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Bill Lee delivers his inaugural address in Nashville on Jan. 19, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Bill Lee delivers his inaugural address in Nashville on Jan. 19, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee, bottom left, looks on as his Cabinet takes the oath of office in Nashville on Jan. 19, 2019. (Erik Schelzig Tennessee Journal)

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Full text of Gov. Bill Lee’s inaugural address

Bill Lee takes the oath of office as Tennessee’s 50th governor on Nashville. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee’s inaugural speech, as prepared for delivery:

“In 1796, a man and his young family began their homestead just up the way on the banks of the Cumberland River. That was the same year the great state of Tennessee was formed. 223 years and 50 governors later, we stand here on the banks of the Cumberland, celebrating our history and anticipating our future.

I am honored to stand before you today.

Thank you for that warm introduction Governor McNally. Thanks to you, to Speaker Casada and all the Members of the General Assembly. I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead.

To the former governors, thank you for being here as well. It’s an honor to have you.

I would also like to thank our Constitutional Officers, the Justices of the Supreme Court, Members of Tennessee’s Congressional Delegation and all of my fellow Tennesseans who have joined us here in War Memorial Auditorium, and those watching at home. Thank you for sharing in this special moment.

I would not be here today without God’s gift to me, my wife Maria.

Throughout the past two years of campaigning, Maria has been constantly at my side. She has been steadfastly committed to me and in this process has become committed to the people of Tennessee. She will make a remarkable First Lady. Maria, thank you.

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Inauguration to be moved indoors

Gov.-elect Bill Lee speaks to a Chamber of Commerce event in Memphis on Dec. 6, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee’s inauguration is being moved indoors because of rain and thunderstorms forecast for Saturday.

Here’s the full release from the Lee transition office:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement forecasting numerous showers and thunderstorms in Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Due to these conditions, the inaugural ceremony of Bill Lee as the 50th governor of Tennessee will be moved to War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

“While the weather doesn’t seem to be cooperating, we are looking forward to a fantastic inaugural weekend,” said Lee. “I encourage Tennesseans to be safe, but still also feel welcome to attend this historic event. We are making every effort to accommodate overflow space for those wishing to attend because I want to ensure no Tennessean is turned away who wants to join us for the festivities.”

The Inaugural Ceremony, free and open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. CST. Admittance to the event will be based on venue capacity of War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Avenue North. The event is historically held outdoors on the adjoining Legislative Plaza.

All other inaugural events will proceed as planned. Event details can be found at BelieveInTN.com.

The inauguration will occur in a joint convention of the 111th General Assembly convened by Lt. Governor Randy McNally and Speaker of the House Glen Casada. The oath will be administered by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins.

Lee’s inaugural worship service moved to Grand Ole Opry House

Gov.-elect Bill Lee speaks at a press conference at the state Capitol in Nashville on Nov. 7, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov.-elect Bill Lee’s inaugural worship service is being moved from the Ryman Auditorium to the Grand Old Opry House due to increased demand.

Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen, and Matthew West are among those scheduled to perform at the the 8:30 a.m. event on Saturday.

Tickets are required, but free. They are available at BelieveInTN.com.

 

Lee releases inauguration details

Gov.-elect Bill Lee’s transition office has release some more details about next week’s inauguration schedule. Here they are:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2019 Inaugural Worship Service will feature some of the nation’s premier performers in a celebration of song to begin inauguration-day festivities as Bill Lee becomes the 50th governor of Tennessee.

Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen, Matthew West and other acclaimed performers will headline the worship service at Ryman Auditorium, January 19, 8:30 a.m. Tickets for the worship service are required and free to the public at BelieveInTN.com based on seating availability. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and be seated for the start of the worship service.

“Bill and I have been friends for decades,” said Smith. “His dedication to his Creator, his family, our community and now our state is unmatched. Starting the day of his inauguration in prayer and worship is a sincere and honest reflection of the type people Bill and Maria are. They will be outstanding servant-leaders for the great State of Tennessee.”

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