Monday, December 9 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-12-09 23:37:59 GMT
The IU School of Medicine has released the official request for proposal for,"the development of a multi-institutional academic health, science and research center in Evansville, Indiana."The RFP includesMore >>
The IU School of Medicine has released the official request for proposal for,"the development of a multi-institutional academic health, science and research center in Evansville, Indiana."More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:34 PM EST2013-12-09 22:34:19 GMT
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Police are reporting a flatbed lumber semi-truck has overturned on NB I-164 between Lynch & Morgan. Police are reporting the driver is out of the truck, and seems to be okay. PoliceMore >>
A flatbed lumber semi-truck that overturned on NB I-164 between Lynch & Morgan has now been up righted. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 10:54 PM EST2013-12-12 03:54:43 GMT
The cold weather didn't stop hundreds of people from going to a concert on Wednesday that honored late Evansville Police Detective Nathan Schroer. The show went will into the night at the old North HighMore >>
The cold weather didn't stop hundreds of people from going to a concert on Wednesday that honored late Evansville Police Detective Nathan Schroer.More >>
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A state audit revealed millions of dollars of questionable spending at Nashville Electric Service.
The spending was on travel, gift certificates and other purchases, all at the expense of NES customers.
NES administrators are promising change after the audit.
From no-bid contracts to the purchase of a Babies R Us gift certificate on a company credit card, the audit lists numerous issues at NES.
Some of the people who committed the acts are still on the job tonight.
The audit left NES ratepayers surprised and pretty angry.
"That's highway robbery, that's what it is," said NES customer Janet Tucker.
"I want to spend it too," added customer Emma Pearman. "I want to have fun on Amazon."
The audit found several issues, many pertaining to purchases on NES credit cards.
The company's vice president/chief information officer was using the card and setting up multiple accounts on eBay and Amazon, and sold NES surplus items without his superiors' knowledge.
While he said other purchases were all for NES business, auditors said he couldn't show them any documentation and they actually had to call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for help getting information.
"This individual provided us with a lot of misinformation," said Jim Arnette with the Tennessee Comptroller's Office. "He was very uncooperative and we do know that he was co-mingling business accounts and personal accounts."
Tonight that CIO is still on the job and NES President/CEO Decosta Jenkins defended some of his actions.
"He felt that he was saving money," said Jenkins. "He circumvented policy, but he felt he was saving money. We didn't find any evidence of misappropriation."
In addition the audit found employees made personal purchases on NES credit cards, including alcohol, while traveling.
Auditors also uncovered $17 million of contracts that weren't bid out for cable, and it seemed to be tailored for one specific company.
NES said they have made changes, but that the cable they bought held up during the flood and ratepayers should look at that.
"We should have had it so that more than one bidder could bid it, and that's a mistake on my part, but the cable did work," said Jenkins.
The findings were turned over to the district attorney for review.
Late this afternoon, District Attorney Torry Johnson released this statement.
"There were indications of internal policies and procedures that were violated and poor documentation of spending. While some of the practices were questionable from a business perspective, none of that rose to the level of criminal activity."
As for disciplinary action, Jenkins declined to indicate what kind of punishment the CIO faced, but did say he was still on the job.
The audit said NES paid one manufacturer and its distributor more than $17 million in the last eight years for electric power cable that was not properly bid.
NES paid Kerite Company more than $13 million and its distributor, Utilicor, more than $4 million since 2005 for electric power cable, according to the state comptroller's office.
The audit also says a company credit card was improperly used by a utility company's vice president/chief information officer.
Reviewers found the vice president commingled personal and business accounts when making purchases on eBay and Amazon.
Many of these accounts were established in the name of NES. The vice president also established a PayPal Extras MasterCard in his name using an NES procurement card as collateral.
The same vice president admitted to selling surplus NES items on eBay without authorization or knowledge of his supervisor.
Other issues revealed in the audit include:
A contractual arrangement with Gaylord Entertainment that allowed senior personnel and other employees from NES to attend events and play golf at Gaylord-owned properties free of charge in exchange for the lease of NES transformers. These "hospitality packages," which appeared to have no benefit to NES ratepayers, were valued at more than $70,000 during the last six years.
NES employees made personal purchases on NES credit cards.
A half-dozen NES employees received reimbursement for education or training programs based on altered documents.
Jenkins said at a news conference they are already taking actions to remedy these problems.
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Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:41 AM EST2013-12-11 13:41:37 GMT
HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) – Two students at Henderson High School is facing expulsion after the school says "serious horseplay" occurred on other students. According to Henderson School District Public InformationMore >>
Two students at Henderson High School are facing expulsion after the school says "serious horseplay" occurred on other students.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:08 PM EST2013-12-11 02:08:16 GMT
An Evansville mother is facing several child neglect charges. Police say a tip lead them to 29-year-old Jessica Pate's home on Jackson Avenue. Officers say during a search of her home they found threeMore >>
An Evansville mother is facing several child neglect charges.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:22 AM EST2013-12-11 14:22:48 GMT
The hype of the Auburn Tiger's SEC win has not died down and one Auburn fan is celebrating the big win in a unique way.In Fayetteville GA, Robert Fulton is celebrating the Tiger's big SEC win by displayingMore >>
The hype of the Auburn Tigers' SEC win hasn't died down and one Auburn fan is celebrating the big win in a unique way.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:24 PM EST2013-12-11 04:24:49 GMT
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This time of year if you haven't come down with a cold consider yourself lucky. "Most of them come from your hands. You touch surfaces, you scratch your nose, the virus gets in," said Dr. Don BucklinMore >>
This time of year if you haven't come down with a cold consider yourself lucky. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:39 AM EST2013-12-11 14:39:39 GMT
CHEYNNE, WY (KGWN/CNN) - For the second year in a row, the Grinch is on patrol in Cheyenne, WY. With his trusty dog max and his radar gun in hand, he took to the streets Tuesday morning to remind driversMore >>
For the second year in a row, the Grinch is on patrol in Cheyenne, WY.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 3:59 PM EST2013-12-10 20:59:50 GMT
On Monday December 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm the North Canton Police Department responded to 1161 North Main Street Lot 16, to investigate a report of the possibility of infant skeletal remains found in aMore >>
An investigation is underway after the skeletal remains of two infants were found in a North Canton mobile home.
Cops were called to the mobile home on North Main Street just before 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:21 PM EST2013-12-11 01:21:35 GMT
Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing andMore >>
Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows.