Anita Wadhwani, The Tennessean

Anita Wadhwani

The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Anita:

Safer at home? Coronavirus leads to concerns for domestic violence victims

The orders say 'safer at home' but domestic violence victims may be safer outside of the home. Here are some resources in Middle Tennessee. → Read More

An army of Nashville school employees work to keep students fed

Metro Nashville Public Schools bus drivers and cafeteria staff are volunteering to keep students fed during the coronavirus-related closures. → Read More

In locked-down Tennessee nursing homes, no more visitors and a search for protective gear

Tennessee nursing homes have instituted strict lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19 → Read More

Still reeling from deadly tornadoes, Putnam County now grapples with COVID-19

Nearly three weeks after tornadoes tore through Putnam County, killing 19 people, residents are now contending with the widening pandemic. → Read More

Got questions about COVID-19? Please hold.

Health officials have advised anyone who is worried they are sick who couldn't get through to the hotline to call their health care provider. → Read More

In Tennessee's overcrowded rural jails, a patchwork of responses to the COVID-19 crisis

In Tennessee's rural counties, sheriffs and jail administrators are creating their own makeshift responses to the coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

Tennessee prisons suspend visitation, volunteers until further notice

All visits to Tennessee prisons have been suspended until further notice, a statement released by the Department of Correction on Thursday said. → Read More

Survival and sorrow: A week after the deadly tornadoes, a community grapples with grief and the path forward

Cookeville residents are asking themselves what's next after tornadoes flattened homes and killed neighbors last week. → Read More

With the search for victims at an end, tornado-ravaged Putnam County turns to the healing process

As recovery efforts in Putnam County shifted to healing, the scale of the worst natural disaster in the county's history became apparent. → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee: Storm death toll likely to rise. Many unaccounted for; scores injured

Speaking somberly at a morning press conference, Gov. Bill Lee cautioned the news may only get worse after a deadly overnight storms hit Nashville, Middle Tennessee. → Read More

Here's what's closed or delayed after tornado devastates Nashville, Middle Tennessee

A deadly tornado tore through Nashville and Tennessee on Tuesday morning. Here's a list of what is closed and what's delayed. → Read More

Tennessee TANF surplus: Department of Human Services fails to release public records

For three months, The Tennessean has sought communications between DHS officials about the state's $732 million TANF surplus. → Read More

Police investigating cabin company that took some customers' life savings before declaring bankruptcy

Riverwood Cabins took in more than $4 million in customer deposits for prefabricated cabins, before it declared bankruptcy on Monday. → Read More

Tennessee TANF: $221 million in state funds used in place of available federal TANF funding

Tennessee spent $221 million more in state funding than necessary on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program since 2013 — rather than using available federal funding → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee announces new fetal heartbeat bill, comprehensive abortion restriction legislation

The announcement comes after the Senate failed to pass a heartbeat bill last year. → Read More

John Cooper, other mayors press governor, lawmakers to release child care funding

John Cooper is among the mayors pushing the governor and state lawmakers to intervene before the state loses millions in federal child care funding. → Read More

Fresh questions emerge about $732M TANF surplus at lawmaker hearing

Wednesday's hearing marked the third time since The Tennessean reported that DHS left $732 million unspent in funding intended to help low-income parents get back to work. → Read More

Barefoot attacker strikes man in the face, head with glass bottle outside downtown bar

The attack happened just before midnight on Thursday outside Big Machine Store & Distillery on Third Avenue a block from Broadway → Read More

Mom arrested after overdosing, crashing with baby in the back seat

Officers responded to a crash on Dickerson Pike. They found a mother overdosed behind the wheel. Her baby was in the back seat. → Read More

2019 among the deadliest year in decades for US mass killings

There were 41 mass killings in 2019, the most in any year since the 1970s. Altogether 211 people lost their lives. → Read More