Former Finance Director in Tennessee Counters Embezzlement Claims, Alleges Corruption Among Nonprofit Leaders

NEWPORT, Tenn. — In response to allegations of embezzlement, the legal representative for the former finance director of the Cocke County Partnership has declared his client’s innocence, stating she is actively cooperating in a potential state investigation concerning other leaders within the organization. Instead of being implicated in wrongdoing, she is providing evidence to assist authorities, according to her lawyer. The controversy erupted last month when the nonprofit entity responsible for fostering economic development in Cocke County initiated legal action against its former finance director Sommer White, along with District 6 Post 1 County Commissioner … Read more

Tennessee Woman Wins $687,000 Settlement After Being Fired for Declining COVID-19 Vaccine on Religious Grounds

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A Tennessee woman was awarded nearly $700,000 in a settlement after a federal jury agreed that her termination from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) was unjust. The company had fired her for not adhering to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which she opposed due to her religious beliefs. Tanja Benton, a former biostatistical research scientist at BCBST, challenged her 2022 dismissal in federal court, asserting that her refusal to receive the vaccine was rooted in a sincere religious conviction. The jury awarded Benton more than $177,000 in lost wages, $10,000 for emotional distress, … Read more

Cheers to the Fourth: How Tennessee Celebrates with Spirits, Safety Measures, and Convenient Laws

Nashville, TN — As Americans gear up for the Fourth of July, festivities are set to include more than just fireworks and barbecues. Retailers expect a noteworthy spike in alcohol sales as millions celebrate Independence Day. In 2023, U.S. consumers spent a whopping $4.02 billion on alcoholic drinks during the month of July, with beers, ciders, and flavored malt beverages leading the charges, according to data compiled by Capital One Shopping Research. This surge includes significant expenditure on diverse alcoholic options; wine purchases reached $656 million while spirits like whiskey and vodka accounted for $900 … Read more

Tennessee Jury Awards $687K to Woman Terminated for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

Nashville, Tennessee — A Tennessee jury has awarded a woman nearly $700,000 after she was fired from her job due to her refusal to comply with her employer’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The verdict comes amid ongoing debates over workplace mandates and personal freedoms. Jean Marie Wilson, formerly an events manager at Ramsey Solutions, claimed she was wrongfully terminated after expressing religious objections to receiving the vaccine. The company, led by personal finance advisor Dave Ramsey, had implemented a vaccination requirement for its employees, citing health and operational reasons. The jury sided with Wilson, ruling that … Read more