Knox County mayor could face sanctions

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Sanctions against Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale are possible later this month when the county commission takes up a review of Ragsdale's now-defunct hospitality fund.

The mayor already was censured by the commission in May over a county audit that found about $40,000 in questionable purchasing-card charges.

And Elaine Davis, the commissioner calling for the hospitality fund review, says sanctions are a "possibility" again.

But she says her goal is a civil, orderly discussion of the audit, without the antagonism seen during the commission's discussion of the purchasing-card audit.

Ragsdale spokeswoman Susanne Dupes says the mayor's office would have no comment until the audit is finalized.

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