Sen. Thompson to speak at Lincoln Day Dinner


   U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson will be the keynote speaker for the Washington County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday, Feb. 22, at Adelphia Centre, 2001 Millennium Place, Johnson City, announced Dennis Brooks, party chairman.
   The public is invited to attend. The reception begins at 5:45 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available from Maxine Phillippi at (423) 926-8218 or Ann Smith at (423) 854-8835.
   Sen. Thompson has served in the U.S. Senate for almost nine years. He was elected in 1994 to the remaining two years of an unexpired Senate term.
   In 1997, he was elected chairman of the Senate Government Affairs Committee, which oversees the management of the federal government. Sen. Thompson now serves as the committee's ranking Republican member.
   Sen. Thompson also serves as a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence and National Security Working Group that observes and monitors executive branch negotiations with foreign governments.
   He is also a member of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance, which has jurisdiction over taxes, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare reform and international trade.
   Sen. Thompson grew up in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. He received his bachelor's degree from Memphis State University in 1964 and law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1967.
   In 1969, Sen. Thompson was named assistant U.S. Attorney and, in 1973, at age 30, was appointed minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee.
   Thompson has appeared in 18 movies and is also the author of the Watergate memoir, "At That Point in Time."