WZTV FOX 17 - Top Stories
The Tennessee Democratic Party elected former state senator Roy Herron as its new chairman, Saturday. It's a change party leaders hope will make up for costly losses in the house and senate in recent elections, but Herron tells Fox 17 News, the celebration will be short lived because he s got plenty of work to do.
"The biggest challenge facing the Tennessee Democratic Party is to win elections," Herron said.
In the 2012 elections, Tennessee democrats lost enough races to give state republicans a super, two-thirds, majority in the House and Senate for the first time in 35 years.
Herron replaces former chairman Chip Forrester who says his two terms focused on rebuilding the party s technology and infrastructure to help democratic candidates win some key seats back from republicans.
"We have a good foundation in place now," Forrester said. "We used that foundation in 2012 to elect Gloria Johnson in Knoxville, Bo Mitchell here in Nashville, Drren Jernigan who defeated Jim Gotto. We used all those techniques and new tools. I hope now my successor will continue building on those so we can continue moving the ball downfield."
The party's executive committee voted 39- 27 in favor of Herron who defeated former party treasurer David Garrison.
"I'm confident he'll be a strong leader for the party," Garrison said. "He and I have very different visions for the party and I look forward to seeing how he lays out his plan and hope to work with him in any positive way I can."
Herron says while he and his opponents disagree on some issues, they're ready to put the campaign behind them and work together.
"My focus is on the future," Herron said. "I'm not going to come in criticizing the past chair. I'm going to be looking to see what we can do going forward to move tennessee in the right direction."
Follow me on twitter @wztvericalvarez to see the results of the other party races.
Saturday, January 26 2013, 08:02 PM CST
Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert at country fest
May 24, 2013 18:26 GMT
By CHEVEL JOHNSON Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The sounds of country music take over the City of Baton Rouge as the Bayou Country Superfest brings some of the genre's biggest names to LSU's Tiger Stadium for a Memorial Day holiday jamfest.
Headlining Saturday are Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Aaron Lewis, the former frontman for rock band Staind. The two-day festival concludes Sunday with performances by Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry.
Festival producer Quint Davis says the talent and free fan fest held before the nightly concerts help to entice attendees. In its fourth year, the festival drew 75,000 people last year.
Visit Baton Rouge executive vice president Renee Areng says Superfest has encouraged people to travel to Baton Rouge on a traditionally sleepy weekend.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
BC-US--Dow Record-Three Personal Stories, 1st Ld-Writethru,1173
Dow Record: Three tales of ups, downs and changes
AP Photo FX102, FX103
Eds: With BC-US--Dow Record. Adds photos.
By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: RESTAURANT FLAP LEADS TO INTERNET MELTDOWN
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- It isn't exactly to curry favor with your restaurant customers -- even if your specialty isn't curry.