Corker appearing at 8 events in Middle Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is appearing a series of public events in Middle Tennessee this week while Congress is in recess.

Corker, who was re-elected to a second six-year term in November, plans to focus on his proposals for solving financial problems facing the country in his meetings with business and community groups this week.

The series of events kicks off in Murfreesboro, Columbia and Brentwood on Tuesday, followed by meetings in Springfield, Hendersonville and Lebanon on Wednesday. Corker wraps up the tour with speaking engagements in Nashville and Franklin on Thursday.

Corker is a former mayor of Chattanooga and once served as state finance commissioner under then-Gov. Don Sundquist.

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