KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A new study found that one in every eight Tennessee children is growing up in a high poverty community and one-fourth of Tennessee children live in poverty.

The data snapshot released this week by the Annie E. Casey Kids Count project shows that the number of children in the state living in concentrated poverty areas has doubled since 2000.

Linda O'Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, told The Knoxville News Sentinel that the concern is that there are reduced opportunities for children to be successful in school and life when children grow up surrounded by poverty.

O'Neal said the increase is likely due to the effect of the recession and the state's high unemployment rate.


Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,

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