- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State auditors have found serious financial management problems in Lake County.

Among other things, auditors found that the county has spent more than $28,000 since 2008 at a local official’s auto repair business, in violation of the conflict of interest statute.

The county also purchased a $12,000 lawn mower without soliciting competitive bids. And there were problems with travel reimbursements paid to the former director of schools.

According to the state comptroller’s office, eight of the 13 findings reported after this year’s audit were also identified in last year’s report.

Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said in a news release that he finds it troubling that the county has not corrected the problems, despite recommendations from the state on how to do so.

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