Lee Calls Special Session For Ford Plant, Will Not Discuss Mask Mandates

The Center Square [By Jon Styf] –

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Thursday he is calling a special session Oct. 18 for legislators to discuss planning for Ford’s Blue Oval City at the Memphis Regional Megasite.

Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville

Part of that discussion will be funding the $500 million in incentives promised to Ford upon completion of its planned $5.6 billion project to build a 3,600-acre campus that will be the home tp the company’s electric F-Series of trucks.

The special session, Lee said, will not discuss mask mandates in the state’s schools.

“While we have business to do in the legislature, we will continue to stand up for parents in court,” Lee tweeted. “I am renewing my mask opt out order [and] will work with the [attorney general] to challenge the federal rulings that inappropriately legislated from the bench.”

“The special session on October 18 will stay focused on next steps for the Memphis Regional Megasite, and we’ll stand up for parents in court.”

Federal courts in Shelby, Knox and Williamson counties temporarily have blocked Lee’s order allowing parents to opt out of mask mandates – effective only in those counties – after lawsuits were filed by the parents of children with disabilities.

Parents claimed the mask opt out options for all parents violated their students’ rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery is appealing the rulings in Knox and Shelby counties. The Williamson County ruling is scheduled to expire Oct. 5.

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The Blue Oval City project is expected to create 5,800 jobs at the Memphis Regional Megasite and includes battery manufacturing.

The state also will be opening a new Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) campus on the megasite, located 45 miles northeast of Memphis in Stanton.

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About the Author: Jon Styf, The Center Square Staff Reporter – Jon Styf is an award-winning editor and reporter who has worked in Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Florida and Michigan in local newsrooms over the past 20 years, working for Shaw Media, Hearst and several other companies. Follow Jon on Twitter @JonStyf.

6 thoughts on “Lee Calls Special Session For Ford Plant, Will Not Discuss Mask Mandates

  • October 1, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Yeah, the Federal Courts are totally gonna LET you resist Federal tyranny. Uh-huh. If you want to stand up for parents, call a special session of the State legislature and support their efforts to nullify Resident Biden’s fascist vaccine mandate!

  • October 1, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    do these commies want a civil war in america because if they do they wont last long and i believe the military wont get involved. spoke to family members in the military said they would resign and fight next to the people. Our founding fathers predicted that this could happen. bidens mandate ie executive order only pertains to executive branch isnt it amazing how they make laws up when they dont get their way

    • October 1, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      So True! I’m not sure America as we know it can survive 3 more years of Biden’s administration. There are many people who understand this, but I think, since the media controls the narrative, we feel isolated and not sure of our numbers. We need either Trump or an even stronger leader to stand up and stop making excuses for the lack of resistance to the infringements to our Constitution and out right sell out of America!

    • October 1, 2021 at 4:58 pm

      I really wish all these red states would just suceed. Call it ‘Republican States of America” and “Democratic States of America”… Try that out for a few decades and see which ‘way of doing things’ produces a better society.

  • October 1, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Giving ford $500.00 million to build electric trucks is the most stupid thing he is doing so far.
    Ford does not need money,not with a price tag of 50 to $100,000,00 for truck. He needs to work on WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE PAYING Him to work on.

  • October 1, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Lee needs to step up for his people in Tennessee, Ford doesn’t need any incentives, people are getting tired of Big Business taking over our Towns, you can’t drive anywhere in Nashville without getting in a traffic jam yet they keep bringing more in, we need real Leadership here and it’s not Lee.


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