The Tennessee Highway Patrol got sponsorship today from the Senate Transportation Committee to change its name.
Some troopers or at least Sen. Steve Southerland of Morristown thought it worthy of state time to sponsor legislation that would rename the troopers: Tennessee State Patrol. The reason given is that it would better reflect the troopers responsibilities.
If that is true and if we really want to save on lettering, paint, and patches why don't we just rename them Police or T.P. All I figure is that it must have been a really slow day at the capitol for Sen. Southerland and a trooper guarding the chamber, if they had time to figure out how dropping a word from a name that has been in use for more than eighty years was essential state business.
The "Tennessee Highway Patrol" was created in 1929.