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Former Nurse Charged with Reckless Endangerment

Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A former Fentress County nurse, who performed medical procedures without the direction of a license physician, has been indicted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

A grand jury indicted James Cory Taylor, 36, of Jamestown with reckless endangerment, unlawful dispersing of a legend drug, and unlawful practice of medicine and theft under $500.

TBI agents say the investigation into Taylor began in May after a person reported that Taylor gave them prescription medication at his home and an intravenous drip without their permission.

Authorities discovered that the items were stolen by Taylor from Jamestown Regional Medical Center where he worked.

Taylor was arrested Thursday at his home, and booked into the Fentress County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

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Authorities Search for Man Who Robbed Little Caesars 

Knox County Sheriff's Office(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Authorities are asking for help in locating the man who robbed a Little Caesars in Knoxville on September 11.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says that 39-year-old Joshua Branum entered the restaurant on the 7000 block of Maynardville Highway just before 10 p.m. and robbed the business with a black handgun. He then fled the store on foot with and undetermined amount of cash.

The sheriff’s office says his last known address is on Tell Mynatt Road in Powell.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the KCSO Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243 or the FBI at (865) 544-0751.

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Tennessee Among States No Longer Installing Controversial Guardrail

(NEW YORK) -- Tennessee is among dozens of states that are suspending further installation of a controversial guardrail system used on roads around the country, following what critics said was a cover-up of a dangerous change in the guardrail’s design made nearly a decade ago.

A flood of states have announced suspension of new installation of the ET-Plus guardrail after a Texas jury found earlier this month that the guardrail maker, Trinity Industries, had defrauded the government by making modifications in 2005 and failing to tell federal or state transportation officials at the time.

Some of the other states no longer installing the ET-Plus system are Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia and Trinity’s home state of Texas.

The ET-Plus System was the subject of an ABC News 20/20 investigation in September that looked into allegations from crash victims that the modified guardrail can malfunction when struck from the front by their vehicles.

Trinity has maintained the guardrails are safe, noting that the Federal Highway Administration approved the modified guardrail for use after questions about the modifications were raised in 2012. The company plans to appeal the Texas verdict.

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Knoxville to Celebrate America Recycles Day with Events Downtown

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- The city of Knoxville's Solid Waste Office is once again helping to sponsor America Recycles Day on Saturday.

Residents view and learning about recycling options from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Market Street in downtown Knoxville, across from the East Tennessee History Center.
Old or unwanted documents will be confidentially shredded and recycled by Goodwill.

There will also be an unwanted, unused medication collection area sponsored by the Knoxville Police Department where residents can turn in unwanted and outdated prescriptions.

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Nation's First Traffic Management Training Facility Now in Tennessee

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tennessee is now home to the first-of-its-kind training facility in the country that focuses on handling major highway incidents.

The Tennessee Traffic Incident Management Training Facility features a section of interstate-like roadway, a two-way interchange, as well as a section of two-lane highway and a full four-way intersection.  

The facility, to be used by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, will be used to simulate a variety of crashes, and allow emergency responders to train on appropriate responses.

"We know the longer roadways remain closed due to major traffic incidents, the danger of secondary crashes increases dramatically," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer in a statement. "Improving emergency response will decrease the risk of secondary crashes, overall congestion, and keep our highways safer for all motorists."

TDOT applied for and received federal Highway Safety Improvement Project funds, which will cover 90% of the $912,025.05 cost to build the facility.

The training site is located on land adjacent to the Tennessee Highway Patrol's training center off Stewarts Ferry Pike in Nashville.

The facility is dedicated to TDOT and THP first responders who have been killed in the line of duty.

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