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School security bill headed to Tennessee Gov. Haslam

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NASHVILLE (Times Free Press) -- A bill aimed at giving Tennessee schools more security is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam after the House took final action on the measure Thursday.

House Bill 6, sponsored by Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, would allow schools to approve teachers who have law enforcement backgrounds and have undergone specialized training, to go armed. It also would permit schools to hire retired police officers and others with specialized law enforcement to provide an armed presence in schools.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond first floated the idea of using recent retirees earlier this year as a less expensive alternative than putting school resource officers, who work for police agencies, in schools.

The moves come in response to last December's massacre of 20 children and six teachers in a Newtown, CT, shooting.

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