Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold has released a statement after learning that Circuit Court Judge Mark Rogers has dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Rutherford Wrestling Club. You may recall the club sought damages under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act and named not only Sheriff Arnold, but also the local county schools after the club was dismantled. The club was previously under the direction of Major Bill Kennedy up until he was in a position to be demoted. When Sheriff Arnold took possession of the club equipment without a warrant, the organization filed suit. In 2011, the county answered that suit.
On Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Arnold issued a statement in regards to the case being dismissed in Circuit Court. Sheriff Arnold said, “My stance is this was a frivolous lawsuit against the Rutherford County Schools system, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and me personally because this was a personal vendetta against me.”
A brand new wrestling club currently uses the building that was once used by the Rutherford Wrestling Club. Blackman Middle SRO John Heath provides leadership for the new wrestling club called Murfreesboro Elite. Rights to that building are still under question.
It now looks as if the Rutherford Wrestling Club will have to pay for court costs incurred by the county.