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Tenn. school principal killed when car hit restaurant

Staff Report • Mar 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

KNOXVILLE — Knoxville police say a Bledsoe County principal was the person killed when a car plowed into a restaurant and another store.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/Viy2PK ) reported 58-year-old Deborah Thompson of Crossville was killed in the crash at a shopping center Thursday afternoon. Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said Thompson was standing beside her husband, paying for meals they had eaten at the Tomato Head restaurant when the car plowed into the building.

Bledsoe County schools director Jennifer Terry said Thompson was the principal at Bledsoe County Middle School and had worked in the county school system for 23 years.

DeBusk said the car was a rental driven by a 53-year-old man who has not been charged.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com