The Oak Ridge High School Choral Ensemble, conducted by Amanda Ragan, impressed the Tennessee House of Representatives as they performed “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner” in the House Chambers on Thursday, January 12, in Nashville, a press release said.
The ensemble students experienced a full day on the Hill, complete with meeting Governor Bill Haslam, debating the upcoming Tennessee gas tax issue in a mock Senate Session led by Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally of Oak Ridge, and touring the Capitol Building with Representative John Ragan of Oak Ridge.
Reverend Derrick Hammond, who serves as pastor of Oak Valley Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, had the honor of being the Tennessee House of Representatives’ Minister of the Day on Thursday. Hammond was introduced by Ragan, and he prayed over the House members in the opening prayer of the House session, the press release said.
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