NASHVILLE TELEVISION STATION TO AIR SERIES ON INFAMOUS PRIVATE TENNESSEE PRISONS
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 17, 2017) — As word has already spread prior to a special report to be issued on Monday, The Post & Email can confirm that WSMV-Channel 4 in Nashville will be broadcasting a four-part series focusing on the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC) in Hartsville, TN, a privately-run prison which has been open for approximately 18 months.
Trousdale and three others in Tennessee, including South Central Correctional Facility (SCCF) in Clifton, are owned and operated by CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).
CoreCivic states its mission as to “Better the Public Good.”
On Thursday, The Post & Email received a message from seasoned WSMV anchor Demetria Kalodimos informing us that the much-anticipated series is to begin on Monday and run through Thursday night. “A 4 part investigation begins Monday June 19-22 both at 6 and ten,” Kalodimos wrote, the subject of which was stated as “Core Civic, Trousdale and South Central.”
According to her biography, Kalodimos is the longest-serving evening news anchor at the channel and experienced an unusual path leading to journalism. Her considerable awards in the field are listed as “15 Emmys, two National Headliner Awards, two Investigative Reporters and Editors National Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting and two national citations from American Women in Radio and Television. In 1996, she was chosen Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster of the Year.”
We had previously heard from Kalodimos on May 23 with word that the investigative series was in preparation. Of the upcoming broadcasts, she told us exclusively:
This investigation has taken more than 9 months to bring to air. Core Civic has been difficult to deal with at every turn. We have never been allowed to walk onto the property and have waited for many months just to receive public records and/or confirmation on the many complaints we have received. We are still waiting for answers to many of our questions. Inside sources, our viewers and inmate families have kept us informed, and for that we are appreciative. Please continue to let us know what is happening at Tennessee’s Secret Prison.
On Saturday evening, a TTCC insider told us, “CoreCivic is in damage control. They’re calling Channel 4 trying to stop this from happening. They’re playing a promo locally on TV. The guys in Trousdale have seen it and are very excited.”