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Anita Wadhwani

Anita Wadhwani

Anita Wadhwani is a senior reporter for the Tennessee Lookout. The Tennessee AP Broadcasters and Media (TAPME) named her Journalist of the Year in 2019 as well as giving her the Malcolm Law Award for Investigative Journalism. Wadhwani is formerly an investigative reporter with The Tennessean who focused on the impact of public policies on the people and places across Tennessee. She is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and the University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism. Wadhwani lives in Nashville with her partner and two children.

Eastman Chemical, based in Kingsport, Tenn. (Photo: Facebook)

Tennessee’s Eastman Chemical subpoenaed by Mexican authorities for alleged cartel connections

By: - January 28, 2021

Eastman Chemical Company, a global corporation headquartered in northeast Tennessee that is among the state’s largest employers, is under investigation by Mexican authorities over alleged ties to cartel-controlled suppliers of raw materials processed at its plant in the state of Michoacán. A subpoena issued to Eastman Chemical on Oct. 2 by Mexico’s Federal Public Ministry […]

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New guidance from Tennessee officials says hospitals cannot limit vaccines to existing patients

By: - January 22, 2021

Tennessee hospitals may no longer restrict their still-limited supply of vaccine only to established patients under new guidance issued by the Tennessee Department of Health, Dr. Lisa Piercey, commissioner, said Friday in a briefing with reporters. “For hospitals to continue vaccinating on a forward going basis we have asked them … to do a few […]

A protest organized by Tennessee Stands in downtown Franklin in November. (Photo: Tennessee Stands, Facebook)

New conservative group Tennessee Stands takes on government mandates

By: - January 21, 2021

In the six months since Tennessee Stands launched as a fresh conservative voice railing against pandemic policies — galvanizing resistance to COVID-19 emergency orders by state and local officials — the newly established nonprofit has worked to coalesce resistance to government mandates during the pandemic. Tennessee Stands and its founder, Gary Humble, have filed lawsuits […]

Recording Artist Kenny Vaughan performs during the 2011 Americana Music festival at The Mercy Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

“Save Our Stages” Act brings relief to Music City

By: - January 15, 2021

For nearly a year, Exit/In owner Chris Cobb has been part of a constant text thread and email chain with independent music venue operators across the country struggling with the same set of grim circumstances: COVID-19 has decimated live music and arts venues and many operators have worried they may never be able to open […]

Young Black man getting COVID-19 vaccine. Marko Geber/Getty Images

COVID-19 vaccine rollout concerns advocates for poor and minority patients

By: - January 14, 2021

As demand continues to outpace supply for COVID-19 vaccines, local officials and healthcare advocates are questioning whether Tennessee’s poor, Black and brown residents are getting an equal shot. For more than a week, access to vaccines has been open to Tennesseans age 75 and older through public health departments and hospitals.  Health departments’ rollouts of […]

Betsy Williams stands on First Avenue in Nashville, outside the apartment she has been unable to return to since leaving shortly before a bomb exploded Christmas Day. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Second Avenue resident still unable to reenter home weeks after Christmas Day blast

By: - January 11, 2021

Nearly two weeks after fleeing in only her pajamas on Christmas Day after hearing bizarre warnings from a parked RV that a bomb would be detonated, Betsy Williams was allowed to return to her Second Avenue building escorted by fire personnel. Williams and her partner, Kim Madlom, weren’t able to enter their own apartment, where […]

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FBI raids homes, legislative offices; Three legislative staff members placed on leave

By: , and - January 8, 2021

The FBI raided the legislative offices and homes of state lawmakers as well as current and former aides, multiple sources confirmed to the Tennessee Lookout. The raids were first reported by the Tennessean. State Rep. Glen Casada, state Rep. Robin Smith, newly elected state Rep. Todd Warner and former Casada aide Cade Cothren were among […]

A huge American flag was draped from an undamaged building on Jan. 4, 2021. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Report: 5 historic buildings may need to be partly or wholly demolished after Christmas Day explosion

By: and - January 8, 2021

Five historic Nashville buildings may need to be partially or substantially demolished then rebuilt following the Christmas Day bombing that devastated parts of downtown, an engineering report commissioned by the city has found. City officials cautioned that the 15-page report detailing building-by-building damage along Second Avenue is preliminary and expressed optimism that a closer inspection […]

A pro-Trump mob breaks into the U.S. Capitol on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

How Tennessee leaders responded to uprising at U.S. Capitol

By: , and - January 6, 2021

Members of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation called for peace following insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday during a Senate debate about whether to certify the presidential election results. Congress members and their staff reported being safe following a dramatic scene in which armed protesters stormed the Senate chambers, overrunning the Capitol police following a rally […]

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Nashville Electric Service temporarily relents on disconnections

By: - January 6, 2021

Nashville Electric Service has once again suspended disconnections for non-payment of utility bills through January 31 at the urging of Mayor John Cooper and Vice Mayor Jim Shulman following a report by Tennessee Lookout detailing thousands of shut-offs among city residents. The utility company’s grace period for customers unable to pay their electric bills during […]

a couple of photos of damage from explosives on Downtown Nashville's Second Avenue Saturday morning. (Photo: John Partipilo)

In Nashville, Second Avenue resident heard warnings: “Don’t come near this vehicle. It has a bomb.”

By: - December 26, 2020

Kim Madlom remembers fragments of the messages broadcast by the digital-sounding female voice blasting from an RV across the street from her apartment in the early hours of Christmas Day. “Your priority now is to evacuate.” “Don’t come near this vehicle.” “It has a bomb.” Madlom, 59, and her partner, Betsy Williams, 64, had been […]

Bill's Place, Shelby County (Photo from Youth Villages website)

COVID-19 spike keeps DCS kids away from families at Christmas

By: - December 24, 2020

With more than 300 kids stuck in COVID-19 quarantine at facilities licensed by the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, this holiday season may bring limited cheer or face to face contact with parents and siblings. Since April, 636 children and youth have tested positive for COVID-19 in facilities connected with DCS —144 of them since December […]