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Hospitals making millions off 340B federal program meant to help needy

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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Hospitals and clinics across Tennessee and the United States are reportedly using revenue from one failing federal entitlement, known as the 340B program, to subsidize two other failing government programs — Medicare and Medicaid.

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Chattanooga plays part in FCC’s desire to trump state law on government Internet

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s talk about using his agency to overrule state laws restricting the growth of government-owned networks that sell Internet service apparently is the result of a request from Chattanooga.

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Tennessee Judicial Conduct Board dismisses complaint against justice

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — The state Board of Judicial Conduct has dismissed an activist’s complaint that Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade didn’t abide by the very judicial conduct rules he helped create.
“Both disciplinary counsel and the investigative panel investigated and considered your complaint very seriously and felt it raised an area of [...]

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In Nashville, taxpayers pay for ‘art’ few people want to look at

By   /  September 15, 2014  /  Commentary, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Let’s try making sense of this, shall we? Nashville officials offer subsidized housing to local artists on the pretense it’s the only way to keep artisans in the city.

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School bookkeeper accused of stealing nearly $16,000 from high school students

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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A Rutherford County School District employee allegedly stole nearly $16,000 from high school students who, for academic reasons, needed that money for night school tuition, according to a state comptroller’s audit released Thursday.

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Taxpayer-financed art project resembles intestinal tract, critic says

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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Nashville taxpayers are paying two Seattle-based artists $350,000 to create a sculpture at Nashville’s West Riverfront Park that supposedly symbolizes the meandering Cumberland River.

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