Rutherford sheriff employee charged in e-cig case is fired

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Rutherford County sheriff’s department administrator Joe Russell, who faces charges related to profits from the sale of electronic cigarettes to inmates, has been fired.

Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess told news media that Chief Deputy Randy Garrett sent Russell, the chief deputy of administration, a memo on Thursday notifying him of his termination. It is effective immediately.

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office said Wednesday after investigating the allegations that Arnold and Russell violated laws, policies and procedures by concealing their relationship with the Marietta, Georgia-based company JailCigs.

Russell, Arnold and Arnold’s uncle are charged in a federal indictment and are scheduled for trial Feb. 7.

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