Tennessee legislative aide fired

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- TNReport, an online news service, first reported that Derek Hummel, who worked for Democratic Sen. Ophelia Ford, was fired earlier this week.

According to the news report, Hummel was drawing an annual salary of $30,468 while also being paid by the campaign of Senate candidate Phillip North.

Phone records, Facebook postings and other documents reviewed by TNReport showed Hummel had been conducting activities during state business hours on his state-issued computer.

Phone messages left by The Associated Press with Ford's office and North's campaign were not immediately returned on Wednesday.


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