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Metro Officials Looking Into Farmers’ Market Finances

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville's Farmers Market is gaining momentum and Mayor Karl Dean wants it to grow even more, but a recent review of what goes on there could put those plans on hold.

The Nashville Farmers' Market Board asked for a detailed review by the Metro Department Finance Thursday after questions of how the market operates.

An examination found billing irregularities, inconsistent lease agreements, discrepancies in alcohol revenue and lack of policy enforcement.

Deans said it is his administration's job to ensure professionalism and guidelines are followed at the market.

He said he knows the Farmers' Market can be much more than what it is- and possibly a bigger attraction for tourists.

The next step is for the review to take place.

Officials with Metro's finance department said the review would get underway immediately, as early as next week.

No timetable has been set on how long it would take, but they said they will take the time to make sure it is done right, but at the same time, this will be a top priority.

Email: mwashington@newschannel5.com

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