State Loses Two Respected Former Lawmakers

This week, two former members of the Tennessee General Assembly passed away.

Retired Rep. Charles Sargent (R-Franklin) died at 73 after battling cancer. Sargent first began his service in the Legislature in 1996 and chaired the House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee for the last eight years.

Former Sen. Ben Atchley, age 88, retired from the Senate in 2003. He served in the Legislature for 32 years, the last 16 as the Senate’s top-ranking Republican. He served under the terms of six governors.

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