Haslam gets invite to state dinner at White House - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Haslam gets invite to state dinner at White House

Posted: Updated:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was on the guest list for a glitzy state dinner for French President Francois Hollande at the White House.

The Republican governor last month blamed scheduling conflicts for missing a planned tarmac meeting with Democratic President Barack Obama when he visited Nashville for a speech to McGavock High School.

But that didn't stop Haslam from being among the 350 people invited to the Tuesday dinner that was scheduled to include a performance from Mary J. Blige and feature a menu ranging from caviar to cotton candy dusted with orange zest.

Invitations to state dinners have been especially coveted in recent years. Obama has held just six over the last five years, while George W. Bush held the same number over his entire eight years in office.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Volkswagen sells record 10.74 million vehicles in 2017

    Volkswagen sells record 10.74 million vehicles in 2017

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 10:04 AM EST2018-01-17 15:04:30 GMT
    German automaker Volkswagen recorded record sales of 10.74 million vehicles last year, boosting its bid to hold onto the title of world's largest automaker.More
    German automaker Volkswagen recorded record sales of 10.74 million vehicles last year, boosting its bid to hold onto the title of world's largest automaker.More
  • EPA eases path for new chemicals, raising fears of health hazards

    EPA eases path for new chemicals, raising fears of health hazards

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 9:34 AM EST2018-01-17 14:34:29 GMT

    The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome. 

    More

    The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome. 

    More
  • North Korea to send 230-member cheering squad to Olympics

    North Korea to send 230-member cheering squad to Olympics

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 8:54 AM EST2018-01-17 13:54:24 GMT

    North Korea plans to send a 230-member cheering squad as part of its delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said Wednesday, as South Korea’s president announced his support of a proposal for the rivals’ first unified Olympic team. 

    More

    North Korea plans to send a 230-member cheering squad as part of its delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said Wednesday, as South Korea’s president announced his support of a proposal for the rivals’ first unified Olympic team. 

    More
Powered by Frankly