COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican Bill Haslam and Democrat Mike McWherter are preparing for the first gubernatorial debate of the general election campaign.
The Tuesday evening debate in Cookeville comes with less than a month remaining before early voting begins. The candidates have two more debates scheduled for Knoxville and Memphis in early October.
The Cookeville debate is hosted by The Highlands -- a public-private organization seeking to boost economic and community development in Overton, Putnam and White counties -- in partnership with Tennessee Tech University, the League of Women Voters of Tennessee, the State Collaborate on Reforming Education and WTVF-TV.
Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen can't run again because of term limits.
The two-week early voting period begins Oct. 13.
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