published Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Audit hits Grundy County with 21 findings

State auditors dinged Grundy County with 21 findings, 16 of them divided between the director of schools' office and the highway superintendent's office, according to an audit released this morning.

In the highway superintendent's office, auditors found deficiencies in purchasing procedures, employee travel and work performed for other governmental entities, the audit states.

Audit findings in the director of schools' office related to federal projects and education capital projects funds that had cash overdrafts and deficits in their unassigned fund balance.

“I am very concerned that Grundy County had so many findings in this audit,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said in a release on the audit. “I'm particularly concerned because 10 of the findings were identified in previous audits.”

The audit also noted that the county has no audit committee or centralized system of accounting, budgeting and purchasing.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at or 423-757-6569.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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