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Renee Kelley shares a smile with her husband, Roane County Commissioner Steve Kelley, at a park in Oak Ridge, where they live. The commissioner recently admitted he was an atheist. Tennessee’s constitution contains language that prohibits government service by those who do not believe in God.
An uncomfortable admission

Roane County Commissioner Steve Kelley had intended to keep his mouth shut over a proposal to post “In God We Trust” at the courthouse in Kingston.

“It’s going to pass,” his wife, Renee, counseled her husband. “Don’t say anything.”

As the proposal was debated in June, Kelley could no longer hold back. When other commissioners questioned him about his opposition, he admitted that he is an atheist — he doesn’t believe in God.