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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Jun 12, 2014

Seventeen road workers will receive half a million dollars in a settlement from Monroe County in a federal lawsuit that alleged the workers were fired for their political participation. The workers all campaigned for Phil Axley, the former Road Superintendent, who lost the 2010 election to Steve Teague by about 2,000 votes. All lost their jobs on Sept. 1, 2010 -- the day Teague took office. Teague admitted no wrongdoing, but attorneys for the ex-workers hailed the settlement as a victory for free speech. “Nobody will get their job back, but we think this sends an important message that this type of behavior won’t be tolerated,” said David Garrison, an attorney with the Nashville-based law firm of Barrett Johnston, which represented the workers. Knoxnews has the story.