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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.

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Pigeon Forge restaurant is accused of violating federal labor law. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Discovery)

Guy Fieri’s Pigeon Forge restaurant accused of violating federal labor law

By: - July 21, 2022

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s new restaurant in Pigeon Forge is in legal hot water, accused of cheating wait staff and violating federal labor law. A proposed “collective action” lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court against Downtown Flavortown, a new Fieri eater that opened in March on Teaster Lane in the tourism mecca of […]

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Federal agents fight release of video in Grainger County slaughterhouse raid

By: - July 18, 2022

Federal agents accused of targeting, mocking and, in some instances, brutalizing Latino workers at a Grainger County slaughterhouse claim their lives will be endangered by the public release of video from the controversial raid, court records show. Although the video is currently under seal, an investigation by the Tennessee Lookout reveals the footage appears to […]

Joseph Fons holding a Pride Flag, stands in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building after the court ruled that LGBTQ people can not be disciplined or fired based on their sexual orientation June 15, 2020. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Tennessee federal judge blocks Biden Administration LGBTQ protections

By: - July 17, 2022

A Tennessee federal judge is blocking the Biden administration from enforcing an executive order designed to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination in schools and the workplace. U.S. District Judge Charles Atchley Jr. on Friday issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily bars the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from enforcing […]

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Third East Tennessean charged with fraud for misuse of federal COVID funds

By: - July 15, 2022

A Maryville woman who claimed she needed COVID emergency relief funding to keep her Christian ministry afloat instead used the money to fund a trip to Disney, buy land, two trucks and a travel trailer and pay off her student loans, court records show. Sarrah Denton Willhite has struck a deal to plead guilty to […]

Knoxville Police Chief Paul Noel. (Photo courtesy Knoxville Police Department)

Knoxville’s new top cop aims to break the ‘blue wall of silence’

By: - July 13, 2022

When Knoxville’s new police chief watched for the first time the now infamous video of the police killing of George Floyd, his eyes immediately went from the officer with his knee on Floyd’s neck to the three officers who stood idly by. “The biggest thing that came to my mind when I saw the George […]

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Johnson City Police sued by former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney

By: - June 30, 2022

A former special federal prosecutor is accusing the Johnson City Police Department of protecting — either through “incompetence” or outright corruption — an alleged serial rapist. In an extraordinary move, former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kateri Dahl is suing Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner and the city in U.S. District Court, alleging the chief […]

Photo of the one of the "placards" at the center of a lawsuit alleging Hamblen County Commission Chair Howard Shipley denied residents their First Amendment rights. (Photo: Submitted)

Hamblen County Commission chair denied residents free speech rights, suit alleges

By: - June 24, 2022

Hamblen County Commission Chairman Howard Shipley admitted he violated the free speech rights of citizens, apologized for it, and promised never to do it again. But less than a year later, court records allege, he did it again. Now, Hamblen County taxpayers are on the hook for the cost of defending him in federal court. […]

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East Tennesseans accused of fraud in Paycheck Protection loans

By: - June 20, 2022

An East Tennessee woman who was already on probation in a federal fraud case is now accused of duping  the Small Business Administration into awarding her a Paycheck Protection Program loan for a fake business and using the money to get plastic surgery in Florida and spend a week recovering at the Trump International Beach […]

TVA Norris Dam in Anderson County (Photo: TVA website)

Study shows a TVA change to solar and wind energy would cut costs to ratepayers

By: - June 14, 2022

The Tennessee Valley Authority could save ratepayers billions of dollars by investing in solar and wind energy sources, according to a study released this week. A study by Synapse Energy Economics commissioned by the Sierra Club and made public this week shows TVA could save its ratepayers nearly $10 billion in energy costs by abandoning […]

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Federal judge doesn’t buy IRS ploy in Grainger County slaughterhouse suit

By: - June 14, 2022

For nearly two years, the Internal Revenue Service refused to reveal its role in a controversial 2018 raid at a Grainger County slaughterhouse in a bid to shield its agents from a civil-rights lawsuit, court records show. When the ploy failed, those records also show, the IRS then tried to use the delay the agency’s […]

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Court allows John Does to sue Presbyterian Church over decades-old sexual abuse

By: - June 7, 2022

A Tennessee appellate court is allowing three men allegedly raped as children by a Presbyterian pastor in Memphis more than two decades ago to sue the church and its governing body for allegedly covering up the crimes with a “whitewash” investigation kept hidden for years. In an opinion made public Friday, the Tennessee Court of […]

The Tennessee Valley Authority's Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Chattanooga. (Photo: Facebook)

Tennessee Valley Authority whistleblowers sue agency in federal court

By: - June 2, 2022

Three former Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear oversight managers who were removed from their posts after alerting the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to repeated safety concerns and violations are now suing the utility in federal court.  Melody Babb, Deanna Fultz and Mark Richerson filed suit against TVA late last week in U.S. District Court. They contend […]