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Meeting set to address corruption
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A special called meeting of the Upper Cumberland Development District’s Executive Committee has been scheduled this Friday in Cookeville.The meeting is expected to address Upper Cumberland Development District executive director Wendy Askins, who has been the subject of a News Channel 5 corruption investigation.News Channel 5 has leveled a number of allegations at Askins in her role as leader of a state government agency that last year distributed some $60 million over a 14-county district that includes Warren County.Warren County Executive John Pelham is a member of the Executive Committee and also serves as vice chairman of Upper Cumberland Development District. He says he expects plenty of discussion on those allegations.“Friday’s meeting is a chance for the board to get together and discuss everything that’s been on TV,” said Pelham. “I don’t want to give a comment at this point and say exactly how everything will end up, but there’s no question things need to be changed and they will be changed.