Haslam Grateful for Gov. McWherter’s ‘Practical Advice’

They flew the flags at half staff Tuesday at the Capitol as Tennesseans continued to mourn Monday’s death of former Gov. Ned McWherter.

Gov. Bill Haslam, who issued a formal statement Monday on McWherter’s death, welcomed the opportunity to say more to reporters Tuesday about McWherter.

“The thing about Gov. McWherter that I appreciate the most is when he didn’t really have to, he was incredibly helpful to me,” said Haslam, who defeated McWherter’s son, Mike, in November.

“In my first three months in office, and even between the election and the inauguration, whenever I called him he would not just answer my question, he would be helpful. And I mean that. I will always be grateful to him for the practical advice he gave me.

“I think the other thing that impresses you about Gov. McWherter is it’s hard to serve in this office for eight years and walk away and have almost everybody still respect you and think you did a good job, and that’s true in Gov. McWherter’s case. He was real clear in what he believed. But he was always about listening to everyone and then making a decision going forward.”

Memorial services for McWherter will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Dresden, McWherter’s hometown. The Dresden service will be on the lawn of McWherter’s home.