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Flags at half staff in honor of McWherter

NASHVILLE, TN (KFVS) -

Former Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter being remembered as a true statesman who was dedicated to education.

McWherter died Monday afternoon in a Nashville hospital where he was being treated for cancer.

A child of sharecroppers, McWherter became a millionaire through various business ventures.

He went on to serve two terms as governor from 1987 to 1995. He was also an advisor to President Bill Clinton.

As governor, he supported education improvements. He advocated putting more computers and technology in classrooms. He also increased teacher's pay, shrank class sizes and gave local school boards more control.

Current Governor Bill Haslam has ordered flags at state office buildings to be flown at half staff in honor of the former governor.

Ned McWherter was 80.

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