According to an Oct. 6 report on The Tennessean.com, the FBI has ranked Tennessee as the most dangerous state in the United States. This was surprising news to most people who assumed that states that were home to larger cities like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles would top the Volunteer State. Tennessee is usually stereotyped as rural and behind the times.
Most of the high statistics were reported from Memphis and Nashville. People who travel through Memphis regularly will often admit that they rarely stop there due to safety concerns.
Some law enforcement officials in East Tennessee have objected to Tennessee’s latest title. In an Oct. 7 article on WATE.com, the statistics are questioned by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Knoxville Police Department. The criteria used by the FBI are not accurately reflecting the crime situation in East Tennessee, they maintain.
Darrel Debusk with the KPD has pointed out that East Tennessee also has a higher rate of solving their crimes than the rest of the state. From WATE:
"When you compare the state of Tennessee's average at 37 percent, we have a clearance rate of over 45 percent," said DeBusk.
In the interest of common sense, though, it is important to point out that whether they solve a murder or not, the victim is still dead.