Chris Butler is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org based in Nashville. Contact him at chris@tennesseewatchdog.org and follow him on Facebook at "Chris-Butler-WriterJournalist" or on Twitter at cdbutler1204.

Report: Medicaid expansion in Tennessee would kill jobs

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Interest groups can harp on all day about Tennessee’s supposed need to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.
A new report, however, strongly suggests doing so would kill several thousand jobs in the state and undo whatever economic progress Tennessee has made since the national economy almost collapsed six years ago.
The free […]

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Bring essential Internet to rural communities, officials say

By   /  November 20, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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The Internet is as essential to life as food and water, and it’s not fair that some people have it while others don’t.

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TN officials using their ammo against them, firearms group says

By   /  November 18, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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The state is using its power against the Tennessee Firearms Association, says the group’s president, John Harris.

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TN county employee allegedly steals nearly $145,000 to pay off credit card

By   /  November 13, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — A former agent with the Jefferson County Finance Office reportedly took nearly $145,000 from taxpayers to pay off her sizable credit card debt, according to an audit state Comptroller Justin Wilson released Tuesday.
Dandridge resident Teresa Crusenberry took out exactly $144,797.95 from county coffers to pay off Kohl’s and four […]

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James Bond allegedly ripped off Tennessee taxpayers, feds seem apathetic

By   /  November 11, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Tennessee officials say James Bond is on a mission to obtain something he’s not supposed to have.

Unfortunately for taxpayers, the federal government seems neither shaken nor stirred, and isn’t helping state authorities do anything to stop him.

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Woman charged with TennCare fraud for third time

By   /  November 10, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials make stern warnings about how tough they are on TennCare fraud, but they don’t seem to haven’t gotten through to a Knox County woman accused of committing this crime repeatedly since 2011.
Knox County grand jurors recently indicted Nancy Elaine Horsley, 47, on three counts of doctor shopping […]

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