published Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Tourism Department spent $64K creating brochure

NASHVILLE β€” A review of invoices by WSMV-TV found the state Department of Tourist Development spent $64,000 on a brochure project that was supposed to cost $19,000.

The Walking Tall brochures promote tourist destinations across the state. Advertising agency White Thompson won the state bid to create the brochures with a proposal estimated to cost about $19,000.

A year later, the estimate to finish the brochure had jumped to about $40,000, and the final cost ended up being $64,000, not including printing.

Commissioner Susan Whitaker answered questions about the brochure through an e-mail that called the spending β€œan excellent use of state dollars, because of the return on the investment.β€œ

The television station also found that the department spent $15,000 on two videos thanking Whitaker and then-Gov. Phil Bredesen for their work.

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Leaf said...

Oh, come on now. It didn't really cost 64,000. Some of that money must have been kickbacks. Follow the money! Did White Thompson contribute to any political campaigns? Junkets?

May 12, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.
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