On the morning of Nov. 4, Jasper Highlands held an official grand opening and ribbon-cutting event for the new Jasper Highlands Fire Station.

One of Tennessee’s largest private mountaintop communities, the 9,000-acre Jasper Highlands development boasts dozens of homes, with hundreds more expected in the future. 

Jasper Highlands Developer John “Thunder” Thornton has initiated many improvement projects for the development including a water system, roadways, high-speed fiber internet, and most recently, a fire station and community center. 

Thornton spoke to the crowd gathered for the ceremony.  “This is a monumental day; it’s a real milestone.  It was needed, we knew we needed it, and we had planned to have our own volunteer fire department, but it did get going a lot faster than we expected.”

The department is now fully functional and has an Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating of 4.  The ISO provides statistical, actuarial and underwriting for insurance companies, and the lower the rating, the better.

“We have the greatest ISO rating out of 13 fire departments in this county.  It really drives our homeowner’s insurance rates way down,” said Thornton.

In addition to bays for fire engines, the new fire station features equipment storage, adequate room to facilitate various training opportunities, and a community room.

A Jasper Highlands fire department was always part of Thornton’s original plan for the community.  However, due to the area unexpectedly not being serviced by a local fire department, construction on the mountaintop fire station began ahead of schedule. 

Marion County Mayor David Jackson also spoke at the ceremony. “This is a great facility and this is going to be a big asset for this community,” he said.

For more information about Jasper Highlands, contact (888) 777-5758 or visit http://www.tnland.com/jasper.

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