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Operation Rocky Top: How a 1980s illegal bingo scheme led to suicides, indictments and major reforms in Tennessee politics

'Tennessee’s losing gamble': Operation Rocky Top and the bingo scandal that changed the state

One of Tennessee's biggest political scandals had it all: suicides, indictments, bribes and illegal gambling. This is Operation Rocky Top. This one's for subscribers.

One of Tennessee's biggest political scandals had it all: suicides, indictments, bribes and illegal gambling. This is Operation Rocky Top.

Operation Rocky Top: How a 1980s illegal bingo scheme led to suicides, indictments and major reforms in Tennessee politics

Operation Rocky Top: How a 1980s illegal bingo scheme led to suicides, indictments and major reforms in Tennessee politics

Grand Divisions: Operation Rocky Top - A historic look at one of Tennessee's biggest corruption scandals

Grand Divisions: Operation Rocky Top - A historic look at one of Tennessee's biggest corruption scandals

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In the 1980s, investigators wired up a lawmaker & had an undercover agent infiltrate the Tennessee legislature. On Tuesday, tune into @granddivisions3  to revisit Operation Rocky Top, as told by @ltgovmcnally , former Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, reporter @NC5PhilWilliams  & others.

In the 1980s, investigators wired up a lawmaker & had an undercover agent infiltrate the Tennessee legislature. On Tuesday, tune into @granddivisions3  to revisit Operation Rocky Top, as told by @ltgovmcnally , former Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, reporter @NC5PhilWilliams  & others

In the 1980s, @ltgovmcnally  met with a bingo lobbyist who gave him $300. In return, he called the FBI and agreed to wear a wire as part of one of the most notorious corruption scandals in Tennessee history. Tune in on 10/22 as @granddivisions3  explores Operation Rocky Top.

Hit lists. Suicides. An undercover agent. Secret recordings. Bribes. Bags of cash. This is the story of Operation Rocky Top, the late 1980s corruption investigation into charitable bingo that sent lawmakers, lobbyists and dozens of others to prison.

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