Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nashville Ratepayers May Have Covered Swanky Meals for NES Officials

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 4:11 PM

On the heels of a Knoxville newspaper's discovery of utility officials wining and dining expansively at ratepayers' expense comes a story indicating it's not just East Tennessee.

Nashville-area ratepayers supported an opulent meal, a couple of expensive meals, and few liquid outings for NES officials, according to a report from NewsChannel 5's Phil Williams.

A dinner for seven at a Toronto steakhouse cost $1,400, with the bar tab accounting for $372 of that. (Why do traveling packs of nabobs always choose steakhouses? Discuss.) A trip to a New York conference included a $225 dinner for two and $66 in hotel charges for two breakfasts, when the conference price included a continental breakfast. (It was probably really carb-y, though, and you hate that for anyone.)

While state and local government workers must submit detailed receipts for travel expenses, NES employees are not required to do so. Williams obtained the receipts from the restaurants and confronted NES president Decosta Jenkins, who says he intends to reimburse NES for alcohol purchases.

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