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The Truth

Columbia, TN

#2 Sep 11, 2012
Michelle Price is not the only corrupt employee at the Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD). One thing they don’t do at UCDD is discriminate about who gets to be corrupt. There is plenty of corruption to go around at UCDD. Remember the bogus UCDD Board meeting minutes that authorized the transfer of $300,000 to Living the Dream?

Guess who created those bogus minutes? Sherry Thurman. She not only created bogus Board meeting minutes, she also created bogus travel claims for Wendy Askins. Sherry’s brother-in-law is Ron Thurman, the Chancery Court Judge in Putnam County. She likes to use him to throw her weight around. Ron Thurman, well, let me just say he doesn’t have a lot to be proud of himself. I don’t trust him anymore than the UCDD Board members. You know, Sherry is the only administrative assistance I know that makes $65,000 year had has a car. Wendy rewarded Sherry nicely for her “dirty deeds” and now Fat Ass Mark Farley is rewarding Sherry. In other words, nothing has changed at UCDD. It is even more corrupt now than when Wendy Askins was in charge.

I have already mentioned just how corrupt Michelle Price has been during her employment at UCDD, but I like talking about Michelle, so I will expand just a little more on her. Remember the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) report. The TCAD report was very critical of UCDD for placing clients in the Living the Dream facility because it was unlicensed. Every client that was placed at Living the Dream was recommended by UCDD directors. Can you guess who the directors were that made recommendations to place clients at Living the Dream? Michelle Price and Patty Ray. The odd thing about Michelle recommending clients from UCDD to Living the Dream is that was not part of her job. Michelle was the director of Research and Planning. But, remember, Michelle was the bookkeeper at Living the Dream and L.A. Management, and every client she recommended to Living the Dream and L.A. Mangement was like money in her pocket. Another interesting tidbit about Michelle is how strongly she defended Living the Dream while it was defrauding millions of dollars from the taxpayers. Just read the Herald Citizen newspaper article from January 9, 2012. There was an article featuring Living the Dream as a great place for clients who couldn’t afford Independent Living Facilities. In that article, Michelle admitted that Living the Dream was not a licensed facility, but she said it did not require a license. It appears that TCAD disagreed with Michelle. Read the TCAD report on News Channel 5 website. Michelle also stated in that article along with Wendy Askins and Larry Webb that UCDD has donated $300,000 to Living the Dream, and the donation was approved by the UCDD Board. The donation was approved by the Board on January 19, 2012, almost two weeks after the HC article. Not to mention, the Board approved a set of bogus minutes prepared by Sherry Thurman.
The Truth

Columbia, TN

#3 Sep 11, 2012
I think you get the picture, corruption was widespread at UCDD then and it still exist today. The same people involved in the corruption are running the show at UCDD alongside puppetman Mark Farley. Farley is a very weak person and has no backbone to stand up for what is right.

Patty Ray, let me talk about her for a minute. She is most well known for her very very close relationship with Wendy Askins. She took text messages and e-mails from Ashley Pealers cell phone to Wendy’s house so Wendy could read them. A couple of UCDD Board members were at Wendy’s house that same day, Mike Gannon and Mike Foster. They all sat around and cussed Ashley and partied because they managed to make up crap to fire her. But, that is not all that Patty has been involved in at UCDD. Remember the bid rigging fiasco. Patty did not like having to make a car payment or buy insurance and provide maintenance for her car, so she decided to sell it to UCDD. She conspired with Wendy Askins to rig a bid on her car and sell it to UCDD. After UCDD bought the car, Patty was assigned to drive the car. Clever, huh? I guess we would all like to have a deal like that. I wonder if I could get my employer to buy my car, and then let me drive on the job. What Patty and Wendy did was not only unethical, but also illegal. It’s a crime to rig a bid. You can read about this in the TCAD report. It didn’t end there. Patty also talked Wendy into hiring her daughter, Lori the Slut, and created a position paying a $45,000 year salary. There’s another surprise, Lori was given a car. The job created for Lori was already being done by someone else at a much lower salary. Lori was placed in charge of that person, even though Lori didn’t know anything about the job. There’s more. Lori is now getting to work at home and she is the only employee who has a car now. She also has a cell phone.

