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Southern Middle Tennessee Today News for August 28, 2023

All news stories are aggregated from various sources and modified for time and content. Original sources are cited.

We start with local news…

Smithsonian Exhibition (WKOM Audio 21:17)

There is currently a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition in Columbia. Sponsored by the African American Heritage Society of Maury County and hosted at the Maury County Library, the exhibit is called Voices and Votes: Democracy in America. WKOM/WKRM’s Delk Kennedy spoke with Maury County Historian Jo Ann McClellan to learn more about the exhibition…

And now…more local news…

Don Sundquist, a former congressman and two-term Republican governor who led Tennessee during a time of dramatic changes to its social safety net and a fight over a state income tax, died on Sunday. He was 87.

Sundquist died Sunday morning surrounded by family at Baptist East Memorial Hospital in Memphis following surgery and a short illness, according to a family spokesperson. His family confirmed his death in a statement issued through the office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee. 

Sundquist was the 47th governor of Tennessee from 1995 to 2003, and represented Tennessee’s 7th District in Congress for 12 years. 

Funeral plans are not yet finalized. The former governor will lie in state at the Tennessee Capitol before he is laid to rest in Townsend, Tennessee, where he lived for many years.

Final Story of the Day…

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum celebrated the opening of its newest exhibition, Patty Loveless: No Trouble with the Truth. The exhibit explores the life and career of Country Music Hall of Fame member-elect Patty Loveless — tracing her story, from a musical prodigy to a Grammy award-winning country music star who carries forward the sounds of her Appalachian roots. The exhibit, which will be open from now through October 2024, is included with museum admission.

The exhibit includes stage wear, tour memorabilia, manuscripts, set lists, instruments, photographs, videos, posters, advertising pamphlets and more. 

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