Tennessee, Oh Tennessee! Where Did We Go Wrong?

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.

Click here for the entire report. (Or here if you’re allergic to FOX.)

(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.


One thought on “Tennessee, Oh Tennessee! Where Did We Go Wrong?

  1. Pingback: Defrauding The Force : Post Politics: Political News and Views in Tennessee

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