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Tenn. insurance head to resign

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Paula Flowers has announced that she plans to leave her job and return to the private sector.

Ms. Flowers, an attorney, has served as state insurance commissioner for nearly four years. She was appointed in January 2003 by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, who was recently re-elected.

"After careful thought and much discussion with my husband and three sons, I have decided not to continue in my current position," Ms. Flowers said in a statement. Also, she said she is committed to ensuring a smooth transition and has not yet set a departure date.

Ms. Flowers is expected to leave sometime in January, a department spokeswoman said.