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Waste facility works to remove excess trash on site Video included

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Bottles, cardboard boxes and soda cans are just some of what you'll find piled up high inside the Waste Management facility in East Nashville. But you'll also find it on the outside.

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Columbia NAACP investigating juvenile detention center after I-Team reports Video included

The Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center in Columbia detains teens who have been accused of delinquent offenses. (WSMV) The Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center in Columbia detains teens who have been accused of delinquent offenses. (WSMV)
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What the Channel 4 I-Team discovered through various records raised questions about how some troubled teens were getting treated at a local juvenile detention center.

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Inmates at CoreCivic prisons say they sometimes go months without medical care Video included

Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility is the state's newest and largest prison. (WSMV) Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility is the state's newest and largest prison. (WSMV)
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Octavious Taylor has a painful and incurable disease. It’s a bad combination when you’re locked up in prison.

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Victim's family questions jail time for drunk driver Video included

Carl Dollarhide Jr. (WSMV file photo) Carl Dollarhide Jr. (WSMV file photo)
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Carl Dollarhide Jr. is now out of jail after serving about half of his sentence. Dollarhide was sentenced to three years in jail for killing a mother and leaving her 1-year-old daughter a paraplegic in a drunk-driving crash.

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Man blamed for creating havoc with mortgages from TN to West Coast Video included

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In the picturesque town of Visalia, CA, Ronnie Osburn’s house fits right in with its beautiful flowers and statues.

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THP investigating fatal crash involving off-duty Murfreesboro police officer Video included

The crash happened June 4 on I-24. (WSMV) The crash happened June 4 on I-24. (WSMV)
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The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating whether an off-duty Murfreesboro Police officer caused a fatal wreck on I-24 in Rutherford County.

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Gang activity, security a concern at Trousdale Turner facility Video included

Trousdale Turner Correctional Center is located in Hartsville, TN. (WSMV) Trousdale Turner Correctional Center is located in Hartsville, TN. (WSMV)
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The Trousdale Turner Correctional Center was supposed to provide quality jobs to residents of Trousdale County. But according to the mayor and several other people the Channel 4 I-Team talked to, not many locals work there.

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Families question handling of medical emergencies inside TN prison Video included

Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility is the state's newest and largest prison. (WSMV) Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility is the state's newest and largest prison. (WSMV)
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Since last summer, the Channel 4 I-Team has been looking closely at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center, the state’s newest and biggest prison. It is run by CoreCivic, the Nashville-based company formerly known as CCA.

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Former chaplain describes conditions inside TN prison Video included

Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility (WSMV) Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility (WSMV)
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By design, prisons are places shut off from the rest of society. But the state’s newest and largest prison is unlike any other.

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Convicted financier tied to Nashville musicians starts new business Video included

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He was a financial adviser to the stars, and his actions years ago resulted in a felony conviction. That’s why several musicians contacted the Channel 4 I-Team after learning he had started a new business. 

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Spring Hill subdivision fixed; cost taxpayers thousands of dollars more Video included

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After nearly a year and more money than expected a flood control project is finally over. But not without costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars more than it should have. 

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Metro school board member tweets frustrations with communications dept. Video included

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A sitting Metro School Board member is criticizing how parents of students receive information.

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Prisoners smoke joints, show off phones in prison videos Video included

A video shows the inmate wearing a mask with a hose connected to a joint. (Source: Facebook) A video shows the inmate wearing a mask with a hose connected to a joint. (Source: Facebook)
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A video posted on the Facebook page of a Tennessee prisoner shows him wearing a mask and smoking from a makeshift bong while inside a jail cell.

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Nashville restaurants make changes to become ADA compliant

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office has announced it found problems at 16 of Nashville’s most popular restaurants.

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'Party behind bars' still on display on social media Video included

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The last time Beverly Shelley saw Derrick Cunningham, the murderer of her husband, he was a teenager sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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Judge addresses allegations around private juvenile detention center Video included

The Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center in Columbia detains teens who have been accused of delinquent offenses. (WSMV) The Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center in Columbia detains teens who have been accused of delinquent offenses. (WSMV)
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A Maury County judge is calling for more communication when problems arise at a private juvenile facility. A Channel 4 I-Team investigation looked at how troubled teens get medical care at the Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center in Columbia.

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Leader of treatment center faces drug, alcohol charges Video included

Kenneth Baker was arrested by TWRA during an incident at Percy Priest Lake. (WSMV) Kenneth Baker was arrested by TWRA during an incident at Percy Priest Lake. (WSMV)
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The head of a company that counseled people with drug and alcohol problems is now facing drug and alcohol charges himself.

