FBI agents at Pilot-Flying J headquarters
UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: According to Marshal Stone of the FBI office in Knoxville, this is an ongoing investigation.
Because it is a pending investigation there is not more than that he can say. It is involving the FBI and the IRS.
There will be no press release from his office today, maybe not even this week.
The facility is continuing to operate.
To his knowledge, nothing the FBI has done should prevent employees from continuing to operate.
Pilot-Flying J released the following media release Monday afternoon:
"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."
We'll let you know when more facts are available.
FBI agents have blocked the entrance at the Knoxville headquarters of Pilot Flying J Travel Centers.
That's the truck stop business owned by the family of Tennessee governor Bill Haslam and his brother, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
We're told FBI agents refused to allow traffic to enter the headquarters grounds, wouldn't answer questions and told reporters at WBIR-TV to leave the area.
Jimmy Haslam stepped down as CEO after he purchased the football team last summer, but he resumed the position in February 2013, 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.
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