Tuesday, September 26, 2017


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I-24 east and west near Monteagle, TN to be periodically shut down for power repair


Travelers using interstate 24 around Monteagle, TN be advised that there will be intermittent closures on the road as crews attempt to replace and repair power infrastructure that was damaged in the storms last night. The closure are only anticipated through about noon local time, but traffic will be rerouted periodically.

Legion Post 62 to launch Harvey relief truck later today


Legion Post 62 in South Pittsburg, TN is on the final leg of their Hurricane Harvey relief drive this morning until noon local time. With donations from South Pittsburg Elementary School and South Pittsburg High School, as well as donations collected at the Legion Hall itself, there has been a significant outpouring of support. However, donations of gently used clothes, diapers, toiletries (including toothbrushes, hair brushes), non perishable food items, and water are still welcome through “drive time” at around noon today.

Legion Post Commander Trevor Shattuck will be making the drive south with the donated items. Atomic Fireworks has donated the truck for the relief run. Shattuck said, “We really want to thank all those people that came together to make this happen. Obviously, Atomic Fireworks deserves a special nod for their help in making this a reality.”

This is representative of many relief efforts throughout the country. With government estimates now breaking the $100 BILLION mark, the individual stories get lost in the magnitude of the disaster as a whole. Hopefully, this effort will make a dent in the suffering for many families.

Tigers’ convincing triumph over Boyd Buchanan proves WHS ready to play

Josh Wingo leaves the defense behind on a screen pass and scores for the Tigers.

Whitwell football was a bit of a wild card this year. Many of their core players had returned, but questions remained about the players buy in to yet another new head coach’s program.

Many of those doubts were alleviated for the Tiger Nation as the Tigers would make a

Tigers came prepared to play ball!

reputable showing in last week’s Jamboree against state title contender Marion County and scoring a safety against district rival South Pittsburg Pirates for the only scoring in that matchup. But, let’s face it, the Jamboree format doesn’t really give a complete picture when it comes to stamina and really “finishing a game.” Those doubts are all but erased with the Cats’ performance against Boyd Buchanan.

Hudson Petty watched the defender closely….as he went by him in their recent meeting.

The offense was a little slow to materialize the big gains with the first quarter seeing largely 3-6 yard gains. Making a respectable number of first downs inclluding a couple of third down conversions. That said, the defense kept the Bucs in check and then some. The Bucs would muster only nine first downs during the entire contest. By the second quarter, the Tigers were able to capitalize on some of those holes they were finding in the first quarter and making better matchups on blocks. Finally there was a completion from quarterback Warner Ashworth to Josh Wingo and Wingo found the sideline and went the distance to the end zone at the 7:50 mark in the second quarter. That would serve as the ‘priming of the pump’ for the Whitwell offense as they score again with 2:13 left in the first half and decided to attempt the 2 point conversion….successfully. The Tigers endured a scary moment in the twilight of the first half as Boyd pieced together what looked like a sure long gain pass only to have the receiver watch the ball slide through his hands.

Having lost the coin flip, Whitwell would get the ball first in the second half. On the first play from scrimmage they gained 70 yards on a pass play and looked poised to score again, but would have to make an unsuccessful effort at a field goal. However, the team would rebound. The Bucs started letting their frustrations get the better of them as they started getting pushy in the middle of the third, but it would be reigned in. It would take until less than three minutes left in the third, but the Tigers would score again taking a 22-0 lead. The Tiger defense would recover a fumble and the team turned around and scored again for a 29-0 lead going into the fourth.

Finally in the last two minutes, John King would scamper for the 36-0 final score.

