When Governor Phil Bredesen and First Lady Andrea Conte took office in 2003, the Governor's mansion was in need of major repairs so instead of moving in, they took on the challenge of renovating and restoring the old home. In the process, tours of the historic site were put on hold. But Ken Wilshire visited with the First Lady to see the finished project which will allow for even more visitors.
Tours of the Tennessee Residence and Conservation Hall are provided free of charge to the public.
Ken Wilshire joined the Tennessee Crossroads in 2008 with a desire to tell stories about people who have found their passions in life and who would otherwise go unrecognized for their contributions to their community. Ken began his career at WREG-TV in Memphis, writing, producing and editing news stories, features and documentaries. After leaving Channel 3 he joined Fed Ex in their communications department as a writer/producer and was promoted to the department manager. Ken spent almost 25 years in operations management at FedEx and other Fortune 500 companies.