Call to exhume President Polk falls short in House

A resolution calling for the bodies of President James K. Polk and his wife, Sarah, to be exhumed from the grounds of the state Capitol and move them to Columbia has fallen one vote short in the House.

It takes 50 votes for measures to pass the chamber. The resolution now goes back to the Calendar Committee where sponsors cant try take another run at it if they can persuade some of the absent or abstaining members to change their minds.

Earlier in the day Gov. Bill Haslam said he’d prefer for the Polk tomb to remain on the grounds of the state Capitol.

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