FBI acknowledges investigation
New court action and press reports forced the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week to publicly acknowledge an ongoing investigation of Community Bancshares Inc./ Community Bank of Blountsville.
The information comes as no surprise to many Blount County residents who have been aware for some time of the FBI’s research of Blount County court filings of Community Bank.
In a press release dated Nov. 29, Community Bank acknowledged an investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office. According to the press release, allegations center around expenditures of bank operating funds, not depositors’ money.
Revenue commission office going online
Beginning Jan. 1, Blount residents will be able to renew tags or pay property taxes with their computers online using Mastercard or Visa credit cards.
In about 90 days, residents who prefer not to use credit cards will be allowed to pay taxes and renew tags with a debit from their checking accounts, and those without access to the Internet will be able to conduct the same business with a touch-tone phone.
On Monday, Revenue Commissioner Donny Ray signed a contract with Venture Technologies of Tennessee that allows for the credit card service beginning the first of the year. Ray noted the service will allow those in outlying areas of the county to pay those bills without making a trip to the courthouse.