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State to investigate new allegations that Tennessee funeral director continues to exploit grieving immigrant families

BY: and - February 25, 2021

A Tennessee funeral director and embalmer who surrendered his licenses early in 2020 after he failed to return bodies to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala for burials has continued to offer funeral services in immigrant communities — and, in at least one recent instance, neglected for months to deliver remains to a grieving family. Roommates and […]

Saddler Funeral Home in Lebanon, where Reid Van Ness stored bodies for months at a time. (Photo: John Partipilo)

A Tennessee funeral director made promises to immigrant families; he didn’t deliver

BY: and - February 11, 2021

Ramy Jadiel Ajualip Primero, the baby in his family, died unexpectedly at just 18 months old. He was rushed to the hospital after experiencing convulsions. A grim prognosis ensued. With no hope for recovery, the boy was taken off life support 15 days later.  In shock, Ramy’s parents were certain of one thing: they wanted […]

Saddler Funeral Home in Lebanon, where Reid Van Ness stored bodies for months at a time. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Director de funerarias hizo promesas a familias inmigrantes y no cumplió

BY: - February 11, 2021

Ramy Jadiel Ajualip Primero, el bebé de su familia, murió inesperadamente con solo 18 meses de edad. Fue trasladado de urgencia al hospital después de sufrir convulsiones. Se produjo un pronóstico sombrío. Sin esperanza de recuperación, el niño fue retirado del soporte vital 15 días después. En estado de shock, los padres de Ramy estaban […]

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Nashville Electric Service temporarily relents on disconnections

BY: - January 6, 2021

Nashville Electric Service has once again suspended disconnections for non-payment of utility bills through January 31 at the urging of Mayor John Cooper and Vice Mayor Jim Shulman following a report by Tennessee Lookout detailing thousands of shut-offs among city residents. The utility company’s grace period for customers unable to pay their electric bills during […]

One of many Facebook pages advertising sale of Teacup Yorkshire terriers.

Fake COVID-19 cures, money mules and puppies: Scams on the rise

BY: - December 10, 2020

With a pandemic raging on and many folks working from home, it’s never been a better time to introduce a furry friend into the family, but the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns that scammers have adapted to the pandemic as well. Like many Americans this year, Kati Rager, 32, hoped to find a puppy to […]

The temporary homeless shelter at the Nashville Fairgrounds Expo Center. (Photo: Colby Sledge)

As cold weather and homelessness converge, advocates criticize lack of safe housing measures

BY: - December 4, 2020

At the convergence point of a deadly pandemic and the coldest weather of the year, a plan in Nashville for an overflow shelter for people without homes is drawing criticisms from community advocates who have been frustrated by the city’s response to homelessness throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Nashville’s cold weather shelter opened this week to […]

Metro Nashville Health Department and Lentz Clinic (Photo: Metro Health, Facebook)

Nashville health director under Human Resources investigation

BY: and - November 18, 2020

Metro Department of Public Health Director Dr. Michael Caldwell is the subject of multiple human resources complaints, which are currently under investigation. Complaints to the Metro Human Resources Department are not a public record until an investigation is completed. Multiple sources told the Tennessee Lookout the complaints are serious in nature.  Caldwell could not immediately […]

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Metro Council member to Trump-backing colleague: ‘(Expletive) off’

BY: - November 9, 2020

The same political rancor that has divided friends and families across the country played out in spectacular fashion among Metro Council members over the weekend, culminating in one member telling a conservative colleague to “(Expletive) off.” The drama was triggered by a group email sent to council members from a person named Bruce Crawford, who […]

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Rural jail populations surge again posing new risks as coronavirus cases spike

BY: - November 2, 2020

After an initial reduction in jail populations at the start of the epidemic, thousands of men and women have been newly incarcerated in local lockups across Tennessee — creating overcrowded conditions in rural counties even as the state experiences record levels of death and infection as COVID-19 continues its spread outside urban areas. Data from […]

Elizabeth Jones with her nephew, Isaiah. Jones is raising Isaiah after his mother was killed by her domestic partner in a murder-suicide in Paris, Tenn. (Photo: John Partipilo)

In rural Tennessee, lack of resources lead to dismal situation for domestic violence victims

BY: - October 7, 2020

If you come to Paris from Clarksville — arguably the closest “big” town —  you’ll drive through a stunning display of scenery as you cross the Tennessee River Bridge. As you transition from Stewart County to Henry County, vibrant emerald-colored trees, some still blooming with pink flowers despite spring being long gone, line the sides […]

Elizabeth Jones holds her nephew, Isiah. She is his caretaker after his mother was killed in 2018 by her boyfriend in a murder-suicide. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee women in rural areas more likely to be domestic violence victims

BY: - October 6, 2020

Near the downtown area of Paris, Tennessee, a long set of concrete stairs, partially overgrown with crabgrass and weeds, leads up a hill to the maroon front door on Depot Street, a small pastel orange house surrounded by tall, skinny trees. On the night of May 22, 2018, Jessica Jones got off work from her […]

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Taxpayer funded corporate incentives fail to produce promised jobs

BY: - September 29, 2020

When Canadian entrepreneurs touting a healthy new snack product scouted Kingsport, Tenn. as their new headquarters in 2015, local economic development officials like Clay Walker were enthusiastic. They sampled the gluten-free, non-GMO fruit and vegetable bars and worked to seal a deal that would bring 273 jobs to the northeast Tennessee town of 54,000 in […]