Ned McWherter Memorial Resolution Passes, Library Opens to Mourners

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Members of the House and Senate both unanimously honored former Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter with a resolution on Thursday.
McWherter, a two-term Democratic governor and longtime House speaker from West Tennessee, died Monday of cancer at the age of 80.
As the state’s 46th governor, he supported education improvements — called the “21st Century Classroom” — that put more computers and technology in classrooms, increased teachers’ pay, shrunk class sizes and gave local school boards more control.
Two funeral services are planned for McWherter this weekend. One will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville and the other is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Dresden on the front lawn of McWherter’s home.
Note: Shortly after passage, the resolution was promptly signed by Gov. Bill Haslam. Text of the resolution, HJR221, is HERE.

And this note from McWherter’s home town of Dresden:
The Weakley County Library in Dresden will open on Sunday to allow mourners at former Gov. Ned McWherter’s memorial service to visit its exhibit on his life.
The library was built by McWherter and is located next door to his home, where the Sunday memorial service will take place on the front lawn.

Library Assistant Director Carol Tippins told WCMT radio that the library was one of McWherter’s proudest projects.
She said that on the Friday before he died, McWherter made his annual donation to the library’s summer reading program for children.
The two-term Democratic governor and longtime House speaker died Monday of cancer at the age of 80.
The library exhibit traces McWherter’s life from childhood, through his tenure as governor and into his retirement.

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