Rutherford sheriff's family, deputy tied to jail vendors
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Rutherford County sheriff's aunt, uncle and chief deputy own companies selling electronic cigarettes and snacks to inmates at the county jail.
WSMV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1DqbP7j) the state comptroller is investigating the connection between Sheriff Robert Arnold, Chief Deputy Joe Russell and the companies JailCigs and JailSnacks.
Arnold also disclosed on a state ethics form that his wife works part-time for JailCigs.
Asked about the connections to JailCigs by the television station, Arnold seemed surprised to learn that his chief deputy, who is also his next-door neighbor, was involved with the company.
JailCigs is supposed to give the sheriff's department a cut of its profits, but county finance officials told the station they had not seen those checks.