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"Instead of bringing you out of the curve, it brings you right into the house," he said. "It's just kind of how it comes down and around when it comes across the culvert." Darrin Lane, roadmaster and director of the Road Department, said his staff has to operate under guidelines established by the fed- eral Standard Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the Oregon state supplement to those rules, which require a yellow 25 mph caution sign at the start of the curvy stretch. "People are supposed to slow down. but because that's a half- mile-long section of curves, they forget," he said. He said county officials have discussed cutting some trees that may block drivers' views of the up- coming curve and putting up inter- mediate reminder signs. "It's signed correctly, but be- cause of some heightened aware- ness, we're looking at solutions to improve driver awareness," Lane said. Cathy Orcutt, Linn County Sheriff's Office communications manager, said the department's computer shows five reports of traffic crashes in the Tunnells' area, four specifically tied to their ad- dress, since 2006. "There are records for other crashes in the area but nothing spe- cifically at or near this address close enough to consider," she said. Tunnell said that they have not always called the cops, sometimes just assisting drivers to get back on the road and picking up the pieces afterwards. One recent driver took out some of Faye's bushes, planted along the edge of their lawn. She cut them back and is waiting till spring to see if they survive. Another driver plowed through their back yard last spring, demol- ishing their pumphouse and actu- ally hitting the rain gutter on the comer of their dwelling. Still another took out their cherry tree. "We've had some close calls - four in the yard," Tunnell said. "We've heard some others, but we just see tracks where they slid in the gravel. Some, you can hear their tires squealing. "They come around the comer and if they lose control, they come into the yard or roll over in the trees across the street. We've had a couple of them run. They leave tracks and tear up stuff in the yard. Vern Tunnell watches a vehicle approach the curve outside his house on Pleasant Valley Road. Drivers tend to take the curve too fast and have Wright to avoid running off the road right about where he's standing. Photos by Scott Swanson Vern Tunnell points to where a truck left damage on the corner of his house after a driver, unable to negotiate the curve, ran across his yard. Fortunately, with the police's help, we've caught them all through the years." He said he's had Sheriff's dep- uties tell him that they "almost lost it" when pursuing suspects down Pleasant Valley Road. Another concern, he said, is motorcycles. "They come through here to- wards Lebanon, just flying. I ex- pect to find one of them dead one of these days." Meanwhile, Tunnell decided to take matters into his own hands as five different drivers have run into their yard since Memorial Day weekend. After a truck barely missed their house last spring, he went to last fall's Little Promises Preschool auction, and bid on and bought three large decorative boulders, which he has spaced out along the edge of their yard, to provide a bar- rier against wayward vehicles. "I put the boulders in the yard because if I don't do it, somebody's going to get me pretty soon," Tun- nell said. 1 Artists From page 1 see Wynonna back. "We're thrilled that, with her support, the Oregon Jamboree has grown into one of premier coun- try music events in the Northwest. Without her help, it really wouldn't have gotten off the ground." A fivetime Grammy winner as an individual artist, Wynonna has been performing on the big stage for nearly 30 years after rising to superstardom with her mother, Naomi Judd, in the early 1980s in the duo The Judds. The two won multiple Grammys before Naomi had to retire due to illness. The two have toured together twice in the last 20 years, including in 2010, but Wynonna has also recorded seven individual albums and is working on her eighth, while earn- ing the Top Female Vocalist of the Year award in 1994. A new single, "Love It Out Loud," was released last year and in November Wynonna debuted her new band, Wynonna & The Big Noise, in Nashville. She be- gan recording a new album in De- cember for Curb/Asylum. "She put together a new show + this summer," Regrutto said. "The Eden's Edge thing about Wynonna, she doesn't have any current hits, but that woman has more hits than I can even think of. Her show will be ab- solutely incredible. I couldn't think of anybody more fitting to have on stage than Wynonna Judd." Gilbert, who will precede Wynonna in the early Saturday evening slot, has made quite a name for himself as a performer, but is even better known as a song- writer; his credits include Jason Aldean's single, "Dirt Road An- them" and his No. 1 smash "My Kinda Party." Gilbert also wrote the No. 1 single "Country Must Be Country Wide" and has released two albums, including "Halfway to Heaven," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart for upcoming artists and No. 2 on the country charts. "He's really making a splash on the country music scene," Re- grutto said. "There's a lot of buzz about him. He hasn't been on the radio a lot until the last couple of months. People are just thrilled to have him coming. He's one of those acts we've had lots of requests for, so we're happy to do that." Eden's Edge, the country pop-folk trio of Hannah Blaylock, Dean Bemer and Cherrill Green, released its debut album, "Amen" last April, which subsequently climbed to the top 20 of Bill- board's country chart. The group signed with Big Machine Records in 2010 after performing a medley of songs by their mentor, veteran songwriter Kye Fleming, when she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (with Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, and other industry heavyweights in at- tendance). Eden's Edge will open Sunday's performances. "They are a group that's been together for a long time, but haven't quite broken over the edge of fame yet," Regrutto said. "'Amen' is a wonderful song. They are amazing performers and vocalists - very, very fun to watch. She said that, on a talent scout- ing trip to Nashville, Tenn. she was in a showcase event in which a crowd of concert promoters were standing around talking as Eden's Edge came on stage. "The lead singer comes out and starts singing, just holding one note," Regrutto said. "Every- body's talking and she holds that note until everybody shuts up. and pays attention to her and her group. You couldn't ignore this beautiful voice. It was really cool. Not a lot of performers can command that kind of attention, especially among buyers who have been listening to Morgan Frazier music all day." Frazier, a 17-year-old rising star from Texas who will open the Jamboree on Friday aftrenoon, was offered her first record deal at age 13 (after selling some 30,000 cop- ies of her initial CD, made at age 9, by knocking on doors across the state of Texas). "She has worked really hard since she was very young, going and singing at truck stops and gas stations," Regrutto said. "She's playing at Tootsies in Nashville and she's been there quite a bit. I think she'll be a fun addition to our lineup."