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Duncan III, Employees to Refund $40,000 in Bonuses

Knox County Trustee John Duncan III and a half dozen of his employees have agreed to pay back more than $40,000 in incentive payments for participating in a government-related program that they never completed, reports Mike Donila.
Duncan told the News Sentinel on Monday he hasn’t resolved all the details, but some of his workers will ma one-time payments for as much as $6,000 and others “may need extra time to make monthly installments.”
“I believe returning the payments will erase any concerns some may have about our intentions to serve the peop of Knox County with the utmost integrity and respect for their hard-earned tax dollars,” he said in a released statement.
The announcement came late Monday, several hours after he met with Commissioner R. Larry Smith who had asked Knox County Commission last week to look into the bonuses.
“I was real pleased,” said Smith. “I still want to talk about some of the other issues that are out there, and I think there are things that the taxpayers need to know, like who gets to take the class and how they’re paid. But the discussion (at next Tuesday’s commission meeting) isn’t going to be nearly as long.”
The trustee first gave himself and six other employees each a $3,000 education bonus — most of it tied to the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Services, or CTAS, program — in December 2010, three months after taking office. None of the employees were certified.

Wife of John Duncan III Seeks Divorce

Lifted from the News Sentinel:
The wife of Knox County Trustee John Duncan III has filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences” and accusing her husband of “inappropriate marital conduct.”
In the complaint filed Oct. 4 in Knox County Chancery Court, Lindsay Duncan said that in the past several months “a number of serious differences and disputes, personal in nature, have arisen between the parties.”
The two were married Aug. 20, 2005 in Knoxville. They have no children.
Lindsay Duncan is asking for a “reasonable amount of alimony to defray” her legal costs in the case. She also asks for a “reasonable amount of temporary, transitional and/or rehabilitative spousal support.”
She asks that the court equitably divide the couple’s personal property and their debt as agreed by the parties. The couple owns one house together.
Duncan, the son of U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., took office in September 2010. He was unopposed in the general election and in the Republican primary after then-incumbent Fred Sisk dropped out of the race. He earns $106,600 in salary.