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With TBI investigating Sheriff Robert Arnold, another unapproved jail contract is found
With TBI investigating Sheriff Robert Arnold, another unapproved jail contract is found

MURFREESBORO - With the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation checking into potential criminal wrongdoing by Sheriff Arnold's administration, another unapproved contract for inmate services turned up this week.

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Sheriff set up commissary fund, made questionable purchase

MURFREESBORO - Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold signed an agreement with the jail's commissary provider setting up a "technology fund" and used one of the vendor's divisions to purchase tasers, lasers and holsters, all without the knowledge of top county officials.

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Records show sheriff's major used office heavily to run private business

MURFREESBORO - Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective Maj. Bill Sharp sent dozens of emails to and from his sheriff's office account for a year and a half to operate a private training and consulting company - many of them for sheriff's-sponsored events.

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Smyrna Police paid sheriff's major for training seminar
Smyrna Police paid sheriff's major for training seminar

Smyrna Police paid $1,300 in 2014 to Rutherford County Sheriff's Maj. Bill Sharp's private company for officer training at a sheriff's-sponsored seminar at the county's Emergency Management Agency building, records show.

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$2,000 Reward for information on wanted person
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$2,000 Reward for information on wanted person

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Nashville Field Division and the Murfreesboro Police Department announced Monday (April 13) a $2,000 reward for information that may lead to the arrest of Adareus Dixson, aka: "Peabody," "Body," "Juice."

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UPDATE: JailCigs suspended as vendor at Rutherford jail, Tennessee Sheriffs' Association

An e-cigarette vendor connected to Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold, his family and chief administrator is suspended from doing business at the Rutherford County jail and with the Tennessee Sheriffs' Association.

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Third man pleads guilty in 2006 Smyrna home invasion
Third man pleads guilty in 2006 Smyrna home invasion

MURFREESBORO - A third man charged in a 2006 Smyrna robbery, rape and kidnapping pleaded guilty in Circuit Court today. Rather than go to trial, Phouthone "Von" Sanouvong, 44, entered guilty pleas to one count of aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated kidnapping in connection with a home invasion nine years ago.

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Detectives seek assistance identifying burglars
Detectives seek assistance identifying burglars

On Friday April 3, 2015, at 3:44a.m. two persons used a sledge hammer to break through a glass door to the Old Fort Golf office and attempted to gain access to the safe.

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Solicitor fined over fundraising ballgames for police organizations

An Arkansas-based solicitor who wrongly represented two local law enforcement organizations is being fined $57,500 by the secretary of state for not following Tennessee guidelines for non-profit fundraising.

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County jail follows set procedure with JailCigs
County jail follows set procedure with JailCigs

Rutherford County jail has a captive audience for the sale of e-cigarettes.

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Sheriff makes push for more patrol officers
Sheriff makes push for more patrol officers

Sheriff Robert Arnold is likely to request several more patrol officers in the coming fiscal year to meet the demand of growth.

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Tracy sends open records bill to summer study
Tracy sends open records bill to summer study

NASHVILLE -- Legislation allowing local governments to charge fees for access to public records was pulled from debate this session for summer study designed to prepare a comprehensive open records bill.

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Tuition equality for immigrants passes House panel with Womick's backing
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Tuition equality for immigrants passes House panel with Womick's backing

NASHVILLE -- Tuition equality passed a key House committee today allowing immigrant students to pay in-state tuition if they have "lawful presence" in Tennessee.

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Property Assessor Mitchell changes parties
Property Assessor Mitchell changes parties

Rutherford County's sole Democratic elected office holder switched to the Republican Party today, with officials saying he is "coming home."

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Teen sister of boy killed by impaired driver speaks out
Teen sister of boy killed by impaired driver speaks out

A 13-year-old sister who watched her brother killed by a suspected impaired driver one year ago relived the tragedy during a press conference Friday.

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UPDATE: District attorney confirms Comptroller investigating sheriff's JailCigs connection

MURFREESBORO - The Tennessee Comptroller's Office is investigating connections by Sheriff Robert Arnold, family members and his chief administrator to a company selling e-cigarettes to jail inmates, the district attorney general confirmed.

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Property Assessor Mitchell jumps from Democrat to Republican
Property Assessor Mitchell jumps from Democrat to Republican

MURFREESBORO - Rutherford County's sole Democratic elected office holder switched back to the Republican Party today, with officials saying he is "coming home."

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UPDATE: Rutherford inmates receive instructions to purchase JailCigs

MURFREESBORO - The Rutherford County jail has a captive audience for the sale of e-cigarettes. When new inmates check into the jail they are given a form instructing them how to purchase e-cigarettes from a company documents show is connected to the sheriff, his family and top administrator.

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UPDATE: Burgess "very concerned" about sheriff's connection to JailCigs

MURFREESBORO - Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess is "very concerned" about information showing the sheriff, his family and top administrator are connected to a company selling e-cigarettes to local jail inmates.

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UPDATE: JailCigs company linked to sheriff marketing itself at Florida convention
UPDATE: JailCigs company linked to sheriff marketing itself at Florida convention

JailCigs, LLC, an e-cigarette company linked to Sheriff Robert Arnold, family members and his chief administrator is running a booth this week at the Florida Sheriff's Association Executive Leadership Conference in Orlando.

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Sheriff, family, chief administrator connected to JailCigs
Sheriff, family, chief administrator connected to JailCigs

MURFREESBORO - Sheriff Robert Arnold, family members and his chief administrator hold connections with a company selling e-cigarettes jail inmates, according to documents.

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Tracy sends open records bill to summer study
Tracy sends open records bill to summer study

NASHVILLE - Legislation allowing local governments to charge fees for access to public records was pulled from debate this session for summer study designed to prepare a comprehensive open records bill.

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Tuition equality for immigrants passes House panel with Womick's backing
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Tuition equality for immigrants passes House panel with Womick's backing

NASHVILLE - Tuition equality passed a key House committee today allowing immigrant students to pay in-state tuition if they have "lawful presence" in Tennessee.

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House closings on the rise in Rutherford County

House closings in Rutherford County during the first third of the year were higher in 2015 than in 2015.

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