President Trump addresses nation on new policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan


Updated 8/21/17 10:00 pm: Corker’s response included

Updated 8/22/17 11:40 am: Desjarlais’ response included

President Donald Trump bucked speculation last Monday in an address to the nation pledging more economic pressures as well as military pressures in the fight against terrorism. While addressing the ’seventeen year war’ in Afghanistan, President Trump also spoke to those nations that have long been suspected of fostering complacency with terroristic cells such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda within their own borders saying that the United State could no longer stand to support those nations. The President explicitly said that he had no intention of providing specifics on the military action that would be taken as not to tip the United States’ hand to those targeted. Below are selected segments from his speech:

“The men and women that serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory. They deserve the tools they need and the trust they have earned to fight and to win. Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. Nine-eleven, the worst terrorist attack in our history was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and Al-Qaeda would instantly fill just as has happened before September 11th. And as we know in 2011 America hastily and mistakenly withdrew from Iraq. As a result, our hard won gains slipped back into the hands of terrorist enemies. Our soldiers watched as cities they had fought for and bled to liberate and won were occupied by terrorist groups called ISIS. The vacuum we created by leaving too soon gave safe haven for ISIS to spread, to grow, recruit, and launch attacks. We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq. Third and finally, I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense. Today, twenty U.S. designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world. For its part, Pakistan often gives safe-haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror. The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear armed states, whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict. And that could happen. No one denies that we have inherited a challenging and troubling situation in Afghanistan, and south Asia, but we do not have the luxury of going back in time and making better or different decisions. When I became President I was given a bad and very complex hand, but I fully knew what I was getting into.”

“In the end….we….will…win.”

“Terrorist who slaughter innocent people will find no glory in this life or the next.”

“Working along side our allies, we’ll break their will, dry up their recruitment, keep them from crossing our borders, and yes, we will defeat them and we will defeat them handily.”

“To prosecute this war we will learn from history as a result of our comprehensive review, American strategy in Afghanistan and south Asia will change dramatically in the following ways. A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift in time based approach to one based on conditions. I’ve said it many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin or end military options. We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities. Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary time tables will guide our strategy from now on. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out.”

“I will not say when we’re going to attack, but attack we will.”

“Another fundamental pillar of our new strategy is the integration of all instruments of American power. Diplomatic, economic, and military toward a successful outcome. Someday, after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that include elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan, but nobody knows if or when that will ever happen. America will continue its support for the Afghan government and the Afghan military as they confront the Taliban in the field. Ultimately, it is up to the people of Afghanistan to take ownership of their future. To govern their society and to achieve as everlasting peace. We are a partner and a friend, but we will not dictate to the Afghan people how to live, or how to govern their own complex society.”

“We are not nation building again. We are killing terrorist.”

“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorist. In the past Pakistan has been a valued partner. Our militaries have worked together against common enemies. The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism. We recognize those contributions and those sacrifices, but Pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people. We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorist that we are fighting. But, that will have to change and that will change immediately. No partnership can survive the harboring of militants.”


Tennessee Senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker had the following release pertaining to the President’s remarks:

“I had the opportunity to talk with Secretary Tillerson in advance of this evening’s address, and while I look forward to receiving additional details, I support the direction President Trump laid out tonight for the U.S. role in Afghanistan,” said Corker. “While there are certainly substantial questions about whether Afghanistan has the capacity over time to provide stable governance to its people, this more focused plan provides the U.S. military with the flexibility it needs to help the Afghan military regain momentum. It also utilizes a conditions-based approach for our military, which should lead to better diplomatic outcomes, and ensures engagement with regional partners, especially Pakistan and India, giving us a better opportunity for success.”


Tennessee 4th Congressional District Representative weighed in on the President’s speech as well:

“As the president said, a political solution in Afghanistan is predicated on victory on the battlefield, not artificial timetables or other restraints on our troops that embolden the same enemies who attacked us on 9/11. Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and also ISIS gained important territory under the previous administration, but must never have a safe haven in Afghanistan, Pakistan or anywhere in the region. The results would be dire.  We have the best military, as well as strong allies who will help keep America safe and end the war with honor.”

Local eclipse last minute prep attracts big crowd

Crowds were lined around the building this morning for eclipse glasses given away.

