From the Tennessee Historical Commission:
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Historical Commission announced three Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee.
“The National Register honors places that help Tennesseans understand our heritage and what makes our communities unique and enjoyable,” said Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission. “We are confident this recognition will help retain these unique sites for future generations to know and appreciate.”
Sites recently added to the National Register of Historic Places include:
The Tennessee House of Representatives approved a bill that would make it harder to rename or move war monuments, including those commemorating the Civil War, reports Chas Sisk.
House lawmakers voted 69-22 in favor of legislation that forces local governments to get permission from the Tennessee Historical Commission before moving or renaming any memorial, park, building, street, school or other monument to the state’s war dead or heroes. They also rejected a Democratic-led amendment to protect monuments to the Civil Rights Movement by a similar vote.
“It’s important that our children and the next generation of children and their children see history in the context of what we see history today,” said the measure’s sponsor, state Rep. Steve McDaniel, R-Parkers Crossroads. “If we begin to remove those pieces of history across this state, then one doesn’t get an accurate view of our history.”
The vote, which took place on the same day that House lawmakers honored black soldiers in the Civil War, follows repeated controversies over statutes that were erected and government facilities that have been named to honor Civil War figures. In anticipation of the measure passing, the Memphis City Council hurriedly renamed three city parks earlier this month that honored Confederate soldiers and leaders.
House Bill 553 breezed through committees on voice votes on its way to the House floor. But Democrats, led by lawmakers from Memphis, forced a 40-minute debate over the measure Monday. Several argued that there is no need to keep up monuments that lionize figures who are now held in disrepute.
Note: See also Jeff Woods, whose report starts like this:
The state House commemorated Black History Month this evening with prayer, dramatic readings and songs from the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Then it was back to regular business for the white Republican supermajority: Telling the rest of us who’s boss
A multi-site national park that would tell the story of the top-secret, history-defining Manhattan Project would seem like an easy sell in Congress, says Michael Collins.
But in Washington, nothing is ever easy.
Thus, the plans were knocked surprisingly off course in late September when a bill establishing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park failed on its first vote on the floor of the U.S. House.
Supporters insist the setback is temporary and that they intend to push for another vote before the end of the year.
“There is going to be a concerted effort to get this and other important pieces of legislation to the floor,” said U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican whose district includes Oak Ridge, a centerpiece of the Manhattan Project.
The Republican-controlled House took up the bill in one of its final votes before lawmakers began their six-week, pre-election break. House leaders brought up the legislation under what is known as a “suspension of the rules” — a parliamentary procedure often used to pass noncontroversial bills.
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, however, considered the proposal quite controversial. The Manhattan Project developed the first atomic bomb, and the famously liberal lawmaker argued that the proposal amounted to “a celebration” of nuclear weaponry.
The East Tennessee Historical Society honored Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday night with its first annual East Tennessean of the Year Award at a celebration dinner held at the Cherokee Country Club, reports the News Sentinel.
“If there is an award for most blessed East Tennessean, that would be me,” Haslam said after accepting the award.
The board of directors of the Historical Society established the award to honor an East Tennessee history maker who is not only an ambassador for the region but who also represents integrity, dignity, leadership qualities and the volunteer spirit, according to Tennessee Supreme Court Judge Gary Wade, who is from Sevier County