The acceptance of an honorarium by a public official in such person's capacity as a public official is prohibited.  “Honorarium” means a payment of money or any thing of value for an appearance, speech or article, but does not include actual and necessary travel expenses, meals and lodging associated with such appearance, speech or article.  T.C.A. § 2-10-116(a).  The acceptance of an honorarium for an appearance, speech or article by a public official in such person's capacity as a private business person, professional or tradesperson is not prohibited.  T.C.A. § 2-10-116(b).  See Op. Tenn. Atty. Gen. 08-11 (January 25, 2008).