The state of Tennessee makes not-so-great national headlines – and for once, Bill Hobbs has nothing to do with it.
According to Fox News, 70-year-old retired UTK professor has been charged with plotting to defraud the U.S. Air Force and illegally disclose restricted data about military drones to foreign nationals, including persons in China.
A federal grand jury in Tennessee returned a 18-count indictment Tuesday charging J. Reece Roth, a professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee, as well as Atmospheric Glow Technologies, or AGT, a Knoxville, Tenn.-based technology company. The indictment accuses Roth and AGT of conspiring between January 2004 to May 2006 to convey information about an Air Force contract to foreign nationals, including a citizen of China who was attending the University of Tennessee as a graduate research assistant.
(Sigh) Remember back when Tennessee was often dismissed by the media and presumed to be nothing more than a concentrated area of barefoot, dirt-eating banjo- pickers? Yep, those were the good ol’ days.