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UPDATE: Tennessee inspires much of State of the Union address tonight

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President Barack Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College Friday. AP photo President Barack Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College Friday. AP photo
UPDATE: U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement in advance of President Obama's State of the Union address. 

“While I know it is the tradition for presidents to address the nation in this way, I always pay closer attention to actions after these types of speeches are delivered,” said Corker. “Tennesseans are ready for both the Congress and the White House to govern responsibly and finally focus on growing our economy, repairing our fiscal house and strengthening our nation's role in the world. It is my hope the president will recognize that the only way to solve some of the big issues we face and create a stronger, more prosperous nation for future generations is to roll up his sleeves, provide leadership and work with this new Congress. If he does that, I think we can begin to deliver real, long-lasting results for hardworking American families.”

PREVIOUS STORY: The state of Tennessee will play an important role tonight in President Obama's State of the Union address.

As shown in a YouTube video released last week, Obama wants internet access to be treated like any other public utility.

Chattanooga's EPB high-speed internet is a good example, and the Scenic City was mentioned by name in the YouTube video from the White House.

Obama modeled his free community college initiative, America's College Promise, after the Tennessee Promise.

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Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed the bill into law last year to provide free community and technical college tuition for two years. It has drawn 58,000 applicants, almost 90 percent of the state's high school seniors.

America's College Promise was announced during a visit from Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden during their visit to Knoxville earlier this month.

Tennessee's other feature for Tuesday night's State of the Union address will be young Chelsey Davis, a Tennessee student who will be a guest of first lady Michelle Obama and will watch the nationally televised speech from the first lady's viewing box in the gallery of the U.S. House.
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