Lawmakers Propose Honorary Title Of General

Posted at 10:38 AM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 11:38:16-05

Two state lawmakers have been proposing a promotion in honorary titles in Tennessee.

The governor under current law can bestow the honorary title of Colonel Aide de Camp at the request of a member of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Under the bill introduced by Senator Paul Bailey of Sparta and fellow Republican Representative Kelly Keisling of Byrdstown, lawmakers could recommend the governor grant the new honorary title of Tri-Star General to people with "a record of outstanding service to this state or a local community."

Republican Governor Bill Haslam told reporters Monday he was not familiar with the proposal, but he didn't see a great demand for new honorifics in Tennessee. In Haslam's words: "I haven't noticed an overwhelming need for a new title."