Haslam’s inaugural theme: ‘Together for Tennessee’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam plans for his inauguration to a second term include an outdoor ceremony, a dinner and ball and tours of the state Capitol and governor’s mansion.

The Jan. 17 swearing-in ceremony will be held on the plaza across the street from the state Capitol in Nashville. State Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee is scheduled to administer the oath.

The theme of the inaugural events is “Together for Tennessee.” Haslam in November won 70 percent of the vote against nominal Democratic opposition to carry all 95 counties of the state. He says goals for his second term include job creation, education and more efficiency in state government.

The inaugural events are free except for a $250 dinner and dance called the First Couple’s Celebration and the $50 ball.