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On Do Not Call Registry but your phone still rings? Here’s why. Video included

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A News4 I-Team investigation has found an industry built on selling personal phone numbers of certain demographics, that acknowledges in documents that what is sold likely contains numbers on the Do Not Call Registry.

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New plan released for Fairgrounds and Soccer Stadium Video included

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New maps released on Thursday show a 10-acre mixed-use development would be built adjacent to a proposed professional soccer stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

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Former mayor denies flood money went toward amphitheater Video included

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Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean denied that flood relief funds were used for Ascend Amphitheater during his administration, although documents obtained by the News4 I-Team show otherwise.

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Cannon County newspaper calls I-Team story ‘fake news’

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A headline in the Cannon Courier newspaper reports that a county attorney has responded to what the publication refers to as “Finley’s fake news.”

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Car thefts spike in North, Hermitage and West precincts Video included

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They’re neighborhoods known for affordable housing, rapid growth and new restaurants. They are also the places that have seen the highest spikes in car thefts, according to data provided by the Metro Nashville Police Department. 

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Feds didn't know flood money was going to amphitheater Video included

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The federal agency that sent Nashville flood relief money said they did not know that $7 million was going towards an amphitheater.

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Executive director of government agency terminated after I-Team reports Video included

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The executive director of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency was terminated after an independent attorney hired to investigate his actions made a presentation to the board.

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Mayors accused of pocketing taxpayer money Video included

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Three mayors who sit on the board for a government agency have been receiving and cashing reimbursement checks for mileage even though they are driving city vehicles with gas already paid for by their cities.

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Materials cause new homes to burn faster, leaving little time to escape Video included

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If your home catches fire, do you know how long you have to get out? A News4 I-Team investigation found a startling difference in how quickly a home can burn, depends on how old it is. 

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Council members question moving flood money to amphitheater Video included

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A lot of people are reacting with anger and frustration to the News4 I-Team investigation about flood victims’ money being used for Ascend Amphitheater.

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Money for flood recovery used for design of public facility Video included

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The News4 I-Team has discovered that more than $7 million designated to help in recovery efforts from the May 2010 floods was transferred to a fund to help develop a public facility in downtown Nashville.

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Governor signs bill banning corporal punishment for disabled students

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It is now illegal to paddle students with disabilities in Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam signed the bill into law on Thursday, nearly a year after a News 4 I-Team investigation first uncovered how often certain students receive corporal punishment.

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Family wrestles with baby, bedbugs in latest Aaron’s complaint Video included

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With a baby sleeping in the nursery across the hall, James Fried closely inspects the couches and recliners in his home in Lebanon, TN.

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Transit: ‘Will it Work’ in Nashville? Video included

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On May 1, Nashvillians go to the polls to decide the future of a $9 billion transit plan. It’s a bold plan Nashville leaders said looks 50 years in the future.

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Cops called when Metro Schools can’t find children on buses Video included

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A News4 I-Team investigation found parents so frantic that their children were hours late on Metro school buses that police were called to find them.

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State leaders do nothing in response to Rep. Byrd sexual misconduct allegations Video included

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A state representative accused of sexual misconduct will return to his district without having faced any action from his fellow legislators.

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911 call from accused murderer reveals Taylor Swift obsession Video included

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A 911 call, made almost a year before Sunday’s Waffle House Massacre, revealed a desperate Travis Reinking calling the police for help believing pop star Taylor Swift was stalking him.

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Suspect erased laptop hard drive weeks before Waffle House shooting Video included

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The man accused of opening fire on a Waffle House and killing four people cleared his laptop’s hard drive less than a month before the shooting, according to the owner of a local repair shop.

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Accused murderer’s grandmother: 'He's a sick boy' Video included

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The grandmother of Travis Reinking, charged in Sunday’s deadly Waffle House massacre, said the man the nation has seen is not the grandson she knows.

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MNPS promises changes after I-Team investigation exposes shortage of paraprofessionals Video included

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Five months after the News 4 I-Team exposed a shortage of paraprofessionals in Metro Schools there are still dozens of vacancies.

