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The fight for U.S. 41: It's man vs. mountain, and the mountain is winning

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A northbound car on U.S. Highway 41 encounters uneven pavement as Aetna Mountain continues to push the road toward the Tennessee River in Marion County. The pavement breakdown is 10 miles from I-24 at Lookout Valley. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press A northbound car on U.S. Highway 41 encounters uneven pavement as Aetna Mountain continues to push the road toward the Tennessee River in Marion County. The pavement breakdown is 10 miles from I-24 at Lookout Valley. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press
MARION COUNTY, TN (Times Free Press) - People who have spent most of their lives on the easternmost piece of U.S. Highway 41 in Marion County say Aetna Mountain's going to win the battle for the pavement.

The stretch of Highway 41, also known as Dixie Highway, between Lookout Valley and Haletown underwent repaving work and a soil-nailing project last fall to smooth and stabilize the road, but it just keeps sliding down the mountain toward the Tennessee River.

"I remember my daddy talking about it all the time," commercial catfisherman Jimmy Legg said as he tied his fishing nets for a day of pursuing his whiskered quarry. Legg's father owned a store on 41 called Pete's Cider and Fireworks, which had a live black bear on display back in the old days.

"That road has always fallen in," said Legg, 58, leaning on a rack made for spreading out his nets beside the highway. "I don't know what they could do to stop it.

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