating 2019-2021, taught by Dr. Liz Norell.
Jim Lewis will be awarding the scholarship.

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Tennessee American Water Plant in Whitwell Earns Award of Excellence for Water Treatment Plant Operation https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/tennessee-american-water-plant-whitwell-earns-award-excellence-water-treatment-plant-operation/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/tennessee-american-water-plant-whitwell-earns-award-excellence-water-treatment-plant-operation/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 19:51:03 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3397 WHITWELL, Tenn. — Tennessee American Water’s Whitwell plant has earned the Award of Excellence for Water Treatment Operation (Small Plant Category) from the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The plant received the award from the KY/TN AWWA after a review process, which included onsite interviews and sharing operating data. “The Tennessee American Water plant in …

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WHITWELL, Tenn. — Tennessee American Water’s Whitwell plant has earned the Award of Excellence for Water Treatment Operation (Small Plant Category) from the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The plant received the award from the KY/TN AWWA after a review process, which included onsite interviews and sharing operating data.

“The Tennessee American Water plant in Whitwell ‘commitment to excellence’ starts with the staff,” said Sequatchie Valley Superintendent of Operations Michael Griffith. “We have a great staff who works diligently to produce high-quality clean water that exceeds minimum standards.”

Since acquiring the system in 2013, Tennessee American Water has invested over $3 million in the water system, including over $600,000 in capital improvements in 2017 alone.  Upgrades include building a SCADA system, which allows remote monitoring and control of water tank levels and pumps; installing a new tank with solar panels to power SCADA equipment; and modernizing treatment equipment.  Tennessee American Water is also building an operations center after purchasing existing property, which the company will remodel, on Highway 27.  The operations center, which will serve as the central location for storage of parts and equipment, is slated to be completed in 2019.

This week Michael Griffith along with Sequatchie Valley Supervisor of Operations David McBay accepted the award at the annual water professionals conference, held in Nashville, for the Kentucky-Tennessee Chapter of the AWWA.

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ETSU names Diversity Scholarship recipients, including a recent MCHS grad https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/etsu-names-diversity-scholarship-recipients-including-a-recent-mchs-grad/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/etsu-names-diversity-scholarship-recipients-including-a-recent-mchs-grad/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 19:45:26 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3395 JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State University has named the 2018 recipients of the Diversity Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes the academic achievement of in-state students from underrepresented groups.  Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 based upon grade point average.  The scholarship is renewable for students who maintain full-time student status and a minimum 2.5 cumulative …

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JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State University has named the 2018 recipients of the Diversity Scholarship.

This scholarship recognizes the academic achievement of in-state students from underrepresented groups.  Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 based upon grade point average.  The scholarship is renewable for students who maintain full-time student status and a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and make satisfactory progress toward degree completion, as well as participate in ETSU’s BEST (Bucs Empowering Scholars for Tomorrow) mentoring program for the entire academic year.

Jacob Saylors is one of the recipients of this scholarship this year. Saylors, who enters the 2018-2019 school year at ETSU as a freshman and is a member of the Buccaneer football team.

He is a 2018 graduate of Marion County High School graduate where played football and served as the team captain for the Marion County Warriors during his prep career. Saylors was a Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards Div. I, Class 2A finalist in 2018. He’s the son of Jeannetta Brophy, of Jasper.

Other reciepents from around the area include:

Trinity Keenan is a freshman who plans to enter the field of criminal psychology.  The East Hamilton Middle High School graduate is the daughter of Kory and Jamie Keenan, Chattanooga.

Pamela Avendano Rubi is a freshman.  She is the daughter of Antonio and Cindy Avendano, Chattanooga.

ZeAuna Shannon is a freshman nursing major.  The Bradley Central High School graduate is the daughter of Jennifer and Nick Horn, Cleveland.

Mana Isabel Tellez is a junior majoring in early childhood development.  She holds an associate degree from Cleveland State Community College, where she was active in the International Club.  She is the daughter of Juan F. Tellez and Olivia Salamanca, Cleveland.  She is a Sunday school teacher at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Church of Cleveland.

Erin Fitzgerald is a freshman who plans to go into art education.  The Tullahoma High School graduate is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and has been active in Honora Art, track and field and basketball.  Fitzgerald, the daughter of Nona Batts and Robert Fitzgerald, both of Tullahoma, is a member of First Baptist Church.

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OPINION: When a representative does NOT represent https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/opinion-representative-not-represent/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/opinion-representative-not-represent/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 19:29:45 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3393 When a representative does NOT represent. A person who works for another person or persons, represents those other people, and has a fiduciary responsibility to report back to them.  When that representative blatantly lies in his report back to those he represents he makes them responsible for his lies.  In any other business, that representative …

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When a representative does NOT represent.

A person who works for another person or persons, represents those other people, and has a fiduciary responsibility to report back to them.  When that representative blatantly lies in his report back to those he represents he makes them responsible for his lies.  In any other business, that representative would be fired, but not in politics.

On July 14, 2018, Scott DesJarlais wrote in Twitter “Add hacking to long list of Obama Admin failures to counter Russia in Ukraine, Crimea, Syria. Canceled E. Europe missile defense. Uranium One. Iranian nuke deal, all empowered Vladimir Putin. Also, “extremely careless” Hillary Clinton’s servers compromised Democrats, rest of us.” 

