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"He was covered in ash from trying to go back in from getting his mom," said Argylene Darnell, who lives next door to the home on 3000 block of Highway 46 in Indian Mound.
Darnell said just after 6:00 a.m. Thursday, she was shocked out of quiet Thanksgiving morning by a frightening sound.
"One of the little boys come over and was banging on the door and they hollered that the house was on fire," Darnell said.
She and her husband rushed outside and saw flames and smoke rising from their neighbor's house.
Three boys ages 12, 14 and 17 and one adult escaped the flames but two others weren't so lucky.
"The oldest boy, he was 17 he kept trying to go in and get his mom," Darnell said. "My husband tried too and it was so fully engulfed that you couldn't get in."
Firefighters arrived within minutes and were able to put out the flames but they weren't able to save the two people that were trapped inside.
The survivors were taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries but Darnell said the three boys that used to play with their dogs and throw footballs in their yard now have to grow up much too soon.
"I know that the boys are just having a very hard time and I imagine for years to come they're going to have a very hard time," Darnell said. "They were just really gentle boys, I mean for boys they were just really great and I hate to see this happen to them."
Fire officials believe the fire started in one of the bedrooms but the cause is still under investigation.
Friday, November 23 2012, 09:24 PM CST
Tennessee recoups unemployment benefits
May 22, 2013 20:26 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Labor Department officials say they have recouped about $15.3 million worth of fraudulently collected unemployment benefits by garnishing tax refunds and other federal payments to people who were not entitled to receive the assistance.
A scathing audit released earlier this year showed that the state overpaid $73 million in unemployment benefits. The overpayments were the result of both fraud and errors at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The audit was especially critical of the department's method for recouping fraudulent benefits.
Acting Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said in a statement that the ability to reclaim fraudulently collected unemployment benefits is critical to the business community. He said the department is focused on developing strategies to prevent people from wrongfully collecting the assistance.
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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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