You would think that Farley would clean up this mess and fire this entire group of people when he took over as Executive Director. Guess again. He is enabling these people and kept them all in their current positions with the exception of Michelle Price; she is going to be his Deputy Director. Why is Farley being so stupid and incompetent? He is following the orders of the UCDD Board. These Board members have vendettas against certain employees at UCDD, and Farley is helping the Board carrying out these vendettas.

It’s time for Farley to Go. He should have never been chosen in the first place. I will report more tomorrow on this ever evolving situation at UCDD. I will continue to report on the corruption at UCDD every day until Farley and the Board are gone.
point of view

Byrdstown, TN

#4 Sep 11, 2012
The only way that Michelle and Mark and Sherry are terminated is the day that a "new" board of directors are elected. This would only be accomplished through voters, voting OUT their present county mayors and city majors. Foster, Pelham, Nesbitt, Gannon and the rest of the "old timers" are put out to pasture. If the people of these counties are NOT paying attention to the elections, when it comes around, they will continue to have these people in politics and corrupting their counties. And if topix lets this thread die, then they have already won.
Sick of Cowards

Charlotte, NC

#5 Sep 11, 2012
Ashley,

Aren't you supposed to be doing your job instead of posting this garbage on here? I hope Mark fires your stupid ass for insubordination sues you for libel and defamation of character. Hopefully Sherry and Michelle will sure your ignorant ass as well. You have got to be the most vindictive person I have ever witnessed. If you don't get to run the UCDD then you would rather destroy it. Wow, you really are a great example of what a Christian is supposed to be, NOT!!! Your little scheme with your cronies didn't work out so now you want to destroy an agency that helps people all over the Upper Cumberland. If you worked at your job as hard as you work on here the UCDD might get their moneys worth out of you. Now get to work doing good for the people of this area that need it and cut this hateful libelous crap out.
Apples

Mcminnville, TN

#6 Sep 11, 2012
I don't think the new director can fire anyone. That appears to be the way Kim Blaylock wanted it since they made such a huge mistake in firing Ashley and her Mom.

Why they are overpaid is beyond me. If you tossed them all in a bucket and added their I.Q.'s up you might hit 15 or so. Any company or organization would immediately incorporate stop gap measures so the money doesn't keep gushing out like an oil strike. The only way to know if they are overpaid is to check the salaries of other development districts and compare salaries and positions.

I will be very disappointed if several do not go to jail. And even if this drags out to long I may just end up being the "crazy person" picketing in front the UCDD board solo and tossing rotten apples to board members as they try to enter. Think of like the tree in the Wizard of Oz.

This group that ran the UCDD reminds me of the Beverly Hillbillies. Sad for us they didn't move out to California.
Apples

Mcminnville, TN

#7 Sep 11, 2012
george

Livingston, TN

#8 Sep 12, 2012
I think the only people this agency helps is the employees. No money left for the poor and elderly after the large salaries the employees. Apples keep up the good work on your reporting.
been around a long time

Goodlettsville, TN

#10 Sep 12, 2012
Sigh! And the person who is putting up all this stuff is either Ashley or Kathy, and they are both reinstated and are receiving tremendous salaries, just like everyone else over there. Which is way way on beyond the proof that some silly posters won't accept that they aren't state employees. There aren't any state employees who get paid like this for this kind of malarkey.And the only way they'll go out is when you vote out all your county elected officials and what? Where are you going to find people to run the county governments? Maybe you should save that energy you might spend screaming about something that's a very small part of what goes on in private agencies that get government money and run for county office yourself.
point of view

