Where everyone graduates high school, but few go to college

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In Tennessee, about a third of working-age residents have a college degree. In a few counties, the college degree rate drops to fewer than one in 10. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam thinks that's a fundamental economic problem in the South worth trying to fix.

Though money is a factor, government officials cite an even bigger barrier: students don’t necessarily see why they need a college education.

Kevin Brown is a senior at Hickman County High School. It’s a county where 92 percent graduate from high school and few go any further. "It’s our life," says Brown. "We can do what we want."

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