Jacksonville City School employee killed in Monday crash
by Eddie Burkhalter
A Jacksonville City Schools employee was killed in a single-vehicle crash Monday on U.S. 278, according to a report from the Alabama State Trooper’s Post in Gadsden.

Dee Anna Long, 39, of Armuchee, Ga., was driving a 1999 Jeep Sport SUV when the wreck occurred on U.S. 278 about 8 miles east of Piedmont.

There were no passengers, and no other information about the crash was immediately available today. The incident is being investigated by Alabama State Troopers.

Long was hired as a teacher at Kitty Stone Elementary in 2006, and recently transferred to the central office, where she was to help instruct teachers on the district’s evolving technology programs.

Jacksonville City Schools Superintendent Jon Paul Campbell said he believes Long was on her way to work when the wreck occurred, but that her vehicle was not discovered by State Troopers until shortly after 11 a.m. The Alabama State Trooper’s report was made at around 11: 30 a.m.

“She would have been coming through there at about 7:30 in the morning headed to work. It’s kind of in an isolated spot and the car went down into a ravine,” Campbell said.

Campbell praised Long’s ability as a teacher, and expressed sadness on behalf of the entire school system.

“Everyone is just devastated. She was such a vital part of our team. It’s just like losing a member of our family,” Campbell said. “She was such a top-notch educator. She touched many lives while she was here.”

“We’re all stunned,” he said.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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