Byrdstown, TN

#11 Sep 12, 2012
been around a long time wrote:
Sigh! And the person who is putting up all this stuff is either Ashley or Kathy, and they are both reinstated and are receiving tremendous salaries, just like everyone else over there. Which is way way on beyond the proof that some silly posters won't accept that they aren't state employees. There aren't any state employees who get paid like this for this kind of malarkey.And the only way they'll go out is when you vote out all your county elected officials and what? Where are you going to find people to run the county governments? Maybe you should save that energy you might spend screaming about something that's a very small part of what goes on in private agencies that get government money and run for county office yourself.
Maybe you need to check your attitude at the door! I will scream and hollower all I want, until this kind of crap ends and the government stops giving money to agencies that do nothing, but rob taxpayers blind. If you don't like the posts about UCDD, then, for goodness sake don't read it.
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Mcminnville, TN

#12 Sep 12, 2012
been around a long time wrote:
Sigh! And the person who is putting up all this stuff is either Ashley or Kathy, and they are both reinstated and are receiving tremendous salaries, just like everyone else over there. Which is way way on beyond the proof that some silly posters won't accept that they aren't state employees. There aren't any state employees who get paid like this for this kind of malarkey.And the only way they'll go out is when you vote out all your county elected officials and what? Where are you going to find people to run the county governments? Maybe you should save that energy you might spend screaming about something that's a very small part of what goes on in private agencies that get government money and run for county office yourself.
Funny I was just thinking that you should run for office. Since you've been around a long time, and know how things run, if you have 3%, morality left in your person, you would most likely do better then most the politicians in office. Do you?

And isn't if fabulous that Ashley and her Mom got their jobs back? It is great!!!!! Price, Ray, and all the others obviously don't want Ashley and her Mother there or they would not have fired them. Yet they are there, they challenged the situation, stood up for themselves and remain as a corner stone of strength and dignity. I hope they remain! They are one tiny example of things changing. Well actually the first change was Wendy and Larry leaving. And now this with Ashley and her mother. The board is slowly NOT GETTING their way. It doesn't feel so good for them right now because they are slowly loosing ground, hopefully more to come.
hungry4theTRUTH

Lexington, TN

#13 Sep 12, 2012
Sick of Cowards wrote:
Ashley,
Aren't you supposed to be doing your job instead of posting this garbage on here? I hope Mark fires your stupid ass for insubordination sues you for libel and defamation of character. Hopefully Sherry and Michelle will sure your ignorant ass as well. You have got to be the most vindictive person I have ever witnessed. If you don't get to run the UCDD then you would rather destroy it. Wow, you really are a great example of what a Christian is supposed to be, NOT!!! Your little scheme with your cronies didn't work out so now you want to destroy an agency that helps people all over the Upper Cumberland. If you worked at your job as hard as you work on here the UCDD might get their moneys worth out of you. Now get to work doing good for the people of this area that need it and cut this hateful libelous crap out.
Are you kidding me? You think that's Ashley Pealer posting that stuff? Hell, if it is, she's got my vote to RUN the whole damn UCDD lock, stock and barrel because whoever has been posting these facts is doing a pretty damn good job of exposing a lot of corruption in that place. I don't understand why you threw2 the Christian referrence out, either, unless you are just a complete and total moron, because your Bible, had you ever bothered to read it in the first place, is chock full of instructions on what to do with the truth, good governance, good citizenship, and calling out theft and hippocracy in public officials when you see it and attacking a corrupt system from within and making sure people are held accountable for their actions when they do evil, which, again, is exactly what whoever posted this stuff originally is doing, be it Ashley or anybody else that may be behind it. You, sir, fail mightily in your critique of whomever has disseminated this information, and should return to whatever boot-licking position you occupy for whoever sits on that board at the UCDD that is still expecting this scandal to simply go away so they can get back to grifting the taxpayers, because all you have done with your post is PROVE that Ashley (or, whoever started this thread to begin with, but PROBABLY her as well if she is like-minded with whoever started it about addressing the malfeasance there,) is FAR more reliable and earnest and accountable than ANYONE who is on that board or who has held the Directorship in well over a decade. Congratulations, you made his or her point for them when they spoke of the corruption and proved it with statistical data by attacking their character in defense of the despots who raided the funds in the first place. My personal opinion is that the author of this thread is an insider or former insider at the UCDD, so are you, but YOU fall into the corrupt, "good-ole boy" network side, where nobody is to pay any attention to what you'all are up to. If the other side is Ashley, like you claim, and she's just blood-feuding with you cause she wanted it, let her crash it, like you implied. It's better then letting you jackals run amock and gobble at the government teat. Gravy-trains over, hoss. If it's Ashley that de-rails it, HUZZAH for her!
hungry4theTRUTH

