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More Witnesses Summoned Before Federal Grand Jury

(Story created: 11/5/03)

There's even more fallout from our Friends in High Places investigation of state contracts. A new round of witnesses has now told a federal grand jury what they know about contracts awarded to friends of the former governor.

At least four witnesses testified Wednesday before the grand jury that's been investigating contracts awarded by the Sundquist administration.

Among them: a man who was part owner of one of the companies that got contracts.

"I don't have any comment," said Marcus Burrows (pictured above) as he left the federal courthouse.

Burrows was managing partner for Workforce Strategists, a Chattanooga company started by John Stamps. Stamps was once business partners with former Gov. Don Sundquist.

Four years ago, the company received a $2 million, no-bid contract to provide counseling to the unemployed.

Sundquist aides argued it was "the only company in Tennessee that has experience" for the job.

That was written just six days after the company was incorporated.

This comes more than a year after agents seized records from the company.

At one point Wednesday, an FBI agent and an IRS agent rolled a cart, loaded with documents, into the grand jury room.

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