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"Immediately something went off," says Jesse Smith. "I says uh oh this is not right. I says any magazines that we usually buy from the grand kids and the great grand kids."
Smith is just one of the neighbors near Highway 46 South and Pomona Road in Dickson who was visited Monday afternoon by what police believe are fake magazine salesmen.
"He wasn't aggressive," says Smith. "Very friendly, very outgoing, but there was something a little about him that was phony."
It was the questions the men asked and their appearance that prompted police to send out a phone alert warning people not to let strangers in their home and that they received reports of 2 "rough looking" males with tattoos on their neck and hands smooth talking their way into homes with females.
"He said that he was going around talking to the nice looking young ladies," says Amy Holland.
Police say they use the excuse they are selling magazines, but witnesses say they haven't seen any. According to reports, once the men smooth talk their way into the house, they become aggressive and begin looking around and asking if males were home or if they were married.
"It's scary, I mean, because we have kids running all over the neighborhood and I mean we see it as being safe," says Julie Blakely.
Police say they have stepped up patrols in the area, but say as the holidays approach, residents should be on the lookout for this kind of activity. Dickson Police are asking people to call them immediately if one of these men approach their door, get a good description of them and do not let them in your home.
Tuesday, October 9 2012, 09:27 PM CDT
Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
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By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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