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Ousted Tenn. Lottery official got high marks on job evaluation
A high-ranking Tennessee Lottery official forced out of his position amid allegations of workplace harassment received high marks on his job performance and a merit-based raise, according to lottery records.Former chief administrative officer Steve Adams received a 4 percent salary increase in October 2004 for his job performance, which was described as exceptional and consistently outstanding, according to lottery personnel records released late Wednesday afternoon.Adams also met or exceede ...
Jan 12, 2006, 7:18 am - Lottery News forum

Online newspaper sues Tenn. Lottery for records access
An online newspaper filed suit Monday against the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. to demand records associated with a harassment investigation.NashvillePost.com cited the state's open records law in seeking all documents pertaining to an internal investigation that led to the forced departure of Steve Adams as the lottery's chief administrative officer.Lottery officials have refused requests from several news organizations for details or records in the case, citing attorney-client privilege.At ...
Jan 10, 2006, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum

Tenn. Lottery officials give no details on harassment allegations
Tennessee Lottery officials aren't sharing documents and other details about former state treasurer Steve Adams stepping down as the lottery's chief administrative officer following an investigation into allegations of workplace harassment.Lottery spokeswoman Kym Gerlock refused Friday to give any details of the allegations, which were investigated internally by the Tennessee Lottery general counsel. She cited attorney-client privilege and an interest in protecting the identities of the employee ...
Jan 9, 2006, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum

Tenn. Lottery says it need not obey state policies
Though the state recently cleaned up its policy for investigating harassment claims, the Tennessee Lottery is exempt from those rules, officials said making it even tougher for the public to keep tabs on harassment cases at the agency.The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. on Thursday dismissed its chief administrative officer, Steve Adams, after an investigation of workplace harassment allegations. Lottery officials have refused to provide details of the allegations or investigation, citing at ...
Jan 9, 2006, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum

Tenn. lottery official leaves after harassment investigation
Former state treasurer Steve Adams has stepped down as chief administrative officer of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. following an investigation into allegations of workplace harassment.Lottery officials investigated the allegations against Adams, but gave no other details while citing attorney-client privilege and an interest in protecting the identities of the employees involved.The corporation is committed to providing a supportive work environment where every employee can reach his o ...
Jan 6, 2006, 11:18 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. House Speaker under investigation in lottery probe
House Speaker and Top Aide Under Investigation for Possible Corruption in Measure's PassageWhen North Carolina's legislature relented from its decades-long opposition to a state lottery this summer, preachers and conservative lawmakers warned that wherever gambling goes, scandal follows.Even they never predicted it would arrive so fast.North Carolina, which until now was one of the few states without a lottery, will not begin its games until spring, but already state and federal criminal investi ...
Dec 30, 2005, 11:50 pm - Lottery News forum

Impartial choice promised for Texas Lottery chief
The chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission said Wednesday that politics will play no part in whether a powerful ex-lawmaker is hired to run the beleaguered state agency.Former state Rep. Talmadge Heflin, a Houston Republican who lost his bid for a 12th term by a scant 16 votes last year, was an 11th-hour entry into the hunt to replace former director Reagan Greer after Lottery Commission Chairman C. Thomas Clowe encouraged him to apply last month. At least eight other applicants had made it to ...
Dec 9, 2005, 1:30 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery under the microscope in hearings
Texas Lottery officials were summoned Tuesday to testify before a legislative committee for the second time in five months, this time over allegations of mismanagement brought by a lottery systems analyst who was fired the same day the Houston Chronicle reported his concerns.Shelton Charles, who oversaw much of the lottery's technical operations before his firing Friday, planned to testify Monday at a hearing of the House Licensing and Regulation Committee, which oversees the lottery.The committ ...
Nov 9, 2005, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum

Questions rise about N.C. lottery access
Meredith Norris, a top political aide to House Speaker Jim Black, hired two Charlotte lawyers Friday as Secretary of State Elaine Marshall investigated whether Norris lobbied on behalf of a major lottery company without being registered to do so. Ms. Norris is very confident that she has not violated any lobbying laws, Thomas Walker, one of her lawyers, said Friday.The probe advanced as Republican leaders called for an investigation by Attorney General Roy Cooper or an independent inquiry into ...
Oct 17, 2005, 7:09 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery critic turns down selection committee post
A lottery watchdog who helped expose inflated Texas Lotto jackpots and a math professor whose students found problems with lottery advertisements were among 10 people chosen to help find the next leader of the struggling Texas Lottery Commission, officials said Friday.Dawn Nettles, a frequent critic of the lottery, later withdrew from the search committee, saying her participation would be a conflict of interest.C. Tom Clowe, who chairs the three-member commission that oversees the agency, appoi ...
Jul 24, 2005, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum