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Shipley to chair legislative health governing panel while under TBI probe about role in nursing licenses

October 24th, 2011 10:20 am by Tom Humphrey

NASHVILLE — State Rep. Tony Shipley, who is under investigation in a case that questions his dealings with the state Board of Nursing, has been named chairman of a legislative committee that has oversight of all such health-related boards.

Shipley, R-Kingsport, said he views the appointment as a display of confidence in his integrity and innocence by legislative leaders. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation should now publicly state that the probe has turned up no wrongdoing by either him or Rep. Dale Ford, R-Jonesborough, who is also under investigation.

"There's nothing there and I believe they know that," said Shipley last week. "It's not Shipley that's stinking. It's other things that are stinking now."

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