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There have been two rock slides in the last week here in Middle Tennessee.
The large rocks on Interstate 840 provided a fearful experience for truck driver Danny Rogers.
"All of a sudden a whole side of it just fell down, rocks and everything," says truck driver Danny Rogers.
The rock slide last week might have been an isolated incident, until another one happened on I-65 Friday night.
"Eight inches of rain in July is a lot of rain, it's not the norm," says TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges.
TDOT says excessive rain most likely weakened the rock walls, many of which you'll find all around Middle Tennessee.
"Any time you have these vertical cuts, there is a potential for a rock fall or a rock slide," says Degges.
It's enough to make any driver nervous.
"It's pretty dangerous I guess, I mean if you're on the interstate, and they're crumbling while you're on the interstate it would be pretty dangerous," says driver Amanda Hall.
"I definitely would be worried if I saw rocks coming off the side of the mountain," says driver Vince Wyatt.
TDOT has built fences to protect rock walls, and they've come in handy, catching very large piles of rocks.
The state also inspects its rock walls, and from time to time workers shore up loose areas.
Right now they're placing concrete on top of the rock on 440.
Still, the risk remains. Drivers can only hope the next rock slide won't happen in front of them.
Rock slides are unusual in this part of the state, but TDOT says they are fairly common in East Tennessee.
TDOT leaders estimate they respond to about 30 rock slides each year across the state.
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Trial begins in international custody case
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By SHEILA BURKE Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A trial begins Tuesday that could determine which country will decide the fate of 13-year-old twin boys at the center of an international custody battle that extends from Eastern Europe to Middle Tennessee.
The boys are American citizens who were born in Texas but have spent the majority of their lives in Hungary. Their father is an American citizen with family in the Cottontown community of Sumner County. Their mother, a Romanian national, has invoked an international treaty claiming the children are being wrongfully retained in Tennessee by their father.
The boys came to Tennessee last year to visit their paternal grandparents in Sumner County for the summer. The father, who was supposed to bring them back to Europe, stayed in the U.S. and filed for divorce.
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