That statement includes proven lies and deceit.  DesJarlais’ tweet is an effort to throw a bunch of stuff against the wall and see if it sticks.  First of all, Multiple congressional hearings found NO WRONG DOING on the part of Hillary Clinton, which means that is NOT responsible.  Next, Uranium One is a Canadian Company and only needed US approval based on an agreement between Canada and the US.  There is no basis for not approving any deal of that nature, so even the suggestion of anyone getting paid for that approval is preposterous.   Next, the subject of hacking actually puts DesJarlais on the hot seat, since he was part of a Congress that refused to address the subject, making him partly responsible, with the rest of Congress.  Possibly you could quibble over the severity of the lies and deceit, but the fact remains that they are still dishonest.  Mr. DesJarlais has a long track record of dishonest, irresponsible behavior that demonstrate a total lack of integrity.  Because of that, he has completely failed to properly represent We The People.

In todays world it is too easy to point out what is wrong, and complain, but I put forth a solution.  Voting for Mariah Phillips will restore true representation with integrity.  As a mom and a teacher, she brings forth the same experiences and you and I, and she understands the challenges that face us all.

 

-D.R. Colin, Jul. 19, 2018

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Marion County Democratic Party announces Executive Committee Meeting for August https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/3391/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/3391/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 19:24:10 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3391 Katie Tilman, President of the Marion County Democratic Party, has announced the next meeting of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party. The meeting will take place on Saturday, August 4th 2018 at Marion County Democratic Headquarters at 33 Courthouse Square in Jasper (on the corner of Betsy Pack Dr. and Main St). The time …

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Katie Tilman, President of the Marion County Democratic Party, has announced the next meeting of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party.

The meeting will take place on Saturday, August 4th 2018 at Marion County Democratic Headquarters at 33 Courthouse Square in Jasper (on the corner of Betsy Pack Dr. and Main St). The time for the meeting is 10:00 AM CDT.

Tilman says everyone is welcome to attend and listen to the governance and direction of the affairs of the Marion County Democratic Party set forth by the Executive Committee.

The Marion County Democratic Party can be contacted at P.O. Box 661, Jasper, Tennessee 37347, or by email — mariontndem@gmail.com.

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Randy Smith inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/randy-smith-inducted-tennessee-journalism-hall-fame/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/randy-smith-inducted-tennessee-journalism-hall-fame/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:07:09 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3388 Longtime TV sportscaster and sports columnist Randy Smith has been chosen for induction into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame. The sixth class of the Hall of Fame also includes East Tennessee cartoonist Charlie Daniel; veteran Middle Tennessee journalist and journalism advocate Frank Gibson; photographer of the stars Les Leverett, 10-time Emmy Award-winning Nashville reporter …

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Randy Smith

Longtime TV sportscaster and sports columnist Randy Smith has been chosen for induction into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.

The sixth class of the Hall of Fame also includes East Tennessee cartoonist Charlie Daniel; veteran Middle Tennessee journalist and journalism advocate Frank Gibson; photographer of the stars Les Leverett, 10-time Emmy Award-winning Nashville reporter and anchor Bob Mueller of WKRN-TV; the late investigative reporter and columnist Jerry Thompson and radio announcer Dan Whittle.

The induction ceremony will be held on August 7th, 2018, during the annual conference of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters.

The hall is headquartered at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

Randy Smith has been covering sports on radio, television and print for over 45 years. After leaving WRCB-TV in 2009, he has written two books, and has continued to free-lance as a play-by-play announcer and writes a regular sports column for Chattanoogan.com.

His career has included a 17-year stretch as host of the Kickoff Call In Show on the University of Tennessee’s prestigious Vol Network. He has been a member of the Vol Network staff for 30 years. He has done play-by-play on ESPN, ESPN II, CSS, and Fox SportSouth, totaling more than 500 games, and served as a well-known sports anchor on Chattanooga television for more than a quarter-century.

In 2003, he became the first television broadcaster to be inducted into the Greater Chattanooga Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Randy and his wife Shelia lived in the Whitwell area for many years and now reside in Hixson. They have two married children, Christi and Chris Perry; Davey and Alison Smith. They have five grandchildren, Coleman, Boone, Mattingly, DellaMae, and CoraLee.

Congratulations to Randy on this prestigious Hall of Fame induction!

 

Information from: Chattanoogan.com

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Tracy City pair charged for running meth lab in Grundy Co. https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/tracy-city-pair-charged-running-meth-lab-grundy-co/ https://marioncountymessenger.com/2018/07/tracy-city-pair-charged-running-meth-lab-grundy-co/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:35:50 +0000 http://marioncountymessenger.com/?p=3384 The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office says deputies are charging a man and a woman from Tracy City with running a meth lab. According to a post on the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, officers arreted 38-year-old P.J. Thomas and 31-year-old Jonah Elaine Morris on Saturday night after deputies say they made contact with them …

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The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office says deputies are charging a man and a woman from Tracy City with running a meth lab.

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According to a post on the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, officers arreted 38-year-old P.J. Thomas and 31-year-old Jonah Elaine Morris on Saturday night after deputies say they made contact with them in the parking lot of the Elk Meadows apartments in Coalmont.

The post says, “During the investigation, deputies discovered approximately four (grams) of meth, a handgun and an operational meth lab. The Dangerous Drugs Task Force was dispatched to the scene to assist with containing the lab.”

Officials say Thomas and Morris have been charged with promotion of the manufacture of meth, possession, and sale and delivery of Schedule II narcotics.

Thomas is also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated assault.

Both suspects have a Tracy City address and do not live at the apartment complex. Bond and court dates are pending.

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