Former Knox Trustee, 4 Others, Charged with Felony Theft

Five Knox County employees, including former trustee Mike Lowe, were charged with felony theft following an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the state Comptroller's Office and the Knox County District Attorney's Office. The grand jury also recommended moving the trustee's office and its functions into the mayor's office, with spending and contracts to be handled through the finance department, WATE reports. The charges lead some members of the county commission to say that officeholders should face more scrutiny. "We have to start all over again, regaining the public trust," Commission Chairman Mike Hammond said.