FBI was at headquarters of Haslam family business

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KNOXVILLE -- An FBI spokesman says agents locked down the headquarters of the truck stop business owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

FBI spokesman Marshall Stone says the lockdown is part of an ongoing investigation but wouldn't say what agents were doing inside the Knoxville building Monday.

Pilot Flying J released the following statement 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.

Pilot was founded in 1958 by Jim Haslam. His son, Jimmy, runs the company now. He is the new owner of the Cleveland Browns.

Jimmy Haslam released this statement: "We will cooperate appropriately with any and all external investigations and conduct our own. I believe and trust there has been no wrongdoing. The integrity of our company always has been job number one."

Governor Bill Haslam, another son, resigned from the company to become Mayor of Knoxville then Governor of Tennessee.

Jimmy Haslam stepped down as company CEO after buying the Browns last summer. He returned as CEO 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.

Pilot Flying J retail operations remain open.

Our sister-station, WBIR in Knoxville first reported the lockdown.

Gannett/WBIR.com/The Associated Press

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