The Tennessee Attorney General's office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have opened an investigation into allegations of misconduct and financial improprieties in the 10th Judicial District.
The attorney general's office said the investigation was called "relative to issues that have been raised" in the district's four counties of Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk.
The Times Free Press recently published a six-day investigative series that explored allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and misuse of public money.
The announcement from the Tennessee Attorney General's office said the Office of the State Comptroller will assist in this investigation, and that the attorney general will decide at the end "whether any further legal proceedings are warranted."
Moments before the release from the attorney general's office, 10th District DA Steve Bebb faxed a statement to the Times Free Press stating that he had asked for appointment of a pro tem district attorney to "investigate any allegations of impropriety in this office, either by myself or any employee."
See complete story in Tuesday's Times Free Press.