Findings of a state investigation of the Cross Anchor and Chuckey utility districts will be brought before a grand jury, which means criminal charges could follow, officials said Monday.
At a meeting of Cross Anchor’s board Monday night, the utility districts’ attorney, Ed Kershaw, said District Attorney General Berkely Belll will present to a grand jury findings of the Tennessee Comptroller’s investigation into management of the utility districts.
Bell said Monday night that he doesn’t know when the case would go to a grand jury, but he doesn't anticipate it being this month.
“I just said at the conclusion of the investigation the finding will be presented to a grand jury,” Bell said.
In October, the two utility district boards placed four employees on leave when local Certified Public Accountant Mickey Ellis’ early audit results revealed "questionable practices by the management."
Later audit reports detailed several problems that Eliis described as violations of state law.
More on details on the meeting will be in the Tuesday edition of The Greeneville Sun.