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Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

by Anita Wadhwani, , The Tennessean

Kids can't buy tobacco products, but in Tennessee children as young as 9 are working in tobacco fields and suffering symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning, according to a report by an international human rights group.

Roane Co. delays 'In God We Trust' signs


The words "In God We Trust" will not hang on a Roane County building -- at least not right now.

The Roane County Commission voted to delay a proposal to add the national motto to the county courthouse and inside the commission chamber.

Commissioner Randy Ellis proposed the idea originally , but the proposal never went through committee. Monday they voted to send it to committee per standard procedure.

UPDATE: Woman charged in Harriman fatal hit and run


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Investigators release name of man killed in Roane County


(WBIR) The Roane County Sheriff's Department and the TBI are still investigating the death of a 74-year-old man.

According to the District Attorney General's office, Johnny Franklin Douglas was found dead on Sunday around noon.

The TBI confirmed Monday they were assisting with an "apparent homicide" investigation.

The Roane County Sheriff's Department said they are working to determine if Douglas' death was a homicide or suicide.

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Local felons hopeful as jobs bill heads to governor


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(WBIR-Ten Mile) A bill that makes it easier for some felons to find jobs is at Governor Bill Haslam's desk.

Monroe Co. Sheriff's Office employee charged with assault


(WBIR) A Monroe County deputy is accused of beating his girlfriend who works in the Roane County Sheriff's Office.

The girlfriend told authorities Jacob Tyler Summers, 21, of Madisonville was drunk when he punched her several times earlier this month. The couple started fighting while driving home from a night out.

Teen with Down Syndrome grows CD collection with community


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A Roane County community is helping bring music back into one teen's life. Christopher Forrester is a 16-year-old with Down Syndrome, and he says listening to music is his life.