No. 10: Where's Lee? (July 15 - 21)

Giving money to Gibson Guitars maybe?

Although he probably wishes he could hide out on the farm all week after news of his required annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Day proclamation went viral for some reason to the point that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) even weighed in against it, Gov. Bill Lee is back on the road in East Tennessee this week.

(A reminder, for those of you who might be new to the state: GOP Gov. Bill Haslam signed the same Forrest proclamation for eight years, as did Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen. As did presumably all their predecessors. But Cruz is right — it’s long past time to change the law. And it’s way past time to remove that stupid bust, which after all, was only installed in 1978.)

The most intriguing item on Lee’s schedule, however, is a Wednesday announcement at the Gibson Guitar Factory in Nashville. As you might recall, Gibson filed for bankruptcy in 2018 and has since reorganized under a former Levi’s president, closing its Memphis factory. My educated guess is that an economics incentive announcement is coming, but maybe I’m wrong and Lee will instead announce that Gibson is donating guitars to every school in Tennessee as part of a new music education initiative. Which would be a much better idea.

In any case, there’s a nice scoop coming Monday. And if you’re forwarding this newsletter to your friends, please encourage them to also sign up themselves!


GOVERNOR LEE’S MEDIA SCHEDULE FOR JULY 15, 2019 – JULY 21, 2019

Monday, July 15

No public events

Tuesday, July 16 

Unicoi County Event with Sen. Rusty Crowe and Rep. John Holsclaw Jr. 

Unicoi Welcome Center

106 Village Pl

Unicoi, TN 37692

11:00 a.m. EDT

MEDIA – Open, Availability

ETSU Announcement

ETSU Quillen College of Medicine

Veterans Affairs Campus, Stanton-Gerber Hall Mezzanine

Building 178, Maple Ave.

Mountain Home, TN 37684

2:00 p.m. EDT

MEDIA – Open, Availability

Johnson County Event with Sen. Jon Lundberg and Rep. Timothy Hill

Johnson County Welcome Center

716 South Shady Street

Mountain City, TN 37683

3:30 p.m. EDT

MEDIA – Open, Availability

Wednesday, July 17

Grainger County Event with Sen. Frank Nicely and Rep. Jerry Sexton

Grainger County Justice Center

270 Justice Center Drive

Rutledge, TN 37861

9:00 a.m. EDT

MEDIA – Open, Availability

Claiborne County Event with Sen. Frank Nicely and Rep. Jerry Sexton

Claiborne County Courthouse

1740 Main Street

Tazewell, TN 37879

11:00 a.m. EDT

MEDIA – Open, Availability

Gibson USA Factory Announcement

641 Massman Drive

Nashville, TN 37210

2:00 p.m. CDT

MEDIA – Open, Availability

Thursday, July 18

No public events

Friday, July 19

Judge Carma McGee Investiture Ceremony

Hardin County High School Auditorium

1170 Pickwick Street

Savannah, TN 38372

2:00 p.m. CDT

MEDIA – Open, Availability

Saturday, July 20

No public events

Sunday, June 21

No public events


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