GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- Former managers of utilities in Greene County, who were recently the subject of a lengthy state investigation, are now suing for defamation and breach of contract related to the case. Cross anchor and Chuckey utility district former general managers, Shirley Collins and daughter Kandie Jennings, along with their spouses filed a lawsuit earlier this week against the Chuckey utility district, and others, in Greene County.
The pair faced theft and official misconduct charges following an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A judge dismissed almost all of the charges against the pair back in April. Collins pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and agreed to pay $16,000 in restitution and received a sentence of two years probation. All remaining charges against her and her daughter were dismissed. Both women were accused of questionable activates related to the management of the utilities.
The lawsuit claims that in the summer of 2013, the defendants came together in a conspiracy to oust Collins and Jennings from employment with the utility districts. The lawsuit also claims the defendants were united in their desire to engineer the dismissal of all the plaintiffs as well as the total destruction of their reputations.
The plaintiffs are now seeking compensatory and punitive damages. The case includes 9 different counts against the defendants including civil conspiracy, malicious prosecution, defamation and invasion of privacy. The plaintiffs are seeking up to $8,000,000 collectively.
Chuckey utility district is not commenting on the matter. News Channel 11 also reached out to the plaintiff’s attorney who has not returned any calls at this time. The utilities have since changed their policies to limit the authority of their managers.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.