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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.

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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 […]

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Judge shoots down Knox County gum-chewing lawsuit

By: - April 18, 2022

Parents of a Knox County high school freshman with a rare hearing disorder are seeking an emergency appeal after a federal judge refused to force the Board of Education to ban eating and gum chewing in classrooms, court records show. U.S. District Judge Katherine Crytzer on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the parents of […]

Suit alleges female detainees forced to put on “sex shows” in Grainger County Jail

By: - April 14, 2022

Female detainees at the Grainger County Jail were forced to put on “sex shows” for a male correction officer, who climbed atop milk crates in a control room for a better view and masturbated, a proposed class-action lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Greeneville, Tenn., alleges former Grainger County Sheriff’s […]

A staff member from Civil and Environmental Consultants collecting a surface soil sample inside the playground, in the central area near the playground entrance where children would play or run to other playground equipment. TVA staff observe the sampling process. (Photo: Tennessee Department of Health)

Tennessee Health Department, TDEC, confirm toxic waste at Anderson County playground

By: - April 14, 2022

State regulators have confirmed the presence of Tennessee Valley Authority radioactive coal ash waste at a playground in Anderson County — confirming the findings last year of a Duke University study that first revealed the threat to children playing there. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Health issued a […]

Aerial of the TVA plant in Kingsport Tennessee, Kingsport. on the Clinch River. An ash dam spill on December 22 2008 resulted in a major environmental issue for the area. (Photo: Karen Kasmauski for Getty Images)

OSHA officials admit to shredding documents in Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash case

By: - April 12, 2022

For two months, teams of workers had been toiling around the clock to clean up a colossal spill of toxic coal ash unleashed in East Tennessee when a containment wall buckled, loosing millions of tons of the sludge across the landscape. They were working unprotected, secure in the knowledge they were safe because the Tennessee […]

Knox County taxpayers off the hook for bill from San Francisco law firm

By: - April 11, 2022

Knox County taxpayers were at risk of footing the legal bills of a San Francisco law firm their elected leaders didn’t hire or approve to fight a judicial mask mandate their own government is already fighting on their dime — until the Tennessee Lookout asked their mayor about it. The Tennessee Lookout on Thursday morning […]

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Tennessee court strikes conviction of former DCS worker who solicited teen for sex

By: - April 7, 2022

A Tennessee appellate court has struck down the conviction of a former foster parent and Department of Children’s Services case worker who propositioned a teenager for sex and got robbed instead. Jeremiah McDaniel was entrusted with the protection of children through both his job as a social worker for DCS and as a foster parent […]

The remains of a home smolder in the wake of a wildfire November 30, 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. More than 100 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Drought conditions and high winds helped the fire spread through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Federal judge in Tennessee dismisses suits on behalf of Gatlinburg wildfire victims

By: - April 1, 2022

A federal judge has dismissed a slew of lawsuits filed on behalf of hundreds of victims of a deadly wildfire that swept through Gatlinburg more than five years ago. U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Greer says the wildfire victims failed in preliminary claim forms to warn the National Park Service that they intended to accuse […]

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Knoxville hospital uses COVID as liability shield for suit over fatal medical mistake

By: - March 31, 2022

A Knoxville hospital is trying to use the COVID-19 pandemic to shield itself from liability for a nurse’s fatal medication administration mistake, court records show. Sonny Caldwell was being treated for various conditions, including COVID-19, while he was a patient at the Turkey Creek Medical Center in October 2020, but an investigation by the Knox […]

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Tennessee Supreme Court denies appeal in 2007 Knox County torture slayings

By: - March 29, 2022

The Tennessee Supreme Court this week shot down an appeal bid by the fifth and final suspect to be convicted in the 2007 torture slayings of a Knox County couple. The high court’s decision–made public late Monday–to deny Eric Boyd another appeal of his convictions effectively ends what was a 12-year quest by the families […]

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City of Knoxville forcing Netflix, Hulu fee case to Tennessee Supreme Court

By: - March 28, 2022

The City of Knoxville is leading an effort in Tennessee to use the judicial system to try to force video streaming providers Netflix and Hulu to pay local governments the same operational fees assessed to cable television firms, court records show. If the city’s proposed class-action lawsuit is successful, it could impact both the pricing […]