(Cookeville Herald-Citizen) Former Upper Cumberland Development District employee Ashley Pealer has formally filed a lawsuit alleging Constitutional violations as reasons for being terminated from the embattled agency.

Pealer, through her attorney W. Gary Blackburn of Nashville, filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Northeast Division late yesterday morning.

Allegations involve the violations of the Stored Communications Act and the Wiretap Act, allegedly committed by Randy Williams, UCDD’s interim executive director, and Mike Gannon, Cannon County executive and chairman of the UCDD board.

Pealer is alleging text messages, private emails and Facebook communications were used against her to “embarrass and intimidate her in retaliation for her refusal to participate in or remain silent about the illegal behavior of Wendy Askins, and to determine the extent to which she was involved in disclosing illegal conduct to the news media.”

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