A small weekly newspaper in Rutherford County has garnered more attention than the publisher ever expected after local merchants pulled "The Rutherford Reader" from news stands.

It was all the result of complaints that stated the paper was printing "hate speech."

The Rutherford Reader is found all around the county, but not in Kroger grocery stores. The papers' publisher said all the fuss is simply a result of political correctness gone too far.

Pete Doughtie never set out to be a political or religious lightening rod. The co-owner and publisher of the "Rutherford Reader" said he simply wanted to create a weekly paper focused on the community. Now, the paper and Doughtie are embroiled in controversy.

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