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Candidates for Rutherford Co. sheriff asked to take drug tests on radio show

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The four men running for sheriff in Rutherford County were asked some pressing questions on a radio show Wednesday morning, and you might be surprised by some of their answers.

WGNS listeners wasted little time hitting the candidates with the tough questions.

When asked, "Have any of you all ever been arrested in your adult life?" Bill Kennedy, Jim Trimble and Dale Armour all said they had not.

"I have," said Sheriff Robert Arnold. "Back when I was 19 years old, I went to a college party and got a public intoxication charge, which was later expunged."

But the real shocker came when the candidates were asked to take a drug test. The topic previously came up at an AARP political forum a few weeks ago.

The candidates were given a home drug test, which tests for marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and opiates.

After a quick trip to the bathroom, the results were in within five minutes.

"The results spoke for themselves, everyone was negative. Everybody is doing the right thing," said Chad Mills with Mills Family Pharmacy.

The candidates said this is all part of being transparent.

"I worked for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for years, and we are subject to random drug tests. I took one last year, same result, it was negative," Armour said.

"If we make our employees take drug tests, the sheriff's candidates should have to take one too and lead by example," Trimble said.

In this highly contested race, it will be up to voters to decide whether to keep Arnold as sheriff or choose one of the three other candidates.

"Employees down there are scared to death, they are afraid to lose their jobs due to political problems that are going on with the administration," Kennedy said.

"I think the citizens of Rutherford County made the right choice four years ago to change the office of sheriff. I think we've done a good job," Arnold said.

Early voting begins this Friday and goes through Aug. 2. The general election is on Aug. 7.

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