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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- In a scandal filled year, Knox County's mayor and commissioners have taken a few lumps.
But there's one more left.
The nonprofit Tennessee Center for Policy Research has awarded its annual Lump of Coal Award to the county's elected leadership.
Earlier this year Knox County's finance director resigned and Mayor Mike Ragsdale suspended most of the county's purchasing cards after a probe into questionable spending.
Then in October, a judge nixed the appointments of 12 county officials, ruling the commission broke the law by deciding the appointments in backroom deals.
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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