A larger-than-life bronze statue stands on the courthouse lawn in Dresden, Tennessee in honor of one of Tennessee’s best friends -- a man who grew up poor in Northwest Tennessee and never forgot where he came from; a man who played sports and went to college, only to drop out after problems with his knees made football impossible; a man that started out his business career as a low paid traveling shoe salesman and grew into a multi-millionaire.
He was a big man…an honest man…and he loved the people around him. In 1968 he ran for a seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives so that he could serve the people of his community and his state. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Join WCTE as we take a look at this man who has touched the lives of every Tennessean – Governor Ned Ray McWherter – in HONORING NED. This production of WLJT-DT will air Wednesday, May 4 at 8:30 pm. (also Thursday May 5th at 8:30pm) and focuses on the man as well as the politician. Most of all, it focuses on the friend we all knew and the unveiling of a statue in his honor on his 80th birthday in the fall of 2010.
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