- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SURGOINSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A staffing dispute at an East Tennessee courthouse has apparently led to the arrest of a court clerk.

The Kingsport Times-News (https://bit.ly/LPBGy6) reports that Hawkins County Clerk of Courts Sarah Davis was arrested Monday on a contempt of court charge. The newspaper reports Hawkins County Sessions Judge J. Todd Ross issued a warrant calling for Davis to be arrested after the two got into a dispute on Jan. 30 in her office.

Former Circuit Judge Kindall Lawson says he will defend Davis.

“She works here with a total of six judges and one child support referee and certainly has always shown complete respect and dignity for and with all the judges and all the courts,” Lawson said. “She would never intentionally disrespect any of them. She doesn’t feel like she’s done anything wrong or committed contempt of court, and she feels that when she is heard on this fully that she will be vindicated.”

Lawson said he served on the bench for 40 years and has never before seen a clerk arrested for failing to meet a staffing request.

A March 27 court date has been set for the case.

Lawson said Davis wants to tell her story as soon as possible because the charge coincides with campaign season for the May 6 primary elections in the county.

“The timing of this charge is very inconvenient for her,” Lawson said. “She’s very anxious to be heard as soon as possible. It’s fair to say that there’s another side to the story.”

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Information from: Kingsport Times-News, https://www.timesnews.net

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