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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.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: People protest in response to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Court's decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health overturns the landmark 50-year-old Roe v Wade case and erases a federal right to an abortion. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

National study reports decline in abortions following Dobbs decision

By: - November 2, 2022

A new national study has tracked the precipitous decline in the number of abortions performed in many states — including Tennessee — in the weeks and months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. In Tennessee, approximately 1,180 abortions were performed in April 2022. By July the number had dropped to 280; in […]

Dan Jameson, vice-president of Republic Services, speaks at a May 12 hearing in Rutherford County. (Photo: John Partipilo)

City of Murfreesboro files new allegations against landfill over toxic contaminants

By: - November 1, 2022

The City of Murfreesboro is lodging fresh allegations against operators of Middle Point Landfill in an ongoing legal dispute over the existence of harmful air and water contaminants linked to the region’s largest waste disposal site. In August, the city filed suit against Republic Services — the nation’s No. 2 waste corporation — and its […]

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Unsealed documents identify man behind arson, shooting at Knoxville Planned Parenthood

By: - October 31, 2022

Two weeks after traveling to the U.S. Capitol to participate in the Jan. 6 insurrection, a Tennessee man fired into the door of a Planned Parenthood clinic under construction in Knoxville. Less than a year later, he burned the clinic down. Federal court documents unsealed Monday identify Mark Thomas Reno as the man authorities say […]

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Tennesseans in Appalachia likely to have higher debt and lower income than state average

By: - October 27, 2022

Tennesseans living in Appalachia are more likely to have medical debt in collections and carry high-interest, subprime loans while earning significantly less than the state and national average, a report by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found. More than half of Tennessee’s 95 counties lie within Appalachia, a region that encompasses 13 states and […]

Bristol Regional Women’s Center has been providing abortions in Bristol, Tennessee, for years. Now that the procedure will soon be mostly illegal in the state, it had an idea: help open a clinic a mile across town ― and the state line ― in Bristol, Virginia, where abortion remains legal. (SAM WHITEHEAD / KHN)

Bristol, Virginia city council moves to ban new abortion clinics

By: - October 27, 2022

Elected leaders in Bristol, Virginia are pushing forward a zoning law that would prohibit new abortion clinics within city limits, part of a local backlash against a Tennessee clinic that made the short move across state lines once Roe v. Wade was overturned.  The five-member Bristol Virginia City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted in favor […]

Sign at the entrance to the John S. Wilder Youth Development Center. (Photo: Google Earth)

Tennessee DCS commissioner tells lawmakers lack of staff contributes to juvenile housing shortage

By: - October 25, 2022

Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday continued their review of the Department of Children’s Services, where resources have been stretched to the breaking point, and children are sleeping on office floors or languishing in juvenile detention centers because there are no other places to put them. “We are kind of full up on our bed situation, so […]

A barge navigates the historically-low Mississippi River at Memphis. (Photo: Dulce Torres Guzman)

West Tennessee farmers struggle to get crops to market as drought drains Mississippi River

By: - October 24, 2022

John Dodson’s corn, cotton and soybean fields lie fewer than 10 miles from the Mississippi River, the key transportation artery for west Tennessee grain farmers. But they might as well be a thousand. Historically low water levels on the river are coming at the worst possible time for him. It’s peak harvest season, but he can’t […]

Thomas "T.B." Burrell lost a case before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that would have restored him to the ballot. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Mason mayoral candidate Burrell bounced from ballot, loses court challenge

By: - October 19, 2022

A federal appeals court has declined to reinstate a candidate running for mayor of Mason, Tenn., in a contentious race to become the next leader of the rural, west Tennessee community that drew national attention this year when it resisted calls by state officials to dissolve. Thomas “T.B.” Burrell, who is president of the Black […]

A locked gate keeps trespassers out of the former Monsanto plant property in Maury County. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Maury County approves Jackson Law requiring local approval for trash facilities and landfills

By: - October 17, 2022

The Maury County Commission on Monday unanimously enacted the Jackson Law, a measure that gives local governments control over whether to approve privately-owned landfills and trash facilities within their jurisdictions. The 21-0 vote followed widespread community backlash over plans by Louisiana-based Trinity Business Group to create a large-scale waste processing and recycling plant, tire shredding […]

The property is now home to four Superfund sites, a designation given by the federal government to property containing hazardous substances harmful to human health for generations to come. 

Maury County considers law to regulate proposed facility on Monsanto site

By: - October 17, 2022

In an urgent effort by local officials to claim a role in deciding whether privately-owned trash facilities are built in their community, the Maury County Commission today will consider passage of the Jackson Law. The Jackson Law requires local approval for any commercially-operated landfill – or facility that processes household and commercial garbage, such as […]

A locked gate keeps trespassers out of the former Monsanto plant property in Maury County. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Fight looms over proposed Maury County mega trash site

By: - October 13, 2022

A Louisiana company’s plan to construct large-scale trash recycling, tire shredding and incineration operations on a federally designated Superfund site in Maury County is receiving increasing pushback. Trinity Business Group in June applied for a state permit to establish the mega waste site on a rural stretch of land just outside the county seat of […]

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

Middle Point operators say city, county the source of toxins found at landfill, not them

By: - October 11, 2022

In their ongoing dispute with the city of Murfreesboro, operators of the Middle Point Landfill are now blaming toxic pollutants found in runoff from the landfill and in nearby waterways on a city-run wastewater treatment plant and a landfill operated by Rutherford County. In August, the city of Murfreesboro filed suit against BFI Waste Systems […]