A new study published by the American Society for Public Information names ten states as being the most corrupt in the nation, and one of them is the Volunteer State.
The study used data on corruption from the U.S. Department of Justice and looked at the number of federal, state, and local public officials convicted of a corruption-related crime from 1976 to 2008. It reasoned that state conviction rankings match Americans' general perceptions on state corruption.
Tennessee ranked third behind Mississippi and Louisiana. Kentucky ranked ninth.
The study then goes on to show that those corruption comes with a dollar value attached. It concludes that from 1997 to 2008, the 10 most corrupt states could have reduced their total annual expenses by an average of $1,300 per person living in the state if corruption had been at the average level of the states.
We called the state attorney general's office Wednesday morning to get a comment on the study. We did not hear back from them.
The study found that the top three least corrupt states were Oregon, Washington, and Minnesota.