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Wendy Askins keeps job, for now
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Heads are starting to roll in the Upper Cumberland Development District corruption scandal. More than one is on the chopping block, including that of the organization’s auditor.Executive director Wendy Askins, as well as her assistant Larry Webb, were placed on 30-day administrative leave during Friday’s specially called meeting of the Executive Committee.The two were instructed to return UCDD property, including keys, credit cards, gas cards and company vehicles. They are prohibited from signing any checks for the development district, must cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation, will continue to ensure the well-being of residents at Living the Dream, and will be allowed to use 80 hours of vacation leave.The measure passed 16-5, with the three local representatives in attendance, Warren County Executive John Pelham, McMinnville Mayor Norman Rone, and Technology Center employee Marvin Lusk, all voting for it.“I just want everyone here to understand the five who voted against administrative leave did so on the fact we were going to vote to remove her,” said Byrdstown Mayor Chris Thompson, who voted against suspending the two.