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Racist e-mail gets THP trooper in trouble

Staff Report • Oct 15, 2009 at 12:00 AM

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper on the Capitol security detail is under investigation over allegations that he forwarded a racist e-mail on the state's computer system, a department spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

Trooper Brent Gobbell, 51, who is white, was placed on administrative leave with pay last Friday. It's the second incident this year in which a state employee at the Capitol is accused of sending a racially offensive e-mail.

A legislative aide to Sen. Diane Black brought national attention to Tennessee in June after forwarding a racially derogatory e-mail about President Barack Obama. The aide was reprimanded and later apologized.

The patrol released the trooper's e-mail Wednesday, and it appears to be a chain e-mail. Gobbell is accused of receiving it on his state account and forwarding it to other state employees.

Read the full report at the Tennessean's Web site.

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