Chris Butler is's Tennessee reporter. Chris has awards from the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press as well as the Louisiana Press Association. The Drudge Report, FOX News, and Rush Limbaugh have featured or cited his articles. Chris earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech University and a master's degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Click the icons below to follow Chris on Facebook and Twitter.

County loses money over apparent laid-back financial management approach

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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Taxpayers paid more than $26,000 to three former Meigs County finance directors, who, evidently, had a laid-back approach to financial management, according to a state Comptroller’s audit released Thursday.

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Free market forces not to blame for lousy cable TV service

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Commentary, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Almost everybody has a story involving cable TV companies and awful customer service.

What’s yours?

Mine happened nine years ago.

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TN congressman warns of Ebola disaster if Republicans don’t embrace Obamacare

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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Someone in the office of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, must have forgotten to change the password for the congressman’s Twitter account, considering he’s back on the social media site, posting loony Tweets.

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Audit: Taxpayer-funded Memphis housing project has dangerous safety hazards

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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Taxpayers evidently aren’t getting their money’s worth out of a U.S. Housing and Urban Development-funded housing project in Memphis, a long-troubled one, which, according to federal auditors, has many dangerous safety violations.

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$1.7 million in taxpayer bucks supposed to fix youth violence in Memphis

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

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — This time next year, there’s a chance you’ll think of Memphis as a safe, happy, crime-free place. For that, you can thank the federal government.
The federal departments of education and justice have announced they are sending a combined $1.7 million in taxpayer money to combat youth violence in the [...]

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Investors hold ‘worthless paper’ after feds seize billions in private dollars

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have essentially paid back the $187 billion U.S. taxpayers loaned them after the economy tanked in 2008, but the feds are still seizing all of their profits.

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