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Tennessee named worst state for violent crime

Published: 8:02 AM, 01/30/2014

Author: Miranda Smith
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

America’s Health Rankings have ranked Tennessee the worst state for violent crime. The 2013 results are based on data collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Violent crime, in terms of this survey, is classified as murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults per every 100,000 people. These statistics reveal that 644 people out of every 100,000 in the state have reported being a victim of some type of violent crime.

These also take into account reports of domestic assault and child abuse. Newport Police Chief Maurice Shults said, “Anyone that assaults a child is considered a violent criminal.” According to Roger Thompson, chief advisor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s criminal justice department, close to half of the aggravated assaults and homicides occur between people living in the same home.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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