East Tennessee PBS to air inauguration of Gov. Haslam

On Saturday, Jan. 15 at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, East Tennessee PBS will air the “2011 Tennessee Inaugural: Governor Bill Haslam” in a live broadcast from Nashville, which includes the inauguration ceremony and parade.

“We’re honored to bring this historic event to our viewers, especially since our new governor is a Knoxville native,” said Teresa James, East Tennessee PBS General Manager. “This program gives East Tennesseans a front row seat at the inauguration - an important event they might not be able to attend otherwise. As we frequently say, this is what public television does best.”

Produced by Tim Weeks, this special program will air live across Tennessee on all six of the state’s public television stations: East Tennessee PBS in Knoxville and the TriCities, WTCI in Chattanooga, WCTE in Cookeville, WLJT in Martin, WKNO in Memphis, and WNPT in Nashville.

“With a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the hard work of the state’s PBS affiliates, we’re now able to broadcast programs like this one through our interconnect system, which allows us to quickly and efficiently share more programs that are created in Tennessee, about Tennessee and for Tennesseans,” added James.

Sworn in by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Cornelia “Connie” Clark, Haslam’s inauguration will take place in the Legislative Plaza in Nashville and is followed by a parade. More information about all the inauguration events can be found at www.billhaslam.net/events.

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