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Former teacher sues UTC for $4 million

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- An English teacher who worked for UTC for the past eight years has sued the school and named four professors in a $4 million lawsuit alleging slander and a conspiracy to oust her when her contract was not renewed this spring.

Melinda Paige Keown filed the lawsuit in Hamilton County Circuit Court Wednesday and named professors Verbie Lovorn Prevost, Joe Wilferth, Susan North and Chris Stuart as defendants along with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

In the five-page complaint, accompanied by 14 exhibits, which include emails and letters between her and UTC staff, Keown claims that, over the past three years, the four professors "conspired among themselves to commit defamation of character, both libel and slander" against Keown and submitted "false, misleading and malicious information regarding" her job performance.

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