HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Projected revenues for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office are down by 62 percent this fiscal year from a decade ago and 38 percent since Sheriff Jim Hammond took office.

But Hammond's office says that's because of factors outside his control.

Hammond was elected in 2008 after the budget process for the 2009 fiscal year, during which the office brought in $4.1 million in revenue.

Preliminary estimates for this year's revenue show the office short of its $3 million budget by about $400,000. Hammond and his staff have brought in about $2.6 million for the 2012 fiscal year, which ends June 30.

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