December 5, 2008
TENNESSEE SENATOR MARK NORRIS
AS “TENNESSEE LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR” BY
WKNO recently presented Senator Mark Norris with the “Tennessee Legislator of the Year” Award for 2008. The award was presented by WKNO’s President and CEO Michael J. LaBonia and William Taylor, WKNO Board Chair, at a recent meeting of the WKNO Board of Trustees.
Senator Norris was honored with this award for his help in securing state appropriations for the six public television stations in Tennessee and for being instrumental in getting the financial support necessary for the state’s public stations to complete their digital transitions.
Senator Norris was first elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 2000 from rural Shelby County. He represents District 32 which includes Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton and Shelby Counties. The Senator was elected Majority Leader on January 10, 2007. He served as Chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus in 2006 and was the first chairman to serve from West Tennessee since 1982.
Senator Norris also serves as a member of the Senate Judiciary, State & Local Government, and Finance, Ways, & Means Committees, as well as the Veterans Affairs, Workers’ Compensation, Pensions & Insurance, and Corrections Oversight Joint Committees. He is a member of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and was recently elected Vice Chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments.
“We are very appreciative of the continuous support Senator Norris has given to public broadcasting,” said Mr. LaBonia. “This award represents our shared values and belief in the importance of public broadcasting.”
“I humbly accept this recognition on behalf of the entire General Assembly,” said Norris. “We realize that public broadcasting is essential for many Tennesseans with limited resources or access to cable. The 2009 digital conversion presents a unique challenge to many of our senior citizens and rural residents. This is an investment in the tools necessary to meet this challenge.”
After the presentation of the award, Senator Norris toured new WKNO Digital Media Center, currently being constructed on land donated by Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. The 7.69 acre site is located at 7151 Cherry Farms Road in the Goodlett Farms planned business development.
WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 50 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information: wkno.org