TN Governor attends Innovation Center opening and answers questions ahead of election

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It was a human moment in the midst of an otherwise busy season for Governor Bill Lee (R-Tennessee).

“Maria is fine,” Lee said. “She’s in the middle of treatment, and she especially wants people to know how grateful she is for the outreach, for the prayers. We had a huge reach.

In August, Lee’s wife, First Lady Maria, was diagnosed with cancerleaving Lee to navigate not only an election, but also an illness.

“She is the main and important part of my life. But we do this together, this work, a lot,” Lee said. “She’s been very supportive of me as I continue to focus on being the governor through this process – certainly able to do both.”

With election day in a weekLee stopped in Cleveland to celebrate the opening of the PIE Center, a new center for innovation aimed at increasing the number of people in post-secondary education.

“The intersection of vocational education, public education, and the workforce,” Lee said of the center.

When we asked Lee how he was feeling ahead of Election Day on Nov. 8, he sounded confident.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity the Tennesseans have given me to stay focused on what I believe is life-changing work that impacts the lives of Tennesseans,” he said. “I certainly hope I can do that for the next four years, and (I’m) grateful.”

Finally, Lee also talked about the great Tennessee-Georgia game coming this weekend. He says he currently has no plans regarding betting with Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Georgia), but that doesn’t mean something won’t happen.

“I talk to him regularly, but we haven’t talked about that game yet. I kind of think we might this week,” Lee said with a laugh. “Vols are going to win, we know that. I saw too many big games and you just feel like this is the year.