Tea Party celebrating Independence in parade, parks

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Marshall County, Tenn. Tea Party will have a presence in the Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Parade early Saturday and a Tea Party Rally/Family Picnic shortly thereafter.

"Anyone wishing to join us needs to appear in costume at 8 a.m. at the Acres Shopping Center" for the July Fourth parade from East Commerce Street, around Lewisburg's public square and then to the city Recreation Center on West Commerce Street, according to Sherry Ferguson, a leader of the local Tea Party.

"The Tea Party Rally/Family Picnic will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Rock Creek Park," Ferguson said. "The public is invited to bring their own family picnic, non-alcoholic drinks and coolers, umbrellas for shade, lawn chairs, and don't forget those creative, respectful signs.

"Bobbie Patray of the Tennessee Eagle Forum will be one of the guest speakers," she continued. "Bobbie has been a relentless watchdog on 'the hill,' working hard on behalf of Tennesseans for over 20 years, keeping us informed on every issue from education to energy. Bobbie has earned the respect of legislators and has been instrumental in getting family values legislation sponsored and passed."

While political issues appear to be the clear topic for Patray, the local Tea Party has a political scientist who's also speaking at the picnic.

"Clay Doggett of Pulaski, who has a degree in political science, is a former teacher, and is currently in the insurance field," Ferguson said. Doggett "will address the universal health care issue."

Entertainment at the picnic will be provided by Scott Addington, "a new vocal talent out of Nashville, and our own Debi Lynn," Furguson said.

More information is available from Sherry Ferguson at 359-7096 or at usapatriot@bellsouth.net.