Nashville, Tenn. (WTVF) – After a day of final preparations, the stage is set for Gov. Bill Lee’s second inauguration.
Governor Lee will take the oath of office for his second term on January 21 at 11 a.m. at the Legislative Plaza. The oath will be administered by Chief Justice Roger Page of the Tennessee Supreme Court. MLA and public representatives will be present in the program.
The theme of the event is “Tennessee: Leading the Nation”. Visiting the site Friday, Gov. Lee said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve Tennesseans again.
“We are excited about the opportunity to celebrate the state and the history and heritage and greatness of Tennessee with so many other Tennesseans,” said Gov. Lee. “I believe this state can continue to lead the country in the way we’ve seen over the last four years.”
The opening day begins with a worship service at 8:30 am in Raman Auditorium. During the opening ceremony, the Tennessee National Guard will fly over the State Capitol building and fire a 19-gun salute. Following the ceremony, the First Couple’s Inaugural Dinner will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Broadway, and the Inaugural Ball will take place at the Fisher Center on Belmont Boulevard.
During his opening speech, Sarkar Li is expected to outline his priorities for his second term.
“We know we need an energy strategy,” said Gov. Lee. “We need an infrastructure strategy for one of the fastest growing states in the country. We need to protect our natural resources, and preserve the environment of the most beautiful place in the world. We’ll work on those things. But.”
This time, Gov. Lee will take the oath of office with four years of experience under his belt and a landslide victory. He was sworn in four years ago after campaigning as an outsider.
“We know we have great opportunities moving forward,” said Gov. Lee.
Several roads will be closed as a result of the event:
-1st Ave. North between Church St and Broadway is closed from 5 PM on January 20 until 3 AM on January 21.
Close northbound loading zone/carriage parking on 2nd Ave. From 5 p.m. Jan. 20 to 3 a.m. Jan. 21 between Broadway and Commerce St.
– Ryman Alley between 4th Avenue North and Rep. John Lewis Way is closed from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
– One southbound lane is closed at 4th Avenue. North between Commerce St. and Broadway on Saturday.
-Rp. between Broadway and Commerce St. Saturday. One extreme northbound lane on John Lewis Way is closed.
-Doctor. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Off between Rosa L. Parks Blvd. and Representative John Lewis Way Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Union St., Reps. John Lewis Way and Rosa L. The middle of Parks Avenue is closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with controlled access allowed for direct hotel access.
-7th Ave. North Church St. and the Tennessee State Capitol is closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with controlled access allowed for direct hotel/business access.
-Anne Dallas Dudley Blvd. Closed between Church St and Union St from 6am to 2pm Saturday.
-6th Ave. Closed between North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. & Union St. Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-Dederick St. Rep between John Lewis Way and 6th Ave North is closed Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-Northbound parking lot closed on Belmont Blvd. Saturday from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. between Compton Avenue and Fisher Center Loading Dock.
Free parking will be offered to the general public and state employees at Lots 8, 9 (Rep. John Lewis Way and the State Garage at Harrison), 12 and 14. Parking in nearby paid lots is encouraged if the state’s lot capacity is reached.
You can follow live coverage of the ceremony on our website from 11am on Saturday.
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