Monday, April 15, 2013

Haslam Family Business Gets a Visit From the Feds

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 4:43 PM

FBI agents have blocked off the entrance to the Knoxville headquarters of Pilot Flying J, the truck stop business owned Gov. Bill Haslam's family.

There's a knock-knock joke in here somewhere, but anyway, from the Associated Press:

The Knoxville News Sentinel and WBIR-TV reported Monday that FBI agents refused to allow traffic to enter the headquarters grounds, wouldn't answer questions and told reporters to leave.

The FBI didn't immediately respond to Associated Press requests for details.

Jimmy Haslam stepped down as CEO after he purchased the football team last summer. But he resumed the position in February, replacing former PepsiCo President John Compton.

Bill Haslam has no position with the company but still has an unspecified holding in it, according to his limited financial disclosures.

The company has released a statement to multiple media outlets:

"As of the afternoon of April 15, FBI officials have sequestered the Pilot Flying J headquarters on Lonas Drive in Knoxville. At this time, we do not know the nature of the situation. Pilot Flying J is cooperating fully with the authorities. Pilot Food Marts, Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas remain open and continue to serve the public. Pilot Flying J is confident that the matter will be resolved fully."


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