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By Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Officials with Tennessee's Housing Development Agency say they're just spending money like lots of businesses do.
Our investigation found tens of thousands of dollars for restaurants -- Maggiano's being a favorite -- and catering.
"Any idea how much you all spend on catering?" we asked Smith.
"I have not added it up," she answered.
"But you're the chair of a state agency," we noted.
"Well, this is Tennessee Housing -- this is not a state agency," he insisted.
That may come as a surprise to state lawmakers who created the agency and approve its budget.
My Comment: No comment. I am an employee of a HUD-approved, non-profit, housing counseling agency that has an association with THDA. To avoid a conflict of interest, I will not comment on this development. I am simply passing along public information.