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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.

The Bridgestone Americas building in Nashville. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bridgestone factories back online 10 days after cyberattack of unspecified origin

By: - March 10, 2022

All plants operated by Bridgestone Americas had resumed normal operations by Wednesday — ten days after a cyberattack derailed work at factories operated by the world’s largest tire manufacturer in South and North American, including Tennessee, a company spokeswoman said. The company, headquartered in Nashville, first learned of the disruption in the early hours of […]

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

Murfreesboro lawmaker questions landfill contracts

By: - March 7, 2022

Republican Rep. Bryan Terry has formally requested that the mayors of Rutherford County and the city of Murfreesboro investigate whether its contracts with Middle Point Landfill operators are potentially voided by state law limiting public service contracts to no more than 25 years. Both Murfreesboro and Rutherford County entered into contracts with operators of the […]

The Bridgestone Americas building in Nashville. (Photo: Getty Images)

Cyberattack strikes Bridgestone plants in Tennessee — and all of North and South America

By: - March 3, 2022

UPDATE: Bridgestone Americas officials said Thursday they have restored key internal systems at all their manufacturing plans over the last 24 hours in order to resume production, but “it will take some additional partial production days to securely ramp up full production.” Meanwhile the company has “launched a comprehensive investigation to quickly gather facts while […]

Bills to limit wildlife agency’s authority to earn money from timber, seize property advance

By: - March 3, 2022

A pair of bills that seek to place checks on the authority of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency advanced in the legislature on Wednesday, with bipartisan support from the same slate of lawmakers who publicly expressed anger over the agency’s plans to clearcut public lands earlier this year. One measure by Republicans Rep. Paul Sherrell […]

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

Future of Southern Services debris landfill in Bordeaux neighborhood now in hands of judge

By: - March 2, 2022

The fate of a controversial construction debris landfill located in the historically Black Bordeaux community of Nashville is now in the hands of a judge after a brief trial Tuesday in Davidson County Chancery Court. In March, Nashville’s  Solid Waste Regional Board rejected a proposal to expand the Southern Services landfill, a 77-acre site in Bordeaux […]

Lawyers for Hunter Hollingsworth argue the placement of surveillance equipment on Hollingworth's land by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is in violation of Tennessee's Constitution. (Photo: John Partipilo)

State wildlife agency sued over secret surveillance on private land

By: - February 28, 2022

CAMDEN, Tenn. – Hunter Hollingsworth, at first, didn’t grasp it was a surveillance camera giving off the glint in the sun from a high tree branch about a mile past the no-trespassing sign that marks his family’s remote property in west Tennessee. But something about the shine made him stop his truck. By the time […]

Wilson County Courthouse. (Photo: Wilson County Facebook)

Second suit filed against Wilson County director of judicial commissioners

By: - February 24, 2022

A second Wilson County judicial commissioner has filed suit against the county and its director of judicial commissioners, claiming he was ordered not to speak to state or county officials about work-related concerns, which include sexual harassment and secret cameras in his office building. Christopher Miller, whose term as judicial commissioner expires in March, also […]

Corps cancels plans to lease 300 acres on Percy Priest Lake to private vendor

By: - February 18, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has backed down from plans to privatize hundreds of acres of wilderness area, beaches, hiking trails and boat access along J. Percy Priest Lake in Nashville after a sustained campaign by local residents seeking to keep the area public. The Corps’ original plan called for vendors to submit proposals […]

John Partipilo photographed Mike O’Neal, a longtime hunter, as he surveyed an expanse of the Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness Area where clearcutting is planned to create quail habitat.

Lawmakers prod wildlife agency for better communication

By: - February 17, 2022

The Republican chairman of the Tennessee Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday asked state wildlife officials to consult with the legislature before embarking on any portion of a controversial plan to clearcut hardwood forests in a White County wilderness area. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency planned to clearcut about 2,000 acres of […]

Cook Recreation Area at J. Percy Priest Lake. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Corps of Engineers seeks to develop Nashville lake recreation area

By: - February 14, 2022

On a sunny winter day —  light glinting off the water, an optimistic angler casting off a wooden fishing pier, a couple sitting shoulder to shoulder on the shoreline — Frances Clark headed through the wilderness area at Cook Recreational Area on a path she has hiked for nearly 27 years and pointed to all […]

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

Odors ‘like feces’ and runny eyes: Complaints grow for Middle Point Landfill

By: - February 11, 2022

More than 1,600 complaints about the Middle Point Landfill have poured into a Murfreesboro “odor reporting portal” since December, describing smells emanating from the 207-acre site as “like feces,” “a rotting, gaseous smell,” “like methane and musky shoes” and driving some residents indoors with runny eyes, scratchy throats and headaches. On Tuesday, an attorney for […]

Xtend Healthcare in Hendersonville, had no experience with contact tracing when it scored its first state contract for $20 million. (Photo: John Partipilo)

State ends no-bid contract with contact tracing firm, $65 million poorer

By: - February 7, 2022

The state of Tennessee has wound down its contact tracing contract with Xtend Healthcare, a for profit medical billing firm hired in June 2020 through a no-bid contract in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic as state resources quickly became overwhelmed. Over the course of 19 months, the contract with the Hendersonville-based company — […]