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Highway 127 yard sale keeps law enforcement, wrecker companies busy
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Highway 127 yard sale keeps law enforcement, wrecker companies busy

As bargain shoppers flock to the annual Highway 127 yard sale, vendors aren't the only ones expecting a busy weekend.

Law enforcement and wreckers also plan for a weekend of heavy traffic and accidents.

"It took me 30 minutes to go five miles," said tower Jimmy Pritchett. His Fentress County business always sees an increase in calls during the annual yard sale weekend.

"It's lined up for miles, just bumper to bumper. You can't get on the road, you can't turn," he said.

Unlike holiday weekends law enforcement doesn't track data for crashes related to the yard sale. However, Fentress County Sheriff Tony Choate says, it's one of the more memorable weekends each year.

"You have much more congestion, you have a lot more traffic than we usually have, you have people walking across the roadways, and it just creates more havoc," Sheriff Choate said.

Even vendors notice the struggle between safety and a good bargain.

"They're not careful when they pull out," said antique and toy dealer Michael Hansen, as he described many shoppers.

"They walk in front of cars on a road that's 45 to 65 miles an hour speed limit, and not attentive to other drivers."

He and his wife set up their booth at the same Cumberland County location every year, and he encourages customers to be safe when finding parking nearby.

"People need to be very attentive and use field parking rather than using the highway."

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