County Commission to Audit Legal Bills

The Shelby County Commission recently voted to have its Audit Committee review legal charges accrued during the ongoing court battle to stop municipalities from forming their own school districts. The board also authorized $71,490 to cover existing bills from its outside counsel -- the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell -- and set aside $800,000 for future legal expenses. The board did not approve a proposal to hire an outside audit agency to review the legal bills. The Commercial Appeal has the story