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Marion County restores volunteer firefighter funding

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MARION COUNTY, TN (Times Free Press) -- When county leaders completely cut funding for rural volunteer fire departments in August 2011, Marion County Commissioner Gene Hargis told concerned firefighters the commission would work to restore that money as soon as possible.

"I've always done anything I could for the fire departments, and I appreciate the job they've done," Hargis said. "Once we get this budget squared away, we're going to try to get the money back in there [for them.]"

The board voted unanimously this week to restore 25 percent of the funding, six months after restoring the first 25 percent.

In September 2011, the board reinstated about $48,000 of the estimated $193,000 the volunteer departments lost.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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