Where's Lee? (Dec. 9 - Dec. 15)

Keeping it close to home

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After some travel last week, Gov. Bill Lee is staying around Nashville this week (at least publicly). Given the almost nightly Christmas parties have started at the Governor’s Mansion (and, presumably those hosted by prominent GOP donors elsewhere in Nashville), I wouldn’t expect too much travel from Lee through the end of the year. Shockingly, he has not one but two media avails this week within easy reach of the Capitol Hill Press Corps after zero last week — a week in which he killed a blind man. Maybe he’s trying to butter them up before the (ostensibly) off-the-record holiday cocktail party?

In non-gubernatorial news, my first story for The New York Times was published last week, about a woman who has spent decades providing a safe home for others, even when she had to rely on governmental and non-profit funding to feed her children. Please read it, if you haven’t, and consider a donation to the Neediest Cases Fund or your local food bank, if you have the means to do so.

More stories coming later this week …


GOVERNOR LEE’S MEDIA SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER 9, 2019 – DECEMBER 15, 2019

Monday, December 9

No public events

Tuesday, December 10

Tennessee Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Embassy Suites Cool Springs

820 Crescent Centre Drive

Franklin, TN 37067

9:00 a.m. CST

MEDIA – Open, Photo only

Wednesday, December 11

Oak Cottage Groundbreaking Ceremony

126 W. Fowlkes Street

Franklin, TN 36064

9:25 a.m. CST

MEDIA – Open, Availability

Thursday, December 12

Tennessee Association of Recovery Court Professionals Annual Conference

Embassy Suites Cool Springs

820 Crescent Centre Drive

Franklin, TN 37067

11:20 a.m. CST

MEDIA – Open, Photo only

Lipscomb Life Program Graduation

Tennessee Prison for Women

3881 Stewarts Ln

Nashville, TN 37218

1:30 p.m. CST

MEDIA – Open, Photo only

Friday, December 13

Titans HQ Groundbreaking

St. Thomas Sports Park

460 Great Circle Road

Nashville, TN 37228

1:00 p.m. CST

MEDIA – Open, Availability  

Saturday, December 14

TN Highway Patrol Cadet Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Hermitage Hills Baptist Church

3475 Lebanon Pike

Hermitage, TN 37076

9:00 a.m. CST

MEDIA – Open, Photo only

Sunday, December 15

No public events


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