Lexington, TN

#14 Sep 12, 2012
been around a long time wrote:
Sigh! And the person who is putting up all this stuff is either Ashley or Kathy, and they are both reinstated and are receiving tremendous salaries, just like everyone else over there. Which is way way on beyond the proof that some silly posters won't accept that they aren't state employees. There aren't any state employees who get paid like this for this kind of malarkey.And the only way they'll go out is when you vote out all your county elected officials and what? Where are you going to find people to run the county governments? Maybe you should save that energy you might spend screaming about something that's a very small part of what goes on in private agencies that get government money and run for county office yourself.
And I bet you those salaries are not even anywhere near a drop in the bucket to what kind of money got siphoned off for the LTD project to begin with, much less the mis-appropriated money over the course of Askins tenure as Director. Where are we going to find people to run our county governments? Well, the UCDD services 14 counties to begin with, but where to find them in the first place, all of those seperate counties? How about whatever homeless shelters are in the area, they would probably grift the federal funds a lot less in the first place, your average wino doesn't expect the federal government to give him $400,000 to fund something like the UCDD mansion, but Wendy and her daughter did, and the board didn't bat a wink when those false minutes were passed to authorize it until Phil Williams came to town.
hungry4theTRUTH

Lexington, TN

#15 Sep 12, 2012
been around a long time wrote:
Sigh! And the person who is putting up all this stuff is either Ashley or Kathy, and they are both reinstated and are receiving tremendous salaries, just like everyone else over there. Which is way way on beyond the proof that some silly posters won't accept that they aren't state employees. There aren't any state employees who get paid like this for this kind of malarkey.And the only way they'll go out is when you vote out all your county elected officials and what? Where are you going to find people to run the county governments? Maybe you should save that energy you might spend screaming about something that's a very small part of what goes on in private agencies that get government money and run for county office yourself.
Even if it is an employee at that agency, I would hope, as a taxpayer and a citizen, you would be at least marginally appreciative of the exposure of the culture of corruption. Unless, for some reason, you like that sort of thing. But, then again, if you were LIKED it, that would inevitably mean that you were PROFITTING from it somehow, which is the only conceivable reason anybody on earth could defend that sort of theft of public funds, so... good luck with that.
low income people

Alcoa, TN

#16 Sep 13, 2012
Over $75 million a year passes through our agency to provide the kinds of services that UCDD is known for, and we are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to serve our communities. The Upper Cumberland region is on the move, and the Upper Cumberland Development District is staying in step. We’re glad you stopped to look at our website, and we hope you’ll visit us sometime. Come see what we’re all about!

Just wondering how much of this $75 million goes to the poor, couldn't be much after all the salaries, trips, free cars to drive, free gas cards, cell phones. Kinda makes me just a little sick to think of all the good things that could have be done with this money.
curiously inquisitive

Johnson City, TN

#17 Sep 13, 2012
What about the grant writers? The ones that wrote for thousands of dollars that were squandered. Are they all squeeky clean?
low income people

Alcoa, TN

#18 Sep 13, 2012
curiously inquisitive wrote:
What about the grant writers? The ones that wrote for thousands of dollars that were squandered. Are they all squeeky clean?
I never thought of the grant writers, I read somewhere that you have to have a lot of education to figure out to apply for grants, I think I read that the organization has a person employeed full time just to seek out grants.
been around a long time

Goodlettsville, TN

#19 Sep 14, 2012
Too durned old to run for anything around here! I told you, I've been around a long time. If that person who reserves the right to scream and holler were to actually get elected, they'd find out right quick just how entrenched the system of private agencies getting government money really is, and how little they could do to get control of it. And then they'd have to deal with the hassles of the electorate first wanting them to do something, and then being mad at them for everything they did, and going through their personal life with a fine toothed comb and accusing them of all sorts of wrongdoing, even if they were the soul of integrity.Being an elected official is a pretty thankless task.

