Panel to Discuss New Book on Blanton Scandal

The First Amendment Center is hosting a panel discussion this Friday with key players from the January 1979 “coup” that ousted then Tennessee governor Ray Blanton and installed Lamar Alexander into office early. The event coincides with the publication of a new book from Tennessee author Keel Hunt that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the days leading up to the decision. Alexander, Hunt, former U.S. Attorney Hal Hardin and John Seigenthaler will discuss the book and the drama surrounding the situation. A reception and book signing with Hunt begins at 6 p.m. followed by the panel discussion at 7 p.m. The center is located at 1207 18th Ave. S., Nashville 37212. Also look for the book -- Coup: The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put Republican Lamar Alexander in Office Early, and Stopped a Pardon Scandal -- to be reviewed in an upcoming issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal.