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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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Sports Authority changing bill-paying policy after I-Team investigation

Artist's rendering of the proposed soccer stadium at the fairgrounds. (WSMV file) Artist's rendering of the proposed soccer stadium at the fairgrounds. (WSMV file)
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The Metro Sports Authority has changed its bill-paying policy after a News 4 I-Team investigation.

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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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Rep. Byrd not addressing specific allegations about sexual misconduct, watching former players shower Video included

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Rep. David Byrd is not addressing specific allegations about sexual misconduct, which includes watching his former players shower. Byrd only told the I-Team he would not be resigning.

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3 former players accuse Rep. David Byrd of sexual misconduct while they were teens Video included

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Three women are accusing Rep. David Byrd of sexual misconduct while they were teenagers on the high school basketball team he coached more than 30 years ago.

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Warning signs often blocked by privacy laws Video included

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Information that might prevent a tragedy is locked in a file room in the Davidson County courthouse.

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'Concerning' app found on Metro police phones Video included

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News 4 has learned some in Metro government have an app designed to destroy records installed on their phones.

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Lawmaker: DCS lied to foster family about violent teen’s past Video included

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Internal DCS records indicate the violent history of a teenager was not disclosed to a foster family who took him in.

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Drug court employee pleads guilty in embezzlement scheme with former judge Casey Moreland Video included

Nan Casey appeared in federal court Wednesday. (WSMV) Nan Casey appeared in federal court Wednesday. (WSMV)
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Nan Casey, the former drug court employee who admitted to stealing money from treatment clients, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday.

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Bill to stop paddling of disabled students clears first hurdle Video included

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A measure that would protect the most vulnerable students moved one step forward on Tuesday.

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Property owner's appeals impact Metro budget Video included

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Metro officials are worried about numbers that show Metro is taking in less property tax money than expected. It’s bad news for the budget.

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Metro official apologizes for spending $135K on stadium without permission Video included

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A Metro official apologized on Monday for spending $135,000 on the yet-to-be-approved MLS stadium project at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

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I-Team: For-profit company gets free office space in publicly-owned convention center Video included

The Music City Center opened in 2013. (WSMV) The Music City Center opened in 2013. (WSMV)
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A company that’s been the focus of a News 4 I-Team investigation into spending at the Fairgrounds is getting a sweet deal on downtown rent.  The I-Team has learned that Commonwealth Development Group, which is owned by a friend of Metro Chief Operating Officer Rich Riebeling, has free office space in Music City Center.

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I-Team: Sports Authority unaware its money was spent on soccer stadium design Video included

Artist's rendering of the proposed soccer stadium. (WSMV) Artist's rendering of the proposed soccer stadium. (WSMV)
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The News4 I-Team has learned that thousands of dollars spent designing a professional soccer stadium came out of an account at the Sports Authority – but its board and staff didn’t know it until the I-Team told them. 

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Emails show Barry asked staff to transfer photos from ex-bodyguard's phone Video included

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry (WSMV) Nashville Mayor Megan Barry (WSMV)
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Never-before-seen emails tell a story about Megan Barry’s final weeks in the mayor’s office, including one's instructing staffers to save photos on Sgt. Forrest's phone and recommending his daughter for a prestigious leadership program. 

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Fairgrounds consultant paid $511,000 in management fees Video included

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Questions the News4 I-Team raised about spending at the Fairgrounds are getting results. On Wednesday, the contractor in charge of the project, Larry Atema, told the Fair Board the funds will be “reclassified.” The I-Team’s Nancy Amons asked if that means the Fairgrounds gets its money back.

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Why Megan Barry's guilty plea could one day vanish Video included

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In three years, former Nashville mayor Megan Barry’s plea of guilty in court will be erased. Not from the public’s memory, but from the public record.

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Councilman questions use of Fairgrounds money for MLS projects at special meeting Video included

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News4 I-Team Reporter Nancy Amons is asking tough questions about money used to design the city's controversial new soccer stadium that was set aside for upgrades to the existing Fairgrounds 

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  • Embattled lawmaker Rep. Byrd tied to troubled juvenile detention facility

    Embattled lawmaker Rep. Byrd tied to troubled juvenile detention facility

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 8:11 PM EDT2018-04-12 00:11:50 GMT

    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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    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

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

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 6:06 PM EDT2018-04-10 22:06:33 GMT
    Tuesday, April 10 2018 7:41 PM EDT2018-04-10 23:41:33 GMT
    Gateway to Independence correctional facility in Nashville (WSMV)Gateway to Independence correctional facility in Nashville (WSMV)

    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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    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

    After rape, officer said her commander torpedoed trial

    Thursday, April 5 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-04-05 21:59:22 GMT
    Thursday, April 5 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-04-05 23:38:03 GMT
    Monica Black (Photo submitted)Monica Black (Photo submitted)

    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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    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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  • 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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  • Get out of the swamp: UT will not change its mascot to Shrek

    Get out of the swamp: UT will not change its mascot to Shrek

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:24 PM EDT2018-04-25 16:24:05 GMT

    The university put out a tweet saying if it got 500,000 retweets, the school would change its mascot to Shrek.

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    The university put out a tweet saying if it got 500,000 retweets, the school would change its mascot to Shrek.

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  • Media previews Cedar Points new ride 'Steel Vengeance'

    Media previews Cedar Points new ride 'Steel Vengeance'

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:57 AM EDT2018-04-25 11:57:43 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    Are any of you brave enough to try Cedar Point's newest record-breaking ride?

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    Are any of you brave enough to try Cedar Point's newest record-breaking ride?

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  • Hillsdale Co. police locate missing toddler

    Hillsdale Co. police locate missing toddler

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:41 AM EDT2018-04-25 11:41:52 GMT
    (Source: Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office Facebook)(Source: Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office Facebook)

    The Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office needs your help searching for a missing and endangered toddler. Deputies say Neytiri Raeyn Mulligan was last seen just before 7 p.m. Tuesday night with her dad John Mulligan. Neytiri was wearing a pull up and pink t-shirt with a heart and the word "love" on it.  John and Neytiri were seen traveling in a maroon older Pontiac or Saturn Sedan with an unknown license plate. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call ...

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    The Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office needs your help searching for a missing and endangered toddler. Deputies say Neytiri Raeyn Mulligan was last seen just before 7 p.m. Tuesday night with her dad John Mulligan. Neytiri was wearing a pull up and pink t-shirt with a heart and the word "love" on it.  John and Neytiri were seen traveling in a maroon older Pontiac or Saturn Sedan with an unknown license plate. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call ...

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