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Press release from the House Republican Caucus; Feb. 29, 2012:

Madison County Legislator Ushers Resolution through General Assembly Recognizing Blake McMeans for ‘his strength and determination in the face of adversity’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – During a recent session of the General Assembly, Representative Jimmy Eldridge (R—Jackson) took time to share the inspirational story of Blake McMeans with his colleagues in the House.

McMeans was once a rising tennis star, ranked as high as fourth in the nation at one point, who saw his dreams dashed on a cold winter’s night in 1994 because he made the decision to drive home under the influence. McMeans crashed into a tree and was airlifted to a hospital where he would spend nearly four months in a coma. Doctors were convinced he would never recover, but McMeans had other plans.

Today, he runs the Blake McMeans Promise Tour which is designed to educate and motivate students to make the right choices with their lives. The tour has touched thousands of lives across Tennessee.

To honor McMeans’ service, Rep. Eldridge authored House Joint Resolution 542. The resolution unanimously passed both Chambers of the General Assembly.

Eldridge remarked, “Blake McMeans’ touching story has launched numerous collaborative efforts throughout our great State and has empowered thousands of young people to be become responsible, mature leaders dedicated to living life to the fullest.” He continued, “I believe the least we could do is recognize his service to Tennessee and lift him up as an example of how to make a difference in society.”

The resolution commends Blake McMeans for his “laudable service to the good people of Tennessee, salute his strength and determination in the face of adversity.”

To read the full text of the resolution, click here.

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