F.B.I. Searches Knox County Courthouse

Wednesday morning, federal agents came in and told all the office workers to get out so they could exercise a search warrant. While Judge Raymond Smith wasn't there, he has plenty to say about what happened.

Knox County Judge Executive Raymond Smith says he decided not come back to his office when he heard FBI agents were combing it for documents.

FBI officials aren't saying much because they say the warrant is sealed. We were able to obtain the warrant from the Deputy Judge Executive. It calls for the search of audio tapes from fiscal courts meetings in 2004 and 2005 and other documents concerning contracts the county had with several construction companies.

Judge Executive Smith denies any wrongdoing.

Judge Smith says the search is just further investigation following a state audit which questioned nearly three million in county spending.

Smith questions the timing of the search, which was just hours after he was defeated in the county judge's race.

"The "click" showed me they had the political power and money to get me out of office and this is just a further way of stomping my guts out," Smith said.

WYMT's Jeff Allen spoke with the man who beat Judge Smith and will start working in the judge's office in January. J.M. Hall says he doesn't want to comment on this, but hopes if there was wrongdoing, he hopes they find it. If there's not, he hopes the judge is cleared.

FBI officials say so far there are no indictments from this investigation.


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