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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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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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Park Volunteer Rescued from Great Smoky Mountain National Park

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A volunteer with the National Park Service ended up spending the night in Great Smoky Mountain National Park after he became injured from falling off a horse.

The 68-year-old was working with backcountry horsemen on Saturday to pack out equipment used by the Rocky Top Appalachian Trail Crew when he fell off the horse, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Due to the risks involved with a rescue at night, members of the park's search and rescue team hiked up the trail with equipment to shelter in place until help could arrive.

Heavy fog on Sunday morning delayed the THP aviation's unit noon, when the rescue crew was able to locate the victim and hoist him from the scene without incident.

The 68-year-old was airlifted to Sevierville Airport, and transported by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Planning Sobriety, Seat Belt Checks for Halloween

 (NASHVILLE, Tenn) -- As Halloween approaches, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is urging all motorists to drive cautiously, and not to drink and drive.

Authorities are planning sobriety and seat belt checkpoints, as well as bar and tavern checks throughout this upcoming weekend.

“We have planned for increased patrols and will conduct a variety of enforcement plans to help ensure a safe Halloween for citizens across the state,” THP Col. Tracy Trott said in a statement.  “Drunk or distracted driving will not be tolerated and state troopers will aggressively seek out violators. The failure to wear seat belts is also unacceptable, it’s the law.”    

Four people were killed last year in traffic crashes statewide between midnight on October 31, through 11:59 p.m. on November 1, compared to three traffic deaths during the same period in 2012.

Three of the four vehicular fatalities during last year’s Halloween period were unrestrained vehicle occupants and one traffic death was alcohol-related.

Last year, state troopers issued 240 speeding citations and arrested 51 individuals on suspicion of drunk driving statewide on Halloween.

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Eighteen-Year-Old Killed in Fiery Car Crash 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- An 18-year-old was killed in a fiery car crash on I-40 in Nashville Friday night.

According to the Nashville Police Department, Joseph Garcia's car reportedly broke down, leaving him in a stopped car in a lane of traffic. The car was then hit by a tractor-trailer. The car to burst into flames, killing Garcia.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation. The police department says "there was no indication of alcohol or drug involvement at the scene."

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