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The Times News, Kingsport, TN

Thursday, November 1, 1984

Mary Brooks of Chattanooga, Tenn., must have looked like an easy mark behind the counter of a bait and tackle shop where she works. But when a would-be thief brandished a knife and demanded money, she shut the cash register drawer and grabbed her .38 cal. handgun. In his haste to escape the feisty 62-year-old grandmother, the man went through the store's glass front door. Though cut badly, he got away with assistance from a female accomplice.

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