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Zach Jones appears in court in 2015. (WSMV file photo) Zach Jones appears in court in 2015. (WSMV file photo)

Man blamed for stealing jewelry from clients now accused of posing as attorney Video included

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The man accused of stealing jewelry from the homes he was hired to clean is now the subject of two arrest warrants in Georgia, accusing him of posing as an attorney in order to steal people’s money.

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Bus drivers accused of traffic violations still driving for Metro Schools Video included

School bus drivers across Middle Tennessee are still allowed to drive after they receive complaints. (WSMV) School bus drivers across Middle Tennessee are still allowed to drive after they receive complaints. (WSMV)
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There has been a lot of scrutiny on school bus drivers since a deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga last November.

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Controversial coaching program temporarily suspended at TRICOR Video included

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An internal memo obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team shows all on-site coaching for inmates by TRICOR has been temporarily suspended, including a coaching program that is accused of violating the separation of church and state.

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Casey Moreland's law license suspended

Casey Moreland resigned as general sessions judge last week. (WSMV) Casey Moreland resigned as general sessions judge last week. (WSMV)
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Casey Moreland has now been banned from practicing law.

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Lawsuit: State agency requiring employees to teach religious principles Video included

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A federal judge is raising concerns about a program developed by a state agency, claiming it has improper religious content.

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Casey Moreland's estranged wife testifies as character witness Video included

Artist's sketch of Jacqueline Moreland. (WSMV) Artist's sketch of Jacqueline Moreland. (WSMV)
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Tuesday was Casey Moreland’s last day as a judge. He resigned last Friday and is now under house arrest until his trial.

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Emails: Judge Moreland involved Bryan Lewis when seeking advice from crisis consultant

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Emails obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team under the Open Records Act show that Judge Casey Moreland consulted a crisis management company when questioned about how he handled the cases of two women he socialized with. Moreland copied his friend, attorney Bryan Lewis, on the correspondence with the crisis management team.

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80 out-of-state trips taken after Metro Schools imposed travel freeze Video included

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Employees and top administrators for Metro Nashville Public Schools continued to travel out-of-state in the weeks and months following a travel freeze imposed by Superintendent Dr. Shawn Joseph.

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Prosecutors: Judge Moreland wanted police to plant drugs

Casey Moreland is being held at a jail in Kentucky. Casey Moreland is being held at a jail in Kentucky.
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The U.S. Attorney’s office made stunning allegations during a news conference Tuesday regarding Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland.

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Dispatchers unaware of AT&T 911 problems during outage Video included

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The night of March 8, AT&T customers in Nashville and across the country were unable to call 911 from their cell phones. The Channel 4 I-Team has learned that some dispatchers were unaware of the problem at the time.

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Controversial ministry purchases land in Dickson County

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A controversial church at the center of a Channel 4 I-Team investigation has found a new home in Dickson County.

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Neighbors near quarry raise concerns about damage to homes Video included

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It’s a blast that can shake 40,000 tons of rock in a single second. But a company denies their explosions are damaging homes near an Antioch quarry. 

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I-Team explores connection between Judge Moreland and halfway houses Video included

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The Channel 4 I-Team has learned that a member of the Davidson County General Sessions Drug Court treatment team also runs eight halfway houses where judges send defendants for court-ordered treatment.

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Audit: Taxpayer money spent on travel, meals for non-Metro employees Video included

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Problems were found during an audit last year of credit cards used by Judge Casey Moreland and his staff.

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Jail records raise questions of influence in Moreland’s court Video included

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Jail recordings and a sheriff’s department investigative file raise questions about claims of a court deputy using his influence on Judge Casey Moreland.

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Clinic owner puts 'no driving' warning on every opioid label Video included

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The owner of a Portland family care clinic said after seeing so many cases of drugged driving, he’s taking a hardline approach to his labels on opioids.

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Court records: Judge Moreland intervened in future son-in-law's DUI case Video included

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Embattled General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland faces questions about preferential treatment involving his future son-in-law.

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Drug court founded by Judge Moreland criticized Video included

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Some are becoming skeptical about Davidson County’s General Sessions Drug Court, which, until recently, was run by Judge Casey Moreland.

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Waste disposal company says it's making changes Video included

Pages Creek flows into the Cumberland River. (WSMV) Pages Creek flows into the Cumberland River. (WSMV)
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A Nashville company is making changes after the Channel 4 I-Team found it was leaking oil and grease onto the banks of a creek.

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Anti-sex trafficking advocates criticize Judge Moreland Video included

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Advocates for victims caught in the sex trafficking trade are speaking out about a judge who's been the focus of Channel 4’s I-Team investigations.

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Downtown cranes have some questioning safety of construction sites Video included

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A construction accident earlier this week has some questioning how safe cranes and other equipment really are.

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Drug court participant admits relationship with drug court deputy Video included

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A woman who initially denied an intimate relationship with a sheriff’s deputy now says she had sex with the man who repeatedly escorted her into court.

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DHS to pay $1.1 million to Feds over food program error Video included

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The Department of Human Services has been asked to pay $1.1 million to the federal government over “an erroneous approval” dealing with a federal program that feeds vulnerable children and adults.

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2 Metro Parks employees reprimanded over vehicle use, performance of duties Video included

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Two Metro Parks employees were suspended after GPS trackers revealed where they were going in their Metro trucks during work hours. 

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People convicted of DUI after taking medications in prescribed amounts Video included

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A Channel 4 I-Team investigation found people who have taken medicine either prescribed by a doctor or in the “therapeutic” range, got behind the wheel and were charged and convicted of DUI.

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State unemployment system getting back up to speed Video included

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The Channel 4 I-Team has been tracking the Tennessee Department of Labor’s efforts to fix the problem since last summer. Just this week, we learned the system upgrade is working the way it’s supposed to.

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84 welfare applicants fail drug test under state program Video included

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Numbers provided by the Tennessee Department of Human Services show 0.1 percent of welfare applicants in Tennessee have tested positive for drugs since 2014, when the law went into effect.

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Tax dollars fund Metro Schools trip to Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton Video included

Last week, 10 Metro Schools leaders stayed at The Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island. (WSMV) Last week, 10 Metro Schools leaders stayed at The Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island. (WSMV)
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It’s a trip most people can only dream of: an all-expenses paid stay at a luxury beach resort. The Channel 4 I-Team has learned a group of education leaders took such a trip, and taxpayers picked up the bill.

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Friends of Leigh Terry have questions about death investigation Video included

Leigh Terry was found dead in her apartment on May 25, 2016. Police ruled her death a suicide. (WSMV) Leigh Terry was found dead in her apartment on May 25, 2016. Police ruled her death a suicide. (WSMV)
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Metro Police closed the investigation into the death of 34-year-old Leigh Terry, declaring it a suicide. Terry, according to police, ended her life with a gunshot wound to the head in the early hours of May 5, 2016, in her downtown Nashville apartment.

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Thousands of transportation complaints made in Metro Schools each year Video included

School bus drivers across Middle Tennessee are still allowed to drive after they receive complaints. (WSMV) School bus drivers across Middle Tennessee are still allowed to drive after they receive complaints. (WSMV)
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They’re responsible for the safe delivery of Metro Schools students every day, and a Channel 4 I-Team investigation found more than 2,000 transportation complaints have been made in just the last year.

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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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