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Bill to ban corporal punishment for disabled students headed to governor Video included

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A measure that would ban corporal punishment for students with disabilities is one step closer to becoming law. The bill passed the Tennessee Senate in a 28-0 vote on Tuesday, clearing its final legislative hurdle before heading to the governor’s desk. The legislation was prompted by a News 4 I-Team investigation that found students with disabilities at 60 Midstate schools received corporal punishment at a higher rate than their peers without disabilities. 

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House Democrats refuse to support Byrd resolution amid sexual misconduct allegations

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More than 20 House Democrats sent a strong message to a state lawmaker facing accusations of sexual misconduct from several decades ago by refusing to vote for one of his resolutions. Last month three women accused Rep. David Byrd of initiating sexual contact with them while playing on his high school basketball team three decades ago.

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Embattled lawmaker Rep. Byrd tied to troubled juvenile detention facility Video included

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Even before three women accused Rep. David Byrd last month of initiating sexual contact with them while they were teenagers, the state lawmaker faced questions about his role as a shareholder in the Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center in Columbia. 

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I-Team: Public not aware of additional escape from DCS facility Video included

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While cameras from TV helicopters captured the arrest of an escaped young offender following a riot Monday at a DCS facility, the News 4 I-Team has uncovered that the public didn’t know of another escape that ended in a dangerous crime.

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After rape, officer said her commander torpedoed trial Video included

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A Metro Police officer, who said she was raped by a fellow officer, claims her former precinct commander interfered with the trial.

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Gov. Haslam: "Let voters decide" fate of Rep. Byrd Video included

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Gov. Bill Haslam would not comment on whether he thinks Rep. David Byrd should resign in light of sexual misconduct allegations, saying the lawmaker’s fate should be left up to the voters. Last week three women claimed Byrd, R-Waynesboro, initiated sexual contact with them while they were teens on his basketball team more than 30 years ago at Wayne County High School. 

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Franklin author accused of sexual abuse denies allegations Video included

Robert D. Smith is accused of molesting a child. (WSMV) Robert D. Smith is accused of molesting a child. (WSMV)
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A Franklin man who has helped launch three best-selling books is in the midst of a disturbing chapter in his own life. He's being accused of molesting a child and is now suing his accuser. 

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House GOP majority leader does not think Rep. David Byrd should resign

State Rep. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro (Photo: Tennessee General Assembly) State Rep. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro (Photo: Tennessee General Assembly)
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One of the highest-ranking Republican leaders in Tennessee said he does not think Rep. David Byrd should resign in light of sexual misconduct allegations.

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Two contenders to challenge Rep. Byrd for House seat Video included

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A lawmaker at the heart of a News 4 I-Team investigation will have some competition for his seat this year. Two people tell the I-Team they plan to run for the seat currently held by Rep. David Byrd, R- Waynesboro.

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Republican leaders divided over Byrd misconduct allegations Video included

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A divided Republican leadership is at odds over what to do about accusations against Rep. David Byrd.

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  • New plan released for Fairgrounds and Soccer Stadium

    New plan released for Fairgrounds and Soccer Stadium

    Thursday, May 17 2018 5:40 PM EDT2018-05-17 21:40:30 GMT
    Thursday, May 17 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-05-17 21:57:56 GMT

    New maps released on Thursday show a 10-acre mixed-use development would be built adjacent to a proposed professional soccer stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

    New maps released on Thursday show a 10-acre mixed-use development would be built adjacent to a proposed professional soccer stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

  • Former mayor denies flood money went toward amphitheater

    Former mayor denies flood money went toward amphitheater

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-05-16 22:17:17 GMT
    Wednesday, May 16 2018 8:38 PM EDT2018-05-17 00:38:23 GMT

    Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean denied that flood relief funds were used for Ascend Amphitheater during his administration, although documents obtained by the News4 I-Team show otherwise.

    Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean denied that flood relief funds were used for Ascend Amphitheater during his administration, although documents obtained by the News4 I-Team show otherwise.

  • Cannon County newspaper calls I-Team story ‘fake news’

    Cannon County newspaper calls I-Team story ‘fake news’

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-05-16 21:58:18 GMT
    Wednesday, May 16 2018 7:03 PM EDT2018-05-16 23:03:52 GMT
    A Cannon Courier article referring to an News4 I-Team investigation as "fake news."A Cannon Courier article referring to an News4 I-Team investigation as "fake news."

