House debate could be Oct. 28

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Marshall County Tribune is taking steps to reschedule its political debate for the three candidates campaigning to represent Marshall and Giles counties in the state House of Representatives.

The Republican candidate in the state House race was, at 2 p.m. Monday, a pallbearer in Kentucky during the funeral of his wife's grandfather who died early Friday morning. Tribune staff and management decided to reschedule the state House debate.

A debate between Columbia Councilwoman Debbie Matthews and state Sen. Bill Ketron was conducted as planned Monday night in the Lecture Hall of Marshall County High School.

"I don't know of anything else that I wouldn't be willing to reschedule," former Marshall County Commission Chairman Billy Spivey, a Republican, has said since he could not be at the debate on Monday.

State Sen. Eddie Bass (D-Prospect) attended the debate Monday at MCHS and thereafter indicated that the next best opportunity would be Oct. 28, a Thursday.

Independent candidate Ted Roop on Tuesday said he'd be available for a debate on Thursday next week, just five days before the Nov. 2 election and the day that early voting ends.

If that's the day for the debate a report on what's said would be posted on the newspaper's Web site on Friday.

Inquiries at MCHS indicated the school's calendar committee could receive another completed document, a Request For Use of School Facilities form, and might be able to provide an answer today.

Once it became clear that another night would be needed for the House race debate, the nature of the House district emerged as a prospective reason to change the location of the debate. Marshall and Giles counties are the only two in the district. Cornersville High School is close to the Giles County line and, in broad terms, approximately halfway between Lewisburg and Pulaski.

Bass, Spivey and Roop have agreed to the location, as well as debating at MCHS.

The Cornersville High School auditorium is not scheduled for Thursday night next week, Cornersville Principal Bob Edens said. Assuming a facilities use request form and proof of insurance are provided by the newspaper, Edens would be able to provide the room, sound and lighting for the debate, he said.

Spivey was a pallbearer during the funeral of Lonnie Dee Hill, 74, of Eddyville. Hill was the grandfather of Spivey's wife, Kim. Hill died at Hilltop Nursing Home in Eddyville, Ky., following a long illness.