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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.

Dwight Tarwater, attorney for Jacobs Engineering, argues before the Tennessee Supreme Court on June 1. (Screen grab from Tennessee Supreme Court hearing.)

Tennessee Supreme Court hears arguments over Kingston coal ash illnesses in workers

By: - June 1, 2022

With workers twice rejecting settlement offers and federal court judges shooting down multiple appeals, Jacobs Engineering Inc., on Wednesday turned to the Tennessee Supreme Court in an attempt to escape financial responsibility for its role in the alleged poisoning of the Kingston coal ash disaster workforce. Sickened Kingston disaster workers and survivors of workers who […]

Hardeman County Correctional Facility. (Photo: Tennessee Department of Corrections)

After eight months, investigation finds Hardeman County inmate was murdered by other inmates

By: - May 31, 2022

Eight months after his son left a private prison in West Tennessee in a body bag, Eddie Tardy still doesn’t know why. “He did wrong, and he was in prison for it,” Tardy told the Tennessee Lookout. “He was doing his time. He was telling me he was done (with crime). He was ready to […]

A mother’s lawsuit alleges Hawkins County schools didn’t stop racist attacks

By: - May 27, 2022

The mother of a Hawkins County eighth-grader says in a lawsuit filed this week that her son was repeatedly subjected to racially-motivated attacks, and the school system did nothing to stop them. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Greeneville Tuesday, details a slew of racially-motivated attacks by white students, at least three of […]

Sullivan County Sheriff's Department vehicles. (Photo: Facebook)

Sullivan County woman claims sheriff’s deputies retaliated after she insisted on masks

By: - May 23, 2022

A 61-year-old woman claims in a lawsuit filed Friday she was roughed up, left inside a sweltering cruiser and falsely accused because she insisted Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office deputies don face masks while speaking to her. Attorney James Friauf on Friday filed a civil-rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on behalf of Robin […]

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Appeals court revives girls’ videoed sexual abuse lawsuits against Nashville schools

By: - May 19, 2022

A divided federal appellate court on Thursday resurrected a lawsuit filed against Metro Nashville Public Schools by the parents of two students who were sexually assaulted and videos of their attacks posted online in two different incidents at two different high schools. A two-judge panel of the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals struck down […]

Coal ash slurry left behind in a containment pond near the Tennessee Valley Authorities Kingston Fossil Plant Dec. 29, 2008 in Harriman, Tenn., after the dyke at left broke Dec. 22, 2008, unleashing a billion gallon flood of toxic sludge into the Emory River. (Photo: Greenpeace USA)

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 […]

Northwest Middle School in Knox County (Photo: Northwest Middle School Facebook)

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 […]