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Charge against country star Rodney Atkins retired

February 8th, 2012 2:03 pm by CHRIS TALBOTT, AP Entertainment Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge has retired the misdemeanor domestic assault charge against country music singer Rodney Atkins.

Atkins was arrested last November and charged after his wife Tammy Jo Atkins told police he attacked her and tried to suffocate her with a pillow after a night of drinking.

Attorney Rose Palermo says Atkins passed court-ordered anger management, drug and alcohol evaluations and has agreed to do 30 hours of community service. If he stays out of trouble for 11 months and 29 days, the charge will be removed from his record. He did not admit any guilt.

The platinum-selling singer is known for No. 1 hits "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" and "Take a Back Road." He and his wife are divorcing.

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