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Mother, Daughter Back On Job After UCDD Settlement

Mother, Daughter Back On Job After UCDD Settlement

By Phil Williams. CREATED Aug 27, 2012

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Two former employees of the Upper Cumberland Development District have settled their lawsuit against the Cookeville-based agency.

It follows that scandal uncovered by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

Kathy and Ashley Pealer got their jobs back last week -- some two months after they were fired. They claimed the firings were in retaliation for refusing to go along with wrongdoing by former UCDD boss Wendy Askins and her million-dollar "Living the Dream" mansion.

As part of the settlement, UCDD agreed to pay Kathy Pealer $6,600 in back pay, while Ashley Pealer got $7,200.

The agency also paid out $8,000 for their attorney bills.

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Phil Williams is chief investigative reporter for NewsChannel 5's nationally award-winning investigative team. His investigations have earned him journalism's highest honors.