Knox County Commissioners Asked To Give Up Free Tickets

KNOXVILLE (AP) - New ethics policies across the state are threatening some perks local officials have gotten used to.

Shelby County commissioners voted last month to raise the value of gifts they're allowed to accept rather than give up their free University of Memphis football tickets. Those are valued at about $360 a pair.

Now Knox County commissioners are being advised not to accept free season tickets to University of Tennessee men's basketball games. Those cost more than $600 a pair.

The perk began in 1987 when Knox County helped finance the Thompson-Boling Arena.

Twenty years later, Knox County Law Director John Owings is advising commissioners to either give back this season's tickets or pay for them.

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