On Thursday, April 15th, 2010 class representatives from Mr. William F. Curtis’s U.S. Government classes visited and observed State Government in action at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee. Several very good things occurred on this excellent field trip.
1. The class was recognized on the House and Senate floors.
2. Rep. Stratton Bone took Mr. Curtis onto the House floor during this “live” House session to meet with Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver and Rep. Kevin Brooks (a personal friend of Mr. Curtis from Lee University in Cleveland, TN). Mr. Curtis stated, “This was my second time on the House Floor during a live session. I got to sit next to Rep. Bone and participate in discussions with various representatives on the floor about several key issues. This was a very special time for me. ”
3. The class was invited to attend a meeting of the Calendar and Rules Committee in a committee room in the Legislative Plaza. This committee meeting was very contentious and an extreme display of parliamentary procedure. Representative Susan Lynn came to the audience where the students were sitting and explained to the class, “You and your class were very fortunate to see a great display of partisan at work. We probably only have about 3 or 4 partisan issues a year that become so contentious, but when we do it is exciting to see how things will turn out.” Representative Stratton Bone, a member of this committee, had the students stand and be recognized by the committee. This committee meeting was a highlight of the trip for most of the class members.
4. The class had lunch in the Legislative Plaza Café where State Senator Mae Beavers spoke with the group. Senator Beavers gave each class member a new 2009-2010 Blue Book regarding Tennessee State Government. Also visiting with the group at lunch were Representative Stratton Bone, and State Senator Jim Tracy.
The U.S. Government Class of Cannon County High School would like to thank Representative Stratton Bone and his assistant Mrs. Robbie Farmer for helping make this trip possible and with great success. Also accompanying the group was Mrs. Annie Reed – CCHS English Teacher. These students will remember and hopefully utilize in the future this memorable experience in Tennessee State Government.Caption for picture:
Bottom Row Left to Right:
Shana Barrett; Abby Fann; Jeff Nokes; Mr. William F. Curtis – US Government Teacher CCHS; Winston Dorris; Carly Spry; Shawna Seybold; Megan Ruck; Autumn Chatwood;
2nd Row Left to Right:
Ashley McFerrin; Kelly Norton; Gage Galvin; Emily Agee; Darci Brandon; Zackery Barrett;
3rd Row Left to Right:
Jeremy Green; Shelby Parton; Lauren Ruehlen; Emilee Lance; Kelsey Bush; Jennifer Mosley;
Top Row Left to Right:
Cody Ruehlen; T. J. Mitchell; Josh Johnson; Heath Simons; Drew Gannon; Alyssa Roberson; Cameron Newman.