Audit Uncovers Numerous Problems In Grundy County Government

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Grundy County officials need to correct numerous problems with their management and record-keeping practices, an audit by the Comptroller’s Division of Local Government Audit shows.

The audit, which was released Wednesday, contains 21 separate findings – that is, serious issues that need to be corrected.

The director of schools’ office and the highway superintendent’s office were responsible for eight findings each.

In the highway superintendent’s office, for example, auditors found deficiencies in purchasing procedures, employee travel and work performed for other governmental entities. The office also allowed an employee to use department funds to purchase fuel for her personal vehicle.

In the director of schools’ office, the federal projects and education capital projects funds had cash overdrafts and deficits in their unassigned fund balances. There also were problems with the office’s budget operations and its use of federal grant funds, which resulted in questionable expenditures.

In addition to the findings, auditors noted that Grundy County has no audit committee or centralized system of accounting, budgeting and purchasing.

“I am very concerned that Grundy County had so many findings in this audit,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said. “I’m particularly concerned because 10 of the findings were identified in previous audits, but local officials apparently didn’t take appropriate corrective action. If the local officials are serious about reducing the likelihood of fraud, waste or abuse of taxpayer money, then they will take the steps necessary to correct these problems.”

To view the audit online, go to: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/la/.

Anyone who suspects fraud, waste or abuse of public money in Tennessee, should call the Comptroller’s hot line at 800 232-5454 or fill out a report online at http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/shared/safwa.asp.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADKINS, WINCHEL LEBRON  4525 PICKENPAUGH STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37416  Age at Arrest: 37 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County DOMESTIC ASSAULT --- AINSCOUGH, TINA MARIE  1830 MILLARD ROAD SODDY DAISY, 37379  Age at Arrest: 49 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County AGGRAVATED ... (click for more)

Upcoming City Council Agenda For Tuesday

Here is the upcoming City Council agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Vice-Chairman Freeman). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. V. Ordinances – Final Reading: ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT a. An ordinance amending Chattanooga City Code, Part II, Chapter 11, by the addition of a new Article ... (click for more)

Black History Month Hero - Theodore McGraw (Kidd) AKA "Pongee" - And Response

I grew up in "Old St. Elmo" on 39th Street behind the Incline. As a child I remember my older brother "Pongee" as being my hero. This month of February being Black History Month, I cannot think of a better person to be honored than my late older brother, Theodore McGraw (Kidd) aka "Pongee" of St. Elmo (Gamble Town). Growing up without my father, Theodore was always available ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: About Lions & Elephants

A family of lions is called a ‘pride’ and rightfully so. The boss of the pride is indeed the ‘King of the Jungle’ and he makes all the big decisions, like when they go hunting, who is going to be ‘boyfriend-girlfriend’ and is quick to settle any family quarrels. But, as with all in nature, there comes a day when the King gets too old to rule. His teeth are loose, his gait hampered ... (click for more)

Near-Perfect Red Bank Leads Region 2-A/AA Wrestling

High school wrestling coaches are always looking for perfection and Red Bank's Shane Turner almost got it Friday night in the opening day of the Region 2-A/AA tournament at Hixson Middle School. The Lions advanced all 14 of their wrestlers to Saturday morning's championship semifinal round and lead the 14-team field with 52 points. Hixson advanced 10 to the semis and hold ... (click for more)

Bears, Bearettes Take Care Of Cumberland County

(Story will be updated) CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Bradley Central’s Bears and Bearettes followed similar scripts Saturday afternoon. Both built double-digit leads. Both saw those cushions almost vaporize. Yet, the two teams posted non-district prep basketball victories over visiting Cumberland County. The Bearettes held on for a 60-56 win over perhaps their most heated rivals ... (click for more)