JAMESTOWN — The former director of the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce turned himself into the Fentress County Jail here Monday morning, after being indicted last week by a Fentress County grand jury on a felony charge of theft.
Walter Page Jr. was indicted Thursday by a grand jury on a single count of theft over $1,000, following an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
According to the TBI, an investigation into Page has been ongoing for the past month. The investigation was requested by District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones.
TBI agents allegedly determined that Page had been misusing the Chamber's credit card for personal purchases dating back to 2012.
Allegedly, the 69-year-old Page — who resides in Clarkrange — used the card to purchase a washing machine for his residence, jewelry for his wife, Christmas decorations and gifts, wine, online movie accounts and other personal items.
Page was fired by the Chamber of Commerce after the investigation began.
Page turned himself in Monday morning and was released after posting a $2,500 bond.
In addition to leading the Fentress County Chamber and serving as one of the faces of the community's industrial development efforts, Page served on Gov. Bill Haslam's statewide tourism board, representing the Big South Fork region.