Crowe passes pledge legislation; receives honor

From Staff Reports

   Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) passed legislation through the Senate Education Committee that will require daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in each of our Tennessee classrooms. Students who object, or whose parents object on religious or other grounds, may be exempt from reciting the pledge.
   Sen. Crowe and Rep. David Davis (R-Johnson City) introduced this legislation at the beginning of this year's session in order to promote the ideals and patriotism expressed in the pledge and to foster development of civic responsibility.
   Sen. Crowe said, "We pledge allegiance to the flag every day in the Tennessee Senate. Our children should have that same privilege every day in each classroom in this state." The bill now goes to the Senate floor, and Rep. Davis will call for its review in the House of Representatives.
   Sen. Crowe recently received recognition from Tennessee's home schooled students. The Tennessee Home Education Association presented the Protector of Liberty Award to Sen. Crowe earlier this week.
   The award is in recognition of Crowe's service in the U.S. Army in Southeast Asia in the late '60s, and his work while serving the citizens of Northeast Tennessee throughout his three terms in the Tennessee Senate.
   The plaque presented to Sen. Crowe at the Annual Home School Conference in the War Memorial Building expresses the Home School Association's "enduring gratitude" for Sen. Crowe's work throughout the years.
   "I am very proud of our Tennessee home schooled students and their parents, and I accept this award with great honor," Sen. Crowe said.