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Pat Summitt latest exception to Tennessee flag lowering rule

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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's order for flags to be flown at half-staff following the death of former University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt is the latest of exceptions to state protocols that normally reserve that honor for members of the military.

But Haslam says there was little question that the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history was deserving of that honor.

In Haslam's words: "Pat is one of those once in a lifetime individuals that I think all Tennesseans can say that she deserves a unique salute."

An Associated Press analysis of proclamations from 50 state governors and the federal government finds the Stars and Stripes was ordered lowered on 90 percent of the days last year. In Tennessee, flags were lowered three times aside from federal proclamations.

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