Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Middle District of Tennessee at Nashville.
No. 3:14-cv-01653—Aleta Arthur Trauger, District Judge.
Argued: January 25, 2017
Decided and Filed: May 11, 2017
Before: GILMAN, GRIFFIN, and STRANCH, Circuit Judges.
GRIFFIN, Circuit Judge. Mark Mayhew alleges the Town of Smyrna, Tennessee, and its
city manager, Harry Gill, terminated his employment in retaliation for engaging in two distinct
acts protected by the First Amendment: reporting violations of federal and state regulatory
requirements at the town’s wastewater-treatment plant; and voicing concerns regarding Smyrna’s
hiring practices. The district court disagreed and entered summary judgment in defendants’
favor. We affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand for proceedings consistent with this