Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold approved of a music video shot at the jail in which sheriff’s personnel dressed as inmates clap and cheer as a young woman brought into the facility dances suggestively with a male inmate.
The song is “Rattle My Bones” performed by The Secret Sisters, a traditional country music duo comprised of Laura (a former MTSU student) and Lydia Rogers from Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Arnold confirmed Wednesday the video was recorded at the Rutherford County jail and said the band paid all deputies for off-duty time.
“No taxpayer dollars were used,” Arnold said, adding the video production was a “morale booster for the guys.”
Several ranking members of the sheriff’s office such as Maj. Bill Sharp and Detective Phil Brooks appear in the video dressed as inmates.
The video shows security personnel in one of the observation areas watching as the band enters the facility, then security guards escort a young woman into one of the pods. She slips away and knocks a book out of the hands of an inmate sitting and reading by himself, then starts dancing with him and hugging as the other inmates clap and whistle.
At one point, Maj. Sharp and his brother, School Resource Officer Sgt. Mark Sharp, block a security guard from getting to the frolicking couple before a guard finally breaks through and stops the dancing as the song ends.
Mayor Ernest Burgess said he was not aware of the video until asked about it by the media Wednesday. He said he was not aware of any policy against recording a video on county property and added that it “brought a little humor” into his life.
Asked if he thought it was appropriate, though, Burgess said, “It’s probably not something I would have chosen to do.” He added that the message it might send could “confuse” people who don’t think it is appropriate.