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Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has selected an interim director of Knox County Veterans and Senior Services.

Last week, former director Hemal Tailor resigned from that post. Her personnel record said that she lied about the actions of former Community Outreach Manager Jonathan Griswold, who was caught drinking and driving a county vehicle. Tailor was also accused of intimidating her employees into covering for Griswold.

Now, Knox County Veterans Service Officer Robert "Buzz" Buswell will take over Tailor's role.

"Buzz has done an outstanding job serving the veterans and taxpayers of this community, and I am very confident that he will continue to work hard and be successful in this new position," said Mayor Burchett.

In addition to his new duties, Buswell will continue to work with Deputy Veterans Service Officer Tom Humphries to ensure that Knox County's veterans continue to have access to the benefits and services they have earned.

The Knox County Senior Services Department is responsible for overseeing the five senior centers operated by the county. The Knox County Veterans Services assists veterans and their families and dependents in the presentation, proof, and establishment of all claims, privileges, rights and other benefits which they may have under federal, state, or local laws, and to cooperate with all national, state, and local governments and private agencies securing services or any benefits to veterans, their families and dependents.

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