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School board chair says more cleaning happening at Bellevue MS Video included

A former teacher sent video of what is believed to be mold at the school. (WSMV) A former teacher sent video of what is believed to be mold at the school. (WSMV)
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School may be out for the summer, but what’s going to happen when students return to Bellevue Middle School later this year?

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Woman's death raises questions about confidential informants Video included

Abriel Pritchard died of a heroin overdose on March 3, 2016. (WSMV) Abriel Pritchard died of a heroin overdose on March 3, 2016. (WSMV)
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Abriel Pritchard didn’t have to die. That’s what her grandparents told the Channel 4 I-Team. They are still broken-hearted more than a year after Abriel was found dead of a drug overdose.

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Man puts cage around meter; NES cuts off his power Video included

Jeff Jacobson put a cage around his meter. (WSMV) Jeff Jacobson put a cage around his meter. (WSMV)
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Whether they want them or not, thousands of Middle Tennesseans are getting smart meters. The Channel 4 I-Team learned of one man’s extreme measures to avoid getting one.

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Director of private juvenile facility denies allegations of improper treatment Video included

The Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center in Columbia detains teens who have been accused of delinquent offenses. (WSMV) The Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center in Columbia detains teens who have been accused of delinquent offenses. (WSMV)
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Former workers said teens sent to a Midstate juvenile detention facility should have never endured the treatment that’s alleged in police reports, 911 calls and redacted medical records obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team.

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Ex-judge Moreland’s federal trial postponed

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Former Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland will not go to trial on June 27.

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Former workers raise questions about medical attention at private juvenile facility Video included

The Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center in Columbia detains teens who have been accused of delinquent offenses. (WSMV) The Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center in Columbia detains teens who have been accused of delinquent offenses. (WSMV)
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A nurse practitioner said what he witnessed inside a juvenile detention center was so egregious he needed to expose it. 

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Former home of controversial Franklin ministry up for sale

The congregation was based out of this home in Franklin. (WSMV file photo) The congregation was based out of this home in Franklin. (WSMV file photo)
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Wayne Jolley Ministries was a religious nonprofit group that operated out of a home in Franklin. Their congregation was also known as The Gathering, International.

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Family confronts paper terrorism, vows to keep fighting Video included

Leighton Ward (WSMV) Leighton Ward (WSMV)
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It all started when a man showed up on their front door, telling them that they were trespassing in their own home. From that moment on, the Qualls family in Nolensville has waged a war against what the FBI and a leading watchdog of hate groups calls, “paper terrorism.”

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Nashville couple blames contractor for problems with new home Video included

The couple paid more than $900,000 for their new home. (WSMV) The couple paid more than $900,000 for their new home. (WSMV)
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Buyers who purchase a brand new house probably expect a move-in ready home. One Middle Tennessee family spent more than $900,000 and instead got a home where parts of the walls and ceilings are coming apart.

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Changes underway at Bellevue Middle School after I-Team investigation Video included

Video sent by a teacher shows work being done to the air vents. (WSMV) Video sent by a teacher shows work being done to the air vents. (WSMV)
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School is almost out and it appears a lesson may have been learned after a Channel 4 I-Team investigation.

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Tests show disastrous results in semi crashes without side underride guards Video included

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A leading crash investigator says a serious crash in Murfreesboro demonstrates why tractor trailers should be equipped with not only rear underride guards, but also side underride guards.

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District says vents cleaned inside Bellevue Middle; parents still concerned Video included

A teacher shared this photo of an air vent in the trash. (Photo submitted) A teacher shared this photo of an air vent in the trash. (Photo submitted)
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Concerned parents continue to contact Channel 4 about what they're calling filthy conditions inside Bellevue Middle School. Metro Schools says the vents have been cleaned. But what happened when the Channel 4 I-Team asked to go inside the school and see it?

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Filthy conditions inside Metro school making students and teachers sick Video included

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It's the last thing you'd expect to see in a metro school. Filthy conditions that concerned a teacher so much he secretly took photos and recorded it. But one metro teacher says mold growing inside his classroom is making students sick.

