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Lee rides tractor across state in run for governor
Bill Lee is pictured in front of his tractor during a recent visit to Warren County.
Riding a tractor from Mountain City to Memphis to raise awareness of the plight facing rural Tennesseans, gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee says something must be done to help residents in smaller communities throughout the state.“I’m afraid we are just a generation away from losing that way of life,” said Lee during his appearance at Prater’s BBQ in Morrison where he rode in on his trademark tractor to meet local constituents. “We will regret it if we lose that way of life.”Lee said he traveled to 95 counties in 95 days after deciding to run for office in April.“I found the big cities are doing fine but our small towns are struggling,” Lee said, noting he has put together a plan called Road Map for Rural Tennessee in which he details his plans to help rural counties. The plan can be found at said he decided to wade into the governor’s race after facing personal challenges a few years ago.“My first wife was killed when I was 40 in a tragic horseback riding accident,” Lee said.