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Haslam Kicks Off Week-Long Inaugural Celebration

Press Release from Gov.-elect Bill Haslam; Jan. 10, 2011:

Statewide Tour Features Community Events, Nashville Concert and Inauguration of 49thGovernor

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Governor-Elect Bill Haslam today began a series of regional celebratory events in cities across the state leading up to an inauguration weekend in Nashville when Haslam becomes Tennessee’s 49th governor.

The Haslam Inaugural theme, “Tennesseans – Working Together, Moving Forward,” reflects the bipartisan and community-based inaugural celebrations that will take place this week and indicates the inclusive style of leadership Haslam will emphasize to stimulate job creation, education reform and effective and efficient state government.”

“Traveling across Tennessee the past couple of years in the campaign I was reminded every day that Tennesseans possess a special spirit and character,” said Haslam.  “We work together in difficult times, always with optimism and towards a better future.  ‘Working together, moving forward,’ is how my administration will work and how together we will achieve a better future for Tennesseans.”

This news release provides the schedule for the statewide inaugural tour and weekend activities in Nashville beginning Friday evening with a benefit concert featuring Sara Evans, Diamond Rio and Bo Bice.

The Inaugural Ceremony begins Saturday at 11 a.m. (CST) at Legislative Plaza.  Press interested in gaining credentials for the ceremony and access to the press platform should contact Andrew Chironna at (615) 690-8668 or via e-mail at AChironna@billhaslam.com.

Weekend Inaugural Activities

Friday, January 14

8 p.m. – “All Together Now,” a benefit concert featuring Sara Evans, Diamond Rio and Bo Bice, at Nashville Municipal Auditorium. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to TN Achieves, a scholarship initiative benefitting community college students.  Tickets are $10 and available on-line at www.billhaslam.net, www.ticketmaster.com, or at the Municipal Auditorium box office.

Saturday, January 15

8:30 a.m. – Inaugural Prayer Service at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, 116 5th Avenue North. For the first time in Tennessee history, this inaugural event is made open to the public.  This event requires media credentials; please contact Andrew Chironna at (615) 690-8668 or via e-mail at AChironna@billhaslam.com.

11:00 a.m. – Inaugural Ceremony, Legislative Plaza, the corner of 7th Avenue North and Union Avenue.

12:45 p.m. – Inaugural Parade, beginning on Fourth Avenue North at Nashville Municipal Auditorium.  Primary parade viewing will be on Union Avenue, between Fourth and Sixth Avenue North around Legislative Plaza.  The Governor’s review stand will be located at Sixth Avenue North at Deaderick Street.  The parade features high school and college marching bands as well as service organizations from across Tennessee.

6:30 p.m. – First Couple’s Celebration at Opryland Hotel, in the Delta Ballroom. The dinner and dance features Lorrie Morgan and the Pat Patrick Band. Tickets are $250 and available on-line at www.billhaslam.net.

8 p.m. – Inaugural Ball at Opryland Hotel, in the Delta Atrium. The inaugural celebration features Memphis entertainers Jason D. Williams and The Soul Shockers.  Tickets are $50 and available on-line at www.billhaslam.net.

Sunday, January 16

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – An open house at the Executive Residence for East and West Tennesseans.

Sunday, January 23

Noon – 3 p.m.  – An open house at the Executive Residence for Middle Tennesseans.

Free shuttle service is available at three locations on Franklin Avenue – Father Ryan High School, Franklin Road Academy and First Presbyterian Church. On both dates, parking will not be available at the residence.

January 10-14, Statewide Celebrations

• Tri-Cities – Monday, Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Marriott Meadowview, 1901 Meadowview Parkway, Kingsport.

• Chattanooga – Tuesday, Jan. 11, 5:30 p. to 7 p.m., Tennessee Aquarium, One Broad Street.  To RSVP, write to heather@billhaslam.com;

• Jackson – Wednesday, Jan. 12, 11:30 to 1 p.m., West Tennessee Research & Education Center, 605 Airways.  To RSVP, write to marybrette@billhaslam.com;

• Memphis — Wednesday, Jan. 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Road. To RSVP, write to jennings@billhaslam.com.

For more information on the inaugural celebration and events, please visit www.BillHaslam.net.

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