TAZEWELL, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Comptroller's Office says an investigation has revealed that Claiborne County inmates and sheriff's litter officers received more than $23,000 from selling scrap metal.
It says Claiborne County litter patrol officers and inmates say it's a "long-established" practice for officers to collect scrap metal and sell it to buy inmates on litter patrol lunches, snacks and tobacco products.
A Friday agency statement says state law requires payments for scrap metal sold by a government entity to be made by check or money order to the governmental entity. Claiborne County, however, does not have a formal policy on the handling of recyclable materials.
The comptroller's office recommended the county adopt a written policy on the collection and sale of recyclable materials.