The state of Tennessee has denied the request of Nashville’s Metro Council to plant trees and vegetation to block the view of a 25 ft Nathan Bedford Forrest statue on Interstate 65.
John Schroer, informed the council on Monday, saying “TDOT (Tennessee Department of Transportation) does not plant foliage on its right-of-way with the sole intention of blocking items on private property based on what might be offensive to some and not to others. Therefore, the request of Metro Nashville’s Council to have TDOT plant vegetation on I-65 near the Harding Place Exit is respectfully denied.”
Finally, some common sense.
In other news, we know who the haters and criminals really are:
Earlier this month, the Silent Sam memorial, a Civil War monument featuring a stoic Confederate soldier hoisting a rifle, was vandalized on the periphery of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s campus. Vandals spray painted the statue with the words, “Murderer,” “KKK” and “Black Lives Matter.”
In June, statues of three Confederate leaders at the University of Texas’ Austin campus were spray painted with “Black Lives Matter.” The statues were of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, Gen. Robert E. Lee, and Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston.