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Metro Government Celebrates 50 Years

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 1, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Metro Nashville Government.

Metro Nashville Mayor Karl Dean joined many others on the plaza of the Historic Metro Courthouse in downtown Nashville on Monday for a celebration.

The plan to consolidate the two governments failed in 1958, but former editor of the Tennessean, John Seigenthaler said, "So it was the vote of the people, and the people were the ones who embraced it and 50 years later we can all be blessed by it."

Mayor Dean said, "It was a big deal 50 years ago. It took a lot of foresight and a lot of wisdom on behalf of the people who founded metro, but it's an even bigger deal now. One of the great reasons we continued to grow and have really become one of the great cities in the United States, is we have this metropolitan form of government."

A celebration open to the public is scheduled for Saturday, April 6th from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the plaza of the Historic Metro Courthouse in downtown Nashville.

Parking is free in the garage under the plaza.

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