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There's a sour note at the Celebration.
Tennessee Walking Horse leaders claim there are big problems with the government inspectors on site.
Some say perfectly healthy horses are being disqualified.
Veterinarian Dr. John Bennett is used to inspecting Tennessee walking horses.
Dr. Bennett says two horses he inspected on Tuesday have no scars, and have not been sored with chemicals.
Not everyone agrees. Both horses have been disqualified from competing at the Celebration.
"The USDA is wrongly disqualifying sound horses from the Celebration of 2012," says SHOW HIO President Stephen Mullins.
The Celebration and its inspectors from SHOW claim the USDA's government inspectors are finding scars on horses that don't exist.
"A lot of discrepancy with the interpretation of the rules right now," says Jeffrey Howard with TWSHO.
The Celebration is under intense scrutiny.
The problems intensified after a undercover Humane Society video was released showing horses being abused and sored.
Now, walking horse industry leaders believe some in the USDA have a bias against them.
"But at the end of the day, I would think it would be crazy to say that hasn't played some part in what's going on," says Jeffrey Howard.
The USDA stands by its inspectors.
"These individuals do not falsely cite horses. They follow the Horse Protection Act regulations to a "T," says USDA spokesman Dave Sacks.
While some may question the inspectors' decision, the USDA says its mission is clear.
"One sore horse is one too many, we are going to continue to do all we can to put a stop to soring," says Sacks.
According to data released by the Celebration, the number of disqualifications at this year's event has gone up by more than 500%. That's why there is such concern by trainers, owners, and show inspectors.
The Celebration says one horse passed the USDA inspection twice last week, and then was disqualified the next day for scars.
Walking horse leaders say the rules are not being applied equitably.
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Tuesday, August 28 2012, 10:30 PM CDT
Witness rescues toddler from railroad tracks
June 19, 2013 11:23 GMT
ROCKWOOD, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities have arrested the parents of a toddler found alone on railroad tracks in Rockwood.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1asg9U3 ) cited an officer's report which said a witness saw the 2-year-old on the rails and picked him up shortly before a train came through the town on Saturday.
Jonathan Noah White, who is 30, and 24-year-old Rahab Jaramillo were arrested and booked into the Roane County Jail on charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect.
The incident report states the child's grandmother told police the boy was often left with her, but she was on "too many medications" to watch him. The boy was put into Department of Children's Services custody.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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