Ford Breaks Ground on BlueOval City in West Tennessee

Ford broke ground on BlueOval City, a new electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facility, on Friday less than a year after the company first announced the project.

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Haywood County Financial Issues Flagged Again by Tennessee Comptroller

A Tennessee Comptroller Office’s annual financial report of Haywood County had nine findings of deficiency for the second consecutive year.

Four of the findings in the report were a repeat of last year’s audit, which had found five of the nine findings were repeated from the previous year.

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California Woman Caught Allegedly Stealing from Tennessee Library, Tennessee Comptroller Says

The Tennessee Comptroller Office released a statement last week alleging a California woman was stealing money from a Tennessee Library.  The state’s comptroller’s audit determined that Shekinah Edwards stole $32,366.89 from the Elma Ross Public Library in Haywood County by issuing fraudulent checks addressed to herself. The allegations were referred to a Haywood County Grand Jury, who returned an indictment in November against Edwards of one count of theft of over $10,000.

From May 22, 2020, through July 10, 2020, the Comptroller’s office alleges, Edwards issued herself 14 checks with the forged signatures of the library officials. The fraudulent checks were discovered in July 2020, when the library director was reconciling the library’s bank account and realized the font on the checks was not the same as the checks routinely issued by the library.

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Tennessee State Representative Chris Hurt Talks Ford Deal Points and Growth for West Tennessean’s

Friday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Tennessee State Representative (R-82) Chris Hurt to the newsmakers line to discuss the success of the Ford Megasite deal while working through session.

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State Representative Scott Cepicky Talks Why He Voted No on Ford $900 Million Deal

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Tennessee State House Representative Scott Cepicky to the newsmakers line to explain why he voted no on Ford mega-site deal.

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Host Michael Patrick Leahy and All-Star Panelist Crom Carmichael on Pros and Cons of New Ford Motor Site

Monday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Crom Carmichael in studio to weigh in on the Ford Motor Company’s new Mega Site location outside of Memphis.

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Tennessee Comptrollers: Former County Mayor Tried to Hide Wife’s Role in Auto Accident

Former Haywood County Mayor Franklin Smith filed a false accident claim after his wife was involved in an auto accident in May 2018 while she drove a county-owned vehicle, according to Tennessee Comptrollers.

Comptrollers did not identify the former county mayor by name in a report they submitted this week.

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Audit: Haywood County Courthouse Needs Better Security

It’s too easy to get inside certain parts of the Haywood County Courthouse, according to an audit Tennessee Comptrollers released this week. While the audit itself doesn’t explicitly say so, this could pose security concerns. “Our examination disclosed that county officials did not adequately control access to the courthouse offices.…

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