Judge orders arrest of court clerk

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 (http://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, and 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.