Nashville Notebook: Bradley County sheriff fires back at critical lawmakers

photo The Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville.

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Bradley County, Tenn., Sheriff Jim Ruth fired back late this week after a long-distance tongue-lashing from state lawmakers in Nashville.

Members of a House subcommittee smacked Ruth around Wednesday over a column he wrote earlier this month. Ruth is supporting a bill that would require a doctor's prescription for drugs such as Claritin D or Sudafed, which contain pseudoephedrine. The drug is a key ingredient in methamphetamine.

In the column, Ruth wrote, "The politicians, lobbyists, pharmaceutical companies and meth dealers that are blocking a new, effective law have made for some strange bedfellows."

Some lawmakers took that as an accusation of corruption.