Monday, May 25, 2009

Boys State Underway in Cookeville

Although today is a holiday for most government workers, some elected officials are staying busy today and throughout the week working with this year's delegates to the American Legion Boys State program, being held on the campus of Tennessee Tech. The students arrived on Sunday for orientation and are hearing today from Circuit Court Judge John Maddux as well as State Representative Henry Fincher, who will be speaking on major political issues in Tennessee. NASA astronaut Sunita Williams is also scheduled to speak to the group tonight. On Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen is scheduled to address the group. Later in the week, they'll learn more about the state Supreme Court from Justice Sharon Lee and will hear from General Max Haston of the National Guard. The purpose of Boys State is to teach high school students about the structure of state and local governments by having them form their own political parties, while nominating and ultimately "electing" a new Boys State governor by the end of the week.