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Johnson County Employee Arrested for Stealing Funds

News release from TBI:
Johnson City, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested a former county employee for her role in a theft case involving funds from the Johnson County Solid Waste Transfer station after she was indicted by the Johnson County grand jury late last week.
Kelly Horne, 44, of Tanglewood Drive, Mountain City, Tenn. was charged with one count of theft over $10,000, four counts of forgery, four counts of hindering a secured creditor and one count of official misconduct. All the charges are felonies. Horne began working as the secretary for the Johnson County Mayor in September of 2010 where she was responsible for depositing checks and cash from residents who paid a fee to the Johnson County Solid Waste Transfer station. Between September 2010 and August 2011, Horne took more than $40,000 dollars from those funds for her personal use.
Between August 2009 and June 2010 on four different occasions, Horne signed the names of other individuals on four discharge of lien forms for three of Horne’s personal vehicles and applied for new titles. Horne had worked in the Johnson County Clerk’s office before being employed in the mayor’s office. The official misconduct charge was for committing the offenses was working as a public servant and using the county position for personal gain.
The 1st Judicial District Attorney General’s office requested the TBI investigation following a Tennessee Comptroller’s audit of the Johnson County Mayor’s office. Horne was booked into the Johnson County Jail today on a $15,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in criminal court on April 18, 2012.

UT Touts Cost-Cutting to Impress Legislators

The University of Tennessee saved more than $52 million through 132 cost-cutting initiatives in a bid to maximize its leaner budget and build goodwill with the state, reports Megan Boehnke.
“One of the reasons we did it was, of course, it was the right thing to do, and the second reason we did it was so we could tell our story to the Legislature and the governor and hopefully they would figure a way to give us no change or an increase in appropriations,” said UT Trustee Doug Horne at the Effectiveness and Efficiency for the Future committee meeting Friday on the Knoxville campus.
The committee, formed in 2008 as a way to find savings within the university at a time of drastic budget cuts, presented an update that showed 78 projects completed, another 44 in progress and 10 that are proposed.
The initiatives on the Knoxville campus include eliminating some vacant positions, a campaign to reduce energy consumption, a recycling program that decreases the waste removal costs and reducing campus bus services during semester breaks. The Knoxville campus expects a savings of more than $17 million and is working with TVA on a long-term energy savings plan that could result in several million dollars in savings
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