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Ex-judge Moreland’s federal trial postponed Video included

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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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Lawmaker calls to ban corporal punishment for students with special needs Video included

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A state lawmaker has vowed to file legislation that would ban the use of corporal punishment against students with special needs following an investigation by the Channel 4 I-Team. 

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Students with disabilities punished at higher rate at 60 Middle Tennessee schools Video included

Christy Smith said her daughter was bruised after being paddled. (WSMV) Christy Smith said her daughter was bruised after being paddled. (WSMV)
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A Channel 4 I-Team investigation has found that at 60 schools in Middle Tennessee, students with disabilities received corporal punishment at a higher rate than their peers without disabilities.

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Lead violations found in most TOSHA inspections of gun ranges Video included

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TOSHA inspectors found lead violations in the majority of gun range inspections since 2012, a Channel 4 I-Team review of state records uncovered. 

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Family questions attorney's ties to bail bonding company Video included

Attorney Bryan Lewis (WSMV file photo) Attorney Bryan Lewis (WSMV file photo)
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James Bratten is no choir boy. He was arrested on a felony drug charge in December 2014. What happened after that has Bratten's family and friends raising questions about a bonding company, its relationship to a well-known Nashville attorney, and what happened when the district attorney's office was asked to investigate.

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Brother of attorney with ties to Casey Moreland speaks out Video included

Brad Lewis is the brother of attorney Bryan Lewis. (WSMV) Brad Lewis is the brother of attorney Bryan Lewis. (WSMV)
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Brad Lewis' tattoos paint a portrait of a pretty rough character. But he said his older brother, who has been in the news a lot lately - prominent Nashville attorney Bryan Lewis - is even rougher.

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

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

Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo) Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo)
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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

Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo) Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo)
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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

Lucas Frawley, L, and Desiree Moss (WSMV file photo) Lucas Frawley, L, and Desiree Moss (WSMV file photo)
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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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  • 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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  • Former Metro councilman withdraws as candidate for Moreland's seat

    Former Metro councilman withdraws as candidate for Moreland's seat

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 1:16 PM EDT2017-05-16 17:16:13 GMT
    Tuesday, May 16 2017 1:16 PM EDT2017-05-16 17:16:13 GMT

    Former Metro councilman Adam Dread has withdrawn his name as a candidate to fill the position vacated by former General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland.

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    Former Metro councilman Adam Dread has withdrawn his name as a candidate to fill the position vacated by former General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland.

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  • Trial date set for former Davidson County Judge Casey Moreland

    Trial date set for former Davidson County Judge Casey Moreland

    Friday, May 12 2017 1:54 PM EDT2017-05-12 17:54:09 GMT
    Friday, May 12 2017 1:54 PM EDT2017-05-12 17:54:09 GMT
    Casey Moreland was arrested in March. (Source: Metro Nashville PD)Casey Moreland was arrested in March. (Source: Metro Nashville PD)

    A trial date has been set for former Judge Casey Moreland. These charges have to do with the alleged plot to set up his former lover on fake drug charges and offer her money to say she lied about their sexual relationship.

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    A trial date has been set for former Judge Casey Moreland. These charges have to do with the alleged plot to set up his former lover on fake drug charges and offer her money to say she lied about their sexual relationship.

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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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