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  • Davidson County judge recalls run-in with Casey Moreland

    Davidson County judge recalls run-in with Casey Moreland

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 8:56 PM EDT2017-06-15 00:56:16 GMT
    Wednesday, June 14 2017 11:28 PM EDT2017-06-15 03:28:28 GMT
    Judge Melissa Blackburn recounts an incident where Casey Moreland lashed out against her staff. (WSMV)Judge Melissa Blackburn recounts an incident where Casey Moreland lashed out against her staff. (WSMV)

    A fellow Davidson County general sessions judge is speaking out about her peer,  Casey Moreland, the judge who resigned amid a Channel 4 I-Team investigation. Judge Melissa Blackburn has never talked publicly before about a 2014 incident that caused her to leave the bench with a courtroom full of people to deal with an emergency involving Moreland.

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    A fellow Davidson County general sessions judge is speaking out about her peer,  Casey Moreland, the judge who resigned amid a Channel 4 I-Team investigation. Judge Melissa Blackburn has never talked publicly before about a 2014 incident that caused her to leave the bench with a courtroom full of people to deal with an emergency involving Moreland.

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  • Judge denies former Rutherford County finance deputy's request to lower monthly legal bills

    Judge denies former Rutherford County finance deputy's request to lower monthly legal bills

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 11:39 AM EDT2017-06-13 15:39:10 GMT
    Tuesday, June 13 2017 11:39 AM EDT2017-06-13 15:39:10 GMT
    Joe Russell (WSMV file photo)Joe Russell (WSMV file photo)

    A federal judge has said no to Joe Russell's request to pay a smaller amount towards his defense attorney's bills. Russell was the finance deputy under former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold.

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    A federal judge has said no to Joe Russell's request to pay a smaller amount towards his defense attorney's bills. Russell was the finance deputy under former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold.

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  • Ex-judge Moreland’s federal trial postponed

    Ex-judge Moreland’s federal trial postponed

    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:08 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:08:20 GMT
    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:14 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:14:33 GMT

    Former Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland will not go to trial on June 27.

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    Former Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland will not go to trial on June 27.

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  • Jeremy Finley

    Jeremy Finley

    Jeremy Finley is the chief investigative reporter for the Channel 4 I-Team. He specializes in investigations into corruption, criminal activity and waste of taxpayer money.

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    Jeremy Finley is the chief investigative reporter for the Channel 4 I-Team. He specializes in investigations into corruption, criminal activity and waste of taxpayer money.

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  • Alanna Autler

    Alanna Autler

    Alanna joined the WSMV news team in June 2014 after two years chasing stories in the heart of West Virginia's coalfields as a reporter.

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    Alanna joined the WSMV news team in June 2014 after two years chasing stories in the heart of West Virginia's coalfields as a reporter.

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  • Lindsay Bramson

    Lindsay Bramson

    Lindsay Bramson joined the WSMV team as an investigative reporter in June 2016.

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    Lindsay Bramson joined the WSMV team as an investigative reporter in June 2016.

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  • Waste facility works to remove excess trash on site

    Waste facility works to remove excess trash on site

    Friday, June 23 2017 4:14 PM EDT2017-06-23 20:14:08 GMT
    Friday, June 23 2017 10:03 PM EDT2017-06-24 02:03:42 GMT
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    Bottles, cardboard boxes and soda cans are just some of what you'll find piled up high inside the Waste Management facility in East Nashville. But you'll also find it on the outside.

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    Bottles, cardboard boxes and soda cans are just some of what you'll find piled up high inside the Waste Management facility in East Nashville. But you'll also find it on the outside.

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  • School board chair says more cleaning happening at Bellevue MS

    School board chair says more cleaning happening at Bellevue MS

    Friday, June 2 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-06-02 21:14:06 GMT
    Friday, June 2 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-06-02 22:05:06 GMT
    A former teacher sent video of what is believed to be mold at the school. (WSMV)A former teacher sent video of what is believed to be mold at the school. (WSMV)

    School may be out for the summer, but what’s going to happen when students return to Bellevue Middle School later this year?

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    School may be out for the summer, but what’s going to happen when students return to Bellevue Middle School later this year?

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  • Man puts cage around meter; NES cuts off his power

    Man puts cage around meter; NES cuts off his power

    Tuesday, May 30 2017 5:56 PM EDT2017-05-30 21:56:51 GMT
    Wednesday, May 31 2017 1:59 PM EDT2017-05-31 17:59:59 GMT
    Jeff Jacobson put a cage around his meter. (WSMV)Jeff Jacobson put a cage around his meter. (WSMV)

    Whether they want them or not, thousands of Middle Tennesseans are getting smart meters. The Channel 4 I-Team learned of one man’s extreme measures to avoid getting one.

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    Whether they want them or not, thousands of Middle Tennesseans are getting smart meters. The Channel 4 I-Team learned of one man’s extreme measures to avoid getting one.

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