The government just doesn't drop big blurbs of money on a local homeless shelter. Or a county, and say "Here, spend this!"

There have to be grants written,which is a fairly complicated process, and there have to be programs set up, and agencies such as the UCHRA in place to run the programs. The states used to do this, but now they contract the systems out, and there comes the opportunities for these businesses to really get out of hand. The UC Development District got way out of hand many years ago, but in ways that were mostly just shady and poorly monitored, not black and white outright stealing. Then this deal that Larry and Wendy had going with the programs for the elderly has crossed the border to outright blatant badness.

Whoever is posting all this nonsense on Topix about how this new person isn't cleaning house means they're not cleaning house the way this particular person wants it done. As someone said, maybe the reason he has not done a wholesale across the board firing of everyone is because of what happened when they did fire the Pealers. Did anyone ever think that if he started firing people before the audits are complete, for suspicion of associating with Wendy, he'd have dozens of lawsuits and complications, and wouldn't get a thing done? Lets give the guy a chance, anyhow. I don't expect perfection out of the agency, they've been bad for a long time. Is it better? Wendy and larry are gone, they've had a bad scare. that's a good start.
low income people

Alcoa, TN

#20 Sep 14, 2012
I'm what is known as low income, my question is this,why is it so hard for the really poor people to get help? I have my home almost paid for that I bought with a government loan, this was many years ago, i didn't know about these types of loans, but the relator did, I never dreamed I could buy a house on mininum wage. But the experience was far from pretty, matter of fact it was down right ugly, because I had children the head honcho told the owner of the house I was seeking to buy, after I had already been approved, that I didn't need a house that nice, I needed a motel, that is the honest truth! many years later, I'm still bitter. What I'm really asking is why do the people that apply for these grants think the money is theirs to bestow on their friends and family? So when I hear of waste such as this it makes me so very angry and sad.
Apples

Mcminnville, TN

#21 Sep 14, 2012
low income people wrote:
I'm what is known as low income, my question is this,why is it so hard for the really poor people to get help? I have my home almost paid for that I bought with a government loan, this was many years ago, i didn't know about these types of loans, but the relator did, I never dreamed I could buy a house on mininum wage. But the experience was far from pretty, matter of fact it was down right ugly, because I had children the head honcho told the owner of the house I was seeking to buy, after I had already been approved, that I didn't need a house that nice, I needed a motel, that is the honest truth! many years later, I'm still bitter. What I'm really asking is why do the people that apply for these grants think the money is theirs to bestow on their friends and family? So when I hear of waste such as this it makes me so very angry and sad.
Congrats to you for buying your home! Well done. I love this question because it is so simple, it is worth repeating. "Why do the people that apply for these grants think the money is theirs to bestow on their friends and family?"

BECAUSE THEY ARE ASSHOLES!

I would like to mention I make a precious point to never curse, to never be short and always treat ALL people with respect. But their comes a point where you got to call it what it is.
point of view

Byrdstown, TN

#22 Sep 14, 2012
TO: been around a long time: I will continue to scream and holler about UCDD and the all the wasted money that seems to only benefit those that can and do abuse the funds given to them. As far as wanting to be elected to a county office, NO WAY, would I lower my standards to such a job that requires one to be dishonest and greedy,(will probably get a judgement of disagree on that one). I have never meet a honest politician that did not have their hand in the till or wanting too. Yes you are correct in that when you are elected to an office of the people, you are putting your life on a pedestal and you had better have good balance or you will fall from that that pedestal HARD! But I have realized that posting opinions and comments on a public topic is the only way that the elected officials of UCDD are irritated. The board of UCDD doesn't like having their names and comments about them put in print. Why should they be subject to kindness and respect, they sure haven't earn it? And if "hungry for the truth" knows something, then post it. If "been around long time" finds this disturbing, then you have a my sympathy!

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