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Wharton endorses Hatcher for TN State Senate

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A crowd listens to Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton as he endorses Sam Hatcher at the Capitol Theater in Lebanon.KAYLN SHELLY / The Wilson Post

From Post staff reportsMemphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, a native of Lebanon, stood in front of the historic Capitol Theater Thursday morning and said our nation and our state are in need of strong leadership and then announced his endorsement of Sam Hatcher for the State Senate.The site of the endorsement announcement was significant because Hatcher, also a native of Wilson County, is the son of the late John R. Hatcher, who operated the Capitol until 1960.The late Mr. Hatcher left the theater business to open a men's apparel store just off the Lebanon Public Square, John Hatcher's Clothing. Mr. Hatcher and his father the late John R. Hatcher, Sr., Sam Hatcher's grandfather, were in the theater business in Lebanon for more than 50 years having two theater properties, The Princess on South Cumberland Street and the Capitol.The Capitol today is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Black and they are in the process restoring the theater to its original state of appearance and prominence.Wharton, who was elected mayor of Memphis in October, came to Lebanon to endorse Hatcher in the Democratic Primary campaign because of his personal friendship with the candidate and because of the two families’ relationship, the Whartons and the Hatchers, that dates back more than five decades.Wharton stood under the marquee of the theater and stressed the importance of standing up for families. He said he believes in Hatcher’s values and what he can bring to the state of Tennessee. A crowd of more than 100 well-wishers and supporters came to the announcement ceremony at 7:30 a.m. to greet Wharton and Hatcher and to enjoy juice, coffee and donuts.Wharton thanked the community for welcoming him back saying it is always good to return home.Wharton is the son of the late A.C. Wharton Sr. His mother, Mary Wharton, still resides in Lebanon and still keeps a summer garden at her home just east of town.
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