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Jackson Audit Committee Working to Improve Process

The Jackson County Audit Committee is working with county offices to improve their processes. Mayor Randy Heady said going over last year’s audit findings has been a learning experience for many county officials. “We kind of find out that you actually have somebody that is looking over you, that’s keeping an eye on you, and it kind of holds everyone ... Read More »

Nearly 3 Inches Of Rain Over Northern Counties

Northern areas of the Upper Cumberland saw training rain and thunder Saturday night as storms trained out of Kentucky. By 3:40am Sunday morning, one National Weather Service observer reported 2.77 inches of rain in Celina. A flash flood warning was issued as the storms began to unwind over Clay, Pickett and Fentress Counties Sunday morning. In Jackson County, EMS reported ... Read More »

Jackson Clerk Admitted Guilt, Then Recanted

The resignation and conviction of former Jackson County Clerk Amanda Stafford came after a lengthy investigation by multiple agencies. Assistant District Attorney Ian Bratton prosecuted the criminal case. He said the investigation took a while and there were a number of twists along the way. The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office began an investigation into Stafford’s actions after a surprise cash county ... Read More »

Revenue Audit Finds Funds for Jackson Budget

A revenue audit of Jackson County’s book has already found over $38,000 dollars to boost the county’s budget. Mayor Randy Heady said the county has contracted with The Barrett Group of Murfreesboro to perform the audit. He said the audit of Jackson County’s sales tax numbers discovered the missing revenue stream. “That is revenue (Donna Barrett) has found for this ... Read More »

Jackson Bust Vandalized; Cameras Coming

The vandalism of Andrew Jackson’s bust on Jackson County’s square will lead to the installation of security cameras on the courthouse. Sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning, white paint was poured over the bust of the seventh President and namesake of Jackson County. Mayor Randy Heady said he does not like having to take this step, but such ... Read More »

Jackson High School Renovations Approved

The Jackson County Board of Education approved two bids for painting and ceiling replacement at Jackson County High School Thursday night. Director of Schools Kristy Brown said she would like to see school maintenance on a more regular basis. “It was identified as a need for updated and maintained buildings,” Brown said. “It was the right time to do it. ... Read More »

DA: Removing Jackson Clerk From Office Most Important

Removing a former Jackson County Clerk from office was a higher priority than punishing her financial misdeeds. That’s according to Assistant District Attorney Ian Bratton. Bratton prosecuted the Amanda Stafford. Bratton said he wanted to secure a conviction before the August election because of a little know provision of state law. “One of the odd things about elections is if ... Read More »

Heady to Give Clerk’s Office More Attention

Jackson County Mayor Randy Heady says he plans to take a more active role in supervising the troubled County Clerk’s office. Heady said that although he doesn’t have authority over another elected office, there are things he can informally do to provide oversight. “If I’m watching, and I got my eyes on things, then they’ll know they have some oversight,” ... Read More »

Comptroller’s Office Says Safeguards In Place

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office says the Jackson County Commission does have some authority for oversight of county offices. Director of Communications John Dunn says there are built in safeguards that can be used to prevent fraud and abuse. This as officials in Jackson County express frustration with financial irregularities in the clerk’s office. Dunn said there are steps county commissions ... Read More »

Jackson Commissioner Frustrated With Clerk Situation

Frustration. That’s the word that best describes the feelings of many Jackson County officials in the wake of the former county clerk’s guilty plea for stealing money from her office. County Commissioner Don Chinoy said a lot of that frustration comes from how much oversight elected officials can provide to each other. “The County Mayor or County Commission has no ... Read More »