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Herald Chronicle, 2018 Leadership Franklin County—7

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olid local government often has its

arms outreached to state govern-

ment to accomplish goals, and the

Franklin County Leadership program

got the opportunity to hear personally

from Tennessee’s leaders about how it

all works together.

The final Leadership program class

trip was to Nashville on Feb. 7 with a

tour of the State Capitol building that

was built in 1845 and took 14 years to

complete.

The day began bright and early at

the Franklin County Chamber of Com-

merce to load up in vans for the hour-

and-15-minute trip toNashville.

It took some time getting through

traffic toNashville with the first thing on

the agenda being able to sit in on a 110th

General Assembly House session and

seeing how it operates daily.

The Legislative Library goes up four

stories and has a beautiful spiral stair-

case. There, the class got to hear from

several lawmakers with the whole day

being organized by Kim Reasonover,

administrative assistant for State Rep.

David Alexander fromFranklin County.

Thegovernmentpresentationsstart-

ed with Secretary of State Tre Hargett,

who is inhis third term.He took the time

to talk about some of the main details a

secretary of state handles.

Hargett talked about how part of his

job is to make sure elections throughout

the 95 counties are fairly run.

He also pointed out that Tennessee

is the lowest taxed state in the country.

Next up was Beth Harwell, house

speaker and a candidate in the upcom-

ing gubernatorial election.

Harwell equated her position as

house speaker to her career as a teacher

in how she presides over legislative dis-

cussions and how she is in charge of op-

erating themicrophones.

Harwell also said her job is to keep

the legislature on task and assign the

committees that all the representatives

sit on.

Harwell even shared how she got

into politics, and it was especially inter-

esting to learn how a girl growing up on

a Pennsylvania farm ends up speaker of

theHouse in Tennessee.

Her presentationwas followedbyLt.

Gov. and Speaker of the Senate Randy

McNally.

McNally explained that if anything

were to happen to the governor, he

would take over to lead Tennessee. Be-

ing the speaker of theHouse, in addition

to lieutenant governor, he assigns Sen-

ate committees.

McNally brought up an interesting

point that Tennessee is one of few states

that operates without debt.

After McNally, the last lawmaker

to speak was Sen. Janice Bowling, who

represents Franklin County. She talked

about how it’s important for future lead-

ers to stick up for the rural areas because

they have lost a lot of representation in

Nashville over the years.

She also said providing fiber optics

service toensure rural areas are connect-

ed to the outside world is paramount.

Following Bowling’s presentation,

lobbyist Erica Vick tried to debunk the

theory that lobbyists are the evil ones

by explaining what they do. They are a

middle man for lawmakers and compa-

nies, she said.

After Vick spoke, there was a quick

tour of the capital building and a picture

on the steps leading up towhere the rep-

resentatives and senatorsmeet.

Before the tour ended, leadership

participants ended the day by touring

the new Cordell Hull Building, which

now houses all of the legislators’ of-

fices and hearing rooms. The building is

named inhonor of the formerU.S. secre-

tary of state fromTennessee.

Drew Getty tries his hand at be-

ing a Tennessee lawmaker during

the tour of the Tennessee Capitol

building. He is believed to have

punched “yes” on an upcoming

bill.

—Staff Photo by Seth Byrd

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