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Parents worry about Christian commune near campus

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Officials at the University of
Tennessee-Chattanooga say parents have expressed concern about a
Christian communal group that has set up a restaurant close to
campus.

The Twelve Tribes of Israel operates the Yellow Deli, which offers free meals. The commune's women have waist-length hair and don't wear makeup and the men have beards and long hair.

An anxious parent says the group invited his daughter to live and work there. But university officials say they cannot act against a religious group that hasn't been charged with breaking any law.

The Twelve Tribes, which some call a cult, was started in Chattanooga in the 1970s. Members home school their children and support themselves through organic farming, carpentry and small stores.

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