It's not easy to run a volunteer fire department when your best source of income comes from fundraising roadblocks that now have drawn the attention of Tennessee state troopers.

For years, volunteer fire departments, charitable organizations, church groups and sports teams all over the region, South and country have manned street corners and intersections calling for donations.

But not without controversy.

Media reports from recent years indicate that the issue arises frequently, especially in small communities.

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