Former utility district directors appear in court on theft, official misconduct charges

Collins and Jennings

GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The mother and daughter who used to be in charge of two Greene County utilities appeared in court for the first time today, but during that brief appearance we learned everyone involved needs more time to review all of the documents in the case before moving forward.

Shirley Collins and Kandie Jennings and their questionable spending have remained the focus of our Community Watchdog’s investigations for more than a year now. Jennings was linked to the purchase of a pricey laptop and $7,000 retirement party for her mother. Collins was linked to a hefty unauthorized bonus and a questionable consulting contract.

Late last year a Greene County grand jury indicted the former Chuckey and Cross Anchor Utility districts’ director Collins and her daughter, Jennings, the former acting director. Both were indicted on theft and official misconduct charges after a lengthy investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Attorneys said the pair’s indictments included 18 witnesses.

Collins and Jennings are due back in court on September 1st with their trial slated for September 14th. In the meantime, the two remain out of jail on bond.

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