May 10, 2006 - Today, six city employees were placed on administrative leave with
pay pending the conclusion of a criminal investigation by the Knoxville
Police Department into alleged misappropriation of city property.
The six employees work at the Solid Waste Management Facility. This
facility collects garbage and scrap metal from citizens and contractors
and transfers it to various landfills or recycling centers.
The employees placed on leave are John Bailey, Supervisor, Lynn
Bell, Lonnie Corum, Doug Pinner, Ronnie Smith and Tim Jones.
When the investigation is completed the matter will be referred
to the District Attorney General's Office.
"As soon as we were informed that there might be a problem,
we turned it over to the police department for a full investigation,"
said Mayor Bill Haslam. "This is a serious matter and we will
take whatever action is appropriate based on the outcome of the
The Waste Management Facility will be open and operating during
normal business hours. In the absence of some of the regular crew,
other trained city employees will staff the center.