By ERIK SCHELZIG
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Knox County Trustee John Duncan III, the son and grandson of East Tennessee congressmen, has pleaded guilty to official misconduct and resigned from office.
Duncan entered the plea to the felony charge in Knoxville today and was sentenced to one year of probation. He also agreed to cooperate with any other probes related to the $42,000 in bonuses he gave himself and others under his supervision for completing certified public administrator coursework that they didn't actually finish.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Duncan's father, Republican U.S. Rep. John J. "Jimmy" Duncan Jr., attended the hearing but declined to discuss the specifics of the case.
Jimmy Duncan succeeded his father, John Duncan Sr., in Congress in 1988. The elder Duncan was elected to the seat in 1964.