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Lebanon Mayor Sparks Controversy With Rescheduled Fireworks

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LEBANON, Tenn. – Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead has ignited controversy with his plans to reschedule the city's Fourth of July firework celebration for September 11.

The celebration had to be rescheduled due to a rainy weather and the fact that the city's fairgrounds were booked every weekend until the end of the year. As a result, city leaders have insisted they had to find a date that worked.

"We're going to do it right," said Mayor Craighead. "It won't be as much of a celebration as the Fourth of July."

Many city council members have not been as responsive with the decision.

"To do it on the day we lost those folks, it saddens me," said City Council member Kathy Warmack. "To me, it's incentive considering what happened on that date."

The Mayor has assured everyone that the fireworks show has been planned as a remembrance ceremony.

"At the end of the day, it's saying 'we're here, we're going move forward, and we're proud of America,'" said Mayor Craighead.

Councilman Warmack said she would not attend the ceremony if it were to continue as planned on September 11.

According to the Mayor, the paperwork for the ceremony has already been filed. He said the pyrotechnical company has also moved ahead with its preparation for the show.

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