MARTIN, Tenn. – Secretary of State Tre Hargett, and over 90 state legislators, mayors and library board members celebrated the value of local libraries at the Obion River Regional Library’s fourth annual Northwest Tennessee Library Legislative and Mayoral Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.
This year’s record attendance included 12 elected officials from Northwest Tennessee: Representative Curtis Halford, Representative Andy Holt, Representative Rusty Grills, Carroll County Mayor Joseph Butler, Gibson County Mayor Tom Witherspoon, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, Union City Mayor Terry Hailey, Sharon Mayor Monroe Ary, Martin Mayor Randy Brundige, Greenfield Mayor Cindy McAdams, and Gleason Mayor Diane Poole.
“Libraries are an important hub for our communities to learn and grow together,” said Secretary Hargett. “It is encouraging to see the excellent turnout for the Northwest Tennessee Library Legislative and Mayoral Breakfast.”
The Library Legislative and Mayoral Breakfast was held at the Obion River Regional Library Center in Martin. Attendees heard from distinguished speakers Tennessee State Library Regional Director Bessie Davis, UT Martin Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Nick Dunagan, Milan Mayor B.W. Beasley and Mildred G. Fields Library Director Missy Blakely about the many ways public libraries are serving Tennesseans.
“Public libraries provide vital resources within our communities for Tennesseans of all ages,” said Tennessee State Library Regional Director Bessie Davis. “I urge our state representatives, mayors and local officials to advocate and vote their financial support of community public libraries.”
The Obion River Regional Library includes 20 local libraries in Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion and Weakley counties.
For more information about how you can support local libraries in Northwest Tennessee, contact Obion River Regional Library Director Mary Vaughan Carpenter at Mary.Carpenter@tn.gov.