Haslam administration objects to trail-naming bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The administration of Gov. Bill Haslam has flagged a bill that would name a perimeter trail around the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville in honor of a former governor's wife.

Haslam is a Republican and his predecessor Phil Bredesen is a Democrat, but bill sponsor Rep. Jimmy Naifeh said he thinks the issue isn't politics, but money.

It would cost an estimated $6,000 for signs to designate the trail to honor Andrea Conte -- Bredesen's wife.

Naifeh -- a Covington Democrat -- told the Chattanooga Times Free Press he can raise the money if the state can handle the signs.

Naifeh noted his request has precedent. A decade ago, lawmakers named the Martha Sundquist State Forest in Cocke County to honor the wife of Republican Gov. Don Sundquist.


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  • by Rob in Maryville Location: Maryville on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM
    How about naming the trail after someone who died in service of this country? Not a stinking politician's wife! Same goes for the state park. Rename it. Pathetic.
  • by Jackie Location: Knoxville on Feb 23, 2012 at 03:28 PM
    I really wish he would understand that everyone that lives in Tennessee is NOT a republican and giving the stuff that he and his co-partners do makes me so glad that i am not one. Mr. Haslam you can not bully someone into taking your views on every matter and regardless of your income you do make MISTAKES.

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