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TN Highway Patrol Urges Motorists to Watch Out for Deer 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is asking motorists to exercise caution on state roads as deer-mating and hunting season begins.

“The fall season is the most active time of year for deer-related crashes. We want to remind drivers to watch out for deer on or around the roadways, especially at dawn or after sunset,” Col. Tracy Trott said in a statement Monday.

State officials recommend motorists be attentive and drive defensively, constantly scanning the roadside at daybreak and dusk. Experts say as one deer crosses the road, more are expected to follow. Drivers are also discouraged from swerving to avoid contact with the animals as the car could flip or crash into oncoming traffic.

Drivers are encouraged to dial *847 (*THP) for assistance in the event of deer incident.

In 2013, two people were killed in traffic collisions involving deer. Officials also reported 6,135 deer-related crashes last year, a 3.2 percent increase from 2012.

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Man in Custody Minutes After Bank Robbery 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A man was taken into custody less than 15 minutes after he reportedly robbed a bank in Nashville.

The Nashville Police Department reports that Raymond Penn Jr. allegedly gave a demand note to a teller at a bank Thursday afternoon. The teller complied and Penn fled.

A few minutes later, a police officer spotted a man who matched the description of the bank robber. The man, identified as Penn, was taken into custody.

Penn will face a federal bank robbery charge.

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Two Men At-Large After Armed Robbery at Wendy's 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Authorities are searching for two men who robbed a Wendy's in Nashville on October 10.

The Nashville Police Department says both men jumped over the counter at the restaurant. One robber forced the cashier to open the register while the other suspect, who was armed, made the manager go into the office.

According to police, the suspect who stayed with the clerk is described as a black man standing at 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds. The second suspect is described as a black man with dreads who stands at 5 feet 8 inches tall and and weighs 180 pounds.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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TSU Student Wanted for Robbing Convenience Stores Surrenders

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A TSU student who was wanted for robbing convenience stores around Nashville surrendered to police on Tuesday.

Authorities searched the dorm room of the suspect, 19-year-old Cameron Morton, last Friday, but couldn't find him. The Nashville Police Department reports that he had allegedly gone home to Memphis before returning to Nashville.

Morton has been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of attempted aggravated robbery. Police say more charges are expected.

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State Agencies Host Events for Disability Employment Awareness Month 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- State agencies will host events in October in observance of Disability Employment Awareness month, officials announced Tuesday.

"Expect. Employ. Empower." is the theme of this year's national campaign. The state will offer career exploration programs, mentoring days, and employment open houses, among other events throughout October.

Gov. Bill Haslam designated October as the awareness month to "recognize the strengths, skills, and capabilities of people with disabilities."

“We are very excited about the contributions Tennesseans living with disabilities are making to the workforce and appreciate their perseverance," said Department of Human Services Commissioner Raquel Hatter. “Through the workforce development provided by DHS and hard work of partners and employers, we can all make a lasting impact in their lives.”

Visit the state website for more information.

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