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.

Questions about death re-emerge after reports of contaminated crime scene

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Flickr

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Cocke County authorities have reportedly forced out their official coroner, Terry Jarnigan, after he was accused of tampering with a dead body at a crime scene.
Cocke County is where former Oak Ridge School System employee Alex Heitman died, reportedly of a suicide in 2011.
Oak Ridge is about 80 miles west […]

Read More →

County making nice profit selling e-cigs to inmates

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Flickr

The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office has made a hefty profit selling vapor cigarettes to inmates in its jail, and they aren’t shy bragging about it.

Read More →

Former mayor may have spent $75,000 in taxpayer money on himself

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

Photo courtesy Tennessee Comptroller's Office

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — The former mayor of Gadsden may have used as much as $75,000 in taxpayer money for his own benefit, according to an audit that Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released Wednesday.
The audit itself did not mention the name of the former mayor, whose term ended in 2013. His term as […]

Read More →

Rural mayor: Feds should leave government-owned Internet decision to states

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

Photo courtesy of Flickr

One mayor whose county stands to benefit from the federal government overruling a Tennessee law limiting the growth of government-owned Internet networks says the feds may be overreaching.

Read More →

Mayor used about $7,000 in taxpayer money to retrieve new car, audit says

By   /  December 8, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Two New Johnsonville employees traveled 500 miles and used more than $7,000 in taxpayer money to run a personal errand for Mayor Lance Loveless, according to a new audit.

Read More →

Officials can’t say how gov’t-owned Internet will bring promised jobs

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  News, Technology, Tennessee  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Flickr

Kimball Mayor Rex Pesnell said broadband Internet in his town of about 1,400 will help economic development, but so far he’s short on specifics.

Read More →
x

Join other concerned citizens who get the latest updates from Watchdog.org on government waste, fraud, or abuse.


Read stories like:

Enter your email and stay on top of the news that matters.