Spotlighting Tanner’s long and eventful career in public service.

Spotlighting Tanner’s long and eventful career in public service.

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:04 pm
By: By KEVIN BOWDEN

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Since 1976, John Tanner’s career in public service has been one of distinction.
He has represented Obion County and the region in the state Legislature and most recently represented the 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A special section appears in today’s edition of The Messenger spotlighting Tanner’s long and eventful career in public service.
Circuit Court Judge Bill Acree and Tanner have been lifelong friends, and a photograph of them appears on the cover of the section.
“I am very proud to have been a friend of John Tanner for a very long time, for having practiced law with him and for having been a constituent of his during his 22 years in Congress,” Acree said. “Since 1989, John has served not only the 8th Congressional District but the entire country with honor and distinction.”
A series of images in today’s special section highlights some of the moments from Tanner’s career and articles in the section document Tanner’s recollections on a variety of subjects.
”He has represented the people of the 8th District in more ways than can be mentioned, but locally and recently he has been instrumental in obtaining the first leg of Interstate 69 through Obion County, in obtaining funding for the airport runway extension at Everett Stewart Airport, in obtaining funding for the port at Cates Landing, and in obtaining funding for the new spillway at Reelfoot Lake,” Acree said. “Thank you John for what you have done for all of us and for being the friend of all of your constituents in the 8th District.”
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

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