Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
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The people at one public agency are facing criticism for sparing no expense on out-of-state trips, extravagant meals and theater performances.
More than $2 million taxpayer dollars covered travel, entertainment and booze for the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, according to an audit by the state comptroller.
Among the most jaw-dropping expenses was a nearly $60,000 trip to Washington, where 34 people consumed nearly $5,000 in food and drinks.
The receipts from that trip last March show the group dined on upscale meals at the Capitol Grill and the Oceanaire, and it was nothing but the finest of dining for these guys. Hundreds were spend on seafood platters and filet mignon, as well as Mai Tai and vodka drinks tabbed at as much as $70 each.
The buck doesn't stop at the dining table. The audit also shows frequent trips from Cookeville to Nashville, where staff members met with state officials and lawmakers.
They dined at Morton's Steak House and even used tax dollars to buy booze at local liquor stores.Plus, nearly $20,000 in public funds were spent for the agency's annual meeting and holiday party.
On top of all of that, the comptroller also found the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency has its own resort that is supposed to be used as a training facility. The Lakeside Resort was originally set up to be profitable and self-sufficient, but over the years the agency has subsidized the resort to the tune of nearly $1.7 million. And according to the audit, the agency never made any effort to get that money back.
The Channel 4 I-Team spoke with the current executive director of the Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency, who has only been on the job for three months. The comptroller's office said this most recent audit did not involve him, rather it was then under the direction of former director Phyllis Bennett, who is now deceased.
The new director said many changes have been made and the agency is doing everything it can to make sure it is a good steward of tax dollars. That includes putting the Lakeside Resort up for sale.
The comptroller's findings were forwarded to the district attorney's office, and it will be up to that office to decide whether or not any laws were broken.
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Monday, May 20 2013 3:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:10:48 GMT
Several people are arrested after a raid at a Sycamore Township motel. Deputies raided the Drake Motel, located on Reading Road, on Monday morning. Several people were arrested at the scene but no namesFull Story >
Several people have been arrested after a raid at a Sycamore Township motel. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
Experts say the officer who killed a Long Island college student and a home invasion suspect on Friday was confronted with a split-second choice.Full Story >
As a grieving family prepared for the funeral of a Hofstra University junior killed by a police officer's bullet during a standoff with an armed intruder, some on Monday questioned whether police should have waited for...Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 11:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:30:16 GMT
Authorities are investigating a shooting in Liberty Township. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio. FOX19 has a crewFull Story >
The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 6:51 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:51:11 GMT
As we continue our series, "Around the World in Cincinnati," our Tracey Johnson shares the connection they have with the Nigerian community here in the tri state. Tracey says that she knew it would beFull Story >
Tracey says that she knew it would be a trip of a lifetime for her family but she never imagined that their first trip to west Africa would not be the last.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:33 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:33:10 GMT
Warren County authorities are investigating two bodies found in a home on Sunday. Officials were called to a residence in the 3900 block of Riley Avenue in South Lebanon around 10 a.m. Sunday morning. LittleFull Story >
Warren County authorities are investigating two bodies found in a home on Sunday. Officials were called to a residence in the 3900 block of Riley Avenue in South Lebanon around 10 a.m. Sunday morning.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
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