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Fundraising roadblocks run afoul of Tennessee traffic laws

December 10th, 2013 11:01 am by Ben Benton, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Fundraising roadblocks run afoul of Tennessee traffic laws

Southend Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ken Herron, front right, gets help from his son, Jared, in putting away their old fundraiser sign in south Sequatchie County. Photo by Tim Barber .

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.

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