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Jamie Satterfield

Jamie Satterfield

Jamie Satterfield is an investigative journalist with more than 33 years of experience, specializing in legal affairs, policing, public corruption, environmental crime and civil rights violations. Her journalism has been honored as some of the best in the nation, earning recognition from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the Green Eyeshade Awards, the Tennessee Press Association, the Tennessee Managing Editors Association, the First Amendment Center and many other industry organizations. Her work has led to criminal charges against wrongdoers, changes in state law and citations in legal opinions and journals. She was married to the love of her life for 28 years and is now a widow and proud mother of two successful children of good character and work ethic.

6th Circuit shoots down immunity for TVA coal ash spill contractor Jacobs Engineering

By: - May 18, 2022

A federal appellate court on Wednesday struck down a last-ditch appeal by a Tennessee Valley Authority contractor accused in the mass poisoning by radioactive coal ash waste of the utility’s Kingston disaster workforce. The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jacobs Engineering Inc. cannot ride the coattails of TVA governmental immunity because TVA itself […]

Eighty percent of drug overdose deaths in Tennessee during 2020 came from prescription and synthetic opioids.(Photo: Mint

Food City seeks to spread blame in opioid lawsuit brought by Tennessee Attorney General

By: - May 17, 2022

When a Bearden homeowners association blew the whistle on the high levels of opiates a Food City grocery store pharmacy was shelling out to pill mill patients, the company’s chief executive officer called it a lie. When a Knoxville weekly newsmagazine reported the Westwood Homeowners Association’s claims and exposed a slew of opiate-related crimes in […]

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‘I smell marijuana’: cops’ warrantless searches targets poor, minority Tennessee communities

By: - May 16, 2022

Every day in Tennessee and across the country, citizens are being stopped, searched and seized solely on the power of three words: I smell marijuana. “A whole heck of a lot of cops are going to say today, ‘I smell marijuana,’ ” Knoxville criminal defense attorney Mike Whalen said. Under the law in Tennessee and a […]

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6th Circuit Court sacks immunity for Lawrenceburg cop in 2018 shooting

By: - May 12, 2022

In a rare move, a federal appellate court is stripping a Tennessee cop of immunity in the 2018 fatal shooting of a mentally ill man who stood 30 feet away with a knife held at his side when fired upon. The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals says in an opinion made public late last […]

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Tennessee health billing firm accused in court of “cartel-like” behavior

By: - May 9, 2022

(The story has been updated from the original version to include a response from TeamHealth.) A Tennessee firm that pioneered the outsourcing of hospital emergency medical care now stands accused in courtrooms across the nation of scheming to turn emergency rooms into corporate profit centers through “cartel-like” behavior, including price fixing, legal intimidation, and fraud. […]

The Tennessee Supreme Court Building in Nashville, Tennessee, is the historic building that houses the Tennessee Supreme Court offices and where the court meets when it is in session in Nashville. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. (Getty Images)

Skeptical Tennessee Supreme Court hears Knoxville streaming case

By: - May 4, 2022

The City of Knoxville faced a skeptical Tennessee Supreme Court Tuesday in its bid to use the judicial system to try to force video streaming providers Netflix and Hulu to pony up cable television franchise fees. “Why did it take so long?” Justice Holly Kirby asked attorney Justin Hawal on why the city waited more […]

Knox County Schools declines questions about officer assault of middle schooler

By: - April 28, 2022

A Knoxville Police Department officer slammed the face of a handcuffed middle school student onto a table—causing a gash on the boy’s chin—in a search for marijuana that didn’t exist, court records and video obtained by the Tennessee Lookout show. “I had no choice,” KPD School Resource Officer David Lee told the restrained, slightly-built Northwest […]

L to R: New Tazewell Police Department Lt. Gary Ruszhowski, 8th Judicial District Criminal Court candidate Graham Wilson and New Tazewell Police Chief Ben Evans. (Photo: Submitted)

Hatch Act complaints snag East Tennessee law enforcement officials

By: - April 26, 2022

Two East Tennessee police chiefs and a police lieutenant are facing complaints they violated federal law when using departmental letterhead to endorse a judicial candidate and posing in uniform alongside the candidate for endorsement photographs. Tazewell Police Department Chief Jeremy Myers, New Tazewell Police Department Chief Ben Evans and New Tazewell Lt. Gary Ruszhowski are […]

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Tennessee court rules educators not due emotional distress claims after bus crash

By: - April 25, 2022

Should a school bus contractor that ignored 1,000 speeding complaints against a driver who went on to cause a crash that killed six students at a tiny Chattanooga Elementary School have known educators there might well suffer “emotional distress” as a result? The Tennessee Court of Appeals says no. Durham School Services knew driver Johnthony […]

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Judge barred from opioid trial after using case to boost his reelection bid

By: - April 21, 2022

An appellate court is barring a Tennessee judge from presiding over a governmental lawsuit against opioid makers, distributors and pharmacies for billing himself on Facebook as a warrior against the drugs and using the case to bolster his own reelection campaign. The Tennessee Court of Appeals is removing 13th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Jonathan […]

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Trio of suits against Hamilton County Sheriff allege violent attacks in jail

By: - April 21, 2022

More than a year after the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office took over a privately-run detention center, violent attacks within the facility are continuing unabated, lawsuits filed this week allege. Three former detainees at the Silverdale Detention Center filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court against Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond and county government. In each […]

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Court finds Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance guilty of contempt

By: - April 19, 2022

A judge on Monday deemed the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance guilty of “willfully” violating a court order barring the collection of registration fees from nonpartisan political action committees. Senior Judge Thomas J. Wright ruled the state agency defied his injunction—issued in 2018 and upheld by the Tennessee Court of Appeals a year […]