Audit finds ongoing problems in Tennessee county

HOHENWALD, Tenn. (AP) – A state audit of Lewis County has found continuing money problems and official misconduct.

The Tennessee Comptroller’s office released their annual audit Wednesday morning. WSMV-TV in Nashville reported ( ) that auditors highlighted 25 weaknesses on the report, many of which were included in last year’s audit but never fixed.

The weaknesses included fund deficits, cash overdraft, projects that went over budget and failure to follow certain policies.

The report also found some county commissioners failed to disclose they worked for the county before voting on budget amendments.

The county’s trustee was arrested last year and later resigned after being accused of taking $44,000 in taxpayer money for personal use. A new trustee has since taken over.

The state comptroller warned the new leaders to address the issues immediately.