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Marion County officials refuse to give up on roadblock-type fundraisers

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MARION COUNTY, TN (Times Free Press) -

JASPER, Tenn. — Some Marion County leaders are refusing to give in to a state statute that outlaws roadblock fundraisers.

The Suck Creek Mountain Volunteer Fire Department's annual roadblock fundraiser was stopped by Tennessee Highway Patrol officers Oct. 20, 2013, and officials said a similar event organized by the Sequatchie Volunteer Fire Department was halted a day before that.

State officials told County Sheriff Ronnie "Bo" Burnett "they were going to stop everybody" because the roadblocks violated state law, Burnett said.

Glenn Mercer, a volunteer fire department representative, said state officials "terminated" the Suck Creek organization's top fundraiser.

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