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Husband, 73, charged in Lewis Co. wife's death

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HOHENWALD, TN (WSMV) -

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested a Lewis County man in connection with his wife's death this week.

On Tuesday, the TBI said James Hobbs, 73, ran over his wife Janice, 69, with his vehicle on Hwy 99 West.

This occurred during an ongoing domestic dispute, which began at their residence on Gaither-Hinson Road in Waynesboro, TN.

The Hobbs own Buffalo River Canoe Rental in Lewis County. Janice Hobbs died as a result of her injuries while being taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

James Hobbs is now charged with first-degree murder.

"Jim came along, hit her, dragged her about 10 feet," said neighbor Donna Craig.

Witnesses then say the husband picked up a stick while she was on the ground and beat her with that.

Craig said the couple's son arrived and intervened, but it was too late.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrived Wednesday to work the crime scene as the community tried to make sense of what happened.

"They were very nice people, very good, Christian people. Mr. Hobbs has run the canoe rental place for a long time," said neighbor Nancy Staggs.

Janice Hobbs had filed for divorce in January, and she had told friends her husband of more than 40 years was a violent man.

The Hobbs' son, Byron Hobbs, called his mother a "devoted companion."

"Very surprising. I've known both of them for so long," said attorney Billy Townsend.

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