    A headline in the Cannon Courier newspaper reports that a county attorney has responded to what the publication refers to as “Finley’s fake news.”

    A headline in the Cannon Courier newspaper reports that a county attorney has responded to what the publication refers to as “Finley’s fake news.”

  • Tracking Taxpayers' DollarsMore>>

  • New plan released for Fairgrounds and Soccer Stadium

    New plan released for Fairgrounds and Soccer Stadium

    Thursday, May 17 2018 5:40 PM EDT2018-05-17 21:40:30 GMT
    Thursday, May 17 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-05-17 21:57:56 GMT

    New maps released on Thursday show a 10-acre mixed-use development would be built adjacent to a proposed professional soccer stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

    New maps released on Thursday show a 10-acre mixed-use development would be built adjacent to a proposed professional soccer stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

  • Former mayor denies flood money went toward amphitheater

    Former mayor denies flood money went toward amphitheater

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-05-16 22:17:17 GMT
    Wednesday, May 16 2018 8:38 PM EDT2018-05-17 00:38:23 GMT

    Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean denied that flood relief funds were used for Ascend Amphitheater during his administration, although documents obtained by the News4 I-Team show otherwise.

    Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean denied that flood relief funds were used for Ascend Amphitheater during his administration, although documents obtained by the News4 I-Team show otherwise.

  • Cannon County newspaper calls I-Team story ‘fake news’

    Cannon County newspaper calls I-Team story ‘fake news’

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-05-16 21:58:18 GMT
    Wednesday, May 16 2018 7:03 PM EDT2018-05-16 23:03:52 GMT
    A Cannon Courier article referring to an News4 I-Team investigation as "fake news."A Cannon Courier article referring to an News4 I-Team investigation as "fake news."

    A headline in the Cannon Courier newspaper reports that a county attorney has responded to what the publication refers to as “Finley’s fake news.”

    A headline in the Cannon Courier newspaper reports that a county attorney has responded to what the publication refers to as “Finley’s fake news.”

  • About The I-TeamAbout The I-TeamMore>>

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Lindsay Bramson

    Lindsay Bramson

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

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

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  • On Do Not Call Registry but your phone still rings? Here’s why.

    On Do Not Call Registry but your phone still rings? Here’s why.

    Thursday, May 17 2018 4:01 PM EDT2018-05-17 20:01:04 GMT
    Thursday, May 17 2018 8:13 PM EDT2018-05-18 00:13:17 GMT

    A News4 I-Team investigation has found an industry built on selling personal phone numbers of certain demographics, that acknowledges in documents that what is sold likely contains numbers on the Do Not Call Registry.

    A News4 I-Team investigation has found an industry built on selling personal phone numbers of certain demographics, that acknowledges in documents that what is sold likely contains numbers on the Do Not Call Registry.

  • Executive director of government agency terminated after I-Team reports

    Executive director of government agency terminated after I-Team reports

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 6:37 PM EDT2018-05-09 22:37:56 GMT
    Wednesday, May 9 2018 7:00 PM EDT2018-05-09 23:00:21 GMT
    Luke Collins sits at the UCHRA Board meeting on Feb. 20, 2018. The UCHRA Board voted to place Collins on administrative leave with pay at the meeting. He was terminated at a meeting held on May 9, 2018. (WSMV)Luke Collins sits at the UCHRA Board meeting on Feb. 20, 2018. The UCHRA Board voted to place Collins on administrative leave with pay at the meeting. He was terminated at a meeting held on May 9, 2018. (WSMV)

    The executive director of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency was terminated after an independent attorney hired to investigate his actions made a presentation to the board.

    The executive director of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency was terminated after an independent attorney hired to investigate his actions made a presentation to the board.

  • Mayors accused of pocketing taxpayer money

    Mayors accused of pocketing taxpayer money

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 7:15 PM EDT2018-05-08 23:15:05 GMT

    Three mayors who sit on the board for a government agency have been receiving and cashing reimbursement checks for mileage even though they are driving city vehicles with gas already paid for by their cities.

    Three mayors who sit on the board for a government agency have been receiving and cashing reimbursement checks for mileage even though they are driving city vehicles with gas already paid for by their cities.

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