TBI Chief Mum on Trigger to Ford-Shipley Probe

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn won’t disclose details concerning what sparked a TBI investigation into allegations of legislative misconduct by state Reps. Tony Shipley and Dale Ford, reports the Kingsport Times-News.
The TBI probe focused on whether the two upstate GOP lawmakers illegally pressured the Tennessee Board of Nursing to reinstate three nurse practitioners suspended from practicing in March 2010. The nursing board took emergency action against the three nurses, who were accused of over-prescribing medications at the now-defunct Appalachian Medical Center in Johnson City. Last month, Davidson County District Attorney General Torry Johnson decided there was no evidence the lawmakers’ actions could sustain criminal charges.
During a recent meeting with members of the Times-News Editorial Board, Gwyn was asked what piece of information triggered the TBI probe and where it came from.
“I cannot comment on that. … To comment on any of it would just not be proper right now,” Gwyn responded during a meeting to tout a public safety action plan put together by Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration
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