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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Cocke County Audit Committee
Members of the Cocke County Audit Committee meeting Monday were told the recent audit revealed three "findings". Philip Toby of the Division of Local Government Audit told the members that receipts for the Recreation Department were not available for inspection. "They were lost or stolen," he told the committee. In response Recreation Department Manager Brian Evans said he carried his case with the receipts to the ball field one evening, "It rained, and the receipts went missing," he said. Evans said he was not able to determine who had picked up the case which contained the receipts. Cocke County Mayor Crystal Ottinger reported that Evans is no longer responsible for collecting fees and writing receipts. She said the fees now are turned into her office. She assured the committee that all of the money was turned in "but there are no receipts." Toby also reported that some funds in the sheriff's office were not deposited within the required three days of collection. The monies totaled about $1,200, collected primarily for conducting background checks. And the auditor said the contract with QCHC, to supply medical coverage for the jail and negotiate a reduction in jail medical bills, was not ratified by the full county legislative body. The body agreed to retroactively ratify the contract. Committee chair Forrest Clevenger also pointed out that QCHC receives 15 percent of all negotiated reductions, and he suggested that the county consider negotiating with medical providers for Medicare rates directly, in an effort to save the negotiating fee.

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