Health officials test for lead in Lenoir City

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- State health officials want to check residents for exposure to lead after high concentrations were found in soil samples taken near a former railroad works in Lenoir City.

Tennessee Department of Health spokeswoman Shelley Walker says the department is especially concerned about children under 10 and pregnant women, who may be most susceptible. The screenings will be Thursday and next Tuesday. As many as 75 people are expected.

Walker says, "There is not any level of alarm in the community over this. I have not heard any reports of anyone falling ill as a result. This is basically a precautionary, proactive measure."

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