I’m just back from a trip to Nashville and was it fun!
I was almost immediately corralled into helping our state legislators feed the hungry, as I was handed a hairnet and herded to the Legislative Plaza to package food for hungry children. I was placed at a station and my group worked as sort of an assembly line, opening bags, adding cheese, oats (which he vacuum packed), 2 scoops of noodles (which we also vacuum packed), then labeled and loaded. There were more than 40 tables similarly engaged and working, each loudly yelling a catchy phrase as we completed our tasks. It was a lot of fun and I was happy to help.
While in Nashville, I got to visit with Knoxville’s newest legislator, Rick Staples. Rick was elected to succeed Joe Armstrong following his legal troubles. There was an effort by Armstrong to replace his name on the ballot with that of his wife, but Rick was nominated by the Knox County Democratic Executive Committee and won the general election. Rick had recently lost the Democratic primary for Knox County Commission to Evelyn Gill and had previously lost a race for City Council, so he is really relishing his new role as a state legislator.
If you intend to visit the State Capitol – – – every Tennessean should – – – allow for the traffic, which is horrendous. I woke up at 5:00 a. m. and left my hotel at 7:00 a.m. I didn’t get to the Legislative Plaza until 8:15 a.m. even though my hotel was 9 minutes away. That might give you a little idea of just what the traffic is like in Nashville. Nor is parking cheap; I paid $35 to park all day, so I’ll probably never whine again about parking during UT football games again.