Lee: Tennessee panel expected to address Confederate bust


In this July 9, 2019, file photo Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new soccer club stadium in East Ridge, Tenn. Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to receive its Medicaid funding in a lump sum under a proposal seeking to drastically overhaul the program that provides […]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Lee says Tennessee’s Capitol Commission will soon meet for the first time in more than two years.

Lee said Thursday he expects the state panel to address the contentious bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. The bust has been on display inside the state Capitol for decades.

Lee has said he supports adding some sort of context around the bust but has not called for its removal.

The Capitol Commission last met in September 2017, where it voted 7-5 against removing the bust. Members include Tennessee’s secretary of state, state treasurer and state comptroller.

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