By Chris Butler | | Apr 02, 2015 5:00 AM
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman gave state legislators inaccurate information two years ago about if and when he might try to close the Tennessee Virtual Academy school, according to two officials. And now there’s a YouTube video that seems to indicate Huffman contradicted himself. The video shows Huffman telling members of [...]
By Chris Butler | | Mar 31, 2015 5:00 AM
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Federal officials, through the Small Business Administration, are doling out billions of dollars in loans to wealthy business owners, some in Tennessee, who supposedly can’t start a business through traditional private lenders. SBA officials, according to Adam Andrzejewski, founder of, have somehow lost sight of their original mission and are [...]
By Chris Butler | | Mar 17, 2015 5:00 AM
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — By any measure, Bradley County resident William Haynes is the classic American entrepreneur, an Internet service provider who said he’s trying to offer service in rural areas, places corporate Internet providers don’t exist. “I go in to fill the void where people didn’t have any service. I’m not trying to compete [...]
By Chris Butler | | Mar 16, 2015 5:00 AM
Two sets of parents of children attending a Tennessee virtual charter school have filed a lawsuit to keep the school open. State officials want to shut it down after the school year.
By Chris Butler | | Mar 13, 2015 5:00 AM
By Chris Butler | Louisiana Watchdog Louisiana taxpayers are giving $1.8 million to a company to open a state-of-the-art production facility in Livingston Parish, but the money could be going to a firm already located in the state. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal seemingly bragged in a recent news release the taxpayer money will keep the company, Epic Piping, from locating in [...]
By Chris Butler | | Mar 12, 2015 5:00 AM | 102
Tennessee Rep. Larry Miller, D-Memphis, a member of the Legislative Black Caucus, said he was amazed to learn Wednesday the state’s largest teachers union gives vastly more money to white Democrats compared to black Democrats.
By Rob Nikolewski | | Mar 12, 2015 5:00 AM | 12
Duke Energy is about to get hit with a $102 million federal penalty for a coal ash spill. But the Tennessee Valley Authority had a much bigger spill and did not get a federal fine.
By Chris Butler | | Mar 09, 2015 5:00 AM
A federal lawsuit accuses Tennessee school superintendent of embezzling taxpayer money.
By Chris Butler | | Mar 05, 2015 1:21 PM | 172
Ronald Brady is charged with taking more than $227,000 from Hamblen County taxpayers, yet probably no reporter was around to ask: What will you do now?
By Chris Butler | | Mar 04, 2015 10:32 AM | 48
Three Tennessee legislators want state Attorney General Herb Slatery to take legal action against the Federal Communications Commission after a majority of commissioners removed a state law regulating government-owned Internet networks.