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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.

Kevin Hawkins, who is homeless, grimaces as he gets the Johnson and Johnson vaccine from Deanna Hensley, RN, from Ascension/St. Thomas. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Mobile vaccine clinics target Tennessee’s homeless individuals

By: - April 8, 2021

Bobby Lloyd was hanging outside with friends in an empty east Nashville lot on Wednesday, enjoying the sunshine, when a doctor from Neighborhood Health walked by asking if anybody wanted to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Lloyd, 52, jumped at the chance, taking the short walk back with Dr. Peter Cathcart to the parking lot outside […]

Several hundred people gathered at East Tennessee State University to show support for basketball players who took a knee during the National Anthem at a February game and subsequent resignation of Coach Jason Shay. (Photo: Kate Craig)

ETSU kneeling controversy the latest in series of racially-tinged incidents at school

By: - April 7, 2021

In northeast Tennessee, a controversy over the decision by college basketball players to take a knee during the National Anthem continues to reverberate across the campus and community, with the looming possibility state lawmakers will act to punish any future protests by student-athletes at public campuses across the state. On February 15, players and coaches […]

Southern Services Landfill in Nashville's Bordeaux community. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Waste Management landfill refused Nashville flood debris after expansion request rejected

By: and - April 2, 2021

Less than one week after the Solid Waste Region Board rejected a proposal to expand a landfill in Bordeaux, the landfill’s owner told the city it could not accept flood debris cleared by Metro crews. Metro reached out to the Southern Services landfill owner, Waste Management, regarding disposal of debris from last weekend’s floods, a […]

Map of Tennessee sewage systems (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center)

For-profit sewage providers are seeking access to public funds, a move environmental groups oppose

By: - April 1, 2021

Last spring, neighbors in the River Rest Estates subdivision in Williamson County made an unpleasant discovery: a sewage-smelling sludge surging out of a manhole cover next to soccer fields in the community’s recreational areas. Strewn around the manhole were blobs of soiled toilet paper. In the nearby Cartwright Creek, some of the fish were dead. […]

Cumberland County Courthouse (Photo: cumberlandcountytn.gov)

Cumberland County settles sexual harassment lawsuit for $1.1M

By: - March 30, 2021

Cumberland County officials have settled a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice for $1.1 million and an agreement to revise the county’s personnel and training policies while it remains under court supervision for 18 months. The lawsuit alleged that the director of the county’s solid waste department subjected at least 10 […]

A Nashville landfill, not operated by BFI. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Board denies landfill expansion plans in northwest Davidson County

By: - March 25, 2021

Nashville’s Solid Waste Board has denied plans for the expansion of a controversial landfill that has, for decades, been the source of anger and frustration in Bordeaux, the largely African-American suburb northwest of downtown. The decision at the end of the four-hour meeting on Wednesday is not likely, however, to be the last say on […]

Evidence collection kit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bipartisan bill would aid victims, law enforcement in tracking rape kits

By: - March 25, 2021

In the latest effort to address a history of failures in Tennessee to collect, preserve and process sexual assault evidence, a bill moving through the state legislature would create an electronic tracking system for victims and law enforcement to monitor the status of rape kits.  Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have implemented […]

A Nashville landfill, not operated by BFI. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Elected officials add voices to debate over Nashville landfill in Black neighborhood

By: - March 24, 2021

A public oversight board will meet Wednesday to weigh the future of a landfill in northwest Nashville that takes in 90 percent of all construction waste generated in the city but will reach capacity within the next three years.  For decades, the Southern Services landfill has been the final destination for debris from commercial and […]

Molly Anderson, with husband Joshua, has advocated that text-to-911 be available in every Tennessee county. (Photo: Submitted)

Bill requires local emergency centers to accept texts from 911

By: - March 24, 2021

When Molly Anderson got into a wreck last March — crashing her car into a hearse loaded with a coffin on busy Knoxville highway — she wasn’t hurt but she needed help. The problem: Anderson cannot speak, a result of a speech disability she has had since birth. In tears and feeling helpless, Anderson relied […]

Paris Landing State Park (tn.gov)

State parks sexual harassment lawsuit can go forward, Tennessee Court of Appeals rules

By: - March 18, 2021

A sexual harassment lawsuit against the state of Tennessee by a woman who claims she was assaulted by a supervisor at a staff Halloween party in Paris Landing State Park will be allowed to go forward, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled. Kelly Phelps is one of at least five female state employees who alleged […]

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Reports of child abuse in Tennessee plummeted last year. That trend is beginning to reverse.

By: - March 16, 2021

In the first week after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, the number of calls coming into a Tennessee child abuse hotline fell by more than a third. It was the beginning of a trend that persisted throughout 2020, alarming child welfare officials and child advocates who feared that fewer […]

Cumberland County Courthouse (Photo: Cumberland County Facebook)

Cumberland County in lawsuit with U.S. Department of Justice

By: - March 10, 2021

Over a three year period− between February 2015 and February 2018 — the director of Cumberland County’s solid waste services is alleged to have subjected at least 10 women to unrelenting sexual harassment. Michael Harvel forcibly kissed, fondled and propositioned the women for sex, according to the women’s accounts.   He put his hands under their […]