Scott Co. man finds burning cross, police investigating as hate crime

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An East Tennessee man says his biracial family has been harassed and his home vandalized for years before he found a burning cross in his yard earlier this month.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is handling the case, which the Scott County Sheriff's Department is considering a hate crime.

Terry Lay said he found an upside down cross at the end of his driveway on June 7 and it was set on fire.

He said the harassment, such as trash thrown on their lawn or people shouting racial slurs, is directed to his three grandchildren, who are biracial.

Lay said the cross is the last straw and he is considering moving.

Sheriff Anthony Lay said his agency will assist the federal investigators.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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