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Monday, a group of hard working East Tennesseans got some well-deserved thank yous.

A banquet recognized dozens of nurses from across the area who've shown outstanding care and dedication to the profession. Each nurse represented the hospital or clinic where they work.

The annual banquet is part of National Nurses Week, which kicks off Tuesday.

The celebration runs through May 12th each year, which is Florence Nightingale's birthday. She's recognized as the founder of modern nursing.

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