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Grundy County is mourning the deaths of two young people killed in separate ATV accidents within the past few weeks.

On June 30, Cord Barrett passed away from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in Marion County.

Barrett, 22, of Coalmont, was employed by All Jobs Electric and was pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at Volunteer State Community College. He also worked for Steve and Donna Ahearn at Double A Farm.

On July 4, Barrett’s cousin, Chasten Britton, 20, was killed in an ATV crash in Grundy County.

According to Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum, the crash occurred at around 10 p.m. along Dutchtown Road in Tracy City.

Britton was the passenger in a Polaris RZR driven by Payton Hargis of Tracy City, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The side-by-side went off the road and hit a tree. Britton died on the scene, and Hargis was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Britton was a registered dental assistant and worked for Janet G. Gardner, D.D.S. in Tullahoma. She was a resident of Skymont.

The THP report states that neither Britton nor Hargis were wearing seat belts at the time of the July 4 crash.

An online memorial fund was set up for Barrett with the hopes of reaching $10,000 to help with funeral expenses.

In five hours, donations had exceeded the goal, and at press time, donations had reached $19,000.

The family has stated on the website for the memorial fund that they hope to use any excess funds to start a scholarship in Barrett’s memory.

An online memorial fund set up in memory of Britton also exceeded its goal of $2,500. The memorial fund had raised more than $8,000 at the time of publication with the proceeds going toward the placement of benches in certain areas.

A car show benefit hosted by the White City Cruisers was held for Hargis on Saturday at the Plainview Community Center.

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