Sheriff: Inmate found unresponsive in Hawkins Co. jail

HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn--A Hawkins County inmate has died, after he was found unresponsive.

According to Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, Paul D. Smith,45, of Church Hill was found unresponsive in his cell.

Smith was transported to Ballad Memorial Hospital where he died a short time later.

An investigation by the Sheriff's Office Jail Staff and Detective Division is being conducted. Preliminary findings indicate Smith died of natural causes.

Smith's body was transported to the E. T.S. U. Quillen College of Medicine for autopsy.

Sheriff Lawson said once the investigation is complete, the information will be submitted to the District Attorney General Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Smith was being held in the Hawkins County Jail on non violent felony charges.

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