Jefferson Co. Sheriff Settles Funding Lawsuit

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jefferson County Sheriff David Davenport has reached a settlement with the County Commission in his lawsuit over funding.

Davenport -- the president of the Tennessee Sheriff's Association -- went to court when the Commission cut his finances too deeply in adopting a county budget.

The suit has been settled for an extra $182,000 and lawyers' fees.

Sheriffs throughout the region say they have similar funding problems as the population grows and their offices receive more calls for officers to respond.

Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray says his department's efforts are now more reactive than preventive because of the number of calls.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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