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Legislator: No speech to secessionist group

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TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee lawmaker says he has no intention of addressing a secessionist group despite his billing as a speaker at the organization's meeting.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, says the lawmaker initially accepted a speaking slot at the meeting of the Southern National Congress this weekend at Fall Creek Falls State Park this weekend. But, spokeswoman Jennifer Young told The Tullahoma News (http://bit.ly/1cw78Nw ), Matheny changed his mind and cancelled the appearance after finding out more about the group.

The organization bills itself as a forum for Southerners to express "Southern goals, grievances and solutions" with the aim of creating an independent country in the south.

Young did not comment on why Matheny and his staff accepted the invitation without first vetting the group.

 

Information from: The Tullahoma News, http://www.tullahomanews.com

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