Around the South for Jul. 17: VA, TN & FL


Virginia: Walker honored in Richmond. A 10-foot tall bronze statue of Maggie Lena Walker, the first black woman to found a bank, was erected Saturday in downtownRichmond, once the capital of the Confederacy. The statue was unveiled at the corner of Adams and Broad Streets by Walker’s great-great granddaughter, Liza Mickens, reported the Richmond Times-Dispatch ……. Tennessee: Trump nominates four judges. In a move that will help move the judicial process forward in the Volunteer State, President Trump nominated four prominent attorneys to fill four vacancies on US District Courts in Tennessee, reports the Tennessee Journal. The four are state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, who had been considering a gubernatorial bid; former assistant US attorney Thomas Lee Robinson “Tommy” Parker; William L. “Chip” Campbell, Jr., a former Marine Corps officer now practicing law in Nashville; and Eli J. Richardson, a former FBI agent also practicing in Nashville ……. Florida: It really is Southern. In an article citing five myths about the Sunshine State, Washington Postwriter Adam Weinstein rebutted the popular notion that Florida is not the South: “[I]f you’ve ever traveled down the Panhandle’s Redneck Riviera to eat oysters in Apalachicola or made a pilgrimage to watch college football in Doak and the Swamp, you know there’s a lot of twang to go with the Tang. There really is a place called the Flora-Bama…”