TN officials unaware of alleged scandal with red light camera contractor

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Featured, News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

ROLLING MOTORISTS: Ticket-issuing cameras are collecting millions of dollars from drivers who fail to come to a "full stop" at red lights before turning right.

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Officials in 10 Tennessee towns and cities contract with a red light camera company, Redflex, which is receiving intense scrutiny nationwide after allegations it was involved in a large bribery scandal in Chicago.
Tennessee Watchdog was able to reach officials in four of those 10 government entities — and only [...]

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UAW subpoenas TN officials to prove ‘bullying’ in Volkswagen factory

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials offered $300 million to Volkswagen of Chattanooga last year, and some people say it was an attempt to keep the United Auto Workers out of the factory, and, subsequently, out of the state.
Gov. Bill Haslam reportedly made the offer in secret, and no one other than top [...]

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Salary of judges going up, but no raises for state teachers

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments


If you’re a state employee in Tennessee, especially a teacher, and you’re pining for a raise, then what you’re about to read will probably make you mad.

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Watchdog reporter appears on Nashville FOX news affiliate to discuss state contract

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

Waste Watch FOX 17 Nashville

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Watchdog reporter Chris Butler appeared on FOX 17 News of Nashville on Wednesday to discuss how $60 million of taxpayer money, meant for tourism promotion, is going across state lines.
In a release, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development officials announced late last month they have selected VML, a global marketing agency, for [...]

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Auditor says government supervisors do poor job of rooting out fraud

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, News, Tennessee  /  No Comments


By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — You might assume someone who audits a local and state government’s finances is supposed to uncover waste, fraud and abuse, but you assume incorrectly, according to an auditor who works in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
That’s the often-unfulfilled job of state and local officials who supervise those offices, [...]

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