Despite being in the news cycle for three weeks and the scientific community predicting it for better than forty years, there were still people looking for eclipse glasses for today’s eclipse. The Goodwill Store in Kimball offered glasses this morning when they opened. An event that had the police called out for crowd control.

However, minus a bit of restrictions on who they could give glasses to, the crowd would prove amicable. It is essential to point out that the Goodwill did give away all of their glasses.

Nola and Bob Jordan fundraiser prepares to launch


Several friends and community memebers are getting ready for the fundraiser to help long time Jasper residents Nola and Bob Jordan who lost their historic home to lightning earlier this year.

Because of Bob’s long term health treatments, the family’s homeowner’s insurance had lapsed just a few days before the strike and subsequent fire.

Several music acts will be performing throughout the evening and several local vendors will be selling their products with profits being dedicated to the Jordan’s to help with rebuilding expenses. Be sure and join us on the courtyard square in Jasper to enjoy the music and food starting at 5:00 p.m.

The music lineup includes:

Buck Owens

Caleb Thomasson

John Lathim

Borrowed Mule made up of area band’s members including Rick Bowlin, Phillip Knox, Curt Dean, Frank Allen Davis and Rich Terry



Local teen cyclist victim of hit and run

Photo provided by THP: Officers conducting an investigation at the scene.

Staff Reports

A fifteen-year-old victim has suffer significant injuries from an accident where they were struck by a car while riding their bicycle. Initially, the driver fled the scene initiating a publicized search by local law enforcement agencies as well as the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The vehicle description being searched for proved to be inaccurate, however, the driver would turn herself in to law enforcement that same day and was charged with fleeing the scene of an accident and other charges.

The accident occurred on Valley View Highway near the intersection of Mel Dixon Lane on Thursday afternoon. It was reported that the victim was thrusted off the hood and windshield of the car and catapulted into the air. A family member would report on social media that the victim’s injuries included a collapsed lung, a broken leg in at least two places and will require reconstructive surgery on their face. The victim was still unconscious at the hospital.

The injuries warranted the victim being air lifted from the scene.

Pictures of Kimball First Jackson Bank robbery released


Updated 8/16/17 2:14 pm

Following up on a story we brought you first, local law enforcement working in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have released the following information about the robbery:

“At 1:02 pm today a white male around 6’1″ possibly in his late 20s to early 30s walked into the North Jackson Bank in Kimball, TN. Once inside he threatened to harm the teller and demanded money. The subject took the money and left behind the building without any further incident. Images from the bank’s security cameras show the suspect while inside the bank. If anyone can identify the subject please contact the Kimball Police Department at 423-837-7554 and speak to Chief Tim Allison or the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and speak to Detective Matt Blansett at 423-942-2525”


Further information from those with knowledge of the incident say that the suspect wrote a threat on the back of a deposit slip alluding to having a weapon, however the weapon was never shown. He demanded the hundreds, fifties and twenties and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

The panic button was triggered prompting Marion County Dispatch to direct Kimball Police Department to the scene, but the suspect had already fled between the bank and possibly behind local retailers towards the interstate.


Kimball First Jackson Bank scene of robbery attempt


Updated 8/15/17 2:25

Details are still coming forward, but there was at an attempt at robbing the Kimball location of North Jackson Bank.

Initially, police were on the lookout for a white male with a green long sleeve shirt with a heavy beard and a ball cap, but there has been no mention of whether that was a witness or a suspect.

Stay tuned as we follow this story.

2017 Football Preview hits stands this week!


As everyone recuperates from the excitement of the atmosphere at the Sequatchie Valley Jamboree last Friday, the Jasper Journal and South Pittsburg Hustler will keep the energy up. In this week’s August 15 and August 17, respectively, the Journal and the Hustler will feature the 2017 Football Preview of our local teams.

Be sure and pick up the keepsake at anyone of our local retailers and we want to thank our sponsors for helping us put this out.

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