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Knoxville supporters turn out for Haslam's election celebration
January 13, 2011, 7:01 p.m.

KNOXVILLE -- Approximately 1200 supporters were on hand at the Foundry on the World's Fair Site tonight to celebrate governor-elect Bill Haslam's election victory. Haslam gave a brief speech at the event saying, "I'm grateful to the people of Knoxville and to all the people of Tennessee for their support."

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Governor Bill Haslam; image by Knoxville Daily Sun staff

Haslam said he was leaving Knoxville tonight and going straight to Nashville to continue the Inaugural Celebration. The celebration in Nashville will begin Friday night with an "All Together Now" Benefit Concert at the Municipal Auditorium in which Sara Evans, Diamond Rio, and Bo Bice will perform. Evans was the Academy of Country Music's Female Vocalist of the Year. Diamond Rio has sold over 10 million records, had 13 Grammy nominations, and 15 consecutive Country Music Association nominations for Vocal Group of the Year. American Idol Bo Bice's unique blend of country, blues, and rock have thrilled audiences around the world. Proceeds from the concert will benefit "TN Achieves," a scholarship initiative for community college students.

A prayer service is scheduled for Saturday morning at the Ryman Auditorium with special performances by The Oak Ridge Boys, Matthew West, Melinda Doolittle, and The Nashville Choir, under the direction of John Coates.

Haslam's Inaugural Ceremony and Parade will be at 11:00 am on Saturday at Legislative Plaza followed by the First Couple's Celebration Dinner and Dance with the Inaugural Ball at 8:00 pm.

The Governor and First Lady will host an Open House at the Governor's Mansion on Sunday.


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