Over the past two weeks, 10News has asked the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation (KTSC) for documents as we have been looking at how that organization spends its money. A KTSC representative delivered that information to our newsroom Monday night just before 10News at 6pm. Now, we are making some of those documents available here.
10News first reported earlier this month that KTSC spent 60 percent of its budget on employee salaries in 2010. The biggest piece of that went to a $405,583 paycheck for CEO Gloria Ray. That amount includes base pay and a $171,000 bonus.
10News accessed the documents from KTSC through the Tennessee Public Records Act. A State Supreme Court ruling says any organization that gets a majority of its funding from government agencies must make most of their documents available to the public for inspection and copy.
KTSC is no exception to that law since 85 percent of their budget comes from tax money from the City of Knoxville and Knox County.
The following documents are available here for public viewing:
-Independent audits from 2009, 2010, and 2011
-IRS 990 forms from 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011
-KTSC Board Minutes
-KTSC staff list with pay of those who make $50,000 annually or more
-CEO Gloria Ray's signed KTSC conflict of interest disclosure form
-KTSC's contract with the City of Knoxville (expires 2012)
-KTSC's contract with Knox County (expires 2016)
10News is taking a close look at these documents, and others, and we will continue to update this story.
If you see something that we should look at more closely, please email reporter Hillary Lake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One thing we should explain: every time we've posted a list of public employee salaries in the past, we've only listed people who make $50,000 or more. We've done that again in this case.