Governor-elect Bill Lee has announced his inauguration schedule.
“We have announced the details for the events leading up to the inauguration on January 19th,” Lee’s team said on Facebook.
The list of events and other information is available here on a website titled “Believe in Tennessee.” The celebration starts at 8 p.m. CST Friday, Jan. 18 with “Boots on Broadway: Music & More” at Acme Feed & Seed.
Tickets are required for some events and may be purchased from a page here that lists the events. Some events do not require tickets but organizers suggest an RSVP for them.
“Maria and I are honored to serve Tennessee and we are excited to gather with folks from across the state for the inaugural,” Lee said in a statement. “We’ve visited all 95 counties twice, and we know that Tennesseans care deeply about our state. We live in a remarkable state, with remarkable people, and I believe that as good a place as Tennessee is, we can be even better, and we can lead the nation.”
The Inaugural Ceremony will be at 11 a.m. CST Saturday, Jan. 19 at Legislative Plaza. No tickets are required. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins will administer Lee’s oath of office, according to the transition website. The event will be a joint convention of the 111th General Assembly.
The First Couple’s Inaugural Dinner and Ball will be at 6:30 p.m. CST Saturday at Music City Center. Tickets are $250 per person for the business-attire event.
Festivities continue through Sunday, Jan. 20 with an open house at the Tennessee Residence from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST.
The “Believe in Tennessee” website also lists hotels; block rates are available. That list is here.
Lee handily defeated Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean in the Nov. 6 election.
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