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"That's exactly what I thought," Arnold said. "Take me personally out of it, just the office of sheriff, for someone to try to blackmail a sheriff for any reason is to me dumb."
The charges stem from a series of threatening emails Arnold received between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. Monday.
"If I don't get a job you can bet the whole county budget, that this information will end up on the front page," one email read.
The sender, Arnold says, is Lehew, a former detention deputy who, according to official documents was dismissed last November for missing work and performance issues.
The emails suggest Lehew s ex-husband, Will Lehew, a current corporal in the department, had unfairly been given a promotion after failing a drug test.
The emails also suggest Arnold turned a blind eye, and the sender demands a county job, or threatens to take that information to the media.
Arnold says the allegations are untrue.
Lehew is charged with one count of extortion, and released on a $2,500 dollar bond. The former deputy is scheduled to appear in court February 27th.
Wednesday, February 13 2013, 01:45 AM CST
Solar panels that obscure school might be moved
May 24, 2013 13:13 GMT
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A wall of solar panels in front of a Surgoinsville school might be moved out back.
The panels are part of an ambitious project under which solar collection panels have been installed at 20 Hawkins County school facilities to cut utility costs and sell back power to TVA.
But the Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/18burcf ) reported the wall of panels at Surgoinsville Middle School has some people worried about school security and others upset at what they see as an eyesore.
The panels are 7 feet high and stretch the length of a football field. They obscure viewing the school.
At a school board work session Thursday, board members talked about moving the array. It can't be voted on until the regular board meeting on June 4.
Information from: Kingsport Times-News, http